At Admiral Lord Nelson School we are a Rights Respecting School and as such provide a curriculum experience for every student that enables them not only to make progress in their learning and achieve high academic standards but also to enjoy learning for its own sake and to develop the skills and understanding to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
The purpose of our Curriculum is to enable our students to:
- develop lively, creative, enquiring minds, studying a full range and breadth of subjects and specialising at Key Stage 4
- acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and a world of rapid and continuous change, following an appropriate pathway to ensure students achieve their very best
- use language and number effectively
- develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
- develop an understanding of the world in which they live
- appreciate human achievements and aspirations
- experience success and celebration of their achievements
- take their place in society as informed, confident and responsible citizens
The ALNS Curriculum addresses statutory requirements within the Curriculum, namely that it:
- Is broad, balanced, coherent and relevant
- Is accessible to all students and promotes high expectations
- Is delivered using a range of appropriate teaching and learning styles
- Is differentiated so that it provides appropriate challenge and engagement for all
- Is positively managed and promotes the recognition, monitoring and celebration of achievement
- Is flexible, so that it continually adapts to the changing needs of our students
- Reflects and enriches the community that we serve
KS3 Core Curriculum Offer
Our Key Stage Three consists of Year 7 and Year 8.
During Year 8 students make choices on which subjects they study at Key Stage Four.
At Key Stage Three our core curriculum offer is as follows:
|Year 7||Year 8|
|Religious Education||Religious Education|
|Physical Education||Physical Education|
|French & German||French or German|
|Personal Development (Learning to Learn Programme)||Personal Development (Learning to Learn Programme)|
KS4 Core Curriculum Offer
At Key Stage Four our students follow the pathways that best suits them. Our core curriculum offer is:
|Subject||Number of lessons per fortnight (out of 50 hour-long lessons)|
|Humanities choice 1||5|
|Language choice 2 (or Third option subject)||5|
|First option subject||5|
|Second option subject||5|
1 Humanities choice is Geography or History.
2 Language choice is French or German.
Students embark on one of 3 different learning pathways which take account of their interests, attainment and career aspirations.
The curriculum offer for each pathway is updated annually in the light of our curriculum evaluation (including a review of value for money). It is published in the School Handbook for Staff and Governors and in the Key Stage 4 Curriculum Booklet for Parents and Students in February each year.
The Core curriculum that all students study consists of English, English Literature, Mathematics and Science (either double award or separate sciences). All these are GCSE subjects. The Core also contains non examined elements such as Personal Development (encompassing citizenship, RE and equalities), Aspiring futures (encompassing enterprise, work related learning, drugs and sex education) and Physical Education. More details of the core curriculum and the optional subjects available can be found in our Which Way Now booklets:
There are curriculum evenings planned throughout the school year to ensure parents and students have all the information they need to make the right choices.
In addition to subject lessons, the Formal Curriculum also comprises a range of planned experiences called Personal Development Days (PD Days). These days are designed to provide learning opportunities where staff and students work together for extended periods of time to develop students’ Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS), namely to be:
- Independent Enquirers
- Creative Thinkers
- Reflective Learners
- Team Workers
- Effective Participators
PD Days are planned and delivered collaboratively by cross-organisational teams of teaching and support staff. This supports our philosophy that every adult who works at ALNS plays a part in delivering the ALNS Curriculum. PD Days are planned so that they provide learning opportunities that develop knowledge and understanding within the Cross-Curriculum Dimensions below:
- Identity and Cultural Diversity
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Community Participation
- Creativity and Critical Thinking
- Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development
- Technology and the Media
Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills are ‘taught’ within Humanities lessons and, like Literacy, Numeracy and ICT skills, are developed and applied across all aspects of the Formal Curriculum. We aim to provide coherence by linking learning on PD Days with learning in other areas of the Formal Curriculum. Off-site visits, International trips and the use of outside ‘experts’ (from our local community and beyond) that enhance and enrich the learning experience for students are a key feature of our PD Days.