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The Kingswood Curriculum

We are keen to give our pupils intellectual challenges and we encourage independent thought at all times.  Active participation in lessons through discussion, practical activities, educational visits and role play is considered vital to our pupils' progress.  Our curriculum builds on pupils' past educational experiences and allows them to achieve deeper understanding of and greater competence in each aspect of the curriculum as they move through Kingswood.  Formative assessment plays a central role in lessons, contributing to a learning experience which is a genuinely personal partnership between pupils, teachers and parents.

Sarah Dawson, Deputy Head Academic

 

Academic

 

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  • The Art department at Kingswood School provides pupils of all ages with the opportunity to create exciting and individual artwork in a range of media, both during timetabled lessons and in activity sessions. Pupils achieve outstanding results each year and the school is proud of its artistic heritage and successes.
  • Classical Civilisation gives an introduction to the culture, history and lifestyle of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The stories passed down from ancient times are peopled by gods, heroes and monsters: some are mythological, others all too real, and many remind us of characters from our modern age!
  • To equip students for life in a world where they will increasingly need technological and information literacy skills, Computer Science is taught as a discrete subject. 
  • Professor Dijkisra, a famous computer scientist, commented: "Computing is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." Stephen Wolfram argues that Nature is written in the language of computation, challenging Galileo's claim that it is written in mathematics.
  • Critical Thinking is a subject that offers its students an opportunity to foster clarity of thought and an ability to reason to a high level. It does this through the careful examination and scrutiny of arguments, written and verbal, where systematic problem solving skills, intuitive insight and logical thinking is continually tested and refined.
  • The Department's philosophy is to provide an exciting design and manufacture technological experience for all pupils. We aim to challenge pupils' creativity and problem-solving through a wide variety of projects which encourage the ability to think independently and practically, using a range of different materials.
  • The thriving Drama department at Kingswood School offers pupils of all ages the opportunity to develop a passion for the theatre. A popular subject for all year groups, including both GCSE and A Level, there are also plenty of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular productions, workshops and trips.
  • Kingswood's EAL department supports students who are learning English as a second or additional language. Staff within the department have a wealth of experience working with students in the UK and overseas, and are sensitive to cultural differences and each student's own preferred personal learning styles.
  • What exactly is a credit crunch? Why do footballers earn so much more than the rest of us? Which country will be the world's leading economy in ten years' time? How does economics affect each one of us, every day? Why isn't austerity working – or is it? Is the economy running out of control?
  • The English Department at Kingswood School believes in helping students to develop into lifelong readers, writers and thinkers. Students will leave us as independent, imaginative adults who are both confident and accurate in their expression, and they will continue to be curious and critical throughout their lives.
  • "The limits of my language are the limits of my world." Learning French at Kingswood is an enriching experience where students learn not only to understand and speak the language but also to gain an insight into the exciting and varied culture of France and French-speaking countries.
  • Kingswood's Geography department is an inspirational place to learn about the world in which we live. Our location on the top floor of our new classroom block, with spectacular views over the city and displays of vibrant maps and photos of the planet, really brings the subject to life.
  • The German Department at Kingswood School aims to stimulate passion in all things German, allowing pupils to see beyond traditional stereotypes and encouraging them to visit German speaking countries.
  • Democracy thrives when there is a high level of public engagement and political participation. In Government and Politics, students are able to formulate their own views of contemporary political developments and to debate these in lessons.
  • "History is for human self-knowledge." By unearthing the actions of people in the past, Kingswood students learn that 'History is for human self-knowledge...the value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is.' (R.G. Collingwood (1889-1943), philosopher and historian)
  • The Cambridge Latin Course gives a spirited and accessible introduction to the lives and language of the Ancient Romans. Further study allows pupils to read the works of Roman authors including Cicero, Virgil and Julius Caesar. From problem-solving to ethical questions about human rights and the meaning of life, Latin lessons have something to interest and challenge everyone.
  • Our students are challenged to view mathematics not as a dull body of dry information but to follow the lead of Pythagoras' mathematekoi: to find connections with the world around them. We aim to enable each student to develop their academic ability in a stimulating setting, allowing them to fulfil their potential.
  • If you have distant memories of music lessons in which you drew pictures of elephants and kangaroos whilst listening to 'Carnival of the Animals'....please think again!
  • Does God exist? How did the universe begin? What happens when we die? Should we always obey our conscience? Where does morality come from?
  • Physical Education develops the students' awareness of living mentally, physically and socially healthy lifestyles.  Using many practical resources to reinforce the theoretical material, students will become role models in training regimes and healthy eating, participating in sport, both in and out of school, to the highest levels.
  • What does PSHCE stand for? Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education is the most wide ranging subject in the curriculum. Not only does it encompass topics as diverse as politics and pimples, but it is delivered in some form by almost every member of the teaching staff at Kingswood.
  • Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. The word psychology comes from the Greek word psyche meaning "breath, spirit, soul", and the Greek word logia meaning the study of something.
  • Religious Education is a thought-provoking and engaging subject which is studied by all our pupils from Year 7 to Year 11. The Religious Education department seeks to elicit a spirit of respect, open-mindedness and enquiry from our students at all times, as they engage in the study of pertinent and provocative subject areas.
  • A balanced science education, based on all three disciplines, enables pupils to understand and contribute to a global society where the application of scientific concepts continues to be essential for the future of humankind.
  • Spanish is now the world's second most widely spoken language after English. At Kingswood we look to inspire our pupils not only through language use but also by sharing the department's passion for Hispanic culture.
  • The Study Support department provides a vital network for students with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia. We are fully inclusive and, when the need arises, offer wider support to all students within our community.
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