In line with Oasis’ Education Charter, the curriculum is the heart of our academy’s educational provision. Through this - and our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy - we make focused learning the foundation of every lesson.
Our curriculum is deliberately ambitious and at the heart of our academy’s educational provision. Our commitment to an exceptional climate for learning and great pedagogy make learning the foundation of every lesson. It is designed to provide all students with the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life, in partnership with parents and carers. In our curriculum, knowledge underpins the application of skills.
Our knowledge-rich curriculum and our commitment to the Oasis ethos and Nine Habits is supported by our Trust’s policies on Learning and Behaviour for Learning and the work of our National Lead Practitioners and Leads for Learning Innovation.
We actively encourage young people to take a range of academic subjects, securing great results. Our Lord’s Hill determination is to achieve “excellence for all” with equity and integrity, where barriers to learning are successfully overcome.. Our academy’s focus will be on providing students with a broad and ambitious academic and vocational curriculum throughout Key Stage 3 and 4. As a commitment to that breadth and ambition we aim to continually increase the percentage of students follow an EBacc curriculum. All our young people will have the opportunity to study a Humanities (History or Geography) and a Language (Spanish) until they are 16.
Our students’ personal development is fundamental to our curriculum. We seek to develop students’ interests and talents so that they are the best version of themselves. This includes keeping our students physically and mentally healthy. It enables them to understand what it is to be human, and equips them for life so that they become kind and model citizens. Our curriculum not only develops our young people academically but socially, emotionally, culturally, physically and spiritually. Our commitment to providing students with a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and activities will add depth and breadth to our provision and allow our students to follow their hobbies and interests outside of the formal curriculum.
We want our students to feel challenged and to develop resilience as a result. Across the curriculum, we champion reading and numeracy alongside the acquisition of vocabulary in all subjects.
Beyond the classroom, we provide exceptional opportunities which prepare students for future success in modern Britain as well-rounded citizens, by achieving outcomes that drive social mobility and give everyone freedom of choice throughout their lives. We encourage our students to take ownership of these opportunities, building resilience to help shape their own educational journey. For example, we provide our students with information on careers and the world of work encouraging them to be aspirational and ambitious so that they can secure their dream job and enjoy fulfilling career.
The curriculum intent statement of individual curriculum subjects and the wider curriculum offer is underpinned by our Academy’s curriculum intent.
Please see the Academy subject curriculum maps below for 2020-2021. It is important to note that these have been written specifically to allow students to catch up on work missed during Academy closure and to secure prior knowledge.
The Academy operates a one-week timetable cycle, with five sixty minute lessons each day.
08:40-09:00 Tutor Lesson
09:00-10:00 Lesson 1
10:000-11:00 Lesson 2
11:30-12:30 Lesson 3
12:30-13:30 Lesson 4
14:00-15:00 Lesson 5
(15:00-16:00 Lesson 6 programme for Year 11 students)
In Years 7, 8 & 9 students are mainly taught in tutor groups, apart from in English, Maths and Science, where students are set based on the prior and current attainment to support and accelerate their progress. All students are expected to read extensively as part of the curriculum, through the Accelerated Reader programme. Additional support is offered in phonics, literacy and numeracy for students for whom this would be beneficial.
On a Tuesday afternoon all students in the Academy follow a Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) course with their tutor and a range of outside specialist speakers. This programme develops our students as well-rounded and citizens of a modern Britain and global community.
In Year 9, students are able to choose two "elective options" to study in further depth in the creative subjects. The aim of these options is to develop each student's unique talents and interests further.
In Years 10 & 11 students continue to study the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, where students are set to support and accelerate their progress.
The Tuesday afternoon PSHE and Citizenship lesson continues with tutors and a range of specialist, outside speakers.This programme develops our students as well-rounded and citizens of a modern Britain and global community, alongside preparing them for future education and employment. Students are also given tutorials to accelerate their progress where this is in their best interests.
In addition to the core subjects, students select up to four option subjects through the Guided Choices process at the end of Year 9. This is a broad and balanced offer, but with an emphasis on the EBacc subjects (English, Maths, Science, Geography/History and a Modern Foreign Language) to raise students' aspirations. A full range of subjects within the creative, performance and design subjects is also offered.
Our curriculum offer changes annually, dependent on the interests and unique talents of our students. A typical range of subjects offered is outlined below.