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Our Curriculum

The most important underlying principle of the Astrea curriculum…is a relentless belief that all children and students are capable of success with the ultimate aim being to develop students who are equipped to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world with confidence and success, based on their individual starting points and future goals and aspirations.

We have five overarching curriculum aims for our students:

  1. All AAW students leave the academy with ambitions and relevant qualifications which lead onto successful and fulfilling educational and employment pathways and a life full of choice and opportunity.
  2. All AAW students leave the academy having contributed positively to their local community and knowing how they can make a difference locally, regionally and globally.
  3. All AAW students leave the academy with exceptional character and dispositions of (REACH) to flourish in a rapidly changing world around them.
  4. All AAW students leave the academy with exceptional academic and cultural experiences, especially in the creative and performing arts that enriches their understanding of the world around them.
  5. All AAW students leave the academy with an array of positive experiences and memories and a relentless belief that they are capable of success.

 

The primary delivery mode for our curriculum is through lessons. All students follow a 50 period per fortnight timetable; allocations are shown below. The secondary delivery mode for our curriculum is through in-bound and out-bound enrichment and the Apollo and assembly programme which includes three programmes: personal and professional development (PPD), careers and financial education (CFE) and reading, vocabulary and spelling (RVS).

Our curriculum delivery is organised by key stages in a 3-2-3 formation. Key stage 3 comprises Year 7, 8 and 9 delivered over 3 years; key stage 4 comprises Year 10 and 11 delivered over 2 years and key stage 5 comprises Year 12, 13 and 14 delivered over 3 years.

Key Stage 3

Periods (hours) per fortnight Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 8 8 8
Mathematics 8 8 8
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 6 6 6
History 4 4 4
Geography 4 4 4
Spanish 4 4 4
Art 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
Drama 2 2 2
Design & Technology 2 2 2
ICT & Computing 2 2 2
PE & Sport 4 4 4
RS & PSHCE 2 2 2
Apollo Programme* 4 4 4

 

*The Apollo Programme runs daily from 8:30-8:55. This is equivalent to four periods (hours) per fortnight.

 

Key Stage 4

Periods (hours) per fortnight Year 10 Year 11
English 8 8
Mathematics 8 8
Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 10 10
Option subjects:

·       History, Geography

·       Spanish

·       Art, Music, Drama

·       Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition

·       PE & Sport (option)

·       Computing & ICT [vocational]

·       Business [vocational]

·       Health & Social Care [vocational]

·       Construction [vocational]

5 5
PE & Sport (core) 2 2
RS & PSHCE (core) 1 1
Apollo Programme* 4 4

 

*The Apollo Programme runs daily from 8:30-8:55. This is equivalent to four periods (hours) per fortnight.

In the Sixth Form we continue to have the five overarching curriculum aims for our students.

We offer our students a tailored vocational curriculum of BTEC qualifications with flexible sizes equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A-Levels allowing students to flex between qualifications. Alongside this, we offer our students a tailored pastoral curriculum of lessons and workshops in two programmes: Personal and Professional Development (PPD) and Careers and Finance Education (CFE) designed to support students into higher education or employment.

In careers and finance education (CFE) students:

  • Visit colleges and universities to explore Post-18 study routes
  • Visit employers to explore Post-18 training routes
  • Have the opportunity for work experience in Year 12
  • Have advice and guidance on CVs, writing applications and personal statements; interview skills
  • Develop ‘soft skills’ e.g. communication skills, problem-solving skills etc.
  • Have the opportunity to complete additional training and qualifications in a variety of areas linked to career pathways
  • Create links and partnerships with organisations linked to their Post 18 pathway.

 

In personal and professional development (PPD) students:

  • Work towards a leadership qualification to demonstrate leadership skills
  • Work with younger students, helping them with literacy and numeracy to demonstrate team-work skills
  • Develop study skills, such as time management and organisation to help them succeed in Post 16 and beyond
  • Learn new skills and knowledge within specific subject areas which link to their Post-18 pathway
  • Develop communication and presentation skills to fully equip them for life after Woodfields.

 

Key Stage 5

Core Curriculum: Courses / Qualifications on offer 2019/20

Periods (hours) per fortnight Year 12 Year 13
Option subjects:

·       BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

·       BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Science

16 16
Personal Development & Contribution (PDAC) 8 8
Careers & Employability 8 8
Enrichment Programme 26 26
Apollo Programme* 4 4
Self-Directed Study (SDS) 8 8

 

Optional Curriculum: Courses / Qualifications on offer 2019/20

Sports Massage Therapy 4 (Diploma) There are no formal entry requirements.

Course/qualification costs can be discussed with the Sixth Form team.

Personal Training 3 (Certificate)
Exercise Referral 3 (Diploma)
Sports Massage Therapy 3 (Diploma)
Gym Instructing 2 (Certificate)

 

*The Apollo Programme runs daily from 8:30-8:55. This is equivalent to four periods (hours) per fortnight.