Curriculum Intent

Buckler’s Mead Academy Curriculum Intent

 

We aim for our students to develop and acquire the following skills, knowledge and attributes:

Skills

We encourage our students to be successful independent learners with good study skills. We help them develop good interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate successfully with others. We help our students to have good levels of literacy and numeracy and to be discerning users of technology.

Knowledge

We teach our students to be able to recall and use effectively, subject specific content of national curriculum subjects. We encourage them to make good use of a wide vocabulary. We teach our students to have a good understanding of their own and other cultures and an understanding and appreciation of local, national and global environments. We enable them to have a mature and informed understanding of serious ethical issues. Our students are taught how to make informed decisions about the next stage of their education and training.

Attributes

We encourage our students to feel happy and safe and to feel they belong to the school community. We encourage good physical and mental health and the development of a positive self-image. Our students are encouraged to be self-motivated, resilient and to have determination to reach their full potential. They should be reflective and have a growth mindset (although I can’t do this at the moment, I will be able to do it soon). They are taught how to treat others with understanding, dignity and respect and to appreciate different points of view and opinions. We aim to develop students who are creative and enterprising, with the ability to be able to overcome barriers.

Qualifications

We aim for our students to secure the best possible qualifications in order that they may access the next level of education and training at the most suitable level.

Our curriculum is consistent with the aims of the National Curriculum. It encourages the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students and promotes fundamental values.  We deliver our curriculum through:

  • Lessons, assemblies and a tutor programme
  • Guided reading sessions
  • The learning environment
  • Our routines and expectations
  • Our extra-curricular programme
  • Events

We organise learning through our formal curriculum:

At KS3 the subjects are English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Beliefs and Values, Citizenship, Modern Foreign Languages, Computing, Art, Music, Drama, Technology and Physical Education.

At KS4 all students study a core of English Language, English Literature, Maths, Double Award Science, Physical Education and Beliefs and Values. Students may also choose from a range of options including Triple Science, History, Geography, French, German, Computing, Art, Photography, Design Technology, Food Technology, Textiles, Engineering, Business Studies, Citizenship, PE, Drama and Music.

At both key stages all students have a daily guided reading lesson whilst some students also benefit from a foundation learning course and/or catch up literacy and numeracy. Personal, social and health education, together with careers is delivered through the tutor programme, assemblies, events and visits.

A strong extra-curricular programme includes a wide range of sports clubs and fixtures, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, performance events and a Homework Club.