About our Curriculum

Curriculum offer at King Harold Academy

The aim of our curriculum at King Harold Academy is to offer a learning experience that challenges and inspires our students. It is a curriculum of opportunity that offers all our students, whatever their ability or starting point when they join the school, the potential to acquire skills and knowledge - as well as the ability to apply them - in preparation for the world of work or further study, whether this be in the local community or further afield. It is a broad and balanced curriculum that equips students with a suite of qualifications that meet statutory requirements.

Key Stage 3

On entry to the school, Year 7 students are placed in bands K and H. These bands are of equal ability and within each, the students are placed in sets based on the assessment scores in Maths and English as well as reports collated from their primary school teachers in Year 6. Students are assessed on an ongoing basis (with formal tests at least once a term) to ensure that these sets are appropriate in terms of students' ability and the progress they are making. Set one in both bands will have more able students who should be aiming – based on assessment methods for the 2015–16 academic year – to achieve grade A equivalents at GCSE. Set three in each band are for students who find learning more challenging and therefore are in a more supportive environment with a smaller pupil to teacher ratio and often with Learning Support Assistants in lessons. Those students in H also concentrate on improving their literacy skills in Year 8 and 9, instead of learning a Modern Foreign Language, although those in 7H3 also study French.

All subjects broadly follow the new National Curriculum at key stage 3 in preparation for the new content in GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature and mathematics that has commenced in September 2015, as well as all other subjects commencing in September 2016. There is a breadth and depth of study that facilitates a variety of learning styles, promotes literacy and numeracy regardless of the content of the subject, and is individualised to maximise engagement.

The school has a fortnightly timetable cycle that comprises 50 hourly lessons:

Year 7

Eng.

Math.

Sci.

His.

Geo.

RS.

Fre.

Des.

CSci.

Dra.

Mus.

Art

PE

9

9

6

3

3

2

4

2

2

2

2

2

4


Class 7H3 has a slight variation to the timetable to facilitate 4 hours of literacy each fortnight. They have 7 hours of formal English study, and 2 hours of Geography and History.

Year 8 and 9

Eng.

Math.

Sci.

His.

Geo.

RS.

Fre.

Des.

CSci.

Dra.

Mus.

Art

PE

8

8

6

3

3

2

4*

2

4

2

2

2

4

Classes 8H3 and 9H3 study Literacy instead of French.

Please click on the links below for the individual subject curriculum maps for KS3:

English
Maths
Science
Computer Science
French
History
Geography
Religious Studies
Technology
Art
PE
Drama
Music
Literacy
 

Key Stage 4

Students currently follow a two year GCSE model that offers progression in the core subjects but also flexibility and personal choice with regard to foundation subjects. All students are placed in sets according to ability for the core subjects, with parallel bands 1 – 3 operating in Year 10 English. At key stage 4 a fortnightly timetable is also operated, comprising 50 hour long lessons.

Year 10

 

Eng.

Ma.

Sci.

NCFE
V-Certificates

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Core PE

Set 1

9

9

12

-

6

6

6

2

Set 2

9

9

8

4

6

6

6

2

Set 3

9

9

8

4

6

6

6

2

Set 4

9

9

8

4

6

6

6

2

Set 5

9

9

8

4

6

6

6

2

 

1 from:
Business
Food/Cookery
Health/Fitness
Creative iMedia

1 from:
History
Geog.
French

1 from:
Art
Phil.
PE
Business
Drama
French

1 from:
Art
Phil.
PE
ICT
Music
Geog.

 

 

Year 11

 

Eng.

Ma.

Sci.

Env Sci.

Option 1
 Language or Sport BTEC

Option 2
Hums:
History or Geog.

Option 3

Option 4

Core PE

Set 1

8

8

12

-

5

5

5

5

2

Set 2

8

8

8

4

5

5

5

5

2

Set 3

8

8

8

4

5

5

5

5

2

Set 4

8

8

8

-

9

5

5

5

2

Set 5

8

8

8

-

9

5

5

5

2

 

1 from:
Art
Food Tech
PE
ICT
Photo.
Music
Ex. Arts

1 from:
Art
Food Tech
PE
Business
Phil.
Textiles

 

Please click on the links below for the individual subject curriculum maps for KS4:

English (Language, Literature & Year 11 iGCSE)
Maths
Science (Core, Additional & Triple)
French
German (Year 11 only)
Spanish (Year 11 only)
History
Geography
Philosophy & Ethics
ICT
Business Studies
Food Technology (Year 11 only)
Art
Expressive Arts (Year 11 only)
Drama
Music
PE
NCFE courses & Creative iMedia (Year 10 only)

Contact information for curriculum issues

In the first instance, if you have any questions or wish to discuss any aspect of your son or daughter’s curriculum at King Harold Academy please contact the Deputy Head For Curriculum, Mr J. Ward by email to jward@kha-tkat.org or by telephone on 01992 714800.

Information on the curriculum with regard to specific subjects is accessible via the curriculum tab on this website, and in the case of GCSE subjects, we have attached the Options Booklet for 2015. The Booklet for the 2016/17 academic year will be available from March 2015 onwards.

Each subject on the website refers to the examination board followed by that curriculum area at Key Stage 4 and further subject information can be obtained at GCSE level on those exam board websites.

Further information about the school curriculum and the statutory requirements for all educational institutions can be found on the government website www.gov.uk. Click on education and learning then National Curriculum.

Information on curriculum and assessment is also available on the ofqual website www.ofqual.gov.uk