Our Curriculum

Medina College 2017-18 Curriculum Statement

Our curriculum is broad, balanced and built around students’ individual needs and abilities in order to allow all students to reach their potential and compete with others nationally.

• A school with high expectations and ambition for all.
• A school where there is dignity in hard work and effort.
• A safe and happy school where everyone feels valued and proud.
• A school where the priority is meeting the needs of each individual student

Aims:
The purpose of the curriculum is to enable students to:

• Acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and a world of rapid and continuous technological and social change
• Develop a life-long love of learning
• Develop personal and moral values, respect for shared values and for other cultures, religions and ways of life
• Acquire sound numeracy and literacy skills
• Develop and acquire the qualities and qualifications necessary to enable them to reach their potential, progress to the next stage in their chosen learning or career pathway and compete with others nationally.

Main principles:

• The curriculum should have breadth, balance, relevance, differentiation and allow progression
• The curriculum should promote knowledge and understanding, and allow the development of skills and personal qualities
• The curriculum should allow equality of access for all students
• High expectations of all students
• All students will have an entitlement to work related learning
• A curriculum that offers both academic and vocational qualifications appropriate to individual pupil ability, interest and preferred learning style

Outcomes
The curriculum should:

• Deliver the current and future statutory requirements, including appropriate careers advice and guidance
• Be broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated
• Enable and support students to achieve their potential
• Meet the needs of the full range of abilities within the school
• Ensure continuity, help support and enable progression within the school and between phases of education
• Help students develop enquiring minds and a love of learning
• Help students acquire understanding, knowledge of key skills relevant to school, adult life and employment
• Help students develop personal moral values, respect for religious values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life
• Support raising standards of achievement
• Provide a range of opportunities to students which best meet their needs and interests

Home Learning:
Home learning tasks should support progress of all students through, for example: challenging preparation work for lessons; independent research; consolidation of learning; improving work following informative feedback (written or verbal) We use ‘Show My Homework’ to help students and their parents keep up to date with homework that has been set and when it is due in by.

Extra-Curricular:
All students can access a rich extra-curricular programme that, together with the curriculum, promotes healthy, spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, thereby preparing students for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life.

Key Stage 3: (Years 7&8)
Throughout Key Stage 3, all students receive English, mathematics and science tuition. Additionally, students are taught between one and two hours of modern foreign languages, history, geography, religious education, technology and computer science. All students have regular timetabled PE lessons and three hours of creative arts (drama, dance, music and art) weekly. Where necessary, students may have a tailored curriculum which increases the amount of literacy support they receive in order to prepare them for Key Stage 4. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered through tutor time, assemblies, plays and other organised activities. Students are organised in two ‘bands’ of and subjects are mixed ability with the exception of Maths and the Grammar stream. Students on our Medina Maestro programme have additional lessons in music.

Key Stage 4: (Years 9-11)
We currently deliver our Key Stage 4 curriculum to Years 9, 10 and 11 with students continuing their studies in English, mathematics, science and PE but also having an opportunity to choose at least 4 ‘option’ subjects. These ‘options’ are chosen in January of Year 8 and include subjects they have already experienced, as well as new areas of study such as business and computer science. The College also runs two specialist courses in hair and beauty and carpentry for students who wish to pursue a vocational route. We also offer additional Federative courses at Carisbrooke College such as Power Base and Health and Social Care. All students have the opportunity to complete the English Baccalaureate in Key Stage 4, which involves studying English, mathematics, science, a modern language and either history or geography.

Religious Education:
The Religious Education programme is designed according to the Isle of Wight agreed syllabus, ‘Living Difference III’; our chosen religions are Christianity, Islam and Buddhism. At Key Stage 3 Religious Education is taught in discrete one hour weekly lessons using a conceptual enquiry approach. In addition at both Key Stage 3 and 4 Religious Studies is taught as part of our Social Studies programme, with links to the PREVENT strategy of creating safe educational spaces. Our Religious Education programme helps to promote young people’s spiritual, moral and cultural development and prepares them for life in modern Britain

Key Stage 5:
Our VI Form offers a full range of Level 3 academic courses; for more information see our separate VI Form prospectus.

For more information on how you as a parent, or a member of the public, can find out more about the curriculum we are following, please contact Nick Krista via either our contact form or details on our Contact Page.