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Curriculum

Curriculum and Assessment

At Oasis Academy Lord’s Hill, we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum tailored to the needs of students.

The Academy operates a one-week timetable cycle, with five sixty minute lessons each day. To support effective teaching, students are set in English, Mathematics and Science based on the prior and current attainment. On a Tuesday afternoon all students in the Academy follow a Citizenship and Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) course with their tutor.

Year 7 & 8:

In Year 7 and Year 8, students study a broad curriculum. Alongside developing a deep understanding of English, Mathematics and Science, students are taught an exciting range of other subjects. These are:

Geography, History, a Language, PE, Religious Education, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Technology (including Design & Technology, Graphics, Food & Textiles).

Year 9:

In Year 9, students begin to choose aspects of their curriculum.  All students continue to study English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, a Language and PE.  In addition, students start to specialise by choosing two ‘elective’ choices. The type of subjects offered are:

Art, Dance, Design & Technology, Drama, Food (Hospitality), Graphics, Music and Sport

Year 10 & 11:

We believe that it is essential to ensure that students are on the correct courses and curriculum pathways are matched carefully to student needs.

All students study for GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Combined Science. All students will then choose a number of subjects which run over the two years. The number of options available is dependent on the pathway an individual will follow. The type of subjects offered are:

Humanities - Geography, History

Languages – French, Spanish

Arts – Art, Dance, Drama, Music

Technical Awards – Engineering, Hospitality, Health and Social Care

Other subjects, such as Media Studies, may also be offered.

Assessment

We believe in a rigorous and structured approach to assessment.  All students are formally assessed three times a year in each subject area (four times in Year 11), and receive grades as a projection towards the new 9-1 GCSE grading scale.

Regular assessment provides up-to-date, accurate and objective information about students’ achievement to themselves, their parents and teachers.  Through informing next steps, the process of assessment will help to accelerate progress for all students.

Results from assessments are shared with parents in number of ways, including parents’ evenings and regular reports.