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 - 2019-2020
In September 2019, we admitted 271 students into Year 7.  These students were placed in nine 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 the main, year 7 students follow this curriculum. There are 50 lessons in a two-week cycle which are divided as follows:

English 7 History 3 Food & Nutrition, Computer Science & Resistant materials in rotation 4
Maths 8 Geography 3
Dance 2 Science 5 Art 2
French 5 PE 4 Drama 2
PSHE 2 Religious Education 1 Music 2

Our Support groups follow a different curriculum pathway, ensuring that they are supported with key components of knowledge for maths and English.

In Year 7, students are placed in broad ability bands for all subjects except maths, 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. 

Banding will be monitored closely over the first few weeks as base-line assessments are carried out. It is possible that movements may be made in the unlikely event that students appear to have been misplaced.  Students arriving with incomplete data will be placed in a ‘best fit’ set with their abilities being assessed as a matter of priority over the initial weeks of term.

In year 7, maths will have independent setting, aside from these groups.

x band y band Description
Extended Groups
Hawking Rattle

These are true parallel groups with even gender and ability slplits.

Students in these groups have an average scaled score of 101 and above

Rowling Malala
Dyson MacArthur
Core Groups
Sanderson Goodall These are true parallel groups with even gender and ability slplits.

Students in these groups have a scaled score for reading of below 101.

Support Groups
Attenborough Branson Students are in these groups based on their scaled score for reading and/or raw arithmetic scores for maths. 
Students in these groups typically have scaled scores that are significantly below 100 for reading and/or maths.

The range of scaled scores available for each KS2 test is the same:

A scaled score of 100 or more means that a student has met the expected standard in each test; a scaled score of 99 or less means they haven't reached the government-expected standard.
Students failing to achieve expected levels of achievement during KS2 will be identified by primary schools during the summer term.  Once a group has been established, parents will be informed by the primary schools and invited to attend the college summer school which will focus on literacy and numeracy.   All of these students will receive additional 1-2-1  or small group intervention with higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs) with the aim of reaching level 4 by the end of Year 7.  Progress will be closely monitored by Heads of Learning and members of the College Leadership team.

Years 8 and 9
In Years 8 and 9 students continue to study the same broad range of subjects.   In addition, some students will start to learn a second language: German or Spanish.   Students studying a single modern foreign language will increase the number of lessons per fortnight dedicated to French whilst also receiving two additional lessons of English.  In year 9, students will be given the option to specialize in one foreign language or continue with both.
Independent setting is introduced for modern foreign languages, science, computing and mathematics and English at the start of Year 8 on the basis of performance during Year 7.  Technology and Arts subjects continue to be taught in mixed ability classes.  History and Geography are blocked in Years 8 and 9 and so have the freedom to set students as desired. 
During the course of Year 9 many students will commence their Key Stage 4 studies. The time of starting will vary from subject to subject and depending upon the individual needs of students. To facilitate this transition all students receive one period per fortnight of directed study. Here they examine how they learn and develop strategies to maximise their progress. 

Years 10 & 11
Students have the opportunity to study GCSE's from:

English Language History german Art
English Literature Geography Dance Drama
Triple Science Award Religious Studies Design & Technology / Craft PE
Double Science Award Food & Nutrition Business Studies/ Finance Maths
French Music Computer Science Photography

We also offer Vocational courses in Horticulture, health & Social Care & ICT.

Non-exam option: Directed Core Studies
Some students may be invited to 5 lessons of this subject. This will support students’ work in the core areas of the curriculum, ensuring that they master the foundations and fundamentals of key curriculum areas. Proving to be incredibly successful, Directed Core Studies gives students the chance to excel towards their post-16 choices.
PSHE—Part of statutory curriculum

In addition, students study Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE), Religious Ethics and Philosophy (REP) and core Physical Education.  The PSHE provision will be delivered in the form of a weekly lesson with the form tutor and there will be an additional collapsed day to embrace the Citizenship agenda.  Throughout the college, all students will be entitled to four hours Physical Education each fortnight in line with the college’s drive for promoting healthy lifestyles.

REP and Religious Assemblies 
Students in all year groups study a course in Religious Education.  Details about the content of the course may be obtained from the Head of the Humanities Faculty. 
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Religious Ethics and Philosophy or Religious Assemblies.  Please contact the Principal if you wish to discuss this matter.  An alternative programme would be negotiated with any parent making such a request.

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