Our curriculum offers a wide range of academic and vocational options, with a focus on quality in the core subjects of maths, English, science and Digital Media. We offer a three-year Key Stage 4, giving students the opportunity to gain a breadth of experience in their chosen options.
Key Stage 3
We offer a condensed Key Stage 3 (known within the academy as Pre GCSE) across Years 7 and 8 which focus on the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Media to ensure learners are ready for success at Key Stage 4. In addition to this students experience a wide range of engaging foundations subjects across Humanities, Modern Foreign Languages, Creative and Technological subjects providing learners with secure knowledge and skills necessary for future success. All students also experience 2 hours of Physical Education ensuring they develop healthy habits for their futures in addition to valuable team work and coaching abilities.
An Ethos of Challenge and Support for Students
At Venture, we believe that every student can and will make outstanding progress. This is achieved through a personalised approach to learners, in which we:
- Liaise closely with Primary schools to build a complete picture of each learner
- Assess regularly to establish levels of progress and to intervene and challenge as appropriate
- Ensure that families are engaged in learners’ progress from the start of academy life – crucial to their development as active, independent learners
Key Stage 4
Our curriculum at Key Stage 4 is an exciting combination of personalised opportunities for our students that challenge and extend their learning.
We offer a core of English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Media. Within these core subjects we provide a range of pathways enabling the right student to take the right course. We ensure they leave Venture with the qualifications needed to take the next step in their education, training or employment.
In addition to this, every student has the opportunity to select up to 3 single year options from a wide range of exciting courses. We offer an innovative stage-not-age curriculum that focuses on a students individual ability and not their age grouping. This personalised approach enables our students to achieve high levels of success and engage in courses that provide an opportunity to truly flourish. All students have the flexibility to undertake the English Baccalaureate combination of study and we believe this is a pathway that should be available if a student wishes to pursue it.
How social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education is promoted
At Ormiston Venture Academy we want to create an ethos, which develops students spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. We want to ensure that students are treated as individuals with individual needs. We aim to deliver spiritual, moral, social and cultural education through all aspects of school life; the curriculum, extra curricular activities, the college system, PL time and collectives. An SMSC calendar allows us to track and plan events across the academy whilst each faculty is encouraged to take opportunities to embed content that will help to further students personal development. We want to ensure that the personal development of students is a fundamental part of the academic and pastoral system at Ormiston Venture Academy.
Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education including safe practices
PSHE education is embedded within other efforts to ensure children and young people have positive relationships with adults, to provide opportunities for children and young people to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions. PSHE including sex and relationships education is taught both discretely through science, cultural studies and curriculum drop down days/weeks along with many elements of PSHE being embedded across all areas of the curriculum and personalised learning time. Venture aims at all times to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children and young people can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.
Reading at Ormiston Venture Academy
At Ormiston Venture Academy we recognise the importance of reading for pleasure , its importance, and its impact on literacy attainment and other outcomes. Reading is an important gateway to personal development, and to social, economic and civic life. It allows us to learn “about other people, about history and social studies, the langue arts, science, mathematics, and the other content subjects that must be mastered in school” (Lyon, 1997). As noted by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (2003), “people cannot be active or informed citizens unless they can read. Reading is a prerequisite for almost all cultural and social activities”. According to the International Reading Association:
“Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history. They will need advanced levels of literacy to perform their jobs, run their households, act as citizens, and conduct their personal lives. They will need literacy to cope with the flood of information they will find everywhere they turn. They will need literacy to feed their imaginations so they can create the world of the future. In a complex and sometimes even dangerous world, their ability to read can be crucial.”
- Students read at the beginning of every KS3 English lesson
- Regular lessons in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) during English lessons
- Accelerated Reader is embedded in KS3 and KS4
- All classrooms have a box subject specific books to engage readers
- Author in residence
- Author visits
- Listening corner and audio books in the LRC
- Read Aloud programme during PL time
- Community reading is a guild session
- Genre of the Month in the LRC
- Annual World Book Day events
- Book Club every week
- Shadow the Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards annually during Book Club
- Lit Quiz
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Our curriculum has enabled every student to realise success and provide the platform for our students to realise their potential.
Curriculum Maps provide staff, students and parents with guidance of what will be studied in each subject and year group, every week of the academic year. They outline the topics studied, how and when units will be assessed and what Extended Learning should be completed. These are a useful tool for parents to support learning outside of the classroom and to further help you understand the assessments reported on GO4Schools.
Curriculum Maps are regularly reviewed to ensure that they plan for outstanding progress across all subjects and year groups at Venture.