Overview

The Goffs-Churchgate Academy curriculum is designed to inspire and challenge all learners and prepare them for the future.

The school’s aim is to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on students’ experiences in the primary phase and helps them to become successful lifelong learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens who are ready for an ever changing world.

Our curriculum will help young people to:

  • achieve high standards and make good progress
  • enable those not achieving age-related expectations to narrow the gap and catch up with their peers
  • have and be able to use high quality learning skills, developing them as independent learners, ready for the ever changing world of work
  • have and be able to use high quality functional skills, including key literacy and numeracy skills
  • be challenged and stretched to achieve to the best of their ability
  • enjoy and be committed to learning to 19 and beyond
  • value their learning outside of the curriculum and relate it to the taught curriculum
  • gain as many experiences as possible from trips and visits, visiting guest speakers and opportunities for enrichment activities

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Year 7

Director of Learning: Miss Skinner

s.skinner@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

The KS3 curriculum is taught over two years, Year 7 and 8. In planning the KS3 curriculum we aim to:

  • Ensure that learning is challenging, engaging and enjoyable
  • Build on what children have been learning in Primary school
  • Help our students to develop the skills and understanding they will need for KS4 study and for adult life

 

Subject/Block

Teaching Hours per fortnight

Maths

8

English

8

Science

7

Geography

3

German

4

History

3

RS

2

Technology including Art

5

Drama

3

PE

4

Citizenship

1

ICT

2

 

Music will be delivered in an initiative way for our Year 7 students.  They will have a series of Curriculum Enrichment Days where they will spend the entire day developing their musical skills.  Over the course of a whole day we expect to see significant progress in our students.

Food Technology will be delivered in a similar way to Music.  In small groups students will spend the whole day working on their Food Technology skills.  This could, for example, include preparing a full 3 course meal.

 

Year 8

Director of Learning: MIss Gissing

j.gissing@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

The KS3 curriculum is taught over two years, Year 7 and 8. In planning the KS3 curriculum we aim to:

  • Ensure that learning is challenging, engaging and enjoyable
  • Build on what children have been learning in Primary school
  • Help our students to develop the skills and understanding they will need for KS4 study and for adult life

 

During Year 8, students will work through the GCSE Options process where they will pick their courses for Key Stage 4/GCSE.

 

Subject/Block

Teaching Hours per fortnight

Maths

8

English

8

Science

7

Geography

3

German

4

History

3

RS

2

Technology including Art

5

Drama

3

PE

4

Citizenship

1

ICT

2

 

In Music, students will have a series of Curriculum Enrichment Days where they will spend the entire day developing their musical skills.  Over the course of a whole day we expect to see significant progress in our students.

Food Technology will be delivered in a similar way to Music.  In small groups, students will spend the whole day working on their Food Technology skills.  This could, for example, include preparing a full 3 course meal.

 

Year 9

Director of Learning: Mr Clune

j.clune@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

In Year 9 students start their GCSE studies.

Students pick one subject from each option block

Subject/Block

Teaching Hours per fortnight

Maths

8

English

8

Science

10

PE – a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

6

ICT – a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

3

RS

1

Option A Geography, History, 

5

Option B German, Media, Health and Social

5

Option C

Photography, Enterprise

4

 

Year 10

Director of Learning: Mr Clune

j.clune@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

Students pick one subject from each option block

Subject/Block

Teaching Hours per fortnight

Maths

8

English

8

Science

10

PE – a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

5

ICT – a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

3

Option A Geography, History, Health and Social 4

Option B Product Design, German, Art

4

Option C

Performing Arts, Photography, Business

4

Option D

RS, History, Product Design

4

 

 

Year 11

Director of Learning: Mrs Renew

s.renew@goffschurchgate.herts.sch.uk

 
Subject/Block

Teaching Hours per fortnight

Maths

8

English

8

Science

10

PE – a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

5

ICT - a formal qualification will be achieved in this subject

3

Option A Geography, History, Numeracy

4

Option C Media, Photography, Dance

4

Option D Product Design, German, Psychology, Additional Mathematics, Media

4

Option E Business, Performing Arts, Triple Science

4

Should you require any further information about the Curriculum at Goffs-Churchgate Academy please contact Tom Sparks (Principal) at the school