Learning at Frederick Gent School
Built around the core subjects of English, maths and sciences, our inclusive curriculum aims to prepare all students to be successful in both formal examinations and their future lives. Our curriculum, across all five-year groups, gives students the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects, skills and different learning styles. Throughout the early years at Frederick Gent School, most students will be given the opportunity to study a range of humanities’ subjects, discover the language and culture of a foreign country, explore the arts through music, art, dance and drama, practise manual skills through design technology and food, learn to work in the world of information technology and digital media as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle through physical education. As students progress, all are given the opportunity to choose which of these subjects, alongside the core elements, that they will continue to study up to examination level, at the end of Year 11.
The Year 8 curriculum allows students to continue to experience a broad range of subjects in preparation for forthcoming GCSE subject preferences in Year 9. This is also taught in ability groups with some content also based on ability bands All students will study a core offer of maths, English, science, art, computing, design and technology, geography, history, religious studies, music and physical education with an additional session for Accelerated Reader programme. All students will also continue to study French, with the exception of those students who previously studied the project curriculum, who will use this time to continue to develop their literacy and numeracy skills instead. Those students who also studied both French and German in year 7, will continue to study both languages.
In Year 9 individual preference is taken into account, with students starting to study GCSE courses and equivalents in a wide range of subjects alongside the core curriculum of maths, English, science (for students choosing the triple science option, this time is used in addition to deliver the three sciences), physical education, religious studies, computing and Accelerated Reader. All students study an additional 4 subjects which may include German, history, geography, triple science (biology, chemistry and physics) dance, drama, computing, creative iMedia, physical education and sport, travel and tourism, food and nutrition, design and technology, art, photography and construction and the built environment.
Years 10 and 11
The curriculum for Year 10 and 11 continues to support students’ preparations for examinations and their post-16 progression pathways. Students study their preference subjects along with the core offer of maths, English, science (triple science students continue to use this time to study the three sciences) and physical education. Religious studies’ themes are delivered in tutor time and PSHE days.
PSHE days, citizenship and British Values
The school has five designated PSHE Days a year. The purpose of the PSHE Days is for pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work.
Complimentary to the PSHE Days, pupils have the explicit opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of core British values of democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs alongside their spiritual, moral, social and cultural capital development in a weekly designated tutor time and assemblies.
Timetable and curriculum allocations
The timetable is divided into five one hour lessons per day. The allocations for each curriculum area, in each year are as follows:
Years 7 and 8
|Year 7||Year 7 alternative||Year 8||Year 8 alternative|
|Design and technology||1||0||1||1|
|Additional Eng/ maths||0||3||0||3|
Years 9, 10 and 11
|Year 9||Year 10||Year 11|
SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION
All students will participate in some form of sex and relationship education (SRE). It involves teaching children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It does not promote early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation.
The aim of the sex and relationships education is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships.
Some parts of sex and relationship education are compulsory - these are part of the national curriculum for science. Parents can withdraw their children from all other parts of sex and relationship education if they want by providing a written request to the Curriculum Leader for PSHE – Miss Smith. All parents are informed of the sessions, in advance of each programme commencing.
In Year 7, pupils learn about the changes that take place during puberty. This allows the opportunity for playground myths to be dispelled and provides the opportunity for students to understand both the physical and emotional changes that take place during adolescence. People from the integrated Sexual Health Services for the NHS visit the school to speak to pupils. Pupils also learn about healthy relationships and how to manage conflict.
In Year 8, work focusses on the law with students working alongside the local PCSO on topics such as sexting, keeping safe online plus the law in relation to sexual activity.
Year 8 students also develop their understanding and knowledge of different relationships and equality including the LGBTQ community.
In Year 9, the curriculum looks at sexual health, different methods of contraception, future risks linked to STIs, the importance of consent and domestic violence. External visitors from the integrated Sexual Health Services for the NHS work with students to cover the range of different aspects of this area.
In Years 10 and 11, work covers a range of more mature topics and themes. Students look at teenage pregnancy and parental responsibility in young people with a focus on reality for teenage parents and challenging pre-conceived ideas and myths. In addition, students also study what makes a healthy and unhealthy relationship. Students in these years will also have the opportunity to revisit previously taught topics focussing on age of consent and sexuality.
For further information regarding curriculum content, please see the relevant year group page or contact the specific Head of Curriculum Area or Mr Bradshaw - Deputy Headteacher, Systems & Processes.