Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The students gain experience of a variety of subject areas in a broad and balanced programme of study that covers all the statutory subjects at KS3. All Year 7 pupils will start with either French or Spanish and the most able linguists will commence a second foreign language in Year 9.

In Key Stage 3, students attend 24 curriculum based lessons and 1 PSHE lesson per week.

In order to consolidate maximum progress in English and Mathematics,  Year 7 students will receive 4 hours of English and Mathematics per week and Year 8 students will also receive 4 hours of English.

All students study a broad range of subjects which include:

Art
DT
English
Geography
History
ICT/Computing
Maths
MFL
Music
PE
PSHE – Weekly Overview -2016/17
PSHE – Year Overview -2016/17
RE
Science

For any further information, please contact us at school@strobertofnewminster.co.uk

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

 

Core Subjects

All students at Key Stage 4 study the core subjects of:

English (students sit 2x GCSEs in English Language and English Literature.)
Maths
PE
PSHE – Weekly Overview – 2016/17
PSHE – Yearly Overview – 2016/17
RE
Science Double Award or separate Sciences i.e. Biology, Chemistry and Physics.   Click here for single award PowerPoint presentation.

 

Key Stage 4 Options Policy

It is the aim of the school to make as many subjects as possible available to as many as our students as possible, whilst providing them with the greatest opportunities for success.  Consequently we offer pathways through KS4 which take into account both prior attainment and motivation in subjects. These pathways should allow you to enjoy and be motivated in your studies, but most of all be successful!

 

Optional Subjects

Students have the opportunity to choose 4 subjects to sit alongside their core studies.

The range and level of subjects on offer to your child has been designed to allow them to have access to as wide a range of subjects as possible.  Hopefully they will be able to choose subjects they are interested in studying. The level of course will maximise your son or daughter’s ability to also be successful and fully engaged with the subject.

 

GCSEs

GCSEs are qualifications at Level 2 in the National Qualification Framework. From September 2012 there has been a change towards a ‘linear’ form of assessment in all GCSEs. This means that the majority of assessment will be at the end of the course. This will have the greatest implications for Science and Mathematics, both of whom have followed ‘modular; courses until this point.

GCSE optional subjects include:

Art
Business Studies
Computer Science
Drama
Electronic Products
Food Technology
French
Geography
German
Graphic Design
History
Health & Social Care
Music
Modern Foreign Languages
Product Design
Resistant Materials
Spanish
Textiles

 

BTEC Certificates

BTEC National Certificates are practical, work-related courses that are Level 2 equivalent to GCSE courses. Students learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. As well as learning about the employment area they have chosen, students develop the skills to start a career.

All BTEC courses are being re-written to bring them closer to GCSE. There will be 25% external assessment in each BTEC programme and the size of the qualification is changing. The BTEC Award will be equivalent to 1 GCSE.

BTEC optional subjects include:

Applied Science
Engineering
ICT
Sport

For a guide on the new GCSE grading system please click here.

If you require any further information please contact us at school@strobertofnewminster.co.uk