Curriculum Overview

Ours is a community of learning, where secure partnerships create opportunities for students, staff, governors, parents and carers alike to participate and grow to become intellectually, emotionally and socially fit for life.

The curriculum at Cedars Academy is broad, balanced, challenging and engaging. It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences which they will encounter after leaving us whilst promoting spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development.

Our curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and is broadly divided into a Key Stages 1&2 (Primary, Years 1- 6), Key Stage 3 (Senior, Years 7-9), Key Stage 4 (Senior, Years 10 & 11) and Key Stage 5/'College' (Years 12 & 13).

In Years 1-6 children are taught in in their primary class with consistent teaching staff for the majority of the week. In Years 7-9 all students follow an common curriculum (in terms of subjects and curriculum time) and are taught in mixed ability groups with teaching being differentiated to both support and challenge all students. 

In Years 10 and 11 students follow both a core (English, maths, science etc) and foundation/options curriculum. The options curriculum allows students to progress further in areas in which they have a particular skill or interest. In keeping with our aim of preparing students for the world of work, all students follow a vocation course as part of their options curriculum.

Our Key Stage 5 curriculum focuses on developing and extending key functional skills in literacy, numeracy and computing alongside vocational courses and work-based learning. In this way our sixth form students are thoroughly prepared for adulthood and the world of work.

Our curriculum offers a very clear pathway for progression and all courses from Year 10 onwards lead to a qualification from a wide range of opportunities that include A Level, GCSE, BTEC, Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills.

The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every Cedars child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to extend and enrich our learning programmes. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Our curriculum is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and to prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Monitoring and assessment of pupils work takes place continuously across the school.Pupils are encouraged to be involved in thinking about their learning, the setting of their own targets and in assessing to what extent these have been met. 

Pupils and staff use a range of methods to record work and to monitor progress, to self and peer access and support each others learning. In addition to the more usual methods of writing and drawing, models, photographs, IT and video clips are all used.

Learning styles vary from pupil to pupil. This is taken into account when lessons are planned and teaching styles are therefore equally varied. Although a mixture of whole class, group and individual teaching is usually appropriate, the exact balance between these depends upon the needs of the class and the individual. Interactive and proactive learning is highly valued. Practical lessons, enrichment activities and educational visits are a common feature of the school week for all classes.