curriculum

The Curriculum at Woodham

Woodham Academy has a curriculum which concerning qualifications reflects the demands of the National Curriculum and recent developments. It has been designed to be broad, balanced, relevant and responsive to the needs of learners, their community and society.

Key Stage 3

Students are grouped into pathways, red, blue and green. All pathways follow a curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Personal Social and Health Education with Citizenship, Careers and Enterprise Education (PCC), Physical Education, Religious Education, Design and Technology, Computing, Science, Art, Music, French, History and Geography. Several of these subjects are integrated into the Year 7 Woodham Learning programme. The different pathways allow us to deliver a curriculum with an appropriate level of challenge for all students. 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 & 9. National Curriculum subjects are available and these are substantially augmented by new subjects. 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 and option choices that allow them to access a full range of English Baccalaureate subjects. By beginning some Key Stage 4 Options in Year 9, students will study subjects fully in a broad way, enhancing prospects of gaining the highest grades by the end of Year 11.

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

Health and Social Care is a vocational option.

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.

The Curriculum – Year by Year

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups:

  • English – taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Mathematics- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Science- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • French- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Art
  • Music

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education

Core subjects taught within mixed-ability tutor groups:

  • Accelerated Reading Programme
  • Religious Education
  • PCC
  • Woodham Learning (a learning-skills based programme delivered in term 1 by tutors)

From January onwards, Geography, History, Computing, Health and Social Care, Additional Art and Graphics are delivered within the Woodham Learning framework by subject specialists.

Core subjects taught in pathway (ability) groups:

  • English- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Mathematics- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Science- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • French- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Art
  • Music
  • History- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Geography- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Religious Education- taught in sets for green and some blue pathway students
  • Computing

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Design and Technology
  • Physical Education

Core subject taught within mixed-ability tutor groups:

  • PCC
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

Core subject taught within mixed-ability tutor groups:

  • PCC

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 (with 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

Core subject taught within mixed-ability tutor groups:

  • PCC

Optional  subjects:

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

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

  • English GCSE (with English Literature GCSE for Red and Blue Pathways)
  • Mathematics GCSE
  • Science GCSEs (separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Red Pathway)
  • French GCSE (Red / Blue Pathway)
  • Religious Education GCSE
  • ICT OCR National

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

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

Core subject taught within mixed-ability tutor groups:

  • PCC

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
  • Applied Art and Design 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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Updated June 2014

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