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Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum at Icknield High School encompasses every aspect of a young person’s learning, from personal well-being, social skills and health, to subject areas that promote strong academic rigour, and a whole range of more practical and applied courses to equip our students for life beyond school. This is underpinned by our Philosphy ‘Raising the achievement for all’. The curriculum is designed to be accessible, inclusive, challenging and promotes the best standards of behaviour based on our values.

A central tenet of our curriculum is that all students have a right to immerse themselves in studies that take full account of their potential and capability, whilst building a knowledge based approach. Our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whereby students acquire the skills, knowledge, concepts and understanding to develop their full potential, both whilst at school and as adults. The quality of education will be at the heart of the curriculum, where we endeavor to ensure student progress is linked with to deep learning and successful learning of new content is dependent on prior knowledge and understanding. The curriculum is reviewed as and when necessary and involves all stakeholders in decision making.

Our curriculum is designed around 50 one hour lessons over a two weekly cycle. In addition to this all year groups begin the day with a 30 minute session with their tutor group. At Icknield the role of a tutor is extremely important and recognised as being crucial in supporting our student’s development, both academic and personal, through their Icknield career.

Key Stage 3

 

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to build on learning and provide an effective, strong base for study at Key Stage 4. There is a strong focus on reading, writing, communication and mathematics. In Key stage 3, students follow courses in English, Maths, Science, Languages, History, Geography, Ethics and Philosophy, Computing, Visual Art, Music, PE, Design Technology and PSHE.

Subject

No. of lessons per fortnight in Years 7  &  8

Maths

8

English

8

Science

6

Art

4

PE

4

Computing

2

Geography

2

History

2

Ethics and Philosphy

1

Music

2

Modern Foreign Languages (French, German or Spanish)

2

PSCHE

1

Key Stage 4

 

At Icknield our students begin their Key Stage 4 courses at the beginning of Year 9. We believe that by starting the courses at this time our students will have the best possible opportunity to meet the challenges of the GCSEs and hopefully secure the grades the need to progress in the future. All students will follow the core curriculum (Maths, English, Science, Ethics & Philosophy, PE and PSCHE) and a compulsory Visual Arts course choosing from Art and Design, Film, Graphics and Digital Media and Textile Design. In addition to this students will choose 3 further options.

Subject

No.  of lessons per fortnight

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Maths

8

8

8

English

8

8

8

Science

6

8

8

Ethics and Philosphy

2

2

2

Core Physical Education

4

4

3

PSCHE

2

 

1

Art

5

5

5

Option 1

5

5

5

Option 2

5

5

5

Option 3

5

5

5

 

The vast majority of students are expected to continue studying either geography, history and/or a modern foreign language.

An outline of the options framework is available in the Year 8 Options booklet 2017-18.

Homework

 

Homework is considered to be an important factor in achieving high standards. We expect parents to support us in ensuring that work outside the classroom is taken as seriously as work within. All homework is posted onto the Show My Homework site and can be accessed by students and parents. There are procedures in place to follow up with students and parents when homework is missed.

Special Needs Provision

 

The School aims to fully support each student to achieve her or his potential. In regular lessons, support is provided by teaching and support staff. We also provide individual and small group teaching for students with learning difficulties. There are well equipped teaching rooms provided with specialist resources, including computers, to assist students in developing skills. All students with learning difficulties are encouraged to use these facilities during lunchtimes with staff support.

Students with Education, Health and Care Plans are supported through allocation of specialist staff time and provision is monitored by officers of the Local Authority. This special provision is co-ordinated by our SENCO who, in association with the Pastoral Leader and Year Tutors, monitors the progress of students and liaises closely with parents. Staff are also given access to student Passports to enable them to differentiate effectively.

Hearing Impaired Department (HID)

 

Icknield has welcomed children with hearing impairment since the early 1970s. Students are integrated into all areas of School life, with support in mainstream classes being provided by educational communicators.

The department has a well-equipped area, where some specialist lessons take place. Our team of communicators and visiting deaf tutors use oral and signing methods of communication, according to each students’ individual needs.

Lunchtime signing classes for hearing students and staff add to the richness of our curriculum.

Most Able Students

 

The needs of students of high ability are met through learning activities organised by subject areas such as lunchtime and after school clubs, and by participation in master classes and special projects. A Deputy Headteacher oversees the provision for our many Gifted and Talented students. The school has achieved the NACE award, an External validation of school-wide high-quality provision for more able learners

Religious Education

 

We endeavour to provide opportunities for all students to acquire knowledge about and understanding of major world faiths, and to reflect on and respond to human experiences. The locally agreed syllabus is followed. All students take a GCSE course in Ethics & Philosphy which is extremely popular and successful.

Sex & Relationship Education

 

Our programme includes human growth and development, reproduction, sexual health and diseases, and contraception. This information is presented to students in mixed classes, mainly in Personal, Social and Health Education lessons. We utilise a wide range of teaching materials and call upon community health workers and our own Welfare Assistant to support us.

Topics are presented in the context of family life, loving relationships and respect for others. We strongly encourage our students to develop a responsible and moral attitude towards their own sexual behaviour. Independent surveys of our PSHE programme have indicated that we should rate our provision to students as ‘Outstanding’.

Parents can choose to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education but not from teaching the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under national curriculum science. Any parent wishing to consider withdrawing their child from such lessons should write to the Headteacher in the first instance.

Careers Guidance

 

The great majority of our students go onto further and higher education, with full independent guidance from our successful careers staff. Our aim is to increase students’ self-awareness, to develop decision making skills, to raise understanding of education, training and career opportunities, and to fully prepare each individual for the adult world of work. The school is successfully working towards the GATSBY standards and the evidence of these can be found under the careers section.

Curriculum Policy

 

A copy of the Curriculum Policy is available on the Policies page by request from the School office.

Curriculum Complaints

 

By law we have a Complaints Procedure, a copy of which is available on the Policies page or alternatively by request from the School office.