Curriculum Overview

The School Curriculum

In an age where new technologies are developing exponentially and the average person is expected to have 5 different jobs within their working life we need to prepare students for jobs that haven’t even been created, using technologies that have yet to be invented. Whilst we place great emphasis on the national curriculum, we are also developing the way in which our young people work so that they develop confidence, independence, resilience and ambition. We are seeking to provide a curriculum that not only promotes a wide breath of knowledge with a rich cultural capital but also one which is sequenced cumulatively to promote a diverse approach and skill set to facilitate independence thereby raising aspiration and ambition for all of our learners

The curriculum at Redruth School is coherently planned, to develop students’ learning in a broad range of subjects and contexts, with clear progression between each key stage. The journey for students starts with a structured transition package from Key Stage 2 and opportunities to take part in Super Saturday taster days across a variety of subjects. Once in year 7 students are engaged in a curriculum designed to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills, develop independent learning skills and study a varied range of subjects. In years 7, 8 & 9 the curriculum content includes opportunities to study local heritage and to develop the cultural capital of our young people.

Redruth School believes that the most effective way to raise attainment is to create a culture in which every student strives to create their best work every day with as many opportunities to succeed as possible. To this end, we offer a wide range of subjects within our Key Stage 3 program to enable a broad base from which to opt in Key Stage 4.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 caters for students of all abilities and provides a diverse subject offer as well as an aspirational target driven expectation for all students. The school prides itself on ensuring that students achieve the necessary qualification and skills to be successful post-16 and to producing high performing, ambitious and motivated citizens for the future. All students take English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Computing and Combined Science and recognises its strength and specialism in sport with the majority of students studying successfully for a qualification in Sport or Sport science. We work in partnership with Cornwall College to provide opportunities to study additional vocational courses in a specialist provision and to build on a strong transition pathway into post-16 study.

Redruth School operates a two week timetable. Each day is divided into four 70 minute periods, giving a timetable cycle of 40 periods. Recent changes to the allocation of subjects at Key Stage 3 reflect the increased emphasis on the core subjects and the importance of their impact on future success.

If you would like to know more about our curriculum please contact Mrs Sally Miners, Deputy Head at sminers@redruth.cornwall.sch.uk.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

7

7

7

Mathematics

7

7

7

Science

6

6

6

Physical Education

4

4

4

Modern Foreign Languages

4

4

4

History

3

3

3

Geography

3

3

3

RS

1

1

1

Art

1

1

1

Music 

1

1

1

Drama

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

1

Design Technology

2

2

2

Key Stage 3

In year 7 students are placed in sets for Maths, English, Science and languages based on their attainment in base line assessments in the first instance.

Regular formative assessment and class tracking enables us to adapt and modify these groups where it is apparent that students need to be moved although this is done following a formal assessment point (of which there are 2 per year).

Students are tracked against their peers from the outset following a baseline assessment in Maths and English. This enables us to track progress in relation to their peers as well as their demonstration of knowledge and skills.

In years 8 and 9, students have the opportunity to study a curriculum content that includes local heritage and knowledge of their surroundings, providing an opportunity to increase their local cultural capital.

Additional subjects are offered at key stage 4 and students are given information to help them to decide if the new courses would be suitable for them. Where appropriate, arrangements can be made for students to experience a sample lesson in an existing class.                                                

Key Stage 4 Curriculum 

 

Year 10

Year 11

English

8

8

Mathematics  

6

8*

Science

8

8

Physical Education/ Computing

5

4*

Religious Studies

1

*

Options (x3)

4

4

* denotes adjustment in light of recovery following lockdown

Key Stage 4 

In years 10 and 11, students continue to study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and PE/Computing (they will chose one of these to study as an examined course).  This culminates in GCSE or level 2 equivalent examinations at the end of Year 11.  Additionally, each student will study the three option subjects that they have chosen at the end of Year 9 as well as the compulsory subjects of PSHE, Religious Studies, and Computing. Current option subjects offered are: 

·         Art

·         Animal Care

·         Child Development

·         Computer Science

·         Drama

·         Enterprise

·         Engineering

·         French

·         Film Studies

·         Food Technology

·         Geography

·         History

·         Creative iMedia (ICT)

·         Music

·         Photography

·         Product Design

·         Spanish

·         Sport Studies/ Sports Science

The core subjects are taught in sets depending upon ability based on prior attainment. 

In English, students will take both English Language and English Literature which will be 2 GCSEs. 

For Science, all students will take a minimum of a double award Combined Science course. At the end of Year 10, those that would like to top up to a triple award (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) will be assessed and offered single science sessions.    

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and each population is taught separately for core subjects, although mixed for options.  

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