The School Curriculum

Redruth School Curriculum

The National Curriculum is followed in all year groups either through discrete lessons or within the taught curriculum.

The curriculum at Redruth School is designed to develop students’ learning in a broad range of subjects and contexts, with clear progression from key stage 3 into 4 and 5. The journey for students starts with transition from key stage 2, with staff regularly visiting our feeder schools to deliver lessons such as languages, science, maths and art. Once in year 7 students are engaged in a curriculum designed to enhance their literacy and numeracy skills, develop independent learning skills and study a varied range of subjects. Redruth School believes that the most effective way to raise attainment is to create a culture in which every student strives to create their best work every day and has a stake in the collective success or failure of their class.  The eight corner stones of outstanding teaching and learning are:

  1. High quality work
  2. Genuine research
  3. A real audience
  4. In-built differentiation
  5. Collective responsibility
  6. Class critique
  7. Modelling success
  8. Drafting and redrafting

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 develops the high attaining academic students, whilst providing for the less able. The school prides itself in ensuring that students achieve the necessary qualification and skills to be successful post 16 and to produce high performing all-round decent citizens for the future. All students take English Language, Literature and Mathematics. The majority of students achieve at least two qualifications in science, top attaining students take extension science. The school recognises its strength and specialism in sport, with all students taking an examinable qualification as part of their core physical education package.

The curriculum offer at Key Stage 5 is largely academic with all of the facilitating subjects offered. These are supported by a number of vocational options as well as level 2 courses where appropriate. Students are encouraged to extend their own learning through the extended project. A wide level of engagement in extra-curricular activities enhances the curriculum at all key stages, either in the school, local area or further afield.

Students can learn in a variety of ways.  Each student can have their own learning style, but what is going to motivate, stimulate, excite and challenge every young person at  Redruth is ensuring there is a personalised curriculum that meets their needs.

Redruth School operates a two week timetable. Each day is divided into four 75 minute periods, giving a timetable cycle of 40 periods.

KS3 Curriculum

 

 

7

8

English/Literacy*

6

7

Mathematics/Computing

6

7

Science

5

5

Physical Education

3

4

Languages

4

4

Humanities

(including RS in Y8)

4

5

Creative Arts

4

5

Design Technolgy

2

2

PSHE

 

1

REAL

(including RS and PSHE)

6

 

 

40

40

 

KS4 Curriculum

 

 

9

10

11

 

English

8

8

5

 

Mathematics /Computing

7

7

5

 

Science

8

8

8

 

Physical   Education

4

4

4

 

Religious   Studies

   

1

 

PSHE

1

1

1

 

Options

12

12

16

 

 

40

40

40

 

Year 7

In year 7, students are taught in mixed ability sets for most of their subjects.

For Mathematics and English they are placed in sets depending on their abilities.  Information provided from their primary schools and early testing and assessment at the beginning of the term helps to determine which group the students should be in.

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and for the current Year 7 students, with the exception of maths, each population is taught separately.  In the 2 week (40 period) timetable cycle, students will have 5 lessons each of English, Maths and Science, 6 lessons of Humanities (2 each of Geography, History and Religious Studies),  6 lessons of Creative Arts (2 each of Art, Drama and Music), 4 lessons of either Spanish or French, 3 lessons of Design Technology, 1 of ICT, 1 of PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) and 4 lessons of PE/Games.

 

Year 8

Year 8 Options Booklet

In year 8, in Mathematics, English, Science, Languages and ICT lessons, students are placed in sets depending on their abilities.  In Design Technology, Creative Arts and Humanities subjects, students are taught in mixed ability classes.

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and each population is taught separately.  In the 2 week (40 period) timetable cycle, students will have 5 lessons each of English and Maths, 4 of Science,  6 lessons of Humanities (2 each of Geography, History and Religious Studies),  6 lessons of Creative Arts (2 each of Art, Drama and Music), 4 lessons of either Spanish or French, 3 lessons of Design Technology, 2 of ICT, 1 of PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) and 4 lessons of PE/Games.

 

Year 9

In Year 9, at the commencement of Key Stage 4, students continue to study the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science.  This culminates in GCSE examinations, usually at the end of Year 11.  Additionally, each student will study the four option subjects that they have chosen at the end of Year 8 as well as the compulsory subjects of PSHE, Religious Studies, ICT and Physical Education.

The core subjects are taught in sets depending upon ability.

For English, most students will take both English Language and English Literature which will be 2 GCSEs.

For Science, a number of courses are provided.  For the top sets in each population, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught as 3 separate subjects and this is known as ‘Extension Science’.  Those that have opted for College Courses (one day a week at Cornwall College) study ‘Core Science’ which is a single GCSE.  Those not doing the extension or attending College courses study ‘Core and Additional Science’ which is a double GCSE.

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and each population is taught separately.  In the 2 week (40 period) timetable cycle, students not attending College Courses will have 5 lessons each of English, 4 of Maths, 8 of Science, 4 lessons each of their Option choices, 2 lessons of ICT, 1 each of Religious Studies and PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) and 3 lessons of PE/Games.

Students attending College Courses will have 5 lessons each of English, 4 of Maths, 5 of Science, 4 lessons each of Option choices A-B-C, 6 lessons at the College, 2 lessons of ICT, 1 each of Religious Studies, Vocational Studies and PSHE (Physical, Social and Health Education) and 3 lessons of PE/Games.