The Curriculum

The Curriculum

Students at Eastbrook School follow a broad, balanced curriculum which includes:-

  • the national curriculum
  • promotion of the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students
  • preparation of students for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;

All students are encouraged to read widely, have access to the school library and are expected to read for 30minutes a day as homework. Students are encouraged to apply literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum.


Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8)

At KS3, students follow a programme of  subjects which include the national curriculum requirements:-

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • Design Technology (Manufacturing and Food Technology)
  • Art
  • Performing Arts (Drama & Music)
  • ECS (Ethics and cultural studies incl. Citizenship, Sex & Relationship Education and Religious Studies)

Year 7 students are taught in groups according to prior attainment and teacher assessment across all subjects.

Year 8 students are taught together in English, Maths and Science groups according to prior attainment and progress in the individual subjects. Students are taught in the same groups based on prior attainment for other subjects.

Year 8 students also receive a range of guidance before making a choice of 4 subjects to supplement the core curriculum in KS4 from Year 9, to ensure that the best range of subjects are taken to match their abilities, interests and career direction.

Y8 Additional Subjects Booklet 2018 


Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 & 11)

At KS4 students follow a three year programme of study towards Level 2 qualifications at GCSE and BTEC. All students continue to follow a core curriculum of English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies and Physical Education. Year 9 – 11 follow 4 option subjects.

Students personalise the remainder of their curriculum with guided options that include a range of subjects including GCSEs, BTEC. Most students study a double award Combined Science course except for higher ability students choosing to study Biology, Chemistry and Physics as separate subjects. Statistics GCSE is also available to follow as an extra subject at Key Stage 4.

 

Option Subjects Available (2017-18)

Art – Art & Design (GCSE)                                             Art – Photography (GCSE)

Child Development – CACHE                                         Computer Science (GCSE)

DT – Product Manufacturing (GCSE)                           Drama (BTEC)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)     French (GCSE)

Geography (GCSE)                                                           History (GCSE)

Food Preparation & Nutrition (GCSE)                         Media Studies (GCSE)

Music (BTEC)                                                                    PE (GCSE)

Sociology (GCSE)                                                              Spanish (GCSE)

Increasing numbers of students are choosing to study French or Spanish in combination with either Geography or History, which in combination with the core subjects meet the requirements of the English Baccalaureate. This is encouraged for all students who intend to go to university.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12 & 13)

At post 16, students continue to personalise their studies by choosing from a wide range of traditional academic and vocational pathways

(both Level 2 and Level 3) at Eastbrook School or within our local consortium.

Students receive guidance toward post 16 study in Year 11 and there is an ongoing programme of Careers and University application guidance in order to prepare them for opportunities in later life.

Additional curriculum information

Parents who require more information about the school curriculum should contact : Mr M Hickman – hickmanm@eastbrookschool.org.uk

Nationally, there has been an ongoing review of qualifications which has been characterised by a move toward more rigorous, academic curriculum, with a greater focus on formal examinations.

From Sept 2015, students will be starting examination courses at the start of Year 9, and have 3 years of study, to allow more time and space for the increased challenges of final examinations to be addressed through in-depth, engaging and enjoyable learning.

With a condensed (2 year) Key Stage 3, students at Eastbrook School will experience a greater sense of pace and purpose. With a 3 year Key Stage 4, we will use the extra curriculum time to ensure that students gain the best grades possible in an increasingly challenging educational environment through:

– Gaining a real depth and breadth of subject-specific knowledge, understanding and skills.

– Learning and practising revision and examination techniques in GCSE lessons in a more thorough and integrated way.