The Southam College Curriculum equips students for their lives today, and prepares them for the future. It promotes and develops the qualities of kindness, confidence and resilience, and empowers all students to be the best they can be.
- To equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding which enable them to understand the world they live in and participate actively and positively in wider society;
- To enable students to leave school with the academic qualifications which best support them to achieve their future aspirations;
- To promote a love of learning through a range of memorable experiences both within and outside of the curriculum;
- To instil in students the fundamental British values and global virtues of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and freedom, mutual respect and tolerance and acceptance of different faiths and beliefs.
Under the headings below is a Curriculum Overview for each of our subjects across each key stage.
- Character and Culture
- Health and Social Care
- Media Studies
- Modern Languages
- Philosophy & Ethics
- Social Sciences
Choosing to study Art in Key Stage 4 and 5 will allow students to continue to develop their understanding and skill in a range of artistic techniques. The curriculum is rich in the study of a diverse range of artists, genre and mediums.
In Year 9 students develop an understanding of the key business concepts and functions. This prepares them for both GCSE and Vocational routes of study in Key Stage 4 and 5. We endeavour to teach students about wider business issues, such as how businesses operate, a range of financial methods that businesses use, ethical and environmental issues and corporate social responsibility, the economy etc. Whilst teaching the curriculum, we want student to have a deeper and wider understanding, using current news events and real business examples for students to be able to apply their knowledge to the outside world.
Business As level Year 12, Curriculum overview 23-24
Business Btec Year 12 CurriculumOverview 23-24
Business GCSE Year 10, Curriculum overview 23-24
Business GCSE Year 11, Curriculum overview 23-24
Business Btec Year 13 CurriculumOverview 23-24
Economics A level Year 13, Curriculum Overview 23-24
Economics AS level Year 12, Curriculum overview 23-24
KS3 Curriculum Overview Year 9 Business 23-24
Marketing and Enterprise Year 10, Curriculum overview 23-24
Marketing and Enterprise Year 11, Curriculum overview 23-24
Throughout their time at Southam College, students will benefit from Character and Culture lessons. The purpose of the Character and Culture curriculum is to ensure students feel valued for their conduct, encouraged to be ambitious as well as resilient, and equipped with the knowledge, skills and self-belief required to lead a successful and happy life.
In Year 7 and 8 we endeavour to introduce students to a range of Digital and computing programming skills, such as HTML, python, spreadsheets and databases. Students will learn how computers work and components that make a computer. Students will be exposed to a range of subject specific terminology, and will learn how to use this accurately and appropriately in their writing. In Year 9, students have the option to follow a Computing or an IT curriculum which leads to both GCSE and Vocational study in Key Stage 4 and 5. This is underpinned by developing students' computational thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.
Computer Science Year 12 Curriculum Overview
Computer Science Year 13 Curriculum Overview
Drama in Y7 begins with building confidence in working with each other and learning through mistake making. Students also begin to develop knowledge of drama terminology for performance and design. Throughout KS3, students will develop an understanding of character building and naturalistic and non-naturalistic forms. Students will expand their knowledge of a range of performance history and styles through exposure to a variety of scripts and devising styles.
In English we endeavour to introduce students to a range of fiction and non-fiction texts, such as novels, plays, poetry and articles. Students will learn how to analyse texts on a deeper level, paying particular attention to the language writers use to create meaning. Students will be exposed to a range of subject specific terminology, and will learn how to use this accurately and appropriately in their writing. Students will develop their reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills, to encourage high levels of literacy across all disciplines.
Year 7 CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year 8 CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year 9 CS CURRICULUM MAP 23-24.pdf
Year 9 CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year 10 CS CURRICULUM MAP 23-24.pdf
Year 10 English Literature Curriculum Overview 2023-24.pdf
Year 11 CS CURRICULUM MAP 23-24.pdf
Year 11 CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year 12 English Literature CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year12 English Language CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year13 English Language CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Year13 English Literature CURRICULUM MAP 2023-24.pdf
Throughout Y7 and Y8 students will develop an understanding of the characteristics of a range of places around the world. They will also develop and understanding of a range of physical and human geography processes, how they interact and be able to apply this understanding to places around the world. Students will learn to use a range of geographical skills. As students move through Key Stage 4 and 5 they will build on this foundational knowledge in more depth, exploring a range of geographical issues that impact today's world.
In Y9, students will study how people grow and develop over the course of their life, from infancy to old age. Students will be able to apply their knowledge as they move through Y10 and Y11 to develop and understanding how life events impact an individual’s development and how society might respond. The Key Stage 5 qualifications allow students to explore a range of factors relating to the Health and Social Care sector, preparing them for a wide range of related careers and opportunities to access a variety of Higher Education pathways.
Health and Social Care Year 10 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Health and Social Care Year 11 Curriculum Overview 22-23
The History KS3 programme of study is largely chronological giving students the opportunity to develop an overview of events from the Norman Conquest to the 20th century. Our curriculum has been designed with an emphasis on chronological understanding, with ‘big questions’ at the core of each unit. Students build on the analytical and evaluative skills in Key Stage 4, exploring a range of challenging topics and developing further their historical interpretations. At Key Stage 5, the History curriculum covers a wide range of topics and further challenges students to apply their historical understanding and skills to develop independent responses.
In year 7 students will build on their mathematical skills from KS2 and extend their understanding further. Students will learn key skills in the 4 main areas: number, algebra, data and shape and then be encouraged to apply these to help solve problems.
In Year 8 we will build on students' knowledge from Year 7 to help aid their learning prior to KS4. The focus is to build their problem solving skills across all aspects of the unit. As students move into Year 9, they continue to build on these skills. There are 2 tiers of entry for GCSE Maths: Higher and Foundation. Students follow a specific scheme of learning in Year 10 and 11 to prepare them for the appropriate tier of entry.
Maths Year 8 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 9 Foundation Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 9 Higher Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 10 Foundation Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 10 Higher Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 11 Foundation Sets Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 11 Higher Sets Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 12 Further Maths Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 12 Maths Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 13 Further Maths Overview 2023-24
Maths Year 13 Maths Overview 2023-24
The Media Studies curriculum enables students to understand key media concepts and theories. Students throughout year 9 to 13 will encounter a wide range of media topics and will have the opportunity to create their own media products. This is a fascinating course that builds an understanding of how we interact with society as both consumers and producers.
Media Studies Year 9 Curriculum Overview 23-24
Media Studies Year 10 Curriculum Overview 23-24
Media Studies Year 11 Curriculum Overview 23-24
Media Studies Year 12 Curriculum Overview 23-24
Media Studies Year 13 Curriculum Overview 23-24
Modern Language are an important part of our Core curriculum offer. Throughout their students, students build their recognition of vocabulary and learn how to create sentences and short paragraphs in the target language. In addition to the language element, students will also become more culturally aware, learning about the country. The lessons will be delivered as much as possible in the Target Language and there is an expectation that students speak that language in the classroom whenever they can. As the key stage progresses, students will become more confident in writing longer paragraphs using a greater variety of structures and vocabulary, connectives, different time frames and opinions.
FRENCH 7 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 8 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 9 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 10 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 11 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 12 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
FRENCH 13 Curriculum Overview 2023-24
Year 7 German curriculum overview 2023-24
Year 8 German curriculum overview 2023-24
Year 9 German Curriculum Overview 2023-24
Year 10 German Curriculum Overview 2023-24
Year 11 German Curriculum Overview 2023-24
In KS3 we endeavour to give every student the opportunities, skills and knowledge to enable them to develop as confident and creative musicians. Relevant music theory and instrumental techniques will be taught in the context of making music to allow students to progress and develop their skills with increasing independence and diversity. Throughout all topics, an emphasis on perseverance, resilience and self-evaluation will help students to develop as successful learners.
Students can opt for our Sports Studies course in Year 9 which gives them the foundational knowledge required to progress along either GCSE or Btec routes through Key Stage 4 and 5. As well as continuing to develop in their chosen sports, these qualifications also provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to understand the subject in its entirety and follow a wide range of paths at higher education or career level.
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Badminton 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Basketball 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Cricket 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Dance 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Fitness 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Football 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Gymnastics 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Handball 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Hockey 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Netball 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- OAA 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Rounders 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Rugby 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Softball 23-24.pdf
KS3 Curriculum Overview- Trampolining 23-24.pdf
L3 BTEC Sport Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
OCR Y10 & 11 Sports Studies Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y9 Sports Studies Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y12 AS Level PE- A&P Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y12 AS Level PE- Skill Ac & Psych Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y12 AS Level PE- Sport, Society & Technology Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y13 A Level PE- Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y13 A Level PE- Skill Ac & Psych Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
Y13 A Level PE- Social Studies Curriculum Overview 23-24.pdf
In Philosophy and Ethics, we endeavour to introduce students to a range of beliefs and practices from religious to non-religious worldviews across all Key Stages. At Key Stage 3, students will learn how to express beliefs and practices from a wide range of views, on a deeper level, paying particular attention to the evaluation and impact these beliefs and practices have on their own lives and the decisions we make. Students will be exposed to a range of subject specific terminology and will learn how to use this accurately and appropriately in their extended exam responses. Students will develop their writing, through expression, application and evaluation and listening skills, this is in order we encourage high levels of curiosity and philosophical thinking from all our students.
Students continue to work towards and develop these key skills, acquiring in-depth knowledge of two major world religions during KS4, including Christianity and Islam. Moreover, students can apply key religious beliefs and practices to four ethical theories at GCSE, including, family, Life, War and Crime. Students continue to develop key analytical and evaluative skills, writing extended exam questions.
At A Level, students have the option to continue to study Philosophy and Ethics. Students follow the OCR A Level Religious Studies specification, covering the key components of Philosophy, Ethics and Christian Thought. Further to support all of our students within the sixth form, the Philosophy and Ethics department hold an ‘Ethical day of thinking,’ encouraging students to reflect on the wider world in which they live and moreover prepares students for life in modern Britain by: equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society; developing their understanding of fundamental Global Virtues; developing their understanding and appreciation of diversity; celebrating what we have in common and promoting respect for the different protected characteristics as defined in law.
Students can opt to study Photography as an Art specialism from Year 9 where they build the foundational knowledge required for success at GCSE and A Level. Project-based learning develops students' photography skills and allows for creative expression.
In Year 7 and Year 8, our aim is to build on the knowledge and understanding of Science gained during Key Stage 2 and provide a firm foundation for further study. Throughout the course, the scientific process is taught, with many opportunities to plan, investigate, record, conclude and evaluate practical investigations, together with the relevant maths skills, and key subject-specific vocabulary that will enable students to be scientifically literate.
Biology KS3 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Biology KS4 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Biology Year 9 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Biology Year 12 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Biology Year 13 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Chemistry KS3 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Chemistry KS4 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Chemistry KS5 Curriculum Overview 22-23
Chemistry Year 9 Curriculum Overview 22-23
There are a wide range of courses available to students in Year 9, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Students can specialise in an area of Technology that interests them and build on the skills and knowledge they have developed during Key Stage 3.
Curriculum Overview Y10 Art Textiles overview Spring term 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y10 Art Textiles Summer term 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y11 Art Textiles 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y9 Resistant Materials 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y10 Resistant Materials 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y11 D&T Graphics 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y11 Engineering 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y12 Textiles 2023-24
Curriculum Overview Y13 Textiles 2023-24