Curriculum Aims

The curriculum at Lea Manor aims to create ‘Super Learners’ equipped with the qualifications, knowledge and skills to flourish in the modern world and make positive contributions throughout their lives and in their communities.  The curriculum aims to develop the attributes of Resilience, Responsibility, Rationality, Reflection and Resourcefulness (5Rs) ensuring the academic, social and emotional progress of all our pupils.  The curriculum encourages high expectations and a belief that Lea Manor pupils can achieve in any field they choose but this requires hard work – there are no shortcuts to success.

At Lea Manor we believe in a clear, sequenced curriculum allowing pupils the opportunity to use and commit to long term memory their prior learning, knowledge and skills; this will enable them to access further concepts in both the same academic year, across key stages, and ultimately at GCSE. 

There is, in all subjects, a strong emphasis on reading and communication. One of our aims is to ensure that every pupils leaves Lea Manor High School with a reading age that is at least equal to their chronological age.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focusses on the learning of key knowledge and skills through high quality engaging teaching. We focus on learning and enthusing our students with the joy of our subjects so they are inquisitive about learning and enthusiastic to learn more. These three years of school allow pupils to acquire a broad and balanced education, introducing them to the widest variety of subjects and engaging them with learning. Specialist teachers who put the passion into their subjects lead our pupils and ensure they become independent, creative learners who are solution focused and can communicate eloquently and effectively.  We believe this knowledge and an explicit focus on the 5Rs will give our students both the cultural capital and the academic underpinning they require to make them ‘Super Learners’ in their lives, at GCSE,  and beyond.

At Key Stage 4 the curriculum is designed to meet the needs and future needs of our pupils; their talents and interests.  It builds on the breadth of knowledge and skills our students have acquired at Key Stage 3.  We are rightly proud of the breadth that we retain at Key Stage 4 with excellent representation from academic, linguistic, vocational, artistic, physical and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) disciplines. 

Throughout all years our pupils’ holistic development is promoted through PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education).  This is supplemented and built on through our learning family time and assemblies as well as the SMSC education (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) that permeates every subject area.  The curriculum promotes British Values equipping our pupils with the knowledge and skills to become global citizens who are able to make positive contributions to their communities.

Our innovative Co-Curricular activities (Super Learner Clubs) provide pupils with innovative intervention programmes that enrich their knowledge, fire their passions and serve to broaden horizons.  They form an important part of our curriculum adding to academic success as well as developing the whole child.

The curriculum is our most important vehicle to deliver the aim that all pupils from Lea Manor High School make exceptional progress and are successful in a future destination that is aspirational and in line with their abilities and interests.

The curriculum at key stage 3

The curriculum at key stage 3

Our curriculum in Year 7 to Year 9 is designed to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare them for progression to Year 10 and Year 11 and their future.

The timetable is based on a 2 week cycle of 50 one hour periods, plus 20 minutes of tutor time each day.  The table below is based on the 2 week cycle:

SUBJECTS

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

8 hours

7 hours

8 hours

Mathematics

8  hours

7 hours

8 hours

Science

7 hours

7 hours

8 hours

Physical Education (PE)

4 hours

4 hours

4 hours

Computing and Information Technology

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

History

2 hours

3 hours

3 hours

Geography

2 hours

3 hours

3 hours

PSHE and Citizenship

2 hours

2 hours

1 hour

Modern Foreign Language

3 hours

3 hours

3 hours

Design Technology

4 hours

4 hours

2 hours

Art

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Drama

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Music

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Religious Education

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

At Key Stage 3, there is a strong emphasis on the teaching of reading, writing communicating and mathematics (RWCM).  Pupils are given well targeted intervention to give them the best possible chance of accessing the curriculum in its entirety as they progress through school.  This support can take place in the classroom, 1-1, small group work and after school.

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

The curriculum at key stage 4

When pupils move into Year 10, they follow a core curriculum for 64% of their timetable and choose three personalised choices based on their interests, abilities and career aspirations.

The core curriculum at Year 11 is made up of 5 GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Maths and Combined Science (2 GCSEs).  Physical Education is also part of the core curriculum, although there is no qualification associated with this entitlement.  Religious Education is offered as an option andnot delivered in the core with the current Year 11.

The core curriculum at Year 10 is made up of 6 GCSEs: English Language, English Literature, Maths, Combined Science (2 GCSEs) and Religious Education.  Physical Education and PSHCE is also part of the core curriculum, although there is no qualification associated with this entitlement. 

SUBJECTS

Year 10

Year 11

English

8 hours

8 hours

Mathematics

8 hours

8 hours

Science (Core and Additional)

8 hours

9 hours

Physical Education (PE)

3 hours

4 hours

Religious Education

  4 hours

n/a

PSHCE

1 hour

n/a

Critical Thinking

n/a 3 hours

Option 1

6 hours

6 hours

Option 2

6 hours

6 hours

Option 3

6 hours

6 hours

 

Additionally to the core curriculum pupils choose subjects from a range of GCSEs, BTECs and NCFEs.

These are currently;

  • Triple Science GCSE
  • Art GCSE
  • Business Studies GCSE
  • Catering GCSE
  • Childcare BTEC
  • Computing GCSE
  • Drama GCSE
  • Product Design GCSE
  • Engineering GCSE
  • French GCSE
  • Geography GCSE
  • History GCSE
  • Media Studies GCSE
  • Music GCSE
  • Music Technology BTEC
  • PE GCSE
  • Photography GCSE
  • Spanish GCSE.

The KS4 curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that all pupils leave Lea Manor with numerous choices available to them.  The majority of pupils will successfully complete 8 GCSEs, this places them in a position of strength when choosing and applying for courses to study during the next stage of their learning.  For those pupils that a curriculum offer of 8 GCSEs is inappropriate they will be offered a supported curriculum that suits their needs.  These pupils will study a range of GCSEs that are appropriate for their ability and will receive extra support and guidance.  If appropriate they will also study a City and Guilds course that appropriately prepares them for future study and the world of work.

The curriculum is constantly under review to ensure it meets national guidance and the needs and aspirations of all pupils.

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