Curriculum Overview

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At The Hamble School we aim to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that enables students to reach their potential. A progressive 5 year curriculum allows students of all abilities to make good progress and to achieve excellence.

The links below lead to information about our curriculum for each year group. These curricula have been updated for the year 2021-2022 and are always under review so we can adjust them to meet the needs of the cohort and any changes to qualifications.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 Curriculum – 2021-2022

The Year 7 curriculum is designed to suit the developing needs of Year 7 and to enhance and develop each individual further to reach their potential. It is important to recognise that Year 7 will be assessed throughout the year and that their curriculum may be adapted based on individual needs.

Students are divided into two bands and have approximately 120 students in each.

Numbers of lessons for each subject are based on a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts one hour.

Subject Number of lessons Subject Number of lessons
English 7 French and/or Spanish 4
Maths 7 Geography 3
Science 7 History 4
PE 3 RE 1
Technology (*) 3 ICT 2
Art 3 PSHCE 1
Drama 3 Music 2

*Each student studies a variety of Technology subjects in the form of projects in a ‘carousel’. Some of the subjects covered are Food, Graphic Products, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles, taught by specialist teachers.

Grouping/Setting

In Year 7 students are taught in Tutor Groups with the exception of Technology for Health and safety reasons. From October half term, students are placed in sets for Maths and students choose to specialise in Spanish or French in MFL.

Year 8 Curriculum – 2021-2022

The Year 8 curriculum is designed to suit the developing needs of Year 8 and to enhance and develop each individual further. It is important to recognise that Year 8 will be assessed throughout the year and that their curriculum may be adapted based on individual needs.

Numbers of lessons for each subject are based on a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts one hour.

Subject Number of lessons Subject Number of lessons
English 7 French, Italian or Spanish 4
Maths 7 Geography 4
Science 7 History 3
PE 3 RE 2
Technology (*) 3 ICT 2
Art 2 PSHCE 1
Drama 2 Music 2

*Each student studies a variety of Technology subjects in the form of projects in a ‘carousel’. Some of the subjects covered are Food, Graphic Products, Product Design, Resistant Materials and Textiles, taught by specialist teachers.

Grouping/Setting

Students are taught in mixed ability groups with the exception of Maths where they are set according to ability.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9 Curriculum – 2021-2022

The Year 9 curriculum is designed to allow students to continue to study a broad a balanced curriculum but with an element of choice. Students choose to study 6 foundation subjects in Year 9. This gives them an experience of the subjects before choosing their final 4 for GSCE. It is important to recognise that Year 9 will be assessed throughout the year and that their curriculum may be changed based on individual needs.

Numbers of lessons for each subject are based on a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts one hour.

Subject Number of lessons Subject Number of lessons
English 7 Option subject W 5
Maths 8 Option subject X 5
Science 7 Option subject Y 5
PE 3 Option subject Z 5
PSHCRE 1

Grouping/Setting

Students are placed in sets based on prior attainment and internal assessments in Maths and Science. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups, although some groups can be broadly set if there is more than one class on at the same time. Emphasis is put on giving students the options they want rather than grouping students of similar ability together.

Grouping and setting can change throughout the year and will be based on classwork, homework and formal assessments.

Year 10 Curriculum – 2021-2022

For Year 10 the curriculum is designed to enhance and develop each individual further to reach their potential. It is important to recognise that students will be assessed throughout the year and that good attendance is vital for them to succeed in all the courses they take.

Students are split into two bands in Year 10 for English, Maths, Science, PSHCRE and PE. The two bands have approximately 130 students in each band. There is a lot of consultation with all subjects involved to make sure all students are placed in a class that is appropriate for them.

Numbers of lessons for each subject are based on a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts one hour.

Subject Number of lessons Subject Number of lessons
English 9 Option subject W 5
Maths 8 Option subject X 5
Science 9 Option subject Y 5
PE 3 Option subject Z 5
PSHCRE 1

Grouping/Setting

Students are placed in sets based on prior attainment (from Years. 7, 8 and 9) and internal assessments for, Maths and Science. Grouping takes place in PE to ensure all students make good progress. For English and PSHCRE students are placed in mixed ability groups.

Option subjects are usually taught in mixed ability groups, although some groups can be broadly set if there is more than one class on at the same time. Emphasis is put on giving students the options they want rather than grouping students of similar ability together.

Grouping and setting can change throughout the year and will be based on classwork, homework and formal assessments.

Year 11 Curriculum – 2021-2022

For Year 11 the curriculum is designed to enhance and develop each individual further to reach their potential. It is important to recognise that students will be assessed throughout the year and that good attendance is vital for them to succeed in all the courses they take.

Students are split into two bands in Year 11 for English, Maths, Science, PSHCRE and PE. The two bands have approximately 100 students in each band. There is a lot of consultation with all subjects involved to make sure all students are placed in a class that is appropriate for them.

Numbers of lessons for each subject are based on a two week timetable. Each lesson lasts one hour.

Subject Number of lessons Subject Number of lessons
English 9 Option subject 5
Maths 9 Option subject 5
Science 8 Option subject 5
PE 3 Option subject 5
PSHCRE 1

Grouping/Setting

Students are placed in sets based on prior attainment (from Years. 7, 8, 9 and 10) and internal assessments for Maths and Science. Grouping takes place in PE to ensure all students make good progress. For English and PSHCRE students are placed in mixed ability groups.

Option subjects are usually taught in mixed ability groups, although some groups can be broadly set if there is more than one class on at the same time. Emphasis is put on giving students the options they want rather than grouping students of similar ability together.

Grouping and setting can change throughout the year and will be based on classwork, homework and formal assessments.