Curriculum Key Stages 1 – 4
SchoolsCompany North Devon Academy aims to give all students access to a broad and balanced curriculum that is personalised to meet the needs of individual learners. This will include the study of GCSE English, Maths, Double Science, PSHE and ICT.
Students who, for health reasons are taught at home and are dual registered with the academy, will follow the curriculum prescribed by their school.
KS1 and 2 Curriculum
We pride ourselves on providing a nurturing environment in the KS1/2 classroom. Our students have the advantage of working in small groups and often benefit from 1:1 teaching. The curriculum offer is based upon the new National Curriculum but is diverse and tailored to the individual needs of each child. An individual programme is devised for each child in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science based on the results of assessment. Other subjects on the timetable include Art, Humanities, Food Technology and Learning Outside the Classroom. We have a themed approach that changes approximately every half term.
Key Stage 3 and 4 Curriculum
In KS3 English students are developing their reading, writing and communication skills. This covers interpretation of text, exploratory writing and speaking and listening. Our aim is for students to improve their functional English skills and descriptive writing. In Year 11 students are currently entered for GCSE English following the Edexcel iGCSE English and/or Literature specification. Students may also take Functional Skills Communication at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. Y10 students are following the new AQA English Language and Literature GCSE courses.
At KS3, each student is assessed and follows appropriate Maths work within the National Curriculum framework. Within each grouping there may be students working on different topics at different levels according to their individual needs. Students also tackle basic arithmetic skills in the initial weeks to fill commonly existing gaps in their knowledge.
Y11 students follow the AQA GCSE Maths specification. Students may also be entered for Functional Skills at Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2. Y10 students have begun working on the revised AQA GCSE specification which will be examined for the first time in 2017.
All KS3 students follow the new National Curriculum. Some KS4 students follow the BTEC Applied Science course. This is 75% coursework and has a 25% exam component. If students arrive later in Y11 every effort is made to continue with the course followed in their previous school. We also offer the AQA Core and Additional Science qualification.
At KS3 all students study ICT for at least one lesson per week. We offer a broad curriculum with an emphasis on developing core ICT skills through projects using the new interactive ‘Chain Reaction Cycles Project’.
We have recently introduced the European Computer Driving Licence for KS4 students. This leads to
a Level 2 qualification which is nationally recognised. Some KS4 students will continue to follow the WJEC short course GCSE specification. This covers a wide range of ICT skills including using spreadsheets, databases and publishing. Students will also have the opportunity to work towards Functional Skills ICT at Entry Level, Levels 1 or Level 2.
All KS3 and KS4 students study a range of subjects incorporating personal and economic wellbeing. Personal Wellbeing includes sex education, drugs education, hygiene and self-esteem. Economic Wellbeing topics include target setting, enterprise and study skills. Lessons are structured to ensure discussion and debate on different issues.
KS4 students follow the AQA PSHE course resulting in a Level 1 or 2 Award or Certificate depending on number of credits gained. The curriculum follows topics including Sex and Relationships, Drugs, Finance, Healthy Living and Applying for Jobs and Courses.
Learning Outside The Classroom
Learning Outside the Classroom is offered to students from Key Stage 1-4. The main aim of the programme is the development of social skills; self-esteem and self-awareness and appreciation of the environment. Students have opportunities to participate in outdoor activities that include mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, kayaking, caving and orienteering.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4 students have the opportunity to engage in vocational courses which include Construction, Catering, Hair and Beauty and Motor Vehicle Maintenance. The courses provide a good introduction to post-16 training and study. They are accredited at Entry Level and Level 1.