Harris Academies
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Curriculum

 

Curriculum

Our curriculum is personalised and challenging. Whether a student needs to be stretched or is struggling, we always work to inspire the best in them.

In Years 7 and in year 8 we set the most able students into a top group. The remaining students are placed into mixed ability teaching groups. This gives us the option of supporting the most able whilst still ensure all students are challenged. These groups are reviewed regularly to ensure that all students are stretched and supported and correctly placed.

In Years 7 and 8, there is a very well-rounded selection of subjects with an extra focus on Maths and English. From their first year at the Academy, students also study Science, History, Geography, RP and Spanish.  Other subjects usually include Design & Technology, Computing, Art, Drama, Music and PE.

We have a three year Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11). This is helping students to be as well prepared as possible for the rigors of the new GCSEs that are being introduced over the coming years. Our students complete five rounds of mock examinations and are well practiced in how to answer GCSE questions.

During Year 9 all students follow two additional vocational qualifications; the European Computer driving License (ECDL) and a vocational qualification in Business and Enterprise.  This gives student a greater breath of subjects for when they apply to Sixth Form, College and/or University and enables them to develop vital skills in Teamwork, Leadership, Managing time and resources, and ICT. The ECDL is also an opportunity to accredit students’ skills they have developed during the two previous years when they have studied computing. The Business and enterprise course gives students the opportunity to develop significant entrepreneurial skills as they complete the course and set up their own business venture.

When our students choose their GCSEs in Year 8, they begin their 5 year journey of ‘coaching for university’ and careers education. This helps ensure they make good decisions early on about their education and understand what they need to do in order to achieve their ambitions and aspirations.

We fully prepare our students to be able to begin A Level courses by Year 12 as strong independent learners.

Throughout Years 7-13, students who need extra support receive it in small group and/or one-to-one sessions. There is also a range of Master Classes to ensure all students are stretched and challenged.

Lessons are typically of 50 minutes duration, although most subjects have doubles lessons of 100 minutes in Key Stage 4. In the tables below, one period equates to 50 minutes. Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have 30 periods per week. Students in Years 10 and 11 have 33 periods per week.

 Key Stage 3

 

Eng.

Maths

Sci.

History

Geography

RS

PE

Music

DT

Drama

Art

Spanish

Comp.

Total

7

5

4

5

2

2

1

2

2

2*

1

2*

3

1

30

8

5

5

5

2

2

1

2

2*

2*

2*

2*

3

1

30

 

*In rotations

Key Stage 4

 

 

Eng.

Maths

Sci.

Opt A

Opt B

Opt C

PE

ICT

(ECDL)

Business

Total

9

5

5

4

3

3

3

2

2

3

30

10

8

6

6

4

4

4

1**

 

 

33

11

8

6

6

4

4

4

1**

 

 

33

 

** Additional PE is available as an extracurricular subject