Curriculum Overview

CURRICULUM AIMS

We want to develop:

  • Successful students who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve excellence.
  • Confident individuals who demonstrate the values of friendship, courage, resilience and high moral standards.
  • Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society.
  • Young people who are engaged in the world around them.

    It is essential that the curriculum is organised in such a way that it provides students with the opportunity to learn expected behaviours and be successful in their learning, so that we can deliver our mission and aims.

    Strategic Intent

    To develop a curriculum which:

  • Enriches students’ knowledge.
  • Creates a culture of aspiration and high-achievement.
  • Allows everyone to experience success.
  • Provides cultural capital that celebrates and captures students’ imagination.

    Curriculum Principles

  • Traditional academic curriculum.
  • Challenging, knowledge-based curriculums with a focus on developing cultural capital.
  • Interleaved curriculum that allows for clear progress over 5 years.
  • At Key Stage 3, students are shown breadth across and within subjects.
  • Additional time is given to English, Mathematics and Science to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
  • Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress.
  • Ensure all students’ progress is in line with national expectations.
  • To support induction into secondary school for all Year 7 students.
  • To instil British Values and promote the PSHE curriculum to develop citizens for the future.

    The Curriculum

    We have a very broad KS3 Curriculum covering 13 subjects meeting all the national curriculum requirements. This is taught in 30 lessons of contact time each week.

    Year 7/8

    The curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A modern foreign language – French or German
  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Education
  • Performing Arts – Drama and Music
  • Creative Arts – Art and Design, Design Technology
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE and British Values

    For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.

    An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music, drama, debating among others. There is daily support for homework in the library.

    A typical KS3 lesson distribution looks like this:

Maths

Science

English

MFL

Geography

Maths

Science

English

MFL

Geography

Maths

PE

English

MFL

Geography

Maths

PE

English

History

Music

Science

DT

RE

History

Drama

Science

DT

Art

History

PSHE

Year 9-11

At Farnham Heath End, our students begin their option choices in Year 9, meaning they study Key Stage 3 subjects for 2 years and Key Stage 4 subjects for 3 years.  As well as ensuring that Key Stage 3 curriculums are well organised and encourage deep learning, it has enabled us to continue to offer 4 free option choices for all students.  Currently, our GCSE students experience a broad range of subjects (44% of students opt to study the full EBAC and 85% of students choose at least 1 creative subject). 

As part of the options process, to support students and their parents in making the right choices, we offer the following guidance:

  • talks to students by all Heads of Department outlining the subject content and assessment.
  • an option booklet for parents and students, which includes key information on all the subjects.
  • an Options Fayre for parents and students, which provides them with the opportunity to talk to staff members and see examples of students’ work.
  • a talk with the Careers Advisor, in small groups.
  • 1:1 meetings with Tutor, Year Leader, SEND department or Vice Principal, if necessary.

    Students also have the opportunity to change their options up until December of Y9. 

    Our home learning strategy of Knowledge Organisers, alongside cumulative assessments and retrieval ‘do it now’ tasks, ensure that key content taught in Y9 is constantly revisited and embedded as students move through KS4. 

    In Year 9 students begin to specialize to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the subjects they will choose to study to GCSE level.  They will mainly embark on the examined course at the start of Year 9.  This curriculum is taught in a mixture of single and double lessons with each individual lesson lasting 50 minutes.

    All students must study the following:

  • English – Literature and Language
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Trilogy or Triple Science - Biology, Physics and Chemistry
  • Physical Education (two hours per week) – No external examination
  • PSHE – taught in tutor time

    All students choose one from the following list:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German

Students can then select 3 other option choices from the list below

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • German
  • RE
  • Drama
  • Music BTEC
  • Music GCSE
  • Art
  • Art Textiles
  • Design Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Enterprise BTEC
  • PE GCSE
  • Additional Maths/English – this is a supportive option discussed between the SEN department, parent and child.

    A typical KS4 lesson distribution looks like this:

Maths

Science

English

Option A

Option C

Maths

Science

English

Option B

Option D

Maths

Science

English

Option B

Option D

Maths

Science

English

Option B

Option D

Maths

Science

Option A

Option C

PE

Science

English

Option A

Option C

PE

 

Pathways to GCSE

We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly employable:

Pathway 1 – Students who will complete triple science, MFL, a Humanity and 2 other GCSEs

Pathway 2 – Students who will complete double science, MFL a Humanity and 2 other GCSEs

Note: Both these two pathways enable Ebacc achievement, hence in 2018 26% achieved Ebacc success, passing all the Ebacc subjects with at least a Grade 4. (National Average:  23%).

Pathway 3 – Students who will complete double science, a Humanity and 3 other GCSEs (potentially including 1 BTEC)

Pathway 4 – Double Science, a Humanity, 2 other GCSEs (potentially including 1 BTEC) and Additional Maths/English

Note: The fourth pathway supports our students who may need additional time to secure their progress in English/Maths to enable them to become highly employable and progress to a Level 3 course.

 

 

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