Core Curriculum

Our core curriculum are the compulsory subjects that all of our Key Stage 3 students are required to study each week. These subjects are complemented by our extended curriculum, giving our students the flexibility to follow some of their own interests from an early stage.

English is taught with a strong emphasis on literature; full novels, plays and poetry collections are at the heart of our English curriculum as teachers and students use these as springboards into wider English writing and language skills. Mathematics and Science are based around practical, real world, scenarios with new concepts always linked to their place in wider society and the world of work. Science teaching involves at least one full practical lesson each week with the emphasis on students learning through experience and independent investigation. Our Modern Languages (Spanish and Mandarin) lessons focus heavily upon the ability to understand and speak a second, or third, language with confidence and fluency.

Geography, History and RE lessons focus upon independent investigative research with students encouraged to test and question established thinking so that they take full ownership of their learning. SMSC is part of our core curriculum as we believe that the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education of our young people is a core to how they will develop to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.