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Curriculum Information

The curriculum is defined as the total experience of a young person while at school.  We are proud of our curriculum at Holy Family, which we believe meets all statutory requirements and reflects our Catholic ethos and mission.  Our curriculum starts with the belief that everyone is uniquely created by God and of equal value.  Education therefore must enable our young people to develop their God-given talents, so that they can lead a fulfilled life and contribute fully to the common good.

Aim

  • The curriculum is the vehicle through which the school strives to fulfil its Mission Statement. The curriculum aims to
  • Teach the beliefs, doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Encourage the development of moral values, along with respect and tolerance of other religions, races and cultures.
  • Provide the satisfaction of achievement to all students and to develop a sense of vocation.
  • Enable all to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
  • Enable all to develop knowledge and skills needed for them to function effectively in and contribute to society.
  • Enable all to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally, applying themselves with resilience.

Principles

We take into account a clear set of principles when we develop the curriculum. These principles ensure our curriculum plan will:

  • Show due regard for statutory requirements
  • Be tailored to the individual needs of students.
  • Enable all young people to become successful learners
  • Allow for personalisation and choice within a structured support system at KS4, with the development of impartial Information Advice and Guidance (IAG).
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn beyond the classroom.
  • Our curriculum builds on the skills and knowledge developed in our partner primary schools. As prescribed by the national Curriculum, the work of Holy Family follows two key stages up to the age of 16. 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is planned to interest and motivate students in a broad range of subjects, preparing them for further study in Key Stage 4.

The table below summarises the subjects offered and the time allocated at Key stage 3 based on a two week, 50 period cycle:

 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Religious Education

4

4

4

English

7

6 (7)

6 (7)

Maths

6

6

6

Science

6

6

6

Deign and Technology

4

4

4

Physical Education

4

4

4

ICT

2

2

2

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

Art

2

2

2

French

5

3 (5)

3 (5)

Spanish

0

3 (0)

3 (0)

Music

2

2

2

PHCSE

2

2

2

 

The majority of lessons are in mixed ability groups in Year 7, with setting introduced in most subjects in Year 8 and 9.

A second Modern Foreign Language (Spanish) is introduced for higher sets in Year 8 and 9. Other groups have further French lessons and literacy development during this time.

We use assessment data, as well as the individual knowledge that we have of every student to identify their personal requirements.  As a result of this, intervention groups are established where necessary to provide additional support for specific students.  We also provide accelerated pathways for some students, with an example being a fast-track Maths group that is established from Year 8 onwards.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students select their options in April of Year 9 in preparation for Key Stage 4 study in Years 10 and 11.  We aim to provide a personalised options programme, offering a range of pathways through Key Stage 4, therefore meeting the individual needs of all students.  Information is provided to students via an options booklet and individual presentations by subject teachers.  The options programme is also supported by work in PHSCE lessons, an options presentation to parents, individual meetings with parents and an entitlement to an individual careers interview for all students.

The table below summarises some of the subjects available at Key Stage 4:In addition to the subjects listed above, we also have students studying vocational courses at local colleges, with examples including Engineering and Hair and Beauty Therapy. 

 

Subject

Year 10

Year 11

Religious Education

4

4

English

6

6

Maths

6

6

Science

8

9

PHCSE

2

2

Physical Education

2

2

 Core ICT

2

2

Product Design

Option (5)

Option (5)

Geography

Option (5)

Option (5)

History

Option (5)

Option (5)

Art

Option (5)

Option (5)

French

Option (5)

Option (5)

Spanish

Option (5)

Option (5)

Music

Option (5)

Option (5)

Option ICT

Option (5)

Option (5)

Triple Science

Option (5)

Option (5)

GCSE PE

Option (5)

Option (5)

BTEC Sport

Option (5)

Option (5)

BTEC Media

Option (5)

Option (5)

Business studies

Option (5)

Option (5)

Child Development

Option (5)

Option (5)

Graphics

Option (5)

Option (5)

Food Technology

Option (5)

Option (5)

Drama

Option (5)

Option (5)