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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

Our curriculum is carefully designed to respond to the needs of all our students and our community. We aim for students to find learning exciting and challenging. We are clear that teaching which is engaging and crafted around a thorough understanding of each student enables them to succeed. The curriculum at The Hayesbrook School develops an in-depth knowledge across a broad and balanced range of subjects. We know that students’ personal development is as important as their academic success and that not all brilliant achievements will be in lessons. Our curriculum experience includes a wide range of trips, visits and events, helping students to achieve beyond our expectations. 

Our aim is for the curriculum:

  • To be broad and balanced and offer students a wide range of experiences both in and outside of the classroom.
  • To develop every student’s skills, knowledge and understanding.
  • To encourage an enjoyment of learning, now and for the future.
  • To develop students’ confidence, self-esteem and aspiration to aim high, achieve their very best and to be successful, responsible citizens.
  • To ensure students have an understanding of fundamental British values, including those of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.
  • To ensure rapid progress towards their individual success and the career or university of their choice.

Delivering the vision

The curriculum is taught in lessons of 60 minutes which follow a two week timetable. Please refer to the curriculum content information for each subject (below) for detailed information on how the curriculum is structured and also how students are assessed.

Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9:

Students in key stage 3 follow a curriculum comprising the core subjects of Maths, English and Science (which form just under 50% of the timetable), modern foreign languages, food technology, resistant materials, history, geography, computing, PE. They also study performing arts which includes drama, music and music technology. The key stage 3 curriculum also includes discrete lessons for personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE). The range of trips and visits to complement the curriculum experience are detailed in the drop down tab below.

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in PSHCE, history, geography and in English. The PSHCE curriculum also includes careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education.

Class allocations in Key Stage 3 are created based on prior attainment data and are reviewed after each assessment point throughout the academic year, changes can be made to ensure that students are in the group best suited to their needs.

Key stage 4 – years 10 and 11:

The core curriculum for students in years 10 and 11 covers Maths, English Language, English Literature and Science (which form just over 50% of the timetable) and PE (non-examined). We offer students the chance to study either the trilogy science course which incorporates a blend of chemistry, physics and biology or the discrete triple course which delivers 3 GCSE qualifications; one for each of the sciences. This is dependent on their aptitude and aspirations. The range of trips and visits to complement the curriculum experience are detailed in the drop down tab below.

In addition students choose their individual pathway through the options process. Subjects are chosen from a range of GCSE and BTEC qualifications, all selected carefully to ensure they offer variety and quality currency for their next steps into post-16 study and beyond.

Students choose 3 options from:

history, geography, food technology, resistant materials, graphics, performing arts, sports science, construction and the built environment,  business studies, computer science and art

The teaching of British values is incorporated within all subjects but especially in history, geography and in English. The PSHCE curriculum, including careers, sex and relationships and drug and alcohol education is delivered through a series of theme days and curriculum events at different points throughout the academic year.

Key stage 5 – years 12 and 13:

Please refer to the Sixth Form area of the website for information regarding the curriculum, course choices and entry requirements.

If you would like the information regarding the curriculum in a paper format, or further details about the curriculum and its content, please contact Miss Nelson, Senior Vice Principal, on 01732 500600.

Year 7 Curriculum 

There is one band in Year 7. The classes are allocated based on prior attainment at KS2 and then reviewed as we collect assessment data. The year group are taught in 3 groups for the majority of subjects and in 4 groups for Technology, Food Technology and Citizenship.

 

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science

7 Lessons
7 Lessons
6 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Art
Languages
Geography
History
Performing Arts
PE
Technology
ICT
Food Technology
Citizenship

2 Lessons
4 Lessons
4 Lessons
4 Lessons
3 Lessons
4 Lessons
2 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons

TOTAL: 48 Lessons

Year 8 Curriculum 

There is one band in Year 8. The classes are allocated based on prior attainment at KS2 and internal school data collected in Year 7 and 8 as we collect assessment data. The year group are taught in 3 groups for the majority of subjects and in 4 groups for Technology, Food Technology and French.

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science

7 Lessons
7 Lessons
7 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Art
Languages
Geography
History
Performing Arts
PE
Technology
Food Technology
ICT
Citizenship

2 Lessons
3 Lessons
4 Lessons
4 Lessons
3 Lessons
4 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lessons
2 Lessons
2 Lessons
 

TOTAL: 48 Lessons

Year 9 Curriculum 

There is one band in Year 9. The classes are allocated based on prior attainment at KS2 and internal school data collected in Year 7, 8 and 9, as we collect assessment data. The year group are taught in 2 groups for the majority of subjects and in 3 groups for Technology, Food Technology and Core PE.

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science

8 Lessons
7 Lessons
7 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Geography
History
PE
ICT
Citizenship
Art
Languages
Technology
Performing Arts
Food Technology

4 Lessons
4 Lessons
4 Lessons
2 Lessons

2 Lessons
2 Lessons
3 Lessons
2 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lesson

TOTAL: 48 lessons

Years 10 and 11 Curriculum 

Year 10:

Students are taught the Core curriculum in 4 teaching groups. All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and either Science Trilogy or Triple Science. The year group is taught across an a and b band, with science, English and maths teaching groups discretely within the bands. Students select a further three GCSEs or BTEC courses to study (in mixed ability groups) and all participate in Core PE lessons.

Option A

Option B

Option C

  • Business BTEC
  • Food Techology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Business BTEC
  • French
  • Food Technology
  • Sport BTEC
  • Technology
  • Art
  • Geography
  • History
  • Technology
  • Computer Science

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science

9 Lessons
8 Lessons
9 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Option A
Option B
Option C

6 Lessons
6 Lessons
6 Lessons

OTHER

PE

4 Lessons

TOTAL: 48 Lessons

Year 11:

Students are taught the Core curriculum in 5 teaching groups. All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and either Science Trilogy or Triple Science. The year group is taught across an a and b band, with science, English and maths teaching groups discretely within the bands. Students select a further three GCSEs or BTEC courses to study (in mixed ability groups) and all participate in Core PE lessons.

 

Option A

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History

Option B

  • Performing Arts
  • Art
  • Business BTEC
  • Geography
  • Sport BTEC

Option C

  • Technology
  • Food Technology
  • History
  • Business BTEC

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science

9 Lessons
8 Lessons
9 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Option A
Option B
Option C

6 Lessons
6 Lessons
6 Lessons

OTHER

PE

4 Lessons

 TOTAL: 48 Lessons

A small group of students follow a vocational course at West Kent College.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum 

Students study BTEC/vocational or A Level courses in Key Stage 5 or a combination of both, dependent upon their GCSE results. Most students are expected to study 3 subjects in Year 12 and Year 13.

BTEC / Vocational

Business Studies (Single or Double)

Digital Creative Media

Information Technology

Medical Science

Sport

 

or

or

or

or

 

9 Lessons

AS/A2

Geography

Graphics

History

Mathematics

Physics

Chemistry

 

or

or

or

or

or

 

 

10 Lessons

Additional Studies

Extended Project

English and Maths Level 2 resits

Tutorial

Work Experience (Year 12)

 

 

1 hour per week

2 hours per week

1 session of 15 minutes per day

 

The programmes of study for each subject can be found below:

Art

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

Year 7

In Year 7, students are taught the key art skills while exploring a variety of artists and art movements. They will enjoy exploring the possibilities of various 2D and 3D materials and be encouraged to take creative risks to develop their ideas and skills.

Students study ten important artists, past and present, to give them a background knowledge of their work and influences. Some of the artists studied are Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Seurat, Norman Rockwell, Pollock, and Mantegna. Students learn to build a sketchbook throughout the year responding to each of these artists using a different media discipline, such as painting, photography, collage, printing, drawing skills, pastels, 3D and clay work.

Year 8

In this year we study arts and crafts from different countries and their influence on Western Art and culture. We encourage them to explore more technical processes, printing in more depth and mixed media.

They study African Art and its influence on Picasso, this project incorporates both drawing skills, design skills and finally reduction lino prints. They then move onto Aboriginal Art, focusing strongly on understanding visual language, symbolism and story-telling. They then work collaboratively to create a large scale mixed media piece of work.

Year 9

This year is a GCSE foundation year, where students are given a taster of what is involved if they wish to continue with their art education into Years 10 and 11. Students are encouraged to explore a range of media to hone and refine their skills. They study aspects of portraiture through print, mixed media, painting and graphic drawing as well as the more traditional aspects of observational work.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Students work towards a GCSE in Fine Art.  At the core of this course, students will learn:

  • To develop skills and express feelings and meanings by working with materials, tools and techniques, and the visual language of art, craft and design
  • To observe and record, to develop ideas by working from direct experience, memory and imagination
  • To understand and change ideas to achieve set aims
  • To visualise ideas, by collecting and using a wide range of reference materials
  • To respond practically and imaginatively to the work of artists, craft workers and designers
  • To explore art, craft and design in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts.

Business Studies

Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.

David Rockefeller

Everything in life involves business. Think about that new pair of trousers you bought last week and then think of what businesses made it possible for you to be wearing them right now?

The obvious ones are the shop and the manufacturer but what about the cotton growers? The label makers? The delivery company? Even the companies that manage the finances of all those businesses (accountants). Thinking about all those processes and people allows you begin to understand what Business Studies is all about.

Design & Technology

Design is thinking made visual.

Saul Bass


“Design and Technology is a subject that enthuses and motivates young people because it is open ended and creative and uses problem solving – and these are just the type of skills employers are looking for.” (Rhys Morgan – Royal College of Engineering)

The vast majority of our students enjoy its practical, hands on approach to learning, which is underpinned with knowledge and understanding. This is applied across the different areas of the department which include food technology, graphics and resistant materials.

 

English

If you don't try at anything, you can't fail. It takes backbone to lead the life you want.

 Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates


Reading and writing, the basic principles involved in the study of English, serve as the gateway to a deeper level of thought. Studying literature and observing personal reactions can make one more aware of his or her own values - there is no area of study that English and communication skills do not influence.

French

Vous n'êtes pas encore arrivés mais vous êtes plus proche qu'hier.  (You haven't arrived yet, but you are closer than yesterday.)

(Anon)


The study of a modern language should broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries. Just one in four of the world’s population speaks English, which means having another language will give your child countless opportunities to meet new people, make friends and network. It is reported that close to seven in ten teenagers say they’d like to work abroad at some point and the study of a language could help them in almost any career and open up opportunities at home and abroad.

Geography

Geography is a subject which holds the key to our future.

Michael Palin - Comedian, Actor and Television Presenter


Geography is one of the most interesting and relevant courses you can study. Issues such as climate change, migration, the environment and social cohesion are at the forefront of the political agenda. Student Geographers develop a wide range of skills including  data handling, problem solving, critical evaluation and field work skills.

History

History does not repeat itself, except in the minds of those who do not know history.

Kahil Gibran


Have you have wondered why Henry VIII had six wives or why the French Revolution happened, or whether the holocaust could happen again? In the space of just three years in KS3, we cover the main highlights of British, European and world history from 1066 to 1991.

ICT and Computing

Personal computers have become the most empowering tools we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity and they can be shaped by their user

Bill Gates


In a world where computer technology is constantly changing, indivduals will increasingly need to develop their knowledge in the fields of computing, ICT and digital literacy. These skills are now as essential as the traditional skills of numeracy and literacy.

Maths

“The important thing to remember about mathematics is not to be frightened” 

Richard Dawkins


Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills. Not only will maths give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

Music and Performing Arts

Music in the soul can be heard by the universe

Lao Tzu


Music is a universal language which stems from a multitude of cultures and societies.  It was one of our earliest forms of communication.  Music education should aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop both a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Music at the Hayesbrook school will focus on many different types of world music, including music theory knowledge and understanding of specific instruments with a high proportion of the lessons being based on practical activities.

Physical Education

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.

John F. Kennedy


At the heart of the PE curriculum is a philosophy of inclusion, enjoyment, high quality teaching and learning and holistic development of all students. The department focuses on healthy active lifestyles, development of physical literacy, the development of critical thinking skills and mental toughness. Inclusion and development of humanistic values remain at the heart of extra-curricular school sport, with more of a focus leaning towards development of the competitive mind set, resilience and mastery of skills and aspirations to be elite performers.

Science

The important thing is to never stop questioning.

Albert Einstein


Science is a fascinating subject that enables students to develop their understanding of their bodies and the importance of keeping fit and healthy to how the wider world around them works.  Studying Biology, Physics and Chemistry can lead to a multitude of careers including psychology, medicine, sport and exercise and pharmacology. Learning Science will help to nurture scientific literate citizens of the future, who will be to use their knowledge to solve every day, and future issues.

Spanish

Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going.

Rita Mae Brown


The study of a modern language should broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries. Just one in four of the world’s population speaks English, which means having another language will give your child countless opportunities to meet new people, make friends and network. It is reported that close to seven in ten teenagers say they’d like to work abroad at some point and the study of a language could help them in almost any career and open up opportunities at home and abroad.

 

Enrichment Hour - Thursdays

You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and always challenge yourself to try new things.

Nate Berkus


The Enrichment afternoon allows students to experience a variety of activities outside of their normal timetabled lessons. It has been designed to give students the opportunity to select from a wide range of alternative activities, all of which aim to broaden their personal, social, moral and spiritual development. The enrichment afternoon was established to support some of the key outcomes of the 'Every Child Matters' agenda, such as enjoying and achieving, being healthy and making a positive contribution.

The activities have been decided through consultation with staff and students and involve both onsite and offsite activities. Examples include skiing, golf, Young Leaders, sports clubs, cycling woodwork, reading, art clubs, cooking, cross-country, fitness training, Air-Fix model making, language clubs, swimming and many, many more.

Extra-Curricular Activities

As well as our enrichment hour, there are a host of extra-curricular activities on offer to broaden horizons outside of the core curriculum and ensure each pupil achieves their very best outcomes at The Hayesbrook School.

Physical Education

A broad range of extra-curricular clubs and competitive fixtures are run throughout the year. Football runs from September to Christmas (and beyond for those teams progressing further in the various cup competitions), and all year groups are entered into a local schools league, the West Kent Cup and the Kent Cup. We also have a Pro-Soccer academy in the 6th form, who play in the Academy Premier and Championship League, as well as the U19, U17 County Cup, and the National Cup.

Basketball, rugby, tennis, badminton, table tennis, handball and athletics fixtures and clubs are run wherever possible at various times throughout the rest of the year.  A clubs timetable is published on the website at the start of every term.

Science 

We are fortunate to have good links with two universities – Christ Church, Canterbury and the University of Sussex.  The department has benefited from themed science days run by the universities, as well as masterclasses by lecturers who are leaders in their fields specifically aimed at encouraging pupils  to consider careers in the lucrative STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). 

Links with industry and other local schools have been made to share equipment to ensure the pupils have an opportunity to use cutting edge technology, not normally found in the classroom.

Science Club offers a hands-on science curriculum enrichment program, designed to teach scientific concepts and skills through practical activities.

The emphasis is on problem solving and collaborative team work, with sessions building on the context of scientific development.

The sessions themselves have a central theme, such as: demonstrating the properties of fuels; using methane bubbles and Hydrogen balloons; making glow-in-the-dark jelly; turning copper pennies into silver and gold and exploring ways to put an egg in a conical flask.

What our pupils have to say about the Science Club….

“It is my favourite place to be!”

"I like science club because it is fun and it makes me do challenging work”

"It’s not just cool, you also get to learn stuff”

“Why would anyone not like this Science Club?”

“I love Science Club, sometimes we can also choose our own experiments”

Maths

The Mathematics Department offers the following additional opportunities:

  • Junior and intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge
  • Participation in UKMT maths Team Challenge
  • Stock Market trading during enrichment- this involves a lot of mental arithmetic
  • Maths club
  • Maths Games days
  • Attendance at ‘Teen Tech’ in Tonbridge
  • Family learning events
  • Link with Tonbridge school – supporting Further mathematics

Homework Club

Students can visit our Student Services department at lunchtime (5 days a week) or after school (4 days a week) in order to complete homework in a calm and quiet environment with the support of Learning Mentors. Everyone is welcome.

Music

In addition to time-tabled music lessons, individual or group instrumental tuition is offered via visiting 
peripatetic music staff.

Educational Trips and Visits

The Hayesbrook School understands that activities outside of the classroom enhance learning and we offer a broad range of day and residential trip opportunities as well as departmental excursions and our very popular 'End of Year Activity Day'.

Recent trips have included:

Swattenden Activity Centre   Yr 7 YEAR 7
Guardian Newspaper Workshop   Yr 8-9 HISTORY
Dover Castle   Yr 11 HISTORY
Kingswood Geog Field Trip   Yr 11 GEOG
Macbeth @ Globe   Yr 11&13 ENGLISH
Berlin    Yr 11-13 HISTORY
Tonbridge School Science Conference    Yr 12-13 SCIENCE
Bore Place Seasonal Cooking   Yr 8-9 TECH
Licence to Kill   Yr 12-13 6 FORM
Coca Cola   Yr 12-13 GEOG
Madrid   Yr 11 MFL
Jack the Ripper Walks   Yr 10-11 ENGLISH
Brighton & Hove Albion Reward Trip   all years REWARD
Houses of Parliament   Yr 9 ENG/HISTORY
French Exchange   all years MFL
Fulhan & Rotherham Reward Trip   all years REWARD
Science Trip to Tonbridge School   Yr 8 (PP) SCIENCE
Tate Modern   Yr 11 ART
Physics CERN Geneva   Yr 12-13 SCIENCE
Math Challenge   Yr 10-11 MATHS
Natural History Museum   Yr 9 GEOG
Skiing/Snowboarding practice session   all years n/a
Taming of The Shrew @ Globe   Yr 8-9 ENGLISH
Othello Revision Conference   Yr 13 ENGLISH
Othello @ Globe   Yr 12-13 ENGLISH
Bowling Reward Trips   all years REWARD
Particle Physics Masterclass    Yr 12-13 SCIENCE
Somme/Ieper   Yr 9-10 HISTORY
Ski Trip   all years n/a
Olympic Park Field Trip   Yr 7 GEOG
Recluver Field Trip   Yr 8 GEOG
Olympic Park Field Trip   Yr 10 GEOG
Bude Activity Centre   Yr 7 PE
World Challenge   tbc n/a

End of Year Activity Day

The End of Year Activity Day is part of the celebration for all the hard work achieved over the year. In recent years students have chosen from Paintballing, Laser Tag, Thorpe Park, Seasonal Cooking at Bore Place, and Totally Tonbridge and Craft and Cooking.