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Curriculum

The Curriculum at George Pindar School

What is the Curriculum?

The curriculum in its simplest form is what is taught to our students and when and where it is delivered in the school term. Our curriculum more than anything, is designed to get the best for our students.

It is delivered through a two week timetable so as to provided quality learning time for subjects that otherwise would be disadvantaged, meaning that a students’ lessons may change over a 2 week cycle.

Considerations

In order to make our curriculum fit for purpose we consider the aspects below: 

  • Specific needs of our students, and our community
  • Government guidance and accountability
  • Grouping of Students
  • The school day
  • Extra-Curricular Provision
  • Acknowledged good practice in other schools to raise outcomes for students
  • The distribution of our timetable
  • Appropriate staffing
  • Appropriate facilities
  • Appropriate finance, to secure the future of the school

PSHE, RE and citizenship are delivered through “immersion” days and tutor time, as well as “cultural studies”.

Statutory PE once a week as a double delivered to boost health, leadership and independence

Key Stage 3 

    • Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is aspirational towards all appropriate students accessing Ebacc at Key stage 4.
    • Year 7 is based around “basics” of literacy, numeracy and learning skills – but in the context of the different subjects to ensure a “broad and balanced” curriculum.
    • Years 8 based around current model of KS3, to continue to prepare for KS4
    • Years 7 & 8 have a core curriculum that is the same, to show no favouritism, but extra support/challenge is provided for students through 6 hours a fortnight of “accelerated learning” time.

Accelerated Learning Time

Structure of the time is determined initially by ability band, then by progress and attainment going forward, with movement possible between the bands to ensure relevant challenge:

  • Medium ability band - Use this time to boost literacy and numeracy to national average, and enrich the challenge of their curriculum through additional study in the EBACC subjects, as well as PE to boost health, leadership and independence.
  • High ability band - Use this time to enrich the challenge of their curriculum through additional study in the EBACC subjects, as well as PE to boost health, leadership and independence

Theoretical KS3 Timetable

 

Tutor

P1

P2

Break

P3

Lunch

P4

P5

 

8.40 –

9.00

9.00 –

10.00

10.00 –

11.00

11.00 –

11.15

11.15 -

12.15

12.15 -

1.00

1.00 – 2.00

2.00 –

3.00

       

Week 1

       

MON

Tutor

ENG

SCI

BREAK

GEOG

LUNCH

CUL ST

AL

TUES

ENG

MATHS

MFL

SCI

SCI

WED

ENG

MATHS

HIST

ART

ART

THURS

ENG

MATHS

COMP

DRAMA

DRAMA

FRI

SCI

MATHS

AL

PE

PE

       

Week 2

       

MON

Tutor

SCI

ENG

BREAK

GEOG

LUNCH

PE

PE

TUES

MATHS

ENG

MFL

SCI

SCI

WED

MATHS

ENG

HIST

DESIGN

DESIGN

THURS

MATHS

ENG

COMP

MUSIC

MUSIC

FRI

MATHS

SCI

AL

CUL ST

AL

 

Key Stage 4 

Block 1 (CORE)

Block 2 (EBACC)

Block 3 (OPEN)

Compulsory for all

Science compulsory for all

Guided choice of all appropriate subjects

4 hours a week on average.

5 hours a week on average

2-3 hours a week on average

 

Students not at level for

EBACC will do

Maths+/English+ instead

 

Maths English

French

German

Computer Science

History

Geography

Maths +

English +

Art & Design

Business Studies

Catering

Child Development & Care

Computer Science

Drama

ECDL (ICT)

Engineering 

French

Geography

German

Graphics

History

Hospitality

Hair and Beauty

Health and Social Care

Music

PE

Psychology

Resistant Materials

Sport

Theoretical Example KS4 Timetable

 

Tutor

P1

P2

Break

P3

Lunch

P4

P5

 

8.40 –

9.00

9.00 –

10.00

10.00 –

11.00

11.00 –

11.15

11.15  -

12.15

12.15 -

1.00

1.00 –

2.00

2.00 –

3.00 

 

 

Week 1

 

 

MON

Tutor

ENG

SCI

BREAK

OPEN 3

 

LUNCH

 

EBACC

EBACC

TUES

ENG

MATHS

EBACC

SCI

OPEN 3

WED

ENG

MATHS

OPEN 3

SCI

SCI

THURS

ENG

MATHS

OPEN 2

OPEN 1

OPEN 1

FRI

SCI

MATHS

OPEN 1

OPEN 2

OPEN 2

 

 

Week 2

 

 

MON

Tutor

SCI

ENG

BREAK

OPEN 3

 

LUNCH

 

EBACC

EBACC

TUES

MATHS

ENG

EBACC

PE

PE

WED

MATHS

ENG

OPEN 3

SCI

OPEN 3

THURS

MATHS

ENG

OPEN 2

OPEN 1

OPEN 1

FRI

MATHS

SCI

OPEN 1

OPEN 2

OPEN 2