John Madejski Academy Learning & Education

Overview

To open the hearts and minds of our future focused young people. To give them the skills, knowledge and confidence to change society for the better.

Curriculum Vision

Current Curriculum:

The current curriculum on offer at John Madejski Academy, was put in place with the intentions that subjects would develop to ability in students to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively by reading, writing, speaking, and listening well.
  • Solve important and complex problems through a sound understanding of mathematics.
  • Demonstrate an advanced academic understanding of a broad range of subject areas, and apply this understanding to unfamiliar and challenging contexts.
  • Process, analyse, and evaluate information about a range of phenomena, using the latest technology. Appreciate artistic, creative, or sporting talent, and be able to demonstrate at least one of these.
  • Demonstrate a range of transferable skills, appropriate for independent living and the workplace.
  • Make informed decisions that result in an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Understand and contribute to the society in which they live, and embrace the opportunities offered by the cultural diversity within it.

Whilst, the current curriculum has the above intentions, we have identified the need to change this in the future, and plan to deliver a broader and more rigorous curriculum from September 2021, with the Ebacc at its core. Our intention is to best equip our students for the future job market in the local area, and furthermore to provide a foundation for social mobility to take place.

Future Curriculum Plans:

Curriculum Principles: we aim to deliver a balanced, rigorous, coherent and vertically integrated.

Our Heads of Department have worked closely with their teams to focus on the mastery needed in each subject area. This has allowed them to build curriculums that make it clear what end points are building towards, what pupils need to know and be able to do to reach those end points and plan and sequence the curriculum to that end.

Local Context: There is the need for an ambitious, strong, academic core curriculum.

Local labour market information in Berkshire tells us that 36% of jobs require a degree. A further 56% of jobs require mid- range qualification, however only a third of residents have their highest level of qualification at this level.

EBaccalaureate: The EBacc at the core of our curriculum.

We are ambitious for our students and see it as an issue of moral and social justice that our students do not settle for jobs less than they are capable of. In other words, if they are capable, our students should aim for the 36% of jobs which require a degree in the locality of greater. Putting the EBacc at the core of the curriculum allows our students to aim high, which plenty of opportunities available for them in industry in both Reading and Slough (Europe’s largest industrial estate).

Through our curriculum in all subject areas, we aim to develop not only the core academic knowledge and transferrable skills to prepare students for the world of work, but we also aim to build the all-round person and develop the traits of our pupil profile.

Students who are hard-working.

Students who are empathetic.

Students was are determined.

Students who foster positivity.

Students who show integrity.

Implementation: The enacted curriculum.

All of our lessons are rooted in the evidence of how pupils best learn. The units studied in each subject are sequenced to build knowledge and to allow for regular retrieval practise. Students books all have a curriculum map in so that students understand where their given lesson fits in within the bigger picture of their learning. Lessons are delivered in line with Rosenshine’s principles of instruction (2012).

Subject

KS3 Now

KS3 Sept 2021

KS4 Now

KS4 Sept 2021

English

x

X

X

X

Maths

X

X

X

X

Science

X

X

X

X

MFL

X

X

Option

Option

Geog

X

X

Option

Option

History

X

X

Option

Option

PE

X

X

X

X

ICT

X

LIFEE

X

X

Catering

X

X

Option

Option

Art

X

X

Option

Option

Drama

X

X

Option

Option

Literacy

X

Numeracy

X

Travel and Tourism

n/a

n/a

Option

Option

Health and Social Care

n/a

n/a

Option

Option

Business Studies

n/a

n/a

Option

Option

RE

X

Option

PSHE

X

X

Music

X

Option

Technology

X

Option

Computing

x

Option

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