Curriculum at Broadlands

The Curriculum at Broadlands Academy aims to:

  • Give every student the opportunity to make good academic progress and gain valuable qualifications they will be proud of 
  • Provide different routes to success; enabling students to achieve in ways that reflect their interests and academic ability 
  • Develop each student’s literacy and numeracy skills
  • Support students’ physical development by giving them opportunities to experience a wide range of sports and physical activities 
  • Support the development of our students as they grow into adulthood by giving them opportunities to learn about: healthy lifestyle; sex and relationships; keeping themselves safe; legal rights and responsibilities; financial matters 
  • Develop students’ knowledge of political structures and public institutions, and encourage students to appreciate fundamental British values 
  • Support the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students, helping them to become self-assured, confident, happy, positive young people 
  • Provide information, advice and guidance that will enable students to make good decisions about their progression to further education, training or employment 


STRUCTURE OF THE CURRICULUM


Year 7 and Year 8

All students


Students are taught English, Maths and Science and Computer Science in ability sets.  Art, Music and Technology subjects (Food Technology, Resistant Materials and Textiles) are taught in mixed ability groups.  Drama is taught alongside the English curriculum. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is delivered in Beliefs and Values lessons - supported by activities in assemblies, tutor sessions and Conference Mornings.  A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Citizenship is also delivered by Form Tutors.  All students take part in a daily book reading programme called Accelerated Reader. 

Most students


Geography, History and Spanish are taught in ability sets.

Students needing additional support


An intensive, daily programme of literacy support is delivered through a programme of lessons called Read Write inc.  This takes the place of Spanish lessons and most Geography and History lessons

 

 Year 9

All students


Students are taught English, Maths and Science and Computer Science in ability sets.  Art and Music are taught in mixed ability groups, as is Design Technology, where students are able to opt for two subjects from: Catering, Resistant Materials, Textiles, or Graphics.  Drama is taught alongside the English curriculum. Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is delivered in Beliefs and Values lessons - supported by activities in assemblies, tutor sessions and Conference Mornings.  A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Citizenship is also delivered by Form Tutors.  Information, advice and guidance about careers and post-16 education and training is delivered by Form Tutors, supported by a number of conferences, visits and the Academy’s own careers fair.

Most students


Geography, History and Spanish are taught in ability sets.

Students needing additional support


A programme of additional literacy lessons takes the place of Spanish, Geography and History lessons. 

 

Year 10 and Year 11

All students

English and Maths are taught in ability sets. 

Students study GCSE English Literature in Y10 and GCSE English Language in Y11.

In Maths, all students work towards a GCSE qualification, with some taking the exam at the end of Y10 and others inY11.

Students take one of two routes towards science qualifications: Core and Additional Science GCSEs or Triple Science GCSEs

A PE qualification is taken by all students - GCSE PE, BTEC in Sport, or Sport Leaders.   Spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is delivered in assemblies, tutor sessions and Conference Mornings.  A programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Citizenship is also delivered by Form Tutors.  Information, advice and guidance about careers and post-16 education and training is delivered by Form Tutors, supported by a number of conferences, visits and the Academy’s own careers fair.

Most students


The modern foreign language studied is GCSE Spanish.  Students also choose to take GCSE History, or GCSE Geography.  A number of other Option Subjects are also studied.  These are listed below.

Students needing additional support


Some students take the vocational qualification Business Studies, rather than a modern foreign language and Geography or History.  A small group of students combine the vocational course with additional support in maths.

Option Subjects

Students are supported to select the most appropriate combination (usually two) of the following courses (examples):

 

·         Design and Technology  GCSE or Technical Award

·         Catering GCSE or Technical Award

·         Computing  GCSE

·        PE GCSE

·         Art GCSE

·         Music GCSE

·         Film Studies GCSE



 

Comments