A broad and balanced curriculum is followed, taking in a full range of academic subjects.
What do we want our curriculum to achieve?
GCSE examination results are outstanding, as are examinations results in a wide range of additional qualifications; including LAMDA, the English Speaking Board and ECDL.
Below is a list of the subjects featured within Streatham Schools curriculum.
English at Streatham Schools offers a rich and varied curriculum which enables pupils to reach their full potential. At Key Stage Three students will encounter a range of novels, poetry and play scripts as well as English Language extracts and exercises. At GCSE students follow the AQA specification covering Shakespeare, modern texts, Charles Dickens and a variety of poetry based on a theme. They will also further develop their speaking and listening skills and acquire a range of adaptable skills which will prove necessary for further study and the world of work. English at Streatham allows pupils to develop as writers and readers, providing them with the opportunity to become more imaginative, persuasive, descriptive and accomplished communicators.
It is the aim of the Science Department to teach the subject in a stimulating and effective manner throughout the school. Science is a practical subject and we aim to challenge and motivate our pupils using laboratory work wherever possible. The objectives of the Science Department are that pupils should be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant facts, terminology, concepts and principles. • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the place of Science in the world and be able to apply their knowledge to social, ethical, technological and environmental issues. • Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of practical techniques and the need for appropriate safety precautions. • Display an appreciation of ‘How science works' in terms of formulating, testing and modifying hypotheses to fit recorded data. • Display critical and imaginative thinking and the ability to design their own experiments to test hypotheses. • Record data and display it in a clear and logical format. • Draw accurate conclusions from experimental data. • Understand the part Science plays in shaping our world. We have a purpose built lab and prep room with access to ICT facilities. We teach Science at Key Stage 3 as separate topics in Biology, Chemistry and Physics . This enables our pupils to make informed choices at GCSE. We run a weekly Science club where pupils can investigate current affairs in science, do fun activities or just catch up with work or extra revision.
Art & Design KS3
The teaching of the Art & Design curriculum at Streatham Schools will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and the study of cultural influence on Art and Design. The activities developed in the Art process will involve elements of: Fine Art Textiles Graphic Design 3-Dimensional Design Digital Photography The pupils will be encouraged to: Develop varied methods of working, individually, in groups and as a whole class; Work in two and three dimensions on a variety of scales; Use ICT; Evaluate their own and others work; Discuss and form a knowledge of Art and Design and cultural influence on the art world.
Art & Design GCSE
Pupils may study any one GCSE course, or two GCSE courses (Art & Design and one endorsed course). Some pupils complete an Art course as an out of school timetable activity if the option is not possible during the school day. Pupils explore and develop their own ideas using a wide range of materials and techniques, producing their own portfolio of work. Pupils can progress on to work or further study in areas such as Fashion, Film, Television, Animation, Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography, Archaeology, Tattooing or Illustration, Jewellery, Game Design, Ceramics, Sculpture, Glass Design, Theatrical Make-up, Stage Design, Advertising and Product & Packaging.
At Streatham the students have a lessons per week. During this time the students will participate in a balance of activities from the key activity areas of Games, Athletics, Health Related Fitness, Swimming and Outdoor Pursuits. Most activities take place on site, making use of the hall, and outdoor areas. Swimming lessons will take place in Crosby Leisure Centre. If students are unable to participate in practical activities, they will be required to bring a note from their parents explaining the problem. These students will then be occupied; helping to teach, officiate or completing worksheets about the lesson. To encourage students to be physically active outside the school timetable there are a number of extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school. These activities include clubs and teams which play in leagues, or enter competitions locally. Outside agencies regularly visit Streatham to work with our students. Sports day competitions are also held in athletics. A high standard of kit is expected from students at all times, and uniformity is essential if we are to maintain the high standards for which we are often praised. If kit is purchased a little on the large side, it should last for the majority of the student’s school life. Obviously all kit should be clearly named with sew-on tags as it is expensive to replace. It should be brought to school in a separate bag. All students have an equal opportunity to enjoy and develop leisure interests within the framework of the department. All we ask is that your son/daughter shows a commitment and enthusiasm to learn and enjoy the activities offered.
ICT Department in our school believes the ability to use ICT effectively is an essential life skill in modern society. As ICT is continually developing and new technologies emerging, we as a school will strive to give all pupils the skills needed to prepare them for the future. The subjects that we offer include GCSE Computing and ICT.
We allow children to appreciate the relevance of ICT in our society and as an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information, and controlling and understanding their environment. Encouraging pupils to develop awareness of the contribution that ICT makes to the society. This will allow children to develop subject-specific understanding and skills knowledge that is relevant to their lives and careers. ICT lessons will allow pupils to learn skills that will prepare them for the real world, such as developing a working system for a particular end-user.
Key Stage 3 We have a wide range of subject areas within Key stage 3 ICT that cover all requirements of the national curriculum. We have resources to cover traditional subject areas such as Database and Spreadsheet design as well as more progressive units of work such as E-Safety and Website design. Units Covered:
Key Stage 4 We offer both CiDA Level 2 and GCSE ICT qualification at Key Stage 4. The CiDA option allows pupils to study for the equivalent of 1 GCSE. Both options cover all aspects of ICT and offer pupils a wide array of ICT skills.
Drama at Streatham begins at KS1 and allows pupils to enjoy the rich opportunities available through developing performance and creative skills. Pupils are able to work with ranges of year groups as whole school productions allow all of Streatham to showcase their talents and work together as a close unit. At GCSE, Drama follows the AQA Specification. This incorporates devising performances from stimuli, performing extracts of play scripts and, through written assessment, close study of a set text and key theatre and drama terminology. Students are also taken on numerous theatre visits enabling them to prepare for the review section of the written exam. KS4 Drama is a rich and varied experience giving pupils a range of skills to prepare them for the wider world.
Religious Education is offered up to KS4 and is becoming increasingly popular as a GCSE choice. Students often develop a passion and enthusiasm for deeper understanding of the many ethical issues discussed through RE. At KS3 pupils are given a grasp of the six main religions, their practices and beliefs. This prepares them for the more detailed focus on two of these religions at GCSE. By studying RE, Streatham students are able to grow as learners and citizens with a more rounded and considered understanding of the world around them and cultures and traditions different to their own.
PSHCE & Careers
Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education is studied throughout years 7 - 11. In these lessons pupils are encouraged to assess their progress, set targets for improvement and to build up useful and important skills for life. Emphasis is also given to acquiring the life skills they will need such as communication, presentation, organisation, research and time management. Pupils are empowered to make life choices that will open doors to them and lead to future happiness and well-being. Careers education takes the pupils through a journey from highlighting their personal and academic skills to applying for and entering the world of work. They strategically map out their plans for accessing the qualifications to succeed in their chosen field.
We encourage all children to use French and Spanish effectively and accurately in everyday situations which allows them to develop communication skills and also appreciate the culture and customs of other countries.
In year 7,8 & 9 pupils receive 5 or 6 lessons per week. In year 10 & 11 pupils receive 4 lessons per a week per chosen language.
There is equal emphasis on each skill listening, reading, speaking and writing. Topics covered include:
|Score||Knowledge and Understanding||Quality of Work||Behaviour for Learning||Attitude to Learning|
|Outstanding (Consistently performing above expected. Scores are awarded for exceptional performance)||Is competent in all aspects of subject.||Consistently at a high standard for both classwork and homework.||Is fully committed to improving own and others learning. Makes valuable and constructive contributions to lessons. Extends learning beyond the classroom||Consistently meets deadlines. Always completes homework. Arrives promptly to lessons with books and equipment.|
|Very Good (Performing above expected)||Shows a high degree of knowledge, skills and application.||Consistently above average for both classwork and homework.||Is committed to improving own learning. Makes positive and meaningful contributions to lessons.||Meets deadlines and completes homework the majority of the time. Is punctual and well prepared for lessons.|
|Good (Performing at the minimum expected level for all students)||Consistently shows a good standard of knowledge, skills and application.||Consistently reflects the ability of the student in both classwork and homework.||Has a positive attitude and is eager to learn. Is well behaved, follows instructions and is respectful of others.||Usually meets deadlines and completes homework tasks. Arrives to lesson on time and is prepared for work.|
|Satisfactory (Performing below expected but making progress towards expected)||Can apply subject knowledge appropriately to tasks.||Work is at a satisfactory standard but not always consistent.||Needs encouragement to work. Sometimes needs reminding of classroom expectations and good behaviour.||Sometimes misses deadlines and does not always complete homework. Is usually prepared for lessons.|
|Requires improvement (Performing well below expected)||Shows reasonable level of subject knowledge and skills and can sometimes apply confidently to tasks.||Standard of work is inconsistent. Quality and content is generally at an unacceptable level.||Lacks motivation and effort. Attitude is often negative and behaviour can disrupt the learning of others.||Regularly misses deadlines and forgets homework. Is often late to lesson and without most of the required equipment.|
|Poor (Significantly underachieving)||Has limited subject knowledge and skills and is unable to apply this to tasks.||Consistently poor quality and content of work.||Reluctant to work and regularly disrupts the learning of others. Poor behaviour results in sanctions.||Consistently hands in work late and does not complete homework. Regularly late to lesson and arrives without equipment.|
|Major concern (Students are consistently underachieving)||Shows no grasp of subject knowledge. Has failed to develop skills and application.||All work is incomplete. Quality and presentation is of an unacceptable standard.||Behaviour is unacceptable. Actively disrupts learning in the classroom. Sanctions rarely have an impact.||Consistently late to lessons without any equipment. Work is always late and homework never completed.|