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If you would like further information about the curriculum at Telford Park School please call or email Mr P Goodwin - Deputy Head of School - phill.goodwin@taw.org.uk

Introduction

At the Telford Park School we believe that the curriculum consists of all activities which have an effect on students’ learning, development and achievement as individuals. Therefore we see the curriculum as including:

- The formal programme of timetabled lessons;

- All extra-curricular and out of school activities;

- The way students and teachers treat each other;

- The organisation, management and leadership of the school.

We are absolutely committed to delivering a curriculum with the individual student at the centre, which is right for them, inspires them to learn and ensures that they acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for success within our school, for their next steps and for life.

Our underlying principles

The delivery and content of the curriculum is based on the following principles:

- Breadth of curriculum to ensure that students work across different areas and continue to develop all four elements of learning – skills, concepts, attitudes and knowledge.

- Balance to provide students with the opportunity to achieve across the curriculum with a higher degree of personalisation and specialisation as they move through the school.

- Coherence, continuity and progression to promote students’ development in a continuous and progressive way and to extend this beyond our school by building upon the work of our feeder schools and preparing students appropriately for their next steps when they eventually leave our school.

- Relevance and purpose so that curriculum continues to meet the present and prospective needs of students and that it clearly relates to the personal experience of our students, adult life and the wider world of work.

- Personalisation through differentiation and choice so that the curriculum accurately matches the levels of ability and learning needs of all of our students to enable them all to succeed. The curriculum must also recognise that they have different interests, aptitudes and aspirations and therefore provide students with a degree of choice in what they study, both within and between subjects.

At age 13, students are given the opportunity to choose some of their courses for Years 9,10 and 11, in order to pursue particular interests or strengths. At this ‘Options’ stage, students choose from the subjects on offer, following specific ‘pathways’. 

Curriculum Organisation

Our timetable is organized into fifty one hour lessons per fortnight.  In addition, there is a daily tutorial lesson of twenty minutes.

Content: Years 7-8

All students in Years 7-8 study a core of 13 subjects.

Year 7 lessons

Year 8 lessons

English

9

9

Mathematics

9

9

Science

9

9

Technology

2

2

Ethics and Morals

1

1

Computing

2

2

Language(s)

4

4

History

3

3

Geography

3

3

Performing Arts

2

2

Art

2

2

Reading

2

2

Physical Education

2

2

Content: Year 9

In Year 9 all students study a core of subjects which provide our young people with a broad and balanced curriculum diet. This core comprises English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Students then select 5 choices from various optional subjects including Geography, History and French. This allows for a degree of specialization according to students’ interests and aptitudes. The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

THE CORE (Yr9):

Year 9 lessons

English Language and English Literature/English (Language and Literature): GCSEs

9

Mathematics: GCSE*

9

Science: GCSEs (Double Science)

9

Physical Education

3

OPTION SUBJECTS:      

Year 9 lessons

Geography – GCSE

4 each

History – GCSE

4 each

French – GCSE

4 each

Food Preparation and Nutrition - GCSE

4 each

Enterprise – BTEC TECH

4 each

Art & Design - GCSE

4 each

Health and Fitness – VCERT TECH

4 each

Computing – GCSE

4 each

Performing Arts – BTEC TECH

4 each

Interactive Media – VCERT

4 each

Information Technologies - Cambridge National

4 each

Engineering Design – Cambridge National

4 each

*Students have an option to complete an additional statistics or music GCSE in an additional after school session during P6 lessons

Content: Year 10

In Year 10 all students study a core of subjects which provide our young people with a broad and balanced curriculum diet. This core comprises English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Students then select 5 choices from various optional subjects including Geography, History and French. This allows for a degree of specialization according to students’ interests and aptitudes. The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

THE CORE: (Yr 10)

Year 10 lessons

English Language and English Literature/English (Language and Literature): GCSEs/iGCSEs (entry according to ability)

9

Mathematics: GCSE*

9

Science: GCSEs (Double Science)

9

Physical Education

3


OPTION SUBJECTS:      

lessons

Geography – GCSE

4 each

History – GCSE

4 each

French - GCSE

4 each

Art & Design - GCSE

4 each

Religious Education - GCSE

4 each

Performing Arts – BTEC TECH

4 each

Enterprise – BTEC TECH

4 each

Health & Fitness – VCERT TECH

4 each

Food Preparation and Nutrition – GCSE

4 each

Computing - GCSE

4 each

Interactive Media - VCERT

4 each

Engineering Design – Cambridge National

4 each

*Students have an option to complete an additional statistics or music GCSE in an additional after school session during P6 lessons

Content: Year 11

In Year 11 all students study a core of subjects which provide our young people with a broad and balanced curriculum diet. This core comprises English, Mathematics, Science and Physical Education. Students then select 4 choices from various optional subjects including Geography, History and French. This allows for a degree of specialization according to students’ interests and aptitudes. The breakdown in terms of curriculum time is as follows:

THE CORE: (Yr 11)

Year 11 lessons

English Language and English Literature/English (Language and Literature): GCSEs

9

Mathematics: GCSE*

9

Science: GCSEs (Double Science)

9

Physical Education

3

OPTION SUBJECTS:      

Year 11 lessons

Geography – GCSE

5 each

History – GCSE

5 each

French - GCSE

5 each

Religious Education – GCSE

5 each

Food and Cookery - VCERT

5 each

Business Studies - BTEC

5 each

Art & Design - GCSE

5 each

Performing Arts – BTEC TECH

5 each

PE – Health and Fitness - VCERT

5 each

Visual Communication (Digital Media Production) – BTEC

5 each

Computing - GCSE

5 each

Engineering Studies - VCERT

5 each


Music is a GCSE option for students during P6 lessons

The wider curriculum

All students attend a twenty-minute tutorial session four times a week plus one session as an assembly. These sessions are delivered in mixed age tutor groups and contain aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education, Citizenship, Literacy, Numeracy, Economic Awareness, Health Education, Internationalism and Careers. This work is supported by a number of Extended Learning Days throughout the year.

All students in our school follow a programme of Careers Education which involves, among other things, work experience in Year 10, careers fairs, outside speakers, university events and one to one interviews with our qualified Careers Advisor.

While at The Telford Park School students have the opportunity to participate in a thriving programme of extra-curricular activities and opportunities including sports clubs, performing arts and local and overseas visits. While many of these are organised and run by staff, students play a significant role in assisting with organisation and ideas.

For more information about our school curriculum including our aims please click here.