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Curriculum

Curriculum Statement              

We have a vibrant and diverse student body at Derby Moor Academy.  Seventy percent of our students are identified as from deprived areas and the ability of our intake is significantly below the national average at the point when students enter school.  Despite our context, the curriculum at our Academy enables all students to maximise their potential and be the best they can be.  We have designed our curriculum to support and develop students through our school values of achievement, aspiration, high expectations and community.  By meeting these values, our curriculum promotes achievement at the highest levels, an inclusive environment for all and enables our students to prepare fully for life after school. Derby Moor Academy’s curriculum offer demands excellence and high achievement from students empowering them to become positive contributors to the global workforce. In order to be successful we work together as staff and students to form positive relationships with each other as well as parents, governors and other external stakeholders.

Our curriculum ensures that we can be proud of our school motto “Together we succeed”.

Our curriculum meets our value of achievement by ensuring that:

  • Every student has a broad and balanced offer to prepare them and guide them through their examination years at GCSE and Post 16.
  •  Curriculum Pathways support every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to achieve the highest outcomes.
  •  Our students have every opportunity to progress to the next stage of their education including high quality Apprenticeships, University study or the world of work.
  •  In addition to English, Maths and Science the academic platform is enhanced through Humanities and Languages.

Our curriculum meets our value of aspiration by:

  •  Involving students in their learning so that they are inspired and motivated to succeed at the highest level.
  •  Promoting high quality teaching.
  •  Making homework and research an integral part of student learning, developing the skills of independence and resilience.  
  • Providing extra-curricular activities that enhance students’ school life and further develop their social experience.
  • Developing experiences of cultural capital so that students know how to interact, work and take a lead within society, making the right decisions.

Our curriculum meets our value of high expectations by:

  • Ensuring that all students are engaged and motivated, resulting in an outstanding attitude to learning across the Academy.
  •  Guiding students through their subject choices as they move into Key Stage 4 or Key Stage 5 ensuring that they have breadth and the opportunity for success in the pathways.
  • Delivering an education that sequences learning and identifies where correction or development is required.
  • Working closely with all students, providing support where necessary, and making sure that they understand the educational value of their curriculum.

Our curriculum meets our value of community by:

  • Planning a detailed transition plan from Key Stage 2 to 3 so that students are comfortable and supported in the move from Primary to Secondary.
  • Developing a partnership of students, parents, school staff and a range of external providers including those from local businesses and local employers to support our students’ future aspirations.
  • Offering a range of intervention sessions, regularly meeting with and communicating with our parents so that all are involved in students’ progress.
  • Embracing the rich variety of cultures that make up Derby Moor’s diverse student body, so that differences are celebrated and valued.
  • Ensuring that all students have a knowledge of how to interact in society and make the right decisions keeping safe online and in the real world.
  • Including constant referral to key learning about safety, including student well-being, relationships and sex education, use of social media, Prevent, radicalisation, CSE, and health.

 

Taught Curriculum 2018-19

Key stage 3 Year 7 – 9

We deliver five 1 hour lessons each day therefore making 25 lessons over the week.

 

Y7

& Y8

English

(8)

Maths

(8)

Science

(6)

PE

(4)

Languages

(5)

Computing

(2)

Humanities

(8)

Creative Arts    (4)

Technology

(4)

Personal Development (1)

Y9

English

(8)

Maths

(8)

Science

(6)

PE

(4)

Languages

(5)

Computing

(2)

Humanities*

(8)

Creative Arts*    (4)

Technology*

(4)

Personal Development (1)

       

Our Languages provision consists of French, Spanish, Panjabi and Urdu.  Students choose their preferred language on starting Year 7 and follow this through to Y9.

*Humanities covers History, Geography and Religious Studies.  Students study all three in Year 7 and 8.  In Year 9 students choose to specialise in either History or Geography but also study Religious Studies. 

 *Creative Arts covers Art, Dance, Drama, and Music.  In Year 9 students identify their two preferred creative arts subjects and study these.

*Technology covers Product Design, Engineering, Food and Textiles.  In Year 7 & 8 students rotate through each of these subjects over the year.  In Year 9 students choose their two preferred subjects and study these.

 In addition to this we have a ‘nurture’ group.  This is a group that works mainly with one teacher who teaches most subjects (English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Computing).  These students will attend more specialist lessons in PE, Languages (or Literacy support), Creative Arts and Technology.   This allows a blend of primary and secondary experience for students who may need extra support in the transition from Key Stage 2 in Key Stage 3.

 

Key stage 4 (Y10 and Y11)

 At the end of Year 9 students select which subjects that wish to follow in their Key Stage 4 examinations.

 

Y10

English Language

& Literature (10)

Maths

(8)

Science

(10)

PE

(4)

Option1

(6) 

Option2

(6)

Option3

(6)

Y11

English Language

& Literature  (10)

Maths

(8)

Science

(10)

PE

(4)

Option1

(6)

Option2

(6)

Option3

(6)

 Currently we separate students into three pathways, Yellow, Blue and Green.

 The Yellow Pathway   - Students are identified for this pathway if we feel they have a good interest and attitude in both a Language and either History or Geography.  In addition to this they should be able to achieve strong outcomes in both of these subjects.  As a result they will leave Derby Moor with a high level of qualification in key academic subjects (known as the EBacc subjects).  In addition these students will select one further subject to follow.

The Blue Pathway      - Almost all other students are placed in the Blue Pathway.  This means that they must choose at least one subject from a Language, History or Geography plus they make two other free choices.  A student in this pathway may choose to do a Language and either History or Geography if they wish.

The Green Pathway    - There are currently a small number of students who follow this pathway.  These students must select one subject from a Language, History or Geography, they get one free subject choice plus they follow a BTEC qualification (currently PE) that they complete in one year.  This one year qualification enables these students access to English, Maths or Science support in Year 11 with the intention of improving their grade in these key subjects in readiness for post 16 studies.

 

Our current subject offer at Key Stage 4 is:

Core (all students):  

English Language,  English Literature,   Maths,   Science (double or triple award),  PE (core or BTEC) including Dance            

Choices (options)

French Spanish Panjabi Urdu
History Geography Religious Studies Psychology
*Engineering Product Design Food Textiles
Art Drama Music *Health and Social Care
Computer Science *Business Studies *ICT Media
*PE *Dance Citizenship

 Subjects with a (*) are vocational qualifications.

Key stage 5 (Y12 and Y13)

In Year 12 most students will select three subjects which they study over two years.  A small number may decide to start with four, the school will negotiate and advise students in this case. 

 Currently each subject receives nine hours of specific teacher taught lessons over a two week cycle.  They will also take part in one lesson per week of enrichment.

 

Our current subject offer at Key Stage 5 is: 

Art Biology Business Studies Chemistry
Computing Design Technology English Language English Literature
Geography History *Health and Social Care ICT
Mathematics Media Further Maths Panjabi
*PE Physics Psychology Science (Applied)
Sociology Urdu

                                    

Subjects with a (*) are also run as an extended certificate which is equivalent to three A-Levels..