Curriculum

In examining our curriculum offer, do note the curriculum principles by which all SAST schools undertake planning in this aspect of our provision. Please see these at the following link >SAST Curriculum Principles 2020-2023

Because we have a strong belief in ensuring our curriculum is suitable for all our learners, we are resolute in our determination that it will comply with relevant legislation. By making sure we do not directly or indirectly discriminate against pupils in any way, discriminate against a disability, or fail to make reasonable adjustments, we meet the requirements of the Equality Act (2010). In order to ensure our SEND students are fully catered for, we meet the SEND Requirements (2014) by ensuring that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. We are aligned with the National Curriculum Inclusion Statement, which states that teachers should set high expectations for every pupil, whatever their prior attainment. Our teachers use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious. We address potential areas of difficulty that are identified and address them as appropriate. Our lessons are planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement. In many cases, such planning means that pupils with SEND are able to study the national curriculum, in the way that we can provide at King Arthur’s School.

Curriculum Development

Our curriculum offer is crucial to ensuring that our young people can succeed with their learning and access the very best futures. As a result, we are taking every opportunity to develop and review our curriculum provision.

We passionately believe our curriculum should:

  • Be broad in its range and balanced in how it places importance on one subject against another. We aim to engender a lifelong love of learning, along with a curiosity and inquisitiveness for the world around us.
  • We are committed to offering a curriculum that prepares our students with skills for the 21st century and meets the needs of all our learners.
  • It will provide diverse enrichment opportunities, an understanding of British values and the rule of law. It will also provide chances to develop a wider cultural, spiritual, social and moral understanding, ensuring our young people are tolerant and accepting of others, and maintain high personal standards.
  • Importantly, the curriculum will support our young people to be resilient, tenacious and approach all things with rigour and commitment.

As we develop our curriculum, we will continue to review what we offer in each year group, across each subject and do this on an annual basis. Currently, all subject leaders across the School are working with the Senior Leadership Team and our colleagues at SAST to ensure the quality of our provision. This process involves us: reviewing what is in place and identifying how this best enables our learners; planning how to change, adapt and improve our curriculum provision; actioning our plans and ensuring the quality and consistency of our delivery; reviewing and evaluating the success of our improvements, in order that we can continue the cycle of progress.

> Remote Learning Plan 20-21

 

Overview of the curriculum

Our curriculum is broad and balanced but refined each year in the light of national and local developments. As explained, it is also being considered in light of our curriculum review process.

The curriculum operating for the 2019 to 2020 school year is outlined below.

Teaching in Mathematics and Science is set according to ability.

English, Geography, History, French and creative subjects are taught in mixed ability classes. The literacy group (instead of French) is a small nurture group of students who did not achieve the expected KS2 score.

 

Teaching in Mathematics and Science is set according to ability.

English, Geography, History, French and creative subjects are taught in mixed ability classes. The literacy group (instead of French) is a small nurture group of students who did not achieve the expected KS2 score.

 

Teaching in Mathematics and Science is set according to ability.

English, Geography, History, French and creative subjects are taught in mixed ability classes. The literacy group (instead of French) is a small nurture group of students who did not achieve the expected KS2 score.

 

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

There is now a renewed emphasis on students achieving the English Baccalaureate (EBACC), which requires students to achieve certain levels in English Language and English Literature GCSEs, Maths GCSE, at least 2 Science GCSEs, History or Geography GCSE and a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language. This is an appropriate aspiration for many students at King Arthur’s School.

For the 2019-20 curriculum, all students study History and Geography and then choose further subjects of their choice.

Teaching in Mathematics and Science is set according to ability.

English, Geography, History, French and option subjects are taught in mixed ability classes.

 

*Yeovil College Course: Students attend Yeovil College one afternoon a week. We currently have students on the following level 2 (GCSE equivalent) courses:  Engineering and Construction.

Teaching in Mathematics and Science is set according to ability.

English, Geography, History, French and option subjects are taught in mixed ability classes.