Curriculum

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At Pewsey Vale School we offer a broad curriculum to all learners which aims to stretch and challenge whilst providing opportunities for a range of subjects to be studied. We wholeheartedly believe that all children should be given the opportunity to study all subjects in Key Stage three, giving them the time to experience and develop the skills necessary to take on the challenge of GCSE courses when they join Year 10. 

 

We run a one-week timetable of six lessons per day.  Students have a full allocation of lessons and subjects across the week and theses are spread out to allow for a different diet of learning each day. 

 

The allocation of lessons across the school is as follows.

 

Key Stage Three: 

 

 

En

Ma

Sci

GL

PS

PE

Ar

Dr

Mu

IT

Fr

Gm

Gg

Hi

Year 7

4

4

4

1

1

3

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

Year 8

4

4

4

1

1

3

1

1

1

1

MFL

3

2

2

Year 9 

4

4

4

1

1

3

1

1

1

1

2

1

2

2

 

GL - Guided Literacy 

Guided Literacy lessons are lessons dedicated to reading. Students are given the opportunity to read a book of their choice for pleasure during this lesson. All students visit the library on a rotation where they can select new books and discuss what they are reading with the librarian. The teacher will listen to students read each lesson with the aim of encouraging, challenging any misconceptions and teaching new words. Students may read aloud to their teacher as an individual or sometimes in a group setting. Students are encouraged to select books that are slightly more challenging as they progress across the year so that reading material is appropriate and challenges their vocabulary. 

 

 

PSHRE – Personal, social, health and religious education

 

PSHRE lessons for KS3 are based around The Compass for Life model. Students learn a range of topics that include leadership, ambition as well as health, mental health, British Values, tolerance, relationships as well as aspects of philosophy and religious education. Each half term there is a new topic where all the lessons are linked giving an opportunity for students to formulate ideas and discuss them with their teachers and peers. These lessons compliment assemblies and the work driven by the school House System. As a collective, they aim to provide an opportunity for thought, discussion and promoting the values of a modern British society.

 

 

PE – Physical Education

Students have two lessons of practical PE a week with one lesson of theoretical PE and fitness. This additional lesson aims to promote student’s overall fitness as well as best preparing the for KS4 courses where theoretical content features heavily. 

 

IT – Computer Science

All students have a Computing lesson where they learn the basics of programming. There is some lesson content where students learn the basics of popular computer programmes such as word, excel and PowerPoint. However, much of the learning in Key Stage three is in preparation for Computer Science GCSE. 

 

MFL – Modern Foreign Languages 

We offer all students in Key Stage three the opportunity to study two languages across the key stage. Students have three lessons a week and in Year 7 and 9 they are weighted 2/1 towards one language. In Year 8, students spend half the year with their weighting towards French and the second half of the year with the weighting towards German. This gives an equal distribution of both languages across the Key Stage. 

 

 

Key Stage Four: 

In Year 9, students select the Key Stage Four courses they wish to study. All students are asked to select one KS4 course in either History, Geography or a Modern Foreign Language. 

 

In 2016 we reduced the number of GCSE options we offered in order to increase curriculum time. 

 

 

En

Ma

Sci

PS

PE

Option A

Option B 

Option C 

Year 10 

5

4

6

1

2

4

4

4

Year 11

5

5

5

1

2

4

4

4

 

All students study a core curriculum of GCSE English Language, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE Trilogy Science, PSHRE and Core Physical Education 

 

We offer Key Stage four courses in: 

 

AQA GCSE Biology                             AQA GCSE Chemistry                                AQA GCSE Physics 

AQA GCSE French                               AQA GCSE German                                    Edexcel GCSE History 

Edexcel GCSE Geography                 OCR GCSE Computer Science                Edexcel GCSE Art 

WJEC GCSE Music                                WJEC GCSE Drama                                    Edexcel GCSE Textiles

AQA GCSE Food and Nutrition        AQA GCSE Design Technology              BTEC Sport 

 

For a very small number of students we offer alternative provision through bespoke packages. This is coordinated by the SENd department.