Curriculum

Curriculum Statement 2019-20

Intent

"Bridgemary is committed to providing an aspirational and diverse curriculum with opportunities to develop metacognition skills, promote curiosity and prepare students for the next stage in their learning journey.  Students within our school community welcome challenge and have the resilience to keep aspiring."

 

We are a school that aims to open doors for every pupil, and we therefore value the contribution that creative, practical and vocational learning brings to a child’s development alongside the traditional subjects.  Every child who leaves Bridgemary School has the qualifications, skills, knowledge and character to access aspirational Post-16 opportunities and to lead a life that includes positive relationships, resilience and financial independence.

Implementation 

In order to fulfil these ideals, our five-year through-curriculum model requires pupils to engage with a wide range of subjects in Year 7 to 9 and then provides a more bespoke approach through our “options routes” in Years 10 and 11. You can read more about how the curriculum is organised in each school year below. For a more detailed overview of the topics taught in each discipline, please see the individual subject pages.

Years 7 and 8

The Year 7 and 8 curriculum serves a clear purpose in every subject at Bridgemary. Curriculum teams plan their schemes of work to ensure they deliver the content of the national Programme of Study, and that high challenge and enjoyment are at the heart of learning. It is important to us that the Year 7, 8  and 9 curriculum is much more than a means of preparing pupils for Years 10 and 11. Curriculum mapping has taken place in every department to ensure that the skills required for assessment in Year 11 are developed from the start of a pupil’s journey in Year 7 and that learning from primary school is built upon and not repeated.

Alongside mathematics, English, sciences, religious studies and physical educations, Year 7 students study a broad range of non-core subjects from day one. Art, performing arts, digital technology, food technology, technology and STEAM lessons ensure their curricula give pupils an experience of both the academic and vocational aspects of their subjects. We have recently increased the curriculum time in Spanish in Years 7 to 9.  At the end of Year 8, students opt whether to specialise in history or geography as their humanities option.  This allows students the necessary time to enjoy ‘deep’ learning in these subjects, whilst allowing them to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to help them work towards achieving the English Baccalaureate at the end of Year 11.

Class groups are organised into one or two bands, depending upon the size of the year group, with 3,4 or 5 sets in each ‘band’.  These sets are organised in ability to help teachers plan for more ‘stretch’ and ‘challenge’ with in lessons.  Pupils access the full spectrum of subjects in Years 7 to 9 with mixed-ability groupings in the arts and technology subjects, and sets in maths, English, science.

Beyond the classroom, we aim to open the door to a wide range of experiences. All subjects provide additional learning contexts including annual school productions and high-performing sports teams in the majority of disciplines. You can find more information on these on the subject pages.

We are very proud to have held Artsmark Gold for four consecutive applications, we are now aspiring to Platinum status through our integration of the Arts into STEM. We have been pioneering STEAM projects since 2015.  Our STEAM curriculum interweaves different subjects, introducing learners to new ways of thinking and enabling them to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through a holistic approach.

Adding a focus on creative skills to the sciences boosts engagement, encourages pupils’ problem-solving and encourages them to think about abstract concepts in real-world contexts. We also know that the arts encourage skills such as creativity, communication, independence, resilience, initiative and collaboration, and that these skills are fundamental for students to succeed in an increasingly complex, fast-paced and technologically advanced world.

Since 2018, Year 7s have had 3 discrete STEAM lesson taught per fortnight. In Year 8 and 9, pupils access a STEAM project as part of their Curriculum. All students in KS3 and 4 have access to  STEAM through our ASPIRE STEAM Fayre where pupils see STEAM in action and learn of the vast array of  courses available to students at  Higher Education to the enterprise and employment in the South Coast from the Royal Navy, BAE, Sea Cadets, Cruising Industry, IBM to name a few. 

Years 10 to 11

After selecting whether to specialise in geography or history at the start of Year 9, the remaining three option choices are chosen during Year 9, ready for students to begin at the start of Year 10.  This allows pupils nearly two years of study on their chosen examined courses.

Through the options process, we meet the statutory national requirements and aim to provide a bespoke curriculum. For us, this means giving our pupils as much choice and flexibility as possible, whilst ensuring they follow examination courses that lead to positive outcomes and give them access to Post-16 opportunities at the correct level.  A range of both GCSE and high value Vocational Qualifications are available for students to choose from. We allow the same amount of curriculum time to Vocational Qualifications as GCSE courses.  Please see the Options page for more information on the qualifications we offer on each route.

We provide a wide range of Cultural Capital opportunities for our students, 50% of which are from a disadvantaged background.  These opportunities encourage students to look towards further and higher education with close links to our local colleges and universities but also feature a trip to Oxford University.  We encourage students to contribute to their local community in a more formal way by having recently introduced the Duke of Edinburgh award programme for students in Year 9 and above.  Trips to theatres and professional level sports fixtures further enrich the curriculum and allow student to draw upon real life experiences when answering more challenging questions in their terminal exams.

Impact

We are very proud of the outcomes our pupils achieve as the result of our curriculum and good teaching, and particularly of how few pupils go on to be Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET): 0% for last year.

 

Curriculum Organisation

The school has a two week timetable and a five period day consisting of 5 60 minute learning experiences

The subject curriculum provision for each of the year groups is shown below - the number represents the number of lessons per fortnight that are taught:

  Yr7 Yr8 Yr9 Yr10 Yr11

Maths

8

8

9

9

9

Science

8

8

9

9

9

English

8

8

8

9

9

PE

4

4

4

3

3

History

3

3

5*

 

Geography

2

3

Dance

1

1

1

Performing Arts

2

2

2

Spanish

4

4

4

RE

2

2

2

Food Tech

1

2

2

STEAM

3

 

 

Digital

2

2

1

Art Tech

2

3

3

Geography or History

 

5

5

option subject

 

5

5

option subject

 

5

5

option subject

 

5

5

* - students spend 3 years specialising in either Geography or History to give them greater depth and understanding in this subject.

Option subjects:

Students at Key Stage 4 can study a range of qualification to support career progression and maximize their potential. The qualifications on offer include traditional GCSE subjects, alongside vocational or technical qualifications. Students are advised on the correct balance of subjects to enable them to succeed at Key Stage 4.

Students have five 60 minute sessions per option subject, each fortnight.

OPTION SUBJECTS 2018-20

Students can study the following GCSE subjects:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • Geography
  • History
  • Philosophy & Ethics
  • Photography
  • 3D Art
  • Spanish

Students can also study the following vocational or technical Courses:

  • Health & Social Care
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • iMedia
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport

All students at Bridgemary have access to:

· PSHE - All students have a PSHE session for 40 minutes once a week - Please click here for timetable

· Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Education (SMSC) (delivered across the curriculum, through assemblies and tutor time)

· Careers Education (delivered across the curriculum, through assemblies, withdrawal and tutor time)

Some students are provided with an Alternative Curriculum and have access to additional qualifications/opportunities including:

  • Level 1 Vocational Courses at delivered by local colleges
  • Work placements

For further information on the curriculum please contact either Mr Woodall