Curriculum Overview

Netherthorpe School – Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Statement

The aim of our curriculum at Netherthorpe is:

  • To make all learning an enjoyable experience which develops students as fully rounded individuals and enables them to explore their talents and interests.

  • To develop skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and decision making so that they are able to function in adult life.

  • To address students social, emotional and behavioural needs.

  • To prepare students for the world of work and independent living and to take their place as active citizens of the United Kingdom.

In achieving our aims we will deliver a curriculum that:

  • Is stimulating, motivating, enjoyable and seeks to engage pupils in their learning.

  • Challenges and stretches students to achieve their potential and promotes high standards.

  • Is delivered in a supportive, safe and attractive environment by high quality teaching

  • Encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour based upon mutual respect.

  • Supports post 16 progression into further education, employment or training.

  • Prepares students for life beyond school both in their personal and working lives.

  • Promotes students spiritual, moral and social development enabling them to become active citizens..

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The two year Key Stage 3 ( KS3 ) curriculum is delivered in years 7 and 8. The curriculum comprises the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and the following foundation subjects: Geography, History, Languages   ( French or Spanish ), Technology, Information Technology, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Religious Studies and PSHE.

The time allocation for each subject is as follows:

Number of hours per week

Subject Year 7 Year 8 
English  33
Maths  33
Science  3
Geography  2 2
History  2 2
Languages  2 2
Technology  2 2
Physical Education  2 2
Drama   1 1
Art  1 1
Religious Studies   1 1
PSHE  1 1
Music  1 1
Information Technology  1 1
    
  Total 25 25

Languages            

On entry to the school, students will be placed into a teaching group that will study either French or Spanish. They will then study that particular language throughout the whole of KS3 ( and the first year of KS4 ).

Technology

Within technology, students study a variety of topics which presently include Food, Textiles, Graphics and Design Technology

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The three year Key Stage 4 ( KS4 ) curriculum is delivered in years 9, 10 and 11. In year 9 students follow a common curriculum before making option choices for the start of year 10. In years 10 and 11 the following subjects are compulsory: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Science, PE ( non examined ) and Citizenship.

The time allocation for each subject from September 2015 is as follows: - 2014-15 time allocation, if different, is shown in bracket.

Number of hours per week

Subject  Year 9Year 10 Year 11 
English (Lang / Lit  5 4
Maths 4 4 3
Double Science  3 5 5
Physical Education 2 2 1
Citizenship 1 1 
Geography  1  
History  1  
Languages 3  
Technology   
Drama 1  
Art 1  
Religious Studies  1  
Music  1  
Information Technology  1  
 Total 25   
     
Option 1   2 3
Option 2   2 3
Option 3    2 3
Option 4    2 3
  Total  25 25

 

Options

Students are allowed to choose 4 subjects from the list below ( subject to availability ). At least one choice must be from a subject marked *.

Geography (*)                  Art                                  Physical Education
History (*)                         Drama                           Religious Studies
Third Science (*)              Food                              Media Studies                       Computer Studies (*)     Resistant Materials    Health and Social Care
French (*)                          Textiles                         Music
Spanish (*)                        Graphics                       Citizenship                                 Business Studies              Information Technology

In addition to Option choices a small number of students follow vocational courses with our Learning Community providers.                                  

The Key Stage 5 Curriculum

The two year Key Stage 5 ( KS5 ) curriculum is delivered in years 12 and 13. Students select up to 4 Advanced level subjects from a prescribed list or a BTEC level 3 in Health and Social Care. They study each option subject for 5 hours per week in both years.

 

Offer to Y12 students for September 2015 is:   
         
                                                   

Option A

Option B

Option C

Option D

Applied Science

Chemistry

Art

Biology

Biology

Geography

English Literature

Business Studies

Chemistry

French

English Language

Geography

English Language

Health & Social Care

Geography

History

Product Design

ICT

PE

Physics

History

Music

Psychology

Religious Studies

Mathematics

Psychology

Mathematics

Psychology

Spanish

Citizenship

Computing

English Literature

Textiles

Further Maths

Sociology

Drama

Food

Physics

 

 

Creative Media

 

 

 

Level 3 BTEC in Health and Social Care (equivalent to 3 A levels)

 

         

 

Students who are prevented from selecting their preferred combination of subjects should discuss this with the Assistant Headteacher responsible for the 6th form. There is a degree of flexibility and we may be able to accommodate alternative choices.