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Curriculum

Curriculum 2019-20

The curriculum at Harris Academy Morden is designed to provide every student with the essential knowledge, skills and cultural capital they will need to thrive both in their education and in modern society.

At Key Stage 3, we deliver the National Curriculum. This provides all students with a solid foundation across a wide range of disciplines and ensures that students have a secure grounding in all curriculum subjects before selecting their options. We have carefully balanced the curriculum provision so that all students make excellent progress in the core subjects whilst having ample time to develop their talents in the arts, humanities and languages. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to progress to the English Baccalaureate qualification at Key Stage 4.

Table 1 – The KS3 Curriculum model from September 2019

 

Lessons p/w

 Hours Per Year 7

Lessons p/w

 Hours Per Year 8

Lessons p/w

 Hours Per Year 9

English

5

158

5

158

5

158

Maths

4

127

4

127

4

127

Science

7

222

6

190

6

190

Art

1

32

1

32

1

32

Citizenship

0.6

19

0.6

19

0.6

19

Computing

1

32

1

32

1

32

DT

1

32

1

32

1

32

Geography

2

63

2

63

2

63

History

2

63

2

63

2

63

Spanish

3

95

3

95

3

95

Music

1

32

1

32

1

32

PE

2

63

2

63

2

63

RE

1

32

1

32

1

32

 

 

Table 1 shows the planned Key Stage 3 Curriculum from September 2019. Years 7 and 8 will complete Key Stage 3 over 3 years, making their option choices in Year 9. Current Year 9 students took their options during Year 8 so will follow our legacy curriculum, completing their GCSEs between Years 9-11. Lessons are typically of 50 minutes’ duration, although most subjects have several double lessons of 100 minutes. In the tables above and below, one period equates to 50 minutes. Students in years 7, 8, 9 and 10 have 30 periods per week. Students in year 11 have 33 periods per week. Students taking triple science have an additional period per week to ensure all content is covered.

 

Table 2 – The KS4 Curriculum model September 2019

 

Lessons p/w

Hours Per Year 9

Lessons p/w

Hours Per Year 10

Lessons p/w

Hours Per Year 11

English

7

222

8

253

8

253

Maths

5

158

6

190

6

190

Science

6

190

6

190

6

190

Art

3

95

3

95

4

127

Citizenship

0.6

19

0.6

19

0.6

19

Computing

3

95

3

95

4

127

DT

3

95

3

95

4

127

Geography

3

95

3

95

4

127

History

3

95

3

95

4

127

Spanish

3

95

3

95

4

127

Music

3

95

3

95

4

127

PE

2

63

1

32

1

32

Table 2 shows our transitional Key Stage 4 model for 2019-20. These are the last year groups completing a three-year Key Stage 4, having taken their options in Year 8. At Key Stage 4, all students continue a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, maths, science, PE and citizenship. In addition they study 3 option subjects. Each year we review the option subjects offered, but typically, in addition to the National Curriculum subjects, students are given the opportunity to choose GCSE Psychology or a vocational option such as Graphic Design or Sport Studies. When our students choose their GCSEs we emphasise that they are taking their first step on the path to university and a career. We guide them to make good decisions 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.

Subject Directors are the key agents in planning the delivery of the curriculum in each subject. The primary focus of their role is to plan sequences of lessons that ensure that students master increasingly complex knowledge and skills, with each year’s learning building upon the last. Working with their department teams, they expertly drive the implementation of their subject by employing and encouraging a wide range of creative approaches and techniques to best secure student learning. To view the plans for each subject please visit the ‘Subjects’ page.

All teachers ensure their lessons are planned to stretch and challenge the most able students in their classes as well as supporting those who sometimes struggle. Throughout their time at Harris Academy Morden, students who need extra support receive it through a wide range of channels, including within lessons, during after school catch-up sessions and, where appropriate, via the SEND department. Teachers assess student progress in a range of ways, including the assessment phase of each lesson, questioning and class discussion, end of unit tests and formal assessments. They carry out detailed question level analysis of students’ work and use this to identify strengths and areas of weakness so that they can intervene appropriately.

The curriculum is complemented by a wide range of extra-curricular experiences and trips. The Drama Department organises numerous theatre trips across the year and provides opportunities for students to perform in termly school productions. Students have recently returned from a trip to Barcelona organised by the Spanish department, and a good number of geographers will be attending a trip to Naples this year. Students are offered a wide range of after school enrichment activities including a variety of sports, all the way through to more academic pursuits such as learning Korean.

If you wish to find out more about the curriculum followed at Harris Academy Morden, you can do so by:

  • Visiting the ‘Subjects’ page on our website
  • Attending Parents’ Evenings and meeting your child’s teachers
  • Contacting your child’s Tutor or Faculty Co-ordinator
  • For a particular subject, asking to speak to the relevant Subject Director
  • For prospective parents, attending our open events