We have designed our curriculum to be broad and well balanced, to meet the needs, aptitudes and interests of all of our students. We aim to ensure that all of our students leave Oasis Academy Brightstowe with the qualifications, confidence and range of skills to stand as equals in any circle and for any opportunity.
In Year 7 and 8, our students have approximately 50% of curriculum time on the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. All students access Creative and Artistic subjects. In addition, we teach a unique Aspire programme which includes Personal, Social and Health Education, Careers, IT, Eloquence and Philosophy. The majority of students will study both French and Spanish in Key Stage 3. Students who arrive from primary school with lower Key Stage 2 results will study Spanish only.
In Year 9, our students enter Key Stage 4. They choose their option subjects at the end of Year 8. Approximately two-thirds of our students will choose four options whereas the other third will have extra English and/or Mathematics as deemed appropriate on an individual basis. We make every effort to ensure students have the widest range of options available to them and are provided with sound advice when selecting their option subjects.
In Year 10 students continue their studies towards GCSEs, and will find the amount of home learning and independent study increases, in order to prepare for lessons and examinations. By Year 11, our students increase the time spent on Option Courses to 6 hours per week, to support revision and maximise outcomes. This is backed up by after school Prep and increased regularity of assessments and mock examinations, which will support all students to develop better independence and study techniques, as they move towards 6th form, college and beyond.
Approach to Setting
At Oasis Academy Brightstowe, students are set in some subjects and taught in mixed ability groups in other subjects. The rationale for this is based on the belief that students learn best when their needs can be appropriately met.
Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages
All other subjects: Art, Technology, PE, Aspire, Music, Drama
Year 7 and 8
Each year group is divided into two equal halves. Each half of the year has 3 groups: upper, mid and lower, depending on each child’s Key stage 2 results and information gained following discussions with primary teachers. The aim is to make these groups as balanced as possible, with fairly equal numbers of girls and boys, and from a mix of different primary schools.
Students are taught in mixed ability classes. Each group follows the same broad curriculum map, with some students accessing additional literacy support where necessary.
Year 9, 10 and 11
Students are set in English, Maths and Science. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groupings to work towards their GCSE/alternative qualifications.
The setting process is regularly reviewed within departments. This involves the scrutiny of a broad range of information, such as class teacher records, class work and home learning, examination results and progress tests. In addition, the setting process will consider the needs of students with special educational needs, disabilities, English as an Additional Language, or social-emotional concerns. Any changes to sets are communicated clearly with students, parents and staff.
Key Stage 3
During Year 7 and Year 8, students access a broad and balanced curriculum, developing a sound platform from which to make educational choices. Students follow discrete programmes in the traditional subjects of:
- English Language and English Literature
- Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics)
- Humanities (Geography, History and Philosophy)
- Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish, French)
- Design and Technology (Catering and Resistant Materials)
- Physical Education
Students may also be selected for extra literacy and numeracy support.
Curriculum Options and Outcomes
At the end of year 8, students make Option choices and move into a three-year Key Stage 4. Option choices are recommended by Pathways for students. Pathways are based on a number of factors, including subjects where students have demonstrated they can make excellent progress, subjects which enable students to have a broad and balanced curriculum, and subjects students are interested in studying in order to pursue a chosen career.
Students’ qualifications are grouped into “Buckets”, as part of the government’s new approach to qualification outcomes. All students need to complete qualifications from each of the buckets. The best 8 qualifications across the buckets are calculated for each student’s Attainment 8 (A8) score. It is the A8 score that will be required by employers and further education providers in the future.
The first bucket includes two core subjects of Mathematics and English. These two subjects are so valuable to students that they are worth double all other qualifications. Students will spend approximately one-third of their total curriculum time studying Maths and English at Brightstowe.
The second bucket is known as the Ebacc group, as the qualifications within this bucket represent the other academic subjects included within the English Baccalaureate. These subjects include:
Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Core Science, Additional Science or Combined Science
Modern Foreign Languages: French or Spanish (for native speakers, we can also enable exams to be taken in Polish, Arabic or a number of other languages)
Humanities: Geography or History.
Students’ best 3 subjects from the second bucket above will count towards their A8 score.
The third bucket incudes GCSEs and other approved qualifications. A further 3 subjects from this group counts towards students’ A8 scores.
Students may include a second English qualification (English Literature, for example), Statistics, Religious Education, or other qualifications not counted from the second bucket.
In addition, we offer Technological/Creative/Practical courses including: Music, Drama, PE/Sport, Art and Design, Catering, Product Design, Engineering, IT, Health & Social Care. A small number of students will follow a Combined Curriculum.
If you wish to find out more information about our curriculum, please contact Sally Bott via firstname.lastname@example.org