Curriculum Guide KS4 _ Options 2006

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					 St Benedict’s Catholic
      High School

Curriculum Guidance for KS4
     & Options Evening
      1 February 2011
 A well balanced curriculum with breadth should offer...
   Aesthetic / creative                        Linguistic / literary
        Art & Design                            English / English literature
        Drama &                                 French
        Theatre Arts                            Spanish
                       Pupil Areas of
                                                  Moral / spiritual
                        Experience                   Religious Education
                          Physical Education                   Scientific
                                                            Separate Sciences
 Human / social                    Technology               Balanced Science
                                                            Applied Science
  Geography                        Information Technology
  History                          Food & Nutrition
  Citizenship                      Product Design Technology
  Personal & Social Education
                 Essential ideas
                 Key concepts

    What makes a subject
       area unique?
 Key processes                Range and content
        ↓                            ↓
Skills and ways of             Knowledge and
     learning                  understanding

    Lessons                           Homework / school /      Environment
    A wide range of approaches        college / WE
                                                               Fit for purpose /
    e.g. enquiry, active learning,
                                                               beyond school – “at
    practical, independent learning

Out of school – balance
                                  Where does                      Residential experiences
Part-time jobs / home life
                                                                  sports activities / D of E
holidays / support stability   learning happen?                   whole school day
                                                                  “collapse” days
         Extended hours                      Routines
         Beyond the classroom                Day to day learning and structure within
         colleges, Xtend, community          the educational environment
         based activities, active
         citizenship, D of E                 Relationships →     personal learning
                                                                 Pastoral guidance
       Quotes from OFSTED:

“Pupils enter the school with broadly average attainment,
so the high standards they achieve by the time they leave in
Year 11 are testament to the exceptional progress they
make as they move through the school.”

“This is due to a number of significant factors, but
particularly an outstanding curriculum with good and
sometimes outstanding teaching, and the fact that every
child is valued and incredibly well cared for, guided and
The concept that the curriculum needs of the pupil are built
around the pupil, personalising the curriculum.
Allows for a range of curriculum opportunities to meet the
individual needs and requirements of the pupil.
It allows individual students to achieve 5 – 14 different
qualifications on leaving at 16 to give appropriate access
to their next stage of learning at the highest level
It requires of the pupil, parent and school to be
FLEXIBLE to enable the conflicting demands of
resourcing and meeting individual needs.
  Move from KS3 → KS4 → KS5
→ University? → Work with Training?
14 – 19 continuum 14 – 16 not in isolation
Progression routes - post 16 Access
Colleges of Further Education - GCSE‟s + entry level.
St Benedict‟s and other 6th Form providers entry requirements
On-line prospectus
Range of qualifications
GCSE – A – G = E Average ???
Levels of Prediction 6/7 = A – C
Government policy to promote languages 60%
     How this Year 9 Fits into Future
Year 9 2010 - 2011 No SATs Teacher based assessments
Year 10 2011 - 2012
Year 11 2013 – 2014
Post 16 Provision - 2014 - 2016 which is
the third year of the proposed St Benedict's
6th Form.
             Well established.
   International Baccalaureate
Core provision of 6th Form
                      But also…..

Find out about it!    Elevate Course
                      1 year vocational based Level 2
                      Course to enable overall Level
                      1 students to access Level 3           courses.
                      Level 3 ICT Diploma
                      2 year course equivalent to 3½
                      A Levels.
              Is it for my child?
          Benefits compared to A Level

                         language A1
                                                           group 3
              second                     individuals and
            language       Extended      societies
                           Theory of
                         Action, Service
          experimental                    mathematics
group 4                                                    group 5
                            the arts

                            group 6
                IB cont‟d
1 Have to do a language (Higher Level to

2 Continue with Maths, English & Science
  = 4 areas from 6

3 Arts & Humanities or Elective
               Elevate Course
Engaging Learning Embracing Vocational Aspirations
             Transforming Expectations

    Level 1 Students Moving to Level 2 in 1 Year

               Vocational Qualifications
Not retakes for GCSE but alternative equivalent Level 2

                ICT Diploma Level 3

    Diploma post-16 qualification the equivalent of
          3½ A Levels specialising in ICT
  The English Baccalaureate (EBac)
• This should not be compared with the International
  Baccalaureate which is run and organised by the IBO and
  free from UK government interference. The EBac is
  purely a UK government initiative.
• The English Baccalaureate is not a new qualification in
  itself. It recognises students‟ achievements across a group
  of selected academic subjects namely; English,
  mathematics, science, a language and humanities (history
  or geography). St Benedict‟s will offer this range of
  subjects, as it always has, so pupils can access the EBac. It
  is intended by government to mark individual students‟
  future achievements through an EBac certificate.
• St Benedict‟s does not encourage or discourage students to
  do this range of subjects to gain the EBac but students and
  parents may well consider the combination of subjects to
  achieve the proposed certificate in the EBac.
 St Benedict‟s Catholic High School
   Number of pupils achieving 5 x A* - C grades

Year   St. Benedict’s % National Averages %
2010         87.0               69.1
2009         90.0               68.0
2008         80.4               63.7
2007         82.0               60.0
2006         88.0               58.1
2005         76.0               56.9
2004         88.0               53.4
2003         77.0               51.5
What will a Year 10 timetable look like?
       25 period week of 1 hour lessons
            Core Subjects                            GCSE’s
4 hours     English language & literature              2
4 hours     Maths & maths functionality                2
5 hours     Science - 3 separate biology, physics,    3 or
(+1)                          chemistry
                            - dual certificate        2 or
                             - single GCSE             1
2 hours     R.E.                                       1
What will a Year 10 timetable look like?

           Option subjects                GCSE’s
2 hours    Option 1                             1
2 hours    Option 2                             1
2 hours    Option 3                             1
1 hour     Option 4 (Full) or a (short)     1 or ½
1 hour     Option 4b (short)                    ½
           + Xtend                         10, 11 or 12
                           but could be     6 / 7 or 14
What will a Year 10 timetable look like?

       Core but non-GCSE

1 hour Citizenship
1 hour P.E

  4 Options of 2 hours per block of Options
         = 16% of time - 84% other
           Typical Year 10 Timetable
       Mon          Tues           Wed             Thurs         Fri
     English      Resist Mat         Relig Educ   Science     Maths
     GO 3         IJB    26
                               S     VMD 24       JK    20    MD 9
     Science      English            Science      ICT Aida    Geography
2    JK    20     GO 3
                               W     JK    20     MW 6A       AH    15

     Maths        Science            English      Maths       Science
3    MD    9      JK    20
                               I     GO 3         MD M2       SS    23

     Relig Educ   Maths              ICT Aida     English     Science
     VMD 24       MD M2
                               F     MW 6A        GO 3        JK    20
     Geography    Citship            Music        Phys Educ   Resist Mat
5    AH    15     ANP 17
                               T     ANP 17       DM          IJB    26
     Examples of How Option Choices
             are Structured:
        10A     10B           10C         10D         10E
1   10A, History 10A, B/Sw1   10C / Aa1   10D / Aa1   10E / Aa1
2   10A / Ar1   10B / Aa1     10C / Dr1   10D / Cl1   10E / Cd1
3   10A / Fr1   10B / Bc1     10C / Ge1   10D / Ls1   10E / Ma1
4   10A / Ge1   10B / Ge1     10C / Hi1   10D / Mu1   10E / Mu1
5   10A / Tm1   10B / Sp1     10C / Tm1   10D / Pe1   10E / Pe1
                                          10D / Sc1   10E / Proj 1

                106 pupils † 5 groups = 21.2
           KS4 Curriculum Guide &
           Options Booklet 2009/10
•   Help Chart                    8
•   Tips for Parents             9 - 10
•   Useful Websites               11
•   Glossary of Terms             12
•   GCSE                          13
•   Methods of Assessment         14
•   Progress File                 14
•   Snags                         15
•   Key Tasks for Pupils          16
•   What can I choose?            17
•   Advice from Connexions        18
•   What is on offer            19 - 75
      Examples of Subject Advice

• What will you do?
                      • How will you do it?

• What will you achieve?

               • Homework Requirements

• Parental Support
                 St Benedict‟s Catholic High School
                  Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warks. B49 6PX

                           OPTION PRIORITY FORM
                      (Please read instructions carefully overleaf)
Pupils Name: ……………………………………………… Form: ……………

The subjects your son/daughter can choose from for Years 10 and 11 are:

   Art, Business & Communication Systems, Drama, Food &
   Nutrition, French, Geography, History, ICT AiDA, ICT
   Short Course GCSE with Functional Skills#, Learning
   Support, Level 1 or 2 Project*#, Music or BTec Music**,
   Physical Education**, Product Design Technology,
   SWIFT****, Textiles Technology, Spanish, Science
   (students taking 3 Sciences must opt for Science in 4a),
    Study Plus for identified and invited students requiring
   additional support in Maths* and English*.
                  OPTION PRIORITY FORM

*        Available for Short Course only.
**       Available in Full and Short Course time.
#        If you are doing the 14 – 19 Diploma course you must do
         the Level 2 Project and opt for an ICT qualification
         (unless you are doing level 2 Diploma in ICT).

     Certain other GCSE subjects and other qualifications can be
     taken after school as part of the “Xtend” programme within
              Subject Priorities (examples)
1. …Spanish …………………                   Full Course
2. …Geography ……………………                Full Course
3. …Art …………………………....                Full Course
   Then either
4. …N/A ………………………… …                  Full Course

OR 4a. …Science………………………….} Only complete 4a or b if you are doing 3
   Sciences, ICT CiDA, and/or other short courses – see list above.

AND 4b. …Music…………………………..} If you are doing other short courses you must
  place them in 4a or 4b. If you are doing SWIFT you must have a PE lesson in 4b.

   I would like my son/daughter to be considered for a qualification in
   _______Law_____________________ after school as part of the Xtend programme.

    My reserve subject would be ……History……………………………………
    Comments or questions: i.e. you may wish your son or daughter to be considered for
    the 3 sciences. (Any other questions or concerns could also be included here.)
    Three separate Sciences related to future career plans. Music ½ but full GCSE.
Signed: ………………………………............. Parent/Guardian                 Date: ……………………..
  English and Maths Study +
Within the structure of the Option system
additional study time is available to increase
pupils‟ chances performing on the D / E
borderline to achieve a „C‟ grade and to see
the relevance of the application of maths
and English across other curriculum areas.


• Research based
  short course GCSE
  qualification.      • Integral part of the
                        Diplomas but very
                        worthwhile stand-
                        alone qualification.
                            Snags !
Snag 1
  Not everyone gets his or her first choice: some subjects have
  to be timetabled at the same time – and you cannot be in two
  lessons at once.
Snag 2
  If some subjects are chosen by too few people, it may not be
  possible to run a course.
Snag 3
It is becoming increasingly difficult financially to deliver what
we have in the past. It will be very difficult for us again this
•   27 January    -   JN/NJM to speak to pupils about options
                      choices „Which Way Now‟ discussed.

•   1 February    -   Parents Meeting to introduce Options
                      process with JN and NJM.

•   January       -   Options booklet on line.

•   January       -   Diploma information and Challenge

•   10 February   -   Year 9 Parents Evening

•   Jan & Feb            -   All pupils shown Careers sections of new
                             Introduced to KUDOS –
                             Connections P A – Sarah Gerard.

•   Monday 14 Feb        -   Any pupils interested in applying for an
                             Applied „Off-site‟ course (SWIFT) returns

•   Friday 4 March       -   All Options Forms in to JN

•   During March/April   -   Assessment and Selection days for all „off
                             site‟ Courses (SWIFT). See calendar.

•   Thurs 24 March   -   West Midlands Careers Fair at New
                         Bingley Hall Birmingham.

•   11 April         -   Selection results from SWIFT courses.

•   3 May            -   Year 9 exams start.

•   June             -   All Options confirmed.