Curriculum Overview 2016-17
At Etone College, our aim is to provide every child with a broad and balanced curriculum which inspires them to learn. The design of our curriculum looks to enhance all aspects of their education, including the humanities and linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, social, physical and artistic learning.
Key Stage 3
Pupils build on those skills acquired at Key Stage 2, with a particular focus on enhancing literacy and numeracy (4 lessons per week for English / Maths). There is also particular emphasis on the importance of Ebacc subjects with 3 lessons per week for Science and 2 per week in Modern Foreign Languages, Geography and History.
In order to support the development of technical and creative skills, pupils have 1 lesson per week in Computer Science, Music, Art and Technology.
We are also keen to emphasise the importance of physical development and healthy living with 2 lessons per week of Physical Education.
Key Stage 4
In Year 9, we ask pupils to make informed choices about which subjects they would like to study at GCSE. Every pupil is placed in to one of three pathways which helps guide them towards courses which are appropriate for their ability.
The curriculum structure at Key Stage 4 is designed to create ‘depth of learning’ so that all pupils can realise their potential and achieve the best possible outcomes.
The core curriculum consists of 5 lessons of English alongside 4 lessons of Maths and Science. Pupils also have 1 lesson of Physical Education and 1 lesson of Personal, Social and Health Education.
Pupils are then asked to make choices from 3 option blocks. These have been specifically designed so that pupils fulfil the Ebacc pots for Progress 8 and are able to study a range of different courses.
Key Stage 5
Our Sixth Form curriculum comprises of 4 option blocks. We offer a range of both A-Levels and BTECs which looks to support the skill set and needs of our learners progressing from Key Stage 4.
The curriculum option blocks have also been specifically designed so that it supports particular career pathways and subjects which have similar skill sets.
The sixth form curriculum also includes an ‘Enrichment’ lesson which takes place on a Wednesday Period 5. Pupils have the opportunity to participate in various different activities from sport to cookery.
British Values / SMSC / CIAG
At Etone College, our aim is to promote an ethos and culture which supports the key British values of:
– The rule of law
– Individual liberty
– Mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs7
Our PSHE programme has been specifically designed to emphasise these key values. Pupils have one hour a week in form time in which they are able to learn about these fundamental areas.
Through our provision of SMSC, which is embedded into our curriculum and is explicit in Schemes of Work, Etone College:
• enables pupils to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
• enables pupils to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England;
• encourages pupils to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely;
• enables pupils to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England;
• Further establishes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling pupils to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures;
• encourages respect for other people; and
• encourages respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England.
Careers guidance and future destinations is also an important part of our curriculum and this forms part of our PSHE programme particularly in KS4 and KS5. Several university trips are organised for all year groups and we have a range of guest speakers come to deliver presentations to pupils about future career opportunities.
This year we are organising a Skills Week for our Year 10 pupils where they will have the opportunity to attend a variety of different workshops / placements to develop the necessary skills for future courses and employment. Pupils will have the choice of attending A-Level workshops, work experience, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Sports Leader Programme and Vocational taster sessions.
If you have any concerns or queries regarding the curriculum, please contact Mr. M. Howes.
The Etone Curriculum Information is to be found here in the form of Adobe Reader PDF files.
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