Pupils spend 50% of their timetable in Star.
The Star curriculum aims to deliver subjects in a connected way to promote the development of:
- Literacy across all subject areas.
- High attainment and sustained progression.
- The transfer of skills across all subjects.
- Application of learning for real purpose and audience.
Main topics students study:
- The curriculum is organised into half-termly concepts, used to drive the content and skills developed and also tied into a final Rich Challenge.
Literacy, ICT, History and MFL lead subjects
Pupils become explorers and investigate how we communicate with each other. Pupils focus on which periods of history have influenced society the most and communicate their learning using ICT software.
Geography, Literacy, Values lead subjects
Pupils look at national, international and global communities focusing on difference and diversity.
Numeracy, ICT and Literacy lead subjects
Pupils consider what makes a successful business, focusing on budgeting, marketing and team work. Pupils create their own business.
- Culture and Arts
Literacy, History and Arts lead subjects
Pupils explore their heritage in terms of the arts looking at monarchy and influential figures such as Shakespeare. Pupils will develop their ability to critically analyse texts.
- My world
- Pupils return to discrete subjects where they explore the world in which we live.
- Science and us.
- Pupils explore the world of Science and ethics and its impact on the modern world.
Main skills students develop:
- Writing basics - Paragraphs, punctuation, vocabulary, spelling, writing for audience and purpose.
- Reading basics - Skimming, scanning, selecting, summarising, synthesising, PEE paragraphs, strategies for developing as a successful reader.
- Oracy - Presentation skills, group discussion, speaking for audience and purpose, developing ideas.
- Numeracy - Number, scales, calculation, graphs, time, measurings.
- Analysis - Identify, describe, explain evidence and justify views.
- Evaluation - Making judgements and supporting with evidence. Exploring strengths and weaknesses.
- Research and enquiry - Asking questions to drive research, navigating texts, fact and opinion, searching for information in fiction and non-fiction texts.
- Leadership - Take on leadership roles in a range of contexts.
- Production - Plan, draft and edit a finished piece to a high standard for a range of audiences and purposes.