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Curriculum

It is our belief at Oasis Academy Sholing that the a strong, varied and challenging curriculum not only opens up the mind of our young people to becoming life-long learners, but creates a culture of excellence throughout the hallways and classrooms.  We offer a knowledge rich curriculum, carved under the National Curriculum guidelines, which is both rigorous and robust, and supplemented by a wide and varied enrichment curriculum.

Throughout their time with us our young people will learn to love some of their subjects more than others, and really get a sense of value and purpose from those they aspire to take forward into further education or work. To that end we want to ensure that they are offered the chance to experience a wide array of subjects and find their passion and talent. Our curriculum currently covers over 20 different subjects within the English, STEM, MFL Technology and Humanities umbrellas. Subjects include but are not limited to:

  • Mathematics
  • English (Literature and Language)
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • PE
  • Computing
  • PSHE
  • Religious Studies
  • Technology
  • Music
  • Art
  • Drama
  • iFuture
  • Health & Social Care
  • Media Studies
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Catering
  • Graphics

Find out more about each year group

Year 7

On transfer to Oasis Academy Sholing students are placed into ability bands for the majority of subjects based on their KS2 SAT results and information received from their feeder school. Students are placed in separate mathematics and science sets and are taught in single sex groups for English. Throughout Years 7 and 8 students study a core curriculum consisting of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious studies, a modern foreign language (French or Spanish), art, drama, music, technology, PSHE, PE and computing.

The Year group are randomly split up into an S and T half and are allocated to tutor groups which are sorted by the Head of Year. Students have the opportunity to express a preference between studying French or Spanish. The bottom set on the S half (7S5) do not study a language but do extra Literacy and Numeracy.

Subjects

Hours

Mathematics

6

English

6

Science

5

French or Spanish

4

History

4

Geography

4

PE

4

Computing

2

PSHE

1

Religious Studies

2

Technology

4

Music

2

Art

2

Drama

2

For most subjects, students are taught in ability sets. There are 5 sets on the S half (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) and 4 on the T half (T1, T2, T3, T4).

English is taught in single sex classes. Maths and science are set separately. PE is taught in half year groups. Technology is taught as a roundabout subject involving resistant materials, graphics, textiles, computing and food.

Year 8

Students are placed in separate mathematics and science sets and are taught in single sex groups for English. Throughout years 7 and 8 students study a core curriculum consisting of English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious studies, a modern foreign language (French or Spanish), art, drama, music, technology, PSHE, PE and computing.

Subjects

Hours

Mathematics

6

English

6

Science

6

French or Spanish

4

History

4

Geography

4

PE

4

Computing

2

Religious Studies

2

Technology

4

Music

2

Art

2

Drama

2

For most subjects, students are taught in general ability sets. There are 5 sets on the S half (S1, S2, S3, S4, S5) and 4 on the T half (T1, T2, T3, T4).

English is taught in single sex classes. Maths and science are set separately. PE is taught in half year groups. Technology is taught as a roundabout subject involving resistant materials, graphics, textiles and food.

Towards the end of Year 8, students have the opportunity to select up to 5 option subjects as part of their key stage 4 curriculum. They will all continue to study Mathematics, English, Science, Core PE and PSHE.

Year 9

Students follow a core curriculum of English, maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 5 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half.  There are 5 sets on each half of the timetable. The more able scientists are able to study the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology.

Core Subjects

Hours

Mathematics

8

English

8

Science

9

iFuture

2

Core PE

4

Other subjects available include:

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music 
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Media Studies
  • BTEC Health & Social Care
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles
  • Food and Nutrition
  • PE

At the end of Year 9 students have the opportunity to choose 4 of their 5 option subjects to continue to study for the rest of KS4.

Year 10

Students follow a core curriculum of English (banded with PSHE), maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 4 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half. There are 5 sets in each half of the timetable. The more able scientists are able to study the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology.

Subjects

Hours

Mathematics

8

English Language and Literature

8

Science (Combined or Triple)

9

iFuture

2

Core PE

3

 

Additional subjects include: All GCSE unless stated (5 hours)

Art

Drama

Music

French

Spanish

History

Geography

Media Studies

BTEC Health & Social care

BTEC Construction

Resistant Materials

Graphics

Textiles

Food and Nutrition

PE GCSE

Year 11

Students follow a core curriculum of English (banded with PSHE), maths, science, core PE and iFuture. Students also study 4 other subjects. The timetable is split in to 2 halves called S and T. The most able mathematicians are placed in the S half. There are 5 sets in each half of the timetable. The more able scientists are able to study the separate sciences of physics, chemistry and biology.

Subjects

Hours

Mathematics

8

English Language and Literature

8

Science (Combined or Triple)

9

iFuture

2

Core PE

3

 

Additional subjects include: All GCSE unless stated (5 hours)

Art

Drama

Music

French

Spanish

History

Geography

Media Studies

BTEC Health & Social care

BTEC Construction

Resistant Materials

Graphics

Textiles

Food and Nutrition

PE GCSE

Find out more about what is taught in each of our subjects by exploring our subject guides below!

Art

Computing

Drama

English

French

Geography

Health & Social Care

History

Hospitality

Mathematics

Media Studies

Music

PE

Religious Education

Science

Spanish

Technology