At Ormiston Chadwick Academy, we pride ourselves in delivering a knowledge rich curriculum that goes beyond the classroom. Our students follow a 5-year journey in which we lay the foundations, get them to explore and then embed their knowledge and understanding of their Key Stage 3 curriculum. They continue this journey into Key Stage 4 where they develop their skills to mastery level in preparation for their GCSE examinations and beyond for a successful future.
Our curriculum is broad and balanced in the subjects it has to offer, alongside being ambitious and challenging to ensure students maximise progress. Underpinning everything we do lies our 5 core values of; originality, community, aspiration, excellence and respect, encouraging students to embrace the curriculum both in and out of the classroom. Our Careers and Personal Development programmes are threaded through our curriculum and embedded within each of the subject areas encompassing British Values and SMSC.
The intent of our curriculum is clear, and each subject intent feeds from this (read about these within each subject area). How the curriculum is implemented across the 5-year journey is evidenced through regularly reviewed schemes of learning and adapted to suit emerging needs. Our impact is measured and analysed to ensure what we deliver is fit for purpose.
At OCA, every lesson continues to be uploaded to Microsoft Teams (our learning platform). Therefore, all students have access to this at home to enable them to recall and review their prior learning as part of our standardised homework policy. Every lesson will begin with a ‘Do Now’ task which will recall or enable students to retrieve and apply this prior knowledge and understanding, this way we can utilise the science of learning to build upon long term memory models. Additional homework may well be set alongside this, but will be dependent on subject needs.