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Curriculum

Our broad curriculum meets the needs of students of all abilities and aptitudes. Our curriculum offers a strong focus on personalised learning and learning pathways. Each learning pathway allows students to learn at the right pace for them, with continuous assessment of progress and support to maximise attainment. In addition to their academic subjects, all students will experience a range of lessons and activities on Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE), citizenship, careers and healthy living.

Curriculum:

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5

 

Key Stage 3

(Years 7 and 8)

At Key Stage 3 we provide a broad range of subjects for our students to follow. This ensures students are well prepared for the subjects they may choose to study at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Students follow distinct learning pathways depending upon their personal needs to ensure everyone is able to reach their full potential. The emphasis for Key Stage 3 is on developing the core skills and academic understanding which will enable students to be confident, successful learners in the future.

All our students will study the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, Computing, Philosophy and Ethics, Physical Education and Technology (Food Technology and Design & Technology). In addition our students will be offered offered a wide range of additional subjects including Humanities (History, Geography, RE ), Modern Languages(Spanish),  Art, Textiles, Music and Drama. Students will be encouraged to take part in extension activities including vocational opportunities and personal development courses for example, dance/sport leadership and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Assessment

Assessment for Learning takes place on a daily basis throughout all lessons. It is embedded in classroom activities tailored to suit the needs of all students; teacher, peer and self-assessment of class and homework; valuable and constructive feedback; and challenging and stimulating lessons. Formal (or summative) assessment takes place every half-term when your son/daughter will be given a formal assessment of their learning (this may be in the form of an end of topic test, a task designed to test their knowledge of a particular topic or an APP commonly used in English, maths and science).

Recording

Your son/daughter’s attainment is logged and tracked by classroom teachers and Learning Leaders on a weekly basis. Your son/daughter’s assessment levels are centrally collated and a Progress Report will be sent to you after this data is collected.

Reporting

You will be sent a Progress Report each term which will state your son/daughter’s target and current levels in all subjects. It will also state an effort level and what their attendance is. You will be sent an End of Year Report which will provide more detailed feedback on your son/daughter’s attainment this year. There will also be an opportunity for you to meet subject teachers and discuss your son/daughter’s attainment on an individual subject level.

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Key Stage 4

(Years 9, 10 and 11)

North Durham Academy we are able to offer a broad and balanced range of subjects to our Key Stage 4 students. Some of these are compulsory (those that the Government and/or academy says you must do) and some optional (you choose them).

We have therefore divided our Key Stage 4 Curriculum into two parts:

  1. The Core Curriculum
  2. Option Choices

The Core Curriculum

The core curriculum includes those subjects that are compulsory for all students at Key Stage 4:

  • GCSE English and English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Science (Double Award or Core and Additional)
  • GCSE ICT
  • PE (Non-Certificated)
  • Philosophy & Ethics (RE, Personal, Social, Health, Careers and Enterprise Education)
  • GCSE Spanish (Core only for Red and Blue pathways)
  • Supporting Student Progression*

*All students in the Academy will take part in a 30-minute Supporting Student Progression session each day where they will follow a programme of activities to help them track and improve their academic performance; experience a broad range of activities including RE, PSHE, CEIAG and Enterprise; as well gaining literacy & numeracy support.

The Option Pathways

To ensure that all students can study a range of courses and qualifications that best suit their ability, learning styles and future ambitions, we strongly recommend that students follow one of the four pathways – red, purple, green and blue – which have been timetabled to combine the range of subjects and qualification types that individual students will need.

The pathway selected for you, and the courses which you can select from within this pathway are detailed on the Options Choice Form issued on Options evening.

Our advice is that within the pathway we have recommended, students should aim for a well-balanced range of courses to leave options open for when they reach school leaving age and have further choices to make. If students have a strength/interest in a particular subject they should consider that option carefully. Employers, Universities, Sixth Forms and Colleges are not necessarily interested in the quantity of GCSE qualifications a student possesses. Instead they will look at how suitable the qualifications chosen are for courses at a higher level, the grades achieved and what other extra-curricular activities a student has undertaken.

Option A

         

Option B

         

Option C

         

Option D

Spanish

  

Spanish

  

Triple Science

 

History

History

 

BTEC Business

 

Computer Science

 

Geography

Geography

 

BTEC Health & Social

 

History

 

Art

BTEC Business

 

BTEC Travel & Tourism

 

Geography

 

Textiles

Motor Vehicle

 

 

 

Drama

 

Food

Hair & Beauty

 

 

 

Art

 

Graphics

 

 

 

 

Food

 

Resistant Materials

 

 

 

 

Graphics

 

Music

 

 

 

 

Resistant Materials

 

PE

 

 

 

 

BTEC Business

 

RE

 

 

 

 

BTEC Dance

 

BTEC Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

BTEC Health and Social

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motor Vehicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair & Beauty

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Key Stage 5

(Years 12 and 13)

NDA16+

Students are able to make the smooth transition from Key Stage 4 to Key Stage 5 within the academy.  Our sixth form offers both traditional A Level subjects and vocational courses that allow students to achieve the qualifications needed to access the most prestigious universities and highly competitive careers. Sixth formers learn in a mature and responsible environment which allows them to develop their personal skills, confidence and aspirations.

For further information about our sixth form offer please see our NDA16+ section.

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