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Curriculum Intent

At Chiltern Academy we have a curriculum designed to meet two key aims:

INSPIRE MINDS

and

BUILD FUTURES.

At Chiltern Academy we have a curriculum designed to inspire minds, and build futures. We aim to inspire minds with an aspirant, knowledge rich curriculum. We build futures by teaching pupils the skills, qualities and knowledge they need to have a prosperous future in the modern world.

 

How Do We Implement This?

At Chiltern Academy we have a curriculum designed to inspire minds, and build futures.  We aim to inspire minds with an aspirant, knowledge rich curriculum.  We build futures by teaching pupils the skills, qualities and knowledge they need to have a prosperous future in the modern world.  Our curriculum is centred around 4 guiding principles:

  • Academic rigour and success
  • Well-being and character development
  • Quality of delivery
  • Our specialism

Below is further information of how this translates into our curriculum:

Academic Rigour and Success

At Chiltern Academy we teach an academically rigorous curriculum, with the EBacc subjects at its heart.  This is supported by the subjects which we believe foster creativity, resilience and will prepare the children for the modern world of work.  Our aim is to prepare every child with the knowledge and skills they need to go onto further study and university.

In each subject area the curriculum has been carefully planned to ensure that we are teaching the fundamental key concepts in that subject.  We aim to give pupils the core foundational knowledge needed to progress.

As well as academic rigour, we believe it is of utmost importance to give pupils every chance of being successful.  This is reflected in the time allocated each week to the academically rigorous subjects and will be reflected in our structure of Key Stage 4.  This also means we will support all students to be successful.  Pupils that require reasonable adjustments are supported to ensure they are successful.  Bespoke and tailored curricula ensure that all pupils can access an academically rigorous curriculum.

Well-being and Character Development

From the moment children arrive at Chiltern Academy we begin instilling the ethos of a Chiltern Champion underpinned by our core values to start  building their resilience and character.  This is epitomised by the Chiltern Challenge: A 10 mile hike around the Chiltern Hills.  Our ‘Steps to Success’ rewards and recognition chart also places huge emphasis on our values, high effort and resilience.

We have extensive extra-curricular and enrichment programmes which are designed to give Chiltern Academy pupils experiences to develop their character and cultural capital.  We aim to develop confidence through our personal development lessons, activities and events and we promote well-being across the curriculum.

Quality of Delivery

Our biggest priority at Chiltern Academy is high quality teaching and learning.  We aim for pupils to have 25 excellent lessons every week and for the quality of education across all subjects to be consistently high.  We offer a range of subjects and strive to deliver content highly effectively.  This is non-negotiable and shapes our curriculum.

There is a huge emphasis on long-term learning and retention of knowledge.  Our curriculum is designed to continually revisit previous learning and ensure that it is embedded and retained.

Our curriculum in each subject area is sequenced in a way that enables students to continually progress and develop.  Each curriculum has been created and designed by subject experts, using the best resources and informed by up to date research around the science of learning.

Specialism

The school was set up and approved in large part due to the bespoke offer of our specialism: Engineering.

The South East area of Luton where the school is situated is synonymous with the airline and motor industries.  Our curriculum is designed to prepare the pupils for future study at college and university, and tailored to the local labour market and to create the labour force Luton will need in the future with its planned developments.

We begin teaching engineering in year 7.  Local labour market information reflects a shortage of engineers, and this is predicted to grow in light of planned developments in this area of the town.  The school has links with local engineering companies who we work alongside.  Our engineering curriculum is designed to give pupils the skills and knowledge to prepare for future study at the highest institutions, and the world of work in this field.

KS3

At Key Stage 3 we aim to give the pupils a wide and varied curriculum whilst retaining an academically rigorous focus.  We have a three-year Key Stage 3. This allows all pupils to study subjects like art, engineering, performing arts, food and music for as long as possible.

KS3 Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

English 4hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 3hrs

History 2hrs

Geography 2hrs

French 2hrs

PE 2hrs

RE/Personal development 2hrs

Engineering 1hr

Computer Science 1hr

Food/Music 1hr

Art/ Performing arts 1hr

English 4hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 3hrs

History 2hrs

Geography 2hrs

French 2hrs

PE 2hrs

RE/Personal development 2hrs

Engineering 1hr

Computer Science 1hr

Food/Music 1hr

Art/ Performing arts 1hr

English 4 hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 3hrs

History 2hrs

Geography 2hrs

French 2hrs

PE 2hrs

RE/Personal development 2hrs

Engineering 1hr

Computer Science 1hr

Food/Music 1hr

Art/ Performing arts 1hr

 Details of our subject specific curricular can be found in the ‘subjects’ area of the website.

KS4 Curriculum Plan

At Key Stage 4 we offer a range of subjects which build upon the learning from the KS3 curriculum and create further opportunities to inspire pupils’ minds and build their futures. All pupils will study English, Maths, Science, Geography or History. The majority of our pupils study the English Baccalaureate and are entered for GCSE French.  We enter most of our pupils into this as we believe it builds their future by giving them academically rigorous qualifications.  Pupils who do not enter the English Baccalaureate have more time in other subjects to try to ensure they can be as successful as possible in the subjects they study.  We believe this is paramount in order to build their future

 Options to choose from include;

-GCSE Computer Science

-GCSE Psychology

-GCSE Business

-GCSE Engineering

- GCSE Citizenship (Law and Politics)

-GCSE RE

-GCSE PE

-GCSE Art

-GCSE Separate Sciences

-CNAT Engineering

-BTEC Business (from 2023)

-BTEC Music

-BTEC Performing Arts

-CNAT Creative iMedia

-CNAT Basketball Academy (from 2023)

 

Year 10 Ebacc

Year 11 Ebacc

English 4hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 5hrs

History/Geography 2hrs

French 2hrs

PE 2hrs

Option 1 3hrs

Option 2 3hrs

PSHE/Citizenship/RE - Assembly and Form Time

English 4hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 6hrs

History/Geography 3hrs

French 3hrs

PE 1hr

Option 1 2hrs

Option 2 2hrs

PSHE/Citizenship/RE - Assembly and Form Time

 

Year 10 Non-Ebacc

Year 11 Non-Ebacc

English 4hrs

Maths 5hrs

Science 5hrs

History/Geography 3hrs

PE 2hrs

Option 1 3hrs

Option 2 3hrs

PSHE/Citizenship/RE - Assembly and Form Time

English 5hrs

Maths 4hrs

Science 6hrs

History/Geography 3hrs

PE 1hr

Option 1 3hrs

Option 2 3hrs

PSHE/Citizenship/RE - Assembly and Form Time

 

 

Details of our subject specific curricular can be found in the ‘subjects’ area of the site.