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Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

The fundamental purpose of the Hayesbrook Academy is to challenge and defy the barriers that constrain the educational process of our students.  The Curriculum is the conduit through which that purpose becomes a reality. Our academic curriculum is rooted in the principles of being:

  • rich in powerful knowledge
  • academically demanding
  • building cultural capital

Our academic curriculum is a vehicle for success.  It challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and guides the hand.  Each subject area has a curriculum document which identifies the knowledge and skills covered.  The curriculum document for each subject is sequenced so that over the course of KS3 students will know more and be able to demonstrate an increasing number of skills.  By the end of KS3 students will be prepared to transition to KS4 with an understanding of any threshold knowledge necessary to access the GCSE specification.

In practice that means:

  • All students master the basics of literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 3.
  • All students are entitled to study an academic core of English, Maths, Science, Humanities, and a Modern Foreign Language.  
  • Vocational courses are offered where appropriate.
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 students have discreet PCSHE lessons which cover Sex and Relationship Education and Citizenship education.
  • All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide-ranging and character building Enrichment programme, which includes international trips, cultural visits, guest speakers and outdoor activities.

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, technology, history, geography, computing and 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. RE is also delivered through the PSHCE curriculum.

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 core 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 currency to allow them to progress into Post-16 study and beyond.

Students choose 3 options from:

  • Art
  • BTEC Enterprise
  • BTEC Sport
  • Computer Science
  • Construction and the Built Environment
  • Food Technology
  • Geography 
  • History
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Performing Arts
  • Technology

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 Mrs Hubbard, Associate Assistant Principal, on 01732 500600.

Year 7 Curriculum Design

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 4 groups.

 

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 Design

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 all subjects.

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 Design

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 3 groups for all subjects.

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

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Design

Year 10:

There is one band in Year 10.  Students are taught the Core curriculum in 3 teaching groups. All students study English Language, English Literature, Maths and either Science Trilogy or Triple Science. 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

  • Geography
  • Business Studies
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Computer Science
  • Technology
  • History
  • Business Studies
  • Art
  • Spanish

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 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, Science, English and Maths. Students select a further three GCSEs or BTEC courses to study (in mixed ability groups) and all participate in Core PE lessons.

In addition students have the option to study Performing Arts and BTEC Construction.

 

Option A

  • Geography
  • Sport
  • Music
  • Food Technology

Option B

  • Computer Science
  • Business Studies
  • French
  • Geography

Option C

  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Art
  • Business Studies

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 Design

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 

Single Business Studies (Double - 17 Lessons)

Digital Creative Media

Information Technology

Double Sport (17 Lessons)

 

or

or

or

or

 

9 Lessons

AS/A2

Geography

History

Mathematics

English Literature

Product Design

 

or

or

or

or

 

 

9 Lessons

Additional Studies

Extended Project

English and Maths Level 2 resits

Tutor Time

Work Experience/Volunteering (Year 12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Art

 Intent Statement:

In Art we aim to develop our Creative and Critical thinking, Develop practical skills in Drawing, Printing, Painting and 3D modelling and learn to develop and express opinions on Artists work and Art around us from a knowledgeable  and articulate basis.

With so many mediums to use and techniques to try there is always going to be an aspect of Art you can excel at!

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

Pablo Picasso

 

Business Studies

Intent Statement:

To understand the world of business by learning about promotion and marketing, finance, the best use of resources and the development of business culture. How does all of the above change when impacted by external influences. Vocational pathway for students to achieve very well with a variety of forms of assessment

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

Intent Statement:

Design Technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Students acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

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

Intent Statement:

As a English department we believe that all students should benefit from an unapologetically academic and unashamedly ambitious curriculum. Our boys are encouraged to think for themselves, love literature and grow in confidence both verbally and written

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.

Food Technology

Intent Statement:

Food Technology is a creative and practical subject which promotes the lifetime skills of healthy cooking and eating. Students learn how to prepare and cook with a range of commodities, how to make smarter food choices for themselves and the environment, and develop knowledge of the underlying food science that goes on within recipes. They practice a range of skills such as counting, weighing, measuring, tracking time, but also gain important social skills by working in the kitchen as a team.


Food technology promotes the lifetime skill of healthy cooking and eating. Students not only learn how to make healthy meals and how to make smarter food choices, they practice a range skills such as counting, weighing, measuring, tracking time, reading a recipe and gain social skills by working together and communicating in the kitchen. 

Modern Foreign Languages

Intent Statement:

The study of a modern language should broaden students’ horizons and encourage them to step beyond familiar cultural boundaries. We want students to develop confidence in communicating in another language and appreciate other cultures traditions and worlds.

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

                                    El Mundo es un panuelo                                       (It's a small world)

(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

Intent Statement:

The geography curriculum at The Hayesbrook Academy holds the belief that there are few things more fundamental than learning about “the earth as our home.” For that reason our curriculum could be summarized as: “Geography is the study of the earth as a home to humankind” (Johnson, 1985). Our curriculum allows pupils to analyse our environment and human activity on earth, in order to draw their own conclusions about the state of the planet and its future.

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

Intent Statement:

The history curriculum at The Hayesbrook Academy holds at its centre the belief that "The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." (Theodore Roosevelt). Our curriculum allows pupils to analyse the past and evaluate some of the key events, people and changes that occured, in order to draw their own conclusions about these topics and apply the lessons learnt from them into their own lives and the world around them.

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? 

ICT and Computer Science

Intent Statement:

The KS3 ICT curriculum is designed to give a range of knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable students to progress onto Computer science at KS4 and ICT at KS5. It also gives an understanding to ALL pupils of ICT in the workplace, online safety and different levels of coding.

The course brings together knowledge and understanding of ICT which enables the development of practical skills which can be used in the workplace; for example creating social media for a small business. It covers IT systems as well as systems management.

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

Intent Statement:

Our goal is confident, happy children who enjoy mathematics and think independently. Our curriculum follows the National Curriculum and is adapted from the White Rose Maths Scheme. We are working towards a shared understanding of the curriculum through teachers discussing and refining both the sequence of concepts and the details of lessons. Our goal is confident, happy children who enjoy mathematics and think independently.

“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

Intent Statement:

The Performing Arts play a highly significant role in helping children to develop their creative skills. 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. We have created a curriculum which has been tailored to inspire a love for music and music technology. The boys are able to use industry standard software helping those prepare for future careers in the Arts sectors. In Drama we look to help create students deveop their general awareness, create critical thinkers and empathy by placing them in other peoples shoes. We do this by working through a range of topics beginning with theatre skills in year 7 and then going on to look at topics such as Refugees and Homelessness.

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.

Boys need to engage with music as a subject and have a meaningful modern experience with music delivered in a 21st century way.  We have invested in the latest technology so that students can access all areas of music, making it relevant to them as to how they listen to, create and access music.

Drama is an essential tool for preparing students to live and work in a world that is increasingly team focussed rather than hierarchical. Drama helps students develop tolerance and empathy. In addition to this, drama helps reinforce other aspects of our school's curriculum by supporting PHSE topics as well as creative thinking.  Drama helps our boys to really understand how the world looks through another person's eye.

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.

PSHCE

Intent Statement:

PSHCE at The Hayesbrook School is an integral part of the children’s wellbeing and personal growth. We aim to provide broad curriculum that is thorough yet topical to meet the needs of pupil’s lives in an ever changing world. We create an environment where the children can openly discuss and debate their personal views and feelings within their classes in a manner that promotes personal growth and equity. Health and wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the wider world, create the core to our curriculum. This is supplement with exciting and engaging external speakers.

Make your journey about health, wellbeing, relationships and the world around us.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin

Tony Robbins

 

Science

Intent Statement:

The intent of the science curriculum is to be rich in powerful knowledge, be academically demanding and build cultural capital. Our new Key Stage 3 curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure students learn key scientific knowledge as well as having the opportunity to see how Science is important in the real world. The science curriculum is coherently sequenced by carefully ordering topics that reflects the Hierarchal structure of the scientific disciplines. For example, we begin by teaching few of the most fundamentals topics of science such as matter and cells. As the students move through the science curriculum these concepts are regularly visited and built on to develop broader and more complex schemas.

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.

Enrichment - Thursday

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, Young Leaders, sports clubs, woodwork, reading, art clubs, cooking, cross-country, fitness training, Air-Fix model making, language clubs and many, many more.

Extra-Curricular Activities

As well as our enrichment offer, 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 Chelsea Football 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:

Carroty Wood Team Building Trip   Yr 7 Year 7
England v Spain @ Wembley   Yr 8-9 Reward
University of Brighton   Yr 7 Careers
World Challenge - Malaysia   Yr 11/12 Enrichment
Somme Battlefield Tour   Year 9 English
Madrid Residential    Year 11 MFL
Reculver Field Trip   Year 11 Geography
Canterbury Christchurch University   Year 12-13 Careers
Bore Place Fairtrade Day   Year 7-8 Food Tech
England v USA @ Wembley   various Reward
Baylabs Cells/Enzymes Workshops   Year 8 & 10 Science
BTEC Business Booster Workshop   Year 13 Business
A Christmas Carol   10 & 11 English
Dunorlan Medical Group visit   12 & 123 Science
Bedgebury Mountain Biking   Year 13 Reward
Bread Ahead   Year 10 Food Tech
Stratford Field Trip   Year 11 Geography
Tate Modern   Yr 10 & 11 Art
Graffiti Workshop   Year 9 Art
Math Challenge   Yr 10-11 MATHS
Borough Green Medical Practice visit   Year 12 & 13 Science
Ski Club / Open Practice   various Enrichment
Recycling Debate   various Academy Council
Mote Park Apprenticeship Fair   Year 12 & 13 Careers
Hollywood Bowl   various Academy Council
University and Apprenticeship Fair   Year 12 & 13 Careers
National Apprenticeship Show   Year 10 - 13 Careers
Design Museum   Year 8 & 9 Design Technology
England v Czech Republic @ Wembley   various Reward
Gatwick Interactive Terminal Experience   Year 9 Careers
Somme & Ieper Residential    Year 9 - 11 History
Skiiing & Snowboarding Residential   various Enrichment
Bude Activity Centre Residential   Year 7 Year 7
Florence Residential   Year 10 Design Technology
Kingswood Residential   Year 10-11 Geography
Olympic Park Field Trip   Year 7 Geography
Big Bang Science Fair   Year 7-9 & 12 Science
Reculver Field Trip   Year 8 Geography
Globe Theatre   Year 7-9 Performing Arts
Activities Day (various venues)   whole school Enrichment
Tonbridge House Residential Care Home   various Academy Council

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.