Curriculum Overview 2016-2017

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  They are withdrawn from different subject each session to ensure that they continue to have access to the full curriculum offer and are not disadvantaged when it comes to option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.

In Year 8, a small group of students undertake Maths and study skills intervention work instead of studying a foreign language.  This allows them to access the rest of their curriculum at a higher level.

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.

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 fortnightly allocation of periods for each subject:

Subject

Number of periods per fortnight in Years 7 and 8

English

7

Mathematics

7

Science

7

French

4*

History

3

Geography

3

Computing

3

Art

2

Drama

2

Music

2

PE

4

PSE

1

RS

2

Technology

4 (in Year 8 this is on a carousel)


*For a small group in Year 8 these 4 periods are used for extra numeracy and study skills.


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.  Additionally, all Year 9 students continue to have two periods of PSE per fortnight.  We use this time to ensure that they have the life skills they need to flourish in the 21st century as active citizens who understand and contribute positively to society.

All students in Year 10 and 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.  Much of the PSE curriculum is incorporated into these lessons.

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 2016-2017’s Year 9 students taking History or Geography, as well as 82% of students taking either a language or Computing. 

Additionally, all students in Year 9 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 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.

Below is the fortnightly 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

8

Mathematics

8

Science

8

PSE

2

Core PE

4

Option A: History or Geography

5

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

5

Option C: Art, Music, Drama or Product Design

5

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

5

 

Year 10

Subject (s)

Number of periods per fortnight in Year 10

English

9

Mathematics

9

Science

9

RS

5

Core PE

3

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

5

Option B: Computing, Geography, Art or Drama

5

Option C: History, French, Music, Product Design

5

 

Year 11

Subject (s)

Number of periods per fortnight in Year 11

English

9

Mathematics

9

Science

9

RS

5

Core PE

3

Option A: Art, Performing Arts,  Spanish, Geography or Product Design

5

Option B: French, Business Studies, History, Sports BTEC or Product Design

5

Option C: GCSE PE, History, Geography or Catering

5

Please note Music is taught outside of the main curriculum in Year 11.

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