Curriculum Rationale

At Childwall Sports and Science Academy we are committed to provide a curriculum that:
  • Meets the needs of all students so that they are able to realise their full potential. 
  • Develops the whole child by promoting students’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. 
  • Prepare all students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences presented by life in 21st Century Britain.
The curriculum is delivered in a way that:
  • Actively seeks to creatively engage, inspire and capture the imagination of learners 
  • Carefully sequences and presents curriculum content in a way that enables students' retention and fluent recall of knowledge 
  • Identifies and addresses gaps in learning and common misconceptions 
  • Develops students’ reading and mathematics skills as building blocks of effective learning 
  • Caters for special educational needs and disabilities at all times 
  • Promote equality, fundamental British Values the schools’ core values 
  • Explicitly places all learning within its bigger picture and its relevance to the world of work 
  • Facilitates meaningful feedback that enables all students to improve performance 
  • Explicitly develops students’ study and recall skills, thus empowering them to lead their own learning 
  • Fully enables parents to support their children’s progress through the curriculum

 

CURRICULUM Principles:

Our curriculum is planned and organised on the following foundation principles:

  • All students have an entitlement to the whole curriculum provision – irrespective of their ability, gender, ethnicity, culture or social or economic factors
  • The curriculum provides clear pathways setting out the aims of our programmes of study from year 7 to year 13.
  • The curriculum provides a broad and balanced range of subjects and courses that are available for all students to study.
  • The curriculum is ambitious, inclusive, and diverse.
  • The curriculum is well sequenced so that new knowledge builds upon old, and students become increasingly fluent over time.
  • The curriculum provides challenging progression through the key stages.
  • The curriculum promotes learning as an adaptation in long-term memory.
  • The curriculum actively promotes the fundamental values of British citizenship; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs.

 

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 Curriculum

The curriculum is planned as a five-year journey and in majority of the cases as a 7 – year journey with students choosing to specialise in year 9 following their option choices. Students spend 3 years studying a broad range of subjects at Key Stage 3, followed by 2 years studying a range of GCSE courses in more depth. A significant number of our students are disadvantaged, and we believe that this model enables us to provide a strong foundation through enhanced curriculum time in all areas in KS3, while still providing them with personalisation and choice for their GCSEs. In year 9 all students make their option choices which through a guided and personalised process ensures they have access to an appropriately broad curriculum that also provides the opportunity for depth in powerful knowledge and secures positive progression for the future to tackle social inequality associated with high levels of deprivation.

In order to achieve this, each subject has a clear provision map year by year in the form of a long-term plan. Threshold concepts are identified in each subject which provide foundations for learning and opportunities for collaboration across subjects. Our principles for teaching support student’s metacognition and ensure key knowledge is securely stored in the long-term memory.

Reading is the heart of the curriculum offer at Childwall Sport and Science Academy with allocated reading time for 30 minutes each day for year 7 to year 10  students and this is to help create a positive culture and love for reading.  

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 & 9

The Year 7, 8 and 9 curriculum serves a clear purpose in every subject at Childwall Sport and Science Academy. The Curriculum Journey in each subject covers the content of the National Curriculum and puts high challenge, enjoyment and breadth of experience at the heart of learning. The learning from primary school is built upon and not repeated, and knowledge and skills are developed to prepare students for the next stage.

Alongside Mathematics, English, Science, Physical Education and PSHE, all students in years 7-9 study a broad range of non-core subjects. Art, Design & Technology, Music, Drama and Computing expose students to creative, technical and vocational aspects of learning. We ensure that there is sufficient curriculum time given to Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages to give students a strong foundation to pursue the English Baccalaureate at KS4.

Subjects studies and time allocation in KS3 – 2020/2021:

We run a two-week timetable. The lessons shown below are over 2 weeks.

Key Stage 4 – Years 10 & 11

Through the options process in year 9, we provide a more bespoke curriculum for our students in Year 10 and Year 11. We believe this gives our students as much choice and flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring they follow examination courses that lead to high currency outcomes and allows them greater opportunities Post-16.

Students are allocated an options route according to their aspirations and ability and are asked to choose up to three option subjects available in addition to English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science and Humanities.

A number of students are encouraged as part of their pathway, to continue their studies in Spanish to achieve the English Baccalaureate. Vocational qualifications are available for students to study which are designed to bridge the gap into future study or employment upon leaving Childwall Sport and Science Academy.

In addition to their assessed curriculum students physical, personal and social education continues in core PSHE and PE lessons.

In year 11, students benefit from the addition of intervention period after lunch of each day. This provides a vital opportunity for intervention in the subjects where they require more support.

Subjects studies and time allocation in KS4 – 2020/2021:

We run a two-week timetable. The lessons shown below are over 2 weeks.

The full list of subjects offered at KS4 can be found below:

Qualification

Course

Exam board 

GCSE

English Language

WJEC/EDUQAS

GCSE

English Literature

WJEC/EDUQAS

GCSE

Maths

PEARSON

GCSE

Science

AQA

GCSE

Geography

OCR

GCSE

History

AQA

GCSE

Spanish

PEARSON

Tech Award

Health & Social Care L1&2

PEARSON

GCSE

Art 

AQA

Tech Award

Catering L1&2

WJEC

GCSE

Computer Science

OCR

Tech Award

Music L1&2

PEARSON

Tech Award

BTEC Sport L1&2

OCR

GCSE

Sociology

AQA

GCSE

Drama

AQA

Tech Award

Construction L1&2

WJEC

Tech Award

Business L1 & 2

PEARSON

GCSE

Design and Technology 

AQA

Tech Award

Digital IT 

PEARSON

Key Stage 5 – Years 12 & 13

The curriculum at post-16 provides opportunities for students to progress from Level 2 study. The majority of courses are two-year level 3 vocational qualifications. The option blocks are organised after Year 11 students have indicated their qualification preferences. These blocks are designed, within timetabling and staffing constraints, to fit the optimum number of student choices for subject combinations.

In Year 12 the majority of students will study 3 subjects equivalent. Students in the sixth form will be expected to study for and re-take English and Mathematics GCSE if they have not achieved a level 4 pass by the end of KS4.

The full list of subjects offered at KS5 can be found below:

Qualification

Subjects 

Exam board 

A level 

Art

AQA
A level

English Literature

AQA

BTEC

Enterprise L3 Dip

PEARSON

BTEC 

Enterprise L3 ExCert

PEARSON

BTEC

H&S L3 Dip

PEARSON

BTEC

H&S L3 Ext Dip

PEARSON

BTEC

H&S L3 ExCert

PEARSON

BTEC

H&S L3 FDip

PEARSON

BTEC

Sport L3 Dip

PEARSON

BTEC

Sport L3 ExCert

PEARSON

A level

Product Design

AQA
A level

Psychology

BTEC 

IT L3 Intro Dip

OCR

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