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The Hayesbrook School

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Curriculum

Curriculum Vision

The fundamental purpose of The Hayesbrook School 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.

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.

Assessment is an all-encompassing word describing activities which range from high frequency low stakes activities including 1 – 10 tests, single mark questions  and closed questions designed to test the retention of specific information or the application of a single skill, to low frequency high stakes summative assessments like formal written exams, final performance pieces or practical work.  All assessment activities will be designed to utilise spacing and interleaving.  At the Academy Students will be assessed against the descriptors below.

Descriptor Explanation
Mastering A pupil working at this level in a subject has a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and skills in the sequence of learning as shown in the subject curriculum document. They can apply their skills and understanding across the subject. They demonstrate fluency in the concepts, methods and skills covered and are able to make links between information covered at the beginning of the course and that which is being studied now. A pupil working at this level consistently scores very highly in their low stakes tests and has high scores in more substantial assessments.
Secure A pupil working at this level has a sound understanding of key concepts and skills in the sequence of learning as shown in the subject curriculum document. They are confident in their understanding and use of the concepts, methods and skills covered but may need to refer back to guidance occasionally as these are not yet second nature to them. A pupil working at this level usually scores highly in their low stakes tests and has relatively high scores in more substantial assessments.
Developing A pupil working at this level is developing an understanding of key concepts and is grasping some of the main ideas and skills in a sequence of learning; some aspects of the curriculum require further development. They are familiar with concepts, methods and skills covered but struggle to use all of them without guidance or support. A pupil working at this level is inconsistent in their scores in their low stakes tests and has relatively low scores in more substantial assessments.
Emerging A pupil working at this level has an emerging understanding of key concepts and is beginning to grasp some of the main ideas and skills in a sequence of learning. They are starting to develop the concepts, methods and skills covered but require guidance and support to remember how to apply them or where to find key information previously covered. A pupil working at this level consistently achieves low scores in their low stakes tests and has consistently low scores in more substantial assessments. A pupil working at this level may require more support in lessons and at home to build their memory of the key ideas and skills for this subject.
Insufficient Attendance

Low attendance to lessons has severely impacted curriculum coverage. There is insufficient evidence of learning over time to be able to report a level of curriculum understanding. Additional support is required to catch up on missed curriculum content. There are very few examples of low stakes testing and assessments for this pupil.

At KS3

  • English, Maths, Science, History and Geography and MFL will set two formal written papers to coincide with the dates for reporting cards being issued. Information from the assessment will appear on the report card as well as a curriculum progress statement (emerging, developing, secure or mastery).

  • For all other subjects in KS3 high stakes testing will be carried out at different points in the year. The outcome of these assessments will be used to inform the decision about which curriculum progress statement (emerging, developing, secure or mastery) will be recorded on the report card.

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:

History, geography, food technology, technology, performing arts, BTEC sport, construction and the built environment,  BTEC Enterprise, computer science, art and a modern foreign language.

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 Four Curriculum Assessment

Our Key Stage Four students follow the new ‘reformed GCSEs’. The key features of reformed GCSEs are that they…

  • will be more demanding and contain more challenging content
  • will be ‘linear’, so students will take all of their exams at the end of the course
  • will be assessed much more through exams than coursework
  • will have a new grading scale from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G.

Although the old and new grades do not convert perfectly with each other, the table below will give you a rough indication of the value of the new 9 – 1 grades:

Under the old A* - G grading system, a grade C or above was considered to be a ‘good pass’.   Under the new 9 – 1 grading system, a grade 5 or above will be considered to be a ‘good pass’.

Subjects will be expected to complete regular low stakes assessments in lessons and PPEs,  the outcomes of which will be communicated to students and their parents about how well a student is progressing via report cards. 

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 Mr Reader Assistant 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.

 

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 7 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
English

Expression of Self

Wildlife media unit The Natural World poetry Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet / Gothic writing Gothic writing
Maths Number work, area and perimeter Algebraic manipulation, fractions, decimals and percentages Ratio and Proportion, laws of indices, rounding and estimating Solving equations, percentages Angle properties/facts, sequences, time and reading timetables Co-ordinates, plotting straight-line graphs, scatter diagrams and correlation
Science Science starts here Particles and Cells Periodic Table 1, Energy Reproduction, Plant Biology  Chemical Reactions 1, Space Physics Careers in Science
Art Skills based workshops Printing, painting, how to research and analyse artists Art History timeline Seurat Hepworth, Edvard Munch Mantegna, Pollock
IT/Computer Science Issues of computer use Knowledge of computing.  How computers work (part 1) Introduction to spreadsheets Programming with KODU Programming with Scratch Robotics with MicroBit
Design Technology Snack Attack Project or Table Tennis Bat or Pencil Case  Snack Attack Project, or Table Tennis Bat, or Pencil Case  Snack Attack Project, or Table Tennis Bat, or Pencil Case 
Drama Introduction to Drama Bullying Refugees
Food Tech

Basic Kitchen Skills including:

Knowledge: hygiene and safety in a kitchen

Skills: baking, grilling, stir-fry, handling and cooking raw meat 

Geography What is a Geographer?What is the Geography of the UK? Is Earth running out of natural resources? What is weather and climate? What is an economy - from local to global? Why are rivers important? Tonbridge High Street
History Introduction to History - including the story of Britain pre- 1066 Norman Conquest and Medieval Life Medieval Life Tudors and the Renaissance Stuarts and Civil War
Music The elements of music, musical eras and singing Rhythm and pulse, whole class singing Keyboard skills, whole class singing Instruments of the orchestra, whole class singing Major/Minor, whole class singing Cartoon Music, whole class singing
Core PE Basic skills and football Rugby Handball Basketball Cricket Athletics
PCSHE Managing Transition Fairtrade and ethical shopping - core theme Bullying, stereotypes and diversity Staying healthy Introducing Politics World religions and religious tolerance 
Spanish Introductions and greetings My free time and hobbies My school My family and friends My town Revision of all topics

 

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, Citizenship and ICT.

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 8 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
English Great Expectations The art of story telling Jaws - a Media unit Twelfth Night Twelfth Night/poetry and perspectives Poetry and perspectives 
Maths Algebraic manipulation, laws of indices Types of numbers, prime factors, inequalities, reverse percentages, equations Real life graphs and y=mx+c, probability, Venn diagrams Re-arranging formulae, solving inequalities, Pythagoras, harder ratio work Speed, distance, time, graphs, area and circumference of a circle, averages and range 3D shapes, volume and surface area, angle facts in polygons
Science Producing energy from organisms.  Periodic Table 2

Plant Biology 

 Energy

Drugs and health

Electricity and magnetism

Chemical reactions 2

Organisms and their relationship in ecosystems Careers in Science
Art

Picasso and African art

Stencil cut masks

Romauld Hazoume

Lino cut masks

Lino printing, fabric printing

Kente Cloth

Shield Design

Clay shields

David Hockney landscape

Photography

Landscape group painting 

IT/Computer Science

Online safety

Web design using HTML

Knowledge of Computing

Programming with Python

Database

Digital Literacy

Dragon's Den

Design Technology LED lamp or wooden box or mobile phone holder LED lamp, or wooden box or mobile phone holder LED lamp, or wooden box, or mobile phone holder
Drama Drama Challenge Homelessness Murder Mystery
Food Technology

Foods from around the World including:

Knowledge: health and safety in a kitchen, food rules, dietary needs, food choices

Skills: boiling, pastry, glazing and cooking raw meat.

Geography What is development? One planet many people: how are populations changing? Diverse and dynamic:  how is Asia being transformed? What happens where the land meets the sea? What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa? Reculver
History French Revolution Napoleonic Wars Slave trade and Civil Rights movement Long 19th Century Women's History - 19th-20th Century
Music Ground bass African drumming The Blues Melody writing The Beatles Film music - James Bond
PCSHE Family, friendships and romantic relationships Managing your finances Talking about mental health Careers and work experience Drugs, smoking and alcohol First Aid
Core PE Rounders Rugby Handball Basketball Cricket Athletics
Spanish My past holiday Music, TV and film Food and drink Plans, invitations and excuses Summer holiday activities Revision of all topics

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 3 groups for the majority of subjects and in 4 groups for Technology, Food Technology, ICT and Citizenship.

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

Year 9 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6
English Poetry: unseen and comparison 19th Century novel - Frankenstein Shakespeare - The Tempest Contemporary play - Journey's End Persuasive speeches Paper 2 skills, introduction to KS4 texts, Paper 2 exam
Maths Standard form, powers of 10, indices and surds, estimating and approximating, equations Compound interest, harder ratio/proportion, factorising quadratics, upper and lower bounds Repeated percentage change, statistical diagrams, compound measures inc density Sketching graphs, real-life graphs inc time, distance, y=mx+c, probability, Venn/tree diagrams Plans and elevations, averages and frequency tables, two-way tables, similar shapes - basic ideas Transformations, bearing, volume, conversions between units
Science

Adaptations, interdependence and competition

Atomic structure

Conservation and dissipation of energy

Organisation of an ecosystem

Atomic structure

Conservation and dissipation of energy

Biodiversity and the effect of human interaction on ecosystems

Chemical analysis

Energy transfer by heating, energy resources

Cell structure

Chemical analysis

Electric circuits

Transport in cells

Crude oil and fuels

Electricity in the home

Principles of organisation

Crude oil and fuels

Electricity in the home

Art Alberto Giacometti, self portrait, mono printing

Portrait analysis, self portrait etching

Self portrait etching, portrait proportions Features, Alexander Calder, wire portraits Natural forms, photography, ink drawing Natural forms, plaster casting and clay workshops
Computer Science Social Media campaign

Knowledge of computing

Programming with Python

Robotics with MicroBit Computer crime and cyber security TLM project on spreadsheets, word and powerpoint 
Design Technology

Resistant Materials - Upcycle lamp

Graphics - Festival

Flat-pack project - Assembly Survival

Resistant Materials - Upcycle lamp

Graphics - Festival

Flat-pack project - Assembly Survival

Resistant Materials - Upcycle lamp

Graphics - Festival

Flat-pack project - Assembly Survival 

Drama Status and Tragedy Macbeth Stanislavski, Boal & Brecht
Food Technology

Healthy eating including:

Knowledge: benefits of healthy eating, informed choices, food allergens, food science investigation

Skill: Making fajitas, Danish bread, burgers, multiple dishes

French Who am I? Hobbies and free time Celebrations and special occasions 
Geography What is the future of our planet?  A geographer's view

What is the future of our planet? a geographer's view

Will we ever know enough about the hazardous earth to live safely?

Will we ever know enough about the hazardous earth to live safely?

How does ice change the world?

How does ice change the world?

Why is the Middle East an important world region?

Why is the Middle East an important wold region?

Dungeness power station

Dungeness power station
History WW1 WW1 and interwar years Interwar years and WW2 WW2 and Holocaust Holocaust and Cold War Cold War
Music Sampling, editing and mixing Afrobeats Writing to a brief Song writing Listening and analysing music Horror music in films 
PCSHE Community responsibility Sexuality, sexual health and contraception Global issues of war, genocide and persecution Careers and work experience Life skills - diary keeping Animal rights and welfare 
Core PE Hockey or basketball Rugby Basketball and handball Badminton or tennis Cricket Athletics 

 

Years 10 and 11 Curriculum

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

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

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 10 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

English

AQA

Unseen poetry and anthology - power and conflict Macbeth  Jekyll and Hyde  An Inspector Calls, speaking and listening

Maths - Foundation

Edexcel

Types of numbers, handling data, expressions, straight line graphs Fractions, angles, congruent, similar shape area, Kinematic graphs Transformations, circles, probability, product rule for counting Ratio and proportion, linear equations, percentages Factorising quadratics, quadratic and simultaneous equations, laws of indices, standard form Volume of prisms, surface area of 3D shapes, plans and elevations, constructions and loci

Maths - Higher

Edexcel

Circle theorems, factorising quadratics, square algebraic fractions Averages from frequency tables, cumulative frequency, box plots Trigonometry and Pythagoras, y=mx+c, parallel and perpendicular lines Loci and construction, direct and inverse proportion, surface area and volume of shapes Graphing and solving inequalities, simultaneous area of circles and sectors Volume of prism, area of 2D shapes, transformations, surds

Science - Trilogy

AQA

Animal tissues, organs and organ systems

Chemistry of the atmosphere, bonding, structure and properties of matter

 Molecules and matter

Communicable diseases

Bonding, structure, properties of matter 

Quantitative chemistry.  Radioactivity

Non-communicable diseases

Quantitative chemistry, chemical changes: metals and acids

Forces in balance

Respiration

Chemical changes: metals and acids

Motion

Photosynthesis.

 Chemical changes: electrolysis, energy changes

Force and motion

The human nervous system

Energy changes

Wave properties

Science - Triple

AQA

Animal tissues, organs and organ systems

Chemistry of the atmosphere, bonding, structure and properties of matter

Molecules and matter 

Communicable diseases

Bonding, structure and properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry

Radioactivity

Non communicable diseases

Quantitative chemistry, chemical changes: metals and acids

Forces in balance

Respiration

Chemical changes: metals an acids

Motion

Photosynthesis

Chemical changes: electrolysis, energy changes

Force and motion

The human nervous system

Energy changes

Wave properties 

Art

OCR

Drawing and printing workshops Painting workshops Tate trip coursework Coursework (own topic)

BTEC Enterprise

Edexcel

Exploring enterprises Promotion and finance for enterprise Planning for an pitching an enterprise activity

Computer Science

OCR

Computer systems:

Systems architecture

Memory

System Security

System software

Computer systems:

Storage

Wired and wireless networks

Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Computer systems:

Network topologies, protocols and layers

Programming with Python

Programming techniques

Computational thinking:

Algorithms and programming

Algorithms

Programming with Python

Programming techniques

Computational thinking:

Algorithms and programming

Producing robust programs

Programming with Python

Programming techniques 

Computational thinking:

Algorithms and programming

Computational logic

Programming with Python

Programming techniques

Design Technology

AQA

Decorative box Speaker project CAD project NEA - analysing a design brief

Food Technology

WJEC

Fruits and vegetables Dairy Cereals Meat, chicken, eggs and fish Meat alternatives, fats, oils and sugars NEA1 practice 

French

AQA

My town and region Holidays and travel At school At work An eye on the world Revision of all modules

Music  Technology

NCFE

Using a DAW Creating music Studio recording

Geography

Edexcel

Challenges of an urbanising world Hazardous earth Hazardous earth Biomes and forests Evolving human landscapes Physical coasts

History

Edexcel

Medicine in Britain c1250-present The British sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: surgery and treatment

Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-1540

 

PE (core)

Competitive invasion games, Health and fitness, Indoor recreational sport

Sport (BTEC)

Edexcel

Practical performance in sport Fitness for sport and exercise

Applying the principles of personal training

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
  • History
  • Business BTEC
  • Food Technology

Option B

  • Technology
  • Business BTEC
  • Sport BTEC
  • French
  • Food Technology

Option C

  • Computer Science
  • Technology
  • History
  • Art
  • Geography

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.

Year 11 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

English

AQA

Poetry - power and conflict Language paper 1 including creative writing Language paper 2 including persuasive writing Literature  revision Language revision Exams and revision

Maths - Foundation

Edexcel

Pythagoras and trigonometry, basic vectors, scatter diagrams/correlation and time series, sequences, solving inequalities Venn/tree diagrams, direct and indirect proportion, speed, distance and time, density and volume Revision of course Revision and GSCE Exams

Maths - Higher

Edexcel

Iteration, quadratic/other sequences, upper and lower bounds, density and speed, Surds recap Gradients of curve, area under curve, formulae to solve quadratics and completing the square, equations fo a circle, real-life graphs, algebraic proof, proof of circle theorems  Recap trigonometry, 3D trig/Pythagoras, sine and cosine rule and area of triangle/segments, exact trig, values, graphs of trigonometric functions, transformation of functions Congruency and conditions, conditional probability, vectors, expanding triple brackets, quadratic inequalities Revision and GCSE Exams 

Science - Trilogy

QA

Photosynthesis, the nervous system and hormonal control

The rate and extent of chemical change

Wave properties

Hormonal control

The rate and extent of chemical change

Electromagnetic waves 

Reproduction variation and evolution

The Earth's resources

Electromagnetism

Genetics and evolution

Using resources, chemical analysis part 2

Electromagnetism

Revision and GCSE Exams

Science - Triple

AQA

Photosynthesis, the nervous system

The rate and extent of chemical change

Wave properties

Hormonal control

The Earth's resources

Electromagnetic waves, electromagnetism

Reproduction variation and evolution

Using resources, chemical analysis part 2

Light

Genetics and evolution

Organic chemistry

Space

Revision and GCSE Exams

Art

OCR

Coursework (own topic) Exam Unit

Business

Edexcel

Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity Revision of Promotion and finance for enterprise Exploring enterprises Planning for and pitching an enterprise activity

Computer Science

OCR

Programming with Python

Controlled assessment with Python

Computational thinking - algorithms and programming

Algorithms

Producing robust programs

Computational thinking - algorithms and programming

Computational logic

Translators and facilities

Data representation

Revision of Computer systems and computational thinking

Algorithms and programming 

Revision of computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Revision of databases 

Final exam

Design Technology

AQA

NEA - initial designs NEA - development of ideas NEA - making NEA - evaluation Written exam preparation Exam

Food Technology

WJEC

NEA 1 - food investigation assessment  NEA 1 - food investigation assessment and preparation for PPE NEA 2 - food preparation assessment Written exam preparation Exam

French

AQA

Free-time Daily life and special occasions Revision of all topics Exams

Music First Award BTEC

Edexcel

Introduction to recording Making a music product 

Geography

Edexcel

Global development

Fieldwork residential to Norfolk

Physical rivers Consuming energy resources Revision Revision and Exams 

History

Edexcel

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939 Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991

Revision

Exams

PE (Core)

Competitive invasion games

Health and fitness

Indoor recreational sport

Gym: Resistance Training and High Intensity Training

Sport BTEC

Edexcel

Applying the principles of personal training Leading sports activities

Finishing coursework and exam re-sit

Applying the principles of personal training

 

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 

Single Business Studies (Double - 17 Lessons)

Digital Creative Media

Information Technology

Medical Science

Double Sport BTEC (17 Lessons)

 

or

or

or

or

 

9 Lessons

AS/A2

Geography

History

Mathematics

English Literature

 

 

or

or

or

or

 

 

9 Lessons

Additional Studies

Extended Project

English and Maths Level 2 resits

Tutor Time

Work Experience/Volunteering (Year 12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

English Literature

Edexcel

Introduction to comedy/poetry Taming of the Shrew/poetry Critical theory/unseen poetry The Importance of being Ernest/unseen poetry Coursework 1

Maths 

Edexcel

Algebraic expressions, quadratic equations and inequalities, graphs and transformations Straight line graphs, circle geometry, algebraic methods, binomial expansion Trigonometric ratios, data collection, measures of location and spread, representation of data Trigonometric identities and equations, vectors, constant acceleration, forces and motion Integration, variable acceleration, exponentials and logarithms, correlation, probability  Algebraic methods, partial fractions, functions and graphs, sequences and series

BTEC Business (single)

Edexcel

Developing a marketing campaign

Personal and business finance

Exploring business

Developing a marketing campaign

Developing a marketing campaign 

Personal and business finance

Exploring business 

Principles of management

Recruitment and selection process

Exploring business

Managing an event

Principals of management

Recruitment and selection process

BTEC Business (double)

Edexcel

Digital devices in IT systems  Operating online Transmitting data Transmitting data Protecting data and information Issues with IT Revision/Exam

National Extended Certificate in IT

Edexcel

Creating systems to manage information

Using Social Media in business

Information Technology systems

Creating systems to manage information

Information Technology systems 

BTEC Creative Media

Edexcel

Representations in media Film preproduction

Preparation for Exam

Representations in media

Begin Unit 8 preparation

Geography

Edexcel

Tectonic processes and hazards

Globalisation

Tectonic processes and hazards and WTM

Shaping places - regenerating places

Coasts and glaciation (pupil lead choice)

Shaping places - regenerating places and synoptic links

Coasts or glaciation (pupil lead choice)

Shaping places - regeneration places and WTM

The carbon cycle and energy security

The water cycle and water conflict

The carbon cycle and energy security and synoptic links

Fieldwork and NEA preparation - writing

The water cycle and water conflict

End of year exam

History

Edexcel

Britain 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement

Russia in revolution 1894-1924

Coursework

Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sports and Physical Activity

OCR

Sport coaching and activity leadership

Physical activity for specific group

Body systems and the effect of physical activity

Body systems and the effect of physical activity

Sport coaching and activity leadership

Physical activity for specific group

Health and fitness texting for sport and exercise

Health and fitness testing for sport and exercise

Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure

Performance analysis in sport and exercise

Practical skills in sport and physical activities

Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure

Performance analysis in sport and exercise

Practical skills in sport and physical activities

Year 13 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

English Literature

Edexcel

War of the Worlds

Unseen Poetry

Handmaids Tale

 

Prose Comparison Revision

Revision

Exams

Geography

The Carbon Cycle and Energy Security and WTM

The Water Cycle and Water Conflict

The Carbon Cycle

Superpowers

NEA field work collection and write up

Superpowers

NEA field work collection and write up

Migration, identity and sovereignty

Superpowers and WTM

Migration, identity and sovereignty

Examination Preparation 

Exam Revision

Maths

Edexcel

Binomial expansion radians, trigonometric functions, trigonometry and modelling Parametric equations, moments, forces and friction, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing Differentiation, numerical methods, conditional probability, normal distribution Integration vectors, projectiles, application of forces. further kinematics

Revision

Exams

IT

Information technology systems 

Website development

Revision - information technology systems

Creating systems to manage information 

Website development

BTEC Business (single)

Edexcel

Exploring business

Managing an event

Principals of management

Recruiting an selection process

Internation business

Recruitment and selection process

Market Research

BTEC Business (double)

Edexcel

Information systems Social media Digital graphics E-Commerce Developing computer games: impact/genres
Creative Media

Exam preparation

Exam revision for unit 8 & 1

Exam prep/exam in January

Exam revision for unit 8 & 1

Coursework - The importance of preproduction in various industries Exam revision for Unit 8 and re-takes
Sport (double)

Organisations of sports events

Practical skills in sport and physical activities

Sports organisation and development

Sport and exercise psychology

Sports injuries and rehabilitation

Organisation of sports events

 

 

Re-sits and completion of coursework

Medical Science

WJEC 

Clinical laboratory techniques

Coursework

Medicines and treatment of disease

Medicines and treatment of disease Medicines and treatment of disease Coursework Revision  

 

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

 

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.

Modern Foreign Languages

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

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? 

ICT and Computer Science

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.

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.

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.

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.