Curriculum Offer 2019/20

Why we’re proud of our curriculum…

At Moreton, we’re incredibly proud of the curriculum that we deliver to all of our students every day. Over the last two years we’ve been on an inspiring journey to overhaul our curriculum, and have great confidence that we are delivering the right things for the right reasons. We work tirelessly to ensure that Moreton’s students get nothing but the best – they deserve nothing less.
Our newly-developed curriculum is geared towards high levels of academic challenge, is knowledge-rich and develops more than just good subject knowledge. We want to make Moreton students not only ready for academic success, but also ready to take their place in the world as informed citizens, equipped to live fulfilling and successful lives. Knowing about the world makes you better able to live in the world, and we’re proud to hold this principle in mind in our curriculum.

 

Why our curriculum works…

As you can see from the curriculum map below, a lot of thought goes into our curriculum – and this is just one half term. We have developed our thinking to see the curriculum as more than just a collection of subjects, and our subjects as more than just a collection of topics. By carefully considering the knowledge and skills that our students acquire at each stage of their journey at Moreton, we know that they will develop their abilities not only in each individual subject, but to transfer ideas between their subjects, too.
At Moreton we’re also clear that gaining knowledge is a cumulative thing – the more knowledge you have, the easier it is to get new knowledge. As our curriculum map shows, the knowledge that we teach has been carefully sequenced so that it is logical, easier to learn and also easier to remember. Students come across big ideas regularly and in different contexts, providing them with a strong framework in which to learn more new and challenging things every day. Connections are drawn between learning to help students to see the bigger picture. We know that Moreton students can and will be successful, and we’re more confident than ever that our curriculum will get them there.

Why our curriculum gives students more…

We’re also working hard to make sure that our curriculum doesn’t have any gaps in it. There is important knowledge that sometimes falls through the cracks in schools, but we believe that our students have a right to know and to experience as much as any others. To leave school without the rich tapestry of knowledge in the world – capital cities, great paintings, political leaders, famous books, important thinkers and key moments in history – would mean that our school curriculum had failed. We are incredibly determined to give our students every chance to thrive by giving them the best knowledge that world has to offer, whether or not this appears in a school subject.
To make sure that this happens we have looked at the other important knowledge that we want our students to have, to build their cultural capital and to expose them to the powerful knowledge that underpins our civilisation. We think general knowledge is as important as subject knowledge, so we’ve spent a long time mapping when and where this is taught, ensuring that personal development and moral education is at the heart of our school. We support this through assemblies, form periods and enrichment opportunities to make sure that our curriculum makes clear our key messages and core principles at every turn. Our teachers know that their lesson is just part of a great big curriculum.

Our curriculum is special…

…because our students are special. We urge you to come and find out more about how our curriculum will make a difference in our community, and play a role in the continuing transformation of Moreton.

In years 7-8

All students share a common curriculum covering all aspects of the national curriculum. The curriculum has been designed to provide breadth and balance whilst enabling each student to develop their particular interests and talents to prepare them for study in Years 9-11. It embraces the knowledge rich curriculum and is regularly reviewed to keep abreast of developments in national examinations, higher education and new technology. Our curriculum is related to the local context of our school and the variety of our pupils needs and the current position of the school in its journey as part of the Amethyst Academy trust.

At both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 we set students on ability in the core (English, Math and Science) so that learning can be effectively tailored. This setting is flexible and reviewed regularly to ensure that students are most appropriately placed.  In all subjects we aim to build on the learning that has taken place in the primary setting at Key Stage 2. Assessment is continuous through formative tasks and through end of course summative assessments.

Throughout all years, students have the opportunity to meet with our designated careers team to look at their career options. Students are given the opportunity to have a series of taster sessions prior to them confirming their options. All subjects are taught by well-qualified, specialist teachers. Visiting speakers, day trips and field work enrich classroom studies.

We feel it is important for our students to enjoy each of their subjects and to have time to take full advantage of the extra-curricular opportunities on offer.

At Key Stage 3, students follow a core provision of:

  • English – 5 hours.
  • Maths -5 hours
  • Science (includes teaching from specialists in Physics, Chemistry and Biology) 4 hours.
  • History, Geography and MFL-2 hours each.
  • PE (core) -2 hours
  • DT –Includes Design and Technology, Textiles, Food and Forest Schools on a rotation. 2 hours
  • Creative Arts – Includes: Music, Dance & Drama on a rotation 2 hours.
  • Art – 2 hours
  • RE – 1 hour.
  • Enrichment -1 hour

In Years 9 to 11

At Key Stage 4, students follow a core provision of:

  • English – Language and Literature. 6 hours.
  • Math -5 hours
  • Science (includes teaching from specialists in Physics, Chemistry and Biology)-6 hours or 9 hours in Triple Science.
  • History or Geography -3 hours.
  • Options- 6 hours
  • PE (core) -2 hours
  • RE – 1 hour.
  • Enrichment -1 hour

In year 9 students begin to specialise to provide them with the opportunity to deepen their knowledge. They will mainly embark on examined courses at the start of year 9. This curriculum is taught in 30 lessons each week.

Moreton will offer a range of pathways to GCSE to meet the specific learning needs of our students but to enable them to be highly employable.

In addition to this, students choose subjects from the enrichment block to study on a termly rotation. These subjects will not certificate at the end of Year 11, but provide students with an opportunity to continue to pursue their passions in a range of subjects whilst still working towards their GCSE/Vocational courses.

Students get to opt for a wide variety of Option subjects at GCSE or equivalents from a range of subjects in the Performing Arts, Social Sciences, Design and Technology, Computing or Physical curriculum. We provide full access to the English Baccalaureate subjects and encourage students to consider this route but it is not compulsory. Our curriculum caters for individual needs at all levels. Some students benefit from the additional English and Math support that we offer in small groups or on a one to one basis. We are proud of our flexibility and aim to cater for students of all abilities.

Outside of the Curriculum:

Students follow a full programme of Personal, Social, Moral and Cultural Education via Tutors, assemblies, subjects and via visitors and “one-off” events. We also have a careers team who work with students and organise special events in all years. We offer all year 10 the opportunity to take part in work experience.

Enrichment activities are a key part of our curriculum, to help develop the “whole person”. We run extra-curricular and co-curricular events across the year offering all students additional programs and learning experiences that complement what our students are learning in school.  These events facilitate in the development of various domains of the mind and personality such as intellectual, emotional, social, moral and aesthetic development. Creativity, enthusiasm, and energetic positive thinking are also encouraged and developed.

The co-curricular programme gives students the opportunity to try things that they would not normally have the opportunity to experience. Students get the chance to challenge themselves and develop their character and explore their inner creativity. We do this by regular co-curricular events with numerous departments working together to offer a day of excitement and innovation offering students the chance to meet external visitors and challenge themselves either in or outside of school. Extra-curricular activities include: Dance shows, music events, opportunities to go on a wide variety of trips and a fantastic provision of sports teams and fixtures.

We believe we prepare Moreton students to be the adults of tomorrow for the world of work and for life beyond the formal classroom.

Curriculum Offer

Art All Key Stages
Business Studies KS4
Computing KS3 KS4
Dance All Key Stages
Drama All Key Stages
English KS3 KS4
Food All Key Stages
Geography KS3 KS4
History KS3 KS4
Maths KS3 KS4
Modern Foreign Languages MFL KS3 MFL KS4
Music KS3 KS4
Physical Education KS3 KS4
Religious Education All Key Stages
Science KS3 KS4
Social Science All Key Stages
Spanish All Key Stages
Technology All Key Stages

KS4 Curriculum Offer

SubjectTitleBoard
Art Level 2 Award in the Arts (Arts Award)Arts Award / Arts council
Art Art & Design: Fine Art 9-1 (GCSE)OCR
BiologyBiology (GCSE)AQA
Business StudiesPearson BTEC Tech Level in EnterprisePearson
ChemistryChemistry (GCSE)AQA
Child Development Award in Child Development & Care (Cache)Cache
Combined ScienceCombined Science (GCSE)AQA
Computer SciencePearson Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in Computer Science (GCSE)Pearson
D&T Product DesignProduct Design (GCSE)AQA
DanceL2RSL
DramaL2RSL
EngineeringCambridge National Certificate in Engineering (Cambridge National)GCSE
English LanguageGCSE English Language 9-1 (GCSE)AQA
English LiteratureGCSE English Literature 9-1 (GCSE)AQA
FrenchAQA GCSE in French (GCSE)AQA
GeographyGeography (GCSE)OCR
GermanAQA GCSE in German (GCSE)AQA
Health & Social CareCambridge National Certificate in HSc (Cambridge National)OCR
HistoryAQA History (GCSE)AQA
Imedia  Level 1/Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Creative iMedia (vocational)OCR
Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and CateringWJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering (Specification A) (Voc Award)WJEC
MathsGCSE Maths 9-1 (GCSE)Pearson
MusicRSL: Certificate in performance for music practitioners (QCF)RSL
PhysicsPhysics (GCSE)AQA
Religious StudiesAQA GCSE in Religious Studies A (GCSE)AQA
Sports StudiesLevel 2 National Certificate in Sports Studies (Vocational)OCR

KS5 Curriculum Offer

SubjectTitleBoard
APPLIED BUSINESSLevel 3 Extended Certificate in Applied BusinessAQA
APPLIED SCIENCELevel 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Science AQA
ARTLevel 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Art and Design - Fine ArtOCR
ARTLevel 3 Advanced GCE in Art and Design - Fine ArtOCR
BIOLOGYA-Level Biology AQA
BIOLOGYA-Level Biology AQA
CHEMISTRYA-Level Chemistry AQA
CHEMISTRYAS Chemistry AQA
COMPUTINGAS ComputingCAM TECH
COMPUTINGA2 ComputingCAM TECH
DANCELevel 3 Edexcel BTEC Foundation Diploma in Performing ArtsEdexcel
DRAMALevel 3 Advanced GCE in Drama and TheatreEDEXCEL
ENGLISHAQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English Language and LiteratureAQA
ENGLISHAQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language and LiteratureAQA
GEOGRAPHYOCR Level 3 Advance GCE in GeographyOCR
HISTORYAS HistoryOCR
HISTORYA2 HistoryOCR
MATHSAS MathsEdexcel
MATHS/FURTHERA2 MathsAQA
PHOTOGRAPHYOCR Level 3 Advance GCE in Art and Design: PhotographyOCR
PHYSICSAS Physics AQA
PHYSICSAQA AS Level Physics AQA
SOCIOLOGYAS SociologyAQA
SOCIOLOGYA-Level SociologyAQA
SPANISHA-level SpanishAQA
TEXTILESAQA Advanced GCE in Art and Design (Textiles Design)AQA

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