Fairfield High School

      Curriculum Overview

      Rationale 

      The curriculum at Fairfield is based on the premise of “achievement for all”. As wide a curriculum as possible is made available to the girls to ensure that we allow access to the progression route of their choice. This means that the expectation of all girls should be to experience a curriculum which not only prepares them for their chosen learning pathway in further education or employment, but develops and encourages a deeper understanding of the world in which they live, their own values and those of others from differing belief systems. 

      The curriculum is designed to provide a broad balanced range of content, delivered in such a way as to enable all girls to demonstrate outstanding progress from their starting point. The curriculum includes a wide variety of learning experiences provided both in and out of the classroom. 

      Year 7 Curriculum Hours per fortnightly cycle: 

      Subject Hours per cycle
      English 6
      Mathematics 6
      Science 7
      Modern Foreign Language 5
      Geography 4
      History 4
      Life Skills 3
      Design Technology 3
      Physical Education 3
      Computing 2
      Art 2
      Music 2
      Drama 1
      Religious Studies 2
      Total 50

      Year 8 Curriculum Hours per fortnightly cycle:

      Subject Hours per cycle
      English 6
      Mathematics 6
      Science 7
      Modern Foreign Language 5
      Design Technology 3
      Geography 4
      History 4
      Life Skills 2
      Physical Education 3
      Religious Studies 2
      Computing 2
      Art 2
      Music 2
      Drama 1
      Business Studies 1
      Total 50

      Year 9 Curriculum Hours per fortnightly cycle:

      Subject Hours per cycle
      English 8
      Mathematics 8
      Science 8
      Modern Foreign Language 6
      Design Technology 3
      Geography OR History 5
      Life Skills 2
      Physical Education 2
      Religious Studies 2
      Computing 2
      Art 2
      Music 1
      Drama 1
      Total 50

      CURRICULUM OFFER AND OPTIONS AT KS4 2018-2019

      The curriculum at KS4 is designed to enable all girls to follow a personalised pathway in order to access their chosen progression route at the end of Year 11.  Many girls will progress to level 3 courses of study and then go on to university.  Many of our girls will successfully to apply to high performing Universities with very exacting entry standards.  The KS4 curriculum is designed to provide for those entry standards for girls who aspire to that pathway.  The option blocks are based on personalised routes of specialism or breadth, but the majority of the girls will follow a diet of:​

      GCSE English Language

      GCSE English Literature

      GCSE Mathematics

      GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (Double Award)

      GCSE History or Geography or Additional English and Maths curriculum time

      GCSE Modern Language from French or German

      CORE Physical Education

      CORE Religion and Life Skills Education

      Two option subjects of personal choice from the following list (List A):

      LIST A

      GCSE Food and Nutrition
      BTEC Tech Award Fashion and Textiles
      GCSE Technology
      GCSE Business Studies
      BTEC Level 2 Business and Enterprise First Award
      GCSE Art and Design
      BTEC Art and Design
      GCSE Music
      GCSE Drama
      GCSE Physical Education
      BTEC Performing Arts: Dance or Musical Theatre
      GCSE Computer Science
      Cambridge National Creative Media Level 2
      GCSE Separate Sciences
      GCSE History
      GCSE Geography
      GCSE Religious Studies
      BTEC Travel and Tourism
      BTEC Tech Award Health and Social Care

      Every effort is made to ensure that all girls have a personalised route of preference and aspiration.

      Subject Hours per cycle
      English Language and Literature 9
      Mathematics 8
      GCSE Combined Science: Trilogy (Double Award) 9
      Modern Language or Option A (an option from List A) 5
      Option B Humanities or additional English and Maths 5
      Option C (an option from List A) 5
      Option D (an option from List A) 5
      Core RS and Life Skills 2
      Core PE 2
      Total 50

      PROGRESSION BEYOND FAIRFIELD

      Girls will be provided with the information, advice and guidance they require in order to make the best decisions about progression route beyond Fairfield. This takes place using both external and internal expertise and particularly in consultation with our partners in post 16 provision.

      For further information on our curriculum, please contact our Deputy Headteacher - Mrs Stephanie Bateman - on sbateman@fairfieldhighschool.co.uk

      The standards reached at GCSE are significantly higher than those found nationally.

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