Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview

At The Newbridge School, our aim is to provide an ambitious curriculum that enables all students to be the best that they can be, and helps them to develop as successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

  • Our curriculum has been designed in a way that sequences knowledge so that it can be revisited and built upon, preparing students to be successful at GCSE and beyond. 
  • Our curriculum is rooted in a knowledge-engaged approach, that places an equal emphasis on knowledge and skill, and recognises that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill.
  • Our curriculum extends beyond the academic, technical or vocational, and develops student’s character, interests and talents. We place a strong emphasis on student’s personal development in order to create confident individuals and responsible citizens who are able to contribute positively to life in modern Britain. 

We teach a curriculum that offers both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding. Students study the full breadth of the curriculum at Key Stage 3 (Year 7 8 and 9) and we aim to enrich our students by learning powerful, foundational knowledge that builds into their subjects studied at Key Stage 4 (Year 10 and 11). 

Our curriculum vision is underpinned by a set of curriculum principles:

  • A curriculum that is ambitious, and gives all students the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • A curriculum that is rooted in a knowledge-engaged approach, that places an equal emphasis on knowledge and skill and recognises that knowledge underpins and enables the application of skill.
  • A curriculum that provides academic, technical or vocational ambitions that meets the needs of all students and considers the local context.
  • A curriculum where learning and knowledge are deliberately sequenced in a manner that allows for progression, and where knowledge is sequenced to provide depth and breadth.
  • A curriculum that focuses on subject disciplines.
  • A curriculum that provides students with interdisciplinary links with expanding and interconnected webs of knowledge and concepts, enabling students to make clear connections and deepen their learning.
  • A curriculum that has a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, and recognises their value across the whole curriculum.
  • A curriculum where students study the full breadth of subjects at Key Stage 3 and then choose a range of subjects to specialise in at Key Stage 4.
  • A curriculum that is designed to be remembered in detail; to be stored in students’ long-term memories so that they can later build on it, forming an ever wider and deeper schema.
  • A curriculum that prepares students for future learning and employment. 
  • A curriculum that places an emphasis on student’s personal development, extending beyond the academic, technical or vocational, and develops student’s character, interests and talents.
  • A curriculum that prepares students for life in modern Britain.

Learning Journeys

The links below will take you to the learning journeys for the different subjects taught here at The Newbridge School. The learning journey shows an overview of our curriculum for the different subjects, each one being carefully designed by middle and senior leaders.

All subjects are taught in Year 7, 8 and 9 as we believe students are entitled to a learning experience a wide range of learning experiences and a secure foundation of knowledge prior to making their subject choices for Year 10 and 11. 

Our knowledge-engaged approach means that we have mapped out the core concepts and key knowledge needed for each unit or topic and that the curriculum has been designed so that they are revisited where applicable. Our knowledge organisers are used to summarise the key learning for each unit/topic and help students to revise, revisit and practice.

Click on the PDF links below to load our learning journey for each subject. (please note we are in the process of updating this section and more will be added soon)

English

Maths

Science

History

Geography

French 

Personal Development

Ethics and Philosophy

PE

Computer Science

Art

Design & Technology

Food and Nutrition

Music

Dance

Drama  

 

Our Core Timetable

The Newbridge School operates a one-week timetable. There are 25 periods in a week, each one lasting 60 minutes. In addition, there is a 25-minute tutor period each morning.