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Curriculum

“Culture is to know the best that has been said and thought”

Matthew Arnold

At Mercia School, we believe all pupils, whatever their background or ability, have a right to access the best that has been said and thought. This includes a variety of writers, from all parts of the world, and thinkers from all the ages.

Strategic Intent:

To develop and refine a whole school curriculum which:

  • Supports pupils to develop their understanding of the world we live in. The curriculum is designed to allow pupils to accumulate huge amounts of knowledge that allows them to thrive in modern Britain.
  • Enables pupils to encounter a broad and balanced curriculum in each and every subject. Every subject seeks to cover a wide range of content in Key Stage 3, before we specialise for a 2-year Key Stage 4 and 5. 
  • Provides all pupils with access to the academic EBACC suite of subjects – these subjects make up a significant part of the school’s curriculum and it is our intention that 100% of pupils are able to study EBACC GCSEs. This will ensure all doors are open for them as they move in to higher education and in to valuable careers of their choosing.
  • Enables pupils to make well-considered links across subjects. For example, during the study of the Norman Conquest in history, pupils consider the exploits of Guillaume le Conquerant in French. This intention helps pupils to solidify and remember key knowledge in both subject areas.
  • Provides opportunities for pupil to commit knowledge to their long term memory through carefully planned opportunities to practice. 
  • Develops a love of learning within each subject. We are ambitious for our pupils and work tirelessly to develop the next great historians, geographers, writers, mathematicians, linguists, scientists, musicians and artists.
  • Designed to be remembered, not merely encountered. Pupils have not learnt anything unless they can remember it. Our intention is to ensure all pupils can remember a lot and then apply it to the disciplines on offer.

Curriculum Implementation: 

The school is relentless in its ambition that all pupils can learn and enjoy every single subject. The curriculum seeks to embed a significant amount of knowledge, whilst ensuring pupils are highly proficient in a skillset that is specific to the learning of each subject discipline on offer. Subject departments will often overlap content to help pupils remember and consolidate their learning. Pupils receive numerous opportunities to apply knowledge to larger, subject specific concepts on a regular basis. 

The implementation of the school's curriculum is aided by:

1. Reading every single day. Pupils begin the day with 30 minutes of reading, a time when the encounter the very best novels and texts of our time

2. Excellent behaviour. Pupils are able to work in a calm, motivating environment and pupils are explicitly taught character traits that help them develop as valuable citizens and good, honest people. 

3. High-quality pastoral care. All pupils are supported in their learning by a Mastery Tutor, Head of House and Head of Year. Every child has the capacity to learn and grow, we support all to do just that every single day. 

4. Superb enrichment. All pupils participate in high-quality electives that help to develop pupil creativity, expression and athleticism. We run educational visits, university trips and a wide variety of careers days to help break down any barrier to pupil achievement. 

5. An inclusive environment. Whilst we expect the very highest standards in terms of behaviour and academic performance, all pupils are supported to thrive in the school. We support our SEND pupils through exceptional teaching and tailored, timely teacher-led intervention. Extra support is always on hand for our most vulnerable pupils.

6. Mastery Time. This is a time in the day where pupils learn about a wide range of subjects such as; religious education, British Values, PSHE, careers education, classical music, LGBT education and much more. This time (30 minutes every day) helps us to ensure we meet our statutory obligations. 

Curriculum Subjects (lessons per week):

English (5)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Greek Myths Unit 1 - Gothic Influence
Unit 2 - Homer Unit 2 - Gothic Genre
Unit 3 - Shakespeare Tragedy Unit 3 - 19th Century Voices
Unit 4 - Shakespeare Comedy Unit 4 - 19th Century Literature
Unit 5 - Romantic Poetry Unit 5 - Early Victorian Literature
Unit 6 - Romantic Literature Unit 6 - Late Victorian Literature

Mathematics (5)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Number 1: Place, Value and Negatives Unit 1 - Ratio and Formulae
Unit 2 - Number 2: Powers, Roots, Rounding, Estimation  Unit 2 - Shape and Angles 2
Unit 3 - Fractions and Number Properties Unit 3 - Statistics
Unit 4 - Angles and 2D Shape Unit 4 - Probability
Unit 5 - Algebra 1: Expressions Unit 5 - Sequences and Graphs 
Unit 6 - Algebra 2: Solving Equations Unit 6 - Transformations

Science (4)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Working Scientifically Unit 1 - Organisms and Ecosystems
Unit 2 - Hierarchy of Biological Organisation Unit 2 - Electricity
Unit 3 - Matter and Separating Materials  Unit 3 - Energy 
Unit 4 - Forces Unit 4 - Periodic Table of Elements
Unit 5 - Genetics and Reproduction  Unit 5 - Waves and Forces
Unit 6 - Reactions  Unit 6 - Earth 

French (3)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Present Tense: er verbs and Me Unit 1 - Present Tense and Reflexive Verbs
Unit 2 - Present Tense: er, -ir and -re verbs and Me Unit 2 - The Near Future Tense and school
Unit 3 - Imperfect Tense and Me Unit 3 - The Perfect Tense with avoir and me
Unit 4 - Imperfect Tense and the Environment Unit 4 - The Perfect Tense with avoir, etre and The French Revolution
Unit 5 - Conditional Tense and If I Were Mayor Unit 5 - The Perfect Tense with avoir, etre and my town 
Unit 6 - Conditional Tense and If I won the Lottery Unit 6 - The Simple Future Tense and the environment

History (2)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - The Roman Empire Unit 1 - The Early Tudors
Unit 2 - The Anglo-Saxons Unit 2 - Henry VIII and the Reformation 
Unit 3 - The Normans  Unit 3 - The Later Tudors
Unit 4 - Early Medieval Life  Unit 4 - The English Civil War 
Unit 5 - Medieval Kingship Unit 5 - The Slave Trade and the British Empire
Unit 6 - The Crusades and Later Medieval Life  Unit 6 - The Industrial Revolution and the Fight for Universal Suffrage

Geography (2)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Locational Geography Unit 1 - Tectonics
Unit 2 - Settlement  Unit 2 - Coasts
Unit 3 - Weather and Climate Unit 3 - Global Inequality
Unit 4 - World Trade  Unit 4 - Rivers
Unit 5 - Oceans and Glaciers  Unit 5 - Migration 
Unit 6 - Ecology  Unit 6 - Demographics

Art (1) 

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1&2 - Formal Elements and Natural Forms Unit 1 & 2 - Lino Printing
Unit 3&4 - Landscapes and Perspectives Unit 3&4 - Cardboard Sculptures
Unit 5&6 - Portraiture Unit 5&6 - Wire Insects

Music (1)

Year 7 Year 8
Unit 1 - Notation Unit 1 - Advanced Notation
Unit 2 - Keyboard Skills Unit 2 - Vocal Music and Musicals
Unit 3 - Chordal Composition Unit 3 - Theme and Variation 
Unit 4 - Choral Singing Unit 4 - Popular music and jazz
Unit 5 - Musical Futures Unit 5 - Music for Stage & Screen 
Unit 6 - Great Composers & Orchestra Unit 6 - Composition to Brief


Physical Education (2)* 

*Boys' PE is emboldened, girls' PE is not. Tennis is offered as a part of our Enrichment Curriculum.

Year 7 Year 8

Unit 1 - Football/Netball

Unit 1 - Badminton/Hockey
Unit 2 - Table Tennis & Basketball/Cross-country & Dance Unit 2 - Cross Country & Hockey/Rugby and Basketball
Unit 3 - Dance & Invasion Games/Trampoline  & Table Tennis Unit 3 - Trampoline & Rugby/Cross-country & Badminton
Unit 4 - Trampoline & Gymnastics/Invasion Games & Fitness Unit 4 - Dance & Netball/Trampoline &Gymnastics
Unit 5 - Cricket/Athletics Unit 5 - Athletics/Cricket
Unit 6 - Athletics/Rounders (girls and boys) Unit 6 - Rounders/Athletics