Curriculum Principles & Overview
Across our Trust, our aim is for all our pupils, whatever their background or ability, to make exceptional progress and to achieve better than their peers nationally.
We aim to provide a curriculum that:
- provides challenge and aspirational goals for all pupils.
- supports progress throughout the different key stages.
- prioritises the development and mastery of key numeracy and literacy skills.
- is knowledge rich.
- recognises the importance of context and is relevant to the local and global educational and employment situation.
Students follow a three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum in classes set by ability in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and offering a wide range of curriculum subjects across many disciplines.
The school uses termly assessments (formative/summative) to gather relevant information about student progress. These are used to inform judgement about their learning in lessons and across subjects, enabling curriculum adjustments to improve teaching.
Personal, Social, Health & Careers Education (PSHCE) and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is embedded in our tutor programme and curriculum. It is taught through all Key Stages. As a cluster of schools we offer an effective transition from Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to Key Stage 3 (Year 7), with a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy.
Our curriculum has been designed so that it is accessible for those with disabilities or SEND and is compliant in the Equality Act 2010 and SEND Code of Practice 2015. Each subject has carefully considered the threshold topics central to the understanding of a subject, and revisits them periodically throughout the curriculum journey. By revisiting threshold topics and by identifying them in our topic knowledge organisers each subject is carefully considering the needs of students with SEND. Further details of our SEND policy can be found here. Subject leads have also carefully considered how their curriculums reflects the values of our Federation in terms of equality, diversity and fairness. Additionally, the curriculum also caters to the individual needs of pupils. This is supported by ensuring that teachers and support staff have the necessary skills to provide quality first teaching that meets these needs, enables progress and raises levels of achievement for all pupils including those with SEND.
What we offer -Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum aims to be rich, varied, challenging and inspiring.
We aspire for all students to achieve their potential and succeed beyond what may be seen as their best, whatever their starting point. Our three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum consolidates key learning skills, fosters creativity, and enhances knowledge across a wide range of subjects.
We set the bar high for achievement, making every teacher accountable for the progress of the students they teach. Both formative and summative assessments are used to help pupils by providing feedback on their performance which helps them develop and learn. Heads of Year and Heads of Department work closely together, focusing on the academic achievement of students in their year groups and subject areas. This ensures that underachievement is quickly identified, and high impact interventions are implemented to ensure all students achieve their targets.
Teachers are encouraged to plan imaginative and enjoyable lessons, which provide memorable learning experiences. A range of strategies are used to engage all students and encourage them to become independent learners. Careful questioning and structured student talk in lessons also help to deepen and develop students’ understanding of the curriculum at Key Stage 3.
Year 7 Curriculum Overview
For a more detailed Year 7 Curriculum Map please click here
Year 8 Curriculum Overview
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Year 9 Curriculum Overview
The curriculum choices offered through the options programme in year 9 are adapted to the developing needs of each cohort. Students are consulted on their preferred subject choices and the curriculum is designed accordingly which offers a broad spectrum of curriculum pathways.
For a more detailed Year 9 Curriculum Map please click here
What we offer - Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum aims to be rich, varied, challenging and inspiring.
Over the two years of KS4, all students study English, Maths, Science, PE, a language and/or a humanities subject in addition to their chosen subjects.
Outside the classroom
At all Key Stages the curriculum is supported by an extensive extracurricular programme provided as part of the extended day, to broaden and enhance the learning experience. click here for further information on enrichment
Careers education, enterprise education and financial capability are integral to all areas of the curriculum. click here for further information on careers education
More Information about our Curriculum:
Please contact Miss J Monk, email@example.com Senior Vice-Principal Quality of Education at Borough Academy for more information about our Curriculum