Curriculum

At North Kesteven Academy we encourage high ambition in a supportive and stimulating environment. By celebrating individuals’ achievements, we enable everyone to be happy, responsible, respectful, creative and confident.

Mission

  • Our mission is to instil a passion for lifelong learning and the courage to learn from mistakes.
  • To develop Students who are ambassadors for the academy, positive role models in the community and who achieve well progressing to the best universities and jobs.

Intent

To create a curriculum that:

  • offers the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills.
  • allows all learners to experience success.
  • enables young people to experience a breadth of subjects to develop their curiosity and to spark their interests.
  • takes into account the elements on which the academy will be externally measured.
  • allows students to achieve qualifications in subjects which are meaningful for their preferred destinations.

Principles on which the curriculum is built:

  • the opportunity to develop skills over 5 to 7 years.
  • Learning time in school is maximised.
  • Challenge and support are available in every area to maximise progress and success for all learners.
  • Learning for Life opportunities with a focus on SMSC, PSHE and Careers Education, to raise aspiration, support next steps and the development of the whole person in society.
  • to support transition into secondary education in Year 7.
  • English and Maths are key components of our curriculum and develop skills that support all subject areas.
  • A breadth of subjects is important to develop people and our curriculum offer encompasses humanities, languages, arts, performing arts, technology and sports to this end.

Implementation

At NK Academy we have 50 lessons every fortnight, lasting an hour each.  The timetable is planned over a two week period to enable maximum opportunity for a breadth of curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.

Key Stage 3

We have a very broad curriculum at Key Stage 3.

In Year 7, 8 and 9 the curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science, split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • A modern foreign language (either German or Spanish)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religion Ethics and Philsophy
  • Physical Education
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Art
  • Information Technology
  • Technology

The number of lessons per subject is as follows:

For students who are behind in their chronological reading age, additional support is provided through withdrawal to enable them to rapidly catch up.

Students begin to study for their GCSE courses in Year 9 in all subjects before choosing which subjects in which to specialise and study in Years 10 and 11.

Learning for Life Days, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended in order to teach topics related to PSHE and Careers Education, take place during the year for Years 7 to 11.

An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities, music, drama and dance. There is daily support for homework in the resources area.

Assessment at Key Stage 3

 

Students will be assessed regularly and this will take a variety of forms including:  informal, ongoing assessment during lessons; classwork, homework, formal assessments in class and an examination in every year.  Progress will be reported to parents 3 times every year in Key Stage 3.  The assessment report will contain a target grade for the end of Year 11 based on their KS2 assessment information for English and Maths; whether the student is on track to achieve this target grade, above or below track and an attitude to learning grade.  Parents will be invited in to school for parents’ consultation evenings once per year and will be invited in for further information and engagement events.

Key Stage 4

In Year 10 the students start to specialize to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and prepare for the examinations in their core curriculum and chosen subjects.

All students must study:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science – Combined or Triple Science
  • History or Geography or a modern foreign language
  • Learning for Life, which includes PSHE, RE and Careers Education
  • Physical Education (non-examined)

Students in Year 10 and 11 following either the EBacc or Humanities/Languages Curriculum (see separate KS4 Curriculum Choices booklet).  This booklet also provides information on the subjects available for students to choose for their additional subjects.  The subjects from which students have chosen in 2018-19 are:

The number of lessons per subject are as follows:

 

Twilight opportunities

An additional after school programme is available in Drama, Dance and Music.  Students apply to study an additional subject for an extra qualification with their learning taking place after school.

Assessment at Key Stage 4

Students will be assessed regularly and this will take a variety of forms including:  informal, ongoing assessment during lessons; classwork, homework, formal assessments in class and an examination in every year.  Students in Year 10 will have a Pre-Public Exam in every subject and in Year 11 they will have a Pre-Public Exam in every subject and two in English, Maths and Science.  Progress will be reported to parents 5 times every year in Key Stage 4.  The assessment report will contain a target grade for the end of Year 11 for every subject based on their KS2 assessment information in English and Maths; the professional prediction from the teacher and an attitude to learning grade.  Parents will be invited in to school for parents’ consultation evenings once per year and will be invited in for further information and engagement events.

Learning for Life

Key Stage 5

Students in Year 11 are given extensive guidance and information on post-16 institutions and courses.  Our course offer in Years 12 and 13 can be found in the 6th form choices booklet.

For further information on our curriculum please contact Mr B Smith, Assistant Headteacher on 01522 881010.

 

Year 9 Curriculum Choices 

NK Academy Year 9 – Curriclum Choices booklet 2019