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Curriculum

We have 5 periods of 60 minutes every day making 25 periods in the week. There is a form period of 10 minutes at the beginning of each morning and a rolling Character and Culture lesson which takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. It is during this period that we deliver our Character and Culture Curriculum which combines PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), Citizenship, Careers and RE (Religious Education). Break (20 minutes) is between Periods 2 and 3 and lunch (35 minutes) is between Periods 3 and 4. School starts at 8:40 am and finishes at 2:45 pm.

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 and 9

Across Years 7-9 students study a broad range of subjects that, at the end of Key Stage 3, enable them to make informed choices for their GCSEs.  Students are taught in groups that reflect both their ability and their pastoral needs for all subjects. Subject studied include: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Geography, Science, Environmental Science, Sports Science, History, ICT/Computing, Business and Finance, French, Food, Dance, Performing Arts, Physical Education, Art, Architecture, Engineering Design, and Photography.

Additionally, in Years 7 and 8, our students experience a one hour weekly cultural capital lecture; an educational experience that supports our young people in building a wider social conscience.

At the end of Year 8, our students make a choice of two creative subjects that they wish to pursue within Y9 - creative subject choices include: Art, Architecture, Photography, Business and Finance, Engineering Design, Performing Arts, Dance, and Food.

Students choose their GCSE and vocational course options in Year 9.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

Students begin their GCSE courses in Year 10. Students will study both English Language and English Literature, along with Mathematics and Science.  Students also select three GCSE options. They will also continue to have one Physical Education lesson per week. Students are guided onto specific pathways in order to ensure they are able to achieve their full potential and make progress.

For further information please contact Mr Robertson, Assistant Headteacher (email address: brb@thehayfieldschool.co.uk)

Subject

Curriculum Time Allocation

 

Y7 and Y8

Y9

Y10

Y11

English Language

2

2

2

3

English Literature 2 3 3 2

Mathematics

3

4

4

4

Science

2

3

6

6

Environmental Science 1      
Sports Science 1      

French

2

2

   

History

2

2

   

Geography

2

2

   

Engineering Design & Architecture (Y9 Creative choices)

1

 

   

Performing Arts (Y9 Creative choice)

1

 

   

Art & Photography (Y9 Creative choices)

1

 

   

Food, Dance & Wellbeing (Y9 Creative choices)

1

 

   

IT/Computer Science

1

1

 

 

Business and Finance (Y9 Creative choice)        
Child Development (Y10/11 Specialist choice)        
Cultural Capital 1      

PE

2

2

1

1

Y9 Creative Choice 1   2    
Y9 Creative Choice 2   2    

Y10/11 Specialist choice 1

   

3

3

Y10/11 Specialist choice 1

   

3

3

Y10/11 Specialist choice 1

   

3

3

Character and Culture

We take personal development extremely seriously at The Hayfield School.  Our core values of kindness, decency and strong work ethic are woven through all we do and this includes our Character and Culture Curriculum. The curriculum is made up of four discrete but interconnected strands and sets out the kind of young people we wish to develop during their time with us. For us, a Hayfield student should:

  • celebrate and embrace the diversity of our local and global communities
  • take responsibility for their own physical and mental wellbeing, knowing how to act when they are concerned about themselves or others
  • make the most of the opportunities they have, both in and out of school, to reach their full potential
  • consider their own beliefs and opinions, be respectful of other people and understand their rights and responsibilities as an active citizen

The curriculum is age-appropriate and there is clear progression across the strands as children and young people move up the school . Should you wish to discover more about this important area of our work, please contact Mr Richard Hough, Director of Character and Culture Curriculum (rho@thehayfieldschool.co.uk).