Curriculum Plan for 2016-17

Key Stage 3

KS3 (Years 7 to 9) Number of lessons per two week cycle of 50 periods
Year 7 Lessons Year 8 Lessons Year 9 Lessons
English 6 English 6 English 6
Mathematics 6 Mathematics 6 Mathematics 6
Science 6 Science 6 Science 6
French 6 French/German* 6 French/German* 6
Geography 3 Geography 3 Geography 3
History 3 History 3 History 3
Religious Education 3 Religious Education 3 Religious Education 3
Art 2 Art 2 Art 2
Drama 2 Drama 2 Drama 2
Music 2 Music 2 Music 2
PE 4 PE 4 PE 4
CDT 2 CDT 2 CDT 2
Computing 2 Computing 2 Computing 2
Food Studies 1 Food Studies 1 Food Studies 1
Textiles 1 Textiles 1 Textiles 1
Tutorial/PSHCE 1 Tutorial/ PSHCE 1 PSHCE 1

*In years 8 and 9 students in sets 1 and 2 for MFL take French (3 lessons) and German (3 lessons), students in sets 3 and 4 take French only (6 lessons). Some students in set 4 take French 3 lessons and extra literacy 3 lessons.

Key Stage 4

KS4 (Years 10 and 11) Number of lessons per two week cycle of 50 periods
Year 10 (form Sept 2016 onwards) Lessons Year 11 (Sept 2016 only) Lessons
English 8 English 7
Mathematics 7 Mathematics 6
Science 10 Science 9
Humanities* 6 – Year 10

5 – Year 11

Humanities* 5
Modern Foreign Languages* 5 – Year 10

6 – Year 11

Modern Foreign Languages* 5
Option A 6 – Year 10

5 – Year 11

Option A 5
Option B 5 – Year 10

6 – Year 11

Option B 5
PE 2 Option C 5
PSHCE 1** PE 2
PSHCE 1**

** Includes the statutory provision for religious education

A small number of students choose to follow an Applied Learning course (10 or 11 lessons) instead of Humanities (Geography, History and RE) of Modern Foreign languages (French and German)

The Year 10 and Year 11 Applied Learning Courses

Year 10 Applied Learning Course
Vocational (2 year course)
Construction 5 – Year 10

6 – Year 11

Travel and Tourism 5 – Year 10

6 – Year 11

ICT 6 – Year 10

5 – Year 11

 

Year 11 Applied Learning Course
Vocational (2 year course)
Construction 5
Travel and Tourism 5
ICT 5

 

Students in Year 10 are studying 2 options from the following:

Art Business Studies ICT Drama
Geography History Food Studies Health & Social Care
Media Studies Music Product Design PE
French German Separate Science Systems & Control
Computer Studies Photography RE

Students in Year 11 are studying 3 options from the following:

Art Business Studies ICT Drama
Geography History Food Studies Health & Social Care
Media Studies Music Product Design PE
French German Separate Science Computer Studies
Photography RE Systems & Control

Sixth Form

In Year 12 students choose either 3 or 4 subjects to study. Each subject is studied for 9 lessons per fortnight over the 50 lesson cycle. Students who have not yet achieved a grade C at GCSE in English Language or Maths must also re-sit those subjects.

The courses currently offered are:

Art Applied IT (BTEC) Biology Business Studies
Chemistry Computer Studies Drama Economics
English Language English Literature Engineering (L3 Dip) French
Geography German History Health & Social Care
IT* Mathematics Maths – Further Media Studies
Music PE Photography Physics
Political Studies Psychology Philosophy and Ethics Sociology
Criminology (L3 Dip) Applied Business (BTEC)

* IT will only be available for Year 13 students from September 2017.

Other Opportunities in the Sixth Form include:

Student leadership Extended Project Qualification Representative sports
Engineering Education Scheme Nuffield Bursary in Science In class support
NCS Duke of Edinburgh Work experience

For further information about the school’s curriculum please contact:
slg@helsbyhigh.org.uk