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The Ebbsfleet Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

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
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons

FOUNDATION

 

Geography
PPE+ PSHE
History
ICT
Spanish / Literacy
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies
Art

2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons
2 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lesson
1 Lesson

YEAR 7 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Art Colour Theory Portraiture Expressionism
English Greek Myths Poetry The Lord of the Flies Roman Rhetoric Julius Caesar Short Stories
Computer Science Introductory Basic Skills Word Excel Excel PPT Publisher
Geography What is Geography? What is the UK? Europe The Water Cycle Climate Change Urban Regeneration, the Thames Gateway, and Ebbsfleet
History The Swanscombe Man and Anglo-Saxon England The Norman Conquest and Norman England Medieval England The Tudors: Henry VII to Elizabeth I The New World: Exploration and Empire
PE Team Building, Outside Adventurous Activities, Gymnastics, Fitness Tests Football Netball Rugby (Tag), Badminton, Fitness Tests Hockey, Basketball Athletics, Fitness Tests Cricket, Rounders
PSHE Philosophy   Politics Economics Relationships  Identity Careers
RS            
Science Biology: Key Concepts in Biology, Chemistry: Atomic Structure, Physics: Motion Biology: Key Concepts in Biology Chemistry: Separating/Purifying  Physics: Forces & Motion Biology: Cells & Control, Chemistry: The Periodic Table, Physics: Forces & Motion Biology: Cells & Control Chemistry: Ionic Bonding  Physics: Forces & Motion  Biology: Genetics, Chemistry: Types of Substance, Physics: Conservation of Energy Biology: Natural Selection & Genetic Modification, Chemistry: Covalent Bonding Physics:  Energy
Spanish Bienvenidos! Greetings! Tú y yo, You & I Vamos al Instituto School En Casa, House Mi Pueblo; Town El Tiempo Libre, Free Time
Food Tech Health & Safety (on rotation with Tech & Textiles) Nutrition (on rotation with Tech & Textiles) Health & Safety (on rotation with Tech & Textiles Nutrition (on rotation with Tech & Textiles) Health & Safety (on rotation with Tech & Textiles) Nutrition (on rotation with Tech & Textiles)
Technology CAD-CAM (Computer-aided design-computer-aided manufacture), Jigsaw (on rotation with Food & Textiles) Electronic Jitterbug (On rotation with Food & Textiles) CAD-CAM (Computer-aided design-computer-aided manufacture) Jigsaw (on rotation with Food & Textiles) Electronic Jitterbug On rotation with  Food & Textiles) CAD-CAM (Computer-aided design-computer-aided manufacture) Jigsaw (on rotation with Food & Textiles) Electronic Jitterbug (On rotation with Food & Textiles)
Textiles To be introduced to the basic principles and skills used in Textiles, in order for students to implement them in the Memphis Pencil Case Project, Memphis Pencil Case Project: To design & make a zip up pencil case using the ‘Memphis’ design style as inspiration,  (on rotation with Food & Tech)

Year 8 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

Our Year 7 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

5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Geography
PSHE PPE+
History
Computer Science
Spanish / Literacy
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies

2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons
3 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lesson

Year 8 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
English An Introduction to Charles Dickens Charles Dickens  "A Christmas Carol" War Poetry World War One  and its poets She Wolves Women and Power in 16th Century England William Shakespeare "Antony & Cleopatra" Short Stories
Art Drawing the human Figure & Soft Sculpture Superhero (On rotation with DT, Food & Textiles every 9 weeks)
Computer Science HTML HTML Flowol 4 Flowol 4 Scratch A12
Design Technology CAD (computer-aided design) Greeting Card & Electronic Steady Hand Game (on rotation with Art, Food & Textiles every 9 weeks) 
Geography Tectonics Energy Biomes
History The English Civil War British America: Slavery & Revolution Industrial Revolution & Public Health Gaining Equality: the Suffragettes and the Civil Rights Movement
Maths            
PE Outdoors Adventurous Activities Gymnastics Fitness Tests Football, Netball Health Related Fitness Rugby (Tag), Badminton, Fitness Tests Hockey, Basketball Athletics, Fitness Tests Cricket, Rounders
PSHE Philosophy   Politics Economics Relationships Identity Careers
RS            
Science Biology: Health, Disease & Medicine Chemistry: Acid & Alkalis, Physics: Motion Biology: Exchange & Transport in Animals, Chemistry: The Periodic Table / Acids & Alkalis, Physics: Waves Biology: Genetics, Chemistry: Groups in the Periodic Table / Rates of Reaction, Physics: Electromagnetic Waves / Inside Atoms Biology: Ecosystems / Photosynthesis Chemistry: Electrolysis Physics: Electricity & Circuits   Biology: Ecosystems & Material Cycles Chemistry: Rates of Reaction / Fuels / Atmosphere Physics: Electrics & Circuits Biology: Enzymes / Microscopes Chemistry: Tares of Reaction / Energetics Physics: Space
Spanish Mis Vacaciones, Holidays Todo Sobre mi Vida, Technology, TV Shows A Comer, Food & Drink La Salud, Health Que Hacemos? Places in town, clothes, arranging to go out Operación Verano, Describing house, directions
Food Tech Food Provenance & Food Choices (on rotation with Art, DT & Textiles every 9 weeks)
Textiles To be introduced to the basic principles and skills used in Textiles, in order for students to implement them in the Nature / Culture Cushion Project To design and make a prototype cushion (including paper pattern) with some repeat design, at least 2 patchwork panels as well as a range of surface decoration techniques (on rotation with Art, DT & Food every 9 weeks)

 

Year 9 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

Our Year 9 students are taught in five groups. Year 9 students are set in English and maths and science based on prior attainment, the sets are continually reviewed throughout the year.

CORE English
Mathematics
Science

5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons

FOUNDATION

Geography
PPE+
History
Computer Science
Spanish / Literacy
Technologies
Physical Education
Religious Studies

2 Lessons
1 Lesson
2 Lessons
2 Lesson
3 Lessons
3 Lessons
2 Lessons
1 Lesson

 

Year 9 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
English Romantic Poetry The Gothic Susan Hill I’m the King of the Castle Civil Rights William Shakespeare Othello Science Fiction and Dystopia
Art Portraiture / Acrylic Portraits / Portrait Illustration / Nature  
Computer Science Visual Basic.net: First Programme, Constant Variable Theory: Data Rep, Binary, Hexadecimal VB: Calculator, TS 2 go parts 1 & 2 Theory: Binary Arithmetic, Primary Storage  VB: Indefinite & Definite Iteration Theory: Storage VB: Data Structures, Functions Theory: Images, Sound VB: Multiple Forms, Procedures Theory:  Cyber Security VB: Text files, Convert Temperature Theory: Impacts of digital technology on Society
Design Technology CAD (computer-aided design) Greeting Card & Electronic Steady Hand Game (on rotation with Art, Food & Textiles every 9 weeks) 
Food Tech Food Science (on rotation with Art, D.T. & Textiles every 9 weeks)
Geography Rivers & Coasts Rich World, Poor World UK Economic Development & Regeneration
History  Public Health & Medicine in the Trenches Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany
Maths            
PE  Football, Netball, Health Related Fitness Assessment Rugby, Badminton Leadership, Volleyball, Assessments Fitness Tests Alternative Sports Handball Athletics, Fitness Tests Cricket Rounders/Softball
Citizenship/PSHE? Rights & Responsibilities The Law The Legal System, Democracy Government Constitution The Economy & Finance, Media & a Free Press Citizenship Participation The UK in the World
RS            
Science Biology: Key Concepts / Genetics Chemistry: Periodic Table Physics: Motion Biology: Cells & Control  Chemistry: Methods of Separating & Purifying Substances Physics: Energy Biology: Evolution / Health & Disease Chemistry: Types of Substance Physics: Waves Biology: Enzymes / Health & Disease Chemistry: Rates of Reaction / Acids & Alkalis Physics: Radioactivity  Biology: Photosynthesis Chemistry: Mass Calculations Physics: Radiation  Biology: Substance Transport Chemistry: Mass Calculations Physics: Electricity
Spanish Mis Vacaciones Holidays, weather, accommodation Mi Insti School, facilities, uniform, describing teachers and lessons, school rules, extra-curricular activities Mi Gente Family, social networks, reading preferences
Textiles To be introduced to the basic principles and skills used in Textiles, in order for students to implement them in the Tate Bag Project. To Design and Make a sustainable bag for life inspired by one of the following artists’ work:  Kandinsky, Klee, Klimt, Basquait or Miro. Submit a prototype that will involve reclaimed / recycled material (on rotation with Art, D.T. and Food every 9 weeks)

 

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
RS/Citizenship
PE

5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
3 Lessons
2 Lessons

 

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 subjects have 3 lessons per week
Year 10 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
English Romeo & Juliet Romeo & Juliet Introduction to the
Gothic genre
Jekyll & Hyde
Introduction to the
Gothic genre
Jekyll & Hyde
Poetry Anthology An Inspector Calls
Art Food Food Food Food Food Food
Business & Enterprise Financial documents, ratio analysis, production methods and customer service The internal influences that affect a business, the areas for business research The different stages of recruitment,  the components of staff development Costs, liabilities and assets, understand how these affect business and enterprise Research, resource planning, growth and development for business and enterprise Research, resource planning, growth and development for business and enterprise
Citizenship            
Computer Science Visual Basic.net: System Password, Cow & Bulls Theory: Flowcharts, Pseudocodes, Algorithms VB: Cows & Bulls, Card Trick Theory:  Subroutines, Low/High Level Programming Language, Systems VB: ASCII Art, Password Checker & Generator Theory: CPU, FDE Cycle, Networks VB: Password Checker & Generator, Dog Game Theory: Pseudocode Revision Non-exam Assessment Non-exam 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
Food Tech Food Choice Food Provenance Food Nutrition & Health Food Science Food Safety Food Safety
Geography Topic 1: Hazardous Earth Topic 2: Development Dynamics Topic 3: Challenges of an urbanising world Topic 4: The UK’s evolving physical landscape Topic 5: The UK’s evolving human landscape Topic 6: Geographical investigations Topic 7: People and the biosphere
History  First World War and Medicine in the Trenches Weimar and Nazi Germany
Maths            
PE Football, Netball, Health Related Fitness Rugby Badminton Basketball Volleyball  Alternative sports Handball Athletics  Cricket Rounders/Softball
RS Sikh beliefs, teachings and practices Christian beliefs, teachings and practices Religion, crime and punishment Religion and revelations  Religion, peace and conflict 
Science Biology: Exchange & Transport in Animals Chemistry: Mass Calculations / Electrolysis  Physics: Electricity & Circuits Biology: Hormones Chemistry: Electrolysis / Redox Physics: Electricity / Magnets Biology: Hormones / Ecosystems Chemistry: Redox, Recycling / Dynamic Equilibria Physics: Transformers Biology: Key Concepts / Ecosystems & Material Cycles Chemistry:  Group Chemistry & Rates of Reaction Physics: Particles Density / Transformers Biology: Transporting Substances / Nervous System Chemistry: Solubility Physics: Energy & States / Water Biology: Genetics & Meiosis Chemistry: Energetics 7 Fuels Physics: Particle Model
Spanish Intereses e Influencias  Free time activities, role models Ciudades Describing a region, problems in a town De Costumbre Illness and injury, festivals, music festivals A Currar  Jobs, earning money, taking a gap year,  the importance of languages, work experience Hacía un Mundo Mejor Global issues, healthy lifestyle, natural disasters
BTEC Sport Understand the rules, regulations and scoring systems for selected sports Practically demonstrate skills, techniques & tactics in selected sports. Be able to review sport perfprmance. Know about the components of fitness and the principles of training Explore different fitness training methods Investigate fitness testing to determine fitness levels Revision of UNIT 1 for computer External Assessment

 

Year 11 Curriculum and Plans ​​​​​​

CORE

English
Mathematics
Science
RS/Citizenship
PE

5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
3 Lessons
2 Lessons

 

Option A Option B Option C

History
Geography
Computer Science
Spanish
 

History
Geography
Product Design
Sports Studies
Food Technology

Computer Science
Art
Product Design
Sports Studies

All subjects have 3 lessons per week

 

Year 11 Autumn Term Winter Term Summer Term
Subject Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
English  Summarising &Synthesising.
 Comparing & Evaluating. 
Persuasive Writing.
Revise Ozymandias, Remains & Emigree. Comparison Essays. Jekyll & Hyde
Romeo & Juliet
An Inspector Calls
Structure & Form in Poetry
Literature Paper 1: AM 13th May. Literature Paper 2: AM 21st May Language Paper 1: AM 2nd June. Language Paper 2: AM 5th June.
Art Nature Nature Non Exam Assessment Non Exam Assessment Non Exam Assessment Coursework Consolidation
Business & Enterprise Unit 2 revision: Marketing followed by the external assessment   Unit 1 recap: Business Unit 3 recap: Funding, Finances Unit 4: Framework, Project ideas & developing Unit 2 revision: Marketing followed by the external assessment   Consolidation of coursework. N/A
Citizenship           Paper 1: PM 12th June Paper 2: AM 17th June Paper 3: AM 20th June
Computer Science Binary, Storage, Images, Sound, Cyber Security, Impacts of digital technology on Society Mock exams 1 Algorithms, Subroutine, Pseudocode, Software, CPU, FDE Cycle, Networks Binary, Storage, Images, Sound, Cyber Security, Impacts of digital technology on Society Mock exams 2 Binary, Flowcharts, Pseudocode, Software, Systems, CPU, Networks  Paper 1: AM 11th May Paper 2: PM 14th May N/A
Design Technology         Exam: PM 22nd May N/A
Food Tech Food Provenance Mock exams 1 Non Exam Assessment Non Exam Assessment Mock exams 2 Non Exam Assessment Non Exam Assessment Exam: PM 9th June
Geography Topic 8: 
Forests under threat
Mock exams 1 Topic 9: Consuming Energy Resources Revision Mock exams 2
Revision
Paper 1: AM 18th May Paper 2: PM 3rd June Paper 3: AM 11th June
History The American West & Revision: Mock exams (Term1b) Mock exams 2 Revision Revision Paper 1: AM 1st June Paper 2: PM 4th June Paper 3: AM 9th June
Maths         Paper 1: AM 19th May Paper 2: AM 4th June Paper 3: AM 8th June
PE Football, Netball, Health Related Fitness Rugby Badminton Basketball Volleyball  Alternative sports, Handball N/A N/A
RS Religion & Life Revision & Intervention Paper 1: PM 11th May Paper 2: PM 19th May N/A
Science Biology: Evolution, Chemistry:  Fuels  Physics: Forces, Matter,  Particle Model  Mock exams 1  Biology: Cycles, Enzymes Chemistry: Atoms  Physics: EM Waves, Radiation Mock exams 2 Revision Biology Paper 1: PM 12th May Chemistry Paper 1: AM 14th May Physics Paper 1: PM 20th May Biology Paper 2: PM 1st June Chemistry Paper 2: PM 10th June Physics Paper 2: AM 12th June
Spanish Repaso 1 Revision units 1 and 2 Holidays and School Mock exams 1 Repaso 2 Revision units 3 & 4   Family Relationships, Technology, Role Models, Free Time Repaso 3 Revision Units 5 & 6 Local Area, Festivals & Traditions Mock exams 2 Repaso 4 Units 7 & 8 Jobs & Environment Listening & Reading Papers: AM 20th May Writing Paper: AM 3rd June
BTEC Sport Design a Personal fitness training programme. Know about the musculoskeletal system and the cardiorespiratory system and the effects on the body during fitness testing.  Implement a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve own goals and objectives. Review a personal fitness training programme  Know the attributes associated with successful sports leadership Undertake the planning and leading of sports activities Review the planning and leading of sports activities N/A

 

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 2019 will follow an A-level based curriculum.

Click here to view the 6th form curriculum 2019/20. Most students are expected to study 3 subjects. 

A Levels
Biology
Maths
Chemistry


5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons

International Baccalaureate Higher Diploma
Psychology
History
English
Economics
IT
Design and Technology
Law


5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons
5 Lessons

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

5 Lessons
6 Lessons
5 Lessons

Extra Curriculum Provision

We offer a variety of enrichment activities for students to participate in during lunchtimes and afterschool. 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.