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Curriculum Overview

At Cherwell school we operate a two week timetable where 50 hours of lessons are taught across week one and week two.  Tutors also play a key role in supporting students to be ready to learn and years 7-12 see their form tutor daily. In year 13, students have a weekly tutor time slot in smaller groups to provide advice and guidance. In addition all year groups have a weekly assembly which across the year cover a range of themes connected to how we learn and personal growth. We teach RSE through a social wellbeing curriculum which is planned and delivered by specialist teachers in a mixture of taught lessons and via drop down days.

 

The curriculum at Cherwell is designed to give all students access to powerful knowledge which will enable them to succeed in life and understand the world around them. We carefully select the content of our curriculum to provide ambitious levels of challenge but at the same time ensure that all students can access every lesson. Through careful sequencing subject leaders have shaped the curriculum in order that knowledge is built upon and core concepts returned to. We use thoughtful and rigorous assessments to identify and address misconceptions, and provide structures to ensure that knowledge is securely learned. Teachers carefully plan explanations and model precisely how to produce work which enables students to think deeply about the knowledge they are taught.   

 

At Cherwell we study a curriculum that is broadly traditional and we take pride in offering a broad curriculum to all students. We keep the curriculum as broad as possible, for as long as possible to allow all students a rich experience based in subject disciplines. There is nothing that students study in year 7 that they cannot carry on to year 13. 

 

Students receive high quality advice and guidance around transitions to GCSE courses where the vast majority will choose 4 options subjects. There are no set or predetermined pathways set for students at Cherwell but we carefully examine individual choices that each student makes and as appropriate review them with students and parents. Between 50 and 60% of students are entered for the English Baccalaureate*

 

*The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) is a performance measure showing the proportion of students who achieve a Grade 4 or more in English, maths, a science, history or geography and a language.

 

Supporting students

The learning experience of disadvantaged students and those with SEND are always at the very heart of all of thinking on curriculum and teaching.  We provide support in a variety of ways and centre our approach on:

  • Quality first teaching, where all tasks/activities are carefully modelled to ensure access
  • Subject specific approaches to reading which allow students to access rich and complex texts
  • Explicit teaching of language and terminology needed to access the curriculum
  • Never assuming prior knowledge are carefully specifying exactly what students need to know
  • Quizzing and other methods to ensure retention of knowledge over time 
  • Routines driven approaches to ensuring a calm and purposeful classroom environment

Alongside our curriculum we run a range of interventions to support students to access their lessons. For example English, maths and science interventions which connect directly with taught content in normal lessons. 

 

Key Stage 3

 

Year 7

Year 7 Curriculum Booklet Sept to Dec 2021

Year 7 Curriculum Booklet Jan t0 July 2022

Year 8

Year 8 Curriculum Booklet Sept to Dec 2021

Year 8 Curriculum Booklet Jan to July 2022

Year 9

Year 9 Curriculum Booklet Sep to Dec 2021

Year 9 Curriculum Booklet Jan to July 2022 KS3 Curriculum outline

 

 

Year 7

Year 8 

Year 9 

English 

6

6

6

Maths

7

6

6

Science

7

7

6

Art

2

2

2

Design Technology

4

4

4

Citizenship

n/a

n/a

3

Computing

2

2

2

Drama

2

2

2

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

PE

4

4

4

MFL - German or Spanish

4

3

3

French

n/a

3

4

Music

2

2

2

RS 

2

2

n/a

Social Wellbeing

2

1

n/a

 

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

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