Curriculum Information

The curriculum at Rye College enables students to experience a wide range of subjects in Key Stage Three. Students develop a broad knowledge and skills base upon which they can build once they select their options for GCSE and begin to develop expertise across a number of different courses.

As founding principles behind all of the subjects studied, students at Rye College will have been supported and challenged to leave us:

  • Demonstrating respect for themselves and others, aware of how their words and actions influence and affect others
  • Making informed decisions about their lifestyle choices; aware of how their actions now will impact on their future and the future of the wider society of which they are a part
  • Aware of their own strengths as a learner whilst still mindful of areas they need to continue to develop in the future. Furnished with resilience to tackle new challenges independently or as a part of a larger team
  • Equipped with literacy and numeracy skills which make them effective communicators in the world beyond college
  • An appreciation of cultural and social diversity with the ability to reflect on the world around them and their place within it now and in the future

The curriculum for Rye College is founded on an entitlement for all students regardless of prior ability, experience or background.

Curriculum Entitlement for Key Stage Three at Rye College

Each KS3 subject has set out the topics and skills to be taught in 2014-15 - these can be found for each subject in the following links.

In Years 7 to 9 as a student at Rye College:

  • I have access to a curriculum which is broad and balanced, enabling me to receive a good grounding in a range of different subjects.
  • I have access to teaching within a group which provides me with both challenge and support.
  • I have access to a tutor group where I am able to work alongside people from other classes to explore issues relating to the world around me and engage in competition for my Community.
  • I am taught a range of humanities based subjects including a foreign language.
  • I participate in a range of arts based subjects where I can express myself through different media.
  • I participate in science, technology and numeracy learning to enhance my understanding of the way in which technology, science and numeracy work to change the world we live in.
  • I participate in sports based activities and learn how to lead a healthy lifestyle in my diet and social habits.
  • I am learning how to use ICT and computing based skills to enhance my ability to become an independent learner.
  • I receive independent careers information and guidance to enable me to think about how to make appropriate decisions about my future. I am also provided with work related learning and enterprise opportunities across the curriculum.

In each year group in Key Stage Three students are placed in a group which is determined by their ability to ensure the pace and challenge of the lessons is appropriate to them. These classes are reviewed regularly to ensure that students are receiving the appropriate support and challenge they need.

In Years 7 and 8, students receive the following number of 50 minute lessons per week (on a one week timetable).

Year 7 & 8 curriculum

English

4 lessons

History

2 lessons

PE

2 lessons

Art

1 lesson

Maths

5 lessons

Geography

3 lessons

Dance

1 lesson

Literacy

1 or 2 lessons

Science

2 lessons

Religious Education

1 lesson

Drama

1 lesson

Technology (Product Design/Food/Computing carousel)

2 lessons

French

2 or 3 lessons

Music

1 lesson

 

 

Year 9 Curriculum

English

5 lessons

History

2 lessons

PE

1 lessons

Maths

5 lessons

Geography

2 lessons

Literacy

0 or 1 lesson

Science

3 lessons

Creative Arts (Photography/Art/Music/ Dance/Drama)

5/6 lessons split over two chosen from the list above

Technology (Product Design/Food/Computing carousel)

2 lessons

French

1 or 2 lessons

 

 

Curriculum Entitlement for Key Stage Four at Rye College

In Years 10 and 11 as a student at Rye College:

  • I have access to a curriculum which is broad and balanced, enabling me to receive a good grounding in a range of different subjects.
  • I have access to teaching within a group which provides me with both challenge and support.
  • I have access to a tutor group where I am able to work alongside people from other classes to explore issues relating to the world around me.
  • I have the ability to shape my own learning by selecting from a number of different subjects within the options system to create my own curriculum for 12 hours a week studying four different subjects.
  • I study for at least two nationally recognised qualifications in science.
  • I study at least one nationally recognised qualification in mathematics.
  • I study for at least two nationally recognised qualifications in English.
  • I will leave Year 11 with at least 8 nationally recognised qualifications.
  • I receive independent careers information and guidance to enable me to think about how to make appropriate decisions about my future. I am also provided with work related learning and enterprise opportunities across the curriculum.

The range of GCSE qualifications on offer to students in Years 10 and 11 reflects the interests and aspirations of the students. Below is a list of the qualifications currently being studied by students at Rye College and the number of 50 minute lessons allocated (on a one week timetable).

Compulsory

2016-17

Y10 Options

All 3 lessons per week

All GCSE unless named

2016-17

Y11 Options

All 3 lessons per week

All GCSE unless named

English Language and Literature

5 lessons

Triple Science (8 lessons total)

Geography

History

French

Computing

Product Design

Food & Nutrition (VCert)

Engineering

Art

Dance

Drama

Photography

Music

Triple Science (8 lessons total)

Geography

History

French

Computing

Product Design

Food & Nutrition

Business Studies

Art

Dance

Drama

Photography

Music

Media Studies

Philosophy & Ethics

Sociology

Mathematics

5 Lessons

Double Award Science

5 Lessons

PE

2 lessons

ICT (ECDL)

1 lesson