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Year 7 Curriculum

All Students receive 50 learning hours which are spread across a two week time table (25 hours each week). They attend all subjects in 7 house/form groups. The only exception to this is Games where all Year 7 students attend on a Friday afternoon.

Prior to joining the Math, students elect to study two languages, from a choice of 3; Latin, French or Spanish. They attend these language lessons in their form group.

Bridge, Castle and Gordon study French and Spanish as their Language choices.

Pitt study Latin and Spanish.

River, Thetford and Tower study Latin and French.

Students attend Design Technology in half-sized classes.

The table below shows the subjects the students in Year 7 study, as well as the number of hours (out of the 50 available) dedicated to each subject option;

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

Maths  7  

Geography

3

English

7

 

Art

2

Science

6

 

Design Tech

2

Spanish

4

 

Computing

2

French

4

 

PE

2

Latin

4

 

Games

2

History

3

 

Music

2

Life Skills

3

 

Drama

1

 

This totals 54 because only two of the three languages are chosen.

Students will continue on this curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9). In Year 8 each half year group is placed into ability sets for Mathematics, with all other subjects being taught in their Form group. During Year 9 they opt for their GCSE choices, which start In Year 10.

Year 8 Curriculum

Students continue to attend 5 one hour lessons each day, spread across a two week timetable totalling 50 learning hours.

Students attend the following lessons in their teaching groups, which for the current Year 8 and 9 match their House: Bridge, Castle, Gordon, Pitt, River, or Thetford.

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

English 7  

Art

2

Science

6

 

Design Tech

2

Geography

3

 

Music

2

History

3

 

Drama

1

Computing

3

 

Maths

7

Life Skills

2

 

Games

2

French

4

 

PE

2

Spanish

4

 

Latin

4

For their study of Mathematics (7 hours) the year group is split into two halves. Students from Bridge, Castle and Gordon are then set into groups 1 – 3. The most able students (based on their attainment and progress from Year 7) are placed into set 1. Sets 2 and 3 are of mixed parallel ability. The same applies to students in Pitt, River, Thetford and Tower. Students attend their Life Skills lessons (2 hours) and PE lessons (2 hours) in their Mathematics sets.

At the start of Year 7 students were placed into sets ensuring they all received their first two language choices from either Latin (4 hours), French (4 hours) or Spanish (4 hours). They attend these lessons in their Form groups as noted above.

All students attend Games (2 hours) on Monday afternoons where they are placed into 7 sets based on sporting ability.

At the end of Year 8 students will continue onto the same curriculum offer in Year 9 with an addition hour of Mathematics (7 to 8 hours), with one less in Computing (3 to 2 hours). 

 

Year 9 Curriculum

Students continue to attend 5 one hour lessons each day, spread across a two week timetable totalling 50 learning hours.

Subject

Hours

 

Subject

Hours

English 7  

Art

2

Science

6

 

Design Tech

2

Geography

3

 

Music

2

History

3

 

Drama

1

Computing

2

 

Maths

8

Life Skills

2

 

Games

2

French

4

 

PE

2

Spanish

4

 

Latin

4


For their study of Mathematics (8 hours) the year group is split into two halves. As with Year 8, students from Bridge, Castle and Gordon are then set into groups 1 to 3. The most able students (based on their attainment and progress in Year 8) are placed into set 1. Sets 2 and 3 are of mixed parallel ability. The same applies to students in Pitt, River, Thetford and Tower. Students attend their Life Skills lessons (2 hours) and PE (2 hours) in their Mathematics sets.

At the start of Year 7 students were placed into sets ensuring they all received their first two language choices from either Latin (4 hours), French (4 hours) or Spanish (4 hours). They attend these lessons in their Form groups as noted above.

All students attend Games (2 hours) on Tuesday afternoons where they are placed into 6 sets based on sporting ability.

During Year 9 students will consider and make their GCSE options to design their curriculum for years 10 and 11.

For details of each subject, please click on the individual subject links on the left of the 'SUBJECTS' page here