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Curriculum

Curriculum Statement

The fundamental purpose of The Ebbsfleet Academy is to challenge and defy the barriers that constrain the educational progress of our students. The curriculum is the conduit through which that purpose becomes a reality. Out academic curriculum is rooted in the principles of being:

  • rich in powerful knowledge
  • academically demanding
  • building cultural capital

Our academic curriculum is a vehicle for success. It challenges the mind, nurtures the heart and guides the hand.  Each subject area has a curriculum document which identifies the knowledge and skills covered.   The curriculum document for each subject is sequenced so that over the course of KS3 students will know more and be able to demonstrate an increasing number of skills. By the end of KS3 a students will be prepared to transition to KS4 with an understanding of any threshold knowledge necessary to access the GCSE specification.

In practice that means:

  1. All students master the basics of literacy and numeracy in Key Stage 3
  2. All students are entitled to study an academic core of English, Maths, Science, Humanities and a Modern Foreign Language
  3. Vocational courses are offered where appropriate
  4. Year 7, 8 and 9 students have a discreet PPE+ lesson each week which covers SRE and Citizenship education
  5. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide-ranging and character building Enrichment programme, which includes community service, international trips, cultural visits, guest speakers and outdoor activities

Further information about the national curriculum can be found here

Please see below to view our curriculum plans. 

View Knowledge Organisers here


Key Stage Three Curriculum Assessment

Assessment is an all-encompassing word describing activities which range from high frequency low stakes activities like 1 – 10 tests, single mark questions  and closed questions designed to test the retention of specific information or the application of a single skill, to low frequency high stakes summative assessments like formal written exams, final performance pieces or practical work.  All assessment activities will be designed to utilise spacing and interleaving.  At the Academy Students will be assessed against the descriptors below.

Descriptor Explanation
Mastering A pupil working at this level in a subject has a comprehensive understanding of key concepts and skills in the sequence of learning as shown in the subject curriculum document. They can apply their skills and understanding across the subject. They demonstrate fluency in the concepts, methods and skills covered and are able to make links between information covered at the beginning of the course and that which is being studied now. A pupil working at this level consistently scores very highly in their low stakes tests and has high scores in more substantial assessments.
Secure A pupil working at this level has a sound understanding of key concepts and skills in the sequence of learning as shown in the subject curriculum document. They are confident in their understanding and use of the concepts, methods and skills covered but may need to refer back to guidance occasionally as these are not yet second nature to them. A pupil working at this level usually scores highly in their low stakes tests and has relatively high scores in more substantial assessments.
Developing A pupil working at this level is developing an understanding of key concepts and is grasping some of the main ideas and skills in a sequence of learning; some aspects of the curriculum require further development. They are familiar with concepts, methods and skills covered but struggle to use all of them without guidance or support. A pupil working at this level is inconsistent in their scores in their low stakes tests and has relatively low scores in more substantial assessments.
Emerging A pupil working at this level has an emerging understanding of key concepts and is beginning to grasp some of the main ideas and skills in a sequence of learning. They are starting to develop the concepts, methods and skills covered but require guidance and support to remember how to apply them or where to find key information previously covered. A pupil working at this level consistently achieves low scores in their low stakes tests and has consistently low scores in more substantial assessments. A pupil working at this level may require more support in lessons and at home to build their memory of the key ideas and skills for this subject.
Insufficient attendance

Low attendance to lessons has severely impacted curriculum coverage. There is insufficient evidence of learning over time to be able to report a level of curriculum understanding. Additional support is required to catch up on missed curriculum content. There are very few examples of low stakes testing and assessments for this pupil.

At KS3

  1. English, Maths, Science, History and Geography and MFL will set two formal written papers to coincide with the dates for reporting cards. Information from the assessment will appear on the report card as well as a curriculum progress statement (emerging, developing, secure or mastery).
  2. For all other subjects in KS3 high stakes testing will be carried out at different points in the year. The outcome of these assessments will be used to inform the decision about which curriculum progress statement (emerging, developing, secure or mastery) will be recorded on the report card.

 

Year 7 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

Our Year 7 students are taught in five groups. Our Year 7 students are set in English and Maths based on prior attainment at KS2, the sets are continually reviewed throughout the year. The average point score students obtain at KS2 also determines the set students are in for their remaining subjects.

CORE English
Mathematics
Science
8 Lessons/Fortnight

FOUNDATION

Geography
History
Spanish / Literacy

4 Lessons/Fortnight

PHSE 3 Lessons/Fortnight
ICT
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Art
2 Lessons/Fortnight
YEAR 7 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Art Contrast: On rotation with DT & Food
English Greek Myths Poetry The Lord of the Flies The Lord of the Flies Roman Rhetoric Introduction to Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

Computer Science 
Y7 Resources

E-Safety & Introduction to Scratch Computer Hardware My Digital World Computer Scientists Dino Project
Geography What is Geography? What is the UK? Fantastic Places Rivers Europe Urban Regeneration
History England before 1066 & The Norman Conquest Mediaeval England The Tudors: Henry VII - Elizabeth I The New World: Exploration & Empire
Mathematics Numbers, Calculations, Patterns, Arithmetic, Shapes Measures, Equivalence, Fractions, Problems, Statistics Shapes, Change, Proportional Reasoning, Positions, Measuring
PE Conditioned Games Handball & HRF Basketball, Trampolining Badminton , Netball Athletics, Tennis Athletics, Striking, Fielding
PPE Finance & Money Music Politics Art Economics & Careers Identity
RS Hinduism Sikhism Buddhism
Science Biology Cells Digestion DNA Cells Enzymes
Chemistry Mixtures Atoms Periodic Table Reactions The Earth Rocks Reactions
Physics Motion Newton Pressure Energy Solar System

Seasons
The Universe

Spanish Greetings, Numbers, Questions, Instructions Nationalities, Languages, Families, Pet  School, Opinions, Likes, Transport House, Furniture Towns, Cities, Descriptions, Weather Sports, Household Chores
Food Tech Health & Safety, Nutrition: On rotation with Art & DT
Design Technology Structures & Linkages, 3D Jigsaw, Door Sign & Torch: On rotation with Art & Food

Year 8 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

Our Year 8 students are taught in five groups. Our Year 8 students are set in English and Maths based on prior attainment at KS2 and in Year 7. The sets are continually reviewed throughout the year.

CORE English
Mathematics
Science
8 Lessons/Fortnight

FOUNDATION

Geography
History
Spanish / Literacy

4 Lessons/Fortnight

PHSE 3 Lessons/Fortnight
ICT
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Art
2 Lessons/Fortnight
YEAR 8 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Art Aboriginal Art, Decoration - On rotation with DT & Food
Science Biology Cells Sexual & Asexual Reproduction Reproduction Evolution
Chemistry Mixtures & Atoms The Periodic Table Rocks Ionics Covalence Periodicity
Physics Motion Newton Energy Sound Waves Universe

Computer Science
Y8 Resources

HTML Scratch Flowol 4 Back to the Future
Design Technology Structures & Linkages,  Graphics CAD Card, Mood Light, Pewter Casting - On rotation with Art & Food
English A Christmas Carol War Poetry She Wolves Anthony & Cleopatra
Food Technology Food Provenance on rotation with Art & DT
Geography Natural Hazards Coasts Energy Weather & Climate Biomes Economy & Development
History English Civil War British America: Slavery & Revolution Industrial Revolution & Public Health Gaining Equality: the Suffragettes, Civil Rights Movement
Maths Investigating Numbers, Pattern Sniffing Calculation Problems, Arithmetic, Shape Reasoning with Measures & Fractions, Equivalences Number Problems, Investigating Statistics Shape, Exploring Change, Proportional Reasoning Describing Positions,         Measuring & Estimating 
PE/Anatomy, Physiology HRF & Netball Basketball & Rugby Badminton & Handball Trampolining & Volleyball Athletics & Tennis Athletics, Striking & Fielding
PPE Global Art Racism & Society Philosophical Ideas Corporate Responsibility Careers, Relationships Enterprise Activity
RS Judaism Christianity Islam
Spanish Sports, Hobbies, Meeting, Chores Countries, Activities, Exclamations, Time Mobile Phones, TV Programmes Music, Food, Meals Arrangements, Clothes, Daily Routines, Problems Directions, Summer Camp

Year 9 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

Our Year 9 students are taught in five groups. Year 9 students are set in English, Maths & Science based on prior attainment. The sets are continually reviewed throughout the year.

CORE English
Mathematics
Science
8 Lessons/Fortnight

FOUNDATION

Geography
History
Spanish / Literacy

4 Lessons/Fortnight

PHSE 3 Lessons/Fortnight
ICT
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Art
2 Lessons/Fortnight
YEAR 9 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Art POP Art & Black Lives Matter: Cubism - On rotation with DT, Food & Textiles
Science Biology Cells DNA Immune System Heart Organisms, Enzymes Ecosystems
Chemistry Atoms Ionic Bonding Solubility Reactions Catalysts  Acids
Physics Motion Newton Electromagnetic Waves Radiation EM Waves Radiation

Computer Science
Y9 Resources

Bits, Binary, Data, Programming, Hexadecimal Binary,  Strings & Numbers, Functions & Methods Storage, IF statements, Boolean conditions Case Statements, Generating, Images, Sound Loops, Social Engineering, Cyber Security Loops, Cyber Security
Design Technology Structures & Linkages. Amplifier/Speakers. Shut the Box & Packaging - On rotation with Art, Food & Textiles
English Civil Rights Othello Language Papers Romantic Poetry The Gothic: Jekyll & Hyde Extracts The Gothic: I'm the King of the Castle
Food Technology Food Science: on rotation with Art, DT & Textiles
Geography Climate World Studies Energy Tectonics Energy Geopolitics
History The First World War & Medicine in the Trenches Depth Study: Weimar & Nazi Germany
Maths: Core Number Calculation, Geometry: Shape Algebra, Ratio, Fractions, Decimals, Percentages Number & Algebra Sequences Geometry Measuring, Ratio & Proportion Algebra Graphing, Geometry Visualising Statistics, Probability
Maths: Higher Number Calculation, Geometry: Shape, Algebra: Simplifying Algebra: Simplifying, Ratio  & Proportion Number & Algebra: Sequences, Geometry Geometry, Geometry Proving Algebra Graphing & Solving Statistics, Probability
PE/Anatomy, Physiology Badminton Handball Trampolining Rugby Union 7s Striking & Fielding Athletics
PPE Film & TV Religion & Culture Employment & Careers Debating & Oracy Volunteerism Rights & Responsibilities
RS What is Religion? The Existence of God (Christianity) Religion & Life       (Sikhism) Religion & Life Crime & Punishment (Islam) Religion, Peace & Conflict (Buddhism)
Spanish Holidays, Weather, Accommodation Holidays, Weather, Accommodation, Listening, Reading, Speaking & Writing Skills School, Facilities, Uniform, Teachers, Subjects, School Rules, Extra-Curricular Activities Modern Technology, Advantages & Disadvantages, Frequency, Family Relationships
Textiles Introduction to Textiles, Basics, Sewing Machines, Design, Batik, Plastic Bonding & Sewing - On rotation with Art, DT & Food

Key Stage Four Curriculum Assessment

Our Key Stage Four students follow the new ‘reformed GCSEs. The key features of reformed GCSEs are that they…

  • will be more demanding and contain more challenging content
  • will be ‘linear’, so students will take all of their exams at the end of the course
  • will be assessed much more through exams than coursework
  • will have a new grading scale from 9 to 1, instead of A* to G.

Although the old and new grades do not convert perfectly with each other, the table below will give you a rough indication of the value of the new 9 – 1 grades:

Under the old A* - G grading system, a grade C or above was considered to be a ‘good pass’.   Under the new 9 – 1 grading system, a grade 5 or above will be considered to be a ‘good pass’.

Further guidance about the subject content for each GCSE subject can be found here

Subjects will be expected to complete regular low stakes assessments in lessons and PPEs, the outcomes of which will communicated to students and their parents about how well a student is progressing through the curriculum via report cards. 

Our students are taught in four groups for most subjects.  All students will study Science, Mathematics, English and English Literature at GCSE level.

Most students have selected a further 3 GCSEs or BTECs from a number of option blocks.  Students choose between the following optional subjects:

Year 10 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

CORE English
Mathematics
Science
8 Lessons/Fortnight
Option A Option B Option C

History
Geography
Computer Science
Spanish

History
Spanish
Geography
Art & Textiles
BTEC Sport
Food Technology
 

Computer Science
BTEC Sport
PE
Design & Technology
Food Technology
Art & Textiles

All options have five lessons per week

 

YEAR 10 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities / The Law The Legal System Democracy, Elections & Voting in the UK
Science Biology Cells Organisms & Diseases Diseases Respiration Photosynthesis Ecosystems
Chemistry Atoms Acids Metals Reactions Electrolysis Combustion
Physics Newton Waves EM Waves Radiation Currents Electricity
Art Mock Exam Theme Exam Board Set Theme
Computer Science Programming, Input, Output, Algorithms, Strings & numbers, Functions & methods Strings & numbers, Selection, Random numbers,  Programming basics, Iteration, Arrays & tuples Programming techniques, Arrays & tuples, Boolean logics, Revision, Assessment, Application & system software Programming language, Validating user input, Searching & sorting, Systems architecture, Procedures & functions, Reading & writing to a file. Networks, Cyber security, Databases & SQL, SQLite Relational databases & SQL, Ethical, legal & environmental impacts of digital technology, Revision, Assessment
Design Technology CAD (computer-aided design) of a flat pack shelf project Develop the ability to use jigs, moulds and templates in the manufacture of the flat-pack design.  Jewellery project using casting methods to produce a high quality piece of jewellery using molten Pewter. Develop your understanding of ergonomics and anthropometrics  Energy sources and their impact on the planet. Electronics Start your major design project which will form the focus of activity in Year 11
English Language Paper 1: Power & Conflict Poetry Language Paper 2: Power & Conflict Poetry Language Paper 1: An Inspector Calls Language Paper 2: Jekyll & Hyde Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet
Food Technology Food, Nutrition & Health Food Safety Food Choice Food Provenance & Science
Geography Hazardous Earth Hazardous Earth, Development Dynamics Development Dynamics (India) UK Physical Landscapes UK Physical Landscape.    UK Human Landscape Urban FW, Coast FW
History Anglo-Saxon England & the Norman Conquest Medicine Through Time Revision & Recap
Maths: Foundation Number, Fractions, Percentages, Table & Charts, Mensuration Geometry Area & Perimeter, Algebra, Probability Probability, Number Percentages,                   Ratio & Proportion Powers & Roots, Algebra Statistics Averaging and Interpreting & Representing data
Maths: Higher Number, Algebra,   Coordinate Geometry Geometry, Transformations, Algebra Quadratics Algebra Equations, Probability Rates of change,  Similarity Geometry Trigonometry, Statistics Algebra Graphing,  Circle Geometry
PE Core: Route 1 Yoga and Pilates  HRF Body Combat  Aerobics Softball/Rounders  Athletics 
PE Core:  Route 2 Frisbee Basketball  Handball  Futsal Lacrosse  Cricket 
PE Core: Route 3 Table Tennis  Trampolining  Badminton  Amateur Boxing  Athletics  Tennis 
PE GCSE Health fitness and well being. Practical Focus: Football  Applied anatomy and physiology:                    Practical Focus Handball   Movement Analysis: Practical Focus Trampolining Applied anatomy and physiology: Practical Focus Trampolining Sports Psychology: Practical Focus Rock Climbing
RS Sikh beliefs, teachings & practices Christian beliefs, teachings & practices Crime & punishment Religion revelations
Spanish Pocket Money, Television, Music, Films, Role Models Key landmarks, Describing your town, Tourist office, Shops & Shopping, Complaints Food and meals, Quantities, Illnesses and remedies, Festivals,    Eating in a restaurant,  Jobs & Work, part time jobs, work experience, learning a language, buying tickets, applying for a job, discussing plans for the future.  The Environment, Global issues & solutions, healthy eating, drugs & alcohol, international events, Exam Skills
BTEC Sport Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance Unit 1: Fitness for Sport & Exercise Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training
Textiles Recap basic skills & Principles. Design & make a bag, cushion or wall-hanging Decades of design. Skirt/waistcoat project.

 

 

Year 11 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

CORE English
Mathematics
Science
9 Lessons/Fortnight

RS/Citizenship
PE

4 Lessons/Fortnight

Option A Option B Option C

History
Geography
Computer Science
Spanish
Food Technology
Business Studies

History
Art
Design and Technology
Sports Studies

Textiles
Design and Technology
Computer Science
Food Technology
Sports Studies

All options have 5 lessons per fortnight

 

YEAR 11 Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Art Create a project from a set theme Exam Board supplies themes for the two non exam assessments 
Citizenship

Connecting global topics together; making useful links in the exam; analysis of a citizenship action; evaluation of a citizen action & tackling all sources relating to all topic areas

Revision all course content and exam techniques
Science Biology Hormones Ecosystems Evolution Microscopes & Enzymes Osmosis Revision & Exams
Chemistry Acids & Mass Metals & EM Electrolysis Reactions Combustion & The Atmosphere
Physics Resistance Electricity Transformers Density Graphs
Computer Science Binary, Data, Storage, Images, Sound, Cyber Security, Algorithms Pseudocode & Flowcharts Algorithms, Programming, Pseudocode, Applications & System Software Binary, Hexadecimal, Storage, Embedded Systems, Sound, Images & Cyber Security Pseudocode, Binary, Algorithms, Programming, Software, Operating Systems & CPUs  Revision Exams
Design Technology Non-exam assessment (topic supplied by exam board) Revision Exams
English Language Papers An Inspector Calls, Poetry Chants: Power & Identity Unseen Poetry Poetry/Chants: Nature/Relationships Revision: All exam papers Intervention Groups  Walk, Tall Mocks Revision Exams
Food Technology Non-exam assessment (topic supplied by exam board) Exam board supplies second non exam assessment Food Preparation & Revision Exams
Geography Challenges of an Urbanising World People and the Biosphere Forests under threat Forests under fire Consuming energy resources Quick Fire Revision Revision Exams
History Weimar & Nazi Germany Weimar & Nazi Germany / Revision Revision Exams
Maths: Foundation Numbers Ratio & Proportion Algebra Geometry Statistics Exams
Maths: Higher Calculations, Indices, Factors, Algebra, Quadratics Inequalities, Sequences, Graphs, Fractions, Percentages, Ratio & Proportion Multiplicative Reasoning, Direct & inverse proportion, Angles, Pythagoras' Theorem, Trigonometry Perimeters, areas & circles, Transformations,  Similarity & congruence in 2D/3D, Averages, Data & graphs Cumulative frequency, Probability & Data Exams
PE Core: Route 1 Kick-boxing workouts   Yoga Pilates Health Related Fitness Aerobics Revision Exams
PE Core:  Route 2 Futsal Basketball Handball Volleyball Revision Exams
PE Core: Route 3 Table Tennis Trampolining Badminton Cricket Revision Exams
RS Religion & Life Religion, Peace & Conflict Religion, Crime & Punishment Religion & Revelations Revision Exams
Spanish School, Family & Friends Revision / Exam Skills Hobbies, Local Area Revision / Exam Skills Daily Routine, Future Aspirations, Study & Work Revision / Exam Skills International & Global Dimensions, Holidays Revision /  Exam Skills Revision Exams
BTEC Sport Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training Unit 6: Know the attributes associated with successful sports leadership  Unit 6: Undertake the planning and leading of sports activities  Unit 6: Review the planning and leading of sports activities      
Textiles Decades of Design Non-exam asseesment (topic provided by exam board) 

 

Key Stage Five Curriculum

We have redesigned our sixth form curriculum to better match what our current Y11 students were asking for, so students learning with us from September 2020 will follow an A-level and vocational based curriculum..

Students are expected to study 3 subjects as well as the EPQ. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is equivalent to 50% of an A Level. Students are challenged to develop a research project in an area off their interest. This project develops students’ critical thinking, research and independent study skills.

A Levels: 9 Lessons/Fortnight

Vocational: 9 Lessons/Fortnight

Biology
Maths
Chemistry
Psychology
History
English Literature
Law
Business

IFS Finance (Level 3)
Sport (BTEC Level 3)
Art (BTEC Level 3)

Extra Curriculum Provision

We offer a variety of enrichment activities for students to participate in during lunchtimes and after school. These activities have been designed to give students the opportunity to broaden their personal, social, moral, cultural and spiritual development and to undertake extra sport. Examples of activities include archery, sports clubs, art club and mindfulness.

Our Year 11 GCSE students are also asked to attend additional targeted booster sessions from Monday - Thursday.