Curriculum

Introduction

Djanogly City Academy is a Nottingham city comprehensive academy, with a current pupil admission number of 150 although we currently have just over 200 completing their studies in year 11. We split year 7-11 in to a two year Key Stage 3, and a three year Key Stage 4.

Djanogly City Academy Values

Pupils at Djanogly City Academy are expected to “work hard” and “be kind”.  This short statement goes to the heart of what we are trying to teach children through the curriculum, and through their wider school experiences. Essentially we value traditional qualities; hard work, honesty, good manners and consideration for others.

Through applying these values fairly and consistently we aim to shape and mould our students into confident, mature and independent young people.

Work Hard

Teaching pupils that they need to “work hard” in order to be successful is driven by encouraging pupils to work towards personalised and challenging academic targets in every subject.  Targets are set using pupils’ prior attainment as a guide, and support our aspiration that all Djanogly pupils will do at least as well as their peers nationally.  Teachers are expected to help pupils work towards these targets by planning and teaching lessons that cater for all pupils, and by marking pupils’ work regularly and providing feedback that helps them understand their achievements and improve their performance.

Pupils receive a report every term with grades and scores for attainment, effort and homework. Personalised written targets also give pupils specific targets to help them understand the scores they receive.

Working hard enables pupils to fulfill their potential, hence fostering self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence. It connects pupils with their own personal and academic development, and teaches them that they can all achieve, if they are prepared to invest their time and effort. It also helps pupils to understand the need to respect the rights of every pupil to learn in a calm, focused and supportive atmosphere.

Be Kind

The importance of “being kind” to others is a fundamental human value that all children should be taught.  At Djanogly it starts in and around the classroom, with school rules that are based upon protecting pupils’ rights to learn.

Pupils are encouraged to adhere to a clear set of behaviour expectations, linked to a framework of rewards and sanctions, helping pupils to develop their ability to distinguish between “right” and “wrong”.  This plays an important part in preparing our pupils for life as a young adult in society.

On those occasions when pupils’ behaviour transgresses our expectations, an important part of the process in teaching pupils values is that they are taught to accept responsibility for their actions.  The Djanogly behaviour policy highlights the link between negative behaviours and consequences.

SMSC in the curriculum

All schools are charged with developing pupils’ knowledge and understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues and themes.  Many lessons offer opportunities for teachers to briefly explore wider questions with pupils and Djanogly staff are encouraged to promote a sense of social conscience, empathy and appreciation of the diverse nature of a modern Britain.

Some elements of SMSC education are delivered through bespoke activities such as PSHE lessons, assemblies, tutor set activities, subject based lessons and the work of our student council.  These activities provide pupils with opportunities to learn about their rights and responsibilities in society, based upon the ethos of “Work hard, be kind”.

School Day

Our school day starts at 08.30 hrs, and finishes at 15.30hrs.  Pupils have a 25 minute break in the morning, and a 55 minute lunch break. In Years 7 to 11, pupils are taught eight 40 minute lessons and receive a 20 minute tutor period each day after lunch.  In some subjects, some lessons are ‘doubles’ lasting 1 hour 20 minutes. This allows teachers to plan a range of different activities, including those of a practical nature, and allows greater flexibility and more effective use of our resources.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In Years 7 and 8 pupils follow a varied curriculum, that is prescribed for them and largely the same for all pupils.

However, some pupils and particularly those who come in to the academy with below level 4 performance in English and/or Maths are also supported beyond that of the core curriculum using educational tools such as Fresh Start, Lexia and MyMaths.  Pupils may attend structured sessions during lesson time, as after school sessions and/or as part of the family reading and learning groups that the academy runs through the library. Further information on this can be found on the pupil premium page of this website.  

Key stage 3 pupils also attend spelling, handwriting and homework support sessions running through the learning support department where necessary.

At the end of Year 8, pupils continue with the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and choose which other E-Bacc and Foundation subjects they would like to continue with.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Options

In the spring term of Year 8, pupils are offered an open choice of subjects to follow at Key Stage 4 with support from their tutors and subject teachers. We also support pupils in making informed choices through assemblies, tutor set activities, parents’ evenings, and one-to-one interviews. Pupils are asked to choose their options from the following list:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Language
  • Art (Fine Art or Photography)
  • Performing Arts (Dance, Drama or Music)
  • ICT (ICT or Computing)
  • Electronic Products
  • ECDL (European Computing Driving License) 
  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Food Technology
  • Sport Studies
  • Child Development
  • Health and Social Care
  • Business Studies
  • Hair
  • Beauty

Core Curriculum

All pupils continue to study English, Maths and Science through Key Stage 4. Pupils take GCSE examinations in English Language and English Literature, and Maths. Science may be studied as either separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics; a double GCSE award; a single GCSE award; or a BTEC qualification.

All pupils also continue to have ‘core’ PE lessons every week.

currently in year 11 pupils also receive 1-2-1 tutoring on a wide range of core subject topics where teacher assessment identifies a need for enhanced intervention above that provided during core curriculum time.  This may be delivered by the class teacher, but is also currently provided through an online 1-2-1 tutoring program called TutorTap.  Further information about this platform of support and how we as an academy work with TutorTap can be found by clicking on this link: TutorTap.

If you are a parent/guardian of a current pupil and want to know more about the course content or exam boards being delivered, please encourage your son/daughter to approach their teacher.  If you are the parent/guardian of a prospective pupil please contact reception in the first instance.

Last updated June 2016

September 2017

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