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Curriculum 2016–2017

We ask parents and carers to bear with us as we update the curriculum information pages for 2016/17 - there have been and continue to be considerable changes, wrought nationally and coupled with our recent move of sites for both the primary and secondary, subject/phase leaders are a little behind on their schedule. We hope to have all in place and up to date no later than the middle of October 2016, before the half-term break.

In our primary school, pupils broadly follow the National Curriculum resting on a foundation of the International Primary Curriculum. The primary curriculum is currently undergoing a significant review. The bespoke Avanti Schools Trust PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics) is delivered to all pupils, being core alongside English and mathematics. PE, English, mathematics and modern foreign languages are supported by secondary subject leaders at primary and there is a SENCo who works across both phases. From November 2015 at primary, Sanksrit is taught to all as is yoga. All the major Vaishnava Hindu festivals are celebrated alongside the key festivals of other faiths. 

At secondary, there is a six period day - each period being one hour long. This is around an hour each day longer than the average in schools nationally. Even taking into account the additional Avanti Trust holidays (two weeks in October and three weeks over Christmas), students still spend far more time in class at Avanti House than they do in most schools across the country.


PRIMARY: Early Years & Key Stage 1 (Key Stage 2 to follow shortly)

Reception & Key Stage 1 (Year 1): Click HERE

Key Stage 1 (Year 2): Click HERE

Key Stage 2 (Year 3&4): to follow


SECONDARY: Key Stages 3 & 4 Curriculum (subject to review annually)

** Old GCSE Specifications (except English & mathematics) - less demand - less time per subject

SUBJECT (6 x 1 hour lessons daily) YEAR 7
YEAR 10 **YEAR 11
English Language
(and English Literature at KS4)
3 3 4 3.5 5
(and Level 2 Algebra Award in Y9)
3 3 4 3.5 5
KS3 Science or KS4 Chemistry
(Y10 students also do at least one other science – or both in Options)
3 3 3 3 2
(Compulsory RS in Y10)
3 2 3 2
Geography 2
2 2 Either or both in Options Either or both in Options
History 2 2 2
Citizenship (PHSEE) 2
2 1 Drop Down and GCSE in Options Drop Down and GCSE in Options
MFL (French/Spanish) 3
3 3 Options Options
Sanskrit 1 1 1
PE (Core)
Also GCSE in Options
2 2 2 2
Dance 3
3   3   Options   Options
DT (inc Food) 3   3   3   Options   Options
KS4 Options (7 @ 2 lessons in year 11 5 @ 3 lessons in year 10) – includes at least one other science and at least one of Geography or History (can include study support). Other foundation subjects e.g. Business Studies, Psychology, Catering also available.
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Subject Overview (by Faculty)

English / Literacy / Oracy
The realms of English Language and Literature in Avanti house are explored through a wide range of fiction, non-fiction texts and poetry. Studying english here is a wonderful adventure where reading and writing are turned into an enjoyable experience for all students. Regardless of their ability, your child will make great progress in 5 key areas of English: reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening.

The aim of our English curriculum is to develop all students' social, emotional, cultural and intellectual knowledge. Through the texts we study, students are encouraged to be inquisitive, to discuss ideas and listen to one another without fear, anxiety or pressure. Every student contributes with their imagination and creativity, and has an opportunity to shine.

All students study the new GCSE 1–9 English (language) qualification at Key Stage 4. The overwhelming majority will also do the GCSE 1–9 English Literature qualification.
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Mathematics / Numeracy / Business Studies / Economics
Our second specialism is Mathematics and you will join a department which has seen pupils make spectacular progress in this subject since opening. Our youngsters arrive with well-developed skills in mathematics and we take them on at pace.

KS3 students cover a wide range of mathematics, including introducing students to algebra and equations, and continuing the development of number, geometry and statistics topics. Students will learn through a variety of classroom activities such as group work, problem solving tasks, textbook questions and the use of mathematics websites. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their mathematical skills in extra-curricular clubs and external national competitions.

Students all study the new GCSE 1-9 specifications in GCSE mathematics - they also study Level 2 & 3 Algebra Award.

GCSE Business Studies is available from September 2014. A level Economics will be available in the sixth form.

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Science / Computer Science / Design Technology
Students in KS3 and KS4 will study a number of different scientific topics and will cover all three sciences, biology, chemistry and physics. They will carry out practical work that will build their experimental skills and improve their data handling and analysis. Within each unit studied there are two topics. Students will be assessed on each topic and complete an end of unit test which will give them three levels for every unit they study. This enables the students and the teacher to identify areas of weakness and address them effectively.

For those keen scientists there is opportunity to explore further the mysterious world of science at Science Club.

All students study a full GCSE in chemistry at Key Stage 4 AND a full GCSE in either biology, physics or both. The majority of students study all three.

Students at Avanti House have the opportunity to learn, develop and apply a range of both soft and core ICT skills. The overarching aim of this subject is to fully prepare our students for the working world in which ICT plays a huge role. Students will also be exposed to the basic computing and programming languages and will be encouraged to develop applications, websites and programs, allowing  our students to build on their experiences and learning in other subject areas. Students are assessed on a project by project basis. The extra-curricular provision will offer students access to building upon their skills in a wide range of other technological areas; video editing, photography and robotics.

In Design & Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
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Art / Drama / Dance / Music / Media

Performing Arts is one of two specialisms at Avanti House School and the Artistry faculty is passionate about giving our students the opportunity to both enjoy and excel in our subjects.

 All students study Art, Drama, Dance & Music at KS3 and currently have the opportunity to continue with two of these subjects, along with Media, at KS4.

 At KS3 each subject allows students to study a number of topics which develop technique, knowledge and understanding through learning which is both practical and theoretical. Students are prepared throughout KS3 to ensure that as well as being engaged and inspired, they are also able to progress and succeed at KS4.

 The Artistry faculty has excellent dedicated facilities and resources to enable the students to learn in a safe environment and with the latest equipment and ICT.

 There are a range of afterschool clubs to both inspire and engage KS3 students, but also to support and develop students at KS4. There are also opportunities for students to develop their musical and drama skills through weekly lessons with visiting teachers. These lessons are optional and there is a cost involved.

 There are regular opportunities for students to perform and demonstrate their talents both in school and in public. The most recent performance was the outstanding ‘I’ll Be There’ which was performed to great acclaim at the Royal Festival Hall in London in July 2016.


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Humanities / Philosophy, Religion & Ethics / Sanskrit / MFL
Geography at Key Stages 3 & 4 aims to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of topics in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, pupils will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum. Topics studied include map skills, rivers and flooding, volcanoes and earthquakes, the geography of sport, and place studies include U.K and India.

History provides students with the opportunity not only to acquire subject knowledge but to further their written and verbal skills of communication. This includes the analysis of various historical sources; and we encourage an analytical and critical approach. Students in Year 7 study the Middle Ages including the Norman conquest, Henry II and Thomas Becket, Magna Carta, the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt.

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme is delivered by specialists, explores Religious Education through philosophical questions. Although the curriculum is rooted in the Hindu faith, students also explore the beliefs of different faiths.

We currently offer French, Spanish, Latin and Sanskrit. We aim to develop interest and cultural knowledge, encourage independence and develop creativity as language learners in a fun and interactive manner.

We will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills over a variety of topics and learn about the different functions of words, how sentences are built up and how to make use of a wide range of clues and features such as connectives, pronouns and tenses to understand or produce continuous text. Students will be assessed with regular vocabulary tests and end of unit assessments and will be expected to be working at Level 4 of the National Curriculum in all four skills by the end of Year 7.
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FRENCH will follow soon

SPANISH will follow soon



PE / Sport / Citizenship / PHSEE / Health & Social Care / Psychology
At KS3 and GCSE in PE, students cover a wide range of sports and activities such as football, netball, teambuilding, ultimate Frisbee, gymnastics and athletics. They learn how to work with others and solve problems in a variety of different formats and learning experiences, with the opportunity to develop these further in extra-curricular clubs. Students are assessed regularly to identify their progress in the strands of the National Curriculum, which includes making and applying decisions and evaluating and improving performance.

In Citizenship and PHSEE, students study their place in society, their roles, rights and responsibilities as well as that of the family and other community groups. Health, sex and relationsihps education is covered as are the dangers of making contact with strangers, online activity and the world of alcohol and recreational drugs. Financial education is central as is an understanding of British Citizenship - including democracy, voting, the rule of law and equality.

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CITIZENSHIP will follow soon


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