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At Frederick Gent School, our intent is to deliver a curriculum that encompasses the whole experience of education. Through timetabled subjects and qualifications, a range of teaching and learning styles, assemblies, specific learning days, tutor time activities and a variety of extra-curricular opportunities, we look to provide a curriculum that addresses the key areas of knowledge, skills and creativity.
Built around the core subjects of English, maths and sciences, our inclusive curriculum aims to prepare all students to be successful in formal examinations and their future lives both within and outside of the local community. Throughout the early years at Frederick Gent School, most students will be given the opportunity to study a range of humanities’ subjects, discover the language and culture of a foreign country, explore the arts through music, art, dance and drama, practise manual skills through design technology and food, learn to work in the world of information technology and digital media as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle through physical education. As students progress, all are given the opportunity to choose which of these subjects, alongside the core elements, that they will continue to study up to examination level, at the end of Year 11.
We firmly believe in the benefits for all students to participate in additional activities and encourage all students to attend at least one extra-curricular session. We ensure this by giving our students a varied programme of enrichment activities, which help them to develop existing talents whilst also offering fresh and new experiences to ignite new passions and foster the development of undiscovered skills. Our activities range from lunchtime and after school sessions to visits and residential trips abroad.
Sports – our PE department offers a range of activities for all students of all abilities. From fitness sessions using the multi-gym equipment to representing the school in individual and team sports, students can enjoy a variety of activities and experiences to continue to develop their physical and mental well-being.
Arts and performance – our Art department opens its doors during lunchtimes and after school to allow students access to build on their visual art skills. Those wishing to develop their performance skills, have opportunities to participate in a range of sessions and activities from choir and dance to talent events and whole school shows.
Trips and residential visits – we encourage all students to take part in at least one visit during their time at Frederick Gent. From PSHE themed day trips to museums and places of interest to city and coastal excursions as part of geography field study, we aim to provide students with the opportunities to develop their learning outside of the classroom environment. We also promote engagement in residential visits as part of students’ personal development with all students having the opportunity to participate in visits to France or Germany, camping in North Yorkshire and skiing.
The Year 7 curriculum is designed to support students in their transition from KS2 to KS3. All subjects are taught in ability groups with some curriculum content differing between ability bands based on KS2 outcomes. As part of the core offer, all students are taught maths, English, science, physical education, music and have an additional lesson where the Accelerated Reader programme is delivered. In addition to this, most students will also study humanities (history, geography and religious studies), French or German, design and technology, computer science and art. A small number of students will study a project curriculum combining humanities, art, design and technology and computer science instead of learning these as separate subjects. In addition, these students also study additional English and maths lessons to support and develop their progress in literacy and numeracy.
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 differing based on ability bands All students will study a core offer of maths, English, science, art, computing, design and technology, geography, history, religious studies, music and physical education with an additional session for Accelerated Reader programme. All students will also continue to study French or German, with the exception of those students who previously studied the project curriculum, who will use this time to continue to develop their literacy and numeracy skills instead.
In Year 9 individual preference is taken into account, with students starting to study GCSE courses and equivalents in a wide range of subjects alongside the core curriculum of maths, English, science (for students choosing the triple science option, this time is used in addition to deliver the three sciences), humanities (history, geography and RS) physical education, computing and Accelerated Reader. All students study an additional 4 subjects which may include French/ German, history, geography, triple science (biology, chemistry and physics) dance, drama, computing, creative iMedia, physical education and sport, travel and tourism, food and nutrition, design and technology, art, photography and construction and the built environment.
The curriculum for Year 10 and 11 continues to support students’ preparations for examinations and their post-16 progression pathways. Students study their preference subjects along with the core offer of maths, English, science (triple science students continue to use this time to study the three sciences) and physical education. Religious studies’ themes are delivered in tutor time and PSHE days.
The timetable is divided into five one hour lessons per day. The allocations for each curriculum area, in each year are as follows:
* Triple Sciences option replaces the Combined Science qualification if chosen as an option subject.
The school has five designated PSHE Days a year. The purpose of the PSHE Days is for pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.
Complimentary to the PSHE Days, pupils have the explicit opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of core British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs alongside their spiritual, moral, social and cultural capital development in a weekly designated tutor time and assemblies.
All students will participate in some form of sex and relationship education (SRE). It involves teaching children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It does not promote early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation.
The aim of the sex and relationships education is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships.
Some parts of sex and relationship education are compulsory – these are part of the national curriculum for science. Parents can withdraw their children from all other parts of sex and relationship education if they want by providing a written request to the Curriculum Leader for PSHE – Miss Smith. All parents are informed of the sessions, in advance of each programme commencing.
In Year 7, pupils learn about the changes that take place during puberty. This allows the opportunity for playground myths to be dispelled and provides the opportunity for students to understand both the physical and emotional changes that take place during adolescence. People from the integrated Sexual Health Services for the NHS visit the school to speak to pupils. Pupils also learn about healthy relationships and how to manage conflict.
In Year 8, work focusses on the law with students working alongside the local PCSO on topics such as sexting, keeping safe online plus the law in relation to sexual activity.
Year 8 students also develop their understanding and knowledge of different relationships and equality including the LGBTQ community.
In Year 9, the curriculum looks at sexual health, different methods of contraception, future risks linked to STIs, the importance of consent and domestic violence. External visitors from the integrated Sexual Health Services for the NHS work with students to cover the range of different aspects of this area.
In Years 10 and 11, work covers a range of more mature topics and themes. Students look at teenage pregnancy and parental responsibility in young people with a focus on reality for teenage parents and challenging pre-conceived ideas and myths. In addition, students also study what makes a healthy and unhealthy relationship. Students in these years will also have the opportunity to revisit previously taught topics focussing on age of consent and sexuality.
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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