Our curriculum in years 7-11

Curriculum Statement of Intent

The Oldham Academy North believe that in order to allow our students to be ready for and contribute to the challenging and competitive world around us, they must achieve the best academic results possible.

Examinations in England have changed, with more challenging GCSEs that rely heavily on students’ knowledge. We have designed our curriculum for Key Stage 3 to ensure it prepares students for their GCSEs at Key Stage 4.

At Key Stage 3, our curriculum is rigorous, challenging and engaging with regular assessments mapped in to ensure that students have the opportunity to show their mastery in each subject on a regular basis.

Our expectation is that students will perform competitively against their peers nationally and locally; we want all students to experience challenge in every subject because we know that with endurance, everyone can achieve mastery but we support those students who sometimes find this difficult.

Our curriculum at Key Stage 3 is organised to allow students the opportunity to experience a range of exciting subjects, as well as our traditional curriculum, some other opportunities include:

  • Spanish lessons for all students
  • Music lessons, including practical and digital music
  • Business and Enterprise lessons, including some students studying towards a financial management qualification (LiFE)
  • Computing for all students. including the use of drones and VR technology, as well as touch-typing and computer skills
  • All students have the opportunity to complete the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Our E-ACT Passport offers students opportunities to visit universities, visits to sporting events, learn basic first aid and other exciting opportunities to develop autonomy and understanding
  • All students study PSHE each week, where they discuss British Values and local, national and international news issues
  • All students have access to SRE through both science lessons and PSHE

At GCSE, we offer traditional subjects of:

  • English (Literature and Language)
  • Maths
  • Science (Trilogy or Triple, depending on attainments)
  • Computing: either computer science or Creative iMedia
  • History or Geography
  • Languages (Currently Spanish)

In addition to this, all students will study computer science at GCSE level, as we believe that in the modern and challenging world, most occupations now include use of ICT.

Alongside all of these EBacc qualifications, we also offer a wide range of subjects to allow students to follow their own strengths, passions and ambitions, some of these include:

  • PE
  • Arts (including photography, graphics, fine art and ceramics)
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Business
  • Child Learning and Development
  • Religious Studies
  • ESOL and ASDAN qualifications

 

Year 7

In Year 7, students study the following subjects:

English, mathematics, science, computing, Spanish, geography, history, RE, art, technology, drama, PE and music

Year 8

In Year 8, students study the following subjects:

English, mathematics, science, computing, Spanish, geography, history, RE, art, technology, drama, PE and music

Year 9

In Year 9, students study the follows:

English, mathematics, science, computing, Spanish, geography, history, RE, art, technology, drama, PE and music

 

Year 10 and Year 11

Students at key stage 4 study the following core subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

All students also take an art subject from:

  • Art and design
  • Fine art
  • Graphic communication
  • Photography

All students also take a computing subject from:

  • Computer science
  • Creative iMedia

In addition students can take two guided choices from further optional subjects:

  • ASDAN
  • Business
  • Childrens’ learning and development
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • ESOL
  • Food and catering
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE
  • RE
  • Triple science

Year 10  & 11 Curriculum – coming soon

Should you wish to find out more about our curriculum model, please email TOAN.Enquiry@E-ACT.org.uk stating the year group and subject you would like more information on.

Curriculum Policy 2018-2020

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