Overview

We offer a varied curriculum and as expectations of our students are very high, and we wish to support them in every way, ability setting operates increasingly as students move from Year 7 through to Year 11.

In Year 7&8 the core curriculum consists of Maths, English, Sciences, Geography, History, Religious Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology (Food, RM, Textiles), Drama, Music, Art, Information and Communication Technology, Physical Education and Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education. Students will select their KS4 options during this year.

On entering Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11) students are offered one of two different curriculum pathways. Many students choose the Open pathway, whilst others choose a more traditional Baccalaureate curriculum.  Within both pathways, students can study a variety of technical qualifications alongside the new 9 – 1 graded GCSEs.

Our 3 year KS4 curriculum is a new development for Year 9 in 2018. From September to December (Autumn term) students in Year 9 will follow a KS3 style curriculum, and will use this term to reflect on their option choices, and will have the opportunity to change their KS4 courses. Teaching of the GCSE option courses for all Year 9 students will commence from January of the academic year. The core GCSE subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) will be taught to all students from September providing the students with 8 terms over the 3 years to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of these subject areas.

Considerable advice and guidance is available to students and their parents to allow the most appropriate choice of curriculum to be made throughout Year 8 to Year 13, overseen by our PSHCE/Careers Lead and our external Careers Advisor. Our Gifted and More Able (GAMA) students can participate in an accelerated curriculum, starting GCSEs and AS Levels early if this is the most appropriate route for them.

Both academic and technical courses are available in the Sixth Form, where GCSEs can be studies onto A Level/L3 BTECs with a variety of new courses on offer such as Government and Politics, Sociology, Health & Social Care, Psychology and Travel & Tourism A large number of Sixth Form students move on to University and Higher Education, whilst some choose to enter the world of work. Our Sixth Form and GCSE progression routes can be viewed on our website.

Homework is set from day one and is recorded in a student diary, and presented on line though ShowMyHomework which can be accessed from the school iPad.  Further information is available on the Student Information Guide on their iPad.  Students will receive a homework timetable iBook via their iPads providing guidance and links to support their organisation.

Homework club operates in the Learning Resource Centre on Monday - Thursday evenings from 3.30 - 4.15pm and is supervised. Students may use computers and technology to help with homework completion.

If you would like further information on the curriculum at Blenheim, please contact Mr. G. Adams, Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Curriculum Planning.

Parents may find the link on the App below a useful tool to learn more about the National Curriculum.

Download the National Curriculum App

GCSE Factsheet

 

The new GCSE grading system explained

The  Department for Education is launching a campaign to promote and communicate the changes to GCSEs.

Watch a video to help explain the new grading

Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs)

We have developed and published subject specific Personal Learning Checklists (PLCs) for the new 1-9 graded GCSEs which can be downloaded below.

These PLCs breakdown the content of the GCSEs that your son/daughter is studying into their individual themes/topics/units/modules.

These materials offer parents an overview of the content being delivered in each subject each term. More importantly, these PLCs will provide our students with a checklist to review their progress and aid revision planning.

For each subject there will be a PLC for each unit/terms work, therefore, please check here for new PLC resources as the year progresses.

Downloads

Personal Learning Checklists Date  
Art PLC YEAR 10 2016.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Art PLC YEAR 11 2016.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Bioenergetics PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Biology PLC1.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Cell Homeostasis and response PLC1.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Ecology PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Infection and Response PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Inheritance variation and evolution PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Biology GCSE Organisation PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Atomic structure and the periodic table PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Bonding structure and the properties of matter PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical analysis PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemical changes PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Chemistry of the atmosphere PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Energy changes PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Organic chemistry PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Quantitative chemistry PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE The rate and extent of chemical change PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Chemistry GCSE Using resources PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Child Development PLC 10.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Child Development PLC GCSE course.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Computer PLC Problem Solving Unit.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Drama GCSE PLC 2017.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
English Language GCSE AQA 2016 PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
English Literature GCSE AQA 2016 PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Fashion and Textiles NCFE New Spec 2017.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Food and Cooking NFCE PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Food Technology GCSE Food preparation and nutrition PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Foundation.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
French GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Climate Change PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Coast PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Ecosystem and Rainforest PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Hot Desert PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Tectonic Hazards PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Geography GCSE Tropical Storms PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 1 PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Graphics GCSE UNIT 2 PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
HIgher.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
History PLC Elizabethan England.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
History PLC Weimar Nazi Germany.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
ICT PLC template for GCSE courses.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
LeisureTourism PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Choreography.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Performance.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Practical Choreography.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Professional Work.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Solo Performance.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE Dance GCSE Trio Performance.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 1 Applied Anatomy Physiology.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 2 Movement Analysis.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 3 Physical Training.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 1 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 1 Health fitness and well being.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 2 Sport Psychology.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 3 SocioCultural influences.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PE GCSE Component 2 Topic 4 Use of Data.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics Core PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics Energy PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics Forces PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Atomic structure PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Electricity PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Energy PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Forces PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Magnetism and electromagnetism PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Particle model of matter PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics GCSE Waves PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Physics Radioactivity PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
PLC GCSE Business.pdf 03rd Oct 2018 Download
PLC GCSE Business.pdf 03rd Oct 2018 Download
River Landscape PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
RPE Component 1 GCSE PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
RPE Component 2 GCSE PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
RPE Component 3 GCSE PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 1 Studying Society 1.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 2 Studying Society 2.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 3 Families.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 4 Education.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 5 Crime and Deviance.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 6 Mass Media.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Sociology GCSE PLC 7 Social Inequality.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Spanish GCSE Yr 10 Autumn Term PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download
Textiles GCSE Materials and components PLC.pdf 23rd Sep 2017 Download