Our Curriculum

At Smith’s Wood Academy, we are proud of our love of learning. Our curriculum is designed to provide our pupils with the expertise, knowledge and skills to be well prepared for their next steps in education and the world of work.

We believe in a broad knowledge based curriculum which promotes strong British values whilst providing a mastery of core academic subjects. We value literacy and we provide the opportunity for pupils to develop their communication skills.

At Smith’s Wood Academy, we believe all students are able to become experts in the disciplines that they study. Their expertise will be achieved through quality teaching and the dissemination of deep knowledge by highly skilled and knowledgeable subject experts. The Teaching for Excellence approach will prevail – in every classroom, every lesson, every day.

The curriculum offered at Smith’s Wood is broadly traditional and academically rigorous; in keeping with the values of our Trust: FMAT .

Not only do we place high value in our compulsory curriculum, we work hard to ensure this is complemented through high quality out of hours learning in the arts and sport.  These opportunities are highly valued and held in high esteem by students and staff alike. We believe in developing well rounded young people beyond the classroom and we have an extensive extracurricular timetable which can be found here.

As a community we believe that high quality vocational learning continues to be meaningful to our students and we have many students who choose to pursue careers through employment based training opportunities such as apprenticeships in addition to those who study vocational and academic qualifications in post-16 education. Careful planning and delivery enables our vocational subjects to be delivered with the academic rigour and ambition that characterises the non-vocational components of the curriculum. Our post-16 destination information can be found here.

It is important that all pupils can form a sense of justice and a moral code to guide them through life. This is why our PSHE and Religious Education curricular continue to underpin the taught curriculum. Staff are expected to draw on these subjects regardless of their area of subject expertise and we deliver termly enrichment days to provide relevant key messages as determined by both the local and national contexts. Religious Education is taught in combination with PSHE at Key Stage 3 and 4, as well being offered as a GCSE option at Key Stage 4.

For the purposes of curriculum organisation, Key Stage 3 is considered to be Years 7 and 8 and Key Stage 4, Years 9, 10 and 11. This means that students will choose their options in Year 8 in readiness for a more tailored and bespoke curriculum to be studied from September of Year 9.

At Key Stage 3 students will study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Design & technology including Food technology
  • Religious, personal and social education
  • Physical Education

At Key Stage 4 students will study the following compulsory subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Following option choices, students will study a pathway of subjects chosen from a range of academic courses:

  • Spanish
  • History or Geography
  • Art
  • Religious Education
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Food Technology

Students also have the choice to study at least one of the following vocational courses:

  • Business Studies
  • Health and Social care
  • Media Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Travel and Tourism

All students follow a 5-year curriculum plan. This means that leaders plan from Year 11 back to Year 7 to enable a clear vision of what an expert in the relevant subject should know, understand and be able to do.

Within each year of the 5-year curriculum plans learning is broken down into topics or units of work; a summary of knowledge and learning for each of these topics can be found within the relevant Knowledge Organiser. 5 Year curriculum plans for each subject can be found here.

Any comments or feedback regarding the curriculum offer at Smith’s Wood Academy should be directed to Mr A Deen, Deputy Head of Academy.