School Curriculum

Curriculum Intent

The curriculum is designed to support our pupils to grow in self-confidence, self-belief and independence. This will allow them opportunities and choices when they leave our school thanks to the skills, accreditations and experiences they have achieved in their time with us.

Our curriculum offer has been developed with the whole staff team, however should you have any queries about the curriculum:

  • For a lower school class – please contact the relevant teacher (see ‘staff’ on website in ‘our school’ drop down menu)
  • For a particular upper school subject – please contact the relevant teacher (see ‘staff’ on website in ‘our school’ drop down menu)
  • In general – please contact mr c white who has overall responsibility for curriculum development

All contact should be made via the school office on 0121 748 9760 or office@castlewoodschool.co.uk

 

Castlewood School – KS 4 Courses 2023 / 24

 

Subject Exam Board Qualification Title
Maths



AQA FS Functional Skills Level 1
AQA FS Functional Skills Level 2
Pearson GCSE Foundation Tier
Pearson GCSE Higher Tier
English AQA FS Functional Skills – Level 1
AQA FS Functional Skills – Level 2
AQA GCSE English Language
Science AQA GCSE Combined Science: Trilog
History Pearson GCSE  
ICT OCR CAM NAT Creative iMedia
Design & Technology AQA GCSE Design & Technology
PE Pearson BTEC Introductory In Sport

English Vision Statement

In English our children learn to become creative, curious and courageous readers, writers and communicators. The skills they learn in English will unlock their world and enable them to fully participate in adult life.

Maths Vision Statement

Our pupil, with practice and precise feedback, will have a breadth of skills to solve problems using a range of appropriate mathematical operations. These experiences will help and support them not only in educations but going forward into adult life.

Science Vision Statement

Our pupils are encouraged to be curious about natural phenomena and to be excited by the process of understanding the world around them. Learning in science promotes respect for living organisms and the physical environment, it develops important problem-solving skills and provides opportunities for critical evaluation of evidence. Overall our students will develop an enthusiasm and enjoyment of scientific discovery through hands on experiments and the acquiring of knowledge.

Computing Vision Statement

Our pupils will develop computational thinking skills to solve problems and use software to create products that meet the needs of the audience. These skills will help and support in a future of advancing computer technology.

Physical Education Vision Statement

Our pupils will experience a wide range of physical activities to help foster a life long enjoyment of sport and/or exercise. They will be secure in the knowledge that regular exercise has a positive impact on their own physical and mental health.

Art Vision Statement

Art gives our pupils the ability to be creative in their thinking. They will be able to use and enjoy learned skills and knowledge necessary for them to respond to ideas and experiences in their future life.

Design and Technology Vision Statement

Our pupils will learn a variety of practical skills that, alongside an understanding of how the world works, will enable them to see a future for themselves in a creative discipline.

Humanities Vision Statement

Our pupils will have developed their independent thinking-skills to the point where they are capable of analysis of facts and evidence. The pupils will have an understanding that communities can learn from the past and from other cultures.

 

 

Food Technology Vision Statement

Food Technology equips our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages pupils to cook and enables them to make informed decisions about a wide range of further learning opportunities and career pathways as well as develop vital life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

 

 

 

Religious Education Vision Statement

The Department for Education requires Religious Education to form part of the education provision for pupils at the school and must be included in the school’s basic curriculum.

  • Lower School (Primary) Overseen by Mr M Richmond – Religious Education is included within their Topic and PSHE lessons.
  • Lower School (Secondary) Overseen by Mr M Richmond – Religious Education is included within their PSHE lessons.
  • Upper School (Key Stage 3) Overseen by Mr J Birch – Religious Education is included within their PSHE lessons.
  • Upper School (Key Stage 4) Overseen by Mr J Birch – Religious Education is included within stand-alone lessons added throughout the academic year, usually linked to PSHE

Please see below for our individual subject curriculum documents.

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