Curriculum Overview

Key Stage 3

Students joining the school in September 2019 will be part of a relatively small school with only four forms of entry. The curriculum in Year 7 and 8 is likely to run as follows:

The key priorities for the curriculum at Key stage 3 are to:

  • Ensure a smooth transition from primary schools to Stone Lodge School; building confidence and ensuring there is great excitement about the school offer
  • Develop a strong focus on the development of core skills in literacy, numeracy, and computing
  • Introduce the Endeavour mindset programme and ensure all students are developing an awareness of Enterprise and Financial Literacy
  • Offer catch up classes for those who have not made expected progress at primary school
  • Develop global citizenship and offer MFL options-

The KS3 curriculum will consist of a total of 60 x 50 minute lessons over a two-week timetable and is designed to reflect the range of experience and skills of students that will be attending the new school.

Subject/other activity

Sessions per fortnight

Mandatory/ Voluntary

Comments

Maths

8

M

 

English

8

M

1 lesson per fortnight will have a  Drama focus

 

Science

8

M

 

PE

4

M

 

Technology

3

M

 

Creativity-Art/ Music

4

M

 

French

6(or 4)

M

For Accelerated Groups it will be 2 hours of French and one hour of Mandarin

Computing

3

M

 

Geography

4

M

 

History

4

M

 

Religious Studies

4

M

 

Mindset/ Enterprise

4

M

 

Mandarin

(2)

V

For Accelerated Groups only and will require attendance at after school study sessions

 

 

 

 

Total

60

 

 

Focus days, in which there is a collapsed timetable, will be used to develop key aspects of public service and citizenship.  Tutor Time each day will also be used to develop life skills and address Personal, Social, Health and Enterprise education.

 

Key Stage 4

Key stage 4 students

The key priorities for the curriculum at this stage are to:

  •  Maintain pupil progress from KS3 to KS4 to ensure continuity and progression
  • Maintain a high quality of teaching across the curriculum
  • Continue to develop the core skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT-computing
  • Provide pathways to inform future intentions with an appropriate range of vocational and academic options
  • Provide opportunities to explore future career pathways, including though work experience placements

The KS4 curriculum will also consist of a total of 60 x 50 minute lessons over a two-week timetable. Students will follow the core curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Finance and PE and have 3 further option choices from a range of GCSE and BTEC choices

Subject/other activity

Lessons per Fortnight

Mandatory/ Voluntary

Comments

English Lang/Lit

10

M

GCSE

Maths

10

M

GCSE

Science

10

M unless taking Triple Science

GCSE: double for all with Triple Science as an option

PE

4

M

Non-examined core PE

Financial Effectiveness

2

M

Includes Citizenship, RE, PSHE, SRE, employability, etc.

Option One

8

V

Choose one subject from Table A: this ensures an EBacc-style offer

Option Two

8

V

Choose one subject from either Table A or B

Option Three

8

V

Choose one subject from either Table A or B

Total

60

 

 

Option choices may well have altered by the time our first intake of students reach Year 9 and 10, however the table above gives an indication of the types of subject choices that are likely to be available.

Table A

Table B

GCSE

GCSE

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Triple Science (replacing Double)
  • Computer Science
  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Business Studies/ Finance
  • Technology (DEC!)
  • Food Technology
  • RS

BTEC L1

BTEC L2

  • Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Sport
  • Engineering
  • Applied Science
  • Public services

 

Focus Days: Students will be helped to cope with the pressures of modern society, to make informed choices about financial management, drugs and sexual health. Tutors and close home-school links will effectively support this important aspect of the curriculum.