The TFA Curriculum

We have 6 periods of 50 minutes every day making 30 periods in the week. There is a form period of 30 minutes at the beginning of each morning and a floating Positive Discipline lesson that takes place during a different period every week where students spend the lesson with their form tutor. Break (20 minutes) is between Periods 2 and 3 and lunch (30 minutes) is between Periods 3 and 4. School starts at 8:30am and finishes at 2:50pm.

On two days each year, Years 7-11 have their own Empowerment Days that are specifically designed to cover aspects of PHSCEE that cannot be delivered through other lessons. These days often involve outside agencies and guest speakers and cover issues such as drugs, bullying and careers. All students will attend at least one assembly each week that is well planned and coordinated to support the delivery of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning, including the promotion of British values.

Curriculum Plans

Art and Design
Business
Citizenship
Computing DIT
Design and Technology
Digital Media
Drama
English
ETHICS, PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION
Geography
Health and Social Care
History
Hospitality
ICT & Computer Science
ICT – Key Stage 3
Mathematics
MFL – French
MFL – German
MFL – Spanish
Music
Physical Education
Science

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

Years 7 and 8 allows students to study a broad range of subjects that, at the end of Key Stage 3, enable them to make informed choices for their GCSEs. Students are taught in groups that reflect both their ability and their pastoral needs for all subjects. Subjects studied include: Art, Citizenship, Drama, English, Geography, History, ICT/Computer Science, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (German, French and Spanish), Music, Ethics, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Science and Technology (Product Design, Food, Technology and Textiles).

Students choose their GCSE course options in Year 8. To support your child in choosing their options, an options evening will take place in March for all year 8 students.

Subject Maths English Science Geo His PE Tech Art Cit Drama Music IT EPR MFL
Lessons 5 5 5 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

1 English lesson per week is designated to Forensic Reading.

Key:
Geo –Geography
His – History
Cit – Citizenship
EPR – Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
MFL –Modern Foreign Languages (one of French, German or Spanish)

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

Students now begin their GCSE courses. Students will study both English Language and English Literature, along with Mathematics, Combined Science (two GCSEs) and Citizenship. Students also pick three options from a combination of GCSE and Level 2 vocational courses. They will also continue to have one Physical Education lesson per week. Students are placed on a Pathway before they choose their options.

Pathway 1 is a traditional GCSE route where at least one of the options a student selects must be a language, and one must be either History or Geography.

Pathway 2 allows students to select either History or Geography, plus two further GCSE or vocational subjects.

A selection of the possible subjects which are available for students to select are: Art, Business Studies, Geography, Health and Social Care, History, Hospitality, ICT, Performing Arts, Product Design and Sport.

(Note: Certain subjects cannot be chosen together. Further details will be provided during options evening)

Year 9, 10 and 11

Subject Maths English Combined Science Geography or History Citizenship Core PE
Lessons 6 6 6 3 3 1

Forensic Reading is delivered through English lessons.

Statistics is delivered through Mathematics for some students.

The remaining curriculum with be selected by students based on their options choices.

Options include:

Option Type of Course Lessons
MFL GCSE 3
Computer Science GCSE 3
EPR GCSE 3
Drama GCSE 3
Art GCSE (and vocational in Year 10) 3
Health and Social Care Vocational 3
Product Design Vocational 3
Hospitality Vocational 3
Sport Vocational 3
IT Vocational 3
Music Vocational 3
Business Vocational 3

Some students will be able to study Triple Science in Year 11 if they have been successful in the acquisition of knowledge and skills during the study of Combined Science.

Underpinning our Curriculum

At The Farnley Academy we take great pride in ensuring that all of our students are fully prepared for life beyond the end of their compulsory secondary education. To this end, we constantly strive to achieve the following in terms of our curriculum:

  • Our curriculum is designed and organised to ensure that students are constantly learning and consolidating knowledge in a coherent structure so that it is retained year on year;
  • Our curriculum is designed to be inspiring and engaging for students so that they develop a passion and enthusiasm for learning not just in the classroom, but beyond;
  • Our curriculum ensures that students are routinely exposed to challenging and difficult concepts and ideas where they are required to apply the knowledge they have acquired to different and challenging contexts;
  • Our curriculum develops the skills of independence and autonomy so that students are not over reliant on the support of others, including their teachers;
  • We place the development of literacy and numeracy at the centre of our work so that students have a mastery of the key skills needed to be successful in further education and employment.

Our Drivers for Improvement

Forensic Reading

As they spend their time with us our children and young adults will establish a costal shelf of knowledge, vocabulary, understanding, phraseology and experience that forms a basis for success in difficult examinations and the challenges of adult life beyond their time with us. Forensic Reading will expose students to challenging, complex and academic texts which will not only develop students’ vocabulary but also their ability to appreciate what makes a great writer.

Purple Zone

Students will be routinely exposed to challenging or difficult concepts which requires them to think and apply their prior knowledge to unfamiliar contexts. Purple Zone is designed so that students struggle with difficult concepts from which they will learn more.

The use and extension of Purple Zone activities is deep-routed in our work. Purple Zone work is formally linked to the process of assessment, linked in its own right to Iterative Assessment.

Curriculum/Rubric Mapping

Students experience a well organised and coherent curriculum which has been planned meticulously by expert professionals so that learning develops lesson by lesson, year by year.

The curriculum maps detail for each subject the knowledge to be taught, when it will be taught and how it might best be taught. Curriculum maps also directly link to homework and Iterative Assessments.

Iterative Assessment

Iterative Assessment is the process of assessing the accumulation of knowledge over time. We do not focus solely on what has been taught most recently, instead, we assess students in terms of current and prior learning.

Students will be regularly tested against the knowledge that has been delivered through the curriculum. The curriculum is driven through a detailed professional understanding of the curriculum and examination rubric.

Positive Discipline

Positive Discipline in the foundation stone upon which all success is built. Positive Discipline is an established aspect of student life at The Farnley Academy and allows professionals, students and parents to drive a culture of high aspiration and achievement as behaviour around the academy and in lessons is exemplary.

Positive Discipline creates a culture of autonomy where students can become responsible for their own learning.

What will my child be taught?

All subject areas at The Farnley Academy have Curriculum Maps, which cover five or in certain cases three years. Curriculums have been designed to ensure that all students are fully prepared for the demands of GCSEs and A Levels. Curriculum Leaders started by identifying the key Assessment Objectives contained in the GCSE specifications and mapped backwards to ensure students are introduced to key skills and content during Key Stage 3. It is also essential in order to promote learning cohesion across Years 7 to 11, thus enabling our young people to make progress over time and systematically develop the knowledge and ability to apply these skills in a range of contexts.

As parents and carers you will be able to see the topics and skills your child is currently working on and also what they will be going onto explore next. If you require any further clarification on how to support your child with these topics please contact Curriculum Leaders by sending an email to [email protected] or by telephoning the academy on 0113 2630741.

As an academy we are also committed to ensuring that our young people are fully exposed to a variety of social, moral, spiritual and cultural aspects of learning (SMSC), including Fundamental British Values (FBV). It is for this reason that such opportunities are highlighted within the Curriculum Maps. Please click on the download link to view each subject’s Curriculum Plan.