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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company

Curriculum

THE CURRICULUM MODEL 2017 - 2018

The Overview

The challenge for School improvement is to continue to find a broad and balanced curriculum that raises achievement and attainment while taking advantage of government directives and balancing this advice with opportunities to personalise the curriculum with valued worthwhile courses that have progression routes. 

The curriculum gives priority to Religious Education, the core subjects at Key Stage 3 ( English, Maths, Science) and the foundation subjects ( Art and Design, D&T, Geography, History, Computing, Music, PE, Languages and Citizenship).  At Key Stage 4, the core (English, Maths, Science).  Students are encouraged and given CIEAG when selecting their options to ensure the EBacc subjects form part of their choice, where appropriate.

This year we will continue with the model of a 3 year Key Stage 3 and a 2 year Key Stage 4. However within core subjects of Maths, English and Science, pathways begin at an earlier stage, with linear progression from Year 7.

Computing at Key Stage 3 has replaced ICT and there are clear areas that students will study and be assessed on.  We have two pathways for students in Key Stage 4 with a BTEC First in Information and Creative Technology and also a GCSE in Computer Science.  At Key Stage 5, we offer a BTEC Level 3 IT.

The curriculum will continue to offer all of our students their first choice of option subjects as this has a positive impact on their behaviour and academic standards. However we will continue to give guided support to students and parents about the relevance of the EBacc programme.

Citizenship remains a mandatory element of the National Curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and 4. This year it is 1 lesson per fortnight in year 7 and 8, delivered by a team of staff. For Years 9, 10 and 11 Citizenship will be delivered through a programme of extended tutorials and assemblies and planned programme of year focus days.

ocational Education is an essential part of a broad curriculum and we continue to offer BTECs both pre and post 16. In addition, at Key Stage 4, there are a limited number of college places for identified and interested students, who go through a process of selection.  This forms one of their option choices.

The impact of raising participation to 18 is a continued focus for planning.  In addition, the changes to A’Levels continues to form part of the planning process.  Assessment schedules and points will continue to be monitored.  The decision has been made that all Year 12 students will take a linear pathway.  Most students will choose 3 Level 3 courses.  Their pathways are selected through discussion and taster sessions, with clear entry criteria.  Some students will choose a blend of BTECs and A’Levels.  All Year 12 students study the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).  Any student not gaining a grade 5 at GCSE in English Language and Maths, will continue to study these in Year 12.

The Year 12 curriculum has enabled us to develop an enrichment programme on Wednesdays.

The Catholic life and spiritual development of students Post 16 is a priority. The core RS programme continues to be re-focused with lessons designed by the RS department and delivered in a programme throughout the year.  Core RS is delivered through the Extended Project Qualification and is taken by all students in sixth form.

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7

A Band
60

RS 4

En
7

Ma
7

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
3

Gg
3

MFL
5

PE
4

Com
2

Art
2

Mus
2

CZ
1

B Band
90

RS
4

En
7

Ma
7

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
3

Gg
3

MFL
5

PE
4

Com
2

Art
2

Mus
2

CZ
1

In Year 7 students are divided into 2 bands A & B. Each band is divided into 3 and 4 groups (respectively). However, PE and DT are split into 3 in A Band and 4 in B Band. Maths is split into 5 groups to allow setting. English is split 2 and 3, to enable earlier intervention and some setting.

Citizenship is delivered in mixed ability tutor groups which allows opportunity for whole school delivery.

DT and Computing are taught in a carousel.

YEAR 8

A Band
60

RS 4

En
7

Ma
7

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
4

Gg
4

MFL
Fr3

Sp 3

PE
4

Com
2

Art
2

Mus
2

CZ
1

 

B Band
90

RS
4

En
7

Ma
7

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
3

Gg
4

MFL
Fr 3

Sp 3

Com
4

IT
2

Art
2

Mus

2

CZ
1

Groupings are similar to Year 7.  However, Spanish is introduced in Year 8.  Students all study French and Spanish.  English and Maths groups are on at the same time to enable setting to occur.  Citizenship continues to be taught in discrete lessons to mixed ability tutor groups.

Science is set in both bands. 

DT and Computing are taught in a carousel.

 

YEAR 9

A Band
60

RS 4

En
6

Ma
6

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
3

Gg
3

MFL
7

PE
4

Com
2

Art
2

Mus
2

B Band
90

RS
4

En
6

Ma
6

Sci
6

DT
4

Hi
3

Gg
3

MFL
7

PE
4

Com
2

Art
2

Mus
2

In Year 9 setting takes place in Maths across the whole year group and in RE, English and Science, within each band. 

To support MFL, students study French and Spanish (3 and 4 hours respectively).  Alternatively, students for whom Polish is appropriate can study Polish entirely (7 hours) or may choose to study Polish plus either Spanish or French.

History and Geography are now taught in groups which enable students to adopt a humanities subject earlier in Year 9.  This will enable GCSE courses to begin earlier.  A similar model is used in MFL.

 

KEY STAGE 4

YEAR 10 and 11

A Band
60

RS 5

En
8

Ma
7

Sci
10

PE
2

Op1
5

Op2
4

Op3
5

Op4
4

B Band
90

RS
5

En
8

Ma
7

Sci
10

PE
2

Op1

5

Op2

4

Op3

5

Op4

4

In Year 10, students have the choice of 4 options.  The blocks are created through demand and resources.  Core PE has 2 hours per fortnight.  Science can set their Triple Science students, as well as their Combined Science students and have the flexibility of movement in and out of that set.

College is available for a very small number of students.  In addition, Extended Studies has been introduced for students for whom Level 1 courses may be inappropriate.  Extended Studies is taught in conjunction with a BTEC course and / or college.

Options consist mainly of GCSE qualifications, but there are a small number of BTEC courses.  These are Construction, Childcare, IT, Jamie Oliver Cooking and Work Skills.  Students have the opportunity to choose Computer Science, a language (French and / or Spanish or Polish) and humanity (History and / or Geography).

Students go through a lengthy advice and guidance process to ensure that they have selected the most appropriate courses for their ability and career path.  In RE, a small number of students will study Short Course RE and Level 2 Project.  The number of students is going to be reduced.

Year 11 students continue with their option courses.

Throughout Years 10 and 11, there are a number of Citizenship Days that meet the needs of students. These include Independent Living, Health, GCSEs and Beyond and SRE.

KEY STAGE 5

YEAR 12 CURRICULUM 2017 - 2018

Option A 
 

Option B
 

Option C

Option D
 

Option E
 

Maths

French

RE

BTEC Business

EPQ

PE

Chemistry

Business Studies

English Lang

BTEC Travel

EPQ

Further Maths

Spanish

Psychology

Photography / Art

EPQ

Physics

History

Polish

Core Maths

Resit Maths

Resit English

EPQ

Product Design

History

BTEC IT

English Lit

Biology

Applied Science

EPQ

In Year 12, most students are still currently advised to pick 3 A’Level Qualifications.  Which, they will continue in to Year 13.  We have piloted Core Maths and are pleased with the uptake and motivation of students on that course.  This will continue in September 2017. 

There is an opportunity for students to take a subject not on offer at BGN, at Banbury Academy.  These instances are few and dependent upon timetable clashes.  Enrichment takes place on Wednesday afternoons.

Resit Maths and English are provided for any students who do not gain a 5 at GCSE.

New this year is a Level 2 offer.  This is a 1 year programme to support students who do not achieve the entry criteria for Level 3 courses.  The programme consists of a core qualification (Sport), Work Skills, EPQ, Resit Maths and/ or English, Work Experience.  It will act as a platform to either Level 3 or some other form of education or training.
 

YEAR 13

A2 Courses & Level 3 BTECs continue as selected options.