Curriculum

The Brookfield Curriculum

Aims
The aims of the Brookfield curriculum are to:

  • Create an aspirational culture, enabling high achievement for all
  • Provide an environment that helps all students to become productive, happy, responsible and well-rounded adults
  • Inspire students to develop a love of each subject, see its relevance in the wider world and establish successful life-long learning habits
  • Provide an inclusive curriculum, regardless of a student’s starting point or cultural profile
  • Retain breadth and meet individual learning needs, interests and pathways through to Post 16 Education
  • Deliver a foundation of knowledge and skills, enabling students to make informed choices and a seamless progression to their GCSE courses
  • Provide lower learners relevant opportunities at 16+ (including a range of vocational opportunities)
  • Teach key life skills and encourage personal development

Above all it is a curriculum to suit the needs of our students, rather than to chase performance measures

Organisation of the Curriculum 

The School Curriculum is organised into subject areas and each of these has its own Learning Leader directly responsible to the Headteacher for the delivery of the curriculum.
The School operates a 2-week, 50 period timetable. Students also spend 8 shorter Personal Development periods with their tutor during each 2-week timetable cycle.

Years 7 & 8

All students in Years 7 and 8 follow the National Curriculum subjects of English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Computer Studies, and Physical Education.  Students also study Religious Education, Sex and Relationship Education and Citizenship through our Beliefs and Values and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education lessons.  All our students in year 7 and 8 also study Drama and Dance. 
This curriculum provides greater breadth than is required by the National Curriculum, although a significant amount of time is devoted to English and Mathematics. Nearly all students take at least one Modern Foreign Language in year 7 and 8, but the more able linguists have the opportunity to study a second language by year 9. 
In Year 7 and 8, a very small number of students do not study a Modern Foreign Language, and instead use the time to develop their skills in literacy and numeracy.

Students in year 7 and 8 have the following lessons each fortnight.
*please note that there are some small variations for the Transition Group who do not take a Modern Foreign Language.


English – 7/8

Computer Studies – 2

History - 3

Maths – 7

PE – 3/4

Art - 2

Science – 6

Beliefs and Values – 2

Music - 2

Modern Foreign Languages – 5

PSHE – 1

Drama – 2

Technology - 3

Geography – 3

Dance - 1



Year 9

Students in Year 9 continue to follow all the core subjects - English, Mathematics, Science and Computer Studies, together with a Modern Foreign Language, Physical Education, and Beliefs and Values and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education which incorporates Religious, Relationship and Sex Education and Citizenship.
Students also select 5 Option subjects to study as a foundation for GCSE courses. These are selected from a range of choices, mainly from the Humanities, Technology and Creative and Performing Arts curriculum areas.
Each year information about the Key Stage 4 courses is published in January or February, followed by a thorough programme of advice and guidance so that students and their parents/carers can make well informed choices during the spring term.
Students in year 9 have the following lessons each fortnight.


English – 8

Computer Studies – 2

Maths – 7

PE – 4

Science – 7

Beliefs and Values – 2

Modern Foreign Languages – 4

PSHE – 1

5 Option subjects - 3 hours each

 

Years 10 and 11
Students begin their GCSE or equivalent courses in earnest in year 10.  Students continue to spend a considerable proportion of their curriculum time in their core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, and all students continue to have lessons in Physical Education.  Student will now spend more hours on their fewer final Option subjects.
Again, there is a thorough programme of information, advice and guidance to help students and their parents/carers during year 9 to make the best choices about the final option subjects to take through into year 10 to the end of year 11.
Religious, Sex and Relationship Education, and Citizenship continue to be taught through the 8 Personal Development session each fortnight, and additionally through a series of Drop-Down days where students are released from their normal timetable to attend a series workshops and presentations during the course of the day.
Students in year 10 and 11 have the following lessons each fortnight.


English – 9

Science – 10

Maths – 8

PE – 3

4 Option subjects - 5 hours each

 

All students will have the opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications in English Language, English Literature and Mathematics.
In Science, students work towards either dual certification in Science knows as Trilogy Combined, which is equivalent to two GCSEs, or triple certification in Physics, Chemistry and Biology known as Separate Sciences, which is 3 GCSEs. Again, students and their parents are advised as to the course which will best suit each student’s abilities and aspirations.
All students are expected to take at least one Modern Foreign Language or Humanities subject amongst their option choices.
Subjects and Qualifications
We offer a broad range of subjects so that all students can select those that interest them, play to their strengths, and are relevant to their future study or career aspirations.  These include a wide choice of GCSE and equivalent Vocational qualifications.
Currently the option subjects and qualifications on offer include:

  • Fine Art (GCSE)
  • Business Studies (GCSE)
  • Enterprise and Marketing (OCR Cambridge National)
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition (GCSE)
  • Hospitality and Catering (Eduqas Vocational Award)
  • Citizenship (GCSE)
  • Creative iMedia (OCR Cambridge National)
  • Dance (GCSE)
  • Drama (GCSE)
  • Performing Arts (RSL Vocational Award)
  • French (GCSE)
  • Geography (GCSE)
  • German (GCSE)
  • Design and Technology - Graphics (GCSE)
  • Design and Technology – Resistant Materials (GCSE)
  • Health and Social Care (OCR Cambridge National)
  • History (GCSE)
  • Music (GCSE)
  • Music Technology (VCert)
  • Physical Education (GCSE)
  • Sports Studies (OCR Cambridge National)
  • Photography (GCSE)
  • Religious Studies (GCSE)
  • Spanish (GCSE)
  • Statistics (GCSE)
  • Textiles (GCSE)

This programme means that students are likely to gain 9 or 10 GCSE or equivalent qualifications.
The curriculum model is reviewed annually by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors during the Autumn Term. Special information evenings to provide guidance and advice for the Options process for year 8 and 9 are held in the Spring Term of Years 8 and 9.