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Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School

Curriculum

At Langley Grammar School our curriculum is shaped by our school ethos of supporting students in becoming confident and well-rounded, independent and creative, responsible and caring.

We have two main and overlapping aims for our curriculum:

First, as a grammar school with able students we seek to deliver an enjoyable, engaging and challenging academic curriculum, which is also broad and balanced, that develops students’ subject specific knowledge, understanding and skills, which will equip them well for further academic study and the workplace.

Second, our curriculum supports students’ wider personal development, so that they can develop the skills, attributes and cultural awareness to thrive as individuals, citizens and members of communities in their adult lives.

In relation to the first aim we seek to develop subject specific knowledge by:

1. Subject areas identifying a clear and articulated rationale for the most appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding for our students to acquire and by choosing exam specifications and designing programmes of study that challenge academically able students.

2. Ensuring a coherent approach to the delivery of subject curricula so that students build on prior knowledge and understanding, develop fluency and are challenged to apply prior knowledge to different contexts.

3. Carefully mapping cross-curricular links and aligning programmes of study to ensure a coherent scheduling of topics between subject areas.

4. Using assessment generally and specific strategies such as spaced practice, interleaving and retrieval practice to help embed knowledge in students’ long term memory.

5. Ensuring that students develop and apply a secure and sophisticated knowledge of language and tier 2 and 3 vocabulary,

6. Identifying and addressing those gaps in knowledge and experiences that are typical for our students, to deliver a curriculum that is relevant and appropriate.  

And with reference to our second main aim, we seek to support students’ wider personal development by helping them increasingly become:

  • Confident communicators - able to listen attentively, articulate clearly and present credibly.
  • Rounded individuals - who have experienced a wide range of educational visits, extra-curricular and enrichment activities and who have developed a broad appreciation of science, literature and the arts and of other countries and cultures.
  • Wise decision-makers – making informed decisions based on high quality information, advice and guidance about education, training and careers.
  • Future leaders - provided with opportunities to show initiative and lead others in achieving goals and be effective team members.
  • World ready - with the life skills necessary to participate and thrive in the world, including being well mannered, emotional intelligent and self-reliant.
  • Financially savvy - with knowledge and experience of managing money and being enterprising.
  • Digitally literate - developing and applying the cognitive and technical skills to use digital technologies and the internet effectively while staying safe online.
  • Excellent learners - who have developed the most effective behaviours and attributes for learning: curious, creative, responsible, motivated, resilient, resourceful and reflective.
  • Healthy people - with understanding of how to lead a healthy life, physically, mentally and emotionally, with particular regard to healthy relationships, drugs and alcohol, and managing risk, anxiety and stress.
  • Socially conscious - showing care for the natural environment and well-being of other people in the school community and beyond; supporting the work of charities in the local area, UK and overseas.
  • Morally responsible -  morally and ethically grounded; appreciating diversity and equality; having appropriate respect for the views and beliefs of others.
  • Informed citizens - having an understanding of current events, the UK political system and shared values, such as democracy, liberty and the rule of law.

Below is an overview of our curriculum in the main school and Sixth Form and how much time is allocated to each subject. Please refer to the individual subject pages for more detailed information on the subject content for each department in each year group. Students have access to further curriculum information and resources via our Office 365 SharePoint platform, Sapientia: https://login.microsoftonline.com/

 

 Overview of Years 7 to 9

On entry to the school in Year 7 all students follow a common curriculum based largely on the National Curriculum programmes of study.

Subjects studied in Years 7-9

English

Mathematics

Science

Music

Physical Education

Personal & Citizenship Studies (PSHE & Citizenship)

ICT & Computer Science

Modern Languages (French or German)

Latin (Year 7 only)

Design Technology (Product Design, Textiles, Food & Nutrition)

Geography

History

Art

Drama

Religious Education

Students study either French or German in Year 7, and begin the other language in Year 8. By the end of Year 9 they have studied both languages in equal depth. Latin is studied for 1 hour per fortnight in Year 7 only.

For most lessons, students are taught in their form groups. Mathematics is taught in ability-based groups from Year 9.

In many subjects, students begin GCSE work in Year 9

 Overview of Years 10 and 11

The curriculum in Years 10 and 11 comprises a range of compulsory subjects, with three further optional subjects chosen freely by students, as shown in the table below.

In addition, students study PCS (Personal and Citizenship Studies) and core PE in Years 10 and 11. These courses do not lead to a qualification.  

Compulsory GCSE courses Optional GCSE courses

Biology

Chemistry

English Language

English Literature

Further Mathematics

Mathematics

Modern Language (French or German)

Physics

Religious Education

Art

Business Studies

Classical Civilisation

Computer Science

Drama

Food and Nutrition

Geography

History

Information Technology (AS level)

(Second) Modern language (French or German)

Music

Physical Education  

Product Design

Textiles Technology

GCSE Grade System Changes

GCSE Grades are changing from letters (A*- G) to numbers (9-1). These changes start with GCSEs awarded in the summer of 2017 for English and Mathematics, with almost all other subjects changing for the following year, summer 2018.

 

Further information

For further information about both the compulsory and optional subjects studied in Key Stage 4 please refer to individual subject pages or the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guide and the presentation from the Year 9 Options Evening 11th January 2017 

Another document you may find useful is the Controlled Assessment Guide.

 Overview of Sixth Form

Students in the Sixth Form typically choose four subjects to study at AS level in Year 12; the majority will take three of these through to study at A level in Year 13.

Art

Biology

Business Studies

Chemistry

Computer Science

Drama and Theatre Studies

Economics

English Literature

 

French

Food Technology

Further Mathematics

Geography

German

History

ICT

Mathematics

 

Music

Philosophy & Ethics

Physical Education

Physics
Product Design

Psychology
Sociology

Textiles Technology


Additional elements of the Sixth Form curriculum include Games/PE or community service each week, and a range of enrichment options:

Business Spanish

Certificate in Bilingual Studies

Community Sports Leader

Duke of Edinbugh's Award

Engineering Education Scheme

Financial awareness

Photography

Public Speaking

For further information about the subjects offered in the Sixth Form please refer to the Sixth Form Course Guide.

 Curriculum time allocation

The school operates a two-week timetable, with 25 hours of lessons each week. The following table shows the number of hours of teaching per subject per fortnight.

 

Key Stage 3

Yr 7

Yr 8

Yr 9

 

Key Stage 4

Yr 10

Yr 11

 

Sixth Form

Yr 12

Yr 13

  English 7 7 6   English 8 8   Option 1 9 9
  Maths 6 6 6   Maths 6 6   Option 1 9 9
  Science 6 6 6   Science 12 12   Option 2 9 9
  Language 1 5 3 3   RE 2 2   Option 4 9 9
  Language 2 0 4 3   PCS (PSE) 2 2   Enrichment 4 2
  RE 2 2 3   Language 4 4   Games (PE) 2 2
  ICT & Computing 4 4 3   Option 1 4 4        
  Design & Tech. 3 3 3   Option 2 4 4        
  History 3 3 3   Option 4 4 4        
  Geography 3 2 3   PE (Core) 4 4        
  Art 2 2 2                
  Music 2 2 2                
  Drama 2 2 2                
  PE 4 4 4                
  Tutor period (PSE) 1 0 0                
  PCS (PSE) 0 1 1