Please see the attachment below for the content of the curriculum we follow in each academic year for every subject.
The curriculum is broad and balanced, with all pupils studying English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RE, MfL, Music and Art discreetly across the phases, and a high percentage of children being entered for the EBACC (71% in 2019 and currently 81% on track to enter in 2020).
Throughout the school, teachers use curriculum overviews that span all of the phases to create schemes of work which are carefully sequenced to support student progression in terms of building on knowledge and revisiting content as well as developing skills.
In every subject area the purpose of curriculum has been carefully considered to ensure that our curriculum design is coherent, consistent and working towards the end goal of preparing our students to be critical scholars of each subject by the time they get to university. This is then benchmarked through identifying key Phase Outcomes in each subject area. Content and knowledge have been carefully mapped and sequenced to support outstanding pupil progression through their curriculum journey. For example in Geography, the all-through curriculum is carefully mapped so that studies of Migration in Year 2 are accounted for in the delivery of the Globalisation topic in Year 6.
We believe that our curriculum is more ambitious than the national curriculum, although the key content is covered within the overall learning journey. For example, the Science curriculum in Phase 3 includes much content more typically covered at Key Stage Four. For example, teaching electronic structure at Year 8 allows us to develop a more sophisticated model of the atom, which means when we teach ions in Year 10 we can revisit that model and use it to explain why losing/gaining electrons results in the ion having an associated charge.
We call our subject leads ‘Curriculum Directors’ to reflect the fact that their core business is designing the intent and overseeing the effective implementation of their subject. The vision for this role is that it is all-through. The Curriculum Directors are then supported by phase experts which lead on implementation of the curriculum in specific Phases. For example, in the creative arts such as Music, Art and PE the Curriculum Director has regular weekly or fortnightly meetings with the staff delivering the subject in Phase 1 and 2 so that they are supported and trained to deliver content confidently. Curriculum Directors typically coach staff within their subject area to further support the effective delivery of each subject we offer.