CURRICULUM at SHS for KEY STAGE 3, 4 & 5
At The Stourport High School and VIth Form College we pride ourselves on providing opportunities for our young people to excel both in and outside of the classroom. Ensuring that our students are ‘the best that they can be’ each and every day is our priority. Our curriculum is designed to ensure all students regardless of ability have opportunities and experiences needed to continue their learning journey post sixteen and beyond. Our curriculum will:
* Support students’ academic success by promoting knowledge based learning.
* Is academically challenging and rigorous.
* Is broad and balanced offering both breadth and depth.
* Offers high quality enrichment that broadens students’ horizons.
In achieving this, our school:
* Recognises that all students are individuals and have different capabilities, aspirations and dreams.
* Provides a bespoke character curriculum which prepares every student for life in modern Britain, providing them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive contribution to society.
* Offers a diverse Key Stage 3 curriculum designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a full range of subjects including the Arts, literacy, Numeracy, Humanities and Technology.
* Provides a Key Stage 4 & 5 curriculum which offers both academic and vocational opportunities for learning. Students will be able to follow courses that will enable them to go on learning and achieving post 16 and beyond.
* Provides each student with a suitable programme of learning and challenge designed to meet individual needs including special educational needs and those more able.
CURRICULUM KEY STAGE 3 – YEARS 7 & 8
At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad curriculum designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of 15 subjects. Our aim for the Key Stage 3 curriculum is to ensure that:
* Subjects build upon Key Stage 2 knowledge, applying key content in a variety of contexts in collaboration with our Primary partners.
* Key knowledge and concepts are interleaved: content is spaced and reviewed throughout the year to ensure mastery.
* Assessment is regular and formative.
* The subject content is challenging and engaging.
* Literacy is a focus across the curriculum, promoted in all subjects as well as during reading lessons and tutorials.
* Students are taught in form groups for the majority of their subjects: ICT, art, music, drama, design technology, food, geography, history, social studies, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC) and sex and relationships (SRE). Form groups are mixed ability.
* The SMSC and SRE programmes are designed to develop students’ social, moral and cultural development as well as understanding British values and culture.
* Students’ spiritual development is delivered through Social studies, SMSC and the academic tutoring and assembly programmes
* The vast majority of courses complete the Key Stage 3 curriculum at the end of Year 8. All subjects start their GCSE and vocational courses at the beginning of Year 9.
* The extra-curricular programme enriches students learning, opening opportunities to experiences that broaden students’ horizons.
The timetable for Key Stage 3 is based on a two-week cycle and comprises of 30 periods a week with 6 fifty minute lessons per day. These will be a blend of single and double periods.
TRANSITION FROM KEY STAGE 3 TO 4
Year 8 students complete their Key Stage 3 courses and express a preference about which Key Stage 4 courses they will study in Years 9, 10 and 11. Students consider which subjects they would like to study based on their preferred way of learning, interests, ability and future aspirations. Students and parents/carers are given clear information, advice and guidance throughout the options process. Teachers and tutors are supportive in guiding students onto pathways that maximise students’ chances of success.
Click the links below to access our Key Stage 3 Curriculum Booklets: