Curriculum at St Joseph’s Catholic High School

As a Roman Catholic community, we are inspired by the person of Jesus Christ whose life and teaching is the exemplar of our work as Christian educators.

In a spirit of inclusion and with respect for each pupil’s individual talents:

  • We strive to develop strength of character and individual confidence by stressing the pursuit of excellence and concern for others.
  • We seek to educate the whole person, academically, socially, spiritually and emotionally through a curriculum based on Christian principles and centred on the needs and aspirations of our pupils, parents and wider community.

In providing a Christian based education, each pupil studies Religious Education in Key Stages 3 and 4 with entry in GCSE.  Curriculum time allocated to RE is 10% except in Year 9 where it is 6.6% due to the departure of a member of staff in Summer 17. The curriculum 17-18 will ensure 10% of allocation.

All pupils are taught English at Key Stage 3 and are entered for both English and English Literature at Key Stage 4 (GCSE).

All pupils follow Mathematics at Key Stages 3 and 4 with additional support for very low prior attainers who have fewer MFL lessons to allow one extra lesson of literacy and one extra lesson of numeracy in Year 7 and 8.  At Key Stage 4, all pupils are entered for GCSE Maths with one or two higher set also entered for Further Maths.

Students are taught in fixed teaching groups in Year 7 and 8 determined by the Maths and English leaders in consultations with other staff.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught Science with sets one and two in Years 8 and 9 beginning separate sciences.  At Key Stage 4, pupils can opt for Separate Sciences or Core and Additional Science GCSE, according to their aspirations and abilities.   All students take two Science GCSEs.

All pupils at Key Stage 3 study History and Geography as discrete subjects.  Two or more option groups are offered for each subject at Key Stage 4 and students are steered into History or Geography or languages or Computer Science in order to fulfil their P8 EBAC.

Business Studies is added in Year 9 as an option choice.   Modern Foreign Languages is part of our core curriculum at Key Stages 3 and 4.  All pupils in Year 7 learn French with sets one and two in Year 8 taking up Spanish.  Any pupil able to achieve in a GCSE in their first language, if not English, is encouraged to enter a GCSE from Year 9 onwards.

All pupils participate in Physical Education lessons (Key Stages 3 and 4).   A GCSE/ BTEC equivalent option is available from Year 9.

Computer Science is taught as a discrete subject in all years at Key Stages 3 and 4 except for sets one and two in Year 8 who have a double language curriculum.

Art is taught in Year 7, 8 and is a GCSE option. Photography is also offered from Year 9 2017.

A carousel operates during the course Year 8 and Year 9 which allows access for all pupils to Food, Technology, music and art.  Classes are mixed ability.  At Key Stage 4, in response to pupil demand, we offer Food, graphics or Product Design although we are awaiting some technical courses to be verified before exact exam courses are confirmed in Years 10 and 11.

At Key Stage 4, both drama and music were among the option choices but numbers choosing these options have been very small. A music class in Year 10 and a drama class in Years 11 and 10 have changed to Performing Arts to enable the classes to work together on the same projects although they are taught separately in different option blocks. In order to ‘grow’ this part of our curriculum, from September 18, performing arts will be the Option Choice and in Years 7 and 8 students will study a term of Dance, Music and Drama.  These subjects are enhanced by broad extra-curricular provision including instrumental tuition, choirs, ensembles, school productions and competitions.

Each year, from Year 9, some pupils may access Learning Support as an option.

Sex and Relationships Education is taught from entry through Religious Education, Science, PSHE.  This is delivered in accordance with the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and Diocesan guidelines.  In Careers, there is professional guidance available throughout the school to ensure full economic well-being.  This includes individual interviews, visits off site and work placements, as well as a series of workshops covering medical, business, legal and Science / Technology / Engineering / Creative careers.

Work Related Learning and Enterprise is integrated throughout the whole curriculum.

British Values, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and citizenship is delivered via four timetabled drop down days when Citizenship is taught across the curriculum and through PPD days when year Groups experience day long programmes including drug awareness, keeping safe, vocational and careers education, financial capabilities, and Faith based activities. All of these activities are carefully planned to promote the health and dignity of all human beings. The learning and our values are reinforced through assemblies and worship.

Extra-curricular activities are wide ranging and reviewed termly in response to pupil demand, as part of our extracurricular programme. Competitive sports provide opportunities for teamwork.

 

Curriculum Design at St Joseph’s 2017-18

Year 11 – 30 lessons per week

GCSE English

Sets 1-3

5 lessons AQA

All students

 

GCSE English

Sets 4 and 5

6 lessons
GCSE Maths 5 lessons AQA All students
GCSE Science

Sets 1 and 2

7 lessons AQA

All students

 

GCSE Science

Sets 3,4 and 5

6 lessons
GCSE RE 3 lessons Edexcel All students
Core PE 1 lesson    
Li Set 3 1 lesson    
Option P 3 lessons Resistant Materials AQA  
    Food  
    Graphics AQA  
    Business Studies Edexc  
    Geography OCR  
    Child Development AQA  
    History AQA  
  4 lessons Animal Care Edexcel  
Option Q   Art AQA  
    French AQA  
    Spanish AQA  
    Sports Edexcel  
    IT Edexcel  
  2 Lessons Cope  
Option R   Art AQA  
    Business Studies Edexcel  
    Computer Science OCR  
    Geography OCR  
    History AQA  
    Performing Arts Edexcel  

 

 

Year 10 – 30 lessons per week

     
GCSE English 5 lessons AQA All students
GCSE Maths 5 lessons AQA All students
GCSE Science

Sets 1 and 2

7 lessons AQA

All students

 

GCSE Science

Sets 3,4 and 5

6 lessons
GCSE RE 3 lessons Edexcel All students
Core PE 1 lesson    
Li Set 3,4,5,6 1 lesson    
Option P 3 lessons Geography OCR  
    History AQA  
    Art AQA  
    Child Development OCR  
    History AQA  
    Animal Care Edexcel  
Option Q 3 lessons Spanish AQA  
    French AQA  
    Art AQA  
    Business Studies Edexc  
    Sports Edexcel  
    Geography OCR  
    IT Edexcel  
    Performing Arts Edexcel  
    Cope  
Option R 3 lessons Art AQA  
    Business Studies Edexcel  
    Technology  
    Spanish AQA  
    Food  
    Sports Edexcel  
    Computer Science OCR  
    Performing Arts  

 

 

Year 9 – 30 lessons per week

     
GCSE English 5 lessons AQA All students
GCSE Maths 5 lessons AQA All students
GCSE Science 4 lessons AQA  
GCSE RE 2 lessons Edexcel All students
Core PE 2 lessons    
Option A 4 lessons Art AQA  
    Child Development OCR  
    Computer Science OCR  
    Business Studies Edexcel  
    Geography OCR  
    History AQA  
    Photography AQA  
Option B 4 lessons Art AQA  
    Food  
    Geography OCR  
    Graphics  
    RM  
    Sports Edexcel  
    History AQA  
Option C 4 lessons Business Studies Edexcel  
    Spanish AQA  
    French AQA  
    Geography OCR  
    History AQA  
    Geography OCR  
    IT Edexcel  
    Technology  
       
       

 

Year 8 – 30 Lessons

   
English 5 lessons
Maths 4 lessons
Science 4 lessons
RE 3 lessons
 PE 2 lessons
Art 1 lesson
DT 1.5 lessons
Music 0.5 lessons
Food 1 lesson
History 2 lessons
Geography 2 lessons
French 2 lessons for set 1 and set 2

3 lessons for A3

1 lesson for B1 and B2

Literacy and Numeracy 2 lessons
Computer studies 1 lesson for A3, B1 and B2

 

Year 7 30 lessons

English 5 lessons
Maths 4 lessons
Science 4 lessons
RE 3 lessons
 PE 2 lessons
Art 1 lesson
DT 3 lessons per fortnight
Music 1 lesson per fortnight
Food 1 lesson
History 2 lessons
Geography 2 lessons
French 3 lessons for sets 1, 2 and 3

1 lesson for sets 4 and 5

Computer Studies 1 lesson
Literacy and numeracy 2 lessons for sets 4 and 5