Overview

Curriculum Overview

At Kibworth Mead our aim is to produce well-balanced students prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that arise throughout life and the challenges of the 21st century. Therefore we have designed a five year curriculum to give all students access to the best which has been thought, said, written and created in every field of human endeavour. Research shows that a knowledge based curriculum is essential to maximise life chances for young people, and students need to have acquired a strong knowledge base in order to actively lead and participate in a global society.

Our curriculum is ambitious and aspirational for our students, it is designed to draw on their strengths and identify talents that they might not yet know they have and subsequently enables them to get the best grades they possibly can.

The curriculum at Kibworth Mead Academy is broad and balanced with a special focus on the EBacc subjects. This means that, from Year 7, all students study English language and literature, mathematics, the science, geography, history and a language (French or Spanish). Most students will continue in all of these subjects through to GCSE. This core curriculum is enhanced by lessons in computing, drama, music, design, drama, religious studies and PE. Some students will also study vocational subjects through the Cambridge Nationals, leading to a broad variety of post-16 choices and pathways.

Alongside our academic curriculum, we take every opportunity to develop our young people holistically, in our mission to create well-balanced students who are able to make a positive difference to themselves and the world around them. Our values of work hard, be kind, be proud underpin the Kibworth Mead curriculum. This is addressed through our personal development curriculum delivered in tutor time and through the assembly programme, through the formal curriculum in a number of subject areas including religious studies, through extra-curricular activities and in other intangible ways that permeate the ethos of the school.

The curriculum is meticulously planned using cognitive science principles to ensure students develop a solid and deep understanding of each subject over their five year journey at KMA. Subject leads collaborate with other experts across the Trust to share best practice, and sequencing is carefully considered, to ensure knowledge is retained in long term memory.

Our intent is that our aspirational curriculum opens as many doors to our students as possible. The experiences provided for our students throughout the curriculum are planned with their futures in mind. We have planned opportunities for our students to develop their skills in entrepreneurship, innovation and research, all of which are applied to the world around us and the world of work. We have developed many links to industry and business to raise the employability of our students, and to promote their development as well-balanced students prepared for the responsibilities, opportunities and challenges of the 21st century.

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, Computing, Design & Technology, Food, Drama, Business & Enterprise, Physical Education, PSHE.

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, Design Technology, Drama, Music, PE, Sports Studies, Food and Nutrition, Psychology and Sociology.

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