Curriculum

Curriculum

Our curriculum is based around a core of GCSE subjects which ensures that all our pupils can study meaningful courses which will provide aspirational pathways on to further and higher education, the world of work or training.

As part of our emphasis on Science, Technology and Mathematics we offer GCSEs in Statistics and Computer Science.

Every pupil has the opportunity to study for the English Baccalaureate, take Triple Science, focus on the Arts or study sport. We also provide enhancement options ranging from Young Enterprise to Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Sports Leader as well as providing a range of vocational courses and certificates.

Click here for information on the departments in school.

Scheme of work for each year group, click to the left of this screen.

Click here to view our KS4 prospectus/ options booklet

Reading Lists

KS3 Reading List

KS4 Reading List

Information on Reading Interventions

Reading is a life skill. Educational research reveals that students who have a rich and developed vocabulary will inevitably achieve good academic results. They are exposed to complex, academic language that will lead to exam success and an increase in life chances. Therefore it is imperative that students have a Reading Age that is reflective of their chronological age. To ensure that our students have the best possible chances of developing their vocabulary and reading comprehension skills, teachers at Stratford School Academy are delivering two Reading interventions. They are Sound Training and Read, Write Inc.

Sound Training

Sound Training is an extensive and structured six week programme delivered to students in Years 9, 10 and 11. In one lesson students are taught decoding skills and vocabulary development through:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Metacognition
  • Automaticity

The programme has a proven track record of success. Many students have increased their Reading Ages once they have taken part in the programme. The skills that the students are taught can be applied to all subjects in the curriculum.

For further information regarding the school curriculum please contact Deputy Headteacher, Mr. Rogers.

Tel: 0208 471 2415

 

EAL Department

The EAL department uses a range of interventions to help students to speak English as an additional language. Most students will participate in one or more interventions depending on their personal needs. These interventions are: Rosetta Stone, Read, Write Inc, Speed Sound Phonics and Sound Training Stepping Stones. Students who are new to the country and have no or very little English are placed on an induction course to help them to learn basic English and hep them settle into the school section.

IGCSE in English as a Second Language

At KS4, EAL students who have achieved intermediate level English can choose to do this course as one of their options. This enables them to gain an additional English Language qualification that is internationally recognised by further education colleges and universities.

Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start

Read, Write, Inc. Fresh Start is based on the teaching of synthetic phonics. Students learn the 44 common sounds in the English language and how to sound-blend words. The course assumes that participants are native speakers who are mostly learning to read what they are already able to say. For EAL students this means that there is the extra challenge of learning lots of new vocabulary but at the same time they have the opportunity to experiment with a range of idioms, turns of phrase and other aspects of the English language which they missed out on by not attending primary school in the UK. The course consists of 34 modules which contain fiction and non-fiction stories. The key to success for this programme is to group students by reading progress. The closer the homogeneity of the group, the faster the progress. Small groups enable students to feel safe and secure where they are sensitive about their English levels.

Read,Write, Inc. Phonics

This is a comprehensive literacy programme.

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is currently used as an EAL intervention in conjunction with other interventions. Our students like to use Rosetta Stone, we use this as an intervention because:

It allows EAL students to improve their listening comprehension.

It allows EAL students to improve their vocabulary.

It makes EAL students focus on points of grammar.

It improves pronunciation.

It gives EAL students a sense of progress and achievement.

It allows EAL students to develop and progress in a non-intimidating, safe way.

It enables EAL students to develop their language capabilities and slowly integrate into mainstream classrooms with ease and confidence.

Sound Training EAL Stepping Stone

This intervention aims to allow beginner EAL students to make rapid and significant levels of  progress.

It is crucial to remember that the level of accuracy in speaking, reading and writing English often does not reflect the cognitive ability of EAL students. Their specific need, hopefully, will be temporary and with an initial high level of support they will soon be able to access mainstream classes.

The Stepping Stone module includes:

Sound-to-letter correspondence activities.

World building tasks.

High frequency words.

Vowel digraphs.

Prefixes.

Handwriting instructions.

EDEXCEL ESOL (skills for life)

Edexcel ESOL (English for speakers of Other Languages) qualifications support learners whose first language isn’t English, helping them gain the communication skills needed to progress in the workplace, education and beyond. They’re available from Entry 1 to Level 2. Students arriving in KS4 with no prior education in the UK or very limited levels of English are placed in this intervention.