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Curriculum at The Hazeley Academy Academy 

We believe that the curriculum at our academy should support the Values and Core Purpose that  all stake holders at Hazeley operate under.

Core Purpose    3Cs“Develop Character, Confidence and Creativity in our young people and each other so that together we can gain fulfilment by playing a positive role in the communities in which we live

Core values – Click here for a download of our core values

Character – We show respect, integrity, loyalty, high expectations and a growth mindset.

Confidence – We relish taking calculated risks, we understand honest mistakes occur and we rectify them together.  We believe the differences amongst us make us stronger.

Creativity – We gain a sense of fulfilment through continuous improvement.  We enjoy working together designing, creating and reflecting upon solutions to life’s challenges, including how to improve ourselves and make our Academy a truly amazing place.

We believe that to achieve our Core Purpose and live up to our Values that the curriculum at Hazeley Academy should be broad, balanced, inclusive and relevant which leads to students having experiences and opportunities that are enjoyable, life affirming, relevant and useful.  Our aim is for students to leave Hazeley with Confidence, Creativity and Character in preparation of further study or employment in the 21st century global market and our curriculum supports this.

As an academy we do not have to follow the National Curriculum in years 7 – 9 but we have chosen to base our provision largely on it.

 

KEY STAGE 3

All students in year 7 & 8 study  7 lessons of English,   7 lessons of  Maths   6 lessons of  Science, 4 lessons of  MFL (Spanish, Italian, French, German on a carousel) , 4 lessons of PE , and 2 lessons of  Computer Science a fortnight.

In addition, during year 7 students study Creativity and Character subjects through a thematic approach (20 lessons over a fortnight).  One day a week students will spend a large part of the day studying in both these faculty areas.  Within our Creativity Faculty, subjects such as music, art, dance, drama, music, food, textiles and product design operate with a key theme running through them.

Within our Character faculty, students will spend a large part of a day studying Geography, History and Philosophy and Ethics again, with a central theme running through these.

Year 8

Alongside the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, lessons in the Creativity and Character faculties continue to follow a theme, but are taught as discrete, specialist lessons, to further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in readiness for Key stage 4.  Music, Dance, Drama, Art, History, Geography, and E & P ,  Textiles, Product & Design and Catering are taught on a rotation over a fortnightly timetable.

 

KEY STAGE 4

The options (preferences) information for the current year 9 cohort, as chosen in 2015 can be found here.

Students follow a core provision of:

  • English (the vast majority of students will study both English Literature and Language)
  • Maths
  • Science (Core and Additional – yr 11; Combined Science – Yr9 & 10 or Triple Science Yr9-11 )
  • PE
  • Humanities
  • Languages

 The majority of our students follow a curriculum closely aligned to the English Baccalaureate thereby students study a Modern Foreign Language which they opt for at the end of year 7 (Spanish, Italian, German or French), History or Geography, as well as English, Maths and Science.

There are also a wide variety of ‘option subjects’ that students can study. Amongst these are:

History, Geography, Art &  Design, Computing ICT,  Business Studies, Economics, Drama, Performing
Arts, Music,  PE, Health and Social Care, Sociology, Psychology, Media, Catering/Food Preparation & Nutrition.

Our curriculum caters for individual needs at all levels, some students benefit from additional Maths and English support.  More able students can, for example, take 2 languages or two Humanities subjects if demand asks for this.  We are proud of our flexibility.

In both KS3 and 4 we set students on ability in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science so that learning can be effectively tailored.  This setting is flexible and reviewed regularly to ensure that students are most appropriately placed.

 

KEY STAGE 5 (Post 16)

We offer two routes at Key Stage 5:

Traditional A Levels

We offer a wide variety of highly successful courses including all of the Facilitating subjects (Maths, Further Maths, English Literature, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Biology, Chemistry and Physics).

  • A level Sociology
  • A level Psychology
  • A level IT
  • A level Computing
  • A level English Language
  • A level Ethics and Philosophy
  • A level Government and Politics
  • A level Financial Studies
  • A level Product Design
  • A level Art and Design
  • A level Physical Education
  • A level Business Studies
  • A level Economics
  • A level Media
  • A level Extended Project (EPQ)

 

Vocational

We currently offer a range of vocational options which are listed below:

Btec IT

  • A level Music Technology
  • Applied Health & Social Care
  • Retake Maths and English GCSE

A small number of personalised vocational pathways are being considered for 2015-16 within our sixth form, for students who are interested in careers in either: 1) Sport and Fitness, 2) Business and Entrepreneurism, 3) Health & Social Care.   These courses are equivalent to 3 A levels, involve work experience and are vocational in nature, with clear progression routes into Higher Education, employment or further training.

 

Further information about each course can be found using the Faculties links below:

Literacy and Languages

Maths and Computing 

Science

 The Literacy and Languages Faculty includes the following subjects: The Maths and Computing Faculty includes the following subjects:  The Science Faculty includes the following subjects:
 English, French, German, Italian, Spanish Maths, ICT  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core and Additional Science, Combined Science

Character

Creativity

Confidence

The Character Faculty includes the following subjects: The Creativity Faculty includes the following subjects and extra-curricular activities: The Confidence Faculty includes the following subjects:
Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy & Ethics Art, Catering, Dance, Drama, Design Technology, Media, Music, Textiles P.E., Sociology, Psychology, Law, Health & Social Care, Life Skills

 

PSHE

All year groups have time built in their tutor programme  centred around Personal, Social, Moral, and Cultural education (PSHE)  via daily  tutorial’s, weekly Assemblies, and termly Drop Down Days  which  broaden learning outside of the confines of a traditional curriculum.

CAREERS/PATHWAYS/WORK EXPERIENCE

We have a careers advisor and a Pathways Manager who works with students across the year groups in conjunction with external providers including Work Tree.  Additionally, we offer work experience to all students in year 10 which usually takes place in October.

ENRICHMENT

Enrichment activities are key to our curriculum and underpin our core purpose.   This encompasses an extensive termly enrichment programme available to all students (for enrichment booklet click here), concerts, music events, talent shows, sporting events and opportunities to participate in many of the trips we run annually.

Should you require any further information about our curriculum, please contact Mrs L. Baldwin, Deputy Principal for Curriculum.(Please click here for email)