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The High Weald Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Curriculum

The High Weald Academy Curriculum 2018-19

Curriculum Philosophy

Our curriculum is carefully designed to respond to the needs of all our students and our community. We aim for students to find learning exciting and challenging. We are clear that teaching which is engaging and crafted around a thorough understanding of each student enables them to succeed. The curriculum at The High Weald Academy sets out to develop an in-depth knowledge across a broad and balanced range of subjects. We know that students’ personal development is as important as their academic success and that not all brilliant achievements will be in lessons. Our curriculum experience includes an increasing range of trips, visits and events, helping students to achieve beyond our expectations. 

Our aim is for the curriculum:

  • To be broad and balanced and offer students a wide range of experiences both in and outside of the classroom.
  • To develop every student’s skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • To encourage an enjoyment of learning, now and for the future.
  • To develop students’ confidence, self-esteem and aspiration to aim high, achieve their very best and to be successful, responsible citizens.
  • To ensure students have an understanding of fundamental British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.
  • To ensure rapid progress towards their individual success and the career or university of their choice.

Delivering the vision

The curriculum is taught in lessons of 60 minutes which follow a two week timetable. Please refer to the curriculum content information for each subject (below) for detailed information on how the curriculum is structured and also how students are assessed.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9:

Students in key stage 3 follow a curriculum comprising the core subjects of maths, English and science (which form just under 50% of the timetable), modern foreign languages, technology, art, history, geography, computing and PE. The key stage 3 curriculum also includes discrete lessons for developing reading and also for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE).

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in PSHCE, history, geography and in English. The PSHCE curriculum also includes careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education.

Class allocations in Key Stage 3 are created based on prior attainment data and are reviewed after each assessment point throughout the academic year, changes can be made to ensure that students are in the group best suited to their needs.

Key stage 4 – Years 10 and 11:

The core curriculum for students in years 10 and 11 covers maths, English Language, English Literature and science (which form just over 50% of the timetable) and PE (non-examined). We offer students the chance to study the trilogy science course which incorporates a blend of chemistry, physics and biology.

In addition students choose their individual pathway through the options process. Subjects are chosen from a range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications, all selected carefully to ensure they offer variety and quality currency for their next steps into post-16 study and beyond.

Students choose 4 options from:

history, geography, design technology, sports science, business studies, computer science and art

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in history, geography and in English. The PSHCE curriculum, including careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education is delivered through a series of theme days and curriculum events at different points throughout the academic year.

Curriculum Design - Key Stage 3
 

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, 8 and 9

Year

Core

Humanities

Arts

ICT

Physical Education

PSHCE

KS3

7

English (8)

Literacy (1)

Maths (9)

Science (7)

Geography (4)

History (4)

RE (1)

French (4)

Art/Technology* (3)

Performing Arts (2)

 

ICT (2)

PE (4)

PSHCE (1)

8

English (8)

Literacy (1)

Maths (9)

Science (7)

Geography (4)

History (4)

RE (1)

French (4)

Art/Technology* (3)

Performing Arts (2)

 

ICT (2)

PE (4)

PSHCE (1)

*Please note Technology is taught on a rotation with Art.

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 and two groups for year 8 students. 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.

Year

Core

Option Rotation A

Option Rotation B

KS3

9

English (8)

Maths (8)

Science (8)

PE (4)

PSHCE (2)

Art (3)

French (3)

Geography (5)

Reading (1)

Performing Arts (4)

RE (1)

Design Technology (3)

Business Studies (4)

French (4)

History (5)

ICT (3)

RE (1)

Design Technology (3)

In Year 9 all students follow the core subjects.  There are two sets for each of the core subjects.  Students will then follow Option Rotation A for half of the academic year and Option Rotation B for the other half of the academic year.  In IT students study the ECDL qualification and in Performing Arts they study for Sports Leadership. The option rotations enable students to experience different subjects to help them make informed GCSE subject choices for Year 10 and 11. 

Curriculum Design - Key Stage 4 

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

Year

Core

Pathway A

Pathway B

Pathway C

Pathway D

Study Skills

KS4

10

English (9)

Maths (9)

Science (9)

Core PE (2)

PSHCE (2)

History (5) or

Geography (5)

Business Studies* or
(5)

French (5)

Art (5) or

French (5)

Product Design (5) or

Sport* (5)

 

11

English (9)

Maths (8)

Science (9)

PE (2)

PSHCE (2)

History (5) or Sport* (5)

Business Studies* (5) or

French (5)

Geography (5) or

Art (5)

CiDA (ICT)

(5) or

Product Design (5)

 

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 mixed ability. Those subjects shown with an * are non-GCSE vocational qualifications taught at level 2. The pathways have been crafted to enable students to follow an EBAC curriculum where that is the most appropriate curriculum choice for them.

 

Programmes of Study by Subject

For more information regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs Barker on 01580 712754.