The Year Seven Curriculum
Arriving in year seven can be a daunting experience, but our highly qualified tutors and teachers are very skilled in dealing with all aspects of moving to secondary school. We have a strong pastoral team who provide support and care to all students. Each child is allocated a form tutor, to help them get the best from each and every day, and a House which provides opportunities for healthy competitions.The year 7 curriculum is taught by specialist teachers who have not only a passion for their subject, but also a detailed understanding of their subject. This allows them to produce exhilarating lessons that build, inspire and stretch the mind.Our curriculum model is based on a 50 period fortnight. The pie chart below shows the number of lessons allocated to each subject in year 7.
Year 7 Curriculum Model
Our curriculum model is an academic one with all students studying the EBACC subjects: History, Geography, French, Science, English and Maths. We believe that this curriculum prepares our students for more traditional GCSEs in Key Stage 4.To complement our academic curriculum students also study subjects like PE, Drama, Music and Art and have the opportunity to become involved in a number of extracurricular activities such as the very popular Gospel Choir and Cricket Club. Technology also features in the form of a carousel which rolls through the year offering students the chance to try the four disciplines of Food Technology, Textiles, Design Technology and Graphics.
Religious Studies and Citizenship
Our Christian ethos permeates the curriculum and ensures that moral purpose is central to all that we do. At Bishop Stopford’s School we believe that all our students should understand what it means to be a good person. We provide dedicated lessons that help our students to understand their place in the world and their moral and social responsibilities within a community. Our citizenship lessons cover topics such as bullying, friendship, sex education and spiritual issues. We promote freedom, tolerance, a belief in personal and social responsibility and respect for British values. Tutor time and assemblies also support students in their understanding of these key issues.
Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
At Bishop Stopford’s School we are very proud of our ability to integrate the integral elements of literacy, numeracy and ICT into all of our lessons. Although the number of lessons assigned to English and Maths is greater than in other disciplines, we understand that the elements of numeracy and literacy go beyond what can be taught in the individual subjects of English and Maths. Throughout our curriculum we teach students to problem solve, converse in context and use ICT in a meaningful way.
Students who struggle with literacy and or numeracy may receive small group interventions, or if necessary, one to one individual support for Catch Up literacy, Catch Up Numeracy and Speech, Language and communication Needs.
The school offers small group nurture provision for pupils requiring emotional literacy support and extra-curricular activities are offered via homework club, breakfast club and break time games club for this cohort.
The Summer Challenge
To foster cross curricular ‘transferable skills’ we organise a number of cross curricular enrichment projects, the most striking example of which are the summer term ‘Challenge Days’.
For two days in the summer term the timetable is suspended and replaced with a variety of trips and school based assignments. Pictures on the school web site display what exciting, creative and stretching days the pupils experience.
Off site visits to museums in London, some pupils spent a day at the Coca-Cola factory; others completed a 5K local studies walk exploring sites of local importance, mural painting and engineering tasks with straws. Some pupils were knee deep in rivers, while some were challenged to shop and cook to feed a family on a budget, a number took part in charity tasks completing the Dame Kelly Holmes Challenge and several pupils put their creative skills in place to renovate and refurbish the playground benches.
These days offer the pupils extra opportunities to explore and enjoy aspects of life they would not normally gain in the traditional curriculum. The positive contributions the days made materially and spiritually to the school are evident in the pictures and the memories established on these days.
Year 8 Curriculum Model
Setting and groups
When students arrive in year 7, they are put into mixed ability form groups and are taught in these groups throughout the curriculum. Setting only occurs in Maths. This means that our students form strong friendships with their peers and develop support networks quickly. However, in year 8 students are set throughout the core subjects. Setting in the core subjects means that teachers can tailor the lessons more effectively to meet the needs of an all students. Teachers are able to challenge the more able whilst still supporting those that may be struggling.
Yr 9 Curriculum Model
In year 8 students are asked to make choices about which subjects they would like to study at GCSE. At the start of the spring term students will be receive an information booklet that outlines all of the courses we offer. You can see the option choices that we offer in the year 10 information.You and your son or daughter will be invited to a number of parents’ meetings to support you both in these very important decisions.Tutors, teachers, the head of year and senior staff are committed to ensuring students have the advice and guidance necessary to make the right choices for them. Most students are able to follow the course of their choice (we know that students achieve better grades in subjects that they want to study) due to the very effective preparation we offer. No guarantees can be given about which students will achieve a place on what course but we try our best to accommodate students and parents preferences where ever we can. By Easter informed decisions will have been made and students can begin preparing for the GCSE course.
After school clubs, lunchtime activities and before school provision also contribute to the learning experiences of students.
Sports clubs, Music, Drama and Art take place every week and offer students the opportunities to develop talents and interests to hone skills taught in lessons. Students enjoy the opportunity to learn and play with equally enthusiastic students from their own or other year groups. Indeed, these clubs can be a great source of friendship across the ages.