CURRICULUM

Our curriculum is designed to foster thought, curiosity and a desire for learning in all students, regardless of their backgrounds, strengths and needs. It should be a gateway to opportunity and to a fulfilling and prosperous life in modern Britain and beyond.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced, with an emphasis on academic success. We prioritise learning in Literacy, Numeracy, Languages, Humanities and Science. Our curriculum is both coherent and cumulative, with an emphasis on the critical importance of knowledge acquisition.

Our curriculum aims to:

• Cultivate well-rounded, intelligent and socially-aware students
• Mould students into good citizens, with a sense of responsibility for their actions
• Encourage civic and social participation within the community
• Promote the development of young leaders
• Allow students to develop their individuality
• Empower students with the necessary skills and abilities to play a full and inclusive role within society
• Provide a solid foundation for future learning at every stage
• Deliver excellent exam results

At the core of the Academy’s curriculum will be a specialist and obligatory menu at Key Stages 3 and 4 for all students of academic subjects leading to the English Baccalaureate including English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Humanities. We also offer Arts, Technology, Computer Studies, ICT and Physical Education.

Key Stage 3

All students will follow a traditional model of study, which involves core and foundation subjects following the national curriculum. Students are offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary.

Subjects Available at Key Stage 3
Subject Exam Information
English including Drama Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Mathematics Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Science Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Personal Social, Health and Citizenship Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Creative Arts including Art and Music Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Design Technology including Textiles, Food and Nutrition Studies Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Computer Studies Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Geography Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
History Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Languages Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Physical Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Religious Education Non-examinable course at Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Most students will follow a combination of subjects which will enable them to achieve the English Baccalaureate, where they are also offered extra time for English and Mathematics where necessary. The primary focus is to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to make above expected progress in English and Mathematics.

Courses Available at Key Stage 4
Subject Course Title Core / Option Exam Board
English English Language 9-1 Core GCSE AQA
English English Literature 9-1 Core GCSE AQA
Mathematics Maths 9-1 Core GCSE Edexcel
Combined Science Combined Science 9-1 Core GCSE Edexcel
Single Science Biology 9-1 Option GCSE Edexcel
Single Science Chemistry 9-1 Option GCSE Edexcel
Single Science Physics 9-1 Option GCSE Edexcel
Religious Studies Religious Studies 9-1 Core GCSE AQA
Art and Design Art and Design 9-1 Option GCSE Edexcel
Computer Science 9-1 Computer  Science 9-1 Option GCSE OCR
Geography Geography 9-1 Option GCSE AQA
Health & Social Care Health & Social Care Option Level 1/2 OCR National
History History 9-1 Option GCSE Edexcel
Textiles Textiles Option GCSE AQA
Art and Design Art Option GCSE Edexcel
Languages Arabic Option GCSE Edexcel
Languages Bengali 9-1 Option GCSE AQA
Languages 9-1 French 9-1 Option GCSE AQA
Languages 9-1 Spanish 9-1 Option GCSE AQA
Languages Urdu Option GCSE Edexcel
Sports  Studies Sports Studies Option OCR Cambridge National OCR
Creative I Media Creative I Media Option OCR Cambridge National OCR
       

 

For more information about the Curriculum in our school, Please click on  the links below.

Year 7 Curriculum Guide

Year 8 Curriculum Guide

Year 9 Curriculum Guide

Year 10 Curriculum Guide

Year 11 Curriculum Guide

If you have any further questions please contact us: info@smallheath.staracademies.org