Our curriculum in years 7-11

Curriculum Aims

We are adamant that every student should follow an appropriate curriculum pathway that is designed to enable them to effectively progress into their next phase of their lives. Our curriculum model is not designed to be ‘one size fits all’ and we will draw upon internal and external solutions to ensure that the needs of every student is being met. We believe in producing well rounded individuals and appreciate that success comes in many guises. We will strive to ensure that every student achieves their potential during their journey at North Birmingham Academy.

In years 7-11 class sizes average 27.  At KS4, class sizes for ‘option subjects’ are dependent on the number of students who select that option.  Heads of Departments are allowed to choose whether to set by ability or to teach in mixed ability groups according to what they believe achieves the best outcomes in their subject.

There are six 50 minute lessons (seven for Year 11).  Subjects are delivered through a mixture of singles and double lessons as requested by Heads of Department.

PSHE to all years is taught during form time and supplemented through drop down days / visiting workshops/speakers throughout the year.

The purpose of the KS3 curriculum is to build the foundations required for successful study of the 9-1 curriculum at KS4.  Departments have planned their KS3 curriculums by first looking at the content and skills required in the GCSE Specifications followed at KS4 and ensuring that students are exposed to these elements in Years 7-9.

We believe that each day in school for a student (from their first day in Year 7) should be a step towards achieving their best possible outcomes in Year 11.  This is supported further by ensuring that students are aware of their (minimum) GCSE target grade from Year 7 and reporting to them if they are ‘on track’ (or not) to meet these target grades at various intervals through KS3

Curriculum overview by year group

Curriculum 2017-18

Additional information

English KS3
English KS4
Curriculum Map for BTEC Business
Curriculum Map for Computer Science
Curriculum Map for Creative I Media
Curriculum Map for ECDL
Curriculum Map for French
Curriculum Map for GCSE and BTEC Business
Curriculum Map GCSE ICT
Curriculum Map for Geography Curriculum Map for MathsCurriculum Map for Media
Curriculum Map for PE
Curriculum Map for RE
Curriculum Map for Science
Curriculum Map Social Science
Curriculum Map for Spanish
Literacy-Numeracy Overview
Long Term Curriculum Plans – Performing Arts
Fresh Start Intervention Rationale
Functional Skills English Intervention Rationale
Tutor Time Curriculum Plan
The Lit Programme Intervention Rationale
PSHE Policy 17-18
PSHE Curriculum Plan (17-18)
Princes Trust Intervention Rationale

Any questions?

If you have any questions or queries please contact Assistant Senior Vice Principal Laura McLaurie email: laura.mclaurie@e-act.org.uk

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