Our Curriculum

Curriculum overview.

 

Key stage 3 curriculum.

 

Kirkby High School has designed a broad and balanced curriculum which caters for pupils’ needs and provides experiences which allow progressive pathways throughout their time in Kirkby High School and also provide opportunities for further education. We utilise a 25-hour teaching week which is broken down as follows.

Clicking on the subject names in the table below will take you to the in-depth overview for that subject.

Subject

Number of Lessons

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English

5

4

4

Maths

4

4

4

Science

3

3

3

Languages

1

2

2

History

2

2

2

Geography*

2

2

2

Religious Studies

1

1

1

Computing

1

1

1

Product Design/Food Studies

1

1

1

Physical Education

2

2

2

Drama

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

Art

1

1

1

Total

25

25

25

 

*There are some pupils who will receive extra literacy through our humanities subjects. These pupils are identified through the use of key stage 2 results and reading age tests carried out throughout key stage 3. The pupils in receipt of the extra literacy input will receive 1 hour of geography time.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum.

 

Pupils in key stage 4 at Kirkby High School follow a core diet of mathematics, English and Science combined with 4 options. For some pupils one of these options will include a vocational option (year 11) or a Kirkby apprenticeship option (year 10). All apprenticeship options offer equivalent points as a GCSE ensuring that pathways to further education are open.

 

Subject

Number of lessons

Year 10

Year 11

X Band

Y Band

X Band

Y Band

English

4

4

4

4

Maths

4

4

4

3

Science

5

4

5

4

Option 1

3

3

3

3

Option 2

3

3

3

3

Option 3

3

3

3

3

Option 4

3

3

Kirkby Apprenticeship

4

Vocational Option

5

Total

25

25

25

25

 

 

Setting arrangements.

 

At Kirkby high school we use a variety of setting arrangements to enhance the progress and educational experiences of our pupils. Some subjects are taught in mixed ability setting while others are taught in ability based sets.

 

Subjects where pupils are taught in ability classes

Subjects where pupils are taught in mixed ability classes

Year 7,8 and 9

English

Mathematics

Modern Foreign Languages

Physical Education

Science

Geography

History

RE

Art

Computing

Drama

Music

Product design/Food studies

Year 10 and 11

English

Mathematics

Science (Double award)

Options subjects

 

 

Options Process

Kirkby High School’s options package includes an options evening with a presentation to parents, an assembly for students and a tailored one to one interview between a member of the senior management team and all pupils and parents. These take place in February and March and offer the chance for parents and pupils to discuss their best routes to further education based on prior attainment and percentage chance tables. The following subjects are compulsory

Subject

Qualification

English Language and literature

GCSE (2 Certificates)

Mathematics

GCSE (2 Certificates)

Science Double or Triple Award

GCSE (2 or 3 Certificates)

 

Students are then able to choose 4 of the following options.

History

Triple Science

Dance

Food and Nutrition

Geography

Physical Education

Music

Creative Imedia

French

Art and Design

Textiles

Photography

Computer Science

Drama

Product Design

Film Studies

Hair and Beauty

Materials Technology

Sport

Childcare