The Curriculum at WIA
Winterbourne International Academy offers a broad and balanced curriculum across Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Post-16. The curriculum/timetable consists of a wide range of subjects, each of which belongs to one of eight Learning Areas; Mathematics, English, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, Humanities, The Arts, Physical Education and Design & Technology. Students are able to access at least one subject from each of these Learning Areas during Key Stage 3.
GCSE Options take place in Term 3 of Year 9. In Key Stage 4 students follow a Statutory Physical Education and Core (Mathematics, English Language / Literature and Science) curriculum. This is then supplemented by Option Pools with students selecting an additional number of subjects depending on their Science Pathway. Triple Science students are expected to follow the EBACC pathway, with many other students also choosing to do this. A Foundation Learning Pathway is also available, offering a reduced number of GCSEs and additional Literacy/Numeracy Support for relevant students. At Post-16 there is a wide choice of academic A Level subjects along with some vocational subjects also on offer.
Curriculum for Years 7 to 9:
In response to parent feedback we are developing further our ways of communicating with you about your child’s learning in all of their subjects. As part of this we have created some ‘Curriculum Maps’ for Key Stage 3. These are contained in the attached documents and give an overview of the topics that are studied in each subject throughout Years 7,8 and 9. Please note that these are intended as a guide, and that teachers can amend the Schemes of Work to suit the needs of their classes. We hope that you find them useful.
- WIA KS3 Curriculum Overview Sheets – Parent Version Y7
- WIA KS3 Curriculum Overview Sheets – Parent Version – Y8
- WIA KS3 Curriculum Overview Sheets – Parent Version – Y9
Curriculum for Years 10 and 11:
In Year 10 and Year 11 there is a mixture of core subjects and a wide range of optional subjects. Students can take up to 10 GCSE’s; this is structured to allow for maximum flexibility of choice.
All students study English Language/Literature, Mathematics, Core PE and then either GCSE Double/Combined Science or Triple/Separate Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Physics).
Triple Science Students – Also study a MFL, History or Geography + another 2 choices from the ‘free choices’ block.
Double Science Students – Also study one of MFL, History, Geography, Computer Science + another 3 choices from the ‘free choices’ block.
Foundation Pathway Students – Also study an ASDAN qualification + another 2 choices from the ‘free choices’ block.
The Free Choices block – consists of the following subjects:
Drama, Art, Dance, Music, Media, Photography, PE, Product Design, Textiles, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Child Learning/Development, Engineering, Computer Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History, Geography, RS, Sociology, Business Studies.
Curriculum for Years 12 and 13:
Post 16 provision at Winterbourne Sixth Form Centre includes a range of academic and diverse courses to suit every student, with a dedicated ICT provision and Sixth Form Library. Currently over 30 Level 3 subjects are offered, the majority of which are A Level courses, with some BTECs and Technical courses also available for a more practical approach to learning. All students in Year 12 also study the Core Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
Most students now study 3 A Levels + an EPQ throughout Y12 and Y13, but where appropriate a few choose to study 4 A Level Subjects. All students also have a dedicated 1 hour Tutor Period per fortnight, with this time used for UCAS Support, PSHE delivery etc. The Academy is currently developing its ‘wider’ curriculum opportunities, including Work Experience, Mentoring Younger Students Programme etc.
In 2017 the Academy has developed a partnership, working between ourselves, the Olympus Academy Trust and the local Concorde Post-16 Partnership. This involves some students joining Concorde Partnership groups for some of their lessons. The Concorde Partnership experience has been carefully designed to provide all students with a well-balanced education, both inside and outside the classroom, studio or laboratory. By working together we can give students a wide range of courses that will not only cater for personal preferences but also provide choices that will serve students well in the future. We are excited about the new developments for the Academy, ensuring high quality provision for all students and drawing on the many strengths the Concorde Partnership offers.