KS1 – KS4 Curriculum
The revised EYFS learning goals in Reception will be covered in a high expectation environment via a creative thematic approach to teaching children across the 17 learning goals in 3 Prime Learning Areas and 4 Specific Areas, covering the 3 characteristics of effective learning and with strong parental involvement in developing the profile. We will use a phonics based approach to teach reading as part of our programme to create free readers who read books for pleasure as well as purpose. We will use the EYFS Profile Handbook to help teachers make accurate judgements about each child’s attainment, and to enable effective moderation of judgements. Seva School will set high expectation gap narrowing targets for Reception pupils.
English and Theme based Primary Curriculum
Our theme based curriculum links learning within a local and global context. It encompasses the importance of context embedded starting points and creative learning strategies as methods to bring learning to life. The curriculum is developed to enthuse and motivate our keen learners across the Key Stages. Pupils are encouraged to learn about cultural events and the international community. Links to our Sikh ethos and values creates a meaningful and stimulating platform for progress and success.
We use the ABBC maths curriculum in KS1-2 and Maths in Focus in KS3. These approaches involve concepts using a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression to anchor learning in the real-world with hands-on experiences. This helps our students to learn through challenges based on their ability, a key principle of our excellence to nurture successful learners.
Enhanced National Curriculum at Key Stage 3
KS3 is a 2-year programme of study with KS4 requiring 3 years. The 3 year programme of study for KS4 will give our pupils more time to prepare for external examination at the end of Year 11. The more able pupils may be able to take exams earlier at the end of their Year 10 and work on more challenging programmes of study in Year 11.
The enhanced version of the NC at KS3 will prepare pupils for KS4 where, based on our curriculum model we would expect the vast majority to exceed the expectations of the current English Baccalaureate. The Enhanced NC will be closely linked to the primary curriculum by using similar delivery methods for introducing topics. All pupils will use the knowledge harvest approach to determine what they already know about a topic and what they need to learn moving forward.
All programmes of study in the enhanced NC at KS3 will start with an exciting topic that will allow for pupils to experience the wow factor as in the primary curriculum. Pupils will also be given opportunities for creative learning, carrying out investigative work and building on life experiences as appropriate.
Key Stage 3
Following the significant changes to secondary national curriculum, and with the increased content of the various GCSE specifications, our KS4 courses now start at the beginning of year 9. This enables our staff and students plenty of time to ensure that the learning is fully embedded and gives our students every opportunity to achieve excellent outcomes at the end of their various examination courses.
The range of subjects on offer, allied to a wide range of enrichment lessons and opportunities, ensures that the curriculum remains broad and balanced.
Details of the KS4 subjects can be found in our option booklet which can be downloaded here.
Curriculum Provision for the Secondary phase
Below is a link to the Curriculum Provision for Secondary Students.