Staff across each subject area have worked hard to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of our pupils.
Click on the documents below to see how we put our curriculum into practice and what our Year 8 pupils will be learning each term.
The intent of our Year 8 curriculum for each subject area can be seen below:
In English lessons, both reading and writing, we intend to develop confident speakers who can present ideas in a formal context; listen to feedback and ask questions to clarify information, using standard English. Through a skills-based curriculum, we intend to teach pupils to consider speech and language for a specific audience, communicate and form their own opinions and listen and respond appropriately. Pupils will continue to develop into curious readers, who can access a broad variety of texts. When writing, we intend for pupils to be creative, confidently employ a range of sentence structures and complex vocabulary.
In Maths, we intend to embed key mathematical skills so that pupils can become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically, and problem solve apply their skills and knowledge. In Key Stage 3 we intend to expand pupils’ range of mathematical competencies so that they have a greater understanding of Maths in real life. This will in turn give them the skills to develop their confidence to make decisions about their money, time, and freedom as they prepare for adulthood.
In Science, we encourage pupils to be inquisitive and foster curiosity about the universe. Our lessons are based around scientific enquiry skills; classifying, comparing and contrasting, predicting, making models, gathering data, measuring, observing. We intend to build upon and deepen pupils’ scientific knowledge and their understanding of ideas and concepts developed in the earlier Key Stages, most importantly in the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
We believe that art plays a vital part in pupils’ education, giving them the opportunity to express themselves. Our Art curriculum develops pupils’ critical abilities, and is mapped out to ensure that each topic area is progressive, whilst building on prior learning and skills. We intend for pupils to develop the skills and knowledge explore a range of processes, materials, the works of artists and designers to express their own creativity through the medium of art.
In Food Technology lessons, we intend to explore pupils’ creativity and imagination. In each topic area, pupils research, design, refine, create and evaluate their given design brief. We intend for all pupils to have the knowledge and confidence to create a repertoire of dishes, exploring textures, flavours and cooking styles.
In Geography, we aim to develop understanding and knowledge of the wider world, both natural and human aspects. Taught as a discrete subject, the Geography curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure pupils can build on prior learning, and develop their geographical skills. In lessons, pupils pinpoint what they know, what they would like to know, and what they have learnt. We intend to continue to inspire curiosity and fascination about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments of the world.
History at NRHS is taught as a discrete subject and held in high regard. The History curriculum is informed by the National Curriculum and the pupils’ interests. It has been carefully sequenced to ensure that the pupils can use new learning to link to prior knowledge, whist building enquiry skills throughout each Key Stage. With a clear understanding of past and present, pupils are encouraged to think critically, analyse evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective, judgement and opinion. We intend for pupils to understand how History has shaped our nation and the wider world, giving pupils the capabilities to form logical arguments, based on their interpretation of sources and historical events.
In Horticulture, we intend for pupils to have a solid understanding of where food comes from and how it is produced. Pupils will build upon and deepen their horticultural knowledge and skills, with a solid understanding of eco-systems, biodiversity and permaculture, building on prior learning and making links to adopting a healthy lifestyle and sustainability.
In P.E. lessons, we intend to develop confident, healthy pupils who, through sport and physical activity are able to develop skills of fairness and honour when playing and participating sports, both independently and as part of a team.
In PSHE, we intend to promote self-awareness of pupils’ personal development and social interactions. Pupils are encouraged to listen, talk, and reflect on the topics explored. We want pupils to begin to recognise their place and influence in the world around them. We intend for pupils to be confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives, taking responsibility as they navigate through their teenage years.
Religious Education (RE)
We understand that RE has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils. We have a curriculum reflective of our local community that is both skill and knowledge-based. We intend for pupils to be able to describe their own beliefs and why they hold them, whilst being eager to learn about others, including those who do not follow a religion. Respect and understanding are embedded in our curriculum.
At NRHS, we believe that learning a foreign language provides pupils with an opening to other cultures. We intend to enable every pupil to develop their linguistic skills to foster an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, giving them options as they progress towards making decisions about further education, and the world of work.