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Year 7 Curriculum 2015 – 2017

All Students receive 50 learning hours which are spread across a two week time table (25 hours each week). They attend all subjects in their House tutor group. There are six Houses; Bridge, Castle, Gordon, Pitt, River and Thetford. The only exception to this is Games where all Year 7 students attend.

Prior to joining the Math, students elect to study two languages, from a choice of 3; LatinFrench or Spanish. They attend these language lessons in their option sets, which also coincides with their House.

Bridge, Castle and Gordon all study French and Spanish as their Language choices. Pitt and River study Latin and Spanish. Thetford study Latin and French

The table below shows the subjects the students in Year 7 study, as well as the number of hours (out of the 50 available) dedicated to each subject option;

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

Maths

7

 

Art

2

English

7

 

Design Tech

2

Science

6

 

Computing

2

Spanish

4

 

PE

2

French

4

 

Games

2

Latin

4

 

Music

2

Geography

3

 

Drama

1

History

3

 

 

 

Life Skills

3

 

 

 

 

Students will continue on this curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). In Year 8 each half year group is placed into three ability sets for Mathematics, with all other subjects being taught in their House. During Year 9 they opt for their GCSE choices, Which start in Year 10.

Year 8 Curriculum 2015 – 2017

Students continue to attend 5 one hour lessons each day, spread across a two week timetable totalling 50 learning hours. Students attend the following lessons in their form groups.

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

Maths

7

 

PE 2

English

6

 

Art

2

Science

6

 

Design Tech

2

Spanish

4   Games 2

French

4   Drama 1

Latin

4      

Geography

3

 

Music

2

History

3

 

 

 

Computing

3

 

 

Life Skills

3      

 

For their study of Mathematics (7 hours) the year group is split into two halves. Students from Bridge, Castle and Gordon are then set into groups 1 – 3. The most able students (based on their attainment and progress from Year 7) are placed into set 1. Sets 2 and 3 are of mixed parallel ability. The same applies to students in Pitt, River and Thetford. Students attend their Life Skills lessons (2 hours) in their Mathematics sets.

At the end of Year 7 students opted two from three language choices. At the start of Year 8 students were placed into sets ensuring they all received their first two language choices from either Latin (4 hours), French (4 hours) or Spanish (4 hours). Students also attend PE (2 hours) in their language sets.

All students attend Games (2 hours) at the same time and then placed into 6 sets based on sporting ability.

At the end of Year 8 students will continue onto the same curriculum offer in Year 9.

Year 9 Curriculum 2015 – 2017

Students continue to attend 5 one hour lessons each day, spread across a two week timetable totalling 50 learning hours.

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

Maths

6

 

Art

2

English

6

 

Design Tech

2

Science

6

 

Games

2

Spanish

4   Drama 1

French

4   PE

Latin

4   Music 2

Geography

3

 

 

 

History

3

 

 

 

Computing

2

 

 

 

Life Skills

3      

 

For their study of Mathematics (7 hours) the year group is split into two halves. As with Year 8, students from Bridge, Castle and Gordon are then set into groups 1 to 3. The most able students (based on their attainment and progress in Year 8) are placed into set 1. Sets 2 and 3 are of mixed parallel ability. The same applies to students in Pitt, River and Thetford. Students attend their Life Skills lessons (2 hours) in their Mathematics sets.

With regard to their language options (made at the end of Year 7) students continue to study two from three languages. They remain in their Year 8 sets from within the half year group form split depending on the following options.

  • French (4 hours) and Latin (4 Hours)
  • French (4 hours) and Spanish (4 Hours)
  • Latin (4 hours) and Spanish (4 hours)

They then also attend PE (2 hours) in their language set. All students attend Games (2 hours) at the same time and then placed into 6 sets based on sporting ability. During Year 9 students will consider and make their GCSE options to design their curriculum for years 10 and 11.