Curriculum

At the Hyndburn Academy we are continually striving to improve our curriculum. Our intention is to provide our students with a full breadth of subjects to develop learning that is engaging, broad, balanced, and personalised. 

We aim to ensure that all students study a rich, varied and challenging curriculum that develops them as young people and academics. We are continually reviewing our curriculum to ensure that it provides the best possible breadth to our students, whilst also staying in line with current and future curricular developments.

Students follow a one-week timetable consisting of six 50-minute periods per day. We start every day with registration/tutor time and our Key Stage 3 students have a period of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time, attached to their form time, incorporated into everyday to support students to continue to develop their oracy and literacy. We believe that this time is essential to support students to fully access the curriculum and make good progress within Key Stage 3 and when accessing their GCSE subjects in KS4. 

To create learner that are:

Ambitious– to achieve the best;

Confident – to have the courage of their convictions and to take risks in the right cause;

Creative – to imagine possibilities and make them real;

Respectful –in all that they do;

Enthusiastic – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue their talents and interests;

Determined – to overcome obstacles and reach success.

Strategic intent:

To develop a curriculum which:

• Creates an aspirational culture

• Takes into account individual needs and styles

• Allows everyone to experience success

• Raises standards of attainment

In order to support our learners in their academic and personal development, we believe it is essential they experience a wide range of opportunities. Consequently, we look to ensure our curriculum is broad, balanced, relevant, and personalised. Our commitment to ‘Education with character’ provides wider opportunities for our students to access a well-rounded curriculum that extends learning beyond the classroom.

We are committed to realising the potential of all our learners, irrespective of background or disadvantage, and we tailor opportunities for all pupils, including those with SEND.

 

 

 

All students follow a common curriculum of English, Maths, Science, Art, Design Technology, Performing Arts, Geography, History, Languages, RE, PE and Computing. 

Further opportunity is given within the curriculum for those who require more support with literacy and/or numeracy and/or other barriers to learning. We believe it is our responsibility to develop strong literacy and numeracy skills for all of our students. 

We believe that the curriculum should be flexible to allow for personalised learning to suit student's needs. An additional after-school enrichment programme includes a range of sporting activities and creative arts opportunities. We are also continually looking to extend our extra-curricular provision in line with our Aspire programme, to provide as many enrichment opportunities as possible in response to student's session requests. 

During Year 9 students are invited to attend our Options Evening and are given more information about subjects available to them in Key Stage 4

Students are placed into one of three ‘Pathways as part of this option process. Students follow one of the Ebacc, Open or Guided Pathways. Within this process we ensure that all students have the opportunity to select from a range of options in each of the four option blocks available. Dependent on the pathway students will be offered a tailored suite of subjects to choose from. 

As a small Academy we work hard to offer a broad and balanced curriculum model throughout Key Stage Four. We believe in offering subjects that allow a wide range of pathways and progression for our students in the future. Our curriculum offers flexibility and choice within a guided structure.

  Year 10 Year 11

Option

Block A

History

Geography

Health & Social Care

History

Geography

Travel & Tourism

Option

Block B

History

Geography

Travel & Tourism

Triple Science

French 

Geography

History

Option

Block C

Dance 

Sport

Computing

Child Development

Dance

Sport

Triple Science

Child Development

Option

Block D

Drama 

Sport 

Product Design

Art 

Travel & Tourism

Performing Arts 

Product Design

Travel & tourism 

Art

 

At The Hyndburn Acadmey we recognise that the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (SMSC) is delivered in all curriculum areas and in every aspect of Academy life.

SMSC Education is broadly split into four areas: 

Spiritual: exploring beliefs and experiences; respecting values; discovering oneself and the surrounding world; using imagination and creativity; reflection.

Moral: recognising right and wrong; understanding consequences; investigating moral and ethical issues; offering reasoned views. 

Social: using social skills in different contexts; working well with others; resolving conflicts; understanding how communities work.

Cultural: appreciating cultural influences; participating in cultural opportunities; understanding, accepting, respecting and celebrating diversity. 

The Hyndburn Academy promotes SMSC development of our students through a variety of ways including:

  •  the provision of a broadly balanced and rich curriculum. Within this, teachers strive to promote opportunities whereby students are encouraged to engage with the wider world, and consider and question their place within it,
  • the delivery of a Personal Development Days six times a year.
  • a varied assembly and weekly Thought for the Week programme through which teachers and visitors discuss topics that help students reflect upon themes that are important in the wider world today,
  • an extensive extra-curricular programme that includes sporting, academic, musical and cultural opportunities.

We at the Hyndburn Academy are committed to providing our students with an option process that is both fully inclusive and recognise that students require a supported responsibility for their options.

To support this, from the 2020 options process moving forwards we are now providing students with a pathway for their options. There are three pathways. 

These are the

  • Ebbac 
  • Open
  • Guided 

The intention of this is to ensure all students are provided with a range of options that are suitable to their ability, whilst supporting them to still be able to select the option that they are most interested in. For most students, the Ebbac suite of subjects is fully accessible. For this reason, we ensure that students in both the Ebbac and the Open pathways are able to access a suite of Ebbac subjects. For a small minority of students access to these subjects is not suitable.

On the Guided Pathway we tailor the Option A subjects only using our knowledge of both the students and the courses that we know they will be able to access the most. For these students we also provide the opportunity, in collaboration with our inclusion department and following specific testing, to access functional skills courses.

Curriculum by Subject

Click on the icons below to view more information on each subject.

For more information with regards to our curriculum, please contact Assistant Head Teacher Mr J Delve.

Curriculum

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