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Curriculum

The Priory Academy LSST  - Curriculum Pathway 2016/17

The Academy continues to offer an accelerated KS3. GCSE Options are taught from Year 9.

Key Stage 3 – Year 7 and 8

Key Stage 4 – Year 9, 10 and 11

Key Stage 5 – Year 12 and 13

At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad range of subjects for our students to follow. This ensures students are well prepared for the subjects they may choose to study at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. The emphasis for Key Stage 3 is on mastering the core skills and academic understanding that will enable students to be confident successful learners in the future.

Curriculum Model 2016/17

 

Year 7

Lessons per week

Year 8

Lessons per week

Mathematics

3

3

English

3

3

Science

3

3

MFL

3

3

Geography

1

2

History

2

1

Technology

2

2

Physical Education

2

2

Religious Education

1

1

ICT

1

1

Drama

1

1

Music

1

1

Art

1

1

Trivium

1

1

As an Academy we produce Curriculum handbooks, along with a homework timetable and curriculum maps - topics covered each module in Year 7, 8.

Click on Prospectuses and Handbook link on the left hand side menu to view further.

Years 9, 10 and 11

Key Stage 4 learning is personalised to take account of students’ individual skills and interests, as well as the progress they have made at Key Stage 3. Our focus at Key Stage 4 is to provide a curriculum for students which will provide them with the qualifications and experiences they need to progress onto a wide range of further study, employment and/or training destinations. 

All our Key Stage 4 students study a core EBacc curriculum of English, Maths, Science, MFL, Humanities as well as PE and RE. In addition, students are able to choose from a wide range of option subjects.

Assessment

Assessment for Learning is met on a daily basis throughout all lessons. It is embedded in classroom activities tailored to the needs of all students; teacher, peer and self-assessment of class and homework; valuable and constructive feedback; and challenging and stimulating lessons. Summative assessment takes place every module.  Your son/daughter will be given a formal assessment of their learning (this may be in the form of an end of topic test or a task designed to test their knowledge).

Life After Levels

Year 7 – September 2016 onwards

The Year 7 2016 SATs results are different from all previous years. 2016 Year 7 SATs scores are based around a mean score of 100, where previously national curriculum levels ranging from 1 to 8 were awarded. As a secondary school we receive the raw scores attained in the SATs and in some cases a teacher assessment of above/at/below age related expectations.

Based on national research and good practice in other schools, we have used this data and moved to a pathway system in Year 7 of Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.  Each pathway incorporates a range of predicted attainment grades.

Each department is creating a skills pathway relevant to the new GCSE specifications. These will be a shared with students early in module 2 and used in lessons. Students in Year 7 will be given a target pathway. Within the module grade report issued at the end of module 2, parents, carers and students will receive a target pathway, a predicted pathway and an effort grade.  As always, the predicted pathway will be based on evidence seen in lessons and through internal assessments.

Module Grades & Reporting

Parents and Carers are sent a Progress Report at the end each module, giving a teacher prediction at the end of Key Stage 4 based on current performance. It will also give an effort level.

In addition, parents are provided with a yearly written report containing more detailed information on their son/daughter’s achievements. There will also be an opportunity for parents to meet subject teachers and discuss their son/daughter’s progress on an individual subject level in the annual parents' evening.

Progression

Nationally each student is expected to make a minimum levels of progress between Key Stage 2 (Year 6) and Key Stage 4 (Year 11). We currently use the table below to determin our school targets:

KEY STAGE 2

SATs result

KEY STAGE 4

Predicted GCSE grade

KEY STAGE 4

Predicted GCSE grade

Level 3

Grade C / B

Grade 4

Level 4

Grade B / A

Grade 5/ 6

Level 5

Grade A / A*

 Grade 7 / 8

The Future

The national picture is one of significant and continuing change. All departments are adapting their curriculum offer for each subject area.

The key for us is to ensure that you are kept informed of the national developments and that we make the best decisions for the students in the school.

We will keep you informed and look forward to working with you.

Sixth Form

Students progress on to the Sixth Form where, again, there is a very wide choice of subjects.  Students typically study three subjects.  In addition, students can study for General Studies or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  More detailed information can be found in the Sixth Form Prospectus.