The curriculum at Woolton High School is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us whilst promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.
Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) and a Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11)
In Years 7-9 all students follow an identical curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students.
In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, Maths, Science etc) and a foundation curriculum of Media/ICT, PE and Business Studies. In keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their curriculum.
Our curriculum offers a very clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onward lead to a qualification of some sort eg. GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.
We also have a Engagement centre curriculum that mirrors the school curriculum and pupils also follow qualifications where appropriate to their ability.
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At Woolton High School Careers is a vital part of the curriculum. It gives students hope and ambition and provides them with the knowledge to succeed in their future. Careers is delivered to years 7-11 with the aim of all students gaining as many realistic and engaging opportunities as possible during their time at the school. Careers is designed for all students to have outcomes that link to the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. This will ensure that all students receive a wide range of experiences which allow them to realise their true potential.
Years 7 and 8 will follow ASDAN’s Employability Skills and Development Curriculum. This will introduce students to careers and begin to develop their understanding.
Years 9-11 will follow BTEC’s Workskills curriculum. This will cover a number of topics that relate directly to employment whilst also helping students have a better understanding of the opportunities in both education and the workplace after Year 11.
|ENGAGEMENT CENTRE (TEC1)
Our Engagement Centre offers structured teaching groups for pupils that struggle with elements of learning, particularly those who are experiencing disruption or distress. The Engagement Centre aims to provide a predictable environment in which pupils can build trusting relationships with adults. Small groups are taught by 3 members of staff who spend appropriate times with individuals in the group according to their need. The main area of focus is on literacy and numeracy.
As the children learn academically and socially they develop confidence, become responsive to others, learn self-respect and take pride in behaving well and in achieving. The staff aim to help the children gain the necessary skills to be able to return to full-time education.
|ENGLISH KS3/KS4 TEACHER
Mr Wright teaches English at KS3 and KS4. Pupils are assessed by Miss Trainer in their Reading and Spelling skills. This then helps to determine, along with baseline assessments, the level they are working at. Their reading and spelling ages also identify any pupils that may require additional support with Literacy skills. Pupils access a wide variety of texts and experiences throughout their time at school. Developing a passion for literature is an integral part of English, as such pupils will study various authors such as; William Shakespeare, Willy Russell, John Steinbeck, J.B Priestley and Roald Dahl.
During their KS3 journey pupils shall access Entry level qualifications (Levels 1, 2 and 3). These qualifications are seen to give pupils a basis in “Literacy skills for life”. They also look to set pupils up for their next step at KS4.
In year 10 and 11 pupils will undertake a Functional Skills course (Level 1 and 2). Once they have achieved these qualifications they can begin an AQA GCSE course of study. This way of teaching has been viewed to give pupils their best chance of maximising their potential within the subject whilst also allowing them to achieve qualifications relevant to college courses they wish to enrol on. It is the aim of the department to make pupils develop an understanding, love and passion for English that will enable them to access learning and employment opportunities in the future.
|History, Art & Geography
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ICT is a fundamental component of teaching at Woolton High School. The curriculum is focused initially on ensuring that pupils have the core transferable skills in utilising packages for the presentation of work. Throughout KS3, pupils will develop the skills necessary to complete the Functional Skills Exam, preparing them for modern technologies in the outside world.
Outside of formal teaching, pupils have access to well-resourced, modern computer suites where they are encouraged to work independently, using facilities for presentation of work for examinations and for research.
Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through the development of a child‘s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables pupils to understand the relationship between number and their everyday lives. It can also be a tool in the expansion of a child’s horizons, giving them the opportunity to consider new ways of thinking and calculation.
At Woolton High School we aim to teach Maths by promoting it’s enjoyment while showing an enthusiasm for learning and the award of qualifications. Exploration, discussion and discovery are all important elements that we use to promote learning in maths.
Pupils will take some or all of the following accreditation: Functional Skills Level 1, Functional Skills Level 2 and GCSE. We are proud of our success rate in each of these qualifications and look forward to their further promotion and pass rate improvement. This is taught by Mr Conte.
| PE TEACHER
In Woolton High School, PE is a strength of the school and as such we value ourselves in giving our pupils a range of experiences in PE. With the most important part of our ethos in PE is for it to be a positive experience regardless of ability
At Key Stage 3 we change the sport in school every three weeks to give our pupils the opportunity to participate in an array of activities, such as handball, badminton, short tennis and Health related fitness. This allows our pupils to indulge in sports they may not have tried.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are giving the opportunity to choose the BTEC Sport Level 1/2 Award. This is broken down into 4 Units which are all assessed by Edexcel. This allows our pupils to perform presentations, assignments and portfolios in both a practical and theory setting.
The Science curriculum is designed to offer all of be pupils the opportunity to explore and experience the beauty and wonder of Science. Lessons will take place in a variety of environments, both indoor and outdoor.
Science is structured in a way that the pupils can learn both vocational and practical skills which link to the theories and principles of Science learnt in the classroom.
The curriculum is underpinned with educational visits which are designed to encapsulate learning. These experiences offer a greater understanding of how Science links with everyday life and the real world, giving our pupils a greater appreciation and understanding of the subject.
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