Curriculum Overview

 

COVID-19 Update

From September 2020, despite the challenges of COVID 19, we have continued our delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum. To safely facilitate this, some minor adaptations have been made within some practical subject areas.

 

Curriculum Intent

Our school’s curriculum is rooted in our school’s vision and values, which are: Appreciation, Aspiration, Co-operation, Generosity, Honesty, Kindness, Loyalty, Perseverance, Positivity and Responsibility.

It prepares our learners to become confident critical thinkers, who enter the world of work and can embrace the challenges of our ever-changing global society.

Our curriculum is inclusive and is a carefully planned and sequenced learning journey, which reflects our school’s local context. It encompasses challenge at all levels, giving our young people the opportunity to meet and exceed their academic potential, as well as equipping them with a growth mindset for learning. The curriculum design is grounded on the teaching of new skills and knowledge at every stage and builds on prior learning towards clearly defined end points. All subjects are valued, and all students have access to the whole curriculum.

The development of reading, writing, communication, and maths skills are embedded throughout, as are opportunities for students to enhance their spiritual, moral, social, and cultural awareness, including the promotion and inclusion of fundamental British Values.

Additionally, students are encouraged to develop their interests and talents beyond the classroom, through a comprehensive programme of extra-curricular activities including drama, football, rugby, singing, fencing and art club to name but a few. We provide high quality careers education, information, advice, and guidance to prepare our students for the next stage of their educational journey, whether it be a sixth form place at our sister school, Sir John Lawes, another sixth form provision, a college or an apprenticeship.

Throughout our curriculum we embed high standards and values, nurturing aspiration, integrity, respect for others and a strong sense of moral purpose. High expectations are instilled across the whole school by fostering a love for learning following our school’s motto: ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’.

 

Curriculum Model

Priory Academy implements a one-week timetable, with thirty 50-minute lessons per week. The curriculum is designed to be a smooth 7-year journey. It begins with the students’ starting points when they enter in Year 5 and takes them to GCSE expectations by the end of Year 11. Students at KS2 benefit from being taught by primary teachers for English and maths whilst at the same time having access to specialist secondary teaching for subjects like Drama, PE, Art, Geography and History.

The curriculum is comprehensive, broad and balanced throughout Key Stage 2 (KS2) and Key Stage 3 (KS3). From September 2021 our curriculum will consist of a three-year KS3 and a two-year KS4. This was postponed for a year due to the impact of COVID-19.

At KS4 we offer an excellent core curriculum with a good range of option subjects. We are ambitious for our students and encourage them to follow the EBacc route, however we do recognise that this may not suit the needs of all of our learners. For a complete list of the options available at KS4 please see below and the subject section on our website for more details.

*Due to COVID-19 we have made some changes to the curriculum at KS2 for the academic year 20/21, this is to support students to consolidate their English and maths skills as well as keeping them in their year bubbles and limiting their contact with others around the school.

Year 5 and 6 (KS2) Weekly lesson allocations

Subject

Year 5

Year 6

English

10

10

Maths

8

8

Science

2

2

Geography

1

1

History

1

1

Religious Studies

1

1

Life skills

1

1

PE

2

2

Art and DT

1

1

Drama

1

1

Music

1 per fortnight

1 per fortnight

Computing

1 per fortnight

1 per fortnight

French

1 per fortnight

1 per fortnight

Spanish

1 per fortnight

1 per fortnight

 

 

Year 7 and 8 (Year 9 from September 2021)

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 (2021)

English

5

5

5

Maths

5

5

5

Science

4

4

4

French

1

3

3

Spanish

1

3

3

Geography

2

2

2

History

2

2

2

Religious Studies

1

1

1

Life skills

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

1

PE

2

2

2

Art and DT

3

2

2

Drama

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

Total

30

30

30

 

 

At the end of Year 7 after three years of studying French and Spanish we ask students to choose the language that they wish to study to GCSE. Students are offered the opportunity to study Latin to GCSE as well as French or Spanish.

In Year 7 students have one art lesson a week and a double DT lesson, which consists of three rotations throughout the year.

 

 Year 9, 10 and 11 (Year 10 and 11 from September 2021)

 

Subject

Year 9 (Sep 2020)

Year 10

Year 11

English

5

5

5

Maths

5

5

5

Science

6

6

6

Geography or Spanish

3

3

3

French or Spanish

3

3

3

Core RE and life skills

1

1

1

Core PE

1

1

1

Option C

3

3

3

Option D

3

3

3

 

At KS4 all students study GCSE English Language and Literature and maths. As a school we offer both triple and double science and students are supported to study the course that best matches their ability and interests. As part of the core curriculum all students take part in core PE, RE and life skills - these subjects are not formally assessed at the end of Year 11. All students study Geography or History, we encourage students to study a language to GCSE. Students then have the opportunity to choose two more options to study from the following: Drama, Latin, RE, Food, Health and Social Care, Music, PE, Sport Studies and IT. The majority of students study between 9 and 10 GCSEs/ BTECs whilst at Priory Academy.

                                              GCSE option subjects offered September 2020

French

Food preparation and Nutrition

Spanish

Health and Social Care (BTEC)

Latin

Drama

Geography

Physical Education

History

Sport Studies (Cambridge National)

Religious Education

IT (Cambridge National)

Music*

 

*This subject was offered but did not run due to small numbers or no students opting for it

Subjects

 

 

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