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Curriculum

At Saracens High School we aim to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of pathways that provide a stimulating and demanding education for students of all abilities.

Subject areas collaborate on topics; for example, there is joined up thinking between what is being studied in English, Art, and History, or between Geography and Spanish, to enable pupils to develop a more holistic understanding of the world.

We focus on mastery and understanding of skills and concepts, providing pupils with the ability to apply them to a range of contexts, which better prepares them for the demands of GCSE courses, which begin at the start of Year 9.

Updated March 2021

Curriculum Intent

Our curriculum intent centres on living our values. We know that people who are disciplined, who work hard, are honest, and have humility are successful in life, be that in academic examinations or making a positive contribution to their community. Pupils must also have the capability to be successful, and the ability to read is essential.  Embedded within our intent is for all children to read at their chronological age by the end of Key Stage 3.  Our sequenced curriculum uses a carefully formulated blend of content and mastery, deepening the learning through cross curricular links to help pupils attain the highest possible outcomes.

Through the subject and wider curriculum, pupils live our values which prepare them for life in modern Britain, and develop high standards of personal responsibility, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions, and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.

To achieve this, our curriculum will include:

  • High expectations and rigour
  • Disciplinary knowledge and literacy at the core
  • Evidence based teaching and learning, focused on memory and retrieval
  • Carefully sequenced learning
  • Memorable experiences which put learning in a wider context
  • A wide range of opportunities for personalised challenge and support
  • A range of rigorous assessment opportunities which support high quality of information advice and guidance for pupils and parents
  • A well-developed programme for personal development and character education (including RSE and preparation for life in modern Britain)
  • Varied option choices for all groups of students including the most able and SEND
  • Freedom for teachers to use professionalism and expertise

If you have any questions about our curriculum at Saracens High School, please contact Miss Morphitis, Assistant Principal – h.morphitis@saracenshigh.org

Personal, Social, Health Cultural and Economic Education (PSHCE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

PSHCE is taught to all year groups and covers a range of personal, social, health, careers/employability and British Values themes, as well as relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education. PSHCE is taught in weekly lessons, which are then supplemented through activities in subjects, learning group session, in assemblies and during theme days.

Withdrawal from PRE or Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Parents have the right to choose whether or not to withdraw their child from PRE or RSE without influence from the school, although a school should ensure parents or carers are informed of this right and are aware of the educational objectives and content of the PRE and RSE syllabus. In this way, parents can make an informed decision. Where parents have requested that their child is withdrawn, their right must be respected, and where PRE or RSE is integrated in the curriculum, the school will need to discuss the arrangements with the parents or carers to explore how the child’s withdrawal can be best accommodated. If students are withdrawn from PRE or RSE, schools have a duty to supervise them, though not to provide additional teaching or to incur extra cost. Pupils will usually remain on the school premises.

Character Education

Our Character Education is fundamental to the success of our young people. Character Education is embedded throughout all subject curriculums and these values are developed further through the daily sessions with Learning Coaches. Pupils will have the opportunity to achieve up to four qualifications in Character Education during their seven years at Saracens High School. They will plan and undertake tasks in leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, and communication to achieve the PiXL Edge awards, which are accredited by the NCFE.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

All pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum, which alongside our exceptional extra-curricular programme, enables each child to find and nurture their individual talents. A strong core curriculum sees pupils study English and Maths each day, and everyone takes part in daily private reading. We are proud to be a ‘reading’ school, and know that reading develops communication skills and enables pupils to understand the whole range of subjects by extending their vocabulary. As their oracy skills improve, so does their writing. As well as the ‘core’ English, maths and science, pupils also follow courses in History, Geography, Spanish, Physical Education, Computer Science, Music, PRE and Personal, Social and Health Education, Art, and Design and Technology.

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. Top down differentiation within lessons and other activities provide access to the curriculum for pupils of all abilities challenging the most able and providing support where necessary sometimes through working with our Learning Support Assistants. This will come from regular subject monitoring as well as lesson observations and the curriculum plan as a whole.

Subject

Time allocation (50 min/week)

English (combined Language and Literature)

4

Mathematics

5

Science

4

PSHCE

1

PE

3

Spanish

3

Geography

2

History

2

PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics)

1

Art/DT/Food

2 (1 term in each subject)

Computer Science

1

Music

1

Drama

1

Total

30

 

Our SEND team provide a wide range of small group intervention lessons for pupils who join the school with below average reading scores. This bespoke curriculum uses a range of resources to improve reading ages and comprehension.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11)

The curriculum after Year 8 is designed to provide continuity, balance and breadth, but at the same time enable students to specialise in courses which meet their needs, aptitudes and career intentions. All students starting Year 9 take a core of compulsory examination subjects alongside Physical Education, PRE and PSHCE. We expect students who are capable of doing so, to take the full range of EBACC subjects e.g. in addition to the Core subjects studied, the students should study either GCSE Geography or History and a GCSE in a Modern Foreign Language.

Subject

Time allocation (50 min/week)

English (combined Language and Literature)

5

Mathematics

5

Science

4

PSHCE

1

PE

2

PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics)

1

Option A

3

Option B

3

Option C

3

Option D

3

Total

30

Pupils choose four option subjects; in which they spend 3 lessons per week. At Key Stage 4 there are sometimes pupils who need a personalised curriculum, when this occurs we provide suitable opportunities such as Entry Level certificates and ASDAN qualifications. This pathway will be tailored to the needs of the specific pupil involved and is delivered by a specialist SEND teacher. 

Courses on offer are:

GCSE Art and Design

GCSE Computer Science

GCSE Design & Technology

GCSE Drama

GCSE Food, Preparation & Nutrition

GCSE Geography

 

GCSE History

GCSE Psychology

GCSE Religious Studies

GCSE Single Sciences

GCSE Spanish

GCSE Sociology

BTEC Level 2 Health & Social Care

BTEC Level 2 Sport

BTEC Level 2 Music Practice

More inormation is provided to pupils and families in an options booklet that can be found here.

Enrichment and extracurricular

We are committed to offering the widest range of learning opportunities incorporating a diverse selection of topics and activities, to help build character, develop curiosity, and acquire life skills. Enrichment opportunities take place each day through our extra-curricular clubs and classes, encompassing a wide range of activities, ranging from sport and music clubs to science, language, and debating clubs. We ask that all pupils commit to at least one club each term, but there is no limit on the number of clubs and classes pupils can join.

Wider learning will also take place within the school day through activities that permeate all areas of the curriculum. For example, educational visits related to all subject areas, and two annual celebrations; an ‘Our History Month’ and a ‘Them and Us Month’, which promotes unconditional acceptance, demonstrating respect, and performing acts of kindness. For more information on our current opportunities visit the enrichment page in the pupil section of the website.