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Curriculum

Amanda Spielman, in her speech ‘The Wonder Years’ stated, ‘a high-quality education, built around a rich curriculum, is a matter of social justice.’ (Gov.uk 2019) This is the premise of the curriculum at Murray Park School.

We believe that we have a duty to ensure that all learners are given a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires and gets them excited about learning, ultimately leading to them being well prepared to enter a technological and global workplace. It ultimately gives “opportunities to grow as active, healthy citizens” (TES 2018) and well-rounded adults.

Murray Park School is committed to delivering an outstanding Curriculum which:

  • is underpinned by aims, values and purpose
  • develops the whole person - knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  • is broad, balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills
  • is filled with rich first-hand purposeful experiences
  • is flexible and responsive to individual needs and interests
  • embeds the principle of sustainability
  • has an eye on the future and the needs of future citizens
  • encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom
  • makes meaningful links between areas of knowledge across the curriculum and the major issues of our time
  • has a local, national and international dimension

Curriculum development is defined as the process of selecting, organising, executing and evaluating the learning experiences on the basis of the needs, abilities and interest of our learners, and on the basis of the society or community. The curriculum builds from Year 7 to Year 11, increasing the complexity of skills and content, so students can confidently sit exams at the end of their five years at Murray Park.

We believe that we offer a rich curriculum and this is being further enhanced for 2019/20 with the Route-based options process and the increase in EBacc, challenging courses and vocational courses.

Integrated within the curriculum is a programme of life skills and values which permeates all that we do:

Curriculum Subjects Year 7-11

Core Subjects

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

English

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Mathematics

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Science

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Foundation Subjects

Compulsory Subjects

Arts (Music, Art, Drama)

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Computing

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Engineering and Design

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Geography

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History

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Languages

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Music

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Physical Education

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PSHE

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Religious Education

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Sex & Relationship Ed

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KS3: Year 7&8

The Curriculum Comprises:

  • Core Subjects - English, Maths, and Science; PSHE/RE, PE
  • Foundation Subjects - Physical Education, Computing, French/German, Geography, History, Religious Studies and PSHE, Engineering and Design (Food Tech and Resistant Materials), The Arts (Art, Drama, and Music)

From entry to the school and throughout a student’s career, one to one and small group interventions will be provided for students with additional literacy or numeracy difficulties. Enrichment tasks and opportunities both within and beyond the curriculum will ensure stretch and challenge for the highly able students.

KS3: Year 9

The Curriculum Comprises:

The curriculum is broadly balanced as in Years 7 and 8 but allows students a limited flexibility to specialise in Engineering and Design subjects:

  • Core Subjects - English, Maths, and Science; PSHE/RE, PE
  • • Foundation Subjects - Physical Education, Computing, French/German, Geography, History, Religious Studies, PSHE, Art, Drama and Music, Engineering and Design any two from Food, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Photography.

KS4: Year 10 & 11

Our policy allows students to receive their ’Statutory entitlement to be able to study a subject in each of the 4 areas’.

  • The Arts
  • Engineering and Design
  • Humanities
  • Modern Foreign Language - French and German

Core Subjects (Studied by all Students)

  • English Language and English Literature
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • PSHE which incorporates Citizenship, Religious Studies, Employability & Financial Capability

Optional Subjects

Students will follow either the Blue Route (EBacc) or Green Route (non EBacc). They will be expected to opt for at least one from the following subjects:

  • Geography or History (compulsory for Blue Route)
  • Triple Science
  • A Modern Foreign Language (compulsory for Blue Route)
  • Computer Science

They can choose any three (two for Blue Route) others from the following list:

  • • Art, Hair and Beauty, Business Studies, Construction, Car Mechanics, Drama, French, Food, Geography, Graphics, Health & Social Care, History, ICT, Computing, Music, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, Photography, Sport, Engineering, Textiles, Performing Arts, AS Government and Politics, Ancient History.

After the first options process we look individually at student’s choices to ensure they are matched to the right subject, we also offer them an alternative pathway. The top two sets in Year 10 will sit the Blue Route.