Curriculum Overview

Our Curriculum

“4. We want to transform the life-chances of our children by focussing on raising standards, particularly the basic life skills of literacy and numeracy as well as employability skills so that our students have the best possible start in life.”

Part of Outwood Grange Academies Trust Values Statement

Vision

We firmly believe that all children, irrespective of their starting point, are entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end, we are delighted to offer an innovative and knowledge rich curriculum, which enables any student within our academy to fulfil their potential and develop the all-important skills and qualities, which will serve them well in later life.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is run over Years 9, 10 and 11, rather than the two years (10 and 11) which were traditionally advocated. This additional year is one of the hallmarks of our curriculum. This, along with the permanent, supernumerary subject specialist directors of English, maths, science, humanities, modern foreign languages, computer science and the arts, who work across all the academies within the OGAT group, are key to helping teachers add the maximum value that we can to a child’s education.

Alongside these important subject specialists, we also deploy specialists in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Attendance: regular attendance is critical to a child’s success.

We fully support the entitlement that students have to study the group of qualifications, which the government calls the English Baccalaureate (EBacc): a GCSE grade 5 or higher in one English, mathematics, two sciences, one humanities subject (geography or history) and a modern foreign language.

To allow students to spread the examination load in Key Stage 4, and help them achieve a balance in their studies, up to two non-EBacc subjects can be studied and taken at the end of Year 10. This early entry option also helps students prepare for the further examinations that they will take at the end of Year 11 and can often be a real turning point in a student’s education. Our highly flexible Key Stage 4 curriculum allows us to create personalised guided pathways for our students.

There will be the opportunity to have additional time for English or mathematics, for those who need it. We do this in the full knowledge that further and higher education, as well as many employment opportunities, require students to have attained a good level (GCSE grade 5 or higher) of literacy and numeracy.

Religious Education/SMSC

As part of our commitment to spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC), students study religious education within the academy’s Life programme. In addition to specific content delivered through the Life programme, students also experience SMSC across other curriculum areas. Life lessons also promote students’ personal, social, health and citizenship (PSHCE) development and understanding. For further information on our approach to PSHCE please see the OGAT Sex and Relationships Education Policy on the OGAT website.

British Values

For information about how the academy promotes British values, please click here.

Personalisation through Setting

As part of our commitment to ensuring that every student has the best possible chance of success, we personalise the learning provision for every student in the core subjects of English, maths and science by placing each student in a learning group that is appropriate to their ability. Every student will be stretched, challenged and supported through this personalisation of the curriculum.

Enrichment

Students are provided with opportunities to add depth to their learning and develop personal skills through a rich and varied enrichment programme. Students will have the chance to enjoy new experiences and consolidate their timetabled learning through this programme. Further detailed information on the opportunities available to students can be found in the academy’s Enrichment Brochure.

Years 7 and 8

During Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad and balanced curriculum which includes English, maths and science. Students will also study a range of expressive arts subjects, geography, history, religious education through the Life programme, computer science, technology subjects, a modern foreign language and physical education.

Years 9, 10, and 11

Students will start studying GCSE or equivalent courses in Year 9. These will include English (including English Literature), mathematics and science (which includes physics, chemistry and biology). Students will also study physical education and the Life programme.

During Years 9 to 11, students will study a variety of Guided Pathway courses. These courses will all contribute to the qualifications a student will gain over the course of Key Stage 4. The courses currently being delivered at Key Stage 4 are included in the table below.

Guided Pathways Courses

EBacc Geography GCSE (9-1) in Geography
History GCSE (9-1) in History
MFL GCSE (9-1) in French
MFL GCSE (9-1) in Urdu
Non EBacc DT GCSE (9-1) in Design and Technology (Textiles / Graphics / Product Design)
DT GCSE (9-1) in Food Preparation and Nutrition
Social Sciences BTEC Health & Social Care
Social Sciences GCSE (9-1) Citizenship
Physical Education BTEC Sport
Creative Arts BTEC Performing Arts
Creative Arts BTEC Music
Creative Art GCSE (9-1) in Art and Design
Business BTEC Enterprise
ICT Cambridge Nationals iMedia
Maths GCSE (9-1) Statistics
Website – Curriculum – Overview Page – At the bottom under “Guided Pathways”

For more information on the curriculum, please contact the Assistant Principal for Deep Experience, Andrew Hill: a.hill@cityfields.outwood.com

Enrichment Activities:

Although timetabled lessons end at 2.30pm, students can then choose from a range of enrichment activities and clubs, typically running from 2.30-3.30pm, although some go on longer than this.
There are over 20 to choose from each week.
Examples are: PE clubs and practices, brew and review, science club, music enrichment and rehearsal, Russian and Polish, social, cultural and community based enrichment, plus catch-up and revision sessions in many subjects.
Please see below the Enrichment timetable for 2018/2019:

Creative Enrichment:

Monday
Homework Club Y9/10 Com 1 Mr Webb
Homework Club Y7/8 Library Mrs Golding
Russian Y7-10 EAL2 Mrs Polanska
Football Y9 SH Mr Rayner
Girls Fitness Y8-10 Girls SH Miss Hall
Art Y7/8 Art Mr McCune
LAMDA Y7-10 SH Mr Butterfield
Vocal Group Y7-10 Music Mrs Le Page

Wednesday
Homework Club Y7-10 Library Mrs Wilkinson
Cooking Club Y7-10 Food room Miss Ruddock
Polish Y7-10 EAL 2 Mrs Polanska
Netball Y7-10 SH Mrs Alderson
Football Y7 & Y8 SH Mr Rayner
Ukulele Y7-10 Music Mrs Le Page
Multi sports Y7 Gym PE

Thursday
Homework Club Y7-10 Library Mrs Golding
Science Homework help Y710 S5 Miss Coe
Humanities Club Y7-9 H3 Miss Brahman
Social Skills Y7-9 Bridge Mrs Batley
Mindfulness Y7-10 Com 1 Mr Webb
Football Y10 SH Mr Cafferky
Board Games Y7-10 EAL 1 Miss Erikson
Keyboard Club Y7-10 Music Mrs Le Page
Drama Performance Y7-10 SH Mr Butterfield
Current Affairs club Y7-10 L8 Mr Cresswell
Cross Project Y7-10 FL3 Mr Woodhouse

Friday
Badminton All years SH PE
Woodwind Invite only Music Mrs Le Page

Supportive Enrichment:

Monday
Science Y11 Science Department All Science Teachers
Science (Triple) Y11 S2 Miss Guest

Wednesday
Maths Y11 Maths Department All Maths Teachers

Thursday
English Y11 English Department All English Teachers
French Y10 L1 Miss Harris-Jukes

Friday
History Y11 H4 Mr Dadvar
History Y11 H3 Miss Bramham
Geography Y11 H1 Mr Stead
French Y11 L2 Mr Hill
Food & Nutrition Y11 Food Room Mrs Ruddock
Graphics / Business / IT Y11 COM 1 Mr Webb
Art Y11 Art Room Mr McCune
Drama Y11 Drama Studio Mr Butterfield
Music Y11 Music Room Mrs Le Page
BTEC Sport Y11 COM 2 Mrs Alderson / Mr Rayner
Health & Social Care Y11 S6 Mrs Wilkinson

Exams – to go at the top:
Key Dates for 2018-2019
Summer GCE and GCSE Examinations
First Exam Day in Series: 13th May 2019
Last Exam Day in Series: 26th June 2019
Summer Results Days
GCE Results Issue Day: 15th August 2019
GCSE Results Issue Day: 22nd August 2019
Information for students and parents
Examinations can be a stressful time for all of the family, not just the student actually taking the examination. In this section, you’ll find revision tips, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and all of the official information from JCQ that is given to students every year.