Curriculum

Subjects

 

Curriculum Contact:

Rachel Robinson
01228 822644

Morton Academy is committed to providing a broad and balanced curriculum underpinned by excellent teaching and learning with clear and consistent use of assessment.

As a member of United Learning our curriculum is underpinned by the Core Values that drive the organisation:

  • Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others;
  • Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause;
  • Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real;
  • Respect – for ourselves and others in all that we do;
  • Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests;
  • Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success

Our curriculum is designed to promote innovation in teaching and learning whilst remaining rooted in key traditional skills that our students will need to help them make their contribution to society in their later years. We want our students to aim to achieve beyond what they perceive their potential to be. We want our students to be inspired and in turn inspire our teachers to deliver the very best.

Our curriculum is:

  • fully compliant with all statutory aspects of the revised National Curriculum for 2014
  • designed with the needs of our local community very much at the forefront of our thinking.
  • designed to ensure the academy is positioned well in the changing assessment and national measures reforms.
  • broad and balanced, yet able to be flexible for specific academic or organisational requirements.
  • established to support teaching and learning to improve significantly in all areas.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Key Stage 3 is organised into Bands/Sets defined by ability based on KS2 performance initially and thereafter rates of progress in Core Subjects.  A mixture of Linear and Subject Blocking is used to timetable subjects as effectively as possible.

Linear Blocking: Subject Blocking:
The Linear Blocks consist of History, Geography, Art, IT, Spanish, Performing Arts, Music, RE and PSHCE. English, Maths, PE, Science and Design Technology have Subject blocking to allow rotations of students within academic bands. It also allows the academy to create male/female groups in PE. In Science and Design Technology, smaller class sizes are used to enhance the quality of practical lessons.

Curriculum Coverage KS3 (number of 100 minute lessons per fornight)

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

English

5

5

5

Maths

5

5

5

Science

4

4 4

History

2

2

2

Geography

2

2

2

Spanish

2

2

2

DT

2

2

2

Art

1

1

1

RE

1

1

1

Performing Arts

1

1

1

PE

2

2

2

PSHCE

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students pick their KS4 Options in Year 9. The strategy is based on a Guided Options principle ensuring all students are well informed about curriculum choices based on prior academic performance, teacher information and relative performance of previous year groups. The Academy offers 3 Options to students to maximise curriculum time with 4 x 100 minute lessons each, per fortnight.

Curriculum Coverage KS4 (number of 100 minute lessons per fortnight)

Key Stage 4 is organised slightly differently, taking advantage of the use of Linear Blocking to create more Subject blocking in Core Subjects. This allows for more appropriate setting and intervention strategies to occur.

Subject Year 10 Year 11

English

5

5

Maths

5

5

Science

6

PE

2

2

PSHCE

1

0

3 options from:

History, Geography, Spanish, Computer Science, Media, Childcare, Art, Food Technology, Music, Performing Arts, Engineering, NCFE PE, GCSE PE, Animal Care

4 lessons per option

4 lessons per option

Year 10 and Year 11:

  1. Options have been modified considering Attainment 8 and Progress 8, resulting in fewer options choices with increased curriculum time.
  2. All students participate in 2 lessons of PE.
  3. Students can opt to take RE as an extra GCSE, however RE is taught within the PSHE curriculum and the Tutor programme throughout KS4.

Curriculum Overview Maps

 

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