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Summary of Curriculum

Due to the ever changing circumstances of Covid-19 and the blended learning model adopted by teaching staff, the ordering and delivery of the curriculum for 2020-2021 may have altered to reflect our contingency and recovery curricula as well as health and safety needs outlined in the school risk assessment for Coivd-19. 

Our Curriculum Vision:

 

At Copley Academy we believe we can unlock every child’s potential through creating a curriculum that develops confidence, self-worth, aspiration and achievement, so that every young person departs with not just a set of qualifications that they are proud of but attributes that will allow them to be lifelong learners and pro-active and responsible members of society.

 

Our Curriculum Intent:

•To provide every student at Copley Academy, irrespective of their starting point, a fully inclusive, broad, balanced and ambitious curriculum that will enable them to continue their learning journey post 16 and onwards.

•To offer a dynamic and diverse curriculum that is relevantenjoyable and challenging so that our students develop confidenceresilience and creativity.

•To employ innovative approaches to learning and teaching, at the same time as personalising the learning experience for all students, so that lessons are engaging, relevant and highly educational.  

•To ensure that every individual will be cared for, supported and challenged to maximise their potential in order to create a feeling of self-worth and ambition.  

•To deliver the GREAT values led curriculum to develop students’ character, confidenceresilience and independence so that they continue to be successful leaders and positive role models in their community.

 

We teach a broad and balanced curriculum across a 5-year learning journey to fully prepare our students for not only success at Copley Academy but for further study and the working world. The curriculum is broad, balanced and includes a range of vocational options at Key Stage 4 to meet the needs of all students as well as providing Key Stage 3 content that is as ambitious as the National Curriculum. Our destinations figure for 2020 was 99.3%, which was above the national figure.

 

Key Stage 3:

 

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum is designed enable students to achieve a deep understanding of a range of skills and knowledge from a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, encompassing those set out in the National Curriculum. The delivery of the curriculum is such that students know how the learning is connected to long term objectives, other subjects and the wider curriculum.  Teachers continue to develop pedagogy, particularly related to metacognition, so that students can remember and recall information from a deep understanding of their learning. The learning in Key Stage 3 provides a platform for students to be able to access the next stage in their learning journey as well as learning for their future and becoming positive citizens within their community.

 

Students have the opportunity to study a range of creative and performance related subjects, enabling us to identify any gifted and talented students, and allowing students to discover and embrace what can become lifelong personal interests and talents.  In Year 9 students select their options subjects to continue with at Key Stage 4 and are supported through the Great Lives Programme, Positive Steps and a range of other external providers to ensure that they make informed and relevant choices based around their strengths, talents, ambitions and aspirations. This process is also quality assured by the SLT team.

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

8

8

8

Maths

8

8

8

Science

7

7

7

History

3

3

4

Geography

3

4

3

RS

2

2

2

MFL

4

4

4

GREAT Lives

2

2

2

Art

2

2

2

Design Technology

2

2

2

ICT

2

2

2

PE

4

4

4

Drama

2

2

2

Music

2

2

2

 

Key Stage 4:

The Key Stage 4 pathway provides students with the opportunity to build on their strengths, equip them with the necessary skills and experiences to further their career aspirations and prepare them for future career development and the world of work.

 

All students will study English Language, English Literature, Maths, Science (either Triple Science or Combined Science, Physical Education*, GREAT Lives* (PSHE) and Religious Education*.  (*=none examined).

 

The majority of students must choose one subject from a choice of Triple Science, History, Geography, Computer Science, and a modern foreign language.

Students are not expected to choose the English Baccalaureate Suite of qualifications (by choosing History or Geography and a Modern Foreign Language) but can do if they wish and it is appropriate to their future plans.

 

Options Include:

GCSES-

History; Geography; German; Triple Science; 3D Design; Art; Textiles; Drama; Music

 

BTEC/Vocational-

Enterprise (Business); Digital IT; Media Studies; Health and Social Care; Hospitality and Catering; Sport Studies

 

 

 

 

Year 10

Year 11

English

9

10

Maths

8

9

Science

8

9

PE

2

2

RS

1

Via GREAT Lives

GREAT Lives

2

2

OPTION 1

5

6

OPTION 2

5

6

OPTION 3

6

5

OPTION 4

6

5

 

 

Values Curriculum

 

At school we work hard to make sure that all pupils understand how to get the best out of their time with us. It's crucial that pupils are safe, respected, responsible and ready to learn. It's also vital that alongside working with pupils for exam success, we also prepare them for their futures; we want to support pupils to be able to contribute positively to society and to find success and happiness in the choices that they make. Our 'Values' work underpins this; It's about attitudes and behaviours.

 

In these sessions, taught by the form tutor, pupils will follow a five-year programme called GREAT Lives that incorporates: traditional PSHE; Careers and Progression Guidance; Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education, Relationships and Sexual Education, and Fundamental British Values work. It will also embed with students through the Academy’s GREAT Values: Genuine, Respectful, Excellence, Achieve, and Together.

 

SEND Provision

 

We have a personalised provision for all our students including those with SEND. This includes our Achieve Program which focusses on thinking skills, social skills and emotional skills as well as employability skills and opportunities to embed core-curriculum learning. These branches are taught and developed together with the aim to build on the skills that students can draw upon to succeed, not only in all lessons but also beyond school life and in future employment.

 

 

Please also note that we are currently in the process of reviewing the current curriculum offer. For additional information linked to specific subjects, please contact the relevant Head of Department or the Assistant Principal, Miss Tidbury (jtidbury@copleyacademy.org.uk)

 

 

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