Inspiring curiosity by taking our curriculum further.
We are very proud to have developed a ‘Super-Curriculum’ for pupils in Year 9, hoping to capture the imagination of our pupils from the moment they join us. As well as following the normal curriculum, our pupils will have the opportunity to extend their learning by engaging with a programme of super-curricular enrichment, in every subject area, throughout Year 9.
What is a Super-curriculum?
Super-curricular activities are those that take our regular curriculum further. For example, teachers may go into more depth on something they usually teach in the classroom, or study a new topic altogether.
These learning activities will be SUPER! –
S – stimulating
U – unfamiliar (beyond the normal curriculum)
P – perplexing and provocative
E – extending and enriching
R – riveting and remarkable
Why is the Super-curriculum important?
We hope our super-curriculum will benefit pupils in a number of ways:
• By adding intellectual value, specifically providing opportunities for extension or enrichment
• Providing additional stretch beyond the regular curriculum
• Stimulating curiosity and inspiring pupils
What will it look like for your child?
This is a flavour of the super-curricular activities that are planned for 2018-19:
Religious Studies and History: Pupils will be exploring The Holocaust and thinking deeply about the questions it raises for humanity and our treatment of others. Pupils will be encouraged to extend their understanding beyond the facts, to include the stories of individuals involved, as well as respond on a personal level. Whilst grappling with challenging questions, the pupils will have the opportunity to hear from a Holocaust survivor.
Modern Foreign Languages: Motivated by a desire to expose pupils to study beyond the classroom, the MFL department will be using French film to explore some of the most current, thought provoking issues faced in France. After watching Bienvenue à Marly-Gomont (The African Doctor), pupils will be expressing their own views on the main themes of the film: integration, cultural understanding, friendship and social norms.
Business Studies and Maths: Teachers of these two subjects will be working together to offer a series of lessons with a focus on budgeting for adult life. Pupils will be given varying scenarios, research outgoings, and the present their recommendations to their peers. There will be plenty of opportunity for pupils to be creative, work collaboratively, and develop some key skills to will prepare them for adult life.
Science and Psychology: Pupils will spend a series of lessons exploring unfamiliar areas of science. Pupils may be able to choose from a range of new, perplexing topics including: animal behaviour, engineering, psychology, and even observing with NASA!
Design Technology (Resistant Materials and Graphics): Working in teams, pupils will design and make ethically sourced products to celebrate a number of occasions in the calendar, such as Christmas, Valentine’s or Mother’s Day. The pupils will then sell their products, raising money to support the school’s Interact Charity group.
Art and Design: At various points throughout year 9 pupils will be given ‘Creative Burst’ tasks. These are intended to give pupils opportunities to be highly creative, think for themselves and share a personal response to the creative burst theme.
Music: Pupils will have lessons in Djembe drumming, in the style of West Africa and the Carribean. This cross-cultural style of music provides a marked contrast to the traditional music curriculum. The rhythms the pupils will be exposed to will be both stimulating and complex, challenging their co-ordination and concentration. Pupils will have the chance to be creative and take risks with their learning. The group nature of the drumming will develop pupils’ sense of co-operation and be satisfying to all, whatever their level of ability!
English and Drama: Using the dramatic, deliberate flooding of Capel Celyn in the Tryweryn Valley as a source of inspiration, pupils will be researching footage of the last few moments of the village’s existence. They will read the play ‘Hands Off,’ each taking on a role of one of the last inhabitants, culminating in a debate where the pupils will be required to draw on their persuasive skills – really stretching them in preparation for their English Language GCSE.
Physical Education: Pupils will be tasting unfamiliar sports in their P.E lessons as the girls will experience a rugby and a cricket lesson, whilst the boys will take part in trampolining and netball. The activities will be designed to challenge gender stereotyping in sport and provoke pupils to challenge their own misconceptions.
Geography and Science: Pupils will engage in a practical, cross-curricular investigation in to the weather and climate where they will develop investigative, data handling, map and evaluative skills. Pupils will be given a hypothesis to investigate: “There is a microclimate around the school. The wind, rainfall and temperature will vary with distance from the school buildings.” The project will have different stages, and these will be divided between Science and Geography, culminating with students presenting their findings in small groups. Pupils will be encouraged to take responsibility for planning their investigation in their groups and work collaboratively to problem solve. By extending the curriculum to include practical activities that take place outside the classroom, we hope that pupils will begin to get a taste of the skills required at Key Stage 4 and 5 Geography and Science in terms of evaluation and analysis.
Food technology and ICT: In Food Technology pupils will be introduced to an unfamiliar area of patisserie, the French Macaron. Pupils will be looking at batch production and will be working in groups to plan how they are going to produce identical macarons as a team. In preparation pupils will be working with the ICT department where they will be designing the Macaron packaging, identifying what information will be required on the label by law, whether there are any allergens, and what their marketing strategy will be.