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Curriculum

Curriculum

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

KS4 (Year 10 & 11)

Mathematics, English and Science are the foundation for all STEM subjects and therefore all IKB students study the following core subjects.

  • GCSE English Language
  • GCSE English Literature
  • GCSE Mathematics
  • GCSE Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science)

Our curriculum model offers more than the usual hours teaching to ensure success in these key subjects.

All students will attend a work placement programme during year 10.

Students choose three subjects from the following:

  • GCSE Computing
  • GCSE Product Design (with the optional focus on Electronics)
  • BTEC IT
  • BTEC Level 2 Engineering
  • BTEC Level 2 Construction

As one of their choices, students can choose a Wellsway taught subject where they fit in the block system; these include:

  • GCSE History
  • GCSE Geography
  • GCSE French
  • GCSE German
  • GCSE Art
  • GCSE PE
  • GCSE Health and Social Care

And many others (availability can be discussed on request).

When students have made their subject choices we will organise the teaching blocks to maximise the availability of student choices.

The currciulum model in year 10 and 11 is organised in the following way:

Subject

Hours

English

8

Maths

10

Biology

5

Chemistry

5

Physics

5

Option 1

5

Option 2

5

Option 3

5

Core PE

2

PSHE is develivered through a tutor and assembly programme, coupled with drop down sessions in alignment with Wellsway School

Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13)

Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13)

All students will have the opportunity to attend a work placement one day per week during Year 12 and this will be organised and prepared for during Term 1 and 2.

Students choose up to three subjects from the following: 

  • A Level Physics
  • A Level Chemistry
  • A Level Biology
  • A Level Maths
  • A Level Further Maths
  • A Level Product Design
  • A Level/BTEC L3 Health and Social Care
  • A Level Computing
  • BTEC L3 Engineering (as a single qualification)
  • BTEC L3 Science
  • BTEC L3 Engineering (as a double qualification)

As one of their choices, students can choose a Wellsway taught subject where they fit in the block system; these include:

  • A Level Art
  • A Level Business Studies
  • Applied A Level Business Studies
  • A Level Psychology
  • A Level History
  • A Level Geography

And many others (availability can be discussed on request).

When students have made their subject choices we will organise the teaching blocks to maximise the availability of student choices.

Entry requirements

Entry is subject to GCSE/Key Stage 4 results. Each individual subject has its own entry requirements, however at IKB it is expected that you will have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE grades at C/4 or above, where one must be in English or Maths.

Thumbnail version of the benefits of the IKB Sixth Form flyer linking to a PDF.As an IKB Sixth Form student you get:

  • Fantastic qualifications, taught by passionate teachers in excellent facilities
  • Full study programmes designed to fulfil your future aspirations
  • Independent learning experiences with support and skills delivered through a bespoke IKB mindset programme
  • The opportunity to experience specialist work placements that will support your applications into competitive degree courses and apprenticeships
  • Membership of a small tutor group, meeting weekly with your individual tutor to support and guide you
  • To be part of a small unique Sixth Form where you are known and understood and encouraged to excel
  • Recognised as young adults and given the freedom to manage your own free time, wear your own clothes, build mature relationships with teachers and adults within the school
  • Subject specific trips and visits in the following areas:
  • Physics/Maths – theme park trip to develop kinematics and mechanics
  • Physics/Engineering – residential trip to Cern in Geneva, Switzerland, to develop understanding of particle physics and cuttingedge engineering
  • Biology – residential field trip to develop ecology techniques
  • Chemistry – a university residential with industry visits
  • Product Design – a trip to London to visit the Design Museum, local trips to areas of design interest
  • Engineering – industry visits to experience production and manufacturing processes across a wide variety of engineering sectors
  • An additional summer enrichment trip abroad for enjoyment with your peers, with activities to entertain you.
Year 9 - 10 Transition Work

Year 9 - 10 Transition Work

To support students that have chosen to attend IKB Academy from September, we have prepared a series of transition work documents for a number of our key subjects. This is designed to be fun and engaging work that can be done independently at home.

The work is not compulsory but certainly gives an insight to the level of support and commitment you will get from IKB Academy and its teachers.

Thank you

Transitional work

Year 10 Consolidation Summer Work

Year 10 Consolidation Summer Work

 

Gifted and Talented

Gifted and Talented

The IKB Academy is fully committed to personalising the learning of all students and ensuring equality of opportunity for all. We believe that every student, whatever their ability, has the right to be challenged and so encouraged to develop to their full potential.

The school wishes to encourage a growth mindset for all and, as such, would not wish to create a culture of elitism for the highest attainers. Nevertheless, we recognise the need to identify and respond to the requirements of those students with exceptional ability, and intend to use the DfE definition as our guide.

Identification

Gifted = Top 5-10% of students within school as measured by actual or potential achievement

Talented = Top 5-10% of students per school as measured by actual or potential achievement in the subjects of Art, Music, PE, Games and DT. (In reality, within IKB Academy we are identifying the top attainers in terms of creativity, imagination and the practical application of subjects, such as Engineering, Enterprise and ICT).

We will consider both definitions flexibly and appreciate that the definition is relational and can vary from institution to institution. Since students also can move in and out of the scope of Gifted and  Talented, as they progress throughout their education, we do not intend to label students or create a specific register. Rather, our focus will be on encouraging a praise and aspirational culture for all.

Subjects

Subjects

BTEC Business (Pdf, 18kb)
BTEC Construction (Pdf, 19kb)
BTEC Engineering (Pdf, 22kb)
GCSE Art and Design (Pdf, kb)
GCSE Business (Pdf, 21kb)
GCSE Chemistry (Pdf, 38kb)
GCSE Computer Science (Pdf, 16kb)
GCSE Drama (Pdf, 16kb)
GCSE English Language and English (Pdf, 25kb)
GCSE French and German (Pdf, 22kb)
GCSE Geography (Pdf, 19kb)
GCSE History (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE ICT (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE Maths (Pdf, 11kb)
GCSE Music (Pdf, 17kb)
GCSE Physical Education (Pdf, 25kb)
GCSE Physics (Pdf, 12kb)
GCSE Product Design (Pdf, 13kb)
GCSE Maths (Pdf, 940kb)
GCSE Triple Science (Pdf, 1.4mb)

Literacy

Literacy

At IKB, we are committed to promoting literacy to the highest possible level; this is integral to every young person’s future success and happiness. For this reason, literacy is developed in Key Stage 4 within each subject area through the following:

  • High expectations in terms of oracy (students’ verbal responses in the classroom)
  • Literacy mats to support responses to exam questions, with a particular focus on specific subject terminology and extended writing
  • Marking and feedback on spelling, grammar and punctuation across every subject area

We have also developed a focused reading programme, which includes:

  • Tutor group reading two mornings a week in Year 10 and Year 11 – students follow as their tutors read to them from a range of challenging texts
  • Drop Everything and Read once a week for Year 10 – students have been given the opportunity to choose their own book (fiction or non-fiction) that the school has purchased for them and spend 1 hour per week reading and reflecting on their chosen book

This reading programme is designed to develop students’ vocabulary, reading comprehension, cultural capital and creativity, as well as instil a desire to read for pleasure both inside and outside of school.

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Career Pathways

Enrichment

Enrichment

At IKB we value enrichment as vital part of the learning experience, it provides the students opportunities to develop their personal skills through a number of vibrant enrichment activities that range from sporting activities through to immersing themselves in a STEM topic.

Typical enrichment activities are:

Duke of Edinburgh award, Ten Tors, Robot Wars, Greenpower Fromula 24, Private Study, Volunteering, Ice Skating, 5 A-Side Football, Rock Climbing etc…