At Simon Balle All-Through School we strive to provide a broad and balanced curriculum. Although the majority of subjects remain constant we do adapt according to the ability profile of the cohort.
Key Stage 3
Students study the following subjects. English, Maths, Science, Art, Citizenship, Drama, MFL, Geography, History, ICT, Music, Physical Education, Religious Education, Technology.
Technology comprises of Food Technology, Graphics, Resistant Materials and Textiles.
Modern Foreign Languages - Year 8 students have the opportunity to study a second language which may be German or Spanish. Some students will continue to study just French.
Maths – students are set from Key Stage 2 data at the start of Year 7.
Other subjects utilise some setting once students reach Year 9.
Key Stage 4
Students study a core curriculum made up of English, Maths, Science (some students will be studying the three separate sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics), Core RE, PE, ICT.
They will also make four further options from the subjects they have studied at Key Stage 3 or the following additional subjects. Business Studies, Sports Studies, Expressive Arts, BTEC Sport.
As before, we will always adapt and personalise the curriculum according the individual or groups within the cohort.
Key Stage 5
We provide a wide range of subjects for study through to A level. These include all the traditional subjects studied at Key Stage 4 plus the following: Applied Science, Economics, Sociology, Further Maths, Government & Politics, Psychology, English Literature and Language and Photography.
In addition a small number of students access further subjects via our consortium arrangements with local schools.
At Simon Balle we take great pride in our Library which was completely refurbished in 2010.
As an Early Years setting we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework. The EYFS has 7 areas of learning and development and these are split into two main areas: prime areas and specific areas.
The prime areas are fundamental, work together and move through to support development in all other areas.
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas include essential skills and knowledge for the children to participate successfully in society.
- Understanding of the world
- Expressive arts and design
The Unique Child reaches out to relate to people and things through the Characteristics of Effective Learning, which move through all areas of learning.
- Playing and exploring
- Active learning
- Creating and thinking critically
The learning will start with a book, based around a particular theme and then learning across subjects will be linked. All of these areas of the EYFS will be developed and explored by learning through play. The environment and exciting resources and activities available to the children, will encourage them to develop their skills and knowledge and the observations we make about each child will be stored in their ‘Learning Journal’, either online via Tapestry or in the form of a book.
A document with the aim of giving parents an overview of the EYFS framework has been published. It sets out how parents can support their child during the foundation years and to give parents more details about the implementation of the EYFS in Reception.
More guidance for how you can help at home can be found at:
In Reception the staff record the progress that children make using Development Matters. Their learning journal will include statements linking to each area of learning. At times, the academic jargon is not always ‘parent friendly’ so the following document is helpful to see ‘What to expect, when?’
In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, we follow the National Curriculum and teach all subjects in a cross-curricular way. This includes: English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE including swimming, Art and Design, Design and Technology, History, geography, Music, Spanish (Modern Foreign language).
Houses and Homes
Holidays and Journeys
Location, Location, Location
Great Fire of London
Earthquakes and Volcanoes
Trains, Planes, Automobiles
|Celts and Romans|
From reception, we teach a cursive handwriting script. Please click on the link to access a copy of the Cursive Handwriting Sheet. (Please note that the handwriting sheet is likely to open as a new page on your web browser or will download as a file - it can be saved/printed from that location.
We teach Phonics and spelling on a daily basis. We follow the letters and Sounds scheme of work. More details of this can be found here: http://www.letters-and-sounds.com/what-is-letters-and-sounds.html