Years 7-11 Curriculum

At Grove Academy, we believe that every child should feel welcome, successful and included. In the classroom this is demonstrated by:

Learning that is authentic and purposeful. A commitment to high quality talk using formal, academic language at every opportunity.

Learning that makes success clear and accessible to all, through lessons that prioritise knowledge key learning with retrieval practice woven in.

A relentless focus on planning and teaching of reading skills, so that students understand how meaning is constructed through language choice and form.

Learners being active participants in their learning and demonstrating high standards for themselves and each other through quality interactions and contributions both verbal and written.  Books will evidence pride in learning.

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

Our Curriculum Vision and Values

Our vision is to build an outstanding educational organisation that makes the greatest possible difference to the lives of our students and that is highly respected in our local community and beyond.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • Our 21st century curriculum that is regularly adapted to reflect the aspirations of our students
  • Our personalised approaches to teaching and learning
  • Our innovative approach to our own continuous professional development
  • Our wider curriculum, including our careers and enterprise provision, that prepares our students for life in modern Britain and our global society
  • Our care, support and commitment we show to students to ensure they are safe
  • Our contribution to the development of learning beyond our own school
  • Our ethical values and working practice
  • Our parental support.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum provision is central to achieving the Academy’s vision and mission statement.

It enables all students to experience self-worth, success and achieve their full potential, in becoming thoughtful, confident and responsible citizens that make a valuable contribution to society.

Grove Academy is fully comprehensive in every sense of its meaning. We pride ourselves on our diverse intake and we are unique in welcoming a balanced range of pupils from all abilities which is representative of the community. This allows us to provide a true service to the local community, offering progression to both academic and vocational routes, truly serving the needs of our students.

Identification

Our curriculum is central to our students achieving success.

We are fully aware of the impact of our ‘all ability’ intake and have a setting arrangement to challenge the most able whilst maintaining our outstanding support to narrow the gap for those who may find school challenging.

We analyse a wide variety of information that enables us to identify any potential barriers to learning within each key stage and through every transition, including those encountered during the primary transition process. We then build a deep and rich curriculum, including personalised pathways, that enable our students to overcome such barriers. If our students are able to access courses, then it will help them to work with enjoyment, resilience, persevere and give them the belief that they can achieve their future ambitions.

Our Strategic Intent

To develop a curriculum which:

  • Has a culture of high achievement for all
  • Takes into account individual needs and learning styles
  • Ensures deep learning and understanding of curriculum subject knowledge
  • Allows all learners to develop skills there knowldge of the grove five and apply them to real life
  • Ensures there are rich and memorable learning experiences for all students
  • Ensures all learners can progress regardless of their background and prior attainment
  • Continually teaches and reinforces Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education and prepares our young people for life in modern Britain
  • Ensures our students have an appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.
  • Is developed in consultation with, and embodies the aspirations and expectations of all stakeholders
  • Gives our students access to a range of opportunities and support that facilitates their development towards becoming responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society
  • Enables our students to make practical and effective use of our virtues, helping them to refine and develop their character.

Our Overarching Intentions

Our intention is to provide an excellent education for all our students; an education which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life.

At Grove Academy, we aim to adapt the curriculum to suit the needs of every student, not the other way round. We aim to provide a program of education that ensures that pupils develop an understanding of knowledge at each Key stage of their learning journey. We aim to provide all of our students with exciting opportunities which build confidence, develop their character, build a range of skills and promote academic excellence and a love of learning. We offer a broad range of courses at all levels preparing students for further education and future careers.

We also value learning beyond that which is recognised within National Curriculum statements and seek to provide a rich, broad and balanced diet, which offers our students the opportunity for enrichment and deeper learning. We aim to develop confident young people with enquiring minds and a range of attributes that prepare them to be responsible citizens throughout their lives.

We recognise that students require a broad and balanced education, enjoying the artistic, cultural and practical opportunities that lead to a fulfilling life.

The Implementation Of Our Curriculum

Core subjects including English and Maths are given prominence as these provide the essential skills for future progress.  However, the range of other subjects is suitably wide.  We offer experiences in four technologies: Resistant Materials; Graphics; Food and Fashion as well as Art; Music and Drama.  German and Spanish are the main foreign languages but some groups will also be introduced to new languages as part of their wider personal development.

At Key Stage 4 we encourage students to study GCSE option routes with the EBACC the preferred suite of subjects to be studied. A small number of vocational courses are offered to ensure sufficient breadth in the curriculum for all learners is maintained. In our lessons you will typically see all pupils grappling with the same challenging content, with teachers providing additional support for pupils who need it. Rather than moving on to new content, our higher attainers will study that content in more depth, and are expected to produce work linked to it of greater depth and flair.

At Grove there is a strong focus on the core subjects: English, Maths and Science which we believe are the pillars that support understanding, skills and success elsewhere in the curriculum.

We also provide enhanced provision for language learning, believing that the study of languages is extremely important in developing our students as citizens ready for the challenges of the global economy.

Students can make genuine choices as they enter Year 10, for their GCSE programmes of study. Art, Design, Drama, Food, Music and PE continue to be popular choices.

The curriculum in each subject is set out on the 5-year curriculum maps that can be accessed and viewed in the subject areas

Our Spiritual, Moral, Social And Cultural Curriculum

We aim for all of our students to be safe, happy, healthy and confident adults and to appreciate the spiritual and moral aspects of life including an appreciation of the values of democracy, the rule of law, respect and equality for all - whatever their background or beliefs.

This will be achieved through an innovative, engaging and purposeful whole school Religious Education and a personal, social, health ‘Life Lesson’ programme, which combines elements of PSHE, Citizenship and Careers.

Foundation Curriculum Lesson Allocation 2019/2020 

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year English Maths Science Humanities MFL Musc PE Art and Design Life Lessons
7 5 5 5 2 2 1 2 2 1

8

5 5 5 2 2 1 2 2 1

9

5 5 5 2 2 1 2 2 1

GCSE Curriculum Lesson Allocation 2019/2020

Years 9, 10 and 11 (2 Week Timetable)

Year English Maths Science Humanities Option 1 Option  Option 3 Option 4 Life Lessons
10 4 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 1

11

4 5 5 3 3 3 3 3 1

For further information regarding the curriculum please contact Deborah Dannatt at Office@groveacademy.co.uk

 

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