The Curriculum

Our curriculum philosophy at Rhyddings is simple – we are preparing students for the challenges of an ever changing world, and giving them the skills, capacity and resilience to participate actively as citizens of the 21st Century.

With the removal of levels from the National Curriculum and the loss of National KS3 testing, subject areas at Rhyddings view the their curriculum as a continuous block of learning time during which subject specific skills, knowledge and understanding can be developed, to ensure students leave Rhyddings ready to deal with the unexpected events and changes that life will throw at them.

 

Historically students have begun their learning in most subjects in Year 7 and, in the majority of cases, chosen Options in the same areas through to Year 11 and Level 1/2 qualification (GCSE). Hence the courses and subjects at Rhyddings operated a 5 Year curriculum with a transition to GCSE specific learning across Year 9.

Recently we have made some changes to this approach and to our Option process. Students follow a 2 year lower school curriculum, focusing on relevant skills and knowledge within each subject area and then make their Option choices in the summer of Year 8. This way students begin their Year 9 studies in their GCSE Option classes – allowing a full 3 years of preparation for these important qualifications.

Currently we have a small number of courses that are not taught in Year 7 or 8 and are only available through the Options process.

For any further information, please contact the school directly.

 

The Academic Year

Although the school year is traditionally split in 3 terms, the “learning” year at Rhyddings is split into 4 cycles of approximately 10 weeks each.

During each 10 week cycle specific weeks are set aside for the tasks of core learning, extension & extra-curricular activities, assessment of understanding & progress and reflection on strengths and areas for future development.

A breakdown of how the year is divided and when assessments (during Week 7) are scheduled is available here.

 

The Learning Week

For students in all years there are 25 lessons of 1hr duration in a school week.

The typical split of subjects being studied across the week are shown below. For further information about the topics and areas learned in each subject please click on the subject link in the table:

Subject

Lower school
Lessons per week

Upper School
Lessons per week

English

3

4

Maths

3

4

Science

3

4

Computer Science / ICT

1

2

PE

2

2

RE

1

1

 

Art

2

All Option Subjects

2 lessons per week

Design & Technology

2

Evolve

2

Geography

2

History

2

Spanish

 2

Business

Health & Social Care

Media studies

Travel & Tourism

Some students attend Learning Support (Life Skills) Intervention as part of their regular curriculum provision. Details of provision are available here.

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