Draft Curriculum Proposal – For Implementation September 2016

This is a draft outline plan of the curriculum models for KS3 KS4 & KS5 for implementation from this September 2016. The format of the day will change from the current 6 x 50 minute lessons to 5 x 60 minute lessons. There will be 2 lessons in the morning up to break time, 2 lessons before lunchtime and 1 lesson after lunchtime. There will be no changes to the
current start or end of the day times. The 20 minute pastoral slot will remain the same at the end of lesson 2 (just before break time).

From this September Key Stage 3 will span over the 3 years from year 7 to 9. Key Stage 4 will be from Year 10 to 11 and Key Stage 5 from Year 12 to 13.  We have a new ‘Challenge’ curriculum for Year 7 commencing in September.  Our year 7 pupils will complete a series of 5 challenges over the year in 7 week blocks and mixed ability classes with the MLD class being taught as a discreet group but fully inclusive in all of the challenges. Each challenge will have a theme based on a ‘Real world issue/problem’ and there will be a ‘Real world outcome’. Subject specialists will deliver their aspects of the theme and these will be underpinned by literacy and numeracy based tasks. Subject based experiences will be interwoven throughout each challenge; which will allow the pupils to focus on the overarching theme and to achieve their end goal of a real world outcome which could be a presentation, exhibition or event.

The main focus of the challenges is to develop the pupils’ personal qualities and their creativity. We want them to have a belief in themselves and their future and most importantly a passion for learning. Flexibility is being built into each challenge to allow more able pupils to excel whilst giving time and support to those who require it.

Each group in year 7 will be linked to a Challenge Mentor who is also one of the team delivering the challenges. The group will spend 4 hours per fortnight with their Challenge Mentor maintaining continuity over the year. This quality time will allow for reflection on personal skills development, assessment tracking of literacy and numeracy skills, consolidation of work from the subject areas from the week and the planning of the outcome/event.

The challenges have been carefully planned so that subject skills are not compromised. All departments are directly involved in the planning and the subject specialisms of the staff will be put to good use in the effective delivery of the challenges from September.

Our primary feeder schools have worked closely with us in the development of the challenges to ensure that there is a clear progression from year 6. The year 6 pupils will undertake a transition activity early in the summer term to give us an indication of their preferred learning styles and what activities they would like to undertake as part of the challenge themes.

The subjects which require practice to learn and embed skills – English, Maths and PE will be delivered as discrete subjects in year 7 outside of the challenges. Literacy and Numeracy will be included as part of the English and Maths lessons. The ‘Accelerated ReaderProgram’ will be delivered within the English lessons to develop reading skills. These classes will be set by ability as this allows the more able to be stretched and pupils who need support to be given this in smaller classes. By embedding these skills in year 7 the pupils can progress through year 8 and 9 with confidence and ambition and we would aim to instill resilience in our pupils to succeed at KS4.

During year 8 and 9 we want our pupils to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of a wide range of subjects with a broad and balanced curriculum. The pupils will build up these subject based skills with a clear focus across all subjects on literacy and numeracy over the 2 years. The pupils will make an informed choice of which subjects they wish to study at Key Stage 4 at the end of year 9.

From this September our KS4 will span over year 10 and year 11. The year 10 pupils will continue with their 3 option subjects from year 9 in 5 lessons per fortnight as they will have completed their skills building/foundation year. In addition to this they will also complete the Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications. RS and triple science will be offered to year 10 in the options. Statutory RS and elements of PSE will be threaded through the WBQ. The aim of the Key Stage 4 curriculum is to give the pupils the best possible chance of attaining a wide range of GCSE passes. In year 10 the pupils will study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Welsh and PE. The pupils who require additional support and a ‘hands on’ approach to their learning will study the vocational skills program to develop a variety of skills.

Year 11 pupils from September will have studied a number of GCSE option courses throughout year 9 and 10. They will study one additional option in year 11 as a one-year course over 12 lessons per fortnight. The pupils will also study the core subjects of English,Maths, Science, Welsh, PE and RE. The top set in year 11 will study triple science in order to expand their science qualifications. There are also a range of e learning basedqualifications available to pupils throughout year 10 and 11 in the Vision 2 learn program as well as courses such as Finance which allow pupils to expand their portfolio of qualifications this is called ‘Achieve Success’.

Whilst we want to give our Key Stage 4 pupils the best possible chance to build up a wide range of qualifications to embark on their journey into work or further/higher education, our main goal is to allow the pupils to continue to develop confidence and resilience and embrace every challenge they face.

Our Key stage 5 is year 12 and 13. We aim to provide our pupils with a progression from Key stage 4 as well as equip them with the necessary qualifications and skills for them to move on to the next stage of their career path. We continue to work with collaboration schools and colleges in order to offer our pupils a wide range of post 16 courses, which can be studied at CCYD or at other schools via school transport. Pupils will study a maximum of 4 option choices and also Welsh Baccalaureate Level 3, which is compulsory.

Number of lessons per subject (In hours and over a fortnight period)


Key Stage 3 number of lessons:

Year 7 : No. of hours

English / Literacy 10 hours

Maths / Numeracy 10 hours

Science 2 Hours

PE 4 Hours

Challenge projects 22 Hours

Challenge Mentor lessons 2 Hours



Year 8 & 9: No. of hours

English 7

Maths 7

Science 6

Art 3 

French 3

Geography 3

History 3


Music 3

RE 3

Welsh 3

PE 3

D&T 3



Key Stage 4: No. of hours

English 8

Maths 8

Science 8

Welsh 4

PE 2

Options x 3  5


English 8

Maths 8

Science 8

Welsh 4

RE 4

Option 12

PE 2

Additional L2 Qualifications 4

Option classes 8

Welsh Baccalaureate 8