Curriculum

Key Stage 3: Years 7, 8 & 9

Curriculum Intent Statement

At Crestwood we offer a fully inclusive curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. Teachers set high expectations for every student and plan work that stretch and challenges all learners regardless of their prior attainment or their different backgrounds. Crestwood teachers use appropriate assessments and set targets which are ambitious for our learners. These in turn encourage aspiration and support their success both in school and in later life.

The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum and we ensure that Crestwood students enjoy a full range of subjects as part of their curriculum offer. This includes having a religious education at key stage 3 and sex and relationship education at key stages 3 -5. We ensure our students have extensive provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), which includes a range of subjects or topics that are applicable to our learners and our setting.

Our curriculum extends beyond the classroom and encompasses and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students whilst in school and when in society.

We believe our curriculum prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. The school curriculum comprises all learning and embraces and encourages wider experiences for our students.

We offer alternative provision for some students at key stage 4, whilst others follow a more academic route comprising of a balance of core subjects (maths, English and science), Ebacc subjects (MFL, computing, history and geography) and more practical routes through performing arts, art and design, design technology, sport and vocational courses such as Health and Social care, Business, Travel and Imedia.

We value and promote opportunities both at Crestwood and through collaborations within our Trust. These can be academic, sporting, careers or performing arts driven and are underpinned by a set of core values that has ‘anything is possible’ at the heart of all that we do.

We follow the statutory national curriculum for all students and details can be viewed via our website.

Art & Design

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Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Computing

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Our aim is to provide students with a broad and balanced Computing curriculum which not only prepares them for GCSE’s, but also provides valuable life skills which can be transferred to other subjects and used outside of school.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

D & T

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In Design and Technology we strongly believe in ‘learning by doing’ and students are encouraged to be creative and find solutions to problems through experimentation and independent enquiry. In KS3 students have 13 weeks in each of the three areas of Design & Technology.

CRES Curriculum Plan Y7 Design & Technology

CRES Curriculum Plan Y8 Design & Technology

CRES Curriculum Plan Y9 3D Design

CRES Curriculum Plan Y9 Design & Technology

CRES Curriculum Plan Y9 Engineering

CRES Curriculum Plan Y9 Food Preparation & Nutrition

Crestwood D&T 5 Year Subject Plan – Y9

Drama

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Curriculum Overview

English

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English within Key Stage 3 is used as a foundation to build upon the skills required for success at GCSE English language, literature, and beyond. The curriculum emulates the GCSE programme of study, and enables students to build gradually upon the skills required to access GCSE English language and literature. All assessment is skill-based and uses GCSE specification terminology to assess each individual student. This allows for a seamless transition across key stages.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

Geography

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Curriculum Overview

History

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Curriculum Overview

Religious Studies

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Curriculum Overview

Modern Foreign Languages

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Our philosophy is to equip all of our students with the essential language skills they need to become successful citizens of Europe and function effectively in the working world. We are a dedicated team of teachers, committed to ensuring that all students enjoy their learning and achieve their full potential.

Year 7

Year 7 French Curriculum Overview

Year 7 German Curriculum Overview

All Crestwood students start their study of either French or German in Year 7. In Year 7 topics studied include self, family and friends, school, sport and hobbies, house and home life, town, and daily routine.

Year 8

Year 8 French Curriculum Overview

Year 8 German Curriculum Overview

Students continue studying their main language and further develop their skills. Topics studied in Year 8 are typically local area, food and drink, holidays, health, and fashion.

Year 9

Year 9 French Curriculum Overview

Year 9 German Curriculum Overview

During year 9 students continue their language studies following the GCSE framework, practising the skills and topic areas which will enable them to succeed at GCSE.

Extra Curricular

We organise annual residential trips to Paris and Cologne for Years 7 and 8, which offer students the chance to experiment with their language skills and immerse themselves in another culture. We also run trips to the Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham. All of these trips are always very popular. From time to time opportunities also arise for us to take students on language themed days at local universities.

Music

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Curriculum Overview

PE

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We aim to develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, to be physically active for sustained periods of time, to engage in competitive sports and activities and to encourage pupils to lead active, healthy lifestyles.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview

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CRES Curriculum overview Year 7 2020-2021

CRES Curriculum overview Year 8 2020-21

CRES Curriculum overview Year 9 2020-21

Science

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The study of Science in KS3 is designed to open student’s eyes to the wonders of Science, students follow a broad and balanced science curriculum which covers elements from the fields of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. As well as developing knowledge of science facts, students also develop their practical skills that they will need for their GCSE studies.

Year 7 Curriculum Overview

Year 8 Curriculum Overview

Year 9 Curriculum Overview