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Curriculum

Below please find an overview of our curriculum offer, with links to more detailed information. If you require any further information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact woottont@josephwhitaker.org.

The new 2014 National Curriculum in England provides the framework for schools to plan, implement and evaluate their own curriculum against national expectations. As an Academy, The Joseph Whitaker School is legally able to determine our own provision in terms of curriculum.

 

Following a process of review and development during 2013-14 each of our subjects has aligned their previous Programmes of Study to the aims and subject content of the new National Curriculum.

 

The National Curriculum & the new school KS3 Assessment Policy has now been implemented and can be viewed using the links below.

KS3 Curriculum and Assessment

Students follow a fortnightly timetable with 25 hours per week. The table shows the number of hours per week for each subject.

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 4 3 or 4 3 or 4
Mathematics 4 3 3
Science 3 3 3
Art 1 1 1
Drama 1 1 1
French 2 1.5 or 2 1.5 or 2
Spanish 0 1.5 1.5
Geography 1 1.5 1.5
History 1 1.5 1.5
IT 1 1 1
Music 1 1 1
PE 2 2 2
PSHCE 1 1 1
RE 1 1 1
Technology 2 2 2
Total 25 25 25

In order to personalise the curriculum for some children this offer may be adjusted according to need.

KS4 Curriculum

Students follow a fortnightly timetable with 25 hours per week.

 

In Year 9 a comprehensive options programme provides support and guidance for all students in determining their subject choices for Key Stage 4. This includes:

  • Assemblies
  • Options evening
  • Parent consultation evening
  • Careers education, information, advice and guidance
  • Tutor mentoring
  • Subject mentoring.

 

The table shows the number of hours per week for each subject or option

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 4 4
Maths 3 4
Science 5 5
RE / PSHCE 1
PE 2 2
Option A 2.5 2.5
Option B 2.5 2.5
Option C 2.5 2.5
Option D 2.5 2.5
Total 25 25

**In KS4, provision for PSHCE is made through units of work in RE and during collapsed timetable days.

 

All students study both English and English Literature. Triple science is offered via a combination of the core curriculum and the options programme, giving pupils a total 7.5 hours per week.