Curriculum

2018/2019

Introduction

Kingsdown School operates a two week timetable with 49 hours of taught lessons throughout week 1 and week 2. The school closes to students at lunchtime (1320) on a Friday Week 2.

Our five-year curriculum is designed to be ambitious and give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life and is planned and sequenced to allow the development of knowledge and skills for future learning and employment. The curriculum is designed to be ambitious and to meet the needs of all of our students.

Subject allocation for each year group is as follows (numbers given are hours per fortnight):

 

Year 7
English 7
Maths 7
Science 6
Computing 2
Design and Technology 4
Languages (French or Spanish) 4
Geography 3
History 3
Physical Education 4
Drama 2
Music 2
Art 2
Religious Education (Curriculum Map) 2
Personal Development 1
Year 8
English 7
Maths 7
Science 6
Computing 2
Design and Technology 4
Languages (French or Spanish) 4
History 3
Geography 3
Physical Education 4
Music 2
Drama 2
Art 2
Religious Education (Curriculum Map) 2
Personal Development 1
Year 9
English 9
Maths 8
Science 8
Option 1 5
Option 2 5
Option 3 5
Option 4 5
PE 3
Personal Development 1
Year 10 & 11
English 9
Maths 9
Science 8
Option 1 5
Option 2 5
Option 3 5
Option 4 5
PE 3
Personal Development 1
English 7
Maths 7
Science 8
Option 1 5
Option 2 5
Option 3 5
Option 4 5
Computing 3
PE 3
Personal Development 1

Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

Throughout year 7 and 8 students will study the core subjects of Maths, English and Science alongside Humanities (Geography, History, and Religious Education), Computing, PE and Dance, Music, Drama and Art. In year 7 students study French or Spanish and will continue with this language to options from year 9.

Skills in Computing are acquired through a combination of specialist teaching and an increasing range of experiences across other subjects.

Year 9, 10 and 11 Curriculum

In years 9, 10 and 11 we aim to keep open the maximum range of learning opportunities whilst at the same time offering some choice and specialisation. All students follow GCSE courses in: Maths; English Language and English Literature and Science (combined or single sciences).

A suite of optional subjects is then made available and includes those offered in years 7 and 8. Students are expected to continue to study at least one Humanities subject, (History and/or Geography) and/or a Modern Foreign Language to satisfy the EBacc requirements. Additional subjects as options are then available for students to choose which include, RE, Classical Civilisation, Business Studies, Drama, Music, PE and Health and Social Care. The options process is open to allow maximum choice and flexibility for students.

Support and Intervention

Students who on entry to the school require support with literacy and numeracy receive additional tuition in tutor times and through a withdrawal programme co-ordinated by our Inclusion department.

Ongoing intervention is provided for students by teachers and additional support where identified is set in place.

If you need more information about the curriculum our school follows, you may contact us on 01793 822284.

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