Curriculum

 Students in front of schoolCURRICULUM STATEMENT

VALUES

The following values underpin the planning of the curriculum at all Key Stages:

Challenge and Enjoyment – Students should find their learning challenging, engaging and motivating.

Breadth – Students should have opportunities for a broad, suitably weighted range of experiences.

Progression – Students should experience continuous progression in their learning from 11 to 19 within a single curriculum framework. All progression routes should stay open for as long as possible allowing all students to progress at a rate which their needs and aptitude require.

Depth – Every learning activity should develop the students’ capacity to develop their ability to think and learn. They should develop and apply increasing intellectual rigour, drawing different strands of learning together, and exploring and achieving more advanced levels of understanding.

Personalisation and Choice – The curriculum should respond to individual needs and support particular aptitudes and talents. It should give each student increasing opportunities for exercising responsible personal choice as they move through their school career.

Coherence and Relevance - There should be clear links between the different aspects of students’ learning, including opportunities for extended activities which draw different strands of learning together. They should see the value of what they are learning and its relevance to their lives, present and future.

ORGANISATION OF THE CURRICULUM: THE SCHOOL DAY

 Assembly in School Hall
 

08:30 – 08:55

Registration

08:55 – 09:45

Period 1

09:45 – 10:35

Period 2

10:35 – 10:55

Break

10:55 – 11:45

Period 3

11:45 – 12:35

Period 4

12:35 – 13:20

Lunch

13:20 – 14:10

Period 5

14:10 – 15:00

Period 6

THE CURRICULUM MODEL

The Curriculum Model is outlined below:

Key Stage 3 – Years 7 - 9

Students are set by ability in English, Mathematics and Year 9 Science. For the rest of the curriculum Heston students are taught in mixed ability groups, covering a broad and balanced curriculum. This provides the students with the opportunity to experience a wide variety of learning styles and opportunities to be challenged. These rich experiences also prepare our students to choose their Key Stage 4 pathway at the end of Year 9. There is a carefully planned programme of events to prepare and assist students in choosing their pathway into Key Stage 4. Particular pathways open to students vary according to their achievement at the end of Key Stage 2 and their progress throughout Years 7 - 9. We aim to match the needs and requirements of the students to the subjects and examination styles on offer.

       

Subjects

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

4

4

5

Mathematics

5

5

5

Science

4

4

5

French

3

3

2

History

3

2

2

Geography

2

3

2

Art

2

2

2

Dance

1

1

1

Drama

1

1

1

PSHCE

1

1

1

PE

2

2

2

Carousel of Technology, Computer Science & RE

2

2

2

Key Stage 4 - Years 10 – 11:

All students choose ‘Options’ in guided Pathways according to their ability and skills profile:

Pathway 1: Core

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Core and Additional]

5

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

Literacy Support

3

Level 1 BTEC Business

3

Level 1 BTEC ICT

3

‘Option 1’ Arts Subject choice:

[Fine Art, Dance, Drama, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Photography]

3

Pathway 2: Consolidation

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Combined]

5

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

BTEC ICT

3

‘Option 1’ Arts Subject choice:

[Fine Art, Dance, Drama, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Photography]

3

‘Option 2’ [Business, Design Technology, Dance, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition,  French, Geography, History, Spanish]

3

‘Option 3’  [Business, Design Technology, Dance, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition,  French, Geography, History, Spanish]

3

Pathway 3: Stretch

Subject

Lessons

English Language and English Literature

5

Mathematics

4

Science [Combined]

5

PE

2

PSHE

1

RE and Ethics

1

‘Option 1’ Arts Subject choice:

[Fine Art, Dance, Drama, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Photography]

3

‘Option 2’ Modern Foreign Language [French or Spanish]

3

‘Option 3’ Humanities [History or Geography]

3

‘Option 4’ [Business, Design Technology, Dance, Drama, Food Preparation and Nutrition,  French, Geography, History, Separate Sciences, Spanish,]

3

Our aim is to prepare students to complete their GCSE and vocational courses successfully having established excellent learning habits during the two years of the courses.

Key Stage 5 - Years 12 and 13

The KS5 Programme of Study is built around the individual needs and aspirations of the student and dependent on how well the student achieved in their GCSEs.

Students are guided to choose from a wide range of ‘A’ Level and BTEC Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. The following ‘A’ level and BTEC qualifications are offered:

 

‘A’ Levels Students on stairs in Hogarth

Fine Art

Graphic Design [Communication]

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Economics

English Literature

Geography

Government and Politics

History

Languages [via Hounslow Consortium arrangements]

Mathematics

Further Mathematics

Photography

Psychology

Sociology

 
 

Vocational Courses

·         VCert Diploma in Business Sales and Marketing [Level 2]

·         BTEC National Diploma in Business [Level 3]

·         BTEC National Diploma in ICT [Level 3]

GCSEs

GCSEs

[For students who need to achieve a grade ‘4’ in either or both subjects]

·         English

·         Mathematics

 Sixth Form students working at PCs

 

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Heston
Hounslow
TW5 0QR

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Tel: 0208 572 1931
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