Our Curriculum Vision
To equip each learner with the skills, confidence and ambition to achieve a remarkable life
Our Key Community and Curriculum Drivers
1.Reflective 2. Collaborative 3. Resilient 4. Driven 5. Curious 6. Independent
Our Curriculum Intent
At Wishmore Cross Academy we offer a broad curriculum for pupils starting at Year 3, all the way to Year 11.
In Years and 5 and 6 we give our pupils a bridge between their initial Primary education and their future KS3, by providing a core of English, Maths and Science, supplemented by Topic (History, Geography), PSHE, Art, Food, Drama, Codebreakers and explicit Social Skills. The curriculum is based on NC requirements but also maps on to KS3 success criteria, so that pupils will have had an exposure to key concepts before their segue to the wider school.
Pupils who transition to, or start with the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Year 7 are provided a core of English, Maths and Science alongside the foundation subjects of Food Technology, Art, PE, PSHE, Drama, Media and Vocational Studies. A majority of our offer, core and foundation, is based on the National Curriculum where applicable and is supported by AET's Age Related Learning criteria where materials are available to support. Our teachers have access to centralised teaching and assessment support through Curriculum and Development hubs at AET.
Pupils who are following the Key Stage 4 curriculum choose options from the above foundation subjects, supplemented by Citizenship, which gives them an understanding of their place in the wider world. This adds on to our KS4 PSHE offer which remains mandatory for all, with materials selected to meet our pupils' health, safety and emotional needs and reflect national concerns and interests.
We aim to give our KS4 pupils a steady exposure to the world of work, supported by the AET Careers and Pathways strategy, so that our pupils are in the best position to make Post-16 choices that secure their place in the world.
The above curriculum offer is universal, supplemented by provision outlined in pupils' EHCPs. We work with a Surrey Speech and Language team to provide targeted support for our pupils with underlying Communication and Interaction needs, while the universal development of literacy also remains a key focus for the school.
The staff team is given training in universal scripts and strategies to support the development of emotional literacy, targeting pupils' SEMH needs. The school works with our commissioned Surrey Occupational Therapist to incorporate OT-based recommendations into the school day for pupils who need it; and all of the above are supported by a school-wide Pastoral Learning curriculum, delivered every morning during tutor times.
The Pastoral Learning curriculum intersects with PSHE and national Safeguarding priorities, ensuring that the school remains geared towards our pupils' needs and wellbeing.
CORE CURRICULUM (MANDATORY)
Functional Skills in Maths and English if appropriate
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Education) *
GCSE Physical Education
*Please note the PSHE curriculum is a core subject. However these we have not attached GCSE qualifications to them.
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum is mainly taught over 2 years. Science and Citizenship are 3 year courses.