Curriculum

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

We have a diverse curriculum which aspires to respond to the local and national agenda both intelligently and creatively in order to ensure all our pupils always receive a high-quality learning experience. All secondary schools' curriculums have undergone significant reforms which will affect your child at different stages of their school career. 

We believe whole heartedly that in order to access a broad and balanced curriculum, all pupils need to be confident and proficient in the basic skills of Reading, Writing, Communication and Mathematics and they are always given the highest priority . 

Finally, we consider it critical that equal opportunities and fundamental British Values are promoted and realised at all levels of curriculum provision and that this is integral to outstanding practice. Whilst we provide extensive individual and small group withdrawal support where necessary our curriculum is one which always celebrates inclusion and we firmly believe that our diversity as a school ultimately enriches and enhances our curriculum for the benefit of all.

Parents and the local community can find out more about the curriculum we follow at KSA by emailing Mr J Williams (Deputy Headteacher) j.williams@khalsasecondaryacademy.com

Please see our Key Stage Curriculum tabs for more information on specific subjects

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM

Our personal development curriculum forms part of both our academic and wider curriculum and encompasses; Careers Education; PSHE; Citizenship and Enrichment.  These are taught both through formal lessons and through a range of experiences, visits, assemblies, drop down days and insight days.

PSHE is taught in distinct lessons for one hour a fortnight and supported by additional time in tutor periods and in drop down days at key points in the academic year. PSHE lessons incorporate elements of relationships, healthy living, personal and economic wellbeing, living in the wider world, citizenship and British Values. Our curriculum design complies with the 2019 DfE statutory guidance for PSHE.

We offer an array of extra-curricular opportunities which we term “Enrichment”.  All pupils have access to and are actively encouraged to take part in an extensive programme, which seeks to extend their learning and widen their life experiences.  We seek to use active partnerships to support learning wherever possible and encourage pupils to interact with speakers and visiting groups/industries/organisations to extend their communication skills and learning capacity.  Our combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme are a significant component of our enrichment offer and are open to all pupils. The school uses its Pupil Premium and other avenues of funding to ensure that all groups within the school can access these activities.  

Work Related learning is any planned activity that uses the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work.  Through work related learning activities, the school seeks to develop the employability skills of young people, provide them with the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’, raise standards of achievement and encourage positive attitudes to lifelong learning.  Opportunities are provided both within our academic curriculum areas and as planned activities within our enrichment programme.  All pupils staying on into the Sixth Form participate in extended work experience placements throughout Year 12.

Please find the statutory guidance Khalsa Secondary Academy will be following for implementing the Relationship and Sex Education programme of study in readiness for September 2020 here

The aim of RSE is to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It will enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of relationship.

MIXED ABILITY TEACHING, SETTING AND DIFFERENTIATION

Staff are mindful that individual pupils have preferred learning styles: some work well in groups while others prefer to work individually; some perform best in long-term projects while others like well-defined shorter tasks; some respond well to oral work, while others prefer written work.  To take account of these differences and the range of ability in any class, all staff have a responsibility, when planning work, to meet the needs of all pupils. This will involve, at different times, adapting tasks, providing different resources, developing extension work, catering for a variety of learning styles and environments, setting individual goals, providing different levels of support and offering a variety of ways to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.

OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION

Further information on curriculum-related issues may be found in the School Policy Documents, all of which are available from the school. In addition, guidance on the National Curriculum can be found on the website of the Department for Education: http://www.education.gov.uk