Curriculum Intent & Implementation
The Formal Curriculum
Our school day has been created in order to deepen learning in several ways. The use of House Time to develop students’ understanding of careers progression, SMSC and British Values. We keep breadth by mapping each subject’s skills and content against the National Curriculum, while guarding against narrowing by ensuring that students study the full range of KS3 subjects, right up until the end of Year 9. We also work hard to maintain and develop our range of courses at level 2 offering childcare, animal care and travel and tourism as alternatives.
Our curriculum gives students the best possible life chances because it is tailored to the strengths of individuals. Students receive timetabled support for literacy and numeracy in order to help them access the full curriculum; combined with strong careers guidance. Direction for progression at post-16 level is also a strength, with the majority of students going on to study A-Level or Vocational qualifications at our local colleges, such as Melton Vale 16 and Brooksby and many others. In addition, many students take up apprenticeships within the local area or join the Army.
For more details about each Key Stage and the curriculum maps and detailed overviews for subject areas, please click on the links below…
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|English||3 lessons per week|
|Maths||4 lessons per week|
|Science||3 lessons per week|
|Physical Education||2 lessons per week|
|MFL||3 lessons of French or 3 lessons of German||3 lessons of French and 3 lessons of German.
(Dual linguist pathway offered for more able students)
|Social Sciences||2 lessons History
2 lessons Geography
1 lesson Religious Studies.
|Computing||1 lesson per week|
|Design & Technology||3 lessons per week
Half termly rotations of Resistant Materials, Art, Food, Textiles taught through a thematic and project-based curriculum model
|Performance||1 lesson per week
Music and Drama taught through a thematic and project-based curriculum model
|English||5 lessons per week of GCSE English Language and Literature|
|Maths||5 lessons per week of GCSE Maths|
|Science||5 lessons per week
Triple Science Pathway or Double Science Pathway
Double Science Pathway
|PE||1 lesson core PE|
|Options||Students choose four subjects from the list below (3 lessons per week):
Art, Food and Nutrition, Computing, French, Geography, German, History, Physical Education, Religious Studies, Resistant Materials, Textiles
BTEC (Level 1 & 2):
Performing Arts, Music, Animal Care, Travel & Tourism
The Wider Curriculum
Careers information and guidance is delivered through House Time Learning, the subject curriculum and Enrichment Days. It underpins our desire to equip our students with the necessary employability skills that will ensure that they leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This means ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching to develop the values, skills and behaviours that they will need to be well-rounded adults in society. All students receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes and employability skills. High quality, independent careers guidance helps students emerge from school with a more fully rounded attitude that prepares them for the world of work.
The Friends of Long Field (FOLF) are an active body of parents and supporters of the school who run a range of activities throughout the year which benefit both our students and our local community. We provide many opportunities for our students to excel, for example running Christmas concerts, visiting local residential homes, cafes, supermarkets and perform musical ensembles to entertain members of the community. Our annual Summer concert is well received within the community.
Students are given the opportunity to develop their leadership and communication skills through our student leadership and ambassador programmes.
Students have been active in terms of fundraising for both external and internal causes. We have run a series of non-uniform days to support the Homeless Shelter in Melton, Children in Need, McMillian, Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough and Sports Relief. Students going on trips have raised money to support the trips through their own fundraising initiatives such as cake stalls, school disco, sport challenges, car washing and raffles.
Students have been fortunate to experience a range of trips, both academic and pastoral. We have a range of residentials, both oversees and in the UK which provide the opportunity for building teamwork and friendships, helping others and experiencing unique people and places.
Many of our day trips are enabled through our Enrichment day programme. These 5 days throughout the year, underpin our enrichment offer, with students being presented with a wide range of activities in and out of school. We are equipping the students to embrace, succeed and shape their future and the future of others.
We are proud of our extra-curricular offer which ranges from academic support at lunchtime and evenings. From music, drama and a wide variety of sport, to Robotics, Harry Potter and Eco clubs, students have many opportunities to try new activities, thrive and develop their confidence and experiences outside the classroom. Many students also represent the school competitively in a variety of sports such as table tennis, girls and boys football and netball.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme offers both the Bronze and Silver awards. As a school, we always encourage our students to embrace life and the opportunities available to them. We are proud of and acknowledge the many activities that they participate in outside of school whether it be Army Cadets, dancing, volunteering or any other activity.
We also have a variety of animals onsite which our students interact with including our school dog Barkley.
Our House Time Curriculum
The overall aim of the House Curriculum is to develop Personal and Social skills within our students. The programme is designed to support the school values of being Ready to Learn, Respectful, Resourceful, Reflective, Resilient and Responsible (key links for each unit given in our curriculum map). These themes are explored throughout the different topics and encourage students to develop these core values in themselves as well as seeing them in others. The programme runs on a 4-year cycle, ensuring students will access all elements of the curriculum during their time at Long Field. They should be able to develop links between all 4 years of study, as well as build upon the key guidelines given to Primary schools in the Department for Education (DfE) guidelines. The DfE guidelines for Secondary Education on Relationships education, relationships and health education, along with other key global citizenship roles and British values, are integrated within the 4-year programme. Students work within vertical house groups in house time to specifically target understanding differences, healthy relationships, being safe, health and fitness, mental wellbeing, the law and global environmental and social issues. The whole programme builds in culture capital opportunities for students – exposing them to events, opinions and ideas they may not otherwise face. Overall, this curriculum not only helps our students to develop a positive ethos and culture within our school, but prepares them well for the challenges they may face after they leave us.