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21/01/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic work from Miss Porter’s Year 7 girls this morning, who were challenged to create their own circuit! 💪 https://t.co/yRxBI4aU9H

19/01/21

Please find a link to a letter for our Year 11 students and their parents/carers relating to the cancellation of GCSE & A Level examinations this year: https://t.co/uatBtjhsMb . A copy has also been sent via today. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

18/01/21

yes, there is a Broadcast Video Library on the website here: https://t.co/P1uYyAjFYa where children can catch up on all previous V-Talks. We hope your daughter enjoys watching!

08/01/21

Parents and Carers -please find a link to our news bulletin https://t.co/hBUIy76FiF which has also been sent to you via . We would like to wish all of our followers a happy and healthy weekend!

08/01/21

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

Tune in to hear from Shai Weiss, CEO of Airways on Thursday at 5pm!🕔 Shai will share career insights & advice on teamwork, resilience and maintaining mental clarity during difficult times.🙌 To join: https://t.co/KZT5cMlxrs. https://t.co/GUFBnmDj9n

05/01/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

WELCOME TO THE PE TEAM! Miss Gentry has joined and you will soon meet her in your remote lessons...although you’ll have to wait until February to see her basketball skills in person! 🏀 https://t.co/rw4OQ8YQ5g

05/01/21

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find a link to an update letter: https://t.co/ZpBB9cfIax We will continue to keep you updated and thank you again for your support and patience.

04/01/21

📢We are looking for volunteers to support our Rapid Covid-19 Testing programme . Please click here for further details and to register your interest: https://t.co/6z286ndKg9 https://t.co/PgTbQYAGrs

31/12/20

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find an update to our start of term arrangements: https://t.co/YBNWTmxRSR. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best as we enter 2021.

18/12/20

📢Parents and Carers Further to the most recent government announcement, please click here https://t.co/ufE8l7nlGd for an update regarding the start of term. A copy has also been sent via . Thank you for your continued support.

17/12/20

Please find a link to our end of term news bulletin https://t.co/aER0vSFjMJ! 🎄 We wish all of our students, parents, carers and staff a very happy and healthy festive break and look forward to welcoming you all back to school in 2021! https://t.co/sUy36o02Ur

17/12/20

We are very grateful to our parents and carers for their support. We have tried our hardest.

15/12/20

Great work Ollie! 👏 https://t.co/FAdoKISIE5

11/12/20

It's been wonderful to see our staff and students supporting and spreading some festive cheer🎄#makingtheworldbetterinasweater https://t.co/TbZ1z3waeG

10/12/20

Hi , thank you for checking. No school blazer is required if students are wearing a Christmas jumper.

10/12/20

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER 2020 We're looking forward to seeing staff and students in their Christmas jumpers tomorrow! Should you wish to support the valuable work of you can make a donation directly online here: https://t.co/BI1IN0PRs2. https://t.co/5XcyHQFhxi

09/12/20

Mr Parry's Year 8 Science class enjoyed a 'virtual' lesson this morning on digestion. It was great to see so many students positively engaging in their learning from home. Well done everyone! https://t.co/iSHnocLF8S

09/12/20

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Mr Harris & Miss Porter broadcasting live to Y8 for their PE lesson this morning! Great to see 52 of you taking part! 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻 https://t.co/tPJlvFeUHF

04/12/20

Parents and Carers - Please note Year 8 students should remain at home between Monday 7 December and Friday 11 December and access their class work via and per their Week 1 timetable. Please click here for further details: https://t.co/UUlNpD9J6b.

01/12/20

Well done to Mr Henk, Mr Starke, Mr Henderson, Mr Harris, Mr Rayner and Mr Parry who have all been partaking in this year, helping to raise awareness and encourage our students to talk openly about men's mental and physical health issues! 👏 https://t.co/cFXXo1IuAD https://t.co/4g4rBfZYXV

Curriculum Overview

Providing an exciting, challenging and engaging education that enables all students to reach their full potential is a core strategic aim of the school and our curriculum offer plays an integral role in helping us to achieve such a goal. We are conscious that our curriculum must provide the platform to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attributes that will enable them to become active and responsible citizens within a rapidly changing global environment by the time they leave us at 16. Our curriculum model provides a framework for setting out the aims of our educational programme, including the knowledge and understanding to be gained at each stage.

School leaders are responsible for ensuring each curriculum area is well taught and contains appropriately sequenced content, is underpinned by thoughtfully designed assessment practice and consideration is given to an appropriate model of progression. We adopt a ‘knowledge-engaged’ approach whereby lessons are taught within a framework where knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill. We recognise the importance of each subject as an individual discipline, providing students with subject-specific vocabulary and knowledge that allows them to build links and enhance their learning across other areas. Cross-curricular themes and opportunities are clearly sign-posted within programmes of study.

On entry to the school in Year 7, and through into Year 8, we deliver a broad (covers all the experiences deemed important by society) and balanced (subject areas afforded sufficient time on the timetable) curriculum whereby all students are taught English, Mathematics and Science, Spanish, Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, PE, RE, Computing, Geography, History, Music, Drama, Art and PSHE. Key Stage 3 affords students the opportunity to broaden their experience of these subject areas not only within the classroom but also beyond it, such as visiting museums, art galleries, theatres, and other relevant curriculum enrichment activities.  A small proportion of students with identified needs (approximately 10% each year) are provided with additional literacy support instead of learning a modern foreign language. This enables them to make accelerated progress with their literacy skills and improves their access to the mainstream curriculum in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

In September 2017 we moved to a three-year Key Stage 4 whereby students make their option choices at the end of Year 8 rather than Year 9. Their timetable naturally becomes more personalised according to aptitude, preferences and skills but our curriculum offer ensures we maintain the necessary richness, breadth and diversity. All students study the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and RE and sit GCSE examinations in each of these curriculum areas, as well as core PE. In addition, students opt for a further four subject areas from a wide range of available courses in which they will take a GCSE exam or equivalent and the three-year pathway allows them to study each of these in depth. All students have equal access to the whole curriculum.

In terms of diversity, this is promoted specifically through our discrete PSHE programme in Key Stage 3, Citizenship as a popular and successful GCSE subject in Key Stage 4 and compulsory RE lessons throughout Years 7-11, including all students sitting a GCSE in the subject at the end of Year 11. 

Careers guidance and support underpins our curriculum offer from the outset in Year 7 and we place a significant emphasis on helping students to explore and learn about their future pathways and options. Opportunities are sign-posted within schemes of work and discrete intervention is provided through small group and one-to-one tutorials with an external provider, annual Careers Fair and well established links with Post-16 providers. We are implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework for our provision.

Underpinning our curriculum offer is the importance of providing students with the skills, attitudes, beliefs and techniques they need to be able to acquire knowledge most effectively, and continue to learn beyond the time they spend in school. Building a strong character and a sense of moral purpose in our students is a core responsibility so that they have developed the skills necessary to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and participate in society as active citizens.

de Stafford implements a curriculum model based on:

  • a broad and balanced curriculum; one which ensures students follow a wide range of subjects – from Sciences, Arts, Humanities, and Languages – for as long as possible,
  • a curriculum which keeps students’ options open and is led by student choice
  • a wider-curriculum which supports students’ personal development.
  • a curriculum that incorporates a range of qualification routes and is, where appropriate, supported by technical or vocational courses.

More specific details about the subject content taught in the different key stages can be found in the Implementation Tables below, the attached Curriculum Maps or by contacting relevant class teachers and/or Subject Leaders.

 

Key Stage 3 Implementation (Years 7 & 8)

Key Stage 3

Subject

Years 7 & 8

Hours taught per cycle

English 8hrs
Maths 8hrs
Science 6hrs
History 4hrs
Geography 3hrs
Spanish 4hrs
Computing 1hr
PE 4hrs

Rotation of:

  • Technology - Food
  • Technology - DT
  • Ceramics
  • Additional project
2hrs
Music 2hrs
Art 2hrs
Drama 2hrs
RE 2hrs
PATHS (People Attitudes, Tolerance, Health, Self Esteem) /Citizenship 2hrs

Key Stage 4 Implementation (Years 9-11)

Key Stage 4

Subject Notes

Years  9 - 11

Hours taught per cycle

English Language and Literature 8hrs  (Year 11- 9hrs)
Maths   8hrs (Year 11 - 9hrs)
Science Double award or triple*  8hrs (Year 9 - 7hrs)
Core PE  

Year 9 - 5hrs

Year 10 - 3hrs

Year 11 - 1hr

RE   3hrs (Year 9 - 2hrs)

Core choice - 1 from 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  5hrs

3 choices from: 

  • History
  • Geography
  • Computer Science
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business Studies
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • Food Preparation
  • Health and Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • Music
  • PE/BTEC Sports Development
  • Triple Science
  5hrs each

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2020-21

Key Stage 4 Options Blocks in 2019-20

Blocks are built around student choices.

Year A B C D
Year 9
  • Citizenship
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT (iMedia)
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Art
  • Business
  • Drama
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT (iMedia)
  • Triple Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • Media
  • Spanish
  • Sports Studies/PE
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music
Year 10
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Health & Social Care
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Spanish
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Media
  • PE
  • Triple Science
  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Spanish
Year 11
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • History
  • Media
  • Triple Science
  • Business
  • Design & Technology
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography
  • History 
  • Health & Social Care
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • PE
  • Spanish
  • Art
  • Business
  • Citizenship
  • Drama
  • Food Nutrition
  • Geography

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