Curriculum

To find out more about the curriculum our school is following please contact Mr Peter Mee, Deputy Headteacher, 0151 652 1574

All students at The Birkenhead Park School follow a Learning Programme (LP) in all subjects each half-term. The LPs are included in all student exercise books for parents and students to access when they take their books home. They detail the programme of study for each subject, setting out the knowledge, skills and understanding your child is expected to be taught. The Learning Programmes also signpost the key assessments as well as the homework that will be set each week.

It is really important that parents take an active interest in the learning that their child is experiencing. By following the Learning Programmes, parents can supplement the work being done in the school through further enrichment activities or independent study.

The Learning Programmes cover the content required by the new National Curriculum in the following subjects at Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9):

English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Food Technology, Information Communication Technology, Art, Geography, History, Music & Physical Education.  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is also covered throughout KS3.

In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11), the Learning Programmes reflect the requirements of the awarding body for each subject and qualification.

In Years 7, 8 & 9 students are set according to ability in all subjects.

Reports

At the end of each Learning Programme, that is, every half term, you will receive a report which will give you information about your child’s progress in the subjects they are studying and an indication of their end of year or end of qualification targets.  Both engagement and attainment are assessed so that you can see the fullest possible picture of your child’s progress during the year.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9):

The National Curriculum is followed and delivered at KS3.  The subjects studied are:

English, Mathematics, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Food Technology, Information Communication Technology, Art, Geography, History, Music & Physical Education.  Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) is also covered throughout KS3.

At the end of KS3 in Year 9 your child will take final exams in all subjects and these results will be used to inform the options process and setting at KS3. During Year 9 students will decide on a range of subjects they wish to study at KS4 in Years 10 and 11.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11):

Students choose amongst a number of subjects in which they will gain either GCSE or BTEC qualifications. Core subjects such as English, Maths, Science and PE will be studied by all students. The options process and subjects are constantly under review so that the curriculum offer is as appropriate as possible for the modern world in which we live and work.

2016 CORE SUBJECTS – ALL GCSE

Maths, English, English Literature, Science, Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) study and projects throughout the year (no qualification)

 

2016 OPTIONS

GCSE BTEC
History ICT
Geography Music
Spanish/French PE Sport
Art
Hospitality and Catering

GCSE

BTEC

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

The extra-curricular life of The Birkenhead Park School is rich and varied. We offer students a wide range of activities extra to the normal timetable, either at lunch time or after school, providing students the opportunity to meet, teach and learn from each other in a relaxed and perhaps less academic atmosphere.

Please see the enrichment page to look at the various clubs, visits and activities your son/daughter can participate in.

We are proud of the opportunities for students to participate in a wide variety of dramatic and musical performances throughout the year.  

All Year 7 students participate in a 3 day residential experience at Colomendy in North Wales as part of their induction process into the life of the school.

 

Homework

Homework is an important part of a students’ life at The Birkenhead Park School and all students are expected to complete it regularly. Homework is signposted in the Learning Programmes.  If problems arise we would ask you to contact your child’s Assistant Head of Year to discuss the issues.

E-learning

As a traditional school we make every effort to ensure that your child has access to the latest technology to enhance their learning experiences.  Every classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard and every teacher has a laptop to facilitate the teaching and learning process. At The Birkenhead Park School students can use the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to complete homework, and for absent students, to continue learning from home.

The Birkenhead Park School subscribes to MyMaths.co.uk to support our students which is very popular. Sometimes homework is set requiring students to use these on-line sites. If it is not possible to use them at home, we can make arrangements for access to ICT suites in the school outside task hours so no-one is at a disadvantage.