Curriculum

SAFE, HAPPY, SUCCESSFUL

Academy Curriculum

At Winterton Community Academy, the National Curriculum is at the heart of our curriculum. 

It is the intent of our curriculum to ensure that all pupils attending Winterton Community Academy are safe, happy and successful. Our curriculum intends to provide our pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

 

We are  an inclusive  school with high aspirations for all learners,  ensuring that disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils are provided with the appropriate and relevant support to ensure their potential is not limited by their context.

We aim to provide a broad range of enrichment opportunities as a part of our wider curriculum to enhance pupil’s experience and build on our values of respect, hard-work and positivity.

We aim to broaden our pupils’ emotional and multicultural awareness, developing values and building respect and tolerance. We seek to reward success, balancing the need for hard work with a sense of enjoyments for school life as a whole

We aim to equip students with the essential learning skills of literacy and numeracy, ensuring they do not become limiting factors to accessing the curriculum, with a focus on developing the range of complex vocabulary

 

Implementation

The timetabled week is 25 x 1 hour lessons, with tutorial for 20 minutes, where pupils are in vertical groups with pupils across the year groups. 

Prior to pupils beginning in Year 7, the transition phase prepares both the staff and pupils.

Staff in both Mathematics and English work with primary feeder schools to develop continuity in teaching and learning between Key Stages 2 and 3.

Pastoral staff visit the primary schools to facilitate the transfer process

Open Days / Evening and other transition days enable pupils to familiarise themselves with the working day at the school.  Additional visits for specific pupils are also encouraged to enhance the transition experience

 

Key Stage 3

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 (Years 7&8) is broad and balanced and provides exposure to the knowledge and skills required to enable progress. 

The Subject Leaders are responsible for the implementation of the curriculum within each subject.  Information on each can be accessed via the links below:

Year 7 Curriculum

Year 8 Curriculum

 Key Stage 4

The Key Stage 4 curriculum is studied in Years 9-11 (a 3 year curriculum) following guidance and support when pupils are in Year 8. 

At Winterton CA we are determined to ensure this guidance process is a well informed and positive experience in order for the right decisions to be made. The information booklet is one of a range of strategies we use in order to support this aim. Other strategies that are used to inform the guidance process include student voice activities, use of progress data and staff subject recommendations. All learners and parent/carers are also invited to a guidance presentation in the Spring term of Year 8. This supports the construction of students individual Year 9-11 timetables. These are reviewed based on learning and progress and may be adjusted during this period of study.

Whatever programme students eventually follow, staff, in partnership with students and their parent/carers, will encourage each individual young person to achieve his or her best personal growth and academic progress. Furthermore we will work together to nurture the development of engaged, happy and aspirational young adults who have the skills, character and qualities to progress with confidence into the wider adult world.

The Subject Leaders are responsible for the implementation of the curriculum within each subject.  Information on each can be accessed via the links below:

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 10 Curriculum

Year 11 Curriculum

Following recent reviews of the curriculum, it has been decided that from September 2020 the school will operate a three year Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and a two year Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11).

Impact

The curriculum sets out what is being taught and must enable pupils to have a deepened understanding of the required knowledge and application of skills.  How the impact of that is assessed has a direct impact on the quality of provision moving forward and will be measured in a variety of ways, including:

·      Planned and scheduled half-termly assessments for each year group across the breadth of the curriculum with a particular focus linked to the appropriate curriculum content

·         Literacy assessments for pupils on entry to the Academy, acting as a baseline, prior to subsequent actions and secondary assessments to assess the impact of interventions given

·         Termly data collections to monitor pupil progress and identify the required subsequent actions

·         Student Voice activities

·         Pupil engagement in Extended Learning tasks

·         Monitoring of Teaching and Learning within lessons

·         Work scrutiny activities

·         Senior Leadership Meetings

·         Line Management Meetings

·         Departmental Meetings

These qualitative assurance methods are not definitive and others will be included.  However, they are essential in evaluating the impact of the curriculum, leading to subsequent actions.   

Homework

Homework is an important element of study and creating independence and resilience. It also enables each individual to further enhance their understanding of the subject. Tasks will vary depending on the subject and Key Stage, but may include reading, writing, research, revision and project work.

All pupils are given a journal at the beginning of the school year and are expected to record their homework clearly in the journal. This is also used to help the pupils with their own organisation and to facilitate communication between the school and home.

Further Information Contact

If you would like to find out more about our Curriculum, please contact the school and speak to Mr R Featherstone, Deputy Headteacher i/c of the curriculum

Further Information Documents