Curriculum Overview

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Your child is provided with a broad and balanced curriculum that enables them to access powerful knowledge, communicate and clarify their knowledge and develop a love for learning so that they can thrive within society. Our website provides more detail.

Key Stage Three Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad and balanced and it provides the foundations for your child to be successful at Key Stage 4. It focuses on embedding deep understanding of key concepts in each subject and it is based on high expected standards of pupils.

Key Stage Four Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 pupils make choices about the subjects they want to study at GCSE level. All pupils study English, maths and science and will make an additional four option choices from a range of other GSCE and vocational qualifications. Furthermore, pupils will also study RE/PSHE and physical education.

The table on the next page shows how your child’s weekly timetable of 30 lessons is split between the subjects at Key Stage 3 and 4. Each lesson lasts for 50 minutes and there are six lessons a day.

Knowledge Organisers

Every half term your child will be given a Knowledge Organiser in each subject which they stick in their exercise books. Knowledge Organisers provide all pupils with the essential knowledge, key terms and facts they need to know for that unit of work. They are a useful tool for revision and homework as well as being regularly referred to in lessons. Knowledge Organisers can also help you as parents and carers to support your child with their work at home.

Learning Plans

Pupils are also given an overview of the topic they will be studying in every subject at the start of each half term by way of a Learning Plan. This is stuck in pupils’ books and is referred to in lessons. It lets pupils know in advance what they will be learning and what their homework will be and also provides you as parents and carers information about what your child is studying.

A whole school approach is employed to help our school develop pupils’ mathematics skills and their abilities to read, write and communicate effectively in order to access the curriculum and to reach their full potential. All subject teachers include literacy and numeracy in their lessons, including Form Tutors as part of the weekly Form Time Programme.

Whole School Literacy

Literacy is fundamental to all areas of learning, as it unlocks access to the wider curriculum. Being literate increases opportunities for your child in all aspects of life, lays the foundations for lifelong learning and prepares them for the world of work. All teachers are teachers of literacy, regardless of their subject. All teachers ensure teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening is highly effective and implemented across the curriculum.

The aims are that all pupils, by the end of Key Stage 4 will be able to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas

Core literacy skills are the foundations of our pupils’ literacy development and therefore must be effectively embedded in all lessons across the curriculum.

Whole School Numeracy

Numeracy at Dean Trust Ardwick is a part of all subjects and is supported by the mathematics faculty. In mathematics, numeracy is a part of every lesson, with a special lesson taking place every week for all pupils, which we call our ‘skills lesson’. This lesson helps your child recap and build on the areas of numeracy they need to master to get good GCSEs in all subjects, and in everyday life. ‘Numeracy Ninjas’ also takes place during one Form Time period a week, which is a session where pupils get another chance to develop their skills.

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