Curriculum Overview

Our curriculum for Key Stage 3 & 4 can be read below.  For information on our Curriculum Policy, please see the document on the left hand side of this page

Key Stage 3

The current curriculum in Year 7 and 8 is 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 accelerated learning classes for those who have not made expected progress at primary school
  • Develop global citizenship and offer a Modern Foreign Language -

The KS3 curriculum will consist of a total of 30 x 50 minute lessons over a weekly timetable and is designed to reflect the range of experience and skills of students that will be attending the new school.  Some lessons of a more practical nature will be scheduled as double lessons to maximise progress.

Subject/other activity

Sessions per week

Maths

4

English

4

Science

4

PE

3

Engineering & Design

2

Art

1

Spanish

2

Computing

2

Geography

2

History

2

Philosophy & Ethics

1

Successful Lives

1

Drama

1

Music

1

Total

30

Tutor Time each day and/or Focus Days will also be used to develop life skills and address Personal, Health and Enterprise Education as well as addressing Spirital, Moral Social and Cultural learning.  All students will participate in three educational trips per year to enhance and develop their cultural capital and life skills.

 

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 30 x 50 minute lessons over a weekly 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 vocational options

Subject/other activity

Lessons per Week

Mandatory/ Voluntary

Comments

English Lang/Lit

5

M

GCSE

Maths

5

M

GCSE

Science

5

M unless taking Triple Science

GCSE: double for all with Triple Science as an option

PE

2

M

Non-examined core PE

Financial Effectiveness

1

M

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

Option One

4

V

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

Option Two

4

V

Choose one subject from either Table A or B

Option Three

4

V

Choose one subject from either Table A or B

Total

30

 

 

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
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Triple Science (replacing Double)
  • Computer Science
  • Art and Design
  • Drama
  • Business Studies/ Finance
  • Engineering
  • Food Technology
  • Religious Studies & Ethics

Vocational Qualifications

Vocational Qualifications

  • 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.