At Stockland Green School we are a school with the highest aspirations for our young people and wider community. We believe in opportunities and provision that will not only help students to achieve academically but will help them to develop into fine young adults that will make a positive contribution to the world around them.
We believe that our curriculum should provide a broad and balanced experience for all our students. It should develop young adults that demonstrate our PRIDE characteristics of Perseverance, Resilience, Integrity, Determination and Empathy, and allow for the development of our students into well rounded individuals.
The curriculum is everything that happens in our School, which helps students learn and develop knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes. Learning takes place in the classroom, and also, for example, through assemblies, theatrical and musical productions, clubs, residential courses, educational visits, and community work.
Our curriculum aims to address the social disadvantage of cultural capital [the essential knowledge that students need to be educated citizens]. Central to our curriculum intent is to build a rich and diverse knowledge base for all students through providing a broad and balanced curriculum up until the end of Year 9 from September 2020 where students engage in the richness of their subjects and they will learn the very best knowledge that each subject has to offer.
As part of our drive for a knowledge rich curriculum, we focus on cognitive learning strategies; embedding strategies across the curriculum that support the learning process. Also through the careful and thoughtful sequencing of our subject content, we develop cross curricular links to ensure students make connections across the curriculum thus strengthening the learning process.
Stockland Green’s School curriculum policy is based on the following wider school aims, to:
• maintain a community where all members of Stockland Green School feel valued, cared for and respect those around them
• ensure that students aspire to be the very best that they can be in all aspects of their life
• develop a love of learning and build resilience to enable students to overcome the many challenges they will face
• develop students that believe that anything is possible if they work hard enough
• enable all to achieve personal excellence in everything that they do
• support our students to make the most appropriate choices for life beyond school
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
At Key Stage Three, our students are taught a breadth of subjects in line with the National Curriculum. To ensure that every student can work at a level and pace appropriate to his/her ability and needs, the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) are taught in groups arranged according to students’ ability.
Physical Education and S.P.H.E.R.E (which stands for social, personal and health education combined with Religious Education) are compulsory subjects taught in mixed ability groupings.
Technology subjects are taught in rotation to ensure all students study a range of courses focused around the areas of Computing, Product Design, Textiles and Food & Nutrition.
All students study one modern foreign language: currently we offer French.
In both English and Maths set 6 (lowest set), we ensure key skills in literacy and numeracy are offered to those students who need to catch up and to secure the necessary functional skills required in order to progress in all subjects. We have recently trained ‘How Language Works’ champions in the faculties of Science, Humanities, Creative and Expressive Arts (CAPA) and English to introduce this approach into all Year 7 lessons. The key principles behind it are primarily to teach academic vocabulary through the register continuum and ensure explicit modelling of how to read and decode texts.
Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)
During Key Stage 3, all students select their GCSE options in Year 8 so that they can begin their GCSE studies at the start of Year 9. We ensure our students study a breadth of subjects across a range of qualifications. It also enables our students to build on the key stage three programme and begin to develop core skills in Year 9 which can be applied to their GCSE programmes of study.
Through the Guided Pathways process students have the option to follow the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which requires the study of a foreign language with Science, Humanities subjects (History or Geography) and/or Computing. We offer a range of free choice subjects which are open to all students, which includes Fine Art, Art Textiles, Computing, Music, Physical Education, Drama, Product Design, Food and Nutrition and Religious Education. Parents and students are fully consulted about and involved in the Guided Pathways process.
We provide additional English and Maths lessons during an option block for those students that require additional support. For this small number of students, they will undertake a programme of study and practical activities aimed at developing basic competencies in literacy and Maths.
Key Stage 4 Options
In Key Stage 4, all students follow a CORE curriculum which includes the following subjects:
- GCSE English Language
- GCSE English Literature
- GCSE Mathematics
- GCSE Science (double award and single sciences)
- Physical Education
- S.P.H.E.R.E (fortnightly)
- Our pastoral programme delivers British Values, SMSC and reading for pleasure during our Citizenship lessons.
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