Government Curriculum expectations
- Education is not optional
- Curriculum remains broad and balanced
- Remote Education (Where needed)
- KS3 – Majority of curriculum is taught
- KS4 – Study their examination subjects
The Covid19 recovery curriculum was designed and implemented in August 2020 after it was clear that SHS ‘normal’ timetable and curriculum couldn’t continue this academic year. The timetable and curriculum model is based around the government expectations listed above, and in all areas this is met and often exceeded.
SHS is able to offer a COVI19 recovery curriculum that covers all subject areas. We have not discontinued any subject. The curriculum remains broad and balanced with students maintaining pre COVID19 curriculum time allocations.
KS3 students are in tutor group bubbles and to reduce movement around school they access their curriculum from one designated classroom. Their programme of study has been adapted by leaders to allow a knowledge rich curriculum to be taught in one classroom to a group of mixed ability students. The use of specialist classrooms for practical work is not available for KS3, therefore practical subjects such as Science, Technology, IT have adapted lessons to teach in a more traditional theory based style. Practical opportunities are built into home learning, and the use of video demonstrations helps students understand. Creative Arts have been able to continue with practical lessons in the classroom with Dance and PE accessing their usual sports facilities.
KS4 students have had minimum changes to their curriculum. Students access practical/specialist classrooms where possible and they remain in pathways, that move between classrooms for the purposes of options and streaming. Year group bubbles are allocated specific wings of the school and each year group in KS4 has access to a minimum of two computer suites.
RSHE became compulsory in September 2020, with government expectations that teaching begins by summer 2021. We are fully compliant and have implemented RSHE fully in September 2020. RSHE is taught primarily by the student’s tutor in timetabled weekly lessons.
Remote Learning is fully embedded using Google Education. We are now able to stream live lessons to bubbles who are isolating and by staff who are isolating from home. Absentees are set work daily using Google Classroom where students are able to access their normal curriculum online. For those who are unable to access technology from home, Year Achievement Leaders are able to set paper based tasks.