Curriculum Organisation

Curriculum: What do we learn?

Our approach to curriculum organisation is based on a Secondary model with students being taught by subject specialists. Most subjects are taught in mixed-ability groups, however, Maths is taught in ability sets.  

Schemes of Learning cover the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. Lessons are between 55 and 60 minutes long. Students have the following allocation of lessons during the week:

 

 

 

RE

English

Maths

Science

Geography

History

Art

Tech

French

Music

PE

Drama

IT

Option

Y8

Lessons

1

4

3

3

2

1

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

1

 

Groups

5

6

6

6

5

5

5

10

6

5

5

5

 6

6

y7

Lessons

1

4

4

3

1

2

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

 

 

Groups

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

 

y6

Lessons

1

6

6

3

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

 

1

 

 

Groups

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

 

6

 

y5

Lessons

1

6

6

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

 

1

 

 

Groups

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

6

 

6

 

 

In Year 8 students have an ‘Option’ lesson in their weekly timetable. Students choose from a wide range of subjects – Maths in the world, Sports Leadership, Art in the environment, Drama and Making Movies. This prepares students for the very important choices they will be making about Options soon after arriving in Upper School. It was a part of the curriculum to which Ofsted gave particular praise. In addition, for students the option lesson also created a very popular variety to our KS3 curriculum.

 

Wider Curriculum Opportunities

The curriculum at Holywell benefits from a range of additional activities and events to support our children’s learning. For example, in Year 5 the whole year group has a Safety Awareness Day – working with police, fire service, first aid and staying safe online; they also get the chance to go on the Bunyan Lifepath which supports their History and RE programmes. In Year 6 they will visit Wrest Park to support their English and Art programmes; they also visit the most important shoe museum in the world… in Northampton. Year 6 have a four day residential at the PGL centre near Weymouth – working on a wonderful range of outdoor pursuits. There are also occasional ‘themed’ days – e.g. World Book Day, Widening Opportunities Day. These days allow students to explore a cross-curricular topic for an extended period of time.

We consider it important to offer all our students a wide range of activities, linked both to the School Curriculum and extra-curricular wider opportunities.  These activities may take place during the school day, after school or at weekends.  There are clubs every afternoon after school in addition to the frequent sports matches.

To enable us to continue with these essential ‘extras’ we do have to ask for voluntary contributions from parents.  We are pleased to be able to say that we have never had to cancel an activity due to lack of contributions and the staff appreciate the whole-hearted support we always receive from parents.  We also appreciate the help of parents who join us on school journeys and those who are able to transport team members to away fixtures.  Help can be offered to those parents who are unable to afford an activity linked with the National Curriculum.