Overview

Curriculum Overview

The overarching goal of the curriculum at Kibworth Mead Academy is to give all students access to the best which has been thought, said, written and created in every field of human endeavour.

The curriculum is framed with the intention of producing well-balanced students prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life and to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. It extends knowledge, experience and imagination in ways which develop critical and analytical capability, awareness of moral values and capacity for enjoyment. Research underpins the practices we use in the classroom to deliver our curriculum. Developing in our students an understanding in the cognition of learning itself.

The students’ spiritual, moral and ethical development is addressed through the formal curriculum in a number of subjects, including religious education lessons. It also occurs informally through assemblies, numerous extra-curricular activities, residential experiences and in other intangible ways which permeate the ethos of the school.

Kibworth Mead Academy has a comprehensive PSHE programme which supports out students to become valuable members of society who can make meaningful contributions to the local and wider community and enrich the lives of others. Students are able to question, challenge and be resilient as well as being equipped with the values and skills which lead them to be safe, have a fulfilled life, have enjoyable relationships and take responsibility for their wellbeing and sexual health. Topics are delivered by qualified teaching staff as well as outside expert providers for specialist input. Aspects of the PSHE curriculum are also covered through a Tutor Curriculum which includes relevant assemblies weekly, and in areas throughout the subject curriculums.

From Year 7 we support our students to start considering who they are, what they enjoy and their strengths and weaknesses. We embed ‘careers’ throughout all curriculum areas to ensure the transition from education to employment is natural and specifically suited to our students. The subject then continues through Years 8-11 at Kibworth Mead Academy to include specific careers advice as well as general information and experiences of work placements, ensuring they are fully prepared for their Post 16 choices.

Courses of study

Key stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

English, Mathematics, Science, a Modern Language (French or Spanish), History, Geography, Religious Studies, Music, Art, ICT, Design & Technology, Food, Drama, Business & Enterprise, Physical Education, PSHCE including Citizenship through Humanities.

Key stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), a Modern Language (French or Spanish), a Humanities (History or Geography) Religious Education and Physical Education.

Students may also choose additional subjects from a broad range including Business Studies, Economics, Computer science, Art, Drama, Music, PE, Sports Studies, Food and Nutrition, Psychology and Sociology.

TKS Curriculum Policy November 2020

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