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Curriculum Principles & Overview

Curriculum Principles & Overview

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The curriculum offered at Hatcham College is fundamental to our vision of the kind of young person we wish to leave us and to our aspiration to be an all-through school that offers the very best academic education to our local community. While the curriculum predominantly comprises the taught curriculum that takes place within lessons, it also encompasses the enrichment offer and the culture of the school - the way our College is structured, the high expectations we have of young people and overall the climate within the College.

What we offer

Hatcham College offers a broad and balanced traditional academic curriculum that leads students towards high achievement in GCSE’s and a range of A Levels, ensuring a pathway to university, including Russell Group institutions and Oxbridge. We have a long tradition of valuing aspiration and achievement, and our aim is that all our children and young people are able to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially.

Core Learning

We believe that it is essential that all children acquire mastery of reading, writing and mathematics in order to be successful in their education and in life. This is a core principle in the design of our curriculum, accounting for a weighting of timetabled time towards these subjects in key stages 1 and 2, Year 7 and Key Stage 4. The foundations of successful learning also lie in the successful acquisition of knowledge, where knowledge is not only knowing things but knowing how to do things. Therefore, we place great emphasis on the engagement of young people in discrete academic disciplines and build cultural capital through experiences and visits in the UK and abroad.

Modern Foreign Languages

We balance tradition with evidence-based innovation and preparation for the modern world. For example, children joining our primary phase enjoy an immersive second language experience with some lessons and routines delivered in German, promoting rapid language acquisition and flexible cognitive ability, before learning German discretely from Year 5 onwards. German is now the main foreign language studied by all students at key stage 3. The majority of students have the opportunity to study a second language from Year 8 - French, Spanish, Mandarin or Latin – through to GCSE and A Level.

Our Rich Curriculum

Finally, we aim for all our pupils to leave school equipped to take their place as successful members of the community they join as adults. Our curriculum, through formal College occasions such as Deputation Day and Founder’s Day, through the leadership opportunities, rewards and competition of the House system, through enrichment activities such as debating, sport, music, drama and the CCF, through celebrations such as music concerts at Southwark Cathedral, through challenges such as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, and through international visits, will also prepare young people with the character and personal attributes to become successful well-rounded adults in both the local, national and global communities.

Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

Those pupils who are with us from 3 – 18 experience a seamless curriculum designed to ensure that every pupil makes optimal progress each year. More than half of our Year 7 population joins us from other primary schools and so our curriculum for pupils in Year 7 and throughout key stage 3 concentrates on ensuring no pupil is disadvantaged by their previous experience.

Key Stage 3 (KS 3) Years 7-9

We build on our knowledge of the primary phase to ensure that we offer an effective transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, developing pupils in both literacy and numeracy, whatever primary school they attended. Students follow a three-year Key Stage 3 curriculum in their form groups for foundation subjects and in streamed groups for the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, a significant amount of curriculum time is devoted to the sciences and to languages. All students study German as a foreign language from Year 7 and the majority study a second foreign language from Year 8.

Termly assessments are used to track and monitor student progress and achievement on the Haberdashers' Assessment Framework.

Physical Education lessons are delivered once a week at our Nunhead playing fields and Personal, Social, Health & Careers Education (PSHCE) is compulsory, taught on Knowledge Days throughout the year when we collapse the timetable.

Key Stage 4 (KS 4)- Year 10 and 11

Curriculum changes and more sharply focused use of information about students' progress, have had a perceptible impact across all key stages. Ofsted 2011

Students follow a two-year Key Stage 4 curriculum. The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory, with students grouped into single-sex classes and set by ability. In addition, students choose four option subjects to ensure breadth and balance in their curriculum.

In making subject choices students are encouraged to consider their plans for post-16 learning and beyond. While the vast majority opt for traditional academic subjects, we offer a broad spectrum of curriculum pathways from traditional GCSE and GCE courses through to BTEC. Careers education, enterprise education and financial capability are integral to all areas of the curriculum, and are used to support work experience placements for all students in Year 11.

Physical Education lessons are delivered once a week at our Nunhead playing fields, and Personal, Social, Health & Careers Education (PSHCE) is compulsory, taught on Knowledge Days throughout the year when we collapse the timetable.

View our Key Stage 4 (GCSE) Subject Options Booklet 

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