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Curriculum Design for the Future

What curriculum do we offer?

 

All students have access to a broad and balanced range of courses relevant to their needs. The curriculum fulfils the legal requirements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Religious Education, with pathways developed at both Key Stages 4 and 5 to offer a more personalised curriculum that is student focused and flexible. The curriculum promotes the differentiation of learning and teaching through the setting of students according to ability, supporting all and stretching and challenging the most able.  In some courses students are taught in mixed-ability teaching groups across Key Stages 3 and 4.

In addition to the “fixed curriculum” there is an extensive range of extra-curricular activities (clubs, study visits, enrichment programmes and charity projects) and other planned experiences to enhance the curriculum offer and to make learning at St Julie’s Catholic High School memorable, enjoyable and successful.

Why do we offer this curriculum?

 

 

A Curriculum for All Groups of students

 

Specific groups of students such as: most able, disadvantaged, special educational needs and English as an additional language will be supported using a range of strategies. Most able students will be supported daily within their classroom environment through stretch and challenge activities and differentiation. The SEN department will support students with identified learning needs as well as continued support within their classroom environment. Disadvantaged students who are eligible for Pupil Premium will receive support, which enables them to make progress from Key Stage 2 to 5.

 

Curriculum 2017/18

 

Key Stage 3

 

In response to the reformed GCSEs and A Levels Year 9 students will start their GCSE options from September 2017 (new curriculum model implemented since September 2015).  This is in response to the increased rigour and content of GCSE qualifications. Through schemes of work there will be a key focus on developing students’ analytical, evaluative and decision-making skills as well as supporting all ability levels with their higher level numeracy and literacy skills.

Students will continue to have access to a range of courses across Key Stage 3 in order to prepare them for GCSEs (starting in Year 9) and other equivalent qualifications. Year 7 to 11 students will attend thirty taught lessons each week.

Subjects

Yr. 7 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 8 No. of lessons per week

 

Subjects

Yr. 7 No. of lessons per week

Yr.8 No. of lessons per week

Maths

4

4

Geography

2

2

English

4

4

History

2

2

Science

4

4

PE

2

2

RE

3

3

Dance

1

1

MFL

2

2

Drama

1

1

Computer Science

1

1

Music

1

1

D and T 

2

2

Art

1

1

 

Please note that students with a KS2 scaled score of 110 and above or Level 5 and above will continue with MFL as a compulsory qualification from year 7 to 11.

GCSE Options process (decide in Year 8, to start GCSE options in Year 9)

Universities may ask for a specific number of GCSEs (or their equivalent). For example, a number of medical courses ask for five (sometimes more) A* grades (new grade 8). Modern Foreign Language qualifications are valued by admissions tutors across the best universities and businesses, and as such studying a Language will enhance the prospects of students applying to a range of competitive degree courses and careers choices.

Compulsory qualifications

All Year 9 students will continue to study:

 

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

Trilogy Science (worth x2 GCSEs)

Religious Studies

Physical Education (non-examined)

Computer Science

French or Spanish (for students with a KS2 scaled score of 110 or above)

 

 

Students who plan to go on to study ‘A’ Levels and apply to go to university will need to study English Baccalaureate (EBacc) qualifications, including Triple Science, Humanities (Geography and History) and Languages (French or Spanish).

Students who wish to study Separate Sciences must have a desire to study three sciences at A level and study competitive Science courses at university, such as Veterinary Science or Medicine.  All other students will study the Double Award Science course, which still is widely regarded as a good pathway to A level studies and beyond in Science. 

Assessment, curriculum and qualifications

Assessment frameworks will be changing nationally as we move towards a new numerical grading system. All parent/carers received a copy of the new St. Julie’s assessment framework during summer 2016. GCSE exams will be graded from 9-1, rather than A*-G as has been the case previously.

Subjects/

Quals

Yr. 7 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 8 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 9 No. of lessons per week

Yr.10 No. of lessons per week

Yr. 11 No. of lessons per week

Maths

4

4

5

4

5

English

4

4

5

5

5

Science

4

4

4

5

5

RE

3

3

3

3

3

MFL

2

2

3

3

3

Computer Science

1

1

2

1

1

PE

2

2

2

1

 

Art

1

1

 

 

 

Dance

1

1

 

 

 

Drama

1

1

 

 

 

Music

1

1

 

 

 

History

2

2

 

 

 

Geography

2

2

 

 

 

D and T

2

2

 

 

 

 

Optional subjects – Year 9 onwards (x3 lessons per week)

 

Art

Dance

Drama

PE

History

Geography

Business Studies

IT

Sociology

Graphics

Food Technology

Separate Sciences

Creative/Digital

 

 

 

 

Assessment, curriculum and qualifications

 

The reformed GCSEs will remain universal qualifications, with a balance of more challenging subject content and more rigorous assessment structures, enabling pupils achieving higher grades to progress onto A Levels. The Russell Group and other leading universities will have a greater role in the design of new A Levels.

Assessment frameworks changed nationally in 2014. All students now follow a numerical grading system (9-1). All parent/carers received a copy of the St. Julie’s assessment framework during summer 2017.

Please see below the curriculum content and overview for each curriculum area starting from September 2017.

Key Stage 5 2017/18

All students from Year 11 who apply to St Julies may be offered a place in Sixth Form for either Level 2 or Level 3 courses. It is essential that each student is coursed correctly in line with their prior attainment in relation to their GCSE grades and vocational or academic pathways they may be considering Post-16 and Post-18. Clear pathways from Key Stage 4 are implemented to ensure smooth progression between Key Stages and beyond. The curriculum offer within Sixth Form is predominantly academically focused however the vocational offer has been increased in order to meet the needs of students and the regional job market. All students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and Mathematics will continue to attend compulsory lessons each week Post-16. This is a statutory requirement.

Please note that the majority of A Level courses have now moved to linear assessment (i.e. no marks accrued in Year 12 A/S examinations can be carried forward to Year 13). In these subjects, students will be taught on the basis that they will follow the course for two years. If they choose to drop the course after one year and sit A/S Level examinations, they must understand that teachers will not have explicitly prepared students for A/S Level content or assessment criteria, both of which now differ from full A Level.

Year 12

AS History

Applied Business Studies

AS Art and Design

AS Chemistry

AS Spanish

AS English Literature

AS Biology

AS Drama

BTEC Music

BTEC Graphics

AS Dance

AS English Lang/Lit

AS Sociology

AS Physics

AS Health and Social Care

AS Travel and Tourism

AS Mathematics

AS Psychology

AS Religious Studies

Applied ICT

 

AS Geography

BTEC Science

 

 Year 13

A2 Chemistry

A2 Drama

A2 English Language

A2 Art and Design

A2 Geography

A2 English Lang/Lit

A2 Spanish

A2 Biology

A2 English Literature

A2 Mathematics

A2 Sociology

A2 Dance

A2 Applied ICT

A2 Religious Studies

A2 Travel and Tourism

A2 Psychology

BTEC Music

BTEC Science

A2 History

A2 Applied Business Studies

 

A2 Health and Social Care

BTEC Graphics

 Applied ICT