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Curriculum

Curriculum

At Little Lever School pupils study a broad and balanced curriculum which meets all the requirements of the National Curriculum.

Key stage 3 is usually taught in Year 7 – 9 and all pupils follow the same courses. The subjects studied build on primary school experiences and help pupils prepare their knowledge base and skills necessary for GCSE exams.

All pupils will study: English, Mathematics, History, Geography, Science, French or Spanish, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education (PE), Design and Technology, Information Technology (ICT), Religious Education (RE), and Literacy.

In Key stage 4 pupils continue to study the subjects that are statutory. They also have the opportunity to study a wide range of specialist subjects. Parents/carers will be involved together with staff in helping our students to make the right choices of subjects to study. The subjects studied will lead to GCSE qualifications or equivalents.

The GCSE subjects currently offered are:

English Language

English Literature

Mathematics

Science

Additional Science

Biology

Chemistry

Physics

Spanish

French

Geography

History

ICT

PE

RE

ComputerScience

Business Studies

Media

Product Design

Catering

Art

Fashion

Photography

Drama

Music

Other Qualifications

ASDAN: Certificate in Personal Effectiveness

Level 1 / 2 Employability

ECDL

Careers education, Citizenship and British Values form part of the PSHCE course delivered to all pupils.




Reading, Writing, Communication and Maths

As well as promoting the core values outlined in our Respect Charter, our staff also reinforce the importance of consistency in the work our pupils produce. Reading, Writing, Communication and Maths (RWCM) are integral in creating a high standard across all subjects. That is why we take every opportunity to reinforce basic skills and correct common errors in our pupils’ work.

Furthermore, afternoon form has been extended to allow pupils to improve their RWCM skills with a range of activities including silent reading, debates and mathematical problem solving. We believe this extra support will not only help to improve our pupils’ ability, but also their confidence in these areas, and impact on their overall academic achievement throughout their school life.

 

Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education

SMSC allows pupils to explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity and reflect.

SMSC education is developed through the whole school ethos of respect; through curriculum subjects; PSHE; assemblies and activities.

Assessment

Assessment is at the heart of teaching and learning. It provides evidence to guide teaching and learning and also provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate and review their progress. The assessment system at Little Lever School is underpinned by the assessment principles below to which all staff are committed.

Give reliable information to parents about how their child, and their child’s school, is performing

  • Allow meaningful tracking of pupils towards end of key stage expectations in the new curriculum, including regular feedback to parents.
  • Provide information which is transferable and easily understood and covers both qualitative and quantitative assessment
  • Differentiate attainment between pupils of different abilities, giving early recognition of pupils who are falling behind and those who are excelling.
  • Are reliable and free from bias.

Help drive improvement for pupils and teachers

  • Are closely linked to improving the quality of teaching.
  • Ensure feedback to pupils contributes to improved learning and is focused on specific and tangible objectives.
  • Produce recordable measures which can demonstrate comparison against expected standards and reflect progress over time.

Make sure the school is keeping up with external best practice and innovation

  • Are created in consultation with those delivering best practice locally.
  • Are created in consideration of, and are benchmarked against, international best practice.