curriculum

The Curriculum at Woodham

The curriculum at Woodham Academy has been designed to maximise the learning potential of all students and promote ‘Achievement for All’. All students have equal access to a challenging and stimulating curriculum that provides opportunities, for the most able as well as supporting those from a lower starting point, to be successful. The curriculum balances the requirements of the need for the school to demonstrate its effectiveness through a progress 8 curriculum as well as providing a genuine element of choice for students during the options process as students enter KS4.

Key Stage 3

Students are grouped into pathways, red, blue and green. All pathways follow a curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Computing, Science, Art, Music, French, History and Geography.  Success and progress allow high aspirations for all. The main differences between pathways are essentially the pace and depth of study of complex topics.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the pathways take on a more distinctive flavour to initiate the 14-19 learning continuum. Their characteristics are described in documentation provided for students and parents in Years 8. Students have a significant element of choice to allow them to put together a programme which leads to examinations and qualifications and which meets their needs and future aspirations. Where appropriate, students will be guided into pathways that allow them to access a full range of English Baccalaureate subjects.

GCSE options include Art, History, Geography, Computer Science and Media Studies.

Health and Social Care, Sport, Creative iMedia, Engineering and Music are vocational options.

The curriculum is made up of 30 taught sessions per week (6 per day).
PCC is delivered during 4 Specialist days calendared throughout the year and covers all elements of Personal Social and Health Education with Citizenship, RSE, Careers and Enterprise Education (PCC), 

The Curriculum – Year by Year

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Art
  • Music

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Art
  • Music
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • Computing

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education
Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups within setting arrangements:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • French
  • Religious Education
  • History, Geography

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Physical Education

Optional  subjects leading to GCSE: (most students select 2)

  • Art and Design
  • Computer Science
  • Design Technology
  • Engineering
  • Music
  • Food and Cookery

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups within setting arrangements:

  • English GCSE
  • English Literature GCSE
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Science GCSEs (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Red Pathway)
  • French GCSE (Red and Blue Pathway)
  • Religious Education

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology GCSEs (including Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology) (Blue / Green Pathways)
  • Physical Education

Optional  subjects:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Computer Studies
  • Engineering
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Design Technology  (including Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology)
  • Food and Cookery

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups within setting arrangements:

  • French  (Red Pathway)
  • Religious Education

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design and Technology GCSEs (including Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology)(blue/green pathways
  • Physical Education

Optional  subjects:

  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Art and Design GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Physical Education GCSE
  • Computer Studies GCSE
  • Sport BTEC Level 2
  • Health and Social Care BTEC Level 2
  • Design Technology GCSEs (including Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology)
  • Engineering VCERT studies Level 2

The Curriculum – Subject by Subject

  • Core in Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Core GCSE in Years 10 and 11
  • Core in Red and Blue Pathways GCSE (Edexcel) in Year 10
  • Core across all pathways in Year 10
  • Core in Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Core GCSE (Edexcel) in Years 10 and 11
  • Core in Years 7, 8 and 9
  • Core GCSEs (OCR) in Years 10 and 11 (as separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Red Pathway)
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • Option in Year 9
  • Option in Year 9: GCSE Design Technology, Food and Cookery VCERT Level 2, Engineering VCERT Level 2
  • Core GCSE (AQA) Year 10 and 11: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology
  • Core in Years 7, 8 and 9 French
  • Core in Year 10 and 11 (Blue and Red Pathways): French
  • Core in Year 7 within Woodham Learning framework
  • Core in Years 8 and 9
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: GCSE (AQA)
  • Core in Year 7 within Woodham Learning framework
  • Core in Years 8 and 9
  • Option in Year 10 iGCSE
  • Option in Year 11: GCSE (WJEC)
  • Core in all year groups
  • Year 11: GCSE (WJEC) short course. N.B Full GCSE course available through optional twilight provision
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • Option in Years 9, 10 and 11: GCSE (AQA)
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: Applied Art and Design BTEC Level 2 (Edexcel)
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • Option in Years 9, 10 and 11: GCSE (AQA)
  • Core in Year 7 within Woodham Learning framework as Computing
  • Core in Years 8 as Computing
  • Option in Year 9 as Computer Science GCSE (OCE)
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: Computer Science GCSE (OCR)
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: ICT GCSE (OCR)
  • Core in all year groups
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: Physical Education GCSE (AQA)
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: Sport BTEC Level 2 (Edexcel)
  • Option in Year 11 : Dance GCSE (AQA)
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: GCSE (WJEC)
  • Option in Years 9 and 10, (GCSE Edexcel)
  • Option in Year 10: (GCSE Edexcel)
  • Option in Year 9: Engineering studies Level 2
  • Option in Years 10 and 11: GCSE (AQA) delivered in partnership with South West Durham Training
  • Core skills-based curriculum in Year 7, including Geography, History and Computing in terms 2 and 3

Please note though very few choose to do so, parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Education and/or assemblies for collective worship. Should you wish to exercise this right, please contact your child’s head of year.

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If you require any further information regarding curriculum please contact Danny Morgans on 01325 300 328.

Updated June 2014

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