Tile Cross Curriculum
(this page is undergoing some updates so not all links are currently available)
At Tile Cross Academy we have high expectations for our students in which they develop through the use of our CORE skills and values. We aim to provide a high quality education in an atmosphere of mutual respect where each individual is valued as an important member of our school community. With the wide range of backgrounds and cultures represented in our school population we celebrate diversity and difference, whilst recognising that we are all equal in a Rights Respecting ethos.
|We strive to develop and nurture the values, skills and attributes which create good citizens and lifelong learners, so that every student can discover, develop and achieve their full potential and be successful in whatever path they choose. Our broad and balanced curriculum prepares our students to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing society, ready and willing to grasp the opportunities available to them and positive about their futures. Click to Access our Curriculum Vision document.|
Our ambitious curriculum is designed to engage and stimulate our learners and develop their knowledge and skills to achieve high quality outcomes.
Our learners will:
- Experience a fun, diverse and challenging curriculum with a wide range of exciting enrichment opportunities.
- Develop their independence, collaboration, resilience in line with our CORE
- Be supported and challenged as they aim to reach their true potential.
- Be literate enabling them to access the wider world and be successful in their future life.
|Tile Cross Learning Journey
At Tile Cross we have developed a Learning Journey which highlights many of the opportunities that are open to our students as they progress through our school. We aim to enhance students learning with a range of experiences at different points in their school life. Click to Access our Learning Journey document.
Tile Cross KS3 Curriculum
At Tile Cross we have developed an intensive two year Key Stage 3 which has been designed to support progression and the successful transition from Primary School. Students are supported from individual starting points and a range of pathways have been introduced to ensure all students make raid progress through KS3. Our Key stage 3 curriculum hopes to engage and motivate our youngest students and provide them with a passion for learning. Students will experience a wide range of exciting subjects in which they will undertake fun and active tasks that will promote the development of skills, course content and independent learning.
Each curriculum area has developed an overview of course content for Years 7 & 8 which can be accessed below:
|Modern Foreign Languages
||Modern Foreign Languages
|Humanities – History & Geography
||Humanities – History & Geography
|Art – including Textiles and Photography
||Art – including Textiles and Photography
|Creative Technology – including Food, Engineering & Enterprise
||Creative Technology – including Food, Engineering & Enterprise
|Core Learning – developing our CORE learning skills||
Study Skills – developing strong study habits for KS4
Grouping of Students at KS3
As students’ progress through KS3, they will be placed in a variety of teaching groups according to their ability and the needs of individual faculties. Groupings are reviewed on a regular basis and changes are made throughout Years 7 & 8. Students who require extra support in KS3 are supported within our skills school classes. Here students are supported with their literacy and numeracy skills to ensure these are further developed to ensure they make rapid improvements. At the end of KS3 students will graduate onto KS4.
Tile Cross KS4 Curriculum
At Tile Cross students study a core programme of GCSE English Language and Literature, GCSE Mathematics and Physical Education. Students also have opportunities to study GCSE Triple or GCSE Combined Science. Where appropriate, students are encouraged to continue with a GCSE Modern Foreign Language and a GCSE Humanity subject. In addition, students choose up to four additional subjects from a wide range of options. At Tile Cross we offer a wide range of GCSE and Vocational Subjects to study throughout KS4.
Each curriculum area has developed an overview of course content for KS4 which can be accessed below:
Key Stage 4
|GCSE English Language & Literature||AQA||
|GCSE Mathematics||Pearson Edexcel|
|GCSE Triple Science||Pearson Edexcel|
|GCSE Combined Science||Pearson Edexcel|
|BTEC Sport||Pearson Edexcel|
|GCSE Languages – including French, Spanish, Urdu and range of Home Language Subjects||Pearson Edexcel / OCR|
|GCSE Art & Design||Pearson Edexcel|
|GCSE Art & Textiles||WJEC|
|GCSE Photography||Pearson Edexcel|
|GCSE Religious Education||AQA|
|BTEC Enterprise – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||Pearson Edexcel|
|BTEC Children’s Play, Learning & Development – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||Pearson Edexcel|
|BTEC Health & Social Care – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||Pearson Edexcel|
|BTEC Music – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||Pearson Edexcel|
|Vocational Certificate in Food & Cookery – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||WJEC|
|Vocational Certificate in Engineering – Level 1 & 2 Qualification||WJEC|
Grouping of Students at KS4
As students’ progress through KS4, they will be placed in a variety of teaching groups according to their ability and the needs of individual faculties. Groupings are reviewed on a regular basis and changes are made throughout Years 9, 10 & 11. Students who require extra support in KS4 are supported within our personalised curriculum pathway. Here students are supported with their literacy and numeracy skills to ensure these are further developed to ensure they make rapid improvements. Some students study Entry Level Maths, English or Science and ASDAN and/or ACHIEVE.
Enrichment & Character Curriculum
Throughout Tile Cross all students are given the opportunity to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities. These range from trips within the UK and abroad, lunchtime and afterschool clubs for Sport, Arts, STEM etc, Visits from external providers, Careers encounters from a range of local employers and even opportunities to join the Sea Cadets and take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. We also have developed a range of Topic days in which students take part in an exciting range of activities targeted towards specific themes. Click to Access a sample of one of our recent Topic Days.
All students study PSHE & Citizenship throughout KS3 & 4 and these themes are reinforced in regular weekly assemblies. We are currently working on a Character programme in which students can showcase all the events they take part in to support in recording and documenting the whole experience of life here at Tile Cross.