Purpose/Aim of our curriculum
At Mount Gilbert our curriculum aims to:
- Provide a broad and balanced education which is practical, relevant and interesting to motivate and engage students
- Build upon previous skills and experience to extend the knowledge of students, using practical activities and structured play where appropriate.
- Offer a progression, through small steps, for the development of skills and concepts.
- Ensure equality of opportunity within the school, regardless of race, gender, religion or class.
- Be presented in the most appropriate way for groups and individuals to access, to enable maximum participation.
- Promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students.
- Prepare students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.
- Take into account individual differences and additional difficulties, using specialist input from outside school where necessary.
- Present opportunities for working in a range of groupings which could include individual or paired, small group and whole class where possible.
- Make use of the immediate and wider environment, visitors to school and visits to sites of educational value.
- Be regularly reviewed and modified as appropriate to children’s needs and in the light of research and developments.
- In addition we will aim to offer mainstream experience or re-integration where a child demonstrates that he/she has acquired the requisite social and academic skills.
How is our curriculum structured?
At Mount Gilbert, as with most schools, the curriculum is split into two key stages, KS3 and KS4. KS3 covers Y7 to Y9. In Year 7 students initially join our Nurture group, within this group they have a highly structured thematic programme of work focused on improving literacy and social and emotional skills over a short period of time. The Year7 students also have a morning offsite focused on Outdoor Education. Additionally, students study Maths, PE, D+T, Science, ICT, Food Technology and Art.
In Year 8 students also follow a thematic literacy programme three mornings a week with the same teacher and teaching assistant. They too study the additional subjects that the Year 7 pupils do.
The Year 9 curriculum is designed to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4 and is a much more traditional curriculum. Pupils are taught in the same class group but move around school more and experience a greater number of teachers. They still have their allocated teaching assistant who is with them for all lessons.
At Key Stage 4 students follow one of two pathways. Pathway 1 is a GCSE based pathway and students study GCSE English, Maths and Science, alongside a Level 2 qualification in ICT, D+T, Food Technology and PSHCE. They have one guided choice, for the academic year 2015/16 students have chosen from GCSE Art and Design, GCSE RE – Morals and Ethics and BTEC Sport Studies.
Pathway 2 is a more vocational pathway. Students are expected to spend one day a week at an alternative provider, for example Telford Drive, Nova or EDS. They also study Entry Level Science, ICT, D+T, Food Technology and PE alongside Functional Skills English and Maths which can be studied at either Level 1 or 2.
More information on what is on offer at both KS3 and KS4 can be found by clicking on each of the individual subject tiles above.
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