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CURRICULUM STATEMENT

Reviewed: September 2016

The “Key Stages” are a system of setting out targets within National Curriculum that are expected to be achieved in various subject areas at each point of a student’s education. The Key Stages relevant to Thomas Alleyne’s are:

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Key Stage 3

A largely common curriculum is followed with all students being taught English, mathematics, science, technology, ICT and computing, French, art, geography, history, RE, music, drama and PE. PSHE is delivered through tutor periods and a Y9 Citizenship Day. All Year 9 students receive information, advice and guidance regarding careers as part of the options process and through the PSHE tutor program.

Assessment of progress is by teacher assessment at the end of the Key Stage.

Key Stage 4

All students follow a core curriculum of:

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science – either separate sciences or core and additional science
  • RE
  • PE (non-exam)

In science the top 2 sets in each population will study separate sciences in physics, chemistry and biology. Set 3, 4 and 5 follow a double award course of core science and additional science.

Computing is offered in the options for those who wish to study further with a view to a career in this area.

In addition to the core subject’s students can choose four optional subjects. A small number of students will receive support in literacy and numeracy and follow three option courses.

Citizenship continues to be delivered through RE lessons. Information advice and guidance for careers education is delivered through the tutor program along with units on Personal Finance, E-safety and Learning 2 Learn

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Years 10 and 11

 

Periods over 2 weeks

Subjects
(all single awards, unless indicated)

GCSEs

C
O
M
P
U
L
S
O
R
Y

9 (sets 1, 2)
9 (sets 3,4,5)

English Language and Literature

2

8

Mathematics including computing

1

8

 

13

Science – students will study both Core and Additional Sciences or 3 Separate Sciences:

  • Core and Additional Sciences
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics (3 awards)

3

 

2

3

Physical Education

0

2

Religious Studies

1

Option A

5

Optional subjects available in Key Stage 4 include:

Computing                                                             French

Geography                                                             History 

Art & Design                                                          Catering

Drama                                                                     ELBS

Health & Social Care                                            ICT

Business Studies                                                   Graphics

Child Development                                              Music                                                                      

Resistant Materials                                              PE (GCSE)                             

1

Option B

5

1

Option C

5

1

Option D

5

1

Total

50

 

 

Progress 8 - The New Progress 8 Measure

From 2016 all students and schools will be measured on how much progress they make from when they start in Year 7 to when they complete their exams at the end of Year 11.

This will be known as Progress 8

Progress 8 will be based on students’ progress measured across eight subjects. For each student the eight subjects must be a combination from the diagram below.

The Progress 8 score will always be determined by dividing the points total by 10 (the eight qualifications with English and Mathematics counting double), regardless of how many qualifications your child sits or in which subjects.

 
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What this means for our curriculum at Thomas Alleyne’s High School:

  • We offer a broad and varied curriculum to ensure that all students have the opportunity to fulfil all of the elements to make up the progress 8 measure.
  • Intervention and boosters will focus on maximising progress at all levels to ensure that students reach their full potential.

What does this mean for my child?

  • Careful consideration of KS4 option choices
  • Hitting the ground running in Year 10
  • Achieving across all subjects not just 5
  • No dropping subjects when the going gets tough
  • Carefully monitoring progress all the time
Updated October 2016