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Curriculum

Intent

St Philip Howard offers a broad and balanced curriculum which engages, challenges and inspires our students.  We place the student at the heart of our curriculum and strive to offer a personalised learning experience, in which we are able to discover and develop the talents and abilities of each and every student in our care.

Our broad and balanced curriculum reflects our commitment to encouraging confident, independent learners, whilst giving all every opportunity to gain qualifications and life skills needed to become successful young adults.

A broad range of progression routes are in place and inclusive to all pupils to ensure that they are provided with the opportunity to grow, develop and realise their potential.

The academies curriculum is planned and sequenced to ensure a smooth transition between Year 6 and Year 7. We build on our students’ knowledge and skills and lay the foundations to enable them to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding in Key Stage 3 continuing into Year 9 and beyond when they specialise in chosen subjects. Pupils follow the National Curriculum through this broad and balanced approach and are provided with the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects.   

 

Implementation

The curriculum is a tool for implementing learning across a variety of subjects. It is designed and delivered in a sequence of units and lessons, allowing knowledge to be transferred and understanding assessed. Knowledge is built over time, building on a students’ prior knowledge. This knowledge is assessed using a variety of assessment measures, both formative and summative. Assessment data forms the basis and direction of future learning, where staff plan lessons in order to challenge and support students so that their knowledge is secured and progress is made. Our aim is to ensure that students are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills required for post-16 pathways and/or careers.   

 

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, our curriculum is broad and balanced, developing a ‘thirst for learning’ where students can build on prior learning but also develop new skills and knowledge.

 The time allowed for different subjects is spread over a two-week timetable totalling 50 hours. The number of hours per subject are as follows:

 

Subject  

Year 7  

Year 8  

English  

8

8

Maths  

8

8

Science  

6

6

Language  

4

4

Physical Education  

4

4

Technology  

2

2

History  

3

3

Geography  

3

3

Art  

2

2

Religious Education  

5

5

Music  

2

2

Computing  

2

2

PSHE  

1

1

Drama

1

1

 

In Year 9, pupils specialise in 3 subjects alongside the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and RE. This personalised curriculum allows students to study their specialist subjects at greater depth in order to develop a deeper passion, knowledge and understanding of each subject. These specialisms ensure that students are supported in making decisions about their future careers and pathways. Subject specialisms are reviewed annually to ensure that students are provided with the appropriate support and challenge for their individual needs. 

The time allowed for different subjects is spread over a two-week timetable totalling 50 hours. The number of hours per subject are as follows:  

 

Subject  

Year 7  

English  

9

Maths  

8

Science  

9

Physical Education  

4

Specialism 1

5

Specialism 2

5

Specialism 3

5

PSHE

1

 

Key Stage 4

Pupils in Key stage 4 continue to study their specialist subjects alongside their core curriculum (English, Maths, Science, RE). Topics and content for all KS4 qualifications varies on the choice of exam board and where applicable, the tiering (higher or foundation). The curriculum is monitored and evaluated at the end of each academic year, and changes are made in the best interest of the students.

The time allowed for different subjects is spread over a two-week timetable totalling 50 hours. The number of hours per subject are as follows:

 

Subject  

Year 11  

Year 11  

English  

9

9

Maths  

8

8

Science  

9

9

Physical Education  

4

4

Specialism 1

5

5

Specialism 2

5

5

Specialism 3

5

5

PSHE

1

1

 

Students have access to at least one hour of Physical Education per week to encourage them to lead healthy and active lifestyles which promotes personal well-being. 

 

Year 11

Throughout the Advent Term, students in Year 11 are interviewed by an independent Careers Consultant and are given many opportunities to discuss further education and employment with a variety of providers both inside and outside of school. This enables students to receive focused advice and guidance in order to help them make an informed decision about the next stage in their future study, employment or training.  

 

Impact

A well taught curriculum will lead to good results because the results the pupils will achieve will reflect the quality of education in what they have learnt and there will be gaps between groups in what they have learnt.

All pupils will be ready to start the next stage of education, training or employment and will in addition developed the cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

 

The curriculum policy can be found by clicking here. ​​​​

The PE extra curriculum Timetable can be found by clicking here.