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Curriculum

Our curriculum in Lower School intends on building on the knowledge and skills learnt in primary school, to aid a seamless transition into secondary school.

The extensive curriculum allows students to experience a range of subjects and begin building the foundations for their future success. The broad nature of the Lower School curriculum enables students to make informed choices in, and prepare them for, Middle School and making their GCSE subject choices.

In order to maximise achievement, we have used research that suggests that students in Lower School should be grouped in the following ways:

  • Taught in small mixed ability year groups for Design Technology Food Technology, Drama and Art

  • Students are in sets for Mathematics, Science, PE and in Year 8 Languages

  • Other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups

  • A small number of students are taught as a class group with fewer different teachers. The composition of this group is determined by the SENCO.

Sets are initially determined by the results of the Key Stage 2 tests and nationally recognised NFER Cognitive Abilities Tests. The system is designed to take account of student abilities and achievement in a way that allows teaching staff to set appropriate levels of classwork and homework. There is scope for students to move between sets, at the discretion and professional judgement of teaching staff at specific times of the year.

Curriculum Structure

Year 7

Subject

Number of Hours

English

4

Maths

4

Science

3

Geography

1.5

History

2

French or Spanish

2

PE

2

Design: Technology

1

Design: Food

0.5

Art and Design

1

RS

1

Drama

0.5

Music

1

PSHE

0.5

Computing

1

 Year 8

Subject

Number of Hours

English

4

Maths

4

Science

3

Geography

1.5

History

2

French or Spanish

2

PE

2

Design: Technology

1

Design: Food

0.5

Art and Design

1

RS

1.5

Drama

0.5

Music

0.5

Computing 

1

PSHE

0.5

 Year 9

Subject

Number of Hours

English

4

Maths

4

Science

4

Geography

1.5

History

1.5

French or Spanish

2

PE

2

Design: Technology

1

Design: Food

1

Art and Design

1

RS

1

Drama

0.5

Music

0.5

Computing 

0.5

PSHE

0.5