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Curriculum Structure 2022

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all seeds, when it grows it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree so that the birds come and perch in its branches” Matthew 13

statement of Intent

The curriculum is designed to support and challenge pupils to develop emotionally, academically and spiritually, centred around our Christian Ethos of growth and underpinned by our four values of Service, Excellence, Respect and Faith. It is designed to be engaging and ambitious and to meet the needs of all pupils, allowing them to develop their interests and aspirations. It cumulatively builds knowledge, understanding and skills and prepares them well for future learning and employment. The development of reading skills, mathematical skills and digital education are central to learning.

Implementation

Impact

Key Stage 2 Provision

The Key Stage 2 curriculum covers all children in Years 5 and 6 plus any extra-curricular activities and enrichment events.  There are 25 lessons each week.

Year 5 Year 6
Art 1 1
Computing 1 1
Design Technology 1 1
French 1 1
Geography in LCS 1
History in LCS 1
LCS / Literacy 9 5
Library in LCS 1
Maths 5 5
Music 1 1
PE 2 2
PSHE in LCS in RE
Religious Education 1 2
Science 3 3
TOTAL 25 25

Classes in Year 5 are taught as 4 mixed-ability groups apart from in Maths where there is some setting by ability across half the cohort. The Literacy teacher will also teach drama and PSHE as well as humanities.

Classes in Year 6 are taught as 4 mixed-ability groups apart from Maths and English where five teachers are available and there is a top group, three middle groups and one lower ability group.

History / Geography in Year 6 will show as Humanities in order for the teacher to have more flexibility in planning and assessing the programme of study,  i.e. they can teach both lessons in a week as history rather than always having to stick to one of each per week.

Key Stage 3 Provision

 

The Key Stage 3 curriculum also comprises 25 lessons per week plus extra-curricular activities and enrichment events.

Year 7 Year 8
Art 1 1
Computing 1 1
Drama 1 0
Design Technology 1 1
English 4 4
French 2 2
Geography 1 1
History 1 1
Maths 4 4
Music 1 1
Options 0 1
PE 2 2
PSHE 1 1
Religious Education 2 2
Science 3 3
TOTAL 25 25

 

In Year 7, pupils are organised into 4 teaching groups.  These are mixed ability groups for most subjects. DT is taught in 3 groups for each half of the cohort (60 pupils). Drama in Year 7 complements the English curriculum.

In Year 8, arrangements are the same as Year 7. Although, instead of drama there is a lesson of Options subjects (guided preferences): from MFL, Advanced Computer Science, Performing Arts, Design and Technology, Applied Sport and Exercise.  This ‘Options’ lesson is strongly linked to our careers programme both through the process of choosing and through explicit links to careers related to the subject including visiting speakers.

At St Edward’s Royal Free our curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our approach also complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014.

If you have any further queries about our curriculum please contact Mrs J Bruce-Carter via the school office.