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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 three 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 Hours per fortnight (50 in total)
Year 7Year 8Year 9
Maths10 hours8 hours8 hours
English10 hours8 hours8 hours
Science6 hours8 hours8 hours
MFL – French or Spanish4 hours4 hours3 hours
Humanities6 hours8 hours (taught as separate History, Geography and RE lessons)8 hours (taught as separate History, Geography and RE lessons)
Technology (Product Design, Food Technology, Textiles and Computing)5 hours5 hours6 hours (4 hours Technology rotation, 2 hours Computing)
The Arts (Art, Music and Drama)5 hours (one subject at a time taught in rotation)5 hours (one subject at a time taught in rotation)6 hours (2 hours of each Art, Music and Drama)
Physical Education4 hours4 hours3 hours

PSHCE is taught by the tutor in tutor groups. There are two 20 minute PSHCE lessons a week for all students covering a wide variety of topics. For more information about PSHCE at Broadoak please click here (hyperlink to be added).

Key Stage 4

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 click here (hyperlink to be inserted)

SubjectKS4 Curriculum Hours per fortnight (50 in total)
Year 10Year 11
Maths8 hours7 hours
English10 hours8 hours
Science10 hours9 hours
Option A6 hours6 hours
Option B6 hours6 hours
Option C6 hours6 hours
Option Dn/a6 hours
Physical Education4 hours3 hours
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