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Overview

How can you find out more about the curriculum we follow?

KS3 booklets are available below.
Alternatively, please make an appointment to meet with Mr B Winsor, our Deputy Headteacher, if you want more detailed information about the curriculum we offer.

Curriculum expectations in our Specialist Mathematics and Performing Arts College

We expect our students to achieve good GCSEs including RE, English, Mathematics and at least two sciences eg Physics, Chemistry or Biology.  We also expect, now, and in the future, at least 60%- 70% % of our pupils to achieve at least five good GCSEs including English and Mathematics.

The Blessed Hugh Faringdon curriculum has RE as its central core and also has excellent English and Mathematics teaching to provide the strongest possible platform for success in all subjects. We will set very high achievement targets for all pupils and organise the curriculum and teaching to make it possible for all pupils to reach their targets. Pupils entering the school with attainment below the level expected for their age will follow a curriculum designed to accelerate their progress so that they can participate fully and this will mean more intensive support in literacy and numeracy for some children.

We offer a full curriculum at GCSE and A level and a selection of other courses to ensure a programme which challenges and meets the needs of all pupils.

"Catholic schools are guided in all they do by an important and coherent vision of education. This vision is based on the truth revealed by God about ourselves, our life together in community and our ultimate destiny with God…The aims of [the Catholic Church’s] schools are to help everyone within the school community to grow in faith; to make the most of every ability they have been given; to achieve academic excellence and to prepare well for adult life in a modern and diverse society"
Pastoral letter from the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 2008.

School Curriculum​

Details of the school’s curriculum, content and approach, by academic year and by subject (including details of GCSE options and other qualifications offered at Key Stage 4).
The schools curriculum and allocation of time within the curriculum are as follows:

Years 7, 8 and 9

Pupils follow a broad based curriculum pattern organised to reflect the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Percentages of time spent on each subject:

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Religious Education 10 10 10
Mathematics 16 16 16
English 16 16 16
Science 10 10 10
French 7 7 7
Geography 7 7 7
History 7 7 7
Music 3 3 3
Art 3 3 3
Design and Technology - Materials and Food 7 7 7
Physical Education (inc Dance) 10 10 10
Drama 3 3 3
Reading 3 3  
Digital Literacy/Computer Science     3

Pupils are placed in teaching groups according to ability in English, Maths, RE, Science, History, Geography and French.  In Music, Drama, ICT, Dance, PE and D&T, pupils are taught in smaller, mixed ability groupings.​

Year 10 and 11

Percentages of time spent on each subject:

Subject Year10 Year 11
Religious Education 10 10
English Language and Leterature 16 16
Mathematics 16 16
Science (Double Award) or BTEC Science 20 20
Physical Education (Non Exam) 3 3

Option subjects for Key Stage 4 are:

Business Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Geography, Music, Art, PE, Health and Social Care, History, Drama, DT Food, DT Product Design, Double Science. Computer Science, Polish and ICT.  For individual students, alternative curriculum programmes are put in place involving a college placement.

Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of social behaviour. It is an academic subject with close links to anthropology and psychology. Sociology is concerned with real-world issues with policy relevance, such as social inequality, organised crime, the social basis of political conflict and mobilization, and changes in family relationships and gender roles. Others see individuals as powerful in shaping society, and look at the power of some people in labelling others as crucial. What is undeniable is that, as individuals, we spend almost all our time in groups, and in order to understand our behaviour we have to examine and assess the impact of those groups and institutions on us.

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Why should I choose this course?

Studying Sociology provides an excellent way to develop core skills in writing, presenting and defending arguments. It is a social science that relies primarily on evidence based discussion, extrapolation and writing. This course offers you the opportunity to learn about how human societies are constructed and where our beliefs and daily routines come from, and will help you develop a critical understanding of society. If you are curious about your world, then this is the course for you.

Psychology

Psychology can be defined as the systematic study of behaviour and the physiological and cognitive processes that underlie it. It aims to describe, explain, predict and modify behaviour. It is an academic subject with close links to biology and sociology.

Psychology is practical; it offers a vast store of information and suggestions about issues that concern everyone. These range from broad social issues such as how to improve eyewitness testimony, to highly personal ones such as ways of controlling anger or stress. Psychology offers a way of asking precise questions about key issues in society and of testing ideas using a logical and rigorous approach.

 

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Why should I choose this course?

Psychology is an interesting and challenging subject which allows you to gain a better understanding of human behaviour and how the mind works. It considers psychological theories and how they are developed using scientific means. It allows you to develop analytical skills through critical evaluation of scientific methods and approaches, and promotes independent resilient learning.

Physical Education

The PE department in Blessed Hugh Faringdon School is very successful and this has been recognised throughout Reading as we have won Reading Sports School of the year for 2014 and 2015 due to the dedication of the students and staff within the department. The PE department aims to develop pupils’ competence and confidence to participate in a range of physical activities as the basis for developing these skills beyond school. We deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in a wide range of physical activity. Pupils develop knowledge and confidence in a number of different physical activities in addition to learning about the value of pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle. Students are allocated to a house on arrival at the school and take part in House Games each year as well as a whole school sports day at the end of the year.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students are taught in mixed gender PE lessons and all complete a term of fitness and skill testing on arrival in Year 7 to support setting based on their sporting ability. This setting is always evaluated at the end of each term when students are assessed, to give them the opportunities to move sets and match their abilities where possible. Students benefit from two timetabled PE lessons per week. They participate in a range of activities and develop a wide range of skills.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

All students benefit from a single lesson of Core PE each week. Students continue to take part in a range of activities and have increased choice in the activities they pursue. These lessons have a focus on students’ team skills, refereeing and coaching. House Games continue at KS4 as does the wide range of extra-curricular activities available. We currently study the EDEXCEL GCSE PE specification as a GCSE option. The course has now changed making it 60 % theory and 40 % practical which results in the course having a greater focus on Sport Science than practical sessions. The assessment on this course involves 2 papers at the end of a 2 year course, Paper 1 incorporates anatomy and Physiology, fitness and body systems, movement, physical training and use of data. Paper 2 incorporates, health and performance, health and wellbeing, sports psychology, sociology and use of data. The controlled assessment involves designing an exercise plan.

 

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Students can opt to complete a BTEC National Sport Courses at either Diploma or Subsidiary levels. This is made of one exam on Anatomy and Physiology, an external assignment on fitness training as well as additional coursework based units. These courses can be taken as equivalent to 1 or 2 A levels. Students also have the opportunity to participate in practical sessions held for 2 periods in the week. In this time we also run a rugby course focusing on training, tactics, skills, games play and health and fitness. In addition we continue to run teams and competitions throughout the year for 6th form. We also encourage students be part of PE in any way they can which could be through co-coaching, teacher assists or even displays and fixture organisation.

 

 Sports Website: http://www.schoolssports.com/School/default.asp?Id=2402

Music

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual's identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils' competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

All Year 7 pupils follow a broad foundation course incorporating the three major practical skills in music - listening, performing and composing.This is done using a range of classroom activities and instruments including percussion, keyboards and the voice. The course draws upon a wide variety of musical styles both historically and culturally, and pupils are taught how to notate music using signs and symbols of their own alongside traditional stave notation.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

Students undertake many compositional tasks in order to stimulate ideas for their personal composition portfolios. Pupils ultimately submit two substantial compositions both of which must be completed under 20 hours of controlled assessment conditions.Two performances must be submitted for assessment, one solo and one ensemble. Both must be recorded under controlled conditions, but may be done so at any point during the course.Pupils are strongly encouraged to exploit the performance opportunities available both inside and outside school and must participate in school concerts.There is one listening exam which uses extracts from a range of topics and strands which are covered theoretically throughout the course.

Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

The department will begin teaching the new EDEXCEL A level course in 2016. This course helps students to develop skills in performing, composing and listening.We study a great variety of music, particularly from the Western Classical Traditions and from jazz and popular music.There is considerable freedom in performing and composing to explore and choose your own repertoire and styles to work in.
The course is challenging but thoroughly prepares students for university and is accepted as an academic A level by all universities and colleges.