Curriculum Vision We are all different, we all have different interests and we all have different strengths!

 

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Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

We are all different, we all have different interests and we all have different strengths!

If the Academy is at the heart of its community, then the curriculum is at the heart of the Academy. Get the curriculum right, the learning and teaching outstanding, and the pastoral support shaped around the needs of our students and the results take care of themselves.

Our curriculum is critical to this success. Traditional and rigorous academic study forms the cornerstone of learning with all our students studying English, Maths, Science and Physical Education at both KS3 and KS4. Complementing our core curriculum at KS3 is a broad range of subjects our students love to embrace which are: Art, Religious Studies, Music, Dance, Drama, Geography, History, Spanish and Technology (which includes Catering, Engineering, Design Technology, Graphics, STEM  and Computing). Choice is a fundamental principle of the curriculum at KS4. We are very proud to be able to offer a real blend of learning to enable our students to choose subjects which will meet their passions and career aspirations. These include traditional academic GCSEs to more practical courses such as Hair & Beauty, Business, Computing, Engineering, Sport or Childcare.

Class Sizes

Add in the essential ingredients of smaller class sizes in some of our options subjects, a wide range of choices available; whatever our students’ interests, there is always a course that is right for them which ensures progression onto post 16 learning.

Options and Progression

Students do not have to wait until Year 9 to choose their options. In Year 8, students will be asked to choose from their guided options so that when they enter Year 9 they are ready to study more of what they love and less of what they don’t for their GCSEs. Enrichment is the icing on the cake! Enrichment is a whole afternoon every Wednesday for all students to follow their passion, hobby, interest or simply a curiosity which contributes towards a thirst for learning that we nurture in everyone whilst also adding crucial additional experience for future CVs when applying for jobs.

GCSE And Examination Courses Studied at St Aldhelm’s Academy Page

Curriculum Diagram

Year 7/8

Subject Studied Hours Notes
English 5 To support students to make their expected progress in English selected students will study more English and not study Spanish.
Spanish 2
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Humanities 3
Technology 2
Art 1
Performing Arts 1
   
   
Physical Education 2
Enrichment 1 A variety of activities on a Wednesday afternoon. Read more about Enrichment here

 

Year 9

Subject Studied Hours Notes
English 5
Mathematics 4
Science 5
Ebacc 2
Guided Option X 2
Guided Option X 2
Guided Option Z 2
Physical Education 2
Enrichment 1 A variety of activities on a Wednesday afternoon. Read more about Enrichment here

 

Year 10

Subject Studied Hours Notes
English 5
Mathematics 4
Science 5
Ebacc 2
Guided Option X 2
Guided Option X 2
Guided Option Z 2
Physical Education 2
Enrichment 1 A variety of activities on a Wednesday afternoon. Read more about Enrichment here

 

Year 11

 

Subject Studied Hours Notes
English 5
Mathematics 4
Science 5
Ebacc 3
Guided Option X 3
Guided Option X 3
Guided Option Z 3
Enrichment 1  A variety of activities on a Wednesday afternoon. Read more about Enrichment here

Physical Education                                                                           1

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