Curriculum Overview

Intent Design

 

At Chelmer we strongly believe in giving students the opportunity to continually improve, this infiltrates our curriculum, our pastoral area and every aspect of day-to-day school life. We want to empower our students to effectively contribute to society while they are a student and when they leave Chelmer Valley High School. We achieve this aim through a range of strategies, some embedded and others are new ventures, but always with the drive of making our students life-long learners, that empowered to become future citizens contributing to the local, national and global community.

Alongside a coherent and balanced curriculum, which places value on all subjects at its heart, we seek to inspire and encourage a love of learning, resilience and understanding.

At Key Stage 3 (KS3) we focus on transferrable skills, independent learning and higher-order thinking skills. In Year 9 we offer our student’s clear, differentiated progression routes into Key Stage 4 (KS4).

Through excellent advice and guidance at Post 16, we support all our students in making the right choices as they move from KS4 to KS5 whether at CVHS, College or into Apprenticeships.  Ever mindful of the changes in education and the workplace, we strive to ensure that our curriculum and its delivery remains relevant and tailored to the individual student.  In so doing we have developed a pathways approach to subjects available for study at Key Stage 5 (KS5).

Our aim is to enable all of our students to leave the school as well as rounded, responsible citizens, ready to play an active and productive role in society.

The menu choices to the left will take you to more detailed information regarding the current curriculum offered at Chelmer Valley.  Please also study the subject information provided under the 'Programmes of Study'.

We teach students in ability groups in as many subjects as possible from Years 7 to 11. As a growth mindset school, we aim to offer a range of opportunities to extend children of all ability levels.  At least 25 hours a week are spent on teaching, which is in line with the Department for Education’s recommendations. There are many opportunities to engage in extracurricular activities in order to enhance learning where our programme encourages students to pursue an active lifestyle, to kind and compassionate to those less fortunate, to be a positive change in the world and to be prepared for the next stages of their life.

KEY STAGE 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 the list of subjects currently studied includes:

Curriculum subjects:

Mathematics, English, Science, Computer Studies, a Modern Foreign Language, Art, Music, Technology, Physical Education, Geography and History, Religious Studies, Drama, Citizenship/Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE).

Through Citizenship and PSHE, students are given guidance on careers, finance, relationships, healthy eating, first aid, politics and current affairs.

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is used across the curriculum, and students have access to computers in many areas of the school.  Emphasis is placed upon the acquisition and assessment of ICT capability within discrete Computer Studies lessons.  

In Year 8 many students also take up a second Modern Foreign Language. 

Assessment of students’ progress is on-going throughout Key Stage 3. In some areas of the curriculum, some students will complete a shortened Key Stage 3 and begin their Key Stage 4 studies before the end of Year 9.

Tutors support students' learning in Key Stage 3 through a structured tutor programme and by reviewing their achievements and helping them with their target setting.  Students are given comprehensive guidance in order to ensure that they follow a broad and balanced curriculum during Key Stage 4.  This guidance starts in the Spring Term of Year 9 and involves parents at every stage before the final decisions about curriculum choices are made.

KEY STAGE 4

Our Key Stage 4 curriculum currently offers a range of GCSE and Vocational courses, which lead naturally into the courses offered post-16.  Most students are entered for public examinations unless there are exceptional circumstances.  A small number of students may follow an alternative education programme, more appropriate to their needs, which does not necessarily lead to GCSE. All students have access to a Pathway leading to the English Baccalaureate.

In Years 10 and 11 the following subjects must be studied:

Mathematics, English Language, English Literature, Science (minimum equivalent of 2 GCSE’s) and Core Physical Education. In addition, currently, they must select one from a Modern Foreign Language, Geography or History.

Other subjects can be studied from each of these areas:

Triple Science

Humanities (History, Geography, Philosophy & Ethics)

Modern Foreign Languages (French, German)

Creative (Art, Music, Drama,)

Physical Education

Technology (Product Design, Graphics, Engineering, Food Technology)

Vocational courses can be studied and currently we offer: Child Development, Leisure & Tourism, Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE), Applied Business Studies and Computer Studies (ICT, Computer Science)

To enrich the curriculum, at an appropriate time students have access to Careers, Citizenship, Health Education, Finance, and Enterprise/Work-related learning activities.  Additional opportunities are provided across the curriculum for students to apply and improve their computer skills. There is also a full enrichment programme throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

Individual review sessions and target setting take place throughout Key Stage 4.  Progress is monitored through the completion of subject reviews and the preparation of estimated grades at regular intervals.

POST 16

We provide all post-16 students with comprehensive support in order to access Higher or Further Education, a Vocational Career, or Apprenticeships.  Currently, students are offered combinations of the following courses in our Sixth Form. 

GCE A Level Courses:

English Literature, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Physics, Art and Design, Design & Technology – Product Design, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, Extended Project Qualification, Financial Studies, French, Geography, German, History, Media Studies, Music, Music Technology, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Physical Education.

OCR Technical:

Information Communication Technology

BTEC Level 3:

Performing Arts, Business and Physical Education.

 

All students are encouraged to enter for the Extended Project Qualification and there is a suite of Enrichment activities available to all students.

Students have regular time allocated with their tutor for assessing and reviewing progress and target setting.  Subject teachers regularly prepare estimated grades for every student and these enable students, parents and tutors to monitor and measure progress.

 

 

Page Downloads  
Curriculum Model Download

Twitter

@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/05/2024
Look out for our Summer Review- a lovely event showcasing students' work alongside some performances- we look forward to seeing you there! pic.twitter.com/Cv2iYfEKnd
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/05/2024
Bronze DofE have had the most glorious day today. They are definitely happy to have some cooked food. All students have done so well today very proud 🏕️☀️ pic.twitter.com/5qkmqfJJPa
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/05/2024
Congratulations to TM 7E for winning Art Work of the Week with his fantastic print based on our landscape and line work- we loved the colour and texture detail!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/PHvhUWK5U6
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/05/2024
GCSE English Language grab sheets are up and running for Year 11 📚 pic.twitter.com/iT5Pa3l2kC
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/05/2024
Congratulations to HJ 8M for winning Art Work of the Week with her portrait inspired by Picasso and African Art- we loved the bold contrast and sense of light!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/Y5k7nsVRH5
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2024
Good luck team 🙌🛶 pic.twitter.com/7Om5aNngTH
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2024
Day 2 of their practice expedition and they are ready and raring to go 🛶🏕️ Let’s hope this weather holds pic.twitter.com/vjoST2irtM
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2024
A few more snaps of yesterday’s 16km paddle, all smiles pic.twitter.com/uj433uhRnG
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2024
The students making the most of the bad weather last night whilst cooking dinner. The rain didn’t phase them ☔️ pic.twitter.com/f0vJu3GWrQ
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/04/2024
Take our youth for your chance to win £200 for yourself and £500 for your school or youth club. Tell us what you think and shape what opportunities we offer you going forward. Copy the link below or scan the attached QR code for a chance to win: https://t.co/mO84QzLZ1Y pic.twitter.com/I52LLf45FS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/04/2024
Sexual coercion can happen to any child at any age online. Just like , it's never their fault.Find quick tips or read the full in-depth guide on so you can prevent it from happening to your child or tackle it if it does ⬇️https://t.co/ejfpolLmUF#parents
@ChelmerValleyHS - 23/04/2024
Congratulations to MM 8V for winning Art Work of the Week with her portrait work inspired by Picasso and African Art. we loved the bold use of colour and strong contrast!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/UnAxxjz1zv
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/04/2024
Congratulations to Thomas for winning the Photography competition with his lovely shot showing great use of leading lines! Send your entries in for our next competition by 17th May-we look forward to seeing them!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/zUcVnyd4X2
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/03/2024
Our students collected lots of items to be donated to a local cat charity to mark the retirement of Mrs Goodchild who is cat mad! pic.twitter.com/VWfZ98r4lS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/03/2024
The 10 Worst Fails (You Won’t Believe Number 6) 😲📱 That get your attention? Clickbait works by appealing to our emotions and curiosity – but where exactly do those links lead? Find out in our guide 👀Download >> https://t.co/6PYZSZh2KW pic.twitter.com/pZfE9gZl1x
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/03/2024
The 10 Worst Fails (You Won’t Believe Number 6) 😲📱 That get your attention? Clickbait works by appealing to our emotions and curiosity – but where exactly do those links lead? Find out in our guide 👀Download >> https://t.co/6PYZSZh2KW pic.twitter.com/pZfE9gZl1x
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/03/2024
A pleasure to welcome back former headmaster David Franklin today as he official opened our 3G pitch. pic.twitter.com/nRIIErOCkY
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/03/2024
Congratulations to DL 9L for winning Art Work of the Week with his fantastic dynamic figure drawing- we loved the delicate use of tone!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ZhqKENKrmh
@ChelmerValleyHS - 18/03/2024
Congratulations to DL 9L for winning Art Work of the Week with his fantastic dynamic figure drawing- we loved the delicate use of tone!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/ZhqKENKrmh
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/03/2024
New Pastoral Assistant Vacancy pic.twitter.com/IRegi3Weoh
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2024
Congratulations to IG 8H for winning Art Work of the Week with her bold pastel portrait inspired by African art and Picasso- we loved the strong colour and pattern! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/5Cvh8JmnH0
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/02/2024
Congratulations to IG 8H for winning Art Work of the Week with her bold pastel portrait inspired by African art and Picasso- we loved the strong colour and pattern! 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/5Cvh8JmnH0
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2024
Congratulations to Ms White, English Mentor at and Ms Tripathi, Science Mentor at , who have both been nominated as our Mentors of the Week this Week! Well done! For further details, see today's Notices.#teammidessexitt pic.twitter.com/4BKFZKmlK5
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2024
Congratulations to Ms White, English Mentor at and Ms Tripathi, Science Mentor at , who have both been nominated as our Mentors of the Week this Week! Well done! For further details, see today's Notices.#teammidessexitt pic.twitter.com/4BKFZKmlK5
@ChelmerValleyHS - 8/02/2024
Congratulations to RK 9C for her fantastic creative careers research following our trip to Harry Potter studio tours- very detailed and informative!👏👏 pic.twitter.com/23o9laH0q3
Follow Us