Curriculum

Our Curriculum Intent

An intelligent heart acquires knowledge and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15)

Derby Cathedral School is a Christian community that welcomes students, families and visitors of all faiths and none. The diversity and richness of such a family brings depth and a vibrancy to our core.

 

Students are given every opportunity to be the best that they can be, demonstrating attitudes of FAITH in all they do. All students will be well prepared for their next step in to future education, training and employment. They will be happy, confident life-long learners who, “experience life in all its fullness” (John 10:10).

 

The curriculum at Derby Cathedral School provides a high quality education that is an enriching experience for all.

Our curriculum is carefully designed by subject specialists and shows a clear progression for learning to ensure prior skills and knowledge are built upon each year to prepare all students for post-16 - University or equivalent - and beyond. Regular opportunities are planned to enable students to recall and retain key knowledge.

All students are challenged to be aspirational and are simultaneously well supported by our curriculum in order to meet these high expectations. The diversity of our school is reflected in our curriculum, which is fully accessible and inclusive to all. Regular assessment and feedback opportunities ensure students are aware of their strengths and understand how to improve.

We promote the full suite of English Baccalaureate subjects. Through these, students gain a greater awareness of the physical world; an understanding of society both past and present, and an appreciation of other cultures through language. Every opportunity is taken to broaden students’ vocabulary and develop their reading skills. There is an equally strong focus on other wider skills that are needed, such as mathematics, oracy, independent study and the use of technologies.

Our complementary specialisms of music and mathematics both enhance key learning skills such as memory, reasoning, concentration and resilience – providing students with essential, transferrable skills for later life. The study of music develops creativity, good listening skills and is known to support positive well-being. Mathematics teaches students to analyse, problem solve and is needed from basic daily activities – right through to underpinning many careers, particularly in the STEM sector.

Further activities enrich our curriculum, including a wide variety of trips – both home and abroad. Our extensive extra-curricular programme provide opportunities that go beyond the academic curriculum in all subject areas. These opportunities increase students’ appreciation and understanding of society and culture.

Developing students’ spiritual awareness and knowledge of Christian values is a thread that is woven through all aspects of our curriculum. Our students will be happy and confident individuals who treat others with respect. They will have a clear understanding of ‘community’, be well prepared for their futures, and have a positive attitude towards life-long learning.

In order that we can ensure our students receive a broad and balanced curriculum, the following lesson allocations have been applied:

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

Subject

Lessons per fortnight

English

8

Mathematics

8

Science

8

History

5

Geography

5

RE

3

Spanish

6

PE

4

IT

2

Music

2

Art

2

DT

3

PSHE

2

 

 

 Curriculum Plans

To help you have a clear understanding of the work our students are carrying out in lessons, please click the links below to see the curriculum long term plans for each year group:

Year 7 Long Term Plan

Year 8 Long Term Plan

Year 9 Long Term Plan

Please note that the Year 10 and Year 11 plans will be added at the point that we start to teach this curriculum.