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The curriculum at Ipswich Academy:

  • prepares pupils to lead fulfilling lives and to play an active, positive and productive role in our democratic society.
  • is based on the National Curriculum;
  • enhances pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development;
  • promotes fundamental British values;
  • makes provision for pupils to develop their literacy and numeracy skills so that they can access all areas of the curriculum;
  • is responsive to both the current and future needs of pupils through planning from now to 2022;
  • accommodates future examination and assessment reforms;
  • ensures that pupils will be equipped with the correct qualifications to gain access to future study and employment;
  • is well organised and staffed appropriately throughout all year groups;
  • prioritises all year groups equally;
  • meets the needs of learners with special educational needs and disabilities;
  • encourages pupils to master skills and deepen knowledge and understanding;
  • prepares pupils for an ever changing, wider world of work;
  • encourages the use of environments and expertise beyond the classroom including immersive learning;
  • provides interesting and varied extra-curricular activities and educational visits to broaden pupils’ experiences;
  • has local, national and international dimensions.
  • ensures that pupils have the background knowledge to interpret new information from sources including texts and images.

Ipswich Academy follows the national curriculum. In years seven, eight and nine the pupils follow the curriculum plans outlined in the subject pages below. In year nine the pupils have the opportunity to choose their options subjects for years ten and eleven. They will then follow their own select path, resulting in each student having their own tailored programme which enables them to make as much progress as possible. A range of extra-curricular activities across all subjects and year groups supports and supplements the main curriculum plan of the school.

Curriculum overview

At Ipswich Academy we operate a two week timetable. Lessons are one hour long, five lessons per day.

Key stage 3 overview

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
subject hours subject hours subject hours
English 9 English 9 English 9
Mathematics 9 Mathematics 9 Mathematics 9
Science 9 Science 9 Science 9
Physical Education 4 Physical Education 4 Physical Education 4
French 4 French 4 French 4
Geography 4 Geography 4 Geography 4
History 4 History 4 History 4
PSHE/RE 2 PSHE/RE 2 PSHE/RE 2
Drama 1 Drama 1 Drama 1
Computer Science/imedia 4 Computer Science/imedia 4 Computer Science/imedia 4
Music / Performing Arts 4 Music / Performing Arts 4 Music / Performing Arts 4
Art 4 Art 4 Art 4
Health and Nutrition 4 Health and Nutrition 4 Health and Nutrition 4

Students in years seven to nine complete a rolling ten-week rotation in art, music, computer science/iMedia and health and nutrition.

Key Stage 4 Overview

In year nine pupils have the opportunity to pick their option choices for years ten and eleven. Students are guided through the option choices by subject staff, base group tutors, careers advisors and parents/carers.

The full options booklet outlining all subjects and curriculum content can be found here.

Year 10 Year 11
subject hours subject hours
English 10 English 10
Mathematics 10 Mathematics 10
Science 10 Science 10
Physical Education 2 Physical Education 2
PSHE/RE 1 PSHE/RE 1
Option Choice 1 5 Option Choice 1 5
Option Choice 2 5 Option Choice 2 5
Option Choice 3 5 Option Choice 3 5
Separate Sciences 2 Separate Sciences 2
Additional Mathematics 1 Additional Mathematics 1
Additional English 1 Additional English 1

 


Curriculum information for parents

During the autumn term, we hold information evenings for parents/carers in all year groups so that we can explain the content of the curriculum, how it is delivered and how it is assessed. For further information about the content of the curriculum in years seven to eleven click on the subject link below.

KS3 Art

KS4 Art

Design and technology (to follow) Drama English
French Fresh start Geography Health and nutrition
History Hospitality and catering Computer science/iMedia Mathematics
Music Physical education Performing arts PSHE/RE
Science
Last updated September 11, 2018