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 Studies, 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 ready for Key Stage 4 studies in Years 9, 10 and 11. 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 and Computer Science

Health and Social Care, Sport, Creative iMedia, Engineering, Food and Cookery 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
  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Art
  • Music
  • Religious Studies
  • Computing

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

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Physical Education

Optional  subjects:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer Studies
  • iMedia
  • Engineering
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Childcare
  • Engineering
  • Design Technology
  • 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 Pathway)
  • Religious Studies

Core subjects taught within blocking arrangements:

  • Physical Education

Optional  subjects:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Art
  • Music
  • Computer Studies
  • iMedia
  • Engineering
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Social Care
  • Engineering
  • Food and Cookery

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

  • French  (Red Pathway)
  • Religious Studies

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 and 8
  • GCSE in Years 9, 10 and 11 – AQA exam board
  • GCSE in Years 9,10 and 11 – AQA exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE in Years 9, 10 and 11 – AQA exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • Core GCSEs and Additional Science in Years 9, 10 and 11 (as separate Biology, Chemistry and Physics in Red Pathway) – AQA exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • Food and Cookery VCERT Level 2 in Years 9 and 10, Engineering VCERT Level 2 in Years 9, 10 and 11
  • GCSE (AQA) in Year 11: Graphic Products, Resistant Materials, Textiles Technology
  • Core French in Years 7 and 8
  • Core French in Years 9, 10 and 11 Red Pathways – an option choice for Blue and Green Pathways – AQA exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE Option in Years 9, 10 and 11 – OCR A exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE Option in Years 9, 10 and 11 – Edexcel exam board
  • Core in all year groups
  • GCSE Option in Years 9 and 10 – AQA exam board
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • GCSE Option in Years 9, 10 and 11
  • Core in Years 7 and 8
  • BTEC Option in Years 9 and 10
  • GCSE Option in Year 11
  • Core in Years 7 and 8 as Computing
  • Option in Years 9, 10 and 11: Computer Science GCSE  – OCR exam board
  • Option in Years 9, 10 and 11: Creative iMedia – OCR exam board
  • Core in all year groups
  • Option in Year 11: Physical Education GCSE (AQA)
  • Option in Years 9, 10 and 11: Sport BTEC Level 2 (Edexcel)
  • BTEC Option in Years 9, 10 and 11
  • Engineering VCERT Level 2 in Years 9, 10 and 11

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 Mr Morgans on 01325 300 328.

Updated September 2017

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