Harris Academies
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Curriculum Plan

There are a number of principles upon which our curriculum is built:

  • High challenge and high support: 

The curriculum is intended to provide both challenge, which is a precondition for learning to take place, and the opportunity to enable students to receive the necessary support they require.  To this extent we look for opportunities for students to Fast track in Mathematics where appropriate and for students in year 9 to begin some GCSE subjects.  At the same time we provide small group tuition within the timetable in English and Mathematics where students need additional time to develop and consolidate their skills in these core subjects.

  • Individualised and personal to a student’s needs, skills and aspirations: 

We believe that a curriculum should fit the needs of its students; not the other way round.  To this end we have devised our curriculum and our options to be as flexible and responsive to student need as possible. Pupils try all Design technology subjects and all Expressive arts subjects on a carousel basis, for example and some may choose to study Latin or Mandarin. Some pupils may choose to study at a higher level - native speakers of Spanish for example often study A level Spanish at a young age.

  • Academic rigour and expectation: 

We provide all students with a sound academic basis and expect all our students to be successful.  The Academy supports and encourages our students to meet and exceed the national expectation that a curriculum should provide for successful study of the core subjects, Humanities and Foreign languages while retaining the breadth provided by the Expressive arts and technical subjects.  We actively encourage our students to consider this balance carefully when making decisions about future study while bearing in mind their next steps into further education or careers.  

The curriculum at Harris Academy Chafford Hundred is constantly reviewed and evaluated and we would welcome any comments or feedback from all our stakeholders. To give comments or feed back or request further information please contact a.betts@harrischaffordhundred.org.uk

Curriculum details can be found below

At Harris Academy Chafford Hundred we ensure all students follow a rigorous and challenging curriculum that is designed to prepare them for a fast changing and demanding world.  Our intention is that our students will follow a curriculum that enables them to excel, exceed what they thought possible and explore the world around them.

For details of each subject detailed below please see the subjects page.

Students in year 7 and 8 study:
 

Year 7

Year 8

Maths Maths
Science Science
Languages (Students select either Spanish, German or French. Latin is also available.) Languages (students continue with the language they selected in year 7)
ICT (with a strong emphasis on computing) ICT (with a strong emphasis on computing)
DT (taught on a carousel including Catering, Design technology and Textiles) DT (taught on a carousel including Catering, Design technology and Textiles)
Expressive Arts (taught on a carousel including Dance, Drama, Art and Music) Expressive Arts (taught on a carousel including Dance, Drama and Art)
PE PE
Topic (which includes English, History, Geography, RE, Citizenship and PSHE and follows an integrated and thematic approach) Humanities (a combination of RE, Citizenship and PSHE taught through a thematic approach)
  Geography
  English
  History

 

In year 9 students complete Key Stage 3, begin to prepare themselves for the study of GCSE subjects and in some cases may begin to study GCSE subjects. Some may begin GCSE Maths. Subjects in bold are GCSE qualifications.

In year 9 all students study

In year 9 all students choose from

Maths History
English Geography
Science French
PE (either GCSE PE, Core PE or Dance) Spanish
  German
  Mandarin
  GCSE Media studies
  GCSE Sociology
  Catering
  Textiles
  Product design
  ICT
  Computing
  RE(Philosophy and Ethics)
  Citizenship
  Art and Design
  Drama

 

In year 10 and year 11 students study GCSE subjects. In most cases students begin GCSE subjects in year 10 and complete them in Year 11. Some students will complete in year 10 GCSE subjects started in year 9. Some students may start additional GCSE subjects in year 11 and complete them the same year. All subjects are GCSE qualifications except Core PE and Business BTEC. Business BTEC is a level 2 GCSE equivalent qualification.
 

All students in years 10 and 11 study

All students in years 10 and 11 choose from

Maths Media studies
English language and literature Film Studies
Science (either Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Core and Additional Science) Drama
PE (either GCSE PE, Core PE or Dance) Geography
  History
  Sociology
  Applied Business studies
  Business BTEC
  RE (Philosophy and Ethics)
  Psychology
  Citizenship
  French
  German
  Spanish
  Art and Design
  Textiles
  Product Design
  Catering
  ICT
  Computing
  Health and Social care
  Statistics

 

In our 6th form, students may choose four AS level subjects in Year 12, usually dropping one for year 13 to focus on three A level qualifications. Students may choose level 3 BTEc equivalent subjects instead of AS and A levels. Students may also be selected for our Football Academy in association with West Ham United which is run alongside their other qualifications. All subjects below are AS and A level subjects studied over two years except BTEC subjects and our Football Academy.

 

In year 12 and 13 students choose from

Art and Design
Biology
Business
Business BTEC
Theatre Studies
Economics
English Literature
Further Maths
French
Film Studies
Geography
German
Government and Politics
History
ICT
Law
Media
Maths
Product Design
Sport BTEC
PE
Football Academy
Psychology
Physics
RE (Philosophy and Ethics)
Sociology
Spanish