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The Basildon Academies

OUR LOWER ACADEMY Curriculum

The key focus of the curriculum at the Lower Academy is ‘Active Learning’.

This focus ensures all students have the opportunity to participate and develop oracy, teamwork, leadership, cooperative skills and, a passion for learning. 

At the academy we run a three year Key Stage 4 where our students choose their GCSE/Vocational options at the end of Year 8, and begin studying them in Year 9.  Our Year 9 students will continue to study these options when they transition to the Upper Academy in Year 10.

Our curriculum model increases the opportunities for our students to experience instant success, supporting their motivation and esteem.  The model provides a clarity of focus for Year 8 and 9 students through engagement in the options process and beginning their GCSEs/Vocational qualifications. Our curriculum model supports transition from the Lower to Upper Academy. 

The impact on our learners is enhanced active learning opportunities, early portfolio successes, strengthened core skills, and differentiated learning opportunities that maximize progress. Our students become strong reflective learners that take ownership of their progress.

The progress students make is tracked using Personalised Learning Checklists. This allows lessons to continually diagnose the progress students make and provide therapies to support learners in the areas where they need it most. In Years 7 and 8 progress is measured using Academy Progress Steps, and in Year 9 it is measured using GCSE/Voc grades.

The curriculum is taught over a 25 period, one week timetable.  Lessons run for 1 hour. The 2018/19 KS3 curriculum model is:

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

4

4

5

Maths

4

4

5

Science

4

4

4

History

1

1

1 EBACC Option from

Hi/Geo/Fr

2hrs

Geography

1

1

Active Hums

1

1

French

1

1

1

Art & Design

1

1

 

Technology & Engineering

1

1

3 Options

6hrs (2hrs per option)

Performing Arts

1

1

Business & ICT

1

1

 

Catering & Hospitality

1

1

 

PE

2

2

1

PSHE (RESPECT & SRE)

1

1

 

Mentoring

1

1

1

Total

25

25

25

Enrichment sessions run daily for Year 7, 8 & 9 from 2.30 – 3.00pm

All students engage in an enrichment of their choice each day as part of their curriculum.  The enrichment activity takes place for 30 minutes, forming an essential part of our core curriculum. We recognise the power and impact that quality enrichment can have on young lives and minds.

Our enrichment programme is an essential and valuable part of our school day. The age appropriate enrichment model supports a ‘Passion for Learning’ in Key Stage 3, a ‘Passion for Purpose’ in Key Stage 4 and a ‘Passion for Life’ in Key Stage 5. Our enrichment curriculum builds student resilience, self-esteem, sense of belonging and love of learning.  It provides equity of opportunity, stretch & challenge, employability skills and broad experiences.  The enrichment curriculum supports our student cultural capital and social mobility.

We are proud that the academy provides curriculum pathways catering for specific needs. To provide challenge for the most able students, and target support for those in need we have developed an Express Pathway and a Nurture Pathway.