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Curriculum

Falmouth School endeavours to provide a curriculum based on maximising the life chances for each and every one of its students.  A curriculum that is underpinned by the values held by the traditions of the school whilst also being forward looking in its delivery through well-established teaching and learning strategies: cooperative learning, bloom taxonomy and metacognition. 

All the details of what we are actually teaching our students are on our What We are Learning and Why page.

In Year 7 and 8 students build on KS2 skills and knowledge from primary school to widen their knowledge of literacy and numeracy whilst introducing specialist subjects and brand-new experiences using our extensive school facilities. 

Our current Year 9, 10 and 11 are following a three-year KS4.  For our current Y10 and 11 students we also offer all students the opportunity to study for the LiBF Finance qualification, Sport or Dance after having a year of experiencing these subjects in Year 9.   

Falmouth School’s curriculum is broad and balanced and has clear progression in subject knowledge and skills.  We know our students and our journey support students from aged 11 to 19, preparing our students for next steps into Further Education at Falmouth College, Higher Education, employment and further training.  We currently offer a wide range of A levels and A level equivalents so ensure all higher education and apprenticeship courses are catered for.

Developing the whole child, young person then young adult throughout their learning journey is the underpinning goal of Falmouth School.

Learning Journey Falmouth School V2020-2021

 

Looking to the future, from September 2020, all students will study a three year Key Stage 3 and two year Key Stage 4 -  taking their GCSE options in mid-Year 9.   All students take English Language, Literature and Mathematics and Combined Science as core subjects from Year 10.  They will then choose 4 options to add richness to their school experience and to set them up for the expertise needed for advancing into Y12 at Falmouth College or other Post-16 providers.

There is two-week timetable at Falmouth School.  Each day is divided into four 75 minute periods, giving a timetable of 20 periods per week. 

Expectations for effective learning

Key Stage 3 Curriculum from 2020 

 

Subject

Year 7

75 minutes lessons per fortnight

Year 8

75 minutes lessons per fortnight

English

7

7

Mathematics

6

6

Science

5

5

Physical Education

4

4

Languages

4

4

History

3

3

Geography

3

3

RS

1

1

Creative Arts (Art, Music & Drama)

3

3

PSHE

0

1

Computing

1

1

Design Technology

3

2

 

In year 7 students are placed in teaching groups broadly based on their attainment in key stage 2 assessments in the first instance.

Regular assessment and progress tracking enables us to adapt and modify these groups where it is apparent that students need to be moved. The year group is spilt into two populations and taught separately for their subjects to enable effective timetabling. 

Students are tracked against GCSE outcomes from the outset although we recognise that for many they will not be attaining a recognisable GCSE grade until well into the key stage. We have therefore identified, using progressive knowledge and skills a set of grades sitting below the GCSE criteria that shows a careful progression towards the GCSE outcomes. 

In year 8 and 9 students begin to identify the subject they would like to continue into key stage 4 and take part in the options process early in the Spring term. A comprehensive options process includes parents and students to help support the decision-making process. 

Additional subjects are offered at key stage 4 and students are given information to help them to decide if the new courses would be suitable for them. Where appropriate, arrangements can be made for students to experience a sample lesson in an existing class.                                           

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (Year 9 2020-23, Year 10 2020-22, Year 11 (2020-21)

 

Subject

Year 9 75 minutes lessons per fortnight

Year 10 75 minutes lessons per fortnight

Year 11 75 minutes lessons per fortnight

English (Literature and Language)

7

7

8

Mathematics  

7

7

7

LIBF Finance/ BTEC Sport/BTEC Dance

0

2

2

Science

8

8

8

Core Physical     Education

4

3

3

Religious     Studies

1

1

0

PSHE

1

0

0

Options (   x 3)

4

4

4

 

In Year 10 and 11, students continue to study the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and PE.  This culminates in GCSE or level 2 equivalent examinations at the end of Year 11.  Additionally, each student will study the three option subjects that they have chosen at the end of Year 8 as well as the compulsory subjects of PSHE and Religious Studies.  For Science, all students will take a minimum of a double award Combined Science course. For those that would like to top it up to a Triple award (single Sciences) this can now be topped up using one of the option choices to provide 12 periods a fortnight in total.   

We are currently offering these subjects as options:  Catering, Geography, History, Spanish, Drama, Computer Science, Art, Graphics, Photography, Sport, Dance, Music, RE, Product Design, Engineering, Media Studies, Child Development, French and Triple Award Science as mentioned above.

The year group is spilt into two equal populations and each population is taught separately for Core subjects, although mixed for options.  

 

Key stage 5 Curriculum – Falmouth College

Falmouth College is Falmouth School’s Post-16 provider and offer a wide range of courses which are combined to design a whole curriculum for each student.   Falmouth College is a vibrant, innovative and successful provider of post-16 courses for all students in the Falmouth and Penryn area. Our College students play a full role in the life of the College, the school and the community. We offer in excess of 30 Advanced and Vocational Level 2 and 3 courses as well as, a varied enrichment programme.   We offer a wide range of sports, peer mentoring, paired reading and extended project qualification.   Each pupil has the support of a personal tutor and access to high quality advice and guidance in taking the next steps towards higher education, apprenticeships and employment. The progression routes of our students are excellent.  

Students usually pick three or four single courses from the list below or a triple award which is equivalent to three A levels.

A single course has seven 75 minute lessons a fortnight providing students with study periods between lessons.   The students will also attend tutorials every morning to monitor their progress and to deliver our tutorial programme.

A level Economics

A level English Language

A level Psychology

A level Politics

A level Further Maths

A level Art and Design

A level Mathematics

A level Biology

A level Sociology

A level Product Design

A level Chemistry

A level Media Studies

A level Music

A level Spanish

A level Photography

A level English Literature

A level Physics

A level History

A level French

A level Geography

Level 3 BTEC Applied Science (Single)

Level 3 BTEC Music Performance (Single)

Level 3 Cambridge Tech Sport Diploma (Single)

Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts Certificate (Single)

Level 3 BTEC Health and Social Care (Single)

Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts Certificate (Triple)

Level 3 Cambridge Tech Sport Diploma (Triple)

Level 3 CACHE Early Year Education (Triple)

Level 2/3 VTCT Advanced Hairdressing (Triple)

Level 2 Engineering (Triple)

In addition, students follow a tutorial and enrichment programme to develop students’ awareness of the world around them and extend their knowledge as they move towards adulthood.  More details are on the College webpage and booklet.