Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Bottisham follows the standard National Curriculum subjects for the vast majority of students.

However, where a student has particular learning or medical needs, and/or where they are gifted and talented, the curriculum may be personalized to reflect their individual needs.  

Year 7
In September 2017, we admitted 242 students into Year 7.
These students were placed in eight mixed ability form groups.  Although a few adjustments may be made to these groups, students normally remain in the same form group throughout their five years at Bottisham.

In Year 7 all students follow a common course: there are 50 lessons in a two-week cycle which are divided as follows: 

English 7 Creative Design (Art, Dance, Drama, Music)  6
Maths 8 Computing 2
Science 6 Design & Technology 3
French 5 PE 4
History 3 Practical Literacy 1
Geography 3 Religious Education 2

Students are  placed in broad ability bands for all subjects except art, drama, music, creative design and physical education which are mixed ability.  The banding is carried out on the basis of the National Curriculum Assessments and Teacher Assessments carried out at the end of KS2.  All students will aim to progress by one National Curriculum level during this first year. 

Banding will be monitored closely over the first few weeks and movements made in the unlikely event that  students appear to have been misplaced.  Students arriving with incomplete data will be placed in a

Assessment and reporting
Students’ work is regularly assessed in all subjects; internal examinations are held in Years 10 and 11.

All faculties follow a common framework for assessing students’ learning and providing feedback. Oral and written feedback recognise what has been achieved and indicate how further progress can be made.  Students are encouraged to reflect on their assessments, to engage in peer and self-assessment, and to take increasing ownership for their learning.

Each faculty updates their assessment data at least once per term, together with information regarding effort, behaviour, homework and organisation. A full report in years 10 and 11 is produced each year which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum, consisting of a separate written report for each subject. Subject reports contain teacher comments on student progress and areas to be worked on.  The full report also contains an overall comment from the form tutor. In addition to the full report, parents at KS4 are sent two progress checks per year. These reports summarise progress against targets in each subject and give grades for effort behaviour, homework and organisation.

At KS3, three progress checks are completed, one containing a tutor comment on general progress and wellbeing (2018-19).

However, our main way to report is through our parental intranet; this gives parents an up to date, live report.

Statutory assessment information is available to parents throughout the year via BVC Parental Remote Access. Through this system, we offer a dynamic live output of current levels/anticipated grades against targets in each subject. This facility also gives the opportunity for parents and carers to contact subject or form teachers directly and to monitor all key data regarding their sons/daughters;

A summary of how we assess students in years 7, 8 & 9 is below.

Homework

We believe that homework forms an important part of students' learning.  Subject teachers will set a variety of forms of homework, and students should record the tasks set in their planners.  

Students are not given a homework timetable, so they will need to plan their time to ensure that the amount of homework is evenly distributed during their school week. Students should ensure that they meet deadlines as set by teachers, and are expected to take an increased responsibility for their own learning, including homework, as they move up the school.

It is helpful if parents/carers can provide a quiet working place at work and a routine each day to allow time for homework.  Please support your child in completing homework tasks to a high standard by checking your child's planner regularly and discussing their homework with them.  The provision of high quality homework is central to our commitment to providing opportunities for independent learning and for on-going constructive feedback. 

We believe that homework should:

Homework could be set as a one off task per fortnight, alternatively, it could be a series of 15 minute tasks set more regularly – depending upon the nature of the subject area. In order to avoid students receiving an overload of homework, we are committed to giving at least 48 hours for the completion of any task.

High-Attaining Students
Without question, the college recognises that we have some high-attaining students who will require an extra-level of challenge in all areas: curriculum, extra-curricular activities and cultural awareness. With this is mind, we adopt a number of strategies:

Parents are invited to make contact with Mr Compton to discuss, if appropriate.

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