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Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

The curriculum in Years 7 and 8

Each school is required to deliver the National Curriculum, Religious Education and Sex and Relationship Education. The curriculum must provide opportunities to learn, to promote students’ moral, mental, physical and spiritual development and to prepare young people for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.

We want our students to have a broad and balanced education that maximises their opportunities to experience success and develops their confidence as life-long learners.

Our curriculum in Key Stage 3 aims to provide a seamless transition from the primary phase, and has been specifically organised around opportunities for students to develop five core skills – communication, investigation, analysis, creativity and evaluation.

 

The table below shows how the 50 lessons per fortnight in Years 7 and 8 are distributed;

Subject

Hours per fortnight

Subject

Hours per fortnight

English

6

Drama

2

Mathematics

6

Music

2

Science

6

Information Technology

2

Foreign Languages

5

Design Technology

4

PE

4

RE

2

History

4

Personal Development

1

Geography

4

Art

2

 

Cross-Curricular days

There are four days each year on which the entire timetable is collapsed for the whole school. These days are used to engage all students in projects, cross-curricular themes, citizenship tasks and other learning opportunities.  The themes for cross-curricular days have included aspiration, determination, self-awareness and managing change. This year we are celebrating the 450th anniversary of the founding of the school, and the final cross –curricular day will focus on that aspect of the life of our school.

These days are designed to help students develop the five core skills, to build on their ability to work as part of a team, and to provide challenging scenarios, which will encourage deep learning.