All Saints’ Curriculum Policy
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
Mission Statement of the School
The mission statement of All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy is to provide the best education and care we can for all members of our Living Faith community, therefore:
- We will care for each other and treat each other with respect, recognising the uniqueness, diversity and dignity of each person in our community.
- We will challenge each other to set and achieve the highest goals in academic subjects and personal development.
- Each day we will all strive to create a welcoming environment for each student with the love of Christ at its centre.
- Above all, we will actively grow in faith by seeking to know Jesus Christ and His holy Catholic Church, so that through prayer, working for justice and peace, and all we say and do, we will be his witness to the world.
Statement of Curriculum Intent
The All Saints’ curriculum is designed to ensure students have excellent knowledge and understanding of their respective areas of study; that students can apply this subject knowledge with accuracy, consistency and discernment. At All Saints, we want all of our students to be confident and fluent communicators, who can interpret, analyse and evaluate varied and complex ideas with precision.
- To ensure that students develop spiritually and morally, understanding the school’s mission to serve each other through the teachings of Christ.
- To develop a knowledge curriculum, where content and skills are explicitly outlined at every stage of a learner’s journey to ensure students are meeting the domain specific measures of progress.
- To emphasise the importance of knowledge retrieval, embedding a culture of quizzing and assessing prior content so that course content is stored within long term memory through the use of our All Saints’ Absolutes documentation.
- To provide opportunities within the timetabled curriculum and through extra-curricular provision to enable students to demonstrate the All Saints’ Way.
- Clear progress over 7 years accelerating student progress, outlined on each subjects’ departmental statement of curriculum intent.
- Religious Education at KS3 is offered through two lessons per week with subject specific teachers and an additional ‘Mission’ lesson (where theological literacy, alongside, understanding how biblical passages have relevance in the 21st Century is taught.) Religious Education at KS4 is offered through three lessons in Year 9, a carousel system of three lessons in Year 10 and two lessons in Year 11.
- Additional time is given to English, Mathematics and Science to ensure that students have the essential skills needed for life and to access the full curriculum.
- Targeted support and additional challenge to ensure all students make good progress in relation to their academic starting points; these opportunities are outlined on the Departmental Statement of Intent documentation for each subject area.
- A Key Stage Three curriculum which challenges and builds on the progress made at Key Stage Two.
- A curriculum adapted to support those who need different provision to meet their learning needs.
- Utilization of the Progress Period to enable students in KS4 to receive additional subject time in their Core, Ebacc and Open subjects with specialist teachers and for students in KS3 to strengthen their literacy and numeracy.
- Use of the All Saints’ Way model which supports whole school character development through the pastoral system.
- A healthy extra-curricular menu which offers sports, arts (visual and performing), and academic intervention. This is under review in order for the school to remain Covid-19 compliant.
- A broad and dynamic PHSCE curriculum which encourages student aspiration.
KS3 Curriculum (Year 7 and 8)
The KS3 curriculum is taught over 25 hours per week. It covers the following subjects:
- Religious Education
- Mission Lessons
- Modern Foreign Languages (French or German)
- Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
- Technology: Food, Textiles and Product Design
For students who are not secondary ready in terms of their English and Maths, group support is offered through our Direct Instruction route. In Year 8, some students will receive additional reading and literacy lessons in place of Modern Foreign Languages.
In Year 8, students will also receive additional careers provision through the Parents Partnership sessions which are offered throughout the academic year.
Key Stage Four
Students in Year 9 will begin their KS4 course and begin to specialise in a number of subjects in preparation for their GCSEs in Year 11. Whilst the school attempts to do its best to accommodate all subject preferences made by Year 8 students when they complete their options form, allocation to particular courses is not guaranteed. Many factors influence the school’s decision to assign students to particular courses, including, student preferences, student academic profile; teacher availability; resource availability and the longevity of a qualification.
In Key Stage Four, students are set into academic teaching groups for their Core subjects based on their academic performance. However, Option subjects are not set based on academic performance.
All students must study the following:
- English – Literature and Language
- Science –Trilogy Science or Biology, Physics and Chemistry (At the discretion of the school)
- Religious Education
- Physical Education (one to two hours per week at the discretion of the school) – No external examination.
- Geography GCSE or History GCSE
- French GCSE or German GCSE
- Drama GCSE
- GCSE Music
- BTEC Music
- GCSE PE
- BTEC PE
- Art GCSE
- GCSE Computer Science or Creative iMedia
- Business Studies GCSE
- Design and Technology GCSE
- Food and Nutrition GCSE
- BTEC HSC (New in 2019)
We offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them all to be highly successful:
Pathway 1 – Students who will complete Separate sciences, MFL; Humanities and open subjects.
Pathway 2 – Students who will complete Trilogy science, MFL; Humanities and open subjects.
Note: Both these two pathways enable Ebacc achievement.
Pathway 3 – Students who will complete Trilogy science; humanities and Open subjects.
Pathway 4 –entry level Maths, a single separate science or Trilogy science, additional English, open subjects and no humanities nor MFL.
Note: The fourth pathway supports our students who may need additional time to secure their progress in English and Maths; this course is following the historic Functional Learning Tier.
Additional GCSEs or Equivalents
Outside regular curriculum time students have opportunities to obtain accreditation for additional community languages. Please contact Mrs. Dennis for further details. We have offered GCSEs in Polish, Italian and Spanish.
- Additional after-school, extra-curricular provision includes a range of sporting activities, music (including orchestra and choir) and drama.
- Year 10 students will have the opportunity and be supported in arranging a work experience placement.
- The vast majority of Year 11 will be involved in the lunch time or afterschool revision provision.
PSCHE periods take place when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, intermittently, throughout the academic year. These periods allow students to learn in different ways such as with external providers and with a range of students.
The PSCHE programme runs alongside the RSE programme, following the DfE guidance on: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, which is delivered through curriculum areas, such as Science and RE and as part of the PSCHE programme detailed above.
Specific topic areas are also delivered through assemblies and Acts of Worship, covering:
- Careers information, education, advice, and guidance
- Promoting British values
- Understanding of the protected characteristics
Overview of PSCHE / RSE curriculum