At Secondary level each subject will be taught with rigour, distinction and depth. We aim to nurture, challenge and inspire in everything we do at Chichester Free School, in and outside the classroom.

Learning

We aim to nurture, challenge and inspire in everything we do at Chichester Free School, in and outside the classroom. Our practice is rooted in academic rigour taught through engaging and inspiring lessons. We encourage our pupils to show temperance in lessons, challenge them to achieve the best that they can and inspire them through creative approaches which fire a desire to learn.

At Chichester Free School we have a consistent and effective approach to teaching and learning. Our teachers are committed to providing:

  • A smart start
  • Differentiated learning objectives to challenge all pupils
  • A learning journey for each lesson
  • A balance of collaborative tasks where pupils use teamwork to learn together and individual tasks which allow pupils to practise a new skill or concept
  • Effective assessment for learning and feedback which helps pupils improve

In our classrooms we encourage collaboration through co-operative learning. All pupils get to have their say; they interact with their peers and learn how to develop their social skills. We encourage teamwork and accountability in the classroom, vital skills for adult life. This is not just working in groups, collaborative learning means:

  • Positive interdependence
  • Individual accountability
  • Equal participation
  • Simultaneous interaction

We also nurture independence when our pupils learn. Through simple phrases such as ‘ask three before me’ and more complex processes such as peer and self -assessment. Pupils work with their teachers on a daily basis looking at long term and short term targets. In lessons pupils are given the opportunity to challenge themselves through tasks named:

  • Core
  • Extension
  • Challenge

These activities give our pupils differentiated opportunities enabling them to push on through complex tasks or pause for support.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3, at Chichester Free School, enables our pupils to develop the essential skills which they will apply to their GCSEs and A levels. Our pupils learn to be independent and flexible in their learning.

Our curriculum provides a range of traditional academic subjects as well as opportunities for creativity. 30% of our curriculum is dedicated to English and mathematics and most pupils learn two languages in Years 7 and 8 before specialising in Year 9. For those pupils who require support in English and Mathematics we provide intervention from specialist teaching staff.

Fortnightly lesson allocation is in the table below and you can view the Long Term Plan for each subject by clicking on the number in the table.  Each lesson is 70 minutes long.

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English 8 8 8
Maths 8 8 8
Science 5 5 Biology 2
      Chemistry 2
      Physics 2
History 2 2 3
Geography 2 2 3
RS 1 1 1
Spanish 3 2 *4
French 2 3 *4
DT 2 2 2
Food 2 2 2
Art 3 3 2
PE & Games 5 5 5
Music 2 2 2
Drama 2 2 2
PSHE 1 1 1
ICT/Coding 2 2 1
Total 50 50 50

*It is our policy that the vast majority of pupils study either  French or Spanish in Year 9.  There are some exceptions for pupils who require additional Maths and English support.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key Stage 4 Chichester Free School pupils choose GCSE subjects which will enable the vast majority to achieve the English Baccalaureate which has been shown to help improve a young person’s performance in English and Maths as well as enhance their prospects for entering further education or employment. This means that all pupils study for GCSEs in English, Maths and Combined Science (AQA Trilogy course), either History or Geography and two further option subjects.

It is our school policy that the vast majority of students take a GCSE in Modern Foreign Languages, so pupils also choose from either Spanish or French GCSE. However, we continue to place a high level of importance on English and mathematics and those students requiring significant support in these subjects receive additional intervention from specialist teaching staff instead.

We respond to pupil voice when deciding on the option subjects that are available for each cohort, but offer a wide range of traditional academic and creative subjects at GCSE, including: Design Technology, Food and Nutrition, Dance, Drama, Music, Business Studies, Media Studies, Computer Science, Triple Science, PE, Religious Studies and Statistics.

Fortnightly lesson allocation can be found in the table below.  Each lesson is 70 minutes long.

Subject Year 10 Year 11
English 9 9
Mathematics 9 9
Biology 3 3
Physics 3 3
Chemistry 3 3
History or Geography 6 6
MFL or Functional Maths and English 6 *6
Option Subjects 6 6
PE & Games 4 4
PSHE and RS 1 1
Total 56 56

*Or V-Cert in Health and Fitness.

Sport

At Chichester Free School we recognise that education should develop the mind and body. Physical Education therefore plays a central role in this aspiration. Read more:

Examinations

At Chichester Free School we want to ensure that all students are nurtured and guided through their examination journey. We will be providing our students with some revision sessions and some subject specific revision booklets. Here you can find supportive material such useful website links, latest news and updates from the examinations team and tutors.

Important Information for Candidates

Useful websites

Useful websites are as follows:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/
Advice for helping your child with study

http://revisioncentre.co.uk/parents/helping_with_school_work.html
Information for parents about education

http://www.teachers.tv/
Videos aimed at teachers and pupils which parents can watch. Accessible revision programmes, literacy and numeracy programmes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3xdq6f
Helpful guides

Specific subject handouts are available from the exams officer, please contact her on: ahall@chichesterfreeschool.org.uk

As well as the GCSEs taking place this summer the other secondary year groups will also be sitting end of year exams after the half term break.  The websites above will also help our non-GCSE students.

Feedback

We encourage reflective, formative feedback. Whilst pupils’ books are marked regularly using a ‘light-touch’ for literacy and presentation, we value the verbal feedback that teachers give in lessons which has been shown to be both timely and effective at moving children forward in their learning. We don’t have a marking policy, but instead, our feedback policy revolves around the expectation that pupils engage with and respond to individual verbal feedback from the teacher, whole class feedback (either written or verbal), peer feedback and self-assessment. The feedback that pupils receive in class should:

  • Focus on learning objectives and be specific and clear.
  • Inform teaching and learning.
  • Use language that is useful to the pupil.
  • Encourage and support the individual needs of pupils in a constructive way.
  • Highlight achievement indicating areas that they have been successful and indicate how improvement can be achieved; giving subject-specific targets.
  • Require pupil action and interaction, and enable pupils to progress/improve their work.

Reporting

Frequency

  • In Years 7-10 parents receive one report at the end of each term. Twice a year this is a ‘Progress Report’, once a year this is a ‘Full Report’. In Year 11 parents receive one report at the end of each half term until Easter. Each report is a ‘Progress Report’. The scheduling of these reports is released at the start of the academic year to teachers and parents.
  • Years 7- 10 have one Parents’ Consultation Evening a year. Year 7 is in Courage Term, Year 8 in Temperance Term, Year 9 in Justice Term and Year 10 in Justice Term. There is a further Options evening for Year 9 in Justice Term. Year 11 have two Parents’ Consultation Evenings a year, in Temperance and Justice Terms.

Content

  • The following is reported home on all reports:
    • ‘On Track’ radar plot. In Key Stage 3 this is comparing required progress to meet end of Year 11 target grade against actual progress. In Key Stage 4 this is comparing GCSE target grades against GCSE predicted grades. Key Stage 3 radar plots are normalised, to remove any indication of attainment or direct comparison between pupils.
    • Comment. On full reports this is a three sentence comment for all pupils in every subject, outlining a WWW, EBI and general attitude to the subject. On Progress Reports this is an EBI for any pupils who are underperforming.
    • Learning Profile Grade 1-5 for each subject.
    • Target Grade (Years 10 and 11 only).
    • Predicted Grade (Years 10 and 11 only).
    • SLT comment reflecting on the pupil’s overall achievement.
    • Key data: Attendance, number of Wisdom points, number of behaviour points.

On full reports, pupils will also receive a tutor comment.  Here is the outline of our Learning Profiles below:

Homework

CFS believes in homework that supports class study and has meaningful outcomes. Class teachers will set homework each week in most subject areas for all secondary students. We recommend that at Key Stage 3 homework for most subjects should take 30 minutes; at Key Stage 4 homework should take between 30 minutes and an hour. Sixth Form pupils can expect to receive a substantial amount of homework and independent study. Homework is set using ‘Show my Homework’, an online programme which enables teachers to set homework and deadlines, and students to check their personalised homework diary at any time. Parents also have access to this on-line service to support their son or daughter. All pupils have the opportunity to attend at least one supervised study session in school in which they work on their homework independently in a quiet atmosphere and Key Stage 3 pupils can opt for more when choosing termly clubs. Further information can be found in our homework policy below:

Use of Technology

We are an innovative school and place high importance on the use of technology. All our KS3 pupils have an iPad for use in the classroom. We use technology in and out of lessons to explore, create, experiment, assess and inspire. Our pupils find innovative ways to demonstrate their learning through such activities as independent research, film making, presentations and quizzes.

In Year 7 pupils have ICT lessons where they learn how to use both iPad and PC technology as an effective tool in their learning. In Years 8 and 9 coding is taught as a discrete subject. Computer Science has a high uptake as an option subject in Years 10 and 11.

Equipment

Every secondary school student is expected to provide the following basic items of equipment for every lesson:

  • iPad
  • Black pen (and a spare!)
  • Red and green pens
  • Calculator (Casio Scientific)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Pencil eraser
  • Pair of compasses
  • Protractor

Any pupil without the stationery items at the start of the day or any lesson must buy a new item from the School’s stationery shop.  No lesson may be missed or interrupted in this process.  Every pupil must have a reading book in their bag every day.

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