Curriculum

Aim of the curriculum

The curriculum is designed to be balanced and broadly based to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.  The school upholds the British values of democracy, the role of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

The curriculum

In Year 7, the year will be split into two equal ability populations and setting will occur by subject in Mathematics only.  Two equal ability populations are created for the rest of the curriculum and subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

From Year 8, ability setting by subject will continue throughout the school in Mathematics, English and MFL.  Setting in each subject is independent of that in the other subjects.  These sets are constantly reviewed and changes made whenever necessary.

 

Subjects for Year 7, 8 and 9

All students are taught core subjects: English including Philosophy for Children, Mathematics, Science, Religious Education and Physical Education.

In addition, they will be taught the following:

Humanities: History, Geography and Religious Education.

Modern Foreign Languages: Either one or two languages from French, German, Mandarin and Spanish.

Arts: Art, Dance, Drama and Music. Design Technology, Computing and Food.

Personal, Social and Health Education which is taught via timetable enrichment days at various times through the year.

 

Subjects for Year 10 and 11

All students study English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, PE/Games, PHSE, Careers and Religious Education.  Students select a further three option subjects.  These options include:

Modern Foreign Languages: French, German, Mandarin and Spanish

Humanties: Geography, History and Philosophy and Ethics.

Arts: Dance, Drama, Fine Art, Music, Photography and Textiles. Technology, Computing, ICT and GCSE PE

 

Homework

We believe that homework makes an invaluable contribution to students' progress and so we support them to find good independent learning habits either at home or in the school library with its extensive IT facilities.  Show My Homework is our online homework provision and can be accessed via this link:

https://www.showmyhomework.co.uk/login?subdomain=thecastle

Students have told us that they prefer variety in the tasks set and to have choice.  Therefore, tasks and projects range from interviews, experiments, research and essay writing.  Every student has a personal homework organiser and guidelines on the length of appropriate study.

Thank you

Miss R Gee

 

 

Curriculum Guide 2018-2020

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