Hugh Christie Curriculum
YEAR 7 & 8 – KEY STAGE 3
The REAL (Relevant Engaging Active Learning) curriculum is an integral part of our Key Stage 3 curriculum. This is delivered by one teacher and covers the national curriculum subjects of History, Geography, Citizenship, Religious Education, PHSE (Personal Health Social Education), Enterprise and ICT. A project based approach is used to develop skills across subjects
In Year 7 and 8, students are streamed in advisory groups based on three ability bands. Students can move between bands if appropriate.
BAND 1 (highest 20%) study English, Maths, Science, REAL, Arts, PE, French, German or Spanish and Design & Technology in ability groups.
BAND 2 study Maths, REAL (including English and Science integrated as part), Arts, PE, French, German or Spanish, Design & Technology in ability groups.
BAND 3 (lowest 5-10%) will study REAL (including English, Maths and Science integrated as part), Arts, PE, Design & Technology
PHSE is delivered by different curriculum subjects throughout the year.
In March of Year 8, students will opt for which subjects they will study in Year 9.
YEAR 9 TO 11 – KEY STAGE 4
All students study GCSEs in;
- English Language (some also English Literature) in ability sets
- Mathematics in ability sets
- Science – core, additional or separate subjects (Biology, Physics, Chemistry) in ability sets
All students take qualifications in;
- Design & Technology
- Applied Learning (Business, Arts, Sport, ICT)
All students will participate in RE (Religious Education), PE, PHSE and a two weeks work experience placement.
A Baccalaureate group for our most able students will study GCSE History or Geography, French or Spanish. Other students will study up to two additional GCSE subjects or one additional applied subject. Examinations in most courses will take place at the end of Year 11 with some students selected for early entry where appropriate.
A very small number of students are offered work based alternative courses at other locations to suit their particular learning needs. Paul Bargery (Assistant Principal) oversees the allocation of this alternative provision.
YEAR 12 and 13 – KEY STAGE 5
All students in Year 11 (2012-13) are expected to remain in education or be involved in apprenticeships or other work based training until the age of 17. This rises to 18 by 2015 (Year 9 2012-13).
Students will be able to choose a range of courses available at Hugh Christie and The Hayesbrook School. These are mostly at Advanced Level (Level 3) standard or the equivalent but some alternative Level 2 courses are also available.
Students would normally study three or four subjects in the first year of study and specialise in two or three subjects in the second year. Foundation degree courses for our most able students are also available in Year 13.
PHSE (Personal, Health and Social Education) at Hugh Christie is delivered as part of the curriculum.
The key areas covered include:
- Sex and relationships education*
- Drug education including alcohol and tobacco
- Emotional health and well being
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating
* Parents have the right to withdraw their children from Sex and Relationship education, please contact Mr. Bargery (ext.226) at the College should you wish to discuss this.