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 2020 | 2021

Our curriculum response to the current pandemic – January 2021

In response to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic we have modified the way in which our school curriculum is delivered. Our values remain the same, but we are conscious that home and blended learning present their own challenges, which we are keen to address.  

At KS3 the curriculum content remains the same, but the sequence of learning has been reviewed in most areas to ensure that the elements that lend themselves most readily to home learning are taught during times of partial closure.  

At KS4 and KS5 the approach is more closely dictated by the exam boards, but once again sequencing has been reviewed.  

We are also determined that the curriculum delivered to your homes should be of a similar high quality to that taught in school for vulnerable and key workers’ students. To this end we have moved all lessons to Google Classroom where lesson materials and assignments are to be found. Students in and out of school are all taught through this same platform to give a consistent approach.  

You can find out more about our blended learning approach here. If you have any questions related to access to these platforms please email helpdesk@rednockschool.org.uk and we’ll respond as soon as we can. If you have ongoing issues through lack of equipment please contact our main reception or email admin@rednockschool.org.uk and we will be able to let you know of any support schemes that we may be able to help you with. 

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 excellence 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 Years 7 to 9 (KS3) follow the 2014 Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.

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
Languages     4     5     5
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
Literacy     0     2     2
Total Hours     50     50     50

In Year 7 all students study French, German and Spanish for a term each.  During Term 4 they will be asked to choose which language they prefer to continue studying in Year 8 and Year 9.  

Please click here to view the Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guides

Key Stage 4:

Most students study a core curriculum (including 5 GCSEs) and 4 chosen option subjects (which can be either GCSE or vocational qualifications).

Regardless of the curriculum pathway followed, all KS4 students will study a Core Curriculum and have the opportunity to select between 2 to 4 option subjects:

Core Curriculum

English Language (One GCSE)

English Literature (One GCSE)

Maths (One GCSE)

Combined Science (Two GCSE’s)

ICT, Life Skills & Ethics, Physical Education – Non-examined subjects

The grading of the GCSE qualifications has changed to a 9 to 1 scale, click here for more details.

Time allocation (in hours per fortnight) for each subject in Key Stage 4:
Subject Year 10 Year 11
English     8     8
Mathematics     7     8
Science     9     9
Physical Education     3     3
Digital Literacy     1     0
Life Skills and Ethics     2     2
Option Choice A     5     5
Option Choice B     5     5
Option Choice C     5     5
Option Choice D     5     5
Total Hours     50     50

Please click here to view the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guides

Key Stage 5:

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

Science & Engineering 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 BTEC Applied Science

Optional Component of Pathway: A Levels (1 or 2); Level 3 BTEC Courses; Work Experience Placements.

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Academic Pathway:

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

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Level 2 | 3 Pathway:

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

Option Component of Pathway: Extended Project Qualification (Year 12); Level 3 BTEC Courses (1, 2 or 3); Maths and English GCSE as required; Level 3 Certificate Courses; A Levels (1, 2 or 3); Work Experience Placements

Progression Route: Apprenticeship | HND | Degree

Qualifications Available:

A Level:

Art and Design; Biology; Business Studies; Chemistry; Computer Science; Economics; English Literature and Language; Further Maths; Geography; History; Maths; Media; Photography; Physical Education; Physics; Product Design; Psychology; Sociology

Level 3 BTECs:

Applied Sciences; Drama and Theatre Studies; Health and Social; Music, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Tourism

GCSE:

English Language; Maths

Level 3 Certificates:

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ); Level 3 Certificate Mathematical Studies (Core Maths) – 1 year

Please click here to view the Key Stage 5 Curriculum Guides