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Curriculum

At Skinners’ our curriculum is designed to match the learner profile we seek to develop in our students. To this end we offer the traditional mix of strong academic subjects supported by an innovative STEM curriculum during Key Stage 3 and a bespoke COGs (metacognition) course.  Key Stage 3 is delivered during Years 7 to 9 but we accelerate students into Key Stage 4 programmes of study in Maths and the three science subjects in Year 9.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The table below shows the number of lessons and homeworks per fortnight per subject for each Year from 7 to 9.

 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

 

Lessons

Homework

Lessons

Homework

Lessons

Homework

English

6

1

6

1

6

1

Maths

6

3

6

3

6

3

French

3

1

5

1

4

1

Science

7

1

6

1

 

 

History

3

1

3

1

3

1

Geography

3

1

3

1

3

1

Art

2

1

2

1

2

1

STEM

3

1

3

1

3

1

Drama

1

-

1

-

1

-

RE/RS

2

1

2

1

2

1

Music

2

-

2

-

1

-

PSHCE

1

-

1

-

1

-

PE

2

-

1

-

1

-

Games

4

-

4

-

4

-

COGs

1

-

-

--

-

-

Classics

1

-

-

-

-

-

German

3

1

5

1

4

1

Biology

 

 

 

 

3

1

Chemistry

 

 

 

 

3

1

Physics

 

 

 

 

3

1

 

HOMEWORK

Timetabled homeworks of 45 minutes are supported by an expectation that all students are actively involved in Independent Study. This may be directed by the class teacher, (for example learning of vocabulary in languages) or students may use the time to refine, improve or research.

To ensure students are progressing at the appropriate rate Mathematics is taught in sets from Year 8; likewise languages from Year 9. All other subjects are taught in form classes.

 

KEY STAGE 3 ASSESSMENT

 

Old KS2 Level

PESE

CAT – preferred option for baseline target setting

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

KS 4 Expectation

KS 4 Expectation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old GCSE grade

New GCSE number

 

 

 

 

 

9 EP

A*

9

 

 

 

 

 

9 A

A*/A

7/8

 

 

 

 

8 EP

9 B

A/B

6/7

 

 

 

 

8 A

9 C

B/C

5/6

 

 

Exceeding

7 EP

8 B

 

 

 

6

Top

Secure – majority of Year   (75% A*/A)

7 A

8 C

 

 

 

5

Mid

Developing

7 B

 

 

 

 

4

Bottom

Emerging

7 C

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below

Working towards 7C

 

 

 

 

 

Four times a year through Progress reports and a Written Report students' progress is reported home to parents. The target grade is the grade the student should achieve at the end of that academic year. This is initially based on CAT tests taken in September of Year 7. The grade reported home at each reporting session shows if the student is on target to achieve that target grade by the end of the year. We will also report home on the student’s attitude to learning (behaviour for learning) and on their homework.

 

KEY STAGE 4 (YEARS 10 & 11)

Students take 11 GCSEs at the end of Year 11. This comprises English Literature, English Language, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and either French or German. The final three subjects are option choices selected from a second Modern Language, Geography, History, Economics, Design Technology, Art, Computer Science, Drama and Music.  

 

GCSE Options for 2017

The top Maths set takes GCSE at the end of Year 10 and follows a course leading to a Free Standing Maths Qualification at the end of Year 11.  

 

Year 10/11

 

Lessons

Homework

English

7 2

Maths

7

4

Modern Language

5

2

Religious Studies

2 (3 in Year 11)

2

Biology

3

2

Chemistry

3

2

Physics

3

2

Option choices

5

2

PE

1

-

Games

4

-

PSHCE

1 (Year 10)

-

Assessment during Key Stage 4 follows the same pattern as in Key Stage 3. Target grades are initially based on CAT estimates following tests being taken at the end of Year 9.

 

KEY STAGE 5 (SIXTH FORM)

Students start the Sixth Form by choosing four A-Level subjects. With the exception of unreformed A-Levels all external examinations are taken at the end of Year 13. Internal examinations in the summer of Year 12 are vital as the results help determine UCAS predictions and progress into Year 13. Occasionally a student may take 5 A-Levels (where one is Further Mathematics). A student may, where appropriate, reduce from four full A-Levels to three plus an EPQ, or three A-Levels.

Subjects available to study at A-Level are:

Maths and Further Maths, Business Studies and Economics (but not the two together), Geography, History, Government and Politics, French, German, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Product Design, Art, Music, English Literature, Philosophy and Ethics and Theatre Studies. 

Sixth Form prospectus

In addition to A-Levels, students also have Games on Wednesday afternoon Games lessons and one Civics (PSHE) lecture.

Assessment during Key Stage 5 follows the same pattern as in Key Stage 4. Target grades are based on ALPs forecasts.