The Curriculum

Years 7 to 11

Mossbourne Community Academy offers a rich and stimulating curriculum which enables all students to fulfil their true potential. The curriculum is tailored to student need, offering both support and challenge to all learners to ensure that every student achieves excellence. From rowing to Latin, our curriculum is broad in scope, yet also underpinned by the knowledge that a good secondary education requires a deep understanding of the core Ebacc subjects. To this end, we dedicate substantial time and resources to Maths, English, Science, Languages and the Humanities subjects. Throughout the curriculum, we focus on delivering knowledge effectively, assessing it rigorously and ensuring our students retain it. Finally, we believe in the importance of personal behaviours and attitudes to learning, without which no curriculum can be effectively delivered. Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

  • English Language and Literature
  • Maths
  • Chemistry, Biology and Physics
  • Humanities – History, Geography and Religious Studies
  • Spanish (some pupils may also study French, Latin and/or Turkish)
  • Art and Design Technology – Art, Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Physical Education

Key Stage 4 (Years 9 – 11) Pupils continue with core subjects (English, Maths, Science, Spanish, a Humanities subject, and Religious Studies). They then choose two option subjects from:

  • Business Studies
  • Enterprise (BTEC)
  • Computer Science
  • Digital Technology (BTEC)
  • Drama
  • Performing Arts (BTEC)
  • Economics
  • Fine Art
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • French
  • Design and Technology
  • Graphic Design (NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award)
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Music Practice (BTEC)
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Fitness (NCFE Level 1/2 Technical Award)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Textiles

Wider Curriculum Our wider curriculum offers opportunities from chess to architecture, the Duke of Edinburgh Award to our Film Paradiso Foreign Film Club. Students can also participate in a number of sporting clubs and teams, competing either at local and national levels, or just for fun. Music is the academy’s specialism and the Performing Arts Learning Area offers a range of opportunities for students to express themselves creatively, at both junior and senior levels. Due to the wide variety of experiences on offer, the curriculum experience at Mossbourne fosters students who are informed, curious, confident, empathetic, healthy and resilient.    

Oracy and Literacy We believe that being a confident and articulate communicator, in both private and public forums, is an essential life skill. Our pupils’ ability to communicate will be the key factor in unlocking doors to top universities,  to aspirational careers and will, therefore, create a level playing field to enable Mossbournians to compete on a world stage.  Therefore, literacy and oracy are key components of an education at Mossbourne Community Academy. Oracy, the ability to communicate fluently and grammatically in speech, is developed at Mossbourne through our high standards and expectations for pupil talk in every lesson across the curriculum. We participate in nationally recognised speaking competitions, encourage performance as part of our extra-curricular drama programmes and encourage the development of debating skills, public speaking and recitals. Literacy and written communication are developed, again, through rigorous demands for written work in all subjects as well as giving opportunities to write through creative writing competitions, essay competitions and various academic clubs. Overall, we pride ourselves on our pupils’ confidence, clarity and content of communication and we feel that this is vital for creating pupils who will enjoy successful academic careers and successful lives.