Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy

 

Curriculum Overview

 

At OSCA we offer a broad and balanced curriculum to students in each stage of their learning, ensuring that the needs of each individual student are met through our subject offer, support systems for SEN and More Able/ G & T students and our pastoral systems. This was mentioned in our 2015 OFSTED report “leaders have improved the curriculum by offering a wider and more challenging range of courses in Key Stage 4.”

Yr7-9:

Yr7 - we offer a curriculum in line with the National Curriculum.  All students will study Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, RE, Design Technology, PE, Art, Music, Dance and Drama and ICT.  All students in Yr7 also study French.

Yr8 - we offer a curriculum in line with the National Curriculum.  All students will study Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, RE, Design Technology, PE, Art, Music, Dance and Drama and ICT. All students in Yr 8 also study French.

For Yr7-9 Citizenship will be delivered through a variety of means including assemblies; our mixed aged L4S tutor led sessions and collapsed timetable days. In addition, many aspects of Citizenship will also be addressed throughout the curriculum.

Our L4S programme also enables the needs of the students to be met in respect of ‘sex and relationships’ and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) issues.

We begin our KS4 curriculum early to enable students to have a foundation year to establish fundamental skills and knowledge giving three full years studying their pathway subjects, which will enhance their chances of achieving their full potential

 Yr9, Yr10 and Yr11:

All students study Maths, English and Science and participate in PE.  In Science specifically, students are guided to study either double Science or triple Science based upon progress made throughout Yrs 7-8.

We offer a very broad range of subjects including both GCSEs and vocational qualifications in our Pathways.  Students will be guided through one of three pathways based on prior attainment and progress – Aspire, Advance or Achieve. This curriculum is broad and balanced to provide a range of academic study and life skills.

Students on the Aspire Pathway all take GCSE French, History or Geography and applicable Option(s) Subjects. Students on Advance take at least one EBACC subject and a mix of options. Students on Achieve have a more personalised pathway to support individual needs.

RE is delivered in a similar manner to Citizenship/PSHE in Yrs 7-8, through a range of activities.  The needs of the agreed local standards are met with this approach and again, those students wishing to work towards a qualification in RE have the opportunity to do so through our Pathways Programme.

Our L4S programme, including the collapsed timetable days, also enables the delivery of sex and relationships education and other aspects of SMSC/IAG.