Curriculum

Curriculum

Curriculum

At Northfield School & Sports College we believe in providing a broad and balanced education which enables our students to become independent 21st century learners. Central to this is a personalised curriculum offer which nurtures the talents of each individual and equips them  with the knowledge, skills, values and attributes which will enable them to be successful in their chosen careers. An exciting range of subjects engages all our students through interactive, practical and challenging lessons. Our curriculum offer also extends beyond the classroom as we offer excellent extra-curricular opportunities.

Curriculum Organisation

Each student will spend 25 lessons per week on the curriculum. The allocation of time to each subject area will be in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum and will also provide additional learning opportunities approved by the Governors of the school.
We recognise our students as individuals and encourage them to realise their full potential regardless of sex, race or ability. All students are given the same opportunities within the curriculum and follow similar timetables. The distribution of periods within the lower school timetable is as follows:-

Number of PeriodsYear 7Year 8Year 9


English
3
3
3
Mathematics
3
3
3
Science
3
3
3
Modern Languages*
2.5
3
2
Geography
2
2
2
History
2
2
2
Religious Education
1
1
1
Art
1
1
1
Drama
1
0.5
1
Music
1
0.5
1
Physical Education
2
2
2
Design & Technology#
2
2
2
PSHCE
0.5
1
1
ICT
1
1
1

 * Students will study French, with German being available as a second language for those students who show linguistic ability.

# Design & Technology operates a carousel system.  Students will experience graphics, product design, resistant materials, food, textiles and systems and control.

Sex Education

The Governors believe that sex education is an important part of the school curriculum and should be based on a moral framework which develops students’ understanding of their own physical, sexual and emotional development. Sex education will be delivered in a balanced programme of Personal, Social and Health education and be set in the context of family life, respect for others, and the development of personal responsibility. The programme will mainly be delivered through National Curriculum Science and Guidance lessons and will take account of the maturity and age of the students. Details of the programme will be supplied on request.

Religious Education

Religious Education is provided within the framework of the Local Education Authority’s Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. If the parents of any student attending the school request that he/she be excused from attendance at collective worship, alternative arrangements will be made.