Curriculum Rationale

We are proud of our broad, balanced curriculum that aims to equip every child with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make a positive, ambitious next step in the world.

We place great emphasis on acquiring and mastering core skills in English and Maths, aiming to raise standards and equip students for life after Erdington Academy.

We ensure that all students have the opportunity to encounter the full range of subjects to enjoy new experiences in the humanities as well as linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, artistic and physical learning. We also place a strong emphasis on nurturing the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students and British values, particularly through the Erdington Edge programme and our vertical tutoring sessions, which aim to contribute to students’ welfare, behaviour and well-being.

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum (Years 10 & 11) is diverse and personalised. We aim for most students to achieve the English Baccalaureate. We offer a range of academic and vocational subjects to students.

We value the importance of strong literacy and communication skills in our students. We aim to develop these skills by reading daily for extended periods of time , and we place an emphasis on developing Oracy skills during speaking activities.

Please see our curriculum policy for more information on our approach to the curriculum at Erdington Academy and across all the academies in our Multi Academy Trust.

For more information and to find out more about our curriculum, contact the Deputy Headteacher, Mr A Wright at [email protected]

The curriculum

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), students will study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Religious Education
  • French
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • ICT
  • Design & Technology – Resistant Materials, Food & Nutrition, Electronics
  • PSHE – The “Edge”

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11), students follow one of a range of flexible pathways which feature a wide range of academic courses including the English Baccalaureate.

All students will study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

The English Baccalaureate courses include:

  • History
  • Geography
  • French
  • Separate Sciences
  • Computer Science

In addition, students can choose from a full range of academic courses including:

  • Business
  • ICT
  • Design & Technology
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Food Preparation & Nutrition
  • Hospitality
  • Catering
  • Child Development
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education

Your subjects

Please read below for more information on the areas you will learn about as a student at Erdington Academy.


English

You can expect to cover a broad range of texts to help you prepare for further study. Your teacher will guide you through many different novels and use the text as a basis for setting you pieces of work to show off your written skills. You will be introduced to texts from a variety of cultures and historical eras to help expand your range of reading. In addition to this, your teacher will show you how to analyse poetry and teach you skills to tackle unseen poetry.

There will be an expectation that you read outside of lessons and you will be given the opportunity to read often throughout your lessons.

Mathematics

Mathematics is a compulsory course throughout your time at Erdington Academy. Lessons build on mathematical concepts and learning skills acquired in earlier years, whilst new topics of a more advanced level are introduced in later years.

Science

You will study all three sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology) and cover a wide variety of topics that are designed to fully prepare you for further study. Topics include areas such as breathing and respiration, acids and alkalis and forces and motion. These provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge to enable you to engage with Science. You will have the opportunity to engage with practical science as well as the theory, allowing you to learn content whilst also developing vital practical skills.

History

There will be lots of reading, writing, role–play, debates, discussions and opportunities to do independent research using a range of ICT and other visual material. You will also develop a range of skills which will enable you to understand sources and write essays.

Geography

Geography explores the world around us and you will have the opportunity to learn about both the human and physical aspects of our planet. Geography also looks to develop a wide range of skills such as map and graph skills to constructing arguments. Lessons are taught through a diverse range of activities that incorporate individual, paired and group activities.

Religious Education

We appreciate that we live in a multi-faith society where tolerance and mutual respect between religious communities is extremely important. We strive for each student to gain an informed understanding of World Religions and place a strong emphasis on making philosophy, ethics and religion relevant to living in contemporary society. The philosophical and ethical themes that we cover encourage critical thinking and analytical skills as well as instilling confidence to form solid opinions on controversial and challenging issues.

Physical Education

You will have the opportunity to learn new skills and sports throughout your time at Erdington Academy. You will be encouraged to become more competent, confident and expert in their sporting technique across a broad range of sports. You will receive a well-rounded and full introduction into the world of PE, sport and sport science by developing an understanding of how the mind and body works, in relation to performance in physical activity.

French

You  will develop your French language skills to your full potential, equipping you with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

Art

The purpose of any art course is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond to it in a creative way. You will be taught through a mix of class based teaching, personal tutoring and workshops. Studies are supported by a variety of trips and artist studies.

There are opportunities to develop skills and explore ideas through a range of media such as painting, drawing, print, collage, mixed media and ICT. Projects are designed to build the necessary skills and understanding to allow you to develop an individual and independent approach to work. You will gain an understanding and appreciation of art forms past and present.

Child Development

Studied in Years 10 and 11, Child Development will help you to understand Child Psychology, how we learn and how to support children in their development.

Design & Technology

Throughout Years 7 – 9, you will explore a variety of projects designed to make you think about how we use everyday items, and how designers can improve them. In Years 10 and 11, you will have the opportunity to deconstruct products, improve them and then make the better version in a variety of materials. 

Drama

This exciting and interesting subject aims to develop your interest and passion for Performing Arts both as performers and as audience members giving you an enthusiasm for the subject. You will have the opportunity to experience a range of dramatic and theatrical skills developing them with your creativity and imagination. You will have an array of performance opportunities throughout the course including devising drama, scripted performance, dance technique, choreographing dance and musical theatre repertoire. Lessons will be highly practical and there will be a range of group and individual work to allow you to develop the skills and fulfil your potential within the subject. A challenging, creative and enjoyable course.

Food & Nutrition

You will be given a complete introduction to cooking and nutrition, studying good food hygiene practice and learning about the equipment used in the academy. Lessons are a mixture of practical and theory work and you will learn to prepare a range of dishes.

ICT / Computer Science

In ICT and Computer Science we aim to develop confidence students who understand the digital world in which they live. We follow the broad strands of computer science, information technology, digital literacy and E-safety. You will be able to:

  • design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
  • understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem
  • use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions
  • understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers [for example, binary addition, and conversion between binary and decimal]
  • understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems
  • understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system; understand how data of various types (including text, sounds and pictures) can be represented and manipulated digitally, in the form of binary digits
  • undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, preferably across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals, including collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • create, re-use, revise and re-purpose digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
  • understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely, including protecting their online identity and privacy; recognise inappropriate content, contact and conduct and know how to report concerns.

Music

This exciting and interesting subject aims to develop your interest and passion for music both as performers and as audience members giving you an enthusiasm for the subject. You will experience a wide range of music genres. Lessons will be highly practical and there will be a range of group and individual work to allow you to develop the skills and fulfil your potential within the subject. A challenging, creative and enjoyable course.

Photography

Photography is an ever growing means of documenting our world. With the introduction of camera phones, we have more amateur photographers than ever before and every aspect of life can be captured and shared in an instance. As a GCSE course, studied in Year 10 and 11, you will learn about what makes a fantastic photograph. You will also explore the work of world famous photographers of fashion, landscape, fine art, journalism, portraiture and products. You will learn how to use a digital camera and how to set up a successful shoot. Work will be recorded in a ‘digital sketchbook’ and cameras will be available to borrow from the academy.