Key Stage 3 Curriculum Plan

Principles and Purpose

Bishop Rawstorne is committed to a flexible and responsive curriculum that is outstanding, meeting the needs of all of our students and allowing them to flourish.

Our broad and balanced curriculum addresses both the academic and non-academic needs of the students as well as promoting the Christian values and ethos of the school and its community.

Entitlement and Enrichment

All students are entitled to apply to go on the educational visits on offer to them, residential and non-residential, in the UK and to foreign countries. These and the many day excursions not only enhance the subject knowledge in school but helps develop them further in their social and interactive skills.

There are ‘Arts For All’ enrichment days where whole Year groups are taken off timetable and enjoy a variety of different ‘arts’ experiences.

Breadth and Balance

All students study English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education. They also study both Geography and History as well as Art, Computer Science, Engineering, Food Studies & Nutrition, Graphics, Music, Physical Education, Programming, PSHE (including Citizenship) and Textiles are also studied. A small cohort of identified students do have additional literacy and numeracy support and some enrichment activities, these replacing their Modern Foreign Language studies.

Resources

Specialised classrooms and subject knowledge teachers provide good quality resources and an environment in which learning can and does take place. Specialist equipment is provided for activities both in and out of the classroom as well as being able to support the extracurricular activities that take place.

Review and Evaluate

Ongoing reviews of the curriculum take place to measure its impact on teaching and learning and also the knowledge retention of students.

The Curriculum Provision At Key Stage 3 Is Organised In The Following Way:

Year 7

  • English: Four 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Maths: Three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Science: Three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Religious Education: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Geography: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • History: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Modern Foreign Language: 88% of students study a Modern Foreign Language, three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Art: 1 hour lesson each week.
  • Computer Science: 1 hour lesson each week.
  • Music: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Technology (Engineering, Food  Studies & Nutrition, Graphics, Programming, Textiles): Two 1 hour lessons each week.
  • PSHE; One 1 hour lesson each week.
  • Physical Education: Two 1 hour lessons each week.

Year 8

  • English: Three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Maths: Three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Science: Three 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Religious Education: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Geography: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • History: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Modern Foreign Language: A cohort study both German and French, four 1 hour lessons each week, the majority study German alone, three 1 hour lessons each week with 1 hour additional literacy support and a small cohort of identified students have additional literacy and numeracy support and enrichment activities.
  • Art: 1 hour lesson each week.
  • Computer Science: 1 hour lesson each week.
  • Music: 3 hours per fortnight.
  • Technology (Engineering, Food Studies & Nutrition, Graphics, Programming, Textiles): Two 1 hour lessons each week.
  • Physical Education: Two 1 hour lessons each week.

Further information regarding curriculum provision at Bishop Rawstorne can be obtained by contacting Mrs C Lane, Assistant Headteacher, via the school office.