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United Learning Curriculum

Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all our students, which brings out the best in all of them and prepares them for success in life. Hundreds of United Learning teachers and leaders have been involved in developing the United Learning Curriculum as a core academic curriculum based on these key principles:

Entitlement – We believe that all children have right to learn what is in the United Learning Curriculum; schools have a duty to ensure that all children are taught the whole of it.

Mastery – We want all students to achieve a full understanding of the knowledge specified in the Curriculum for each year, and teaching should not move on until this is achieved.

Stability – We won't constantly amend the Curriculum: while we should make occasional adjustments in the light of feedback and experience, we will aim for stability over many years, so that teachers can develop expertise, and we constantly build assessments and teaching materials to support.

Concepts not context – The Curriculum is intended as a concise specification of knowledge and content to be taught and learned; it is for schools and teachers to decide how to teach and bring it to life.

The Curriculum and Assessment Project was set up in part to respond to changes in the National Curriculum but also to meet one of the key aims of United Learning - to work together to systematically develop and share effective practice

Each common curriculum is characterised by defining the essential teaching and learning that each subject should cover in a given year group and expressing the outcomes of that learning through assessment measures known as key performance indicators (KPIs).  However, it's important to be clear that KPIs are not the things that are to be taught. It's the curriculum content that is taught and the KPIs are the means by which we measure achievement of the content. 

Periodic assessment of the KPIs means our focus is on what has and hasn't been learnt in the subject and from this evidence shape teaching more precisely to reteach, extend or move on appropriately. KPIs are assigned to a subject and a year group and make it possible to define age related subject expectations.

 

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. 

 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

5

6

6

Mathematics

6

5

5

Science

5

5

5

PE

2

2

2

RE

1

1

1

History

2

2

2

Geography

2

2

2

Beliefs and Values

1

1

1

French

2

2

2

Music / Art / Graphics (rotation)

2

2

2

Resistant Materials/Food Technology/Drama (rotation)


2

2

2

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 8 GCSEs (or equivalents) including English Language, English Literature, 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 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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