ACADEMIC CURRICULUM2018-11-13T16:04:35+00:00
ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

At TRACKS PRU we offer a personalised, broad and balanced curriculum that allows all pupils to engage with and enjoy learning. This is evidenced by pupils’ re-engagement in their education and success post-16.

We deliver a KS4 curriculum focused upon the core subjects of Maths, English and Science, together with Geography and a choice of Art or Creative iMedia.  The curriculum also includes lessons such as PSHCE, RE, Physical Therapy and Independent Learning Skills to enable secure engagement with the outside world during and after their time at Tracks.  This curriculum is also enhanced with opportunities to address pupils’ individual needs e.g. social interactions, independent travel training, mentoring and life skills of resilience etc.

Pupils are actively involved in setting their timetable and this is monitored and regularly reviewed in order to ensure a pupil is progressing comfortably at no detriment to their mental health.

Weekly pupil meetings with key tutors provides the opportunity to monitor progress in all academic and social areas of the curriculum and feedback to all staff on the development of the student and discuss interventions to enable improved progress.

Students have the opportunity to study:

  • AQA GCSE Mathematics. This is taught through a series of small units covering all necessary areas including number skills, algebra, shape, measure, data handling and probability.  These units and regular teacher assessment allow students to see how they are progressing and to highlight the areas for improvement.  Students are given time to explore Mathematical concepts for themselves and to discover how their knowledge will support them in the future.

  • AQA GCSE Combined Science. (Two GCSEs) As well as an interesting content of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Science lessons also seek to help students develop the skills needed to progress, according to their abilities, aptitudes and ambitions and ultimately to become scientifically literate citizens, in an increasingly scientific world.

  • AQA English Language GCSE enables pupils to develop their skills in reading for meaning, along with the ability to analyse a wide range of texts both fiction and non-fiction. We encourage pupils to read a wide range of texts written between the nineteenth and twenty-first century in preparation for the range of texts they will be asked to assess in the exam.

  • AQA GCSE English Literature. Pupils will read a wide variety of texts in which they will they will analyse and develop an appreciation for the writer’s craft. Pupils will also learn about the contextual element of the texts and will be develop their own developed, detailed and focused responses.

  • AQA Geography. A course which will be examined over three papers, the first of which will see students study hazards, ecosystems and coastal/river environments, a second paper which will allow them to explore urban environment, the economic world and resource management and a final paper which will test their geographical skills. To prepare for the third paper all students will have the opportunity to complete fieldwork in a coastal environment. In addition to this we hope to inspire an interest in the world around us and the challenges facing this, and future generations.

  • OCR GCSE Creative iMedia – Digital Media is a key part of many areas of our everyday lives and vital to the UK economy. Production of digital media products is a requirement of almost every business so there is huge demand for a skilled and digitally literate workforce.   This qualification will help students develop specific and transferable skills such as research, planning, and review, working with others and communicating creative concepts. The qualification’s hands-on approach has strong relevance to the way young people use the technology required in creative media.

  • AQA GCSE Art & Design offers focus upon Fine Art, Drawing and Painting and Photography. Students are able to work towards a GCSE submission, whilst exploring an agreed personalised scheme. Assignments are specifically tailored to build upon individual strengths and interests to produce exciting developmental work and final pieces. Our students build confidence and develop accomplished skills, which will enable them to pursue specialist Art or Photography courses at College, but our primary aim is to be positive and confident, and to enjoy the creative process.

  • PSHCE is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work. It covers Sex and Relationship information and Education and looks at modern identities and values in modern Britain.

  • RE focuses on the six main world religions, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Within each learning area there are opportunities to visit places of worship and listen to visiting faith speakers.

For more information, please contact the Leader of Teaching and Learning, gabrielle.murray@tracks-ed.org