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.

 

 

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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/07/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/07/2021
And now Day 2 is done, another successful day for the Silver canoeists. Hoe Mill Lock to Heybridge Basin and back again! One more day to go. 🛶🌦 https://t.co/52oJ3pUg8W
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 12/07/2021
Well done to these seven Year 11s for a successful Silver qualifying expedition this weekend! They’ve had to wait over a year to complete it, it was worth the wait! That’s it for D of E at now, we’re back in September. In the meantime, it’s coming home! 🛶🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 https://t.co/LLLwVKWSm0
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 7/07/2021
Congratulations to Charlie for winning our Photograph of the Month with the theme 'Nature'. we loved the composition and colour palette!Look out for our next theme in September!👏👏 https://t.co/5Zjd9ry3iC
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2021
Our students have been enriched by Leslie’s testimony over the last 5+ years. He was a true inspiration to all who heard his story, giving his time freely to make sure that past mistakes were not repeated. We pass our condolences onto his family at this time. https://t.co/bgdqlC1MT2
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/07/2021
Congratulations to Emily-Jayne Carter-Clarke 10L for winning Art Work of the Week with her amazing photograph- we loved the charged,emotional expression!👏👏 https://t.co/rseKEFTozu
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/06/2021
Well done to all the Year 10s who completed their Bronze practice expedition today! Great preparation for their qualifying in September. Thank you to their leaders Chris, Peter, Glen and Miss and Ms Ince. See you all at school tomorrow! https://t.co/qxTIkGdQZb
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/06/2021
Congratulations to Gaby who has been selected to represent Essex in the JG 800m at the English Schools Athletics Championships on Sunday 11th July. This is a fantastic achievement & we are very proud of you. Well done! 🥳🎽🏃‍♀️ https://t.co/oavoxJHycq
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2021
All students fed, marshmallows as well! Parents can collect their son/daughter from 18:30 in the school car park. https://t.co/YL3OXK4jKa
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2021
Dinner now on the go for Groups 2, 3 and 4 - mainly pasta and noodles all round! https://t.co/INPfGLVL1D
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/06/2021
D of E Bronze all going well today, Year 10s smashing it! Group 3 already back to school and the others well on their way! Sorry for the lack of updates, signal a bit in and out. Photos to follow later!
Retweeted D of E at CVHS
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2021
Finally, after a long year away, D of E at is back this weekend! Silver canoeing practice on Sat for Year 11 and Bronze practice on Sun for Year 10. Check the kit lists and letters for all the details. Here we go! 🛶🏕
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/06/2021
Lovely day for a paddle. Year 11s did so well on their practice today, canoeing through the centre of Chelmsford. All completed the capsize drill as well, well done everyone! 🛶☀️ https://t.co/lk9i6bmB3d
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/06/2021
Congratulations to Will who is the Year 10 800m District Champion! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/JkjFOkM1Jr
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/06/2021
Congratulations to Ben who came 2nd in Year 8 Shot at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/X0c28BwtkT
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/06/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to our Year 10 girls who came 3rd in Year 10 relays at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/atemA7cJ93
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to our Year 10 boys who came 2nd in Year 10 relays at District Sports. What a race! 🎽🥈 https://t.co/YzU2jZCaBv
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations Gaby, Mia, Emily and Freya for coming 1st in the Year 9 Relay Race! Great race & all brilliant champions!! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/K5Qd00qbCm
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Alecia, Tia, Lacy & Brooke for coming 1st in the Year 8 Relay Race! Great race & all brilliant champions!! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/SKSn7eB7R9
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Kian who came 3rd in Year 9 High 800M at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/UYvLcHqdlk
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Martina who is the Year 10 100m District Champion! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/4DhcNINlmJ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to our Year 7 girls who came 3rd in Year 7 relays at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/WwSEY5r3nA
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Mia who came 3rd in Year 9 300M at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/cZar0JV2YZ
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Phoebe who came 2nd in Year 7 High Jump at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/DZIJVDhnoq
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Alicia who is the Year 8 100m District Champion! She is now double district champ! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/RM3IWayy3b
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Michael who came 2nd in Year 10 100m at District Sports🎽🥈#cvhsdistrictstar https://t.co/haGcGQbDyz
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Cody who came 2nd in Year 10 200m at District Sports🎽🥈#cvhsdistrictstar https://t.co/d2yXAQwjZE
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Alessia who came 3rd in Year 7 200m at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/gi75oqU1DV
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Will who is the Year 11 1500m District Champion! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/YTR89jF3WL
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Freya who is the Year 9 200m District Champion! She is now double district champ! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/TSRvwOdOIp
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Sophie who came 3rd in Year 10 1500m at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/YaNDBif7Ul
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Alicia who is the Year 8 Long Jump District Champion! Also a new pb and school record of 4.94m 🏆🥇 https://t.co/ILr0S7r66J
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Pippa who came 3rd in Year 8 Javelin at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/ZuW1zaVVQx
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Lacie who came 3rd in Year 8 300m at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/EuhV6SUsf9
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Lauren who came 2nd in Year 10 800m at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/WYffMwBCQe
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Gaby who is the Year 9 800m District Champion! Also a new district record of 2:19 🏆🥇 https://t.co/kSjw7slzZd
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Izzie who is the Year 10 High Jump District Champion! Also a new school record of 1.44m🏆🥇 https://t.co/BdIDLjfMfS
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Mia who came 3rd in Year 9 High Jump at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/5Ad0vEFuTT
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Lauren who came 2nd in Year 10 Triple Jump at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/HPHSf4iib6
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Callum who came 3rd in Year 10 Long Jump at District Sports 🎽🥉 https://t.co/DGdJIVbhrC
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Cody who came 3rd in Year 10 High Jump at District Sports🎽🥉 https://t.co/r2aDZpPrNy
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Woody who came 2nd in Year 10 Triple Jump at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/r0Rdv5EzUU
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Kiera who came 2nd in Year 7 Hurdles at District Sports🎽🥈 https://t.co/jLvClwWXnk
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Freya who is the Year 9 Long Jump District Champion! Also a new pb and school record of 4.92m🏆🥇 https://t.co/spfDzlGgcn
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Congratulations to Freddie who is the Year 10 3000m District Champion! 🏆🥇 https://t.co/3Fnq5iZt5A
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/06/2021
Ready for District Athletics!! Good luck to the whole of Chelmer Valley today! 🏅🏅🏅 https://t.co/30WqT2RKjb
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