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Fulwood Academy Curriculum Statement

Curriculum 2017-18

At Fulwood Academy we believe that the curriculum should inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.

The Academy’s aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences in the primary phase and that helps all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens so that they can achieve, progress and enjoy their educational experience.

KS3 (Y7 & Y8)

Currently at Fulwood, pupils follow a 2 year KS3 programme of study. At KS3, pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum, comprised of a range of traditional subjects.

Every pupil has a personalised curriculum based on prior attainment data, pupil aspirations and challenging targets, and pupils are offered the level of learning appropriate to their needs. Our KS3 curriculum is designed to support success at KS4 and the newly introduce specifications.

For a predefined group; in their first year of Academy life our ‘Springboard’ pupils learn in a distinct area (the Springboard area) “a school within the academy”. This helps staff to develop the pupils’ skills at an appropriate pace and level. A dedicated team of teachers and specialist staff continue the best practice of the primary phase of education in a “familiar” environment whilst introducing pupils to the breadth of the secondary curriculum. The idea behind the KS3 curriculum is to develop the fundamental skills of numeracy and communication, including literacy and ICT skills. Pupils will spend the majority of their curriculum time in the KS3 area, but will leave this area to access specialist facilities.

Currently years 7 and 8 pupils have the following number of periods per subject per week:

 

Year 7

Year 8

English

5

5

Maths

5

5

Science

5

5

Modern Foreign   Languages

3

3

History

2

2

Geography

2

2

Art/Drama/Food   (on rotation)

2

NA

Physical   Education

2

2

Social Sciences   (incl. RE/PSHE/CEIAG)

2

2

Art

NA

1

Music

1

1

Drama

NA

1

Computer Science

1

1

Key Stage 4

At Fulwood, pupils currently follow a three year key stage 4 beginning in year 9. Pupils will follow a set of core courses all leading to a potential qualification.

This core will be supported by a range of optional courses. Within the combination of subjects available the vast majority of pupils will have the chance to study for the EBACC qualification.

To allow for maximum flexibility and personalisation the Academy has created pathways to support learning of all its pupils. At KS4 pupils on Blue Pathway have additional literacy and numeracy to support their learning and progress as well as an ASDAN qualification and college placements where appropriate.

Currently key stage 4 pupils have the following number of periods per subject per week.

Year 9:

Subject

Periods

English

5

Maths

5

Science

6

Physical Education

1

Social Sciences (incl.   RE/PSHE/CEIAG)

1

Option A: Gg, Hi, Fr, Sp,   Li/Ad

4

Option B: Gg, Pd, Ar, TS, CM,   Hs

4

Option C: Hi, Pe, Fd, Tx, Mu,   Dr, Ts, Da, Hs

4

Year 10:

Subject

Periods

English

5

Maths

5

Science

6

Physical Education

1

Social Sciences (incl.   RE/PSHE/CEIAG)

1

Option A: Gg, Hi, Li, MFL

3

Option B: Gg, Hi, Ad, MFL

3

Option C: Ar, Dm, Pd, Py, PE,   Triple Sc, Da

3

Option D: Gr, Mu, Pe, Gg, Hs,   Cs

3

Year 11:

Subject

Periods

English

5

Maths

5

Science

6

Physical Education

1

Social Sciences (incl.   RE/PSHE/CEIAG)

1

Option A: Ar, Dm, Pd, Cs, Py,   PE, Tr Sc,

4

Option B: Gr, Gg, Hi, MFL,   Hs, Ad, Mu

4

Option C: Gg, Hi, MFL, Cd,   Cp/Li

4

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