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THE KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM MODEL

A one-week timetable comprising of 28 lessons. 3 lessons more per week than the majority of Essex Secondary Schools. Lessons are of 60 minute duration.

Subject

Number of lessons per week 

English

5

Maths

5

Science

4

Humanities 

4

Spanish

4

PE

2

Art

1

Drama

1

Music

1

Technology 

1

Life Skills & Citizenship

1 (cascading throughout the weekly timetable)

 

In Year 9, the aspiration is that able linguists are invited to study Mandarin in addition to Spanish. 

The 180 learners are divided into 6 tutor groups in Year 7. These are mixed in terms of prior attainment, feeder primary, gender, ethnicity, SEN, FSM etc. 

Learners study the following subjects in mixed ability groups: Spanish, Art, Technology, Drama, Music, PE, English and Humanities. From Year 7 the teaching groups are arranged into sets for Maths (according to prior attainment in Maths) and Science (according to prior attainment in Science). In Year 8 and 9, learners are placed into sets for Spanish.

THE KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM MODEL

Building on our successful Key Stage 3, our Key Stage 4 curriculum centres on essential academic subjects, providing our learners with an excellent foundation for further study and the option to continue their studies at a top university.

All learners study a compulsory core GCSE curriculum of English (2 GCSEs), Maths (1 GCSE), and Science (Triple or Combined). In addition, all learners follow a programme of non-examined Life Skills & Citizenship. GCSE work begins in these subjects well before the start of Year 10. More challenging GCSEs mean that Year 9 is also a crucial GCSE year for our students.

All learners study an additional four optional GCSE courses.  All learners are encouraged to include Geography or History, along with Spanish/German, providing they are able, to ensure a rounded and secure academic foundation for further study, as well as satisfying the requirements of the English Baccalaureate (Ebac). All learners are required to study at least one Ebac option (Geography, History or Spanish/German).

BTECs (or the equivalent vocational qualification) will be delivered where these are the most appropriate qualifications for our learners.

We offer the following courses (options) at Key Stage 4: TBC as approved courses change yearly. Other schools can only state what they do currently as approved option subjects are frequently revised.

 

Downloads

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BPS Curriculum Overview Art HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Art HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview English HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview English HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Food Technology HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Food Technology HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Geography HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Geography HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview History HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview History HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Maths HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Maths HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Music HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Music HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview R.E HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview R.E HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Science HT1 07th Oct 2019 Download
BPS Curriculum Overview Science HT2 07th Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Art 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Drama 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map English KS3 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map English Language KS4 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map English Literature KS4 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Geography 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Life Skills Citizenship 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Maths 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Music 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Science 21st Oct 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Spanish 21st Oct 2019 Download
BPS Spanish Curriculum Overview HT2 21st Oct 2019 Download
BPS Spanish Curriculum Overview HT1 21st Oct 2019 Download
BPS Drama Curriculum Overview HT2 21st Oct 2019 Download
BPS Drama Curriculum Overview HT1 21st Oct 2019 Download