Curriculum (OLD)

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Curriculum (OLD) 2018-10-10T08:37:06+00:00

Netherwood is committed to offering a broad and balanced curriculum to our students that is enjoyable, engaging and one which stretches and challenges students to achieve their potential and beyond. We have a two year KS3, and a three year KS4 because we want to give students the opportunity to develop, deepen and extend their knowledge of core subjects and subjects they are interested in.

Some options are studied over Year 9 and 10 with examination at the end of Year 10; Ebacc options (History, Geography, Computer Science, Languages) are examined at the end of Year 11. This is to allow students the opportunity to succeed in some subjects earlier and to reduce the amount of examinations taking place in the final year in order to maximise progress overall.

We have moved to a one week timetable with the following number of lessons each week:

YEAR 7 CURRICULUM

English – 4 lessons
Maths – 4 lessons
Science – 3 lessons
History – 1 lesson
Geography – 2 lessons
Citizenship/PSE – 1 lessons
ICT – 1 lessons
PE – 2 lessons
Music, Art, Drama – 1 lesson each
MFL – 2 lessons
DT and Food Technology – 2 lessons

Please note that we have added Food as a compulsory lesson in Year 7 and 8 in response to government initiatives to improve healthy eating from a young age. This is a practical subject where students will be cooking in most of their lessons.

NURTURE GROUP

We also have a nurture group in Y7. This group follows the same curriculum as mainstream students but they have 5 English lessons instead of 4 and 5 Maths lessons instead of 4. They do not study an additional language. Students are taught together for each lesson unless they make more progress in certain subjects and then they access mainstream lessons for those subjects to meet their needs. History, Geography and PSE are taught as a Humanities curriculum to allow more flexibility in delivery of content and skills for these students.

SETTING

Year 7 are arranged in two parallel half year groups so that students can move up and down sets on both sides. English and Maths are timetabled in blocks so that they can set independently of other subject areas. All Humanities subjects are set together and the remaining subjects are mixed ability to allow students to socialise with a wider group of peers. This will allow core subjects to move students between sets, allow Humanities to have accurate setting policies and allow science, creative and performance to agree on groupings. Average class sizes are 26.

YEAR 8 CURRICULUM

Year 8 follow the same curriculum subjects as Year 7 but students now have 2 lessons of History and 1 of Geography. Average class sizes in this year group are 28. There is also a nurture group in Year 8 that follows the same curriculum as Year 7 Nurture.

YEAR 9 CURRICULUM

Students begin to study for their GCSEs in Year 9.
Students have a standard curriculum as follows:
English – 5 lessons
Maths – 4 lessons
Science – 4 lessons
Citizenship/PSE – 1 lesson
PE – 2 lessons
Plus 3 options of 3 lessons each

SETTING IN YEAR 9

Year 9 are arranged in two parallel half year groups so that students can move up and down sets on both sides. English, Maths and Science are blocked so they can set independently of other subjects. There is also an element of setting in some option subjects where there is more than one group for a particular option in option blocks. Class sizes vary between 20 and 28 depending on subject and set.

THE OPTION PROCESS

Students have to choose at least one English Baccalaureate subject in their options from History, Geography, Computer Science and Languages. This will be examined at the end of Key Stage 4. Some other subjects are examined at the end of Year 10 in order to reduce the amount of examinations taken at the end of Year 11.

Options on offer: History, Geography, Computer Science, Spanish, German, Citizenship, Food, Textiles, Graphics, PE, Dance, Art, Performing Arts, Music and ICT. Some students are advised to take additional English or Maths.

YEAR 10 CURRICULUM

Year 10 are arranged in two parallel half year groups so that students can move up and down sets on both sides. English, Maths and Science are set independently of other subjects. All students study English Literature as well as English Language and all students will complete an ICT qualification. All students also study Citizenship/PSE; this is a non- examined subject where students learn about Citizenship, Sex Education, Drugs Education and Careers. There is an element of setting in some option subjects where there is more than one group for a particular option in option blocks.

Students have a standard curriculum as follows:

English -6 lessons
Maths – 5 lessons
Science – 4 lessons
Citizenship/PSE – 1 lesson
PE – 1 lessons
One Ebacc option – 3 lessons to run across 2 years and increase to 4 lessons in Year 11
One other option – 5 lessons to be examined at the end of Year 10

Options on offer include; History, Geography, German, Spanish, Computer Science, Graphics, Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Citizenship, PE, Music, Performing Arts Acting, Performing Arts Dance, Art and ICT.

YEAR 11 CURRICULUM

Year 11 are arranged in two parallel half year groups so that students can move up and down sets on both sides. English, Maths and Science are set independently of other subjects. PE is set by mixed ability. There is also an element of setting in some option subjects where there is more than one group for a particular option in option blocks.

English – 4 lessons
Maths – 4 lessons
Science – 4 lessons
PE – 1 lesson
Four option subjects – 3 lessons each

Options on offer include; Art, Triple Science, Spanish, German, Drama, Geography, History, Media, Product Design, Graphics, Hospitality, Sociology, Textiles, PE, Health and Social Care, Computer Science, Performing Arts Acting, Performing Arts Dance, RE and additional Maths and English lessons.

Additional qualifications on offer: Any students not currently studying an ICT qualification will be given the opportunity to do ECDL.

ALTERNATIVE PROVISION

KS3 ASPIRE

We have a small group of students following an alternative provision in KS3 who are at risk of exclusion. These students also follow the core curriculum and work on development of self esteem and social skills until they are ready to return to mainstream

FORM PERIOD

Year 11 are in form groups according to the intervention plan for English and Maths. There are two Maths only forms, one English only form and one for English and Maths. These groups study English and Maths skills during form time each day giving them an additional curriculum time each week. There is also a form group for Triple Science students to give some additional revision time and an ICT form to ensure all students leave school with an ICT qualification.

Other year groups follow a programme of Assembly, Spellings/Literacy development, DEAR (Drop Everything and Read), Fantastic Friday rewards day and thoughts of the week oracy day.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROGRAMME

There is an extensive extra-curricular programme running in school (see separate section of the website) incorporating sports, expressive arts, technology and also academic revision sessions and catch up. This is developing all the time. There have also been a range of trips running from school across different subject areas.

CURRICULUM INFORMATION

Please see curriculum information for each subject area below:


Netherwood Curriculum Response to Attainment and Progress 8

The Government recently announced changes to the performance table key measures which will begin in September 2016 (our Year 10 cohort in September 2014).

This involves each student receiving an average grade across 8 subjects and a progress score across 8 subjects. The 8 subjects must be taken from the following categories:

  • Category 1 – English Language or English Literature
  • Category 2 – Maths
  • Category 3 – 3 of the following subjects – Science, computer Science, History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language
  • Category 4 – 3 subjects from highly regarded list of subjects (produced by the DFE) which can also include any remaining subjects from category 3 and English Language or Literature. This also includes some BTEC and vocational subjects.

In response to these changes Netherwood has taken the following actions:

  • All students must continue to study either History, Geography, Computer Science or a Language in Year 9 at GCSE.
  • Many students continue to study a language in Year 9 and are encouraged to continue into Year 10 and 11.
  • Computer Science is a relatively new subject now offered to students who we feel will succeed with the qualification.
  • All students will study English Literature at GCSE.
  • We will continue to offer a range of subjects to give them a breadth of study so that their options once they leave school are still varied.
  • We will not encourage students to study 8 or more subjects if we feel it is not suitable for them.

Curriculum provision is personalised to suit the needs of our students at Netherwood and their success is upmost in our minds. We advise students which pathways are most suitable for them in order for them to reach their full potential.