Curriculum Overview 2017-2018

KS3 (Years 7 and 8)

Here at Six Villages, we believe that that all students should have access to a broad and varied curriculum which both develops prior learning and introduces new opportunities and skills.  All students have access to the full range of subjects on offer including the Arts, Humanities, Computing and Technology. 

In Year 7, all students also study French.

Students who join us in Year 7 with depressed literacy or numeracy levels take part in small group targeted intervention with specialist teachers.  They are withdrawn from different subject each session to ensure that they continue to have access to the full curriculum offer and are not disadvantaged when it comes to option choices in Year 8.

The importance of reading for pleasure in developing literacy levels, regardless of starting point, is encouraged for all KS3 students through the use of the Accelerated Reader programme.

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship education is taught throughout our curriculum: through different subjects, through tutor time, through assemblies and through drop down days and conferences which all students take part in.

Our KS3 curriculum is focused on the demands of the new GCSE courses and giving students a secure basis on which to begin their GCSE foundation year in Year 9. Our planning and assessment method (Progression Grids) allows all of our students to make rapid and sustained progress through a focus on their strengths and their next steps in each subject.  

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Below is the weekly allocation of periods for each subject:

 

Subject

Number of periods per fortnight in Years 7 and 8

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science

3

French

2

History

2

Geography

2

Computing

1

Art

1

Drama

1

Music

1

PE

2

RS

1

Technology

1 (students spend half a year studying Catering and half studying Design Technology)

KS4 (Years 9 – 11)

Year 9 is our GCSE foundation year, in which students are given the foundations they need for success in the rigours of the reformed GCSE courses.

All students in Year 9 take either History or Geography in addition to the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. 

The majority of students in Year 11 take a full course GCSE in Religious Studies, allowing them to consider a range of views on various contemporary, controversial topics.  For some students, this time is allocated to vocational qualifications such as the Vcert in Health and Fitness or the Certificate in Financial Education, for students who are identified as needing support in one of these areas.

All students undertake core PE.

All students study at least two Science GCSE courses, with a group of students in each year studying Triple Science.  These students are identified in Year 8 and then given the option to undertake the Triple Science course in close liaison with their parents.

Over the past three years, the options students choose have developed to ensure that our students are taught a broad and balanced curriculum and that their applications for either higher education or the work are competitive.  This has led to a sustained increase in the number of students taking either a language or humanities EBacc subject at GCSE, with 100% of Year 9 and 10 students taking History or Geography, as well as 82% of students taking either a language or Computing. 

Additionally, all students in Year 9 and 10 study a creative subject - Art, Product Design, Music or Drama - to ensure that every student has the opportunity to express themselves creatively during through the GCSE choices.

We believe in excellence for all, and for a minority of students, this means extra support is needed in some areas to ensure that they can flourish.  This takes different forms for different groups of students, depending on their needs.  For example, in the current Year 9 and Year 10 this takes the form of an extra English group instead of one option choice, giving students the literacy skills they need for success.  In the current Year 11, a group of students are undertaking a financial education course instead of GCSE RS.This ensures that they understand the world of interest, loans, banking and tax and become informed, engaged citizens who will be able to avoid some of the perils of debt which are so prevalent in society.  Another group are studying Health and Fitness in order to ensure they develop this skills they need to stay active and healthy.

 

Below is the weekly allocation of periods to subjects in each GCSE Year, along with the option block lists.

Year 9

Subject (s)

Number of periods per fortnight in Year 9

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science

4

Core PE

1

Option A: History or Geography

3

Option B: French, Spanish, Computing or Extra English (for identified students only)

3

Option C: Art, Music, Drama or Product Design

3

Option D: GCSE PE, Catering, Business Studies or History

3

 

Year 10

Subject (s)

Number of periods per fortnight in Year 9

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science

4

Core PE

1

Option A: History or Geography

3

Option B: French, Spanish, Computing or Extra English (for identified students only)

3

Option C: Art, Music, Drama or Product Design

3

Option D: GCSE PE, Catering, Business Studies or History

3

 

Year 11

Subject (s)

Number of periods per fortnight in Year 10

English

4

Mathematics

4

Science

4

RS

3

Core PE

1

Option A: History, Geography, Textiles, Catering, Business Studies or GCSE PE

3

Option B: Computing, Geography, Art or Drama

3

Option C: History, French, Music, Product Design

3

 

Contact for curriculum queries

Please contact Mrs Naomi Sheldrake, Assistant Principal, if you have any queries about our curriculum.

Email: nse@ormistonsixvillages.org.uk

Tel: 01243 546821