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The High Weald Academy

Curriculum Overview

The High Weald Academy Curriculum 2017-18

Curriculum Philosophy

The curriculum followed by students at The High Weald Academy provides a traditional platform for supporting students to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them for life in the 21st century. Effective long and medium term planning ensures that there is an expectation of continuous development and embedding of knowledge across the five or seven years our students spend learning with us. Time in lessons is used well to drive progress and teachers identify, support and challenge individuals to review, consolidate and own their learning.

The curriculum offer ensures that each year students build on the basic core entitlement of English, mathematics and science with the opportunity to also participate in a range of humanities, arts, technology and physical education subjects, as well as developing their character through a programme of PSHE and study skills.

Curriculum Design

The curriculum provided for each year group is defined in the table below with the number of lessons per fortnight shown in brackets next to the subject.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 and 8

Year

Core

Humanities

Arts

Technology

Physical Education

PSHE

KS3

7

English  (7)

Literacy (2)

Maths (7)

Numeracy (2)

Science (9)

Geography (2)

History (2)

RE (1)

French (4)

Art (2)

Performing Arts (2)

 

Technology incl. resistant materials and food technology (4)

ICT (1)

PE (4)

KS3

8

English  (7)

Literacy (2)

Maths (7)

Numeracy (2)

Science (9)

Geography (2)

History (2)

RE (1)

French (4)

Art (2)

Performing Arts (2)

 

Technology incl. resistant materials and food technology (4)

ICT (1)

PE (4)

 

 

Setting in Key Stage 3 is discrete and based on ability in the core subjects. In the remaining subjects there are 2 groups for year 7 students, two groups for year 8 students and a mastery group which combines the most able from years 7 and 8. Setting is reviewed after each assessment point and changes can be made to ensure that students are in the set best suited to their needs.

Key Stage 4 – Years 9, 10 and 11

Year

Core

Pathway A

Pathway B

Pathway C

Pathway D

Study Skills

KS4

9

English (9)

Maths (8)

Science (9)

PE (4)

History (5) or

Geography (5)

Business Studies* (5) or

French (5)

Art (5) or French (5)

Product Design (5) or Sport* (5)

KS4

10

English (9)

Maths (8)

Science (9)

PE (3

History (5) or

Sport* (5)

Business Studies*
(5) or

French (5)

Geography (5) or

Art (5)

Digital Applications* (5) or

Product Design (5)

 

11

English (9)

Maths (9)

Science (9)

PE (3)

History (6) or Health and Social Care* (6) or Sport* (6)

Geography (6) or Art (6) or Business Studies* (6)

French (6) or Systems and Enterprise* (6) or Product Design (6)

N/A

 

Setting in Key Stage 4

In Years 9 and 10 there are two sets for the core subjects and the setting is in response to ability profiles. In Year 11 there are two classes set by ability profile for science, three classes for maths set according to ability and two classes in English which are set according to gender. Pathways classes are determined by the guided selection process undertaken at the end of Year 8. Those subjects shown with an * are non-GCSE vocational qualifications taught at level 2. The pathways have been crafted to enable students to follow a EBAC curriculum where that is the most appropriate curriculum choice for them.

Key Stage 5 – Year 13

Block A

Block B

Block C

Block D

Block E

A Level Geography

 

A Level English

Applied General Level 3 Sport

Applied General  Level 3 Business Studies

BTEC National Public Services

Applied General Level 3 Health and Social Care

Maths in Context

 

Applied General Level 3 Science

A Level Psychology*

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills

Study Skills

*This course is accessible by current Year 13 students but is delivered by teaching staff at The Cranbrook School.

Students in Year 13 study a combination of A Levels, Applied General courses and BTEC Nationals. Students are supported in their study with supervised study skills sessions.