Curriculum

The aims of our curriculum

Our central aim is to ensure that all students at Goodwin Academy achieve the highest standards of which they are capable. These standards will apply to all that our students do, whether in the classroom, on the sports field, in concert or on stage, or in the extensive range of other opportunities we offer to students at all stages of their education.
Our curriculum aims will enable our students to become:

  • successful young people, who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • fascinated by the world around them
  • imaginative, creative and reflective in their learning
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • socially responsible people who can interact with people of varying backgrounds and cultures
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society, upholding the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law and individual liberty
  • positive contributors to our local community through school based and local activities

Our curriculum is intended to help our students to:

  • achieve high standards and make the progress that their ability suggests
  • narrow the gap and enable those not achieving age-related expectations at age 11 to catch up with their peers
    become independent learners
  • have and be able to use high-quality functional skills
  • be challenged and stretched to achieve their potential
  • have increased commitment to and enjoyment of learning leading to participation in meaningful qualifications at Key Stage 5.

In particular, our curriculum will:

  • promote high standards, particularly in literacy and numeracy
  • provide entitlement to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
  • instil in our students a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
  • promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
  • be relevant to our students and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for  their future
  • widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education
  • make our students more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
  • help students recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success
  • allow our students to make the relevant progression from the primary phase to the tertiary phase particularly in the core areas of English, mathematics and Science.

B

Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3).

All students in Key Stage 3 will study a broad and balanced curriculum. The breakdown of lessons across the weekly timetable cycle is as follows:

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YEAR GROUP SUBJECT LESSON PERIODS PER WEEK (30 PERIODS PER WEEK)
7 English 3
Maths 4
Science 4
French  3
Geography 2
History 2
RE 1
Literacy 1
PE 2
Technology 2
Art 2
Computing 2
Music 1
Drama 1
8 English 3
Maths 4
Science 4
French 3
Geography 2
History 2
Literacy 1
RE 1
PE 2
Technology 2
Art 2
Computing 2
Music 1
Drama 1
9 English 4
Maths 4
Science 4
French 3
Geography 2
History 2
RE 1
PE 2
Technology 2
Art 2
Computing 2
Music 1
Drama 1

Years 10 -11 (Key Stage 4). To include year 9 from September 2017

Our curriculum in Key Stage 4:

  • Core curriculum – all students in school follow a curriculum that includes GCSE English, maths and science. They also have two periods of core PE per week and a lesson of PSCHEE.
  • Optional curriculum- students in year 10 and 11 choose from a range of subjects and will follow a pathway tailored to their educational needs and strengths. The option blocks are as follows:

Option block 1:

GCSE French, GCSE History, GCSE Geography, GCSE Computer Science, GCSE Triple Science (By Invitation Only)

Option block 2:

BTEC Business Studies, BTEC Engineering Design and Product Investigation, BTEC Music, BTEC Sport, Cambridge National Health and Social Care, GCSE Art and Design: Fine Art, GCSE Art and Design: Graphics, GCSE French, GCSE Drama, GCSE History, GCSE Geography, GCSE Media Studies, GCSE Photograpy, GCSE RS, GCSE Textiles Technology, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, GCSE Resistant Materials, Vocational Information and Creative Technology/ICT

Option Block 3:

GCSE History, GCSE Geography, GCSE Media Studies, GCSE Photography, GCSE Religious Studies, GCSE Textiles Technology, GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition, BTEC Engineering Design and Product Investigation, GCSE Resistant Materials, GCSE French, Vocational Information and Creative Technology/ ICT

D

Goodwin Academy offers a wide range of appropriate qualifications, including academic and vocational pathways. Students in year 11 are offered significant guidance in choosing their pathway. Subjects offered changes annually to accommodate the needs of all students at the school, as do the hours allocated to each subject (in line with guided learning hours).

A Levels
Subject (Exam Board)

Biology (OCR)
Chemistry (AQA)
English Language & Literature (AQA)
English Literature (AQA)
Food Technology (AQA)
Geography (AQA)
History (AQA)
Mathematics (Edexcel)
Media Studies (OCR)
Religious Studies (AQA)
Sociology (AQA)
AS Level Extended Project (Edexcel)

Level 3 Vocational Qualifications Subject (Exam Board)

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (Edexcel)*
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Manufacturing Engineering (Edexcel)*
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Performing Arts (Edexcel)*
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Performing Arts (Edexcel)**
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Production Arts (Theatre Technology) (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Public Services (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 National Subsidiary Diploma in Applied Science (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Sport (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport (Edexcel)*
Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Business (OCR)
Cambridge Technical Diploma in Business (OCR)*
Cambridge Technical Diploma in Health and Social Care (OCR)*
Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma in Information Technology(OCR)

GCSE

English (CiE / AQA)
Geography (AQA)
History (AQA)
Mathematics (Edexcel)

Level 2 Vocational Qualifications

Level 2 Pathway – Thinking and Reasoning (Edexcel) & Higher Project (Edexcel)
CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care (Cache)
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering (Edexcel)
BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Travel and Tourism (Edexcel)