The prime aim of King Charles I School is to support successful futures. Our vision is that all students should have the opportunity to attend the top universities and we believe the best way to do this is to offer a curriculum that:
- supports students’ academic success by promoting knowledge based learning.
- is academically challenging and rigorous.
- is broad and balanced offering both breadth and depth.
- promotes students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
- offers high quality enrichment, broadening students’ horizons.
Our courses in Years 7 to 11 comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is reviewed each year.
- At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad curriculum designed to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects.
- The Key Stage 3 curriculum is developing with a focus on mastering knowledge. Through teaching and independent study, students are taught how to memorise and recall key subject specific and broader contextual knowledge.
- Subjects build upon the key stage 2 curriculum.
- Knowledge and concepts are interleaved in that content is spaced and reviewed throughout the year to ensure mastery.
- Assessment is regular and formative focussing on students’ retention of knowledge.
- The subject content is challenging.
- Literacy is a focus across the curriculum through being promoted in all subjects as well as explicitly during reading lessons and tutorials.
- Students are taught in form groups for the majority of their subjects: computer science, art, music, geography, history, RE, reading lessons and PSHE. Form groups are mixed ability with the exception of two higher ability groups.
- English, mathematics, science, modern foreign languages and technology set their classes at Key Stage 3.
- The PSHE programme and collective worship tutorials are designed to develop students’ social, moral and cultural development as well as understanding British values and culture.
- Students’ spiritual development is delivered through RE, PSHE and collective worship tutorials.
- The extra-curricular programme enriches students learning, opening opportunities to experiences that broaden students’ horizons.
The timetable for Key Stage 3 is based on a two-week cycle and comprises of a 25 period week with 5 periods per day (3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). Each period lasts one hour. Lessons are scheduled as one hour sessions and are taught as mix of double or single periods where appropriate for the subject.
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Key stage 4 options
Year 8 students complete their Key Stage 3 courses and express a preference about which Key Stage 4 courses they will study in Years 9, 10 and 11.
Students consider which subjects they would like to study based on their preferred way of learning, interests, ability and future aspirations. Students and parents/carers are given clear information, advice and guidance throughout the options process. Teachers and tutors are supportive in guiding students onto pathways that maximise students’ chances of success.