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:
- Science, split into Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- A modern foreign language (either German or Spanish)
- Religion Ethics and Philosophy
- Physical Education
- Information 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 twice every year in Key Stage 3. The first report to parents will contain information about attitude to learning based on 3 criteria: Engagement, Independence and Respect. The second will be a report on a summative assessment and will also report on attitude to learning as above. 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 specialise 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
- 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:
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 twice in Year 10 and three times in Year 11. The assessment report in Year 11 will contain a target grade for the end of Year 11 for every subject based on their KS2 assessment information in English and Maths. In both Years 10 and 11 the report will contain the professional prediction from the teacher and information about attitude to learning based on 3 criteria: Engagement, Independence and Respect. 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 Miss K Warburton, Assistant Headteacher on 01522 881010.