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Curriculum Aims

The curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.  The school's aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people's experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Specifically, the curriculum should help young people to:

  • Achieve high standards and make excellent progress
  • Enable those not achieving age related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up with their peers
  • Have and be able to use high quality personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) and become independent learners
  • Have and be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy, numeracy and ICT skills
  • Be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential
  • Enjoy and be committed to learning, to 19 and beyond
  • Value their learning outside of the curriculum and relate this to the taught curriculum

St Edward's offers a broad curriculum at all Key Stages.  The curriculum structure is based on a model of 50 periods of 1 hour lessons per two week cycle.  

Key Stage 3

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Art 2 2 2
Building Learning Power 1    
Computing 1 1  
Drama 1 1 1
English 7 7 7
Geography 3 3 3
History 3 3 3
Mathematics 6 6 7
Music 2 2 2
Modern Foreign Languages (French and German) 4 5 5
Physical Education 4 4 4
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) 1 1 1
Religious Education 4 4 4
Science 7 7 7
Technology (Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles) 4 4  
Technology (Computing, Food, Graphics, Resistant Materials, Textiles)     4
  50 50 50

Year 7 Grouping arrangements

Mathematics/Computing - Students are placed into ability groups based on KS2 SATS in Mathematics.  Changes are made at regular intervals as a result of internal assessment.

Technology - Students are placed into ability groups based on Technology Skills Assessment undertaken at the start of Year 7

Physical Education - Students are divided into separate boys' and girls' groups

Other Subjects - Students are taught in 'banded' classes for all other subjects.  They are placed into one of two bands based on their average KS2 English and Mathematics scores.  Band 1 is for higher ability, band 2 is for lower ability.

Year 8 Grouping arrangements

As for Year 7 along with: MFL - A very small number of students may be dis-applied from MFL if it is considered more appropriate for them to spend the extra curriculum time on Literacy skills.

Year 9 Group Arrangements

As for Year 8  

Key Stage 4

Subject  Year 10  Year 11
English 10 10
Mathematics 8 8
Science 10 10
Religious Education 5 5
Physical Education 2 2
Three option Subjects from the list below    

Art, Additional Literacy, Additional Numeracy, Business Studies, BTEC Sport, BTEC Personal & Social Development, Computing, Drama, Film Studies, French, Food and Nutrition, Geography, German, Graphics, History, Music, PE Studies, Resistant Materials, Triple Science, Textiles

15 (3 x 5 hours) 15 (3 x 5 hours)
Art, Additional Literacy, Additional Numeracy, Business Studies, BTEC Music, BTEC Sport, BTEC Personal & Social Development, Computing, Drama, Film Studies, French, Food and Nutrition, Geography, German, Graphics, History, Music, PE Studies, Resistant Materials, Triple Science, Textiles   15 (3 x 5 hours)
  50 50

Year 10 Grouping Arrangements

English/Mathematics/Science/Religious Education - Students are placed into ability groups based on KS2 SATS and the results of internal assessments in Year 7, 8 and 9.  Each subject has the ability to control its own setting arrangements.

Physical Education - Students are given choices about which sports they would like to specialise in and pathways are set up accordingly.

Option Subjects - Students are given recommended pathways during the options process.

Students are advised about the EBacc benchmark.

In a small number of cases, pathways will be personalised to ensure individual students can make good or better progress.

Year 11 Grouping Arrangements

As for Year 10

Key Stage 5

Subject Time Allocation Time Allocation
Option Block A 9 9
Option Block B 9 9
Option Block C 9 9
Option Block D 9 9
Option Block E 9 9
Tutorial Lessons 1 1
Enrichment 2  
Core RE 1 1
EPQ 1  
Subjects Offered:    

Art, Biology, Business Studies, BTEC Music, BTEC Sport, BTEC Textiles, Chemistry, Computing, Creative Writing, Drama, English Language, English Literature, French, Further Mathematics, Geography, German, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, Mathematics, Media Studies, Music, PE Studies, Photography, Product Design, Psychology, Physics, Religious Education.

 

   

Key Stage 5 Further Information

Option blocks - Option blocks are created in response to student demand.  Most students take three subjects and the EPQ although a much smaller number follow two or four.

Enrichment - Students are offered the opportunity to complete at Extended Project, online learning modules (Mooc's) and PE activities on a Wednesday afternoon Week B.

Core RE - All students are expected to attend the Core RE Lessons.  It provides an opportunity for students to continue on their individual faith journeys.

Tutorial lesson - All students spend one hour per fortnight with their tutor, undertaking personal development opportunities including planning for their future career pathway.