The prime aim of King Charles I School is to support successful futures. Our vision is that all students should have the opportunity to attend the top universities and we believe the best way to do this is to offer a curriculum that:
- Supports students’ academic success by promoting knowledge based learning.
- Is academically challenging and rigorous.
- Is broad and balanced offering both breadth and depth.
- Promotes students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
- Offers high quality enrichment, broadening students’ horizons.
Our courses in Years 7 to 11 comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is reviewed each year.
- At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad curriculum designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects.
- Subjects build upon key stage 2 knowledge applying key content in a variety of contexts.
- Key knowledge and concepts are interleaved in that content is spaced and reviewed throughout the year to ensure mastery.
- Assessment is regular and formative.
- The subject content is challenging.
- Literacy is a focus across the curriculum through being promoted in all subjects as well as explicitly during reading lessons and tutorials.
- Students are taught in mixed ability groups for the majority of their subjects (with the exception of two higher ability groups): computer science, art, music, geography, history, RE, reading lessons and PSHE.
- English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and technology set their classes at Key Stage 3.
- The PSHE programme and collective worship tutorials are designed to develop students’ social, moral and cultural development as well as understanding British values and culture.
- Students’ spiritual development is delivered through R.E., PSHE and collective worship tutorials.
- The vast majority of courses complete the Key Stage 3 curriculum at the end of Year 9. English, mathematics, science and RE start their GCSE courses at the beginning of Year 9.
- From 2018 students will complete all Key Stage 3 courses at the end of Year 8.
- The extra-curricular programme enriches students learning, opening opportunities to experiences that broaden students’ horizons.
The timetable for Key Stage 3 is based on a two-week cycle and comprises of a 25 period week with 5 periods per day (3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). Each period lasts one hour and lessons are in single periods.
|Subject (2017/18)||Y7||Y8||Y9||Subject (from 2018)||Y7||Y8|
|Design & Technology||3||3||3||Design & Technology||3||3|
|Reading lesson||1||1||1||Reading lesson||1||1|
Key stage 4 options
Students and their parent/carers often ask for clear information, advice and guidance when choosing Key Stage 4 courses. We are keen that all our students succeed and so your son/daughter’s teacher(s) will be consulted. Their professional judgment and experience will help us make sure that the most suitable subjects have been selected. To help support the process all students will have an individual information, advice and guidance interview.
In 2018 Year 9 students will complete their Key Stage 3 courses and express a preference about which Key Stage 4 courses they will study in Years 10 and 11.
In 2018 Year 8 students will also complete their Key Stage 3 courses and express a preference about which Key Stage 4 courses they will study in Years 9, 10 and 11.
We are constantly reviewing our curriculum so that it provides breadth and depth and gives our students a variety of experiences and the opportunities to improve their knowledge and skills in different areas. It is essential that all our students study the core academic subjects at GCSE, the subjects that keep their options open, and allow them to enter the widest ranges of careers and university courses.
All students will study English, mathematics, science, history or geography, a modern foreign language, religious education, PE and PSE during Key Stage 4. These are known as the core subjects. Students will then choose 2 other subjects and this makes 10 GCSE subjects. We are delighted that all students will be able to study:
- a modern foreign language as there is increasingly more evidence that employers are looking for competence in languages in today’s globalised world; and
- a humanity (history or geography) as essay writing skills are vitally important preparation for A Level courses, employment and university courses.
Students consider which subjects they would like to study based on their preferred way of learning, interests, ability and future aspirations. Students and parents/carers are given clear information, advice and guidance throughout the options process.