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Apollo

Leader of Apollo: Mr A Marshall (Associate Vice Principal)

Leader of Apollo (Sixth Form): Miss J Bain (Leader of Sixth Form)

Lead Tutors of Apollo: Miss R Hodgson (Year 7), Mrs R Murray (Year 10), Mrs S Khan (Year 11).

Apollo is our all-through Year 7 to 13 programme delivered by Apollo tutors. The Apollo programme comprises of a daily Apollo lesson (P1) as well as enrichment events and activities planned throughout the year. The Apollo programme is designed to provide students with the key knowledge and skills to help them develop personally and professionally. The Apollo programme runs horizontally with students based in a year-specific group but the programme also runs vertically with phase-specific groups for certain events and activities e.g. the careers programme.

The Apollo programme covers three areas:

  • Reading, Vocabulary and Spelling (RVS)
  • Personal and Professional Development (PPD) alongside our PSHEE curriculum
  • Careers and Financial Education (CFE) alongside our Careers curriculum

The Apollo programme delivered during period one is divided into two parts:

 

The Apollo programme includes a number of focus days and weeks e.g. National Parliament week, where all students follow an academy-wide focus.

Reading, Vocabulary and Spelling (RVS)

The Apollo programme includes one or two reading, vocabulary and spelling (RVS) sessions each week. These sessions are part of our curriculum intention that students:

 

  • Cultivate a love of reading and reading for pleasure.
  • Develop their reading (to meet and exceed age-related expectations in accuracy, fluency and comprehension).
  • Develop their vocabulary through acquisition and usage of academic words.
  • Improve their spelling through acquisition and usage of academic words.
  • Develop their cultural capital, particularly through exposure to varied literature. During RVS sessions students are expected to read a book (fiction or non-fiction) or other suitable reading materials which can include anthologies of poetry, plays, novellas, periodicals, journals or academic magazines.
  • Students have an Apollo book and folder to complete a reading log and spelling and vocabulary tests.

Personal and Professional Development (PPD)

The Apollo programme supplements our Careers Programme and PSHEE and Safeguarding programmes by providing an additional Personal and Professional Development (PPD) session each week. This session is part of our curriculum intention that students:

 

  • Explore and develop the eight essential skills needed for success in future education and careers.
  • Develop their portfolios of evidence to demonstrate where these eight essential skills have been practised and developed.
Listening Presenting Problem Solving Creativity
Staying Positive Aiming High Leadership Teamwork
  • The two essential skills covered in PPD during the autumn term are: staying positive and aiming high.
  • Students have an Apollo book and folder to complete a skills log.

Careers and Financial Education (CFE)

The Apollo programme includes one or two Careers and Financial Education (CFE) sessions per week. These sessions are part of our curriculum intention to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmark areas (CEIAG) and the ‘financial and economic’ element of the PSHEE and Citizenship curriculum. These sessions are part of our curriculum intention that students:

 

  • Acquire and develop their financial knowledge, skills and attitudes across four key themes: how to manage money; how to be a critical consumer; how to manage risks and emotions associated with money; to understanding the important role money plays in their lives.
  • Acquire and develop their careers knowledge, skills and attitudes across key themes including: progression into FE/HE; progression into apprenticeships and traineeships and making positive post-14, 16- and 18- choices.
  • Participate in employability and enterprise events and activities.
  • Participate in work-related learning (WRL) events and activities; including learning from labour market information (LMI).

The CFE sessions are part of our wider curriculum intention that all students participate in a stable careers programme from Year 7 to 13 which includes receiving targeted advice, information and guidance (IAG) from our independent and impartial careers advisors (from Careers Inc.) tailored to personal need and career intentions/aspirations.

Apollo Curriculum Map 2019-20

 

  • Link to Apollo Curriculum Map 2019-20
  • Link to Academic Word List (AWL) for Apollo RVS sessions 2019-20