Curriculum

At William Howard we believe in a broad and balanced curriculum and an options system at KS4 and 5 that is broad enough to offer our students the scope needed to prepare them for whatever they face in the future. It has been designed to give the students a sound foundation across all subjects, tailored to local needs, that allows them to develop a love of subjects and a passion for learning. Below the curriculum is outlined with the respective curriculum diagrams for each year group.


 Subject Areas

ArtDesign Technology (DT) / DramaEnglishGeography / Health & Social CareHistoryInformation Technology (IT) / LanguagesMaths / Media / Personal Development (PD)Physical Education (PE) / Religious Education (RE)Science / Social Science


Years 7 and 8

The curriculum is broad and balanced across the two year groups offering a good foundation in a wide variety of subjects. A balance between a core academic curriculum and the creativity and challenge of the sports and arts underpins the experience that students face in their first two years at William Howard. We work closely with our feeder primary schools to ensure that we are building on the positive start that students have made to their studies before they transfer to us. As such we are committed to ensuring that no student sees a drop off in the level of challenge or support that they require to successfully access a curriculum that is best tailored for themselves. Students in Year 8 who show a strong grasp of French also have the opportunity to study German as an additional language. At the end of Year 8 students will choose 3 subjects to study in Year 9 as part of the creative curriculum (see Year 9 information for further details).

Year 7 & 8 Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours a Week
Ar Art 1
Bi Biology 1
Ch Chemistry 1
Co Computing 1
Dr Drama 1
Dt Design & Tech 2
En English 3
Fr French 2
Ge German (additional language within French time)
Gg Geography 2
Hi History 2
Ma Mathematics 3
Mu Music 1
Pd Personal Development 1
Pe Physical Ed 2
Ph Physics 1
Re Religious Ed 1

The Year 7 & 8 Transition Curriculum

Students who require more support in their literacy and numeracy are supported by a specialist transition curriculum. The curriculum is delivered by specialist transition teachers with the aim of accelerating progress in these two keys areas. In Year 7 there are two transition classes following the same transition curriculum. In Year 8 students are split into two classes with varying levels of support based on the individual needs of the group.

Year 7 Transition Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours per Week
Ar Art 1
Bi Biology 1
Ch Chemistry 1
Dr Drama 1
Dt Design & Tech 2
En English 5
Hu Humanities 5
Ma Mathematics 5
Mu Music 1
Pe Physical Ed 2
Ph Physics 1

 

Year 8 Transition Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours per Week
Ar Art 1
Bi Biology 1
Ch Chemistry 1
Co Computing 1
Dt Design & Tech 2
En English 5
Fr French 1
Hu Humanities 3
Ma Mathematics 5
Pa Performing Arts 1
Pd Personal Development 1
Pe Physical Ed 2
Ph Physics 1

Year 9

Students will continue to study a core academic curriculum but have greater choice over their creative subjects. A creative curriculum is implemented whereby students choose 3 subjects they would like to study for an hour a week; the sole aim is to engender a love for a subject not to assess it, or indeed in somehow measure student progress. In the year where important GCSE options are chosen we feel this curriculum enables students to experience subjects that they may like to choose in the future in a semi informal manner. The aim is to inspire students and develop a real love for their chosen subjects. Students will continue to have additional support with their literacy skills by studying 1 hour of a language and 2 additional hours of literacy intervention per week.

Year 9 Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours per Week
Bi Biology 1
Ch Chemistry 1
Co Computing 1
En English 4
Fr French 3
Ge German (additional language within French time)
Gg Geography 2
Hi History 2
Ma Mathematics 3
Pd Personal Development 1
Pe Physical Ed 2
Ph Physics 1
Re Religious Ed 1
Cc Creative Curriculum Option 1 1
Cc Creative Curriculum Option 2 1
Cc Creative Curriculum Option 3 1

Year 9 Creative Curriculum Options:

  • Photography – capturing a moment in time
  • Art – Fine art and illustration
  • Art – 3 Dimensional Structure
  • DT – Product Design
  • DT – Textiles
  • DT – Food
  • DT – Resistant Materials
  • Languages – Holiday German
  • Music
  • Classics – Classical Studies
  • Drama – Making a drama out of everything
  • Media – Lights, camera action
  • Creative Writing
  • Languages- Holiday Spanish
  • Performing Arts
  • Media – 3D Games Development
  • Languages- Holiday Italian

Years 10 and 11

Additional to a core curriculum of Maths, English, PE and RE/PD the vast majority of students will study a triple science course and four chosen option subjects. Students who follow a combined science course will study five additional option subjects. The option subjects on offer are a wide variety of GCSE and vocational qualifications. We recommend strongly that students study the suite of English Baccalaureate subjects (English, Maths, a Science, a Humanity and a Language). To cater for the varying needs within the different student cohort and matching local job market needs, we also offer a variety of work based courses; hairdressing, agriculture, food and nutrition, child care and motor vehicle. Students spend a day a week focusing on their chosen work based course which has often resulted in an apprenticeship at the end of their studies. Students will study their courses for two years before the examination series at the end of this time period.

Please see KS4 option pages for course information.

Year 10 Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours per Week
Ma Maths 4
En English 4
Cs Combined Science 4
Ts Triple Science 6
Pe Physical Ed 2
Pd Personal Development 1
Pathway 1 Triple Science 4 Option Choices 8
Pathway 2 Combined Science 5 Option Choices 10
Pathway 2 Work Based 4 Option Choices 11

 

Year 11 Curriculum
Code Description Number of Hours per Week
Ma Maths 4.5
En English 4.5
Cs Combined Science 4
Ts Triple Science 6
Pe Physical Ed 1
Pd Personal Development 1
Pathway 1 Triple Science 4 Option Choices 10
Pathway 2 Combined Science 4 Option Choices 10
Pathway 2 Work Based 4 Option Choices 10

Years 12 and 13

Students entering the Sixth Form have a wide choice of subjects to study. In Year 12 students have the opportunity to participate in sport and receive a comprehensive personal development programme. The extended project qualification has grown in popularity and is now an established part of the Sixth Form curriculum for those students looking to widen their study options. Please see the KS5 section for greater detail on the curriculum.


If you would like further information on the curriculum at WHS please contact Kath Pigdon, Deputy Headteacher or a Curriculum Leader if the query is more specific to a subject.

It is possible to do this via the ‘Contact Us’ page where you will find a directory for contacting the relevant member of staff. Alternatively you can telephone on 016977 45700.