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Upton-by-Chester High School

Curriculum

The curriculum of the school reflects the demands of the National Curriculum. It is designed in order to provide all students with a broad, balanced education relevant to their needs both now and in the future. The school operates a two weekly timetable cycle based upon 50 hours of lessons per fortnight.

"The curriculum is well balanced and challenges students to achieve well in all areas of learning."
Ofsted May 2015

The Key Stage 3 (KS3) Curriculum

The curriculum for Years 7 and 8 is made up of 50 teaching periods over a fortnightly timetable cycle.

 

Periods per fortnight

 Subjects

Year 7

Year 8

 English

8 hours

8 hours

 Mathematics

8 hours

8 hours

 Science

7 hours

6 hours

 Geography

3 hours

4 hours

 History

3 hours

4 hours

 Religious Studies (PHSEE & Citizenship)

3 hours

4 hours

 Modern Foreign Languages

4 hours

4 hours

 Design & Technology, Food & Computer Science

4 hours

6 week carousel

4 hours

6 week carousel

 Art

3 hours

2 hours

 Performing Arts Music & Drama

1 hour

2 hours

 Physical Education

4 hours

4 hours

The Key Stage 4 (KS4) Curriculum

The curriculum for Year 9 is made up of a common core (60% of the timetable) and optional subjects (40% of the timetable).

Core

Periods/fortnight

Options

Periods/fortnight

 English

9

 Block A

5

 Mathematics

9

 Block B

5

 Science

7

 Block C

5

 Physical Education

2

 Block D

5

 Religious Studies (PHSEE & Citizenship)

3

 

 

The curriculum for Year 10 is made up of a common core (64% of the timetable) and optional subjects (36% of the timetable).

Core Periods/fortnight Options Periods/fortnight
English 9 Block A 6
Mathematics 9 Block B 6
Science 10 Block C 6
Physical Education 2    

Religious Studies

(PHSEE & Citizenship)

2    

The curriculum for Year 11 is made up of a common core (60% of the timetable) and optional subjects (40% of the timetable).

Core Periods/fortnight Options Periods/fortnight
English 8 Block A 5
Mathematics 8 Block B 5
Science 10 Block C 5
Physical Education 2 Block D 5

Religious Studies

(PHSEE & Citizenship)

2    

The Sixth Form Curriculum

The curriculum for Years 12 & 13 is spread across a 4 block structure with 10 periods allocated to each subject.

Options

Periods/fortnight

Options

Periods/fortnight

Block A

10

Block B

10

Block C

10

Block D

10