BOSTON SPA SCHOOL CURRICULUM MODEL 2016-2017

We try to ensure that our offer always meets the needs of young people, the expectations of universities, colleges and employers, and responds to Government legislation and advice to schools.  Each year group is split in half to give 2 bands (B and S) and then usually placed in sets by subject.  This allows us flexibility in grouping students according to their ability in each subject.

This is a flexible curriculum offer and is reviewed annually.  Our most recent Year 8 and Year 9 Options Booklets are available here.

KEY STAGE THREE

YEAR 7

SubjectTaught Hours Per WeekGroups per Band
English, Mathematics4 each3
Science, French3 each3
Geography, History, RE1 each3
PE23
ICT, Art, Music1 each3
Food and Textiles Technology, Design Technology, The Edge1 each3 in B, 4 in S

Students are in ability sets for most subjects  and are initially placed in these sets using Key Stage 2 data.  There may be some movement between sets once we begin to collect assessment data.  Due to timetabling constraints some subjects are asked to agree sets across learning teams.

More information about The Edge can be found here.


 

YEAR 8

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics, Science4 each3 in B, 2 in S
Geography, History, RE1 each3 in B, 2 in S
French23 in B, 2 in S
ICT, Art, Music1 each3 in B, 2 in S
PE23 in B, 2 in S
Food and Textiles Technology, Design Technology, Work Related Learning (WRL)1 each3 in B, 2 in S

Students are in ability sets within two half year groups for all subjects except Food and Textiles, Design Technology and Work Related Learning.  There may be some movement in sets once we collect assessment data.

Literacy and Numeracy intervention packages are delivered via one to one or small group tuition, led by the English, Mathematics and Student Support teams.  More information on Work Related Learning can be found here.


YEAR 9

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics4 each3 in B, 2 in S
Science, French/Spanish3 each3 in B, 2 in S
PE25 in the whole year
ICT23 in B, 2 in S
RE13 in B, 2 in S
GCSE or VCert Option6Taught across the whole year

During Year 9 all students are given the opportunity to personalise their own curriculum and complete either a GCSE or a VCert Level 2 qualification which they have chosen to study.  A variety of subjects are offered to students including GCSE History and Geography, and VCert Business, Food and Textiles.  This gives our students the chance to experience exam success at an early age, and helps them to develop their understanding of the options process and examination system before making more choices for study in Key Stage 4.

Setting arrangements continue, as does the additional support for young people according to their need.

 

Students in the top set in each band for French have 2 French and Spanish lessons per week.

Students in sets 1 and 2 in Band B, and in set 1 in S band in RE follow a GCSE course to be examined at the end of Year 10.


KEY STAGE FOUR 

YEAR 10

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics4 each3
Science53
PE23
The Box1Taught across the whole year
Option Subjects (3)3 eachTaught across the whole year

The majority of students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, PE and ‘The Box’. In ‘The Box’ over the course of the year the students cover work on Careers, Sex and Relationship Education, ICT, Citizenship and RE.  Science courses are offered, which include Fast Track Triple Science, Triple Science Option, and Combined Science.

In addition to the core curriculum the majority of students make a further three option choices.  Subjects currently offered include:

ArtGeographyPE
FrenchHistoryProduct Design
Computer ScienceMedia StudiesSpanish
Food and NutritionMusicTextiles

YEAR 11

SubjectTaught Hours Per FortnightGroups per Half Year
English, Mathematics4 each3
Science53
PE2Taught across the whole school
The Box1Taught across the whole school
Option Subjects (3)3 eachTaught across the whole year

The majority of students follow a core curriculum of English Language and Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Science, PE and ‘The Box’. In ‘The Box’ over the course of the year the students cover work on Careers, Sex and Relationship Education, ICT, Citizenship and RE.  Science courses are offered, which include Fast Track Triple Science, Triple Science Option, and Combined Science.

In addition to the core curriculum the majority of students have made a further three option choices.


KEY STAGE FIVE – SIXTH FORM

Students currently receive between four and five hours of taught time per subject per week.  There is a large range of subjects on offer covering AS, A2 and BTEC Level 3 programmes including:

Art and DesignGovernment and PoliticsSpanish
BiologyHistoryPhysical Education
Business StudiesMathematics
ChemistryFurther MathematicsBTEC Football
DramaMedia StudiesBTEC Health and Social Care
EconomicsPhotographyBTEC ICT
English LanguagePhysicsBTEC Science
English LiteratureProduct DesignBTEC Sport
FrenchPsychologyBTEC Work Skills (Level 2)
GeographyReligious StudiesASDAN Cope (Level 2)

For students who require an alternative to A Level and BTEC Level 3 provision we also have a Year 12 programme in which students study an ASDAN Award of Personal Effectiveness Qualification along with BTEC Work Skills and GCSE re-sit classes as appropriate. This aims is to progress these young people into further learning or employment.  The most up to date Sixth Form subject information is available here.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Young people also learn through extra-curricular activities. There are many residential visits, educational trips and activities which take place in addition to the normal school day, and which help enhance learning. These opportunities are shared with students by Learning Teams and Progress and Guidance Teams whenever they are offered. We need your consent for these if your son or daughter is to take part.

Lunch-time and after-school activities are also an important part of the learning opportunities offered to students and details can be found here.