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Curriculum Overview

Overview

At Court Moor we offer a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that caters for all. It provides students with a wide range of knowledge, skills and experiences and gives pupils opportunities to fulfil their potential. Our curriculum is designed to help all students to:

  • develop lively and enquiring minds
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • learn essential employability skills
  • explore and understand the world in which they live
  • appreciate the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations
  • express themselves creatively and enjoy the creativity of others
  • appreciate a wide range of human achievement
  • develop personal, moral and spiritual values, including respect for others
  • be prepared for the opportunities and responsibilities of life in a changing world
  • demonstrate and develop five main character skills: confidence, integrity, kindness, courage and courtesy
  • learn how to learn and to regard learning as an enjoyable, lifelong activity
  • develop a wide range of interests and appreciate the need for a healthy lifestyle
  • set high personal standards of achievement and value excellence
  • reflect British values and foster an understanding of their importance in today’s society.

Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 Court Moor follows the requirements of the national curriculum.  It consists of English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology, Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education, and Philosophy, Religion and Ethics.

In addition to extend the learning of our students, in Year 7 students take Creative Writing and Journalism, in Year 8 they take Classics and Global Studies and in Year 9 students take Social Studies (Psychology, Sociology and Politics).

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught as discrete lessons in Year 7 and 8 by a specialist teacher, and as “Off curriculum days” in Year 9. PSHE covers:

  • Health and Well Being
  • Living in the wider world
  • Relationships

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, all pupils follow a common core of GCSE courses in English, Mathematics, and Science. 

There is no difference in the curriculum provision for boys and girls, but an element of choice is allowed in Years 10 and 11. The school ensures that the EBacc (English Baccalaureate) qualification is available at KS4 for all students to study, should they wish.

In KS4 students can choose:

  • one option from one of the following entitlement areas:
    • history,
    • geography
    • computer science
    • modern foreign language
  • plus two from:
    • art & design 
    • business
    • drama
    • film studies (NEW 2021)
    • food and nutrition
    • engineering
    • design technology
    • computer science
    • digital information technologies BTEC (NEW 2021)
    • modern foreign languages (Spanish, German or French)
    • music
    • humanities (geography and history)
    • philosophy, religion and ethics
    • photography
    • physical education  
    • textile design

The structure of the curriculum plan allows students to choose, if they wish, two languages, or two humanities subjects or two arts subjects.

In addition to the above offering, students are given the opportunity study for an additional GCSE after school. Courses on offer in 2021-2023 are:

  • astronomy
  • classical civilisations
  • dance
  • german 

Get Set Days

Citizenship, Careers, Religious Study, eSafety and Relationship and Sexual Education, is taught in “Off Curriculum” days (Get Set) across Years 9-11. These Get Set days cover a range of topics including:

  • Health and Well-being, including mental health
  • Living in the wider world (careers, transition Post 16, employment skills, drugs, tobacco and alcohol, revision skills )
  • Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
  • Citizenship
  • Religious Studies
  • eSafety

Please click on the following link for an outline programme.

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