Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

The Aims of the Curriculum

We believe that the aims of the curriculum should focus on the knowledge, qualities and skills learners need to succeed in school and beyond. The curriculum should:

  • Enable students to enjoy learning for its own sake, to develop their creative talents and to fulfill their intellectual potential.
  • Provide each individual with the knowledge and skills to respond to a changing world with confidence and humility.
  • Encourage students to be reflective, open-minded and principled, so that they can make a positive contribution to their community and the wider world.
Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 (years 7, 8 & 9) students at TBGS study a broad and balanced curriculum comprising the following subjects: art and design, computing, design and technology, English, geography, history, mathematics, modern foreign languages, music and physical education. Personal, social & health education, citizenship, careers education, sex education and religious education are taught in Years 7, 8 and 9 in philosophy and applied ethics lessons; where necessary, occasional enrichment days supplement these lessons.

In Year 7 students choose to study either Spanish or German. In Year 8 students must choose a second language which is either French or Mandarin. In science the KS3 course is covered during Years 7 & 8 and completed in Year 9, when students make a transition into the GCSE course.

Key Stage 4

For Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11) the core subjects studied by all students are: English language and literature, mathematics, a modern foreign language, science (students will either study physics, chemistry and biology as 3 separate GCSEs or a combined science course which incorporates these three sciences within a qualification equivalent to 2 GCSEs), religious education, personal & social education (including citizenship) and physical education.

Students must continue to study one of the two languages they chose in KS3. Additionally, all pupils must study two other subjects from: history, geography, art, music, drama, media studies, physical education, design and technology, computing or the second language studied at KS3. Information technology skills are developed and utilised across the curriculum.

If you require any additional information please contact Mr A Kosmaczewski, Deputy Headteacher (Teaching & Learning)

pdfY9 Options Evening Letter 2019