Our curriculum

Curriculum at Berwick Academy

Curriculum Vision

It is our belief that every young person has the right to a broad, stimulating and enriching education.   Our intent is to equip all students to be good citizens who are able to contribute positively to their local and wider communities.  We are highly ambitious for the young people of Berwick Academy, in their academic, technical and vocational studies.  Equally, we expect high levels of commitment from our students: The Berwick Way educates students in the importance of being On Time, On Side and On Task.  Our philosophy and aims reflect our core values of Friendship, Learning and Respect.

Curriculum Aims:

  1. To equip students with powerful knowledge that will be transformational for them in further education and employment.
  2. To imbue every student with a belief in the transformational power of knowledge for them personally, regardless of background, starting point or future goals.
  3. To give students the cultural capital and critical literacy to participate successfully in, and to shape, society in the future.
  4. To give every young person a sound social, moral and cultural foundation through our values of Friendship, Learning and Respect.

We will implement our curriculum vision and aims using the following principles:

Knowledge Acquisition

We believe that knowledge is empowering and can be transformational for our young people, in education and in life.  Our knowledge-rich curriculum reflects our conviction that every student has the right to access challenging subject content, regardless of background or starting point.  The design of our curriculum is based in the science of learning, which shows that subject content must be revisited often to make sure that knowledge sticks.  We give students a strong foundation of knowledge to help them thrive in their chosen pathway and increase their cultural capital.  We recognise that this curriculum, and our responsibility to our students, extends beyond the classroom.

Reading and Disciplinary Literacy

Reading and disciplinary literacy are central to our curriculum.  There is a proven correlation between literacy and educational outcomes, career and earnings potential, and health and wellbeing. We have a duty to help students achieve the highest possible literacy levels.  At Berwick, every teacher is a teacher of reading, vocabulary, oracy and writing.  As we undertake robust review and development of our curriculum, we are in the process of adopting the ‘Read, Think, Write’ approach, giving students the strategies they need to break down and engage effectively with challenging texts.  Disciplinary literacy is an integral part of learning in each subject; teachers use vocabulary instruction to help students to increase their bank of complex and technical words, and support the effective application of key vocabulary in discussion and writing.  Through this, we aim to give students the tools to unlock complex, academic texts, to engage in nuanced and critical discussion, and to express ideas effectively in extended writing.

Teacher as the Expert

We recognise the teacher as the expert in their classroom. Curriculum leaders and teachers work together within faculties and across the school in order to transmit and embed the knowledge and values of our community.   In addition to subject content, all teachers will support students in the development of intellectual curiosity, independence and resilience.  Excellent curriculum design is a process of ongoing development and our curriculum will continue to be refined and adapted to meet the needs of our students.  The impact of our curriculum is regularly evaluated through cycles of quality assurance, review and development activity.   We will take an evidence-based approach to all curriculum strategy.

The Role of the Learner

The curriculum exists in service of the student, but we recognise the responsibilities of learners too.  All students are educated in ‘The Berwick Way’, which is to work hard with humility, diligence and attention to detail.  We proactively teach students what this means through our tailored personal, social, health and relationships education curriculum, and support them in developing these behaviours, which we recognise can take time.  We expect our students to demonstrate personal responsibility as a stakeholder in their education and a member of our learning community.

Our School Day, Lessons and Timetable

The Academy operates a two week (25 hours per week, 50 hours per cycle) timetable with five one- hour lessons per day. All the core and foundation subjects that form the National Curriculum are taught in Year 9.

In Year 9, students are placed in teaching groups according to a combination of factors including attainment in English, Mathematics and Science.

During Year 9 a booklet is published with details of all the courses that will be available in Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11).

Time allocation Year 9 (per 2 weeks)Hours
Design & Technology2
Food Technology2
IT & Computing2

Year 9 students choose their GCSE options at the beginning of the calendar year. An options booklet and open evening is provided to help them make their choice. Due to the constraints of the timetable and the need to demonstrate a balanced and appropriate curriculum at Key Stage Four, students may be required to choose between options which both fall in the same options block. The school has designed these blocks to ensure that, whatever a child’s options choices, they are not prevented from following an A Level course of study as a result of a failure to select the appropriate course of study at GCSE.

In addition to the core subjects shown above, students are provided with lessons to support their spiritual, physical and personal development. The remainder of a student’s timetable is taken up by four options choices. The majority of our students enter the Sixth Form after Year 11. We have an open entry policy and all students are advised about the most appropriate courses to study.

Curriculum Statements of Intent 
Business Studies
Computer Science
Design & Technology
Health & Social Care
Hospitality and Catering
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Show My Homework

Important information about Show My Homework:

To log in, please go to www.showmyhomework.co.uk

All queries about logging in, including any issues with passwords, must be sent via email to remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.uk

Student Logins:

· Students log in to Show My Homework using the ‘Sign in with Office 365’ button, which sits beneath the main set of login boxes on the login page.

· They should log in using their full school email and network password.

· If students need help to log in, or if they have any issues with their password, they should contact remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.uk

Parent Logins:
•Log in using the email address that you wish to use as your Show My Homework contact email.
•Use the parent login code sent home by the school with your child.
•If you need further help to log in, you should contact remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.uk

Show My Homework

Show My Homework is the online portal that we use for tracking and managing your child’s homework.

Show My Homework provides:
•The ability to view the details and deadlines of your child’s homework;
•Apps available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android devices;
•Automated notifications before homework is due.

Show My Homework app, which can be accessed with your login code, as an easy way to keep up-to-date with your child’s homework We hope that this will be of use to you in viewing and tracking the work set for your child.

While parents should use their login code, students should select the ‘Login with Office 365’ button to log in, which is situated directly beneath the main login boxes at the top of the web page. To log in, please visit www.showmyhomework.co.uk.

If your child is having difficulty logging in, their first action should be to contact remoteithelp@berwickacademy.co.uk. If there are further queries following this, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at Show My Homework, who are always happy to help. Just log a query using help.showmyhomework.co.uk or call 0207 1979550.