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Curriculum

The Curriculum Offer at KSA

The curriculum at KSA

The curriculum is what we provide for our students, to give them the knowledge and skills they need.

Our curriculum is designed for all our students to have the chance to be the best they can be, based on our core values:  Knowledge, Strength and Ambition – to maximise their learning and give them the best start in life, able to contribute fully to society.  We offer a broad and balanced curriculum designed to provide students with the knowledge they need and the chance to develop their personal and academic skills.

Curriculum Intent

Knowledge

We provide

  • a broad and balanced range of subjects and co-curricular opportunities.
  • a focus on literacy, because this enables deep learning in all subjects

Strength

Our students become

  • Successful, resilient learners who make good progress and enjoy learning
  • Confident young people who can live safe, healthy lives
  • Responsible citizens who understand British values and can make a positive contribution to society

Ambition

  • Creates an aspirational culture of high achievement
  • Takes into account individual needs
  • Allows all students to experience success
  • Raises standards of achievement
  • Prepares students for life in the wider community

 

Curriculum Principles

In designing our curriculum, we provide a range of subjects and co-curricular opportunities based on these principles:

  • All students should make clear progress over 5 or 7 years, meeting or exceeding national standards
  • Academic rigour and vocational learning are both important
  • Targeted support and additional challenge are needed to ensure all students make at least national rates of progress
  • Depth before breadth: we aim to maximise knowledge in each subject
  • Literacy comes first:  literacy enables learning in all subjects
  • Induction into secondary school is crucial, so we provide a year 7 nurture curriculum for those who will benefit from it
  • Learning extends beyond the classroom, so a broad range of co-curricular activities is available for all students, from sports and clubs to intensive exam preparation
  • Children of all backgrounds, including disadvantaged children, can achieve world-class outcomes, and our curriculum is planned to ensure they have every opportunity to do so

 

Students in Years 7, 8 & 9 follow the National Curriculum. There is a strong focus on the core areas of English, maths and science where students have four lessons per week. The Key Stage 3 Curriculum allows students to build on those skills learned at primary level and is an exciting phase of their school career that prepares them successfully to access KS4 & further study and beyond into the world of work. 

Key stage three lessons are designed to develop students’ skills and knowledge ready for their key stage 4 qualifications.

KS3 Year 7

Year 7

Nurture

Year 8 Year 9
English 4 3 4 4
Maths 4 3 4 4
Science 4 3 4 4
Humanities 3 3 3 4
MFL 3 0 3 2
Art 1 1 1 1
DT 1 1 2 2
Music 1 1 1 1
Drama 1 2 1 1
PE 2 2 2 2
Citizenship 1 1 -- --
Computing/ICT -- 1 -- --
Prince's Trust -- 1 -- --
Literacy Support -- 3    
  25 25 25 25

In year 7 two nurture groups follow a programme to develop skills including literacy.

MFL                    Modern Foreign Language, either French or German

DT                       Design and Technology, including Food Technology, taught in rotation

Lessons are 60 minutes long.

Students who require extra support in English have literacy lessons instead of MFL in years 8 and 9

PSHE is delivered through tutor time and assemblies, 25 minutes each morning. 

Key Stage 4 is the period when students build on their earlier learning and prepare for adult life, higher education and employment. Students in Year 10 start GCSE courses and other nationally recognised qualifications including BTECs.

KS4 Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4
Maths 4 4
Science (core) 4 4
PE (core) 1 1
Option 1 3 3
Option 2 3 3
Option 3 3 3
Option 4 3 3
  25 25

All students study a core curriculum of English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (combined science or the three separate sciences), PE and PSHE.  Students taking the three separate sciences take this as one of their options.  Computer science is also available as an option.  All students also study a humanity subject, either History or Geography.  All those who are able, also study either French or German.

Students also study a range of other high quality GCSE and vocational subjects, with the vast majority taking 9 GCSEs (or vocational alternatives) in year 11.

Option subjects in KS4 are as follows:

Art

Business

Computer Science

Construction

Drama

Enterprise

Ethics

Food

French

Geography

German

Graphics

Health & Social Care

History

ICT

Media

Music

PE Examined

Photography

Prince's Trust

Product Design

Textiles

Triple Science

Further details of these courses can be found in the booklet here.

Our SMSC/PSHE programme is integrated into our tutorial and assembly programme over the academic year and covers a wide range of topics that enhance, equip and provide our students with a greater understanding of the world they live in.  We have external speakers and events covering aspects such as motivation, careers, counselling, bullying, enterprise, drugs, hate crimes and great historical events, as well as assemblies for rewards and celebration.

 

All sixth form students, whether they are studying academic, applied or technical qualifications are given the guidance that allows them to choose courses which will allow them to progress to the next stage of their education or training or employment. This can include the study of English and maths where students do not hold a GCSE graded A*-C in these subjects.  Full information regarding the sixth form can be found here.

For further information regarding the sixth form and programmes of study please contact Head of Sixth Form, Ms Rachael Davies. For further information regarding the programmes of study for individual subjects please see the subject pages.

Students have five 25-minute tutor time sessions a week, one of which is a year group assembly.

Each student’s tutor acts as a personal mentor who guides them towards achieving their potential and is the first point of contact for a student's family. They also analyse the regular progress data on students to ensure they achieve the very best they can.

In addition to the form tutor, each Year Group has a Head of Year to support the needs of the year group and of individual students. The Head of Year is dedicated to ensuring each student makes the progress that they are capable of across all their subjects. The Student Support Officers work alongside all Heads of Year to meet the pastoral and welfare needs of all students and are always available to communicate with families.

At KSA we offer our students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of academic, sporting and cultural opportunities that support the daily curriculum and the achievement of students. 

For example, students can undertake the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE) from age 14 onwards. The scheme is designed to develop students’ skills and personal qualities, helps them to socially interact and develop teamwork skills and can help them to stand out from the crowd when applying for university and jobs.  The award scheme allows students to work towards a bronze, silver or gold award by the age of 24 years. It is separated into five sections: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and for those going for the gold award, a residential activity.

Similarly, an opportunity that the older students have is to participate in an expedition through Camps International, an organisation who specialise in sustainable and ethical expeditions. The expeditions give students the opportunity to gain a life changing experience through travelling to and completing charitable environmental and community projects in disadvantaged areas around the world.

Previously expeditions from KSA have been to Tanzania  (in 2016) and Kenya in the summer of 2018.  Also, some of our year 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to spend 4 weeks completing projects in Peru. There was also an adventure element to the experience, which allowed students to trek up Machu Picchu as well as see the sights of Lake Titicaca. An important aspect to the project is the fundraising element which develops our students’ creativity, teamwork, organisation and interpersonal skills whilst teaching them about resilience and time management. 

For further information regarding DofE and Camps International please contact Miss Rachael Davies.