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Key Stage 4

14-16 Curriculum Overview

What does the Curriculum empower our students to achieve?  

The curriculum is designed to help students realise:

  • Confidence through personal and spiritual, moral, social and cultural development
  • Relevant opportunities, experiences and responsibilities
  • How to integrate process and functional skills
  • Concepts, thinking, understanding and reasoning
  • An appreciation of human creativity and successful, personalised achievement
  • To empower students to find and collect appropriate information
  • To empower students to give reasons for opinions and actions
  • To empower students to generate and extend ideas
  • To empower students to develop as individuals
  • To empower students to evaluate and make judgements
  • To empower students to make contributions to society
  • To empower students to recognise success

What areas of learning for life and future work / training do we develop through the current curriculum?  

  • Personal Development
  • Local and Global Citizenship
  • Employability
  • Financial Capability
  • Home Economics

What are the fundamental components that underpin skills and knowledge across the curriculum?

  • Personal understanding
  • Mutual understanding
  • Personal health
  • Moral character & spiritual awareness
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural understanding
  • Media awareness
  • Equality and diversity
  • Employability
  • Economic awareness
  • Education for sustainable development

What cross-curricular skills do we value?

What range of thinking skills are used to develop learning?

Ensuring learning difficulties and disabilities are matched to thinking skills.

  • Communication
  • Reading & writing
  • Using Numeracy & ICT
  • Working with others & social engagement
  • Organisational skills
  • Independence & responsibility
  • Self-esteem & confidence
  • Self-worth & self-value
  • Respect for self and others

Students are given opportunities to learn how to: 

  • Define a problem, enquire and predict outcomes
  • Understand cause & effect
  • Make connections, investigate, sort and classify, sequence and summarise
  • Memorise and recall, compare and contrast, imagine, modify and make deductions
  • Draw inferences, reason, explain, evaluate and create

Subjects / topics / opportunities etc.

  • Core
  • English (Literacy), Maths (Numeracy), Science
  • Foundation
  • ICT, PE, Citizenship
  • Entitlement
  • The Arts (Art & Design, Music, Dance, Drama)
  • Design & Technology (Design Technology)
  • Humanities (Geography, History)
  • MFL (French)
  • Religions & Culture (RE, Sex & Relationships Education)
  • Complimentary activities: where appropriate - Food Technology, Horticulture, physiotherapy, warm-water swimming, occupational therapy and equine therapy

How are students engaged and their learning optimised to help with real-world challenges?

  • Integrated skills
  • Offers choice
  • Enquiry-based
  • Collaboration and partnership working
  • Investigation & problem solving
  • Relevant to daily experiences 
  • Challenging and enjoyable
  • Media-rich and creative
  • Encouraging independence
  • Active and hands-on
  • Student-centred 
  • Supportive and caring
  • Culturally diverse
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Differentiated and reflective
  • Structured yet flexible
  • Understanding boundaries
  • Knowing about expectations
  • Links to KS3 and 16+

How does assessment aid the students’ learning?

Through assessment in 14-16 we:

  • Advise on what to improve and how to improve it
  • Celebrate success
  • Encourage peer and self-evaluation of learning
  • Build an open relationship between the students, teachers and support staff
  • Share learning intentions with students
  • Have whole group and individual target setting
  • Take risks to enhance learning
  • Advise on what to improve and how to improve it
  • Celebrate success
  • Encourage peer and self-evaluation of learning

What attitudes to learning and dispositions are clearly evident across the 14-16 Curriculum?

  • Compassion – Achievement – Respect - Responsibility
  • A right to be heard
  • Support & concern for others
  • Sharing worries
  • Understanding personalities
  • Commitment, determination, self-belief & optimism
  • Tolerance & flexibility
  • Community spirit
  • Curiosity
  • Protective behaviours