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Spalding Grammar School

Curriculum

Introduction

The curriculum at SGS will challenge students to achieve academic success at GCSE and beyond by continually developing skills, knowledge and understanding.  It will promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning, and so inspire intellectual curiosity. It will enable students to make informed decisions about lifestyle and career choices.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Structure

There are six subject lessons per day, each being 50 minutes long. We operate a two week timetable with a total of 60 periods, the time for each subject planned as follows:

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

8

8

8

Mathematics

7

7

7

Science

7

8

121

Modern Foreign Languages

6

6

62

Geography

4

4

4

History

4

4

4

Ethics and Philosophy

1

2

2

Design and Technology

4

4

4

Physical Education

4

4

4

Art

2

2

2

Music

2

2

2

ICT

3

2

2

Latin

4

3

33

Free Learning Block

4

 

 

STEM

 

24

 

Literacy or 2nd MFL

 

25

 

  1. In Years 7 and 8, combined science is taught. In Year 9, students specialise with 4 periods in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  2. In Year 9, the strongest languages students are offered the opportunity to study a second language during lunchtime enrichment sessions.
  3. In Year 9, the most able Latin students study Latin, and other students study Classical Civilisation. Those students for whom further literacy support would benefit their progress will attend Literacy lessons.
  4. These lessons are assigned to a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics project which will happen during Mathematics and Design and Technology lessons.
  5. The most able linguists in Year 8 will begin a second language.  All other students will further develop their literacy skills.

In addition to these lessons, there is an additional 25-minute Form Period per day which students spend with their Form Tutor.

Agreed Personal Targets (APTs)

Students will set target grades, based on prior achievement and in line with GCSE expectation, with their teachers. These will be challenging and aspirational, but achievable. They may, of course, be reviewed as necessary.  

Reporting

Students in Key Stage 3 will receive three reports during the course of the academic year. Two of these will be simply grade-based, while the third will be a full written profile.

Progress grades awarded will be 9 to 1, with 9 being outstanding (above the current A* threshold) and 5 being the government’s new pass level (between current C and B grades). These grades are projected outcomes at GCSE provided the student continues to develop in line with his current progress.

 The only exception to this will be the grades awarded from Design and Technology in Year 9. These will remain as A*-G as this subject is not reformed at GCSE until a year after all other subjects.

Effort grades will also be reported, with each subject rating each student as either Outstanding, Above Expected, Expected, or Below Expected. Where a student is judged to be Below Expected, further clarification will be given as to whether that is in relation to organisation, involvement, behaviour, focus, or homework.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Structure

There are six subject lessons per day, each being 50 minutes long. We operate a two week timetable with a total of 60 periods, the time for each subject planned as follows, which will follow through into Year 11:

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

8

Maths1

9

Science2

12

Modern Foreign Languages

6

Physical Education (core)

5

Option 1

6

Option 2

6

Option 3

6

PaCE3

2

In addition to these lessons, there is an additional 25 minute Form Period per day in which students are with their Vertical Tutor Groups.

  1. The top set Mathematics students will study for GCSE Mathematics in Year 10, and the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics in Year 11. Both will be examined in the summer of 2017.  All other students will study for GCSE Mathematics only.
  2. Some Science students study for 3 Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst others study for Double Award Science, according to the Science set they are in.
  3.  Personal and Careers Education.

Agreed Personal Targets (APTs)

Students will set target grades, based on prior achievement and in line with GCSE expectation, with their teachers. These will be challenging and aspirational, but achievable. They may, of course, be reviewed as necessary. 

Reporting

Students in Key Stage 4 will receive three reports during the course of the academic year. Two of these will be simply grade-based, while the third will be a full written profile.

The progress grades which are reported will be in line with the final GCSE grade the students receive, as follows:

For Maths and English, Grades awarded will be 9 to 1, with 9 being outstanding (above the current A* threshold) and 5 being the government’s new pass level (between current C and B grades).

All other subjects will be reported as letters from A*- G, where A* is outstanding. 

Whether numbers or letters, all grades are projected outcomes at GCSE provided the student continues to develop in line with his current progress.

Effort grades will also be reported, with each subject rating each student as either Outstanding, Above Expected, Expected, or Below Expected. Where a student is judged to be Below Expected, further clarification will be given as to whether that is in relation to organisation, involvement, behaviour, focus, or homework.

Year 11 Curriculum Structure for 2015-16

The curriculum structure for Year 11 in 2015-16 is different to that listed above, as the School finishes its legacy curriculum, which includes unreformed GCSEs in Mathematics and English and compulsory Ethics and Philosophy. Those legacy differences are provided here.

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

8

Maths1

7

Science2

12

Modern Foreign Languages

6

Ethics and Philosophy

4

Physical Education (core)

5

Option 1

6

Option 2

6

Option 3

6

  1. The top set Mathematics Students study for the Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics, having already completed GCSE Double Award Mathematics.
  2. Some Science students study for 3 Science GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whilst others study for Double Award Science, according to the Science set they are in.

Any further queries relating to the curriculum can be emailed to our Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Ingram, who will reply to you as soon as possible.