Curriculum Overview - The Christ's School - Richmond -

Curriculum Overview

CURRICULUM INFORMATION 2017-18

The School operates a two week timetable which has 5 x 60 minute periods in each day. There are three 30 minute tutor periods (Personal Development Time) and two weekly gatherings for Collective Worship [for more information, see the Chaplaincy], one as a Year group and one whole school.

In the Sixth Form each student has a combination of subject lessons, study periods and enrichment opportunities (including the Extended Project Qualification (‘EPQ’)). Sixth Form students benefit from specialist tutorials; Religious Education; Careers/UCAS preparation and a range of other super curricular activities.

 

Key Stage 3  (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects are:

  • Art and Design
  • Citizenship (including PSHE)
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Maths
  • Geography
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Science

In addition to these “core” subjects, students follow courses in:

  • Drama
  • Religious Education

In Key Stage 3 all subjects are taught in mixed ability classes apart from Maths where there a mixture of setting and mixed ability classes in Year 7, 8 and 9. In Science there is setting from Year 9. Careers education is delivered by tutors through personal development time.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

All students will follow GCSE courses in the following subjects:

  • English *
  • Maths *
  • Religious Education
  • Science Trilogy* (Core)

(Students are taught in sets in Maths, English and Science.)

In addition, students will choose four more GCSE subjects; the majority of students will be encouraged to choose English Baccalaureate ( EBacc) subjects (denoted by *). EBaac subjects are regarded as “facilitating” subjects, allowing students to access a range of academic A level and Universtity courses.

  • Computer Science*
  • French*
  • Geography*
  • History *
  • Separate Sciences
  • Spanish*

Students can also select their four options from the following GCSE courses:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Food technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Resistant Materials
  • Statistics
  • Textiles

All students will also take part in weekly Physical Education (non-examination course) as well as a programme of personal, social and health education (including sex and relationships education) in their tutor led personal development time. Careers education is also delivered by tutors through personal development time.

 

Personalisation in KS4

In KS4 a small number of students follow a “flexible learning path”. They take a reduced number of GCSE courses and follow a personalised programme that might include some or all of the following: study support; work experience; college course; wider key skills course. 

 

Distribution of periods for Key Stages 3 and 4

Key Stage 3 (hour lessons per fortnight)

Key Stage 4 (hour lessons per fortnight)

Subject

7

8

9

Subject

10

11

English

6

6

7

English

8

7

Mathematics

7

7

6

Mathematics

7

7

Science

5

5

5

Science

9

9

Art

2

2

3

 

 

 

 

 

Options Subjects (each student choses four of the options subjecst listed)

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

Food

5                 5                 5

Students taught in each subject as part of a carousel rotation

Textiles

Resistant Materials

Drama

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

Computer Science

2

2

2

MFL (Modern Foreign Languages)

5

5*

5*

Music

3

3

2

Citizenship

2

2

2

Literacy

1

1(not dual linguists)

1(not dual linguists)

Physical Education

4

4

4

Physical Education

2

2

Religious Education

2

2

2

Religious Education

4

5

Total

50

50

50

Total

50

50

 

* dual linguists in Year 8 and 9 receive 6 hours a fortnight while non-dual linguists receive an additional literacy lesson

 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13)

A comprehensive range of different A levels are offered, including the Extended Project Qualification and the opportunity to study and re-sit English and Maths as required.

In Year 12 the majority of students choose 4 A level subjects. In Year 13 the majority will continue with 3. Year 12 and 13 also engage with an enrichment programme and all take part in organised work experience.

The following subjects are available at A Level:

  • Art & Design
  • Health & Social Care
  • Biology
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Media
  • Classics
  • Music
  • Computer Science
  • Science
  • Drama
  • Spanish
  • Ecomonics
  • Physical Education
  • English
  • Physics
  • French
  • Product Design / Resistant Materials
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Government & Politics
  • Religious Education

 

Distribution of periods at Key Stage 5 per fortnight

 

 

Year 12

Year 13

Option 1

9

9

Option 2

9

9

Option 3

9

9

Option 4

9

9

 

 

 

Supervised Private Study

9

9

Enrichment

4

4

Super Curricular and Religious Education

1

1

Total

50

50

 

Enrichment provision

Christ’s aims to provide an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities for all students. The school has a tradition of supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) links with outside agencies and there are many opportunities for students to visit institutions, as well as participating in school based events where experts from this field run workshops with students from different year groups. Many departments run extra-curricular clubs; the aim is to offer a mixture of academic, musical, creative and sporting opportunities for as many students as possible.

Examples of embedded and long-standing enrichment activities provided at Christ’s include:

  • A range of sporting opportunities and activities for students of all abilities. Christ’s regularly enters a number of local, regional and national competitions and has built a reputation for success in a number of sports, including Basketball, Cricket and Rowing.
  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Years 10 & 11
  • Oxbridge Conference at Epsom Downs racecourse for Able and Ambitious Year 11  & 12
  • Regular author visits to the school
  • Musical opportunities including; choir; jazz band; orchestra as well as regular in-house and public performances
  • An annual School Drama Production
  • History and Geography field trips
  • Foreign exchange visits
  • World Challenge Expeditions

For further information see Enrichment Opportunities.

 

Able and Ambitious programme

High achievers throughout the School are provided with the opportunities for high level performance through a variety of extension and enrichment activities, which challenge and stretch them to achieve their potential.

For further information, see Able and Ambitious.

 

Additional support

Our aim is to ensure that all students are fully included in the life of the School and are well supported so that they can reach their full potential.

The majority of our students are supported to access the curriculum through in-class differentiation provided by the subject teacher. Where appropriate, additional in-class support can be provided to work with the subject teacher to help students to make progress and to make the best of their time at Christ's.

Targeted intervention is also provided on a needs basis following referral to the Education Intervention Team.

For further information, see Learning Support.

 

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