At Cardinal Wiseman, we believe that our students deserve an education that is accessible, rigorous and based in a deep knowledge of the best that has been thought or said. Our curriculum has been carefully designed and sequenced to ensure that students’ knowledge builds over time in a logical manner. We have fostered cross curricular links to ensure that learning across the school compliments , giving students an interdisciplinary approach to key topics. Our KS3 curriculum is challenging, but engaging, designed under the philosophy of ‘rising tides lifts all ships’. This strategy is designed to close the gap between are advantaged and disadvantaged students subtly, fostering a studious and academic atmosphere in the classroom. By the time our students reach their examination courses they are equipped with the knowledge and skills that enable them to achieve their best. Quite simply our knowledge based curriculum allows our students to fulfill their potential, achieve success and ‘be incredible’
At Cardinal Wiseman we firmly believe in the advantages of a knowledge rich curriculum. Each department has taken a prominent role in implementing this style of curriculum which is designed to close the gap subtly between our advantaged and disadvantaged pupils and create a studious atmosphere in our classrooms. We appreciate that teachers are the experts in their subject areas, they impart their knowledge through quality first teaching which enables students to acquire the knowledge they need to know in the subjects that they study. Lessons have been structured in a way to ensure that they are challenging and aspirational and students are exposed to high levels of vocabulary. Each of our lessons are based on the theory of repetition and practice ensuring that knowledge is cumulative throughout each term so that it is secure and able to be recalled throughout their time at Cardinal Wiseman.
To minimise disruption and confusion for pupils we have implemented a 1 week timetable consisting of 25 lessons. Each lessons lasts 60 minutes. The breakdown for Key Stage 3 is as follows;
We run a three year key stage 3 which we believe allows pupils to access the broadest possible range of subjects before choosing to specialise at KS4. The subject allocation is shown below.
Pupils also benefit from a wide range of enrichment activities outside of normal lessons including literature club, modern dance and sports clubs. Please click here for further information about our extended curriculum offer. It is the expectation that all pupils will partake in a range of this extra curricular offer to further enhance their experience of cultural and historical aspects of life in modern Britain. All pupils are expected to complete a ‘Pupil Passport’ by the end of Key Stage three which will document their ‘enriched’ journey through school.
Key stage 4 is a two year programme with students selecting their options at the end of Year 9. Students are taught English, Maths, RE and Science as core subjects. As part of our ‘stretch and challenge’ our mathematics department also deliver Statistics alongside the core maths qualification throughout years 10 and 11. There is also the opportunity for some students to take separate or ‘Triple’ sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics).
Many schools will offer Further maths as an example of stretch and challenge but we believe the core Statistics qualification allows pupils to develop their mathematical skills in a way that compliments their progression to KS5 courses such as Psychology, Economics, Business Studies and Geography. Entry to GCSE statistics will be considered on an individual pupil basis and through discussions between their maths teacher, parents and pupils.
Pupils are asked to select two further qualifications from the following two option blocks;
Geography, History or Computer Science
Our tutors and external CAIEG advisors will help pupils select the most appropriate option from Option B. Prior to pupils making their decision their will also be a parental open evening where parents can discuss academic pathways and appropriateness of qualifications with regard to KS5 pathways.
GCSES; Economics, Art, Business Studies, Photography, Child Development, PE, Design and Technology, Drama, French, Geography, History, Business Studies and Latin. There is also a possibility of furthering a ‘community language’.
VOCATIONAL: Health and Social Care, Sport Science, RSL Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners (Performing), RSL Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts (Acting).
If you have any further queries please contact Mr A Pearse, Assistant Vice Principal (firstname.lastname@example.org)