CurriculumFind out more about what subjects Ormiston SWB Academy offer.
Ormiston SWB Academy endeavours to enable all young people to become:
Our Curriculum Intention
Our focus is breadth of curriculum. We want our students to experience and learn new skills and ideas in as many subjects as possible for as long as possible.
We want our curriculum to be challenging in its depth and breadth so that it will:
- Challenge all students to be the best that they can be
- Provide students with knowledge required to be successful
- Provide then with the skills to retain and apply knowledge
- Equip our students with Character Organisation Resilience Excellence C.O.R.E. values thus developing students who are resilient, lifelong learners
- Provide deep learning that accelerates our students understanding of the world around them
- Equip our students with ambition and aspirations so that they become happy and successful members of society
- Enables students have a range of qualifications that facilitate their next steps in their education and career
In order to achieve this, we have been developing a set of curriculum principles to drive our work with this:
- The curriculum must provide a map that directs what knowledge should be taught and when it should be taught. However, this should also allow some flexibility for teachers to respond to the differing needs of their classes.
- The curriculum must be taught in a coherent and step-by-step sequence that allows for the incremental development of knowledge within each subject/topic.
Whole Academy Curriculum Overview
Please use the button below to download our Curriculum Overview for 2019/20. Please note our curriculum is under review and changes may occur.
*Knowledge Organisers coming soon
Our curriculum is aimed at inspiring the love of reading and the written word where students can demonstrate a confident control of Standard English when analysing, crafting, and articulating their ideas in a range of situations.
Our spiral curriculum is aimed at developing a love of and confidence for maths, giving students the tools to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems in a range of situations.
Our intention is for students to have a broad understanding of both British history and the history of the wider world. The logically sequenced curriculum is taught in a chronological order, presenting a clear narrative over time, which aims to provide students with transferable key skills.
Our curriculum is aimed at providing opportunities for learners to be able to confidently communicate with native speakers, both verbally and using written language. Learners will have an understanding of the culture in France and the French speaking world.
Our spiral curriculum aims to sequence geographical knowledge and skills throughout the Key Stages in order to develop critical geographical thinkers who can analyse and comprehend the challenges in an ever changing world with the goal of building a sustainable future. Our knowledge-rich curriculum and cultural capital aims to develop our learners in a way that supports them in becoming active and successful citizens globally and in their communities.
The PE curriculum equips students with the knowledge, skills and confidence to inspire a love for sports and lifelong physical activity. The curriculum is designed so that students experience a wide and diverse range of physical activities as possible, providing a well-rounded and holistic physical education that leads to expert performers, thinkers and leaders.
H&SC equips our students to discover the impact of positive and negative human development and how to critically analyse how these factors affect our day to day lives. Our curriculum enables students to explore academically and practically areas that influence how we develop throughout life stages & in turn raise expectations of how we can live successful and healthy lives now and in our future.
Our curriculum is designed to create knowledgeable, scientifically literate and technologically capable problem solvers, by fostering a spirit of inquiry that nurtures students’ curiosity of the scientific world. It will provide opportunities for students to apply their scientific skills and knowledge to contemporary issues, whilst making connections between scientific disciplines.
Our curriculum intends to inspire, enthuse and excite students in a creative curriculum, pushing the limitations of self-expression through a variety of different disciplines. Students are provided with a breadth of knowledge and transferable skills that encourage independence, critical thinking and self-confidence in order to develop awareness of the value of art and design in the community and working industry.
Our intention in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics is to ensure all students are receiving a rigorous, inspiring, spiritual and thoughtful curriculum which educates our young people to live in a wider community in which they understand and respect a diverse range of beliefs and practices. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the overall concepts of philosophy, religion and ethics, before exploring some key elements to religion such as sources of wisdom, places of worship and how religion is expressed in the lives of individuals. This prepares students for KS4 as they move forward to look at two religions in depth, before exploring contemporary ethical themes.
It is our intention to enable learners to explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for young people to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. They should be able to keep themselves safe online, use technology to be productive, creative and make full use of software that they may need in future careers or day to day life.
Our curriculum aims to develop academic and practical skills in the subject related industries, creating learners who have the ability and aptitude to be successful beyond education, in the world of work.
The intent of the Sociology curriculum is to enable pupils to participate in our interconnected world with understanding and humanity, and the higher-level skills needed for the knowledge-based economy. Through the study of Sociology, pupils will examine social phenomena that affect people’s lives in profound ways. The course is designed and delivered to nurture thoughtful and motivated young people, who can act responsibly as active citizens, and who believe in their ability to change their community for the better. The curriculum enables students to critically analyze society from the ideals set by the family, education and wider systems in society. Students will gain a holistic and critical appreciation of Sociology through use of a range of teaching strategies that promote independent, pupil-led and active learning, such as well-structured debates and practical activities to deepen pupils understanding and enjoyment, whilst building core skills that are required for post 18 pathways.
BTEC Child Development Tech Award offers a range of topics to support students to gain a wide variety of knowledge surrounding areas of children’s development, how they play and how individual needs are taken into account when caring for young people aged 0-5years. This allows students to gather knowledge and skills to progress into further education or a career with young people.
The music curriculum develops students’ musical understanding, listening and performance skills, compositional skills and their ability to evaluate their own and others work.
Students will develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods. They will develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills and appreciate how Psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society. The intent is to nurture critical thinkers who develop a deeper insight into human behaviour and can apply psychological knowledge to improve aspects of society for all. For example, how Psychology has led to the improvement of teaching students with Autism and in turn improved their prospects, how to elicit the most accurate testimony from eyewitnesses of crimes and how human behaviors are governed a number by internal and external factors , amongst many more.
Our curriculum develops students’ confidence, speaking and listening skills and understanding of the world around them. It also allows for physical expression and use of imagination, developing students’ trust in their creative instinct.
The curriculum has been designed over a five-year period that transitions from KS2 and leads to, further education and careers beyond school life. With food and drink being a vital source, one that a human cannot live without, students are taught the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how this can be achieved, by cooking a range of dishes. Through cooking, students learn a range of life skills that enable them to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life. The curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop specialist and general skills by learning about one of the largest employing industries, Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Hospitality and Catering. Each of the units has been designed so that knowledge, skills and understanding are developed through tasks that have many of the characteristics of real work in the sector. As such, the qualification provides learners with a broad appreciation of work in the hospitality and catering sector and wider opportunities for progression into further education, employment or training.
Our students will understand the impact Design and Technology has had on their lives, their community and the wider world. They will be able to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity through design. They will be able to explain how their making skills and technical knowledge will impact their lives everyday. They will be able work independently, be organised and manage themselves effectively. They will be consistently analytical of themselves and others. They will regularly evaluate their successes and failures in a constructive and clear way. They will understand how to progress and how to be prepared.
Ormiston SWB Academy students are expected to demonstrate a vast array of characteristics that will prepare them for future success. Our values clearly signal to staff, students and parents the core values of Character, Organisation, Resilience and Excellence which ensure our Academy is a focused, happy and a safe place to learn and achieve. Our values are supported by our brand new C.O.R.E Futures Programme. This is aimed at giving students the opportunity to have experiences, which deepen knowledge, embed skills and strengthen character. Through Years 7 to 13, students will study and take part in an enrichment programme including visits, courses, events and activities alongside their timetabled lessons.
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