Introduction to Our Curriculum
As part of our vision of pursuing excellence, we strongly believe in offering a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum, which caters for our students’ needs. It supports them in fulfilling their ambitions, whilst also fostering a love of learning, the skills to be successful and an understanding of how they can be healthy, safe and well-rounded citizens. This successful curriculum approach is underpinned by high quality teaching and an emphasis on fostering positive learning behaviours from students.
Our curriculum is a knowledge-rich curriculum, which has been carefully mapped out across all subjects to develop powerful knowledge – knowledge which is systematically developed to predict, explain concepts and enable students to envisage alternatives. This knowledge is not just that prescribed by the national curriculum or by exam boards, but knowledge which allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the subject and foster a full appreciation for each discipline and its importance in the world.
To this end, our curriculum is built around providing students with a strong appreciation for academic subjects as well as practical foundation subjects such as Performing Arts, Graphic Arts and Technology. Across all year groups in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, the curriculum offer is underpinned by a strong investment of time in English, Maths, Science, History, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages in Key Stage 3 and 4. These subjects, which form the English Baccalaureate (Ebacc) suite of subjects, have been demonstrated to have a beneficial impact on student attainment and on students remaining in A-Level education subsequently.
Another key focus of our curriculum is on personal development. This is a taught programme across six areas: Aspirations; Character; Relationships; Wellbeing; Diversity and Equality. These areas fulfil the statutory requirements for religious education, sex and relationships education and PSHCE. They also promote Fundamental British Values, develop students’ understanding of careers, and promote the development of character. These attributes complement the academic development of students to ensure they become healthy, well-rounded and effective members of society.
Our curriculum also includes a wide and varied extra-curricular offer through the extensive number of clubs, sports teams and performances that our staff offer throughout the year. All students are actively encouraged to participate in one of these extra-curricular clubs each week after school, as a way of fostering relationships, health, skills and broader interests. A selection of the clubs on offer are: Cooking Club, Coding Club, Rowing Club, Rugby, Chess Club, Enterprise and STEM. Peripatetic music lessons are also offered.
We also use home learning as a means of consolidating and extending the learning which occurs within the classroom, which we encourage parents/carers to discuss and support students in completing. Details of the home learning set each week are accessible to parents through Class Charts: www.classcharts.com
Key Stage 3
At Temple Moor, we run a three year Key Stage 3 (KS3) with a focus on breadth, balance and challenge. As such, students study Performing Arts (including Drama, Dance and Music), Design Technology (Food Technology, Textiles, Product Design), and Graphic Arts (Fine Art, Graphics). Students also study Leadership through PE, which promotes learning and leadership skills through Sport. These subjects sit alongside the academic disciplines of English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Modern Languages, which are undertaken by all students.
In addition, we also offer ICT, Personal Development and Communication. Communication is a subject developed within Temple Moor, exposing students to the process behind written and verbal communication with the aim of developing proficiency in their academic work and employability skills. Research indicates that the development of these skills allows students to better access the full curriculum and articulate their ideas.
Currently, students study the full range of subjects at in Year 7, with the ability to choose to specialise in particular Technology and Performance subjects in Year 8 and Year 9, depending upon the subjects which most interest them and suit their individual skills and aspirations. However, all students maintain a breadth of subjects they undertake until the end of Year 9. This model is currently being reviewed for 2020.
Students who join us in Year 7, and are working below age related standards in reading and maths, are also supported through the school’s use of the catch up premium. These students are withdrawn from Communication and ICT in order to access additional support with literacy and numeracy. These programmes have been demonstrated to have had significant impact on raising students’ literacy and numeracy over recent years. This support continues for as long as students have a need, with some students continuing this support into Years 8 and 9.
SEND students are further supported by small group withdrawal work undertaken by the SENDCO and a HLTA.
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, students select four options which they choose to specialise in at greater depth. These options are undertaken alongside the core provision of GCSE English, GCSE English Literature, GCSE Maths and GCSE Combined Science/separate sciences, Personal Development and Leadership through PE.
One of these options is chosen at the end of Year 8, and studied over three years. The remaining three options are chosen at the end of Year 9 and studied over two years. This model is designed to provide students with an opportunity to expand the subjects they can study in Year 9 to gain earlier access to subjects such as Health and Social care or Enterprise, for which there is no KS3 taught element, allowing greater time to explore these new subjects in depth whilst still maintaining breadth for Key Stage 3 subjects. This option also provides an accelerated pathway for separate scientists.
Students receive extensive guidance and support in making informed choices which best meet their needs and aspirations. To this end, students are guided onto one of two options pathways:
Core Plus: a pathway in which students are guided toward studying the full suite of EBacc certificate qualifications (Core subjects plus a humanities subject and a modern language). Alongside this, they have two further option choices.
Core: a pathway in which students are guided toward studying one of the Humanities subjects alongside the Core. In addition, they have three further option choices. These option choices include the opportunity to undertake a modern language for students, allowing them equality of opportunity to opt to sit the EBacc certificate suite of qualifications if they wish.
As a result of the strong academic foundation put in place at Key Stage 3, the proportion of students entering the Ebacc certificate suite of subjects is increasing, with 52.4% of current Year 11 students sitting this suite of subjects.
Further details of the options process can be found at https://tmhs.co.uk/curriculum/options/
Key Stage 5
Our Post 16 curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our learners wishing to follow Level 3 courses, it provides progression routes building on the successes achieved at Key Stage 4, as well introducing new subjects. Our offer includes 37 subjects, including Academic A-Level, Applied General and Tech Level courses.
We are able to offer many different subject combinations thanks, in part, to a long standing partnership arrangement that we operate with Brigshaw High School. The partnership enables us to put on courses that would only naturally attract small numbers of students if they were offered by each individual centre. By drawing together these small numbers, we can create larger groups and therefore satisfy more students, allowing us to offer a wide and varied curriculum.