Curriculum Intro

Introduction

Wilnecote High School is committed to providing a broad, balanced and personalised education for all of its students.  The emphasis during Key Stage 3 is on providing a variety of experiences across the full range of subjects, ensuring that students are challenged and supported to achieve mastery of each subject at a level in line with their abilities and talents.  We personalise the students’ experiences through high quality teaching and personalised feedback on how to improve.  Additional support is given to those who need it in both literacy and numeracy through small group interventions and 1 to 1 tuition.  Those with special educational needs are supported to take part in the full range of curriculum areas.

In Key Stage 4, in addition to a core curriculum of English, Maths, Science and PE, all students are given the opportunity to choose freely up to four options from a wide range of GCSE subjects in accordance with their strengths and interests.  We aim to allow students to study a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum which is of genuine interest to them.

Curriculum Structure

We run a two week timetable split into 25 one hour sessions per week.  In addition, there is a daily ‘Tutor Time’ session of twenty five minutes.

Key Stage 3 Years 7-9

In Years 7 to 9 students study the following subjects:

English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Design & Technology, Computer Science, a modern foreign language, History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Drama & Physical Education.

Subjects are allocated the following curriculum time per week in each year:

  Year 7 lessons Year 8 lessons Year 9 lessons
English 3.5 4 3
Mathematics 3.5 3 4
Science 3 3 3
Art 1 1 1
Computer Science 2 2 2
Drama 1 1 1
Geography 1 1 1
History 1 1 1
Language(s)* 3 3 3
Music 1 1 1
Physical Education 2 3 2
Religious Studies 1 1 1
Technology 2 1 2

*A number of students are withdrawn from language lessons in Year 7 in order to have additional literacy and / or numeracy lessons.

 

 

Key Stage 4 Years 10 & 11

In Years 10 & 11 all students study a core curriculum of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science & Core PE.  Students are also able to study four additional options.  Many students opt to study either History or Geography and a foreign language in addition to two further optional subjects.

All students are encouraged to select a broad and balanced range of subjects both academic and practical in nature.  This allows students to pursue courses in accordance with their interests and aptitudes.

The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

THE CORE: Year 10 & 11 lessons
English Language and English Literature* 4
Mathematics 4
GCSE Core & Additional Science for all students except those opting for Triple Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics) 5
Physical Education 2
 

OPTION GCSE SUBJECTS (Four from):      

 

Year 10 &11 lessons

 

 

2.5
Art & Design
Business Studies
Computer Science
Drama
Food Preparation & Nutrition
French
Geography
German
Graphic Products
History
ICT
Music
Physical Education
Product Design
RE (Philosophy & Ethics)
Triple Science (in place of Core & Additional 7.5 hours in total per week)