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Curriculum Overview

Each year, we review the Curriculum on offer to make sure that the subjects we offer meet the needs of our students.  There are 30 lessons each week for KS3 and KS4, and each one lasts for 50 or 100 minutes. We follow a two-week timetable to ensure that all subjects have sufficient curriculum time. Students spend 20 minutes at the start of each day with their tutor.

Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9

As an academy we are not legally bound to follow the National Curriculum, however Carter will continue to deliver an age and ability appropriate programme that allows all students, across the ability range the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that will ready them for examination based study in Key Stage 4 and beyond.

In years 7, 8 and 9 students will study all of their lessons, in the proportions specified below, with specialist teachers in dedicated subject classrooms. ICT is delivered via a cross-curricular approach, either using our ICT suites or using iPads. 


Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

5

6

5

Mathematics

5

6

6

Science

5

6

5

PE

2

2

2

RE

1

1

1

History

2

1

2

Geography

2

1

2

Beliefs and Values

1

1

1

French

2

2

2

Music / Art (rotation)

2

2

2

Resistant Materials/Food Technology/Drama (rotation)


2

2

2

Literacy (rotation Y7)

1

0

0

Total

30

30

30


Key Stage 4 – Years 10 and 11

 We are proud to offer a wide range of traditional GCSEs and vocational courses. KS4 courses last two years and students study 3 periods per week in each options subject. 

 All students study at least 9 GCSEs (or equivalents) including English Language, Maths and Science. In addition, students also take part in Physical Education (PE) where they can also opt to take BTEC Dance, Sports Science or general core PE (non-examined) and have three collapsed days of Beliefs and Values. 

Subject

Year 10 - 11

English (IGCSE)
Language and Literature

7

Mathematics

6

Science (GCSE)

6

PE

2

Option 1

3

Option 2

3

Option 3

3

Total

30


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