Curriculum Aims

At Lea Manor High School we are proud of our diverse and wide range of subject offers for our pupils. The curriculum is sequenced to provide our pupils with the opportunity to study a breadth of subjects whilst ensuring that we equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge required for academic success; teamed with the social and emotional development our learners will need for ‘life long learning. We believe passionately in that the sequencing of our curriculum plans; starting at Key Stage 4 and working backwards to key stage 3. This enables us to ensure that all our pupils are equipped with the skills and knowledge they will need to be lifelong learners. We believe that our curriculum is broad and diverse; taking into account always the pupils within our school and the wider community we serve. This ensures a range of subjects and opportunities are offered to develop passions both inside and outside of the classroom and prepares our pupils for life in the modern world.

Our curriculum focuses on teaching and embedding the knowledge required alongside the application of skills that we know prepares them for lifelong learning. Our SITS feedback focus on strengths, improvements, and targets in order to improve. This enables pupils to receive feedback on work and provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skill application within their Curriculum subjects.

Our Super Learner Clubs bring learning to life outside of the curriculum. Super Learner clubs allow our pupils a unique opportunity to enrich their learning. Super Learner clubs run after school from Tuesday to Friday. They offer a range of different sessions from The Great British Bake off, Environment Club, Robot club as well as sporting opportunities such as Football, Rugby and Basketball. Our Super Learner Clubs are updated and changed termly to ensure that the offer for wider activities is always relevant, exciting and continues to provide opportunities for our pupils to try a range of activities which enhance their learning, knowledge, understanding, and passion which they can then transfer into the curriculum and into their wider lives.

Our pupils benefit from a rich reading culture at Lea Manor High school. Our pupils who are well equipped for learning benefit from time built into the curriculum for reading. Our pupils are expected to read at the start of every lesson. As part of the equipment required for learning our pupils are expected to bring a reading book to school every day as this is a fundamental part of each lesson. Pupils are encouraged to read a wide range of literature and books which stretch and challenge their reading ability. Reading allows our pupils to build on the following:

  • A rich and wide range of vocabulary which they are then able to use and articulate in their subject areas
  • Expose to different experiences within the literature to enrich their understanding and allow them to become creative learners
  • To expand on ideas, concepts, and knowledge that they explore and apply into their curriculum areas.

At Lea Manor High School we are uncompromising in the belief that there are no shortcuts to success and our curriculum centres itself on building resilience, responsibility, rationality, reflectiveness, and resourcefulness in all our pupils. Our curriculum is diverse and inclusive and prepares our pupils for modern life outside of Lea Manor High School.

The curriculum at key stage 3

Our School day is comprised of 5 lessons, each one hour each.

Curriculum Area

Number of lessons per week

English

4

Maths

4

Science

4

MFL (French and Spanish)

1

Physical Education

3

Performance (Drama and Music)

1

ICT

1

Design Technology

1

Art

1

Geography

2

History

2

Religious Education

1

 

For pupils with more complex needs, our curriculum is built to ensure equity for all our pupils.

  • English nurture groups- offering small group work centered around building on English skills. Work is planned and delivered in line with English lessons delivered to peers.
  • Maths Nurture Group- Offering small group work centered around building on Maths skills. Worked is planned and delivered in line with maths delivered to peers
  • Social Skills intervention- To provide pupils with the opportunity to build on social skills and interactions to then be applied into their wider school life.

Pathways Process

  • In Year 9, pupils are introduced to the Pathways process with their parents/carers, which informs and guides them on the choices they can make in Y10 and Y11. This includes a Careers Convention held at the school, a detailed interview with every pupil and their parent/carer, a comprehensive information booklet outlining the different pathways and subject choices, and a Pathways evening where pupils can explore the choices available to them.

 

The curriculum at key stage 4

KS4 Curriculum Offer

At Lea Manor High school, we constantly review our curriculum to ensure it meets the needs of our pupils and the ever-changing world. Recently, we add the following subjects Computing, Media, Business, and Photography to our Key Stage 4 Curriculum offer.

Our school day is comprised of 5 lessons. Each lesson is a total of one hour per lesson.

Curriculum Area

Number of Hours per week

English

4

Science

4

Maths

4

Option Subjects 

3

PE

1

 

For pupils with more complex needs, our curriculum is built to ensure equity for all our pupils.

  • English nurture groups- offering small group work centered around building on English skills. Work is planned and delivered in line with English lessons delivered to peers.
  • Maths Nurture Group- Offering small group work centered around building on Maths skills. Worked is planned and delivered in line with maths delivered to peers
  • Working Skills Option- To provide pupils with the opportunity to get qualifications that will benefit their journey to become lifelong learners. 

Pastoral Support

Alongside our curriculum, Lea Manor High is passionate about the social and emotional development and support of our pupils. We believe that pastoral support plays an essential role in. developing our 5R’S and preparing our pupils for Life Long Learning. Our pastoral offer encompasses the following key areas:

Learning Family Time- The opportunities for our pupils to meet with Learning Family Leads every morning. Our learning family programme ensures all our pupils receive key messages, have contact time with Learning Leads as well as engage in activities that promote lifelong learning. The range of topics covered as part of our Learning Family time includes; PSHCE, current affairs, anti-bullying and pupil voice, assemblies delivered by staff on a weekly theme; including diversity, equality and careers, as well as a focus on celebrating success throughout the week.

Example of Learning Family Time

Learning Family schedule

Implemented Topic

Intent

Monday

Current Affairs, news, and debate

To equip our pupils with an understanding of the wider world.

To enable our pupils to apply context into their curriculum subjects

To develop life long learning

To expose our pupils to careers within society.

Tuesday

PSHCE

Summer Term 1

  • Well being
  • Mental Health
  • Mental health support

To ensure our pupils are equipped with the skills and strategies to identify signs

To enable our pupils to make informed decisions about where to go for help and support

Wednesday

Assembly

The theme of the week

To provide pupils to expand on their understanding of different topics

 

Thursday

PSHCE

 

Friday

Celebration Assembly

Delivered by Head Of Year to year groups

To focus on celebrating success within each year group and LMHS

To outline pupils who have been responsible, resilient, resourcefulness, reflectiveness and rational.

To share examples of outstanding contributions to the school

To celebrate the success, hard work, and progress of our pupils.

Well Being Mentors- Our well-being team are on hand to support pupils with their social and emotional well being and ensure that our pupils are able to access their learning. Our Well being mentors meet regularly with pupils and work to ensure that our pupils have the tools, strategies, and support to ensure they succeed. Well-being offer support for a range of different aspects which include but are not exclusive to; Mental health, Grief and loss, anger and frustration, confidence and self-esteem, social skills and making responsible choices.

Beyond the Gate- As well as our well-being team, our Beyond the gate initiative offers bespoke sessions for our pupils to ensure that our pupils build resilience, responsibility, rationality, resourcefulness and reflectiveness. The 'Beyond the Gate' initiative considers the context of our school and community and adapts to suit the needs of our pupils as well as wider society.

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