Glossopdale School

 

 

Curriculum Statement

The Glossopdale School Curriculum from Year 7 to Year 13 aims to:

Deliberately, precisely and robustly address social disadvantage while ensuring meaningful, connected and long-term learning for all students

By:

Providing varied and ambitious subject curricula that accelerate students’

 

  • Written and verbal literacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Cultural knowledge

 

Carefully sequencing the teaching of skills and knowledge within year groups and across key stages to:

 

  • Develop mastery
  • Address typical gaps in knowledge at the start of each unit/year/key stage
  • Address specific gaps in knowledge in response to assessment data
  • Build on learning in KS2
  • Effectively transition between key stages

 

Based on evidence and research, developing subject and whole school pedagogical approaches to:

 

  • Setting and responsive teaching
  • Teaching meta-cognition and study skills
  • Knowledge retention and retrieval

 

Widen all students’ access to, knowledge, understanding and experience of cultural capital

By:

Embedding opportunities to learn about:

 

  • Theatre and performance
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Local heritage
  • Environmental issues and activists
  • Literary heritage
  • Linguistic heritage
  • Biblical references
  • Musical history and genres
  • Different sports and their histories
  • Languages
  • Cultural immersion
  • Politics
  • Law
  • History of science/scientists
  • Technological developments

 

 

Providing engaging resources and opportunities such as:

 

  • Documentaries
  • High quality literature
  • Trips
  • Visitors and workshops
  • Super Learning Days


 

Develop the essential learning habits and values needed to support academic progress, cultivate personal integrity and foster motivation to learn

By:

Explicitly teaching and fostering the school’s learning habits:

 

  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Equipped
  • Proud
  • Attentive
  • Respectful
  • Engaged

 

Explicitly teaching and fostering the school’s learning habits:

 

  • Tenacity
  • Hard work
  • Responsibility
  • Independence
  • Visionary
  • Excellence

 

Using the following mechanisms:

 

  • Tutor time activities
  • Rewards
  • Assemblies
  • Homework
  • Leadership roles and responsibilities

 

Improve and develop standards of written and oral Literacy

By:

Embedding the following in every subject curriculum:

 

  • Use of Tier 2 and 3 vocabulary
  • Spelling
  • Technical accuracy in writing and speaking
  • Reading skills and strategies

 

Using varied and rich resources:

 

  • Units centred around subject-specific texts
  • Reading classics in tutor time
  • Displays
  • Reading lists in subjects

 

Accelerating the progress of Y7 students who arrive to use below the expected level:

 

  • A robust programme of intervention in English and Maths Y7
  • Intervention in Y8 and beyond for those who have not caught up


 

Provide a wide variety of engaging, transformational extra-curricular activities that allow students to contribute, collaborate and lead within and beyond the school community

By:

Offering clubs, trips, competitions, celebrations and awareness weeks to develop knowledge, skills and motivation in:

 

  • Public speaking
  • Technology
  • Different sports
  • Nature / environment
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Art
  • Poetry
  • Cookery
  • Science
  • Problem-solving

 

Creating valued and varied opportunities to become ambassadors and student leaders in the areas of:

 

  • Sports
  • Mental health
  • Literacy
  • Academic subjects
  • School improvement
  • Community/fundraising
  • Mentoring
  • Year specific role eg. prefects


 

Provide an education beyond the academic that improves students’ personal knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy

By:

Delivering high quality, evidence-based and age-appropriate teaching of subjects fundamental to students’ personal development, helping to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life:

 

  • Responsible citizens
  • British values
  • Equality of opportunity/difference
  • Character development
  • Online and offline risks
  • Social media
  • Physically and mentally healthy lifestyles
  • Healthy relationships

 

Promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of students, at school and in society:

 

  • Beliefs, faiths, moral development, community and different cultures
  • Mental health and wellbeing
  • Understanding and managing emotions
  • Families
  • The Law

 

Ensure all of our students are fully prepared for the next stage of their education or employment

By:

Explicitly teaching and mapping the following skills in relevant subject curriculum maps:

 

  • Sixth form recruitment
  • Money management
  • Future career opportunities
  • Job and university applications
  • Aspirations to university and university life
  • Study skills

 

In addition to providing resources and opportunities such as:

 

  • Visitors + visits
  • Past students
  • Tutor time programme
  • Study skills programme
  • Displays
  • Super Learning Days
  • Assemblies