Shared vision

Shared Vision

Curriculum Intent

Kirk Hallam Community Academy’s curriculum takes a holistic approach to the development of the ‘whole child’. It is unashamedly ambitious and truly inclusive and allows all students, regardless of starting point, to acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead purposeful lives.

We believe that every lesson counts, where students are challenged, inspired and motivated to develop their academic skills and strength of character. Our curriculum empowers students to challenge the status quo and feel confident to ask deeper questions. We ensure students experience the breadth, depth and richness of opportunity to develop as life-long learners, whilst making a positive contribution to their communities.

Our curriculum is responsive, adaptive and is specifically designed to meet the needs of the locality we serve. We prepare students to think independently and voice their opinions. Students develop the oracy skills and specialist vocabulary in every subject to engage in professional debate, persuade and communicate confidently as experts. Wellbeing, respect and tolerance sit at the core of our curriculum and ensure that all students can develop in a culture of kindness.

Lesson Allocation

Kirk Hallam operates a three-year Key Stage 3, with students opting for a wide variety of subjects to study further at Key Stage 4. The school operates a weekly timetable and the allocation for each subject is outlined below. Some of these sessions take place in Core learning time and others as part of the Culture session.

Key Stage 3

Subject English Maths Science Humanities Languages Art PE Technology Drama/Music
Periods 4 4 3 4 2 2 2 2 2

Please note ICT operates with Technology.

Year 10 (Core)

Subject English Maths Science PE
Periods 4 4 4 1

Year 10 (Options)

Three hours per week of the following subjects in four option blocks. Geography, History, Animal Care, Child Development, German, ICT, Spanish, Sport, Art and Design, Business, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, PE, Psychology, Religious Studies

Year 11 (Core)

Subject English Maths Science PE
Periods 5 5 5 1

Year 11 (Options)

Three hours per week of the following subjects in three option blocks. French, Computer Science, Business Studies, History, Geography, iMedia, Philosophy, Music, Animal Care, Technology, Sport (GCSE and OCR National), Food Technology, Psychology, Sociology, Art, Health and Social Care and Child Development.

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