Smestow School Curriculum Intent Implementation and Impact
What do we intend to achieve through our curriculum?
To build people through the development of key skills, knowledge and values through our provision
Develop subject specific skills as well as the key transferable skills of
Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Independence, Communication, Self-Management
Develop the key values around
Respect, Honesty, Resilience, Integrity, Accountability
How do we implement our learning?
Learning is implemented through:
How do we evaluate the impact of our curriculum?
We evaluate our impact through:
Our aim is to provide an outstanding education for all of our students through the development of key skills and knowledge which are underpinned by our academy values.
Students will experience a learning journey that enhances their academic ability and develops their character so they become self-assured, confident and independent individuals.
We intend to bring out the best in every student and prepare them for success in life.
HOW DO WE IMPLEMENT OUR LEARNING?
We operate a two-week timetable and a five-period day, each period being one hour in length.
We operate a broad and balanced curriculum which focuses on student progress
A sequential learning journey from Years 7—13 ensures students build upon prior knowledge and develop a deep understanding of subject knowledge and required skills.
We use the National Curriculum to underpin students’ learning in the early phase of their secondary education where students develop progressive skills and knowledge to support them to seamlessly progress onto the examination phase of their education.
At 16 students can choose to progress onto our UWMAT VI form, where a breadth of courses and teacher expertise across two academy campuses ensures students gain the qualifications and develop skills to progress onto their chosen pathway at 18.
Alongside the taught curriculum, students’ have a wide enrichment offer that enables them to develop into rounded, interesting individuals with a broad range of skills.
ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM
Subjects are faculty based. We have four faculties; Commerce, Communications, Humanities and Science/Technology/PE.
All Heads of Faculty receive support from the Teaching and Learning Leads within the Academy. Every faculty has a suite of rooms for delivery of specific subjects.
In the early phase of their education, students follow a curriculum that builds upon skills and content from Key Stage 2 to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in the following subjects:
English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computer Science / ICT, Drama, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Religious, Social and Health Education, Physical Education, Technology.
We liaise with students to inform the subject preference blocks they will choose from to ensure that they are bespoke to their aspirations as they enter the next phase of their education. These are aspirational for all our students
In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum is organised in subject preference blocks with students having a choice of four subjects from the option blocks on offer. English and Mathematics, Science and Core Physical Education are compulsory for all students. Option subjects are: Art, Business, Computer Science, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, Triple Science, Religious Studies, Sport, Technology and Travel and Tourism.
RSHE is delivered through the curriculum, assemblies and the tutor programme, alongside specialist external support.
HOW DO EVALUATE THE IMPACT OF OUR CURRICULUM?
ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES AND STUDENT OUTCOMES
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE
EXTERNAL PARTNER REVIEW
ANALYSIS OF STUDENT PROGRESS
QUALITY OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
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