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Curriculum Overview

Aim of the Curriculum

The curriculum at Broadoak is ambitious and supportive. It is designed to be balanced and broadly based and to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our students and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

There are four key principles underpinning our curriculum at Broadoak:

  • All students have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports excellent learning.
  • Our Fundamentals Curriculum at key stage three ensures a strong start to students’ secondary education, in which students are both supported and challenged.
  • All students in year 7 have Accelerated Progress (ACE) lessons; these are specifically designed to ensure that key skills in English and Mathematics are embedded at an early stage, so that students are able to engage successfully with the wider curriculum.
  • Our flexible and relevant curriculum is designed to encourage open-mindedness, to challenge every student to achieve excellence and to develop a love of learning.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The start of key stage three marks the beginning of an exciting phase for our students here at Broadoak. It is the period when they build on their primary education and prepare for their key stage four choices. Our year 7 curriculum is designed so that students can master the fundamentals in each subject, whilst maintaining breadth.

In order to give our students a broad and balanced learning experience at Broadoak, we offer a wide range of subjects throughout key stage three. As our values demonstrate, we believe in excellent and therefore teaching is deliberately designed to challenge and support all students to reach their full potential, regardless of their starting points.

SubjectKS3 Curriculum Time per Week (30 x 50 minute periods in total)
Year 7Year 8Year 9
Maths5 Periods5 Periods5 Periods
English6 Periods6 Periods5 Periods
Science5 Periods4 Periods
MFL – French or Spanish2 Periods2 Periods2 Periods
Humanities4 Periods5 Periods (taught as separate Geography, History and RE)5 Periods (taught as separate Geography, History and RE)
Technology (Product Design, Food Technology, Textiles)2 Periods (subjects taught in rotation)2 Periods (subjects taught in rotation – also includes Graphic Products)2 Periods (subjects taught in rotation – also includes Graphic Products)
The Arts (Art, Music and Drama)3 Periods (1 Period of each discipline)3 Periods (1 Period of each discipline)3 Periods (1 Period of each discipline)
Physical Education2 Periods2 Periods2 Periods
PSHCE1 Period1 Period1 Period

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is broad and balanced with a strong core in English, Mathematics and Science. The core offer is complimented by a wide range of high value subject options, such as Languages, History, Geography, Computer Science, Art, Music and Drama, as well as many others.

For more information about the subjects and qualifications we offer at KS4 see the documents linked below.

SubjectKS4 Curriculum Time per Week (30 x 50 minute periods in total)
Year 10Year 11
Maths5 Periods4 Periods
English5 Periods5 Periods
Science5 Periods6 Periods
Option A3 Periods3 Periods
Option B3 Periods3 Periods
Option C3 Periods3 Periods
Option D3 Periods3 Periods
Physical Education2 Periods2 Periods

2019-21 Course Specifications (Year 11 in 2020-21)

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