Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

Learning at Frederick Gent School

The curriculum at Frederick Gent School aims to prepare our students to be successful both in formal examinations and their future lives.  The school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, that gives students a variety of experiences and opportunities.

Year 7

The Year 7 curriculum is designed to support students in their transition from KS2 to KS3. All subjects are taught in ability groups with the curriculum content differing between ability bands based on KS2 outcomes.  As part of the core offer, all students are taught maths, English, physical education, computing and have an additional lesson where the Accelerated Reader programme is delivered. In addition to this, students will also study the following:

Higher band students study biology, chemistry, physics, French, German, history, geography, religious studies, performing arts, art and design technology.

Middle band students study science, humanities, expressive arts and French or German.

Lower band students study a project based on science, humanities and expressive arts. In addition, students also study additional English through the Hackney Learning Trust’s LIT programme.

Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum allows students to continue to experience a broad range of subjects in preparation for forthcoming GCSE subject preferences in Year 9.  This is also taught in ability groups with some content also based on ability bands   All students will study a core offer of maths, English, science, art, computing, design technology, geography, history, religious studies, performing arts and physical education with an additional session for Accelerated Reader programme.  In addition, higher band students study French and German, middle band students are taught either French or German and lower band students study additional English through the Hackney Learning Trust’s LIT programme.

Year 9

In Year 9 individual preference is taken into account, with students choosing GCSE courses in a wide range of subjects to study alongside the core curriculum of maths, English, science, physical education, religious studies, computing and Accelerated Reader.  All students study an additional 4 subjects which may include French, German, history, geography, dance, drama, computing, physical education and sport, food and nutrition, resistant materials, art and triple science.

Years 10 and 11

The curriculum for Year 10 and 11 continues to support students’ preparations for examinations and their post-16 progression pathways.  Students continue to study their preference subjects along with the core offer of maths, English, science and physical education.  Religious studies’ themes are delivered in tutor time and PSHE days.

PSHE, citizenship and British Values

Students have the explicit opportunity to explore and develop their knowledge and understanding of core British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs as well as their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in assemblies, tutor time and through five designated PSHE days each year.

Timetable and curriculum allocations

The timetable is divided into five one hour lessons per day.  The allocations for each curriculum area, in each year are as follows:

Year 7

Band Subject Number of Lessons per week
Lower Maths 4
English 4
PE 2
Project – Science, Humanities, Expressive Arts 10
Additional English 4
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Middle Maths 4
Science 3
English 4
Humanities 3
Language – German 4
Expressive Arts 3
PE 2
Computer Science 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Higher Maths 4
English 4
Science – Biology, Chemistry, Physics 3
Language – French, German 4
Art 1
Computer Science 1
Design Technology 1
Geography 1
History 1
Religious Studies 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Performing Arts 1
PE 1

Year 8

Band Subject Number of Lessons per week
Lower Science 3
Maths 4
English 4
Art 1
Design Technology 1
Computer Science 1
Geography 1
History 1
Religious Studies 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Performing Arts 1
English Additional 4
PE 2
Middle Maths 4
English 4
Science 3
Language – French or German 4
Art 1
Computer Science 1
Design Technology 1
Geography 1
History 1
Religious Studies 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Performing Arts 1
PE 1
Higher Maths 4
English 4
Science 3
Language – French & German 4
Art 1
Computer Science 1
Design Technology 1
Geography 1
History 1
Religious Studies 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
Performing Arts 1
PE 1

Year 9

Subject Number of Lessons per week
Maths 4
Science 3
English 5
Computer Science 1
Religious Studies 1
Accelerated Reader Programme 1
PE 2
Preference choices (4 subjects) 2 per subject

Years 10 and 11

Subject Number of Lessons per week
Maths 5
Science 4
English 6
PE 2
Preference choices (4 subjects) 2 per subject

For further information regarding curriculum content, please see the relevant year group page or contact the specific Head of Curriculum Area or Mr Bradshaw - Deputy Headteacher, Systems & Processes.

 

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