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Highdown School
and Sixth Form Centre

Curriculum Mix 2021-22

This is how we break up the curriculum for each subject in terms of teaching time in minutes each fortnight.

Key Stage 3

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Accelerated Reader 60 60 0
Art 120 180 120
Computing & ICT 120* 120* 120*
Design and Technology 120 120 120
Drama 180 120 120
English 480# 420 480
Geography 180 180 180
History 180 180 180
MFL (French/Spanish/Chinese**) 240 180 240
Mathematics 480 420 480
Music 120 180 120
Physical Education 240 240 240
PSHCE (mentor period & assembly)*** 150 150 150
Religious Education 60 120 120
Science 360 420 480
STEAM 60 60 0

 

* Plus technology rotation

** Students following the Mandarin Excellence Programme will have additional lessons per week

# Students close to, or below, expected standard will have additional 60 minutes per fortnight of English teaching

*** PSHCE is also thought through drop down days

     

Key Stage 4

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English* 480 480
Mathematics 480 480
Science 600 600
Physical Education 120 120
PSHCE (mentor period & assembly)** 150 150
Religious Education/Ethics or Citizenship 240 240
Option A 360 360
Option B 360 360
Option C 360 360
Technical qualifications (within options)* 300 300

*Students on Technical 1 or EAL pathway have an additional lesson of English each fortnight and a lesson of LiFB each         fortnight.  Students on the MAIN or EBacc pathways studying technical subject will also have a lesson of LiFB each fortnight. 

**PSHCE is also taught through drop down days

 

Key Stage 5, Post-16

Students in Year 12 and 13 will have 600 minutes of taught lessons per subject per fortnight. In Year 12, students will also have timetabled enrichment for 120 minutes per fortnight.

In Year 12 and 13, all students studying less than 4 A-Levels, will have one or two timetabled Supervised Study Sessions (60 minutes each) as part of their study programme. Students studying Level 2 qualifications will have up to 12 lessons of 60 minutes each per week. Students in the Sixth Form attend Mentor period for 250 minutes per fortnight.

 

 

If you would like more information about our curriculum please contact John Reid, Deputy Head [Curriculum and Professional Learning].