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Curriculum

Curriculum Aims

To provide a curriculum that:

  • Raises academic attainment
  • Enables every student to reach their potential through high quality teaching and learning
  • Provides extra curricula activities that stimulate and encourage students to learn outside the classroom
  • Embodies our maxim to ‘Aspire, Believe, Achieve’

Curriculum Objectives

Our curriculum will strive to:

  • Meet the personalised needs of specific groups of learners of different abilities to raise achievement
  • Enable learners to access a flexible curriculum where ever possible
  • Focus on English and Maths as the most important subjects based on knowledge, skills and understanding
  • Keep learners motivated and interested to enable and develop independent learning
  • Inspire able, gifted and talented students while supporting those learners who find aspects of learning difficult
  • Recognise the changing needs of individual cohorts and national policy
  • Promote opportunities for students to lead and inspire others
  • Work in partnership with other education establishments

Outline structure of Key Stages 3, 4, and 5

Key stage 3

The curriculum is developed in Key Stage 3 to help students achieve their potential. It has been designed to ensure that all students have the necessary skills to access the curriculum throughout their education.  Reading, literacy and numeracy tests will identify where students may require additional support and will then be placed in groups to ensure that the most effective curriculum can be delivered.

For students who require extra support, well-established programmes of study will be delivered through continual assessment and delivered in smaller class groups. Students will also study the core subjects of Religious Education, Physical Education and Information and Communication Technology. Students will also be able to study a range of different design and technology disciplines.

Students who can demonstrate that they have good literacy and numeracy skills will be able to study a curriculum including the Arts, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology, Humanities and ICT as well as the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Physical Education and Religious Education.

Citizenship and PHSE are taught in lessons that explore topics such as tolerance and understanding. 

Key stage 4

All students will begin their GCSE or equivalent courses in core and optional subjects at the beginning of year 9. This will allow students to build on their interests and areas of the curriculum that they excel in. Students will be able study both academic as well as vocational courses. All students will continue to study English, Mathematics, and Science at GCSE or equivalent level. Information, creative technology, and Physical Education will also be studied.

During year 10 students will begin their controlled assessments for the courses they have studied throughout year 9. Controlled assessments can contribute a significant element towards a pupil’s final grade. These assessments are extended pieces of work that demonstrate understanding of key elements of the curriculum that will have been taught in year 9.

All students during their final year of GCSEs will focus on the examinations skills required to complete their courses. Students will be given support and guidance to perform to the best of their examination element.

Citizenship and PHSE are taught through Religious Education lessons that explore topics such as rights and responsibilities and through our Focus Friday days.

Key stage 5

Students who have achieved in Key Stage 4 will be given the opportunity to study for A levels and level 3 vocational courses. Prospect offers a wide range of courses that can lead to a wide variety of careers and university courses. Teaching and learning within Key Stage 5 is designed to promote self-study and independent learning whilst still providing a supporting framework that will help each learner achieve.

Students will also be encouraged to take a leading part in the School Council and take an active part to support younger learners.

Curriculum structure

  • The curriculum is planned in a coherent manner ensuring it meets legal requirements,
  • including those of the National Curriculum, and embraces cross-curricular themes
  • (including careers education and guidance, citizenship, economic and industrial understanding, environmental, health and sex education) and cross-curricular skills, in particular those of literacy, numeracy and ICT.
  • The development of students’ personal and social skills and their spiritual and cultural development are addressed specifically through the citizenship programme and school assemblies, as well as permeating the whole curriculum, both formal and hidden.
  • The importance of developing ICT, literacy and numeracy is recognised by the allocation of discrete lesson time at KS3 and a continuing emphasis on the further development of these skills across the whole curriculum.
  • In years 7 and 8 students study a common curriculum comprising timetabled lessons in Art, Citizenship, DT, English, French, Geography, History, ICT, Maths, Music, PE, RE and Science. L2L lessons support students in reflecting on their learning and developing strategies to make that learning more effective. 

For any further information please contact Mr Littlemore, on dlittlemore@prospect.reading.sch.uk