Seniors Curriculum

Senior School Curriculum

In the Senior School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which prepares our pupils well for each next stage of study and for future careers. The details of our curriculum for each keystage can be found below.

For further details, including information about how we teach PSHCE, British Values, how we develop the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural awareness of our pupils and our Careers programme, please see our Curriculum Policy, which can be found here:

 

Curriculum Policy 2017-18

The Polam Hall KS3 Curriculum

All our lessons are 50 minutes long.

 

Subject

Lessons per wk

Set/Mixed ability

Other information

English

4 (5 in Y7)

Set

 

Maths

5 (4 in Y8 and Y9)

Set

Teaching for GCSE Maths begins in Y9

Science

3 (6 in Y9)

Mixed

Teaching for GCSE Science begins in Y9

French

2

Mixed

 

German

2

Mixed

Taught in Y8 and Y9 only

History

2

Mixed

 

Geography

2

Mixed

 

Art

1

Mixed

Rotation with F Tech and Enterprise in Y8

Food Tech

1 (2 in Y7)

Mixed

Rotation with Art and Enterprise in Y8

Enterprise

1 (Y8 and Y9 only)

Mixed

Rotation with Art and F Tech in Y8

Rotation with Computing and PSHCE in Y9

PE

2

Mixed

 

Computing

1

Mixed

 

Music

1

Mixed

 

Drama

1

Mixed

 

RE

1

Mixed

 

PSHCE

1

Mixed

Rotation with Computing and Enterprise in Y9

 

The Polam Hall KS4 Curriculum

The following compulsory GCSE subjects are taken by all our pupils:

 

Subject

Lessons per wk

Set/Mixed ability

Other information

English

4 in Y10/5 in Y11

Set

All pupils take English Language and English Literature

Maths

4

Set

The GCSE course for Maths begins in Y9

Science

6

Set

The GCSE courses for Science begin in Y9

RE

1

Mixed

 

PSHCE

1

Mixed

 

PE

1

Mixed

 

 

Pupils can then select from the following option subjects:

  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • CACHE
  • Drama
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Triple Science


Option subjects have three 50 minute lessons per week. Some option subjects will be taught in sets and others in mixed ability groups, depending on the number of pupils and demands of the subject.

Curriculum content and assessment:

All our subject teachers have defined the core skills and core knowledge which each year groups will be taught. We have also developed age related expectations for KS3, against which pupils are assessed. At GCSE and A Level pupils are assessed against the criteria for the specification and qualification. As an all-through school we are able to assess and track our pupils throughout their school careers. The following diagrams show how our assessment system works:

 

Attainment Diagram

For further, subject specific information about curriculum content and assessment, please use the subject tabs on the Senior School menu.