Curriculum

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“Our son is happy at school and for a teenager that is brilliant. He is still interested in his school subjects and motivated to learn which is down to the standard of teaching in the school and the motivation provided by the school.”

– Parent Kirkland, Rowell Survey March 2015

Rednock School Curriculum 2016 | 2017

The aims of our curriculum:

We aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes and sustains a thirst for knowledge, a love of learning and an inquisitive mind.  A portfolio of skills and competences are developed through a rich and relevant curriculum that equips learners for the challenges ahead.  The breadth of choice is supported by a strong, impartial supporting framework of information, advice and guidance.  The curriculum provision provides opportunities for academic, technical and sporting excellent enabling learners to achieve their full potential, regardless of starting points.  It also contributes to learners’ physical well-being and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.  There is a focus on promoting British values across all key stages.  The Rednock School curriculum vision is to work in partnership with learners, carers and the wider community to facilitate choice, be inclusive and secure achievement for all.

Our curriculum aims will enable students to:

  • achieve their full potential and be equipped to achieve their aspirations;
  • develop the skills and attitudes necessary to become positive members of society;
  • enjoy learning and develop lively and enquiring minds so that they can discuss issues and make informed decisions;
  • be confident in their own abilities and respect the achievements and aspirations of others;
  • become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty.
Key Stage 3:

Students in Key Stage 3 follow the reformed (2014) National Curriculum.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-framework-for-key-stages-1-to-4

Time allocation (in hours) for each subject in Key Stage 3 is as follows:
Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English     6     6     7
Mathematics     6     6     7
Science     5     6     6
French     4     3     3
Geography     2     3     3
History     2     3     3
Philosophy & Applied Ethics     2     2     2
Technology     4     4     4
Physical Education     4     4     4
Art     2     2     2
Music     2     2     2
Drama     1     2     1
Computing     2     2     2
Life Skills     1     1     1
Skills Based Curriculum     7     0     0
2nd Language – German | Spanish     0     4     3
Total Hours     50     50     50

For Modern Foreign Languages, in Years 8 and 9, sets 1 and 2 will study two languages while the other students will focus on one language, French.  A number of students will study French for 5 periods and follow a Numeracy and Literacy programme for 2 periods.

Key Stage 4:

Students starting Year 10 in September 2016 will follow the newly reformed GCSE qualifications in all subjects except Media, DT Product Design and DT Textiles.

Students starting Year 11 in September 2016 will follow the reformed GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature and Maths only.

Time allocation (in hours per fortnight) for each subject in Key Stage 4:
Subject Year 10 Year 11
English     7     8
Mathematics     7     8
Science     9     9
Physical Education     3     3
Digital Literacy     2     0
Life Skills and Ethics     2     2
Pool A     5     5
Pool B     5     5
Pool C     5     5
Pool D     5     5
Total Hours     50     50
Key Stage 5:

In Years 12 and 13 students are likely to follow one of the Curriculum Pathways listed below:

Technical Baccalaureate Pathway:

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge; Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); Level 3 Maths Qualification (Core or A Level); Level 3 Approved Vocational Qualification (1 or 2).

Optional Component of Pathway: A Levels (1 or 2); Level 3 Certificate Courses; Work Experience Placements; AS in General Studies.

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Level 3 Baccalaureate (AQA)

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge; Extended Project Qualification (Year 12); 3 x A Levels; AS in General Studies (Year 12).

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Level 2 | 3 Pathway

Compulsory Component of Pathway: Enrichment – Work Related Learning; Community Participation; Personal Development – Skills Challenge.

Optional Component of Pathway: Extended Project Qualification; Level 3 Approved Vocational Qualification (1, 2 or 3); Maths and English GCSE as required; Level 3 Certificate Courses; Level 3 ECDL | Office Skills; A Levels (1, 2 or 3); Work Experience Placements; AS in General Studies.

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Qualifications Available:

A Level:

Art and Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computing; Economics; English Literature and Language; French; Further Maths; History; Maths; Photography; Physical Education; Physics; Product Design; Psychology; Sociology

Level 3 BTECs:

Applied Sciences; Drama and Theatre Studies; Health and Social; Leisure and Tourism; Music

Level 3 Certificates:

Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) (1 Year Course); Level 3 Employability Course.

GCSE:

English Language; Maths

Note on AS and A Level Entry:

During this current period of change in the national picture of post-16 curriculum provision we are moving towards an A level only entry model.  Subjects on legacy specifications such as Maths, Further Maths, Media and Product Design will continue to have AS entry in June 2017.  Some subjects may choose to enter individuals or whole cohorts for the AS examination in consultation with the school’s Senior Leadership Team if it is believed to be in the best interests of the students.