Our Curriculum Philosophy
At KNGS we are intent on opening a world of opportunities ensuring that there are no barriers to aspiration or expectation, developing students with the resilience, independence and skills to be successful. Through our curriculum, students will learn to demonstrate respect and courage in order to flourish.
The curriculum is designed to be broad and balanced at all keys stages, flexible enough to meet the needs of students from all attainment groups, offering the support and challenge to ensure all meet or exceed their potential. The KS3 curriculum, Years 7-9, encompasses all core and foundation subjects for all students. The curriculum offers variety at KS4 and 5 to support a range of pathways through option choices. The curriculum is reviewed annually and where required tailored to meet the needs of specific individual needs.
Different types of skills are taught throughout the curriculum. This includes generic skills which support the students’ learning across the curriculum. These are specifically taught through Year 7 Skills lessons in the humanities and Year 12 skills lessons which support the transition from Year 11 to 12 and 13, focusing on independent learning, research, note taking, review and revision these are then developed through the EPQ qualification. Subject specific skills are taught across the curriculum to ensure progress in each subject area.
Careers Independent Advice and Guidance
Careers is taught as part of the PSHE programme, through off-timetable days and other year group specific events during the year.
Citizenship is taught within PSHE lessons in Key Stages 3 and 4. All students are encouraged to become active citizens as part of their personal development and to participate in charitable events throughout their school life.
Sex and Relationships Education
Sex and Relationships education is delivered through the PSHE Curriculum and visiting speakers. The aims are to provide students with accurate information to help them clarify their own values and attitudes, and to help them practise skills in communication and decision making, which in turn will enable them to make informed choices.
Homework forms a normal part of school life and helps students to work, think and learn independently, it is an essential component of all courses.
A homework timetable for each year is worked out through consultation between subject departments and Heads of Year. The length of time will vary according to the age of the student and the courses followed.
A full and varied extracurricular timetable across sports, creative and academic subjects supports a love of learning. Confidence in leadership, personal responsibility and care for others, creativity and curiosity for the world around them are also well developed through these activities.
We review our curriculum each year to ensure that it is fulfils the needs of individuals and their changing needs. With the opening of a new Sixth Form build in September 2019 and therefore increased space and flexibility, for September 2020 we will be considering a vocational KS5 offer to specifically meet the needs of those students for whom a full A Level curriculum is not appropriate.
The Arts Faculty comprises art, drama, media studies, music, photography, design technologies; textiles, graphics and resistant materials and food and nutrition. Our vision is for all of our students to be able to access and enjoy a wide and varied arts curriculum, both in the classroom and through a range of creative and stimulating extra-curricular activities.
Our faculty is an inclusive one, offering a wide range of extra curricular activities open to all abilities. We carefully consider the learning opportunities that we provide for our students and plan them to reflect the cultural diversity at the school, offering curriculum content that is not only challenging but acknowledges that our students come from a variety of backgrounds.
Students are also to take on leadership opportunities where appropriate. Last year a Year 11 student ran a successful Glee club for Year 7 students, culminating in a performance at a GCSE Art & Photography Exhibition held in Birmingham School of Art in the City Centre.
As a Faculty we consider it important to recognise and celebrate achievement in the Arts, and try to create meaningful opportunities to share out progress and achievements with parents and the local community. We do this through regular performances, for example in the annual Christmas Concert, biannual musical production, arts showcase and annual European music tour with Kings Norton Boys’ School.
The Humanities Faculty is made up of the History, Geography, RE, Sociology and Business Studies. Within the faculty, we aim to give opportunities to broaden the mind and engage in debate studying areas ranging from the slave trade, the environmental impact of human activities and the nature of God to the role of women in contemporary society.
Humanities develop the skills of rigorous critical thinking, clear and effective writing and the ability to understand and interpret the world, past and present. We aim to develop the skills and attributes which will help students survive and thrive within the modern world.
The Science Faculty encompasses six subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Computer Science. Information relating to Biology, Chemistry and Physics can be found under the ‘Science’ header within the subject menu, whilst Psychology and Computer Science can be accessed individually.
The vision of the Science Faculty at KNGS is to enable our students to develop the underpinning knowledge, analytical skills and inquisitive attitude that will enable them to make sense of the world around them both now and in the future.
This includes not only the physical, chemical and biological processes that enable life to exist on our planet but also the psychological issues that shape our behaviour, the businesses that provide our wealth and the computers that enable us to communicate more effectively. Our faculty structure enables us to teach each of the individual subjects to the highest standard and to enable the students to make links across disciplines and so gain a holistic understanding of the physical and social world.
For additional information please contact the school to speak to Mrs Lisa Shakespeare – Deputy Headteacher, Curriculum.