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Curriculum at Wombourne High School

 

The aim of the curriculum at Wombourne High School is to inspire students, to allow individual students to identify their interests and talents, and to develop these.  To develop real curriculum passions.  To strive for excellence in all its forms, including attainment of qualifications.  Through our key values of hard work, positivity and kindness our aim is to develop a ‘can do’ attitude in all of our students, valuing resilience and determination.   Our aim is that students enjoy learning.

 

In addition to learning within the classroom, to spark interest and passion, we aim to provide students with unique educational experiences through trips, speakers and extra-curriculum activities.  To give a flavour, over the last few years students have been able to hear Robert Winston talk about his Science work, Ancient History students have visited Rome, Dance students have worked with the Royal Ballet and Performing Arts students have visited and performed in local theatres.

In 2021 - 2022 we are pleased to re-launch our extracurricular programme following Covid restrictions.  The programme includes a wide range of activities, at least one activity per week in every subject area.  Students can take part in dissection club, learn Latin, design and build F1 racing cars, learn to use a sewing machine, join reading clubs, take part in creative writing groups, join sporting teams or take part in the annual school show.  

The Wombourne High School curriculum has a careers focus.  In addition to careers work in tutor time, PSHE lessons and assemblies, each subject will deliver at least 2 career focused subject lessons per year group per year.

 

The Invictus Trust moved to a 30 session timetable of 50 minute lessons in 2021 - 2022.  How curriculum time is assigned within this is outlined below.

For more information on Careers Education at Wombourne High School please click the link.

For more information on Years 10-11 (Key Stage 4) please click the link.

 

For more information on the Sixth Form/Years 12 – 13 (Key Stage 5) please click the link.

 

Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

 

We aim to provide students with a broad curriculum at Key Stage 3, that is challenging and engaging.  Students spend 3 years studying the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum.

Lessons per week 

                                                                    

                                                                           Year 7                                        Year 8                                     Year 9

Maths                                                               4                                                   4                                                5

English                                                             5                                                   5                                                5

Science                                                            4                                                   4                                                5

Humanities                                                    4                                                   4                                                4

MFL                                                                   2                                                   3                                                2

Art                                                                      1                                                   1                                                1

DT                                                                       1                                                   1                                                1

Food Technology                                        1                                                   1                                                (Taught on rotation)

Music                                                                1                                                   1                                                1

Drama                                                              1                                                    1                                                1

PE                                                                       3                                                    3                                                3

Computing                                                    1                                                    1                                                1

PSHE (Philosophy, Social                       2                                                   1                                                 1

Health and Economics)

In Year 7 students study both French and Spanish, with a foundation of each language students then decide which language they will study in depth from Year 8.  The majority of students study a language to GCSE level, currently 70% of students.  However, students that sometimes struggle with literacy are given a choice as to whether they would like to study a Language or whether they would like to take an additional vocational qualification (at the end of Year 9).

 

In the past students have chosen their Humanities option in Year 8 to allow time for a foundation year in Ancient History.  From 2020, the Humanities option will be taken at the same time as the main option process in Year 9.  However, the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Humanities has been remodelled to ensure students have the right foundations to choose either History, Ancient History or Geography at Key Stage 4.

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Key Stage 3 - Course Content