PMGHS Curriculum Plan

 The PMGHS Curriculum Model 2020-22:

This model features 28 lessons per week, with 6 lessons each day on Monday to Thursday and 4 lessons on Friday. Each lesson is 50 minutes in length. This model encourages pace and challenge in lessons, as well as providing the framework for a diverse and balanced curriculum offer for all our pupils. We have 5 tutorial sessions of 20 minutes which take place on Monday to Thursday and 15 mins on Friday, led by the form tutor, which provides a structured approach to PSHE, spirituality and other pastoral commitments. For KS4 there is an opportunity to engage in school enrichment/booster lessons which usually last for 40 minutes. Additionally, extra learning classes are offered to provide additional support for GCSE pupils.

The key principles of literacy, numeracy and developing spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness and developing cultural capital are a planned part of our curriculum from Y7 – 11. All students are encouraged to read and we continue to build our reading curriculum. Furthermore, we deliver a pastoral and careers curriculum to support all our students in their development.

Key Stage 3:

At PMGHS we focus on developing literacy skills early to ensure students can access the wider curriculum and achieve success as they progress through school. Our enquiry based curriculum in key Stage 3 has a major focus on literacy, oracy and skills for learning. To complement this we continue to develop a culture of reading across the school. Our curriculum meets all statutory requirements and includes English, Maths, Science, PE and Computing. In order to allow for a greater breadth of study we have introduced a three-year KS3 with the options programme now occurring at the end of Y9. MFL Options continue to be chosen at the end of year 7 to allow for greater curriculum coverage.

Below is the weekly allocation of periods for each subject. All pupils follow this curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 with some pupils having additional English and Maths delivered as part of a nurture group.

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

 Year 9

English

4

4

5

Maths

5

5

5

Geography

2

2

2

History

2

2

2

Computer Science/FPN

2

2

2

PE

2

2

1

Religious Studies

1

1

1

Science

4

5

5

Nasheed/

Drama 

1

1

1

Design and Technology / Art

2

2

2

Arabic

1

2

2

Urdu

1

2

2

French

1

2

2

PSHE / Personal Dev.

On rotation

On rotation

 On rotation

Total

28

28

28

Year 7 Nurture Group:

A “nurture group” will continue to run in Year 7 for our least able pupils. Pupils are taught English and Maths by a teacher with experience of primary teaching and Special Educational Needs. They have specialist teachers for the remaining subjects. These pupils are also supported by Teaching Assistants.

The aim of this approach is to up-skill pupils as much as possible in Year 7 to enable them to be as prepared as possible with the demands of Year 8 and 9.

Year 9 Option Choices:

It is our intention almost all pupils will follow a curriculum that will include all Ebacc subjects and that they have all the subjects needed for the Progress 8 measure. Therefore, the options choices are structured around ensuring a language choice and a humanities choice, before a wider subject choice is offered to pupils. All pupils will study a core curriculum:

Core Subjects studied by all pupils:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

– EITHER separate sciences of Biology, Physics and Chemistry

– OR Combined Science

  • BTEC Creative IMedia
  • PE
  • RS

At the end of Year 9 with support of teachers and parents, pupils will make their options choices. A very small number of pupils (on average, fewer than 10) may be invited to follow a different pathway with fewer GCSEs and additional support sessions focused upon reaching the expected level in English and mathematics.  Pupil Options choices are below:

Option 1

Any ONE from:

Arabic
French
Urdu

Option 2

Any ONE from:

Geography
History

Option 3   

Any ONE from:

Art and Design
History

Geography

Business Studies
Computer Science
Design and Technology – Textiles
Btec Health and Social Care
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Btec Sports Studies

The options process takes place in the second half of spring term and all choices are confirmed by letter to the parents at the start of the summer term.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10, and 11):

We are operating a dual pathway approach where the majority of pupils are guided towards a pathway which is most suited to their academic ability and which provides a breadth of study and equips them well for applying for post-16 study. This gives pupils access to the suite of GCSE and Btec subjects that make up the English Baccalaureate measure; English, Maths, two Sciences, a Modern Foreign Language, and Geography or History. We recognise the importance of this combination of subjects and its influence with post-16 providers and the foundation it provides for further and higher education. A very small number of pupils for whom Pathway A is inappropriate will have a bespoke curriculum that may involve a reduced number of subjects studied and qualifications achieved, possibly including some non-GCSE choices for core subjects and options choices.

Subjects

Yr10

Yr11

GCSE Maths

4

4

GCSE English Language and English Literature

5

5

GCSE  Geography

3

3

GCSE History

3

3

ICT Core

1

1

PE Core

1

1

GCSE Religious Studies

2

2

GCSE Science, dual award or triple sciences

6

6

GCSE Computer Science

3

3

Btec Sports Studies

3

3

GCSE Design and Technology

3

3

GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition

3

3

GCSE Art and Design

3

3

BTEC Health and Social Care

3

3

GCSE Business Studies

3

3

GCSE Arabic

3

3

GCSE Urdu

3

3

GCSE French

3

3

Total

28

28