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Curriculum

Our bespoke curriculum is broad, balanced and designed to allow students to realise their life chances and dreams.

We aim for very child at at Tapton to be fully engaged in learning and ready for a successful transition to their next stage.

Tapton is committed to a 3 year KS3 experience in order to ensure engagement, breadth and to allow students to follow their own passions and to make appropriate choices.

To find out more about our curriculum please contact us at enquiries@taptonschool.co.uk or call 0114 267 1414.

Curriculum 19-20
 

KS3 students will have 25 lessons per week
KS4 students will have 25 lessons per week (some Mandarin lessons take place after school for students opting in).

School Hours:

  Monday - Friday  
Form Time 9.15-9.30  
Period 1 9.30 - 10.30  
Period 2 10.30 - 11.30  
Break 11.30 - 11.50  
Period 3 11.50 - 12.50  
Lunch 12.50 - 13.35  
Period 4 13.35 - 14.30  
Period 5 14.30 - 15.30  
(Period 6) 15.30 - 16.30 Lessons are scheduled after school for Chinese (optional) across all year groups.
(Period 7) 16.30 - 17.30 Lessons are scheduled after school for Chinese (optional) across all year groups.

Key Stage 3 (Y7-Y9) age 11-14
Year groups are split into three bands in KS3 (x, y and z). Students are taught as a form group in Year 7 for Geography, History, Drama, IT, RE and PSHEE. 
MFL: Students commence studying a language in Year 7 and continue with that language through to KS4. 
Maths: Are set by ability in all three year groups
DT: Year 7 and Year 8 are taught food and DT on a rotation (rotate half way through the year) to enable them to experience each of the subject areas.
Year 9 Option: Students opt into 2 subjects from the options block below:

All subjects in Y7 and Y8 are compulsory:

  Year 7 Hrs /Wk Year 8 Hrs/WK
Geography  2 1
History 1 2
Drama 1 1
IT 1 1
Music 1 1
RE 1 1
PSHEE 1 1
Reading 1  
Art 1 1
Food & DT (Product Design, Engineering and Textiles) 1 2
MFL (French, German, Spanish) 3 3
Maths 3 3
PE 2 2
English 3 3
Science 3 3

 

  Year 9 Hrs/Wk
Geography 2
History 2
RE 2
PSHEE 1

OPTION A
Art, Big Data, Drama, Food, Product Design, Engineering, Textiles

2

OPTION B
Art, Big Data, Food, Music, Product Design, Engineering, Textiles

2
MFL
(French, German or Spanish)
3
Maths 3
PE 2
English 3
Science 3

Key Stage 4: Y10 &Y11 (age 14-16)
Key Stage 4 groups work primarily towards GCSE qualifications. Year groups are split into two ability based pathways. KS4 curriculum is a mixture of 5 core subjects and 3 Option subjects chosen from the lists in the table below. All KS4 students should take at least one humanity (history/geography), and students on Y11 Green / Y10 Dark Green pathway follow a full EBACC programme of study, which means they continue studying MFL to GCSE.

  Year 10 (Hrs/WK) Dark Green Pathway Year 10 (Hrs/Wk) Light Green Pathway
Compulsory Core Subjects    
Maths 4 4
English 5 5
Science 6 (Triple Science) 6 (Combined Science)
PE 2 2
RE 1 1

OPTION A
French, Geography, German, History, Music, Product Design, PE, Spanish, Textiles

3 3

OPTION B
Art, Business Studies, Catering (Level 1/2), French, Geography, History, Spanish

2 2

OPTION C
Catering (Level 1/2), Computer Science, Drama, Economics, Food, Geography, German, History, Engineering

2 2

 

  Year 11 (Hrs/Wk) Green Pathway Year 11 (Hrs/Wk) Blue Pathway
Compulsory Core Subjects    
Maths 3 4
English 5 6
Science 6 (Triple Science) 4 (Duel Science)
PE 2 2
RE 1 1

OPTION A
Art, Catering (Level 1/2), Computer Science, French, Geography, German, History, Music, Spanish

2 2

OPTION B
Art, Business Studies, French, Geography, German, History, PE, Spanish, Engineering, Textiles

3 3

OPTION C
Drama, Economics, French, Geography, German, History, Product Design, Spanish, Vocational Engineering (Level 1/2)

3 3