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 - 29/11/2021
So proud of you Conall. Congratulations from all staff and students at Chelmer Valley https://t.co/8fvuv9fCAF
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2021
Another fantastic speech at the challenge final as Conall shares his story of life with dyslexia! 👏 https://t.co/mtFu9Jwwr8
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2021
“We shouldn’t let being different stop us.” Conall Wainwright shares his insights on being dyslexic or as he calls it ‘the chosen one’.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/11/2021
We had the most inspiring talk today from Making Generation R - massive thanks to Troy and Charmaine for sharing their stories for adversity and resilience - you are amazing. Thank you https://t.co/VT9eBWdYGP
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/11/2021
This afternoon in view of the new Covid variant have informed us: ‘Face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all school settings by staff, visitors and students in years 7 and above, unless they are exempt’. An email has been sent to all parents.
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/11/2021
Congratulations to our U13 girls football team who won 3-1 last night to progress into the quarter finals of the Essex Cup ⚽️🏆. Well done girls, a great team performance. 👏💛💙 https://t.co/5ViG4OxDoc
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/11/2021
Fantastic achievement! Well done boys. 👏👏👏 https://t.co/0yotoolkAD
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2021
Chelmer Valley Sixth Form Open Evening 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Come along and get the information you need! Covid friendly evening - subjects spread over the site, Head of Sixth Form's speech on QR Code and sign in via QR code. https://t.co/6d0hQSOV2b
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2021
Creative subjects recruiting for sixth form courses…. https://t.co/X94apBl098
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2021
Thanks to the many current sixth formers who came to share their love for their subjects at SixthForm open evening… https://t.co/LMe2r9jAOh
@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2021
Sixth Form open evening is in full swing…. https://t.co/Ige7EyheRQ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 9/11/2021
Well done to our Year 10 netball team who beat Moulsham tonight in the MESSSA league🏐. Great effort and teamwork shown by all the girls. Well done 💛💙👏 https://t.co/9RCrRR6nkz
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/11/2021
Two great results for our Year 9 and 10 netball teams tonight who beat Plume in the MESSSA league. Great all round performances by both teams. Well done girls- very proud of you all 👏💙💛 https://t.co/D2nnfpgj0m
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/11/2021
Special mention to ⭐️William Nuttall⭐️who was crowned District Champion in the Senior Boys race 🥇🏆 and ⭐️Gaby Bilbie⭐️ who came 2nd in her inter girls race🥈. Both brilliant individual performances. Congratulations 👏💛💙
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/11/2021
Well done to our all cross country runners who competed at Hylands Park yesterday. Lots of great individual performances throughout the year groups. 🏃‍♀️🏃🏻‍♂️🏃🏾 A special mention to our Inter Girls (10/11) & Senior Boys (12/13)teams who both came 2nd overall 👏🥈
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/11/2021
Congratulations to Alicia R 10R for her fantastic painting, inspired by Kandinsky and the mark making exercises responding to music- great job!👏👏 https://t.co/dUK3YVlE9P
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2021
We cannot wait to welcome ALL Year 11's to our Sixth Form Open Evening on Tuesday 9th November - come along and see what we can offer you! https://t.co/kgqFZsQOc9
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2021
A great result by the Year 11 Boys who managed to grind out a win in extra time against St Martin’s! 🏅 A fantastic team performance with special shoutouts to Callum for the last minute equaliser & Kieran for the goal in extra time! ⚽️ https://t.co/QigbFsx2Ej
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2021
Congratulations to the Year 10 Boys Football Team for their great performance and win against Shenfield today! 🏆 Determination, hustle and teamwork all showed in abundance from both teams ⚽️⚽️⚽️ https://t.co/8kArgoFe0j
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/11/2021
Congratulations to our Year 9 netball team who beat Moulsham last night in the MESSSA league. Lots of different combinations tried and great team spirit shown on court. Well done girls 🏐👏⭐️ https://t.co/9QlUKtBa08
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2021
Extra Curricular Club Attendance Forms for w/c 1st November 2021 can be found on our website here https://t.co/DzkyUvBToC
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/10/2021
Fixtures for w/c 1st November 2021. https://t.co/dq45eGZJk9
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/10/2021
Look at the Amazing Pumpkins that our fantastic students carved as part of our interhouse competition! Well Done Year 12 & 13! Congratulations to M,S,C and L! Happy Halloween and have a great half term Sixth Form! https://t.co/OgkkV7jdhs
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
Some great advice from the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service. How to have conversations with your child about online activity, setting boundaries and how to manage emotions and reactions to content seen online https://t.co/q7ukvEDVnD
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
Any young person could send a nude pic. Even your child. The possible consequences of sending nudes could be really damaging. If it does happen, remember there could be peer pressure or grooming involved https://t.co/1F066FDlNg https://t.co/Hu6AsdjYVJ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
Always great to have you in ! See you next year for 5 years in a row! https://t.co/aqyaMmnsNJ
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
⭐️CHAMPIONS⭐️ Congratulations to our year 10/11 indoor athletics team who won last night at Lee Valley. Amazing team effort with some fantastic individual performances. It was a great night of athletics. So proud of all the girls 🥇💛💙 https://t.co/GPJKPbfMj9
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
What a week in Southwold with Year 13 - some excellent data collection completed for the NEAs. Huge thank you to for all of your support. 🌊🌤 https://t.co/gFMj7W1dXG
@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
Well done Team Chelmer. 💪🏼 ⭐️ https://t.co/RBbr2A818N
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 21/10/2021
A big congratulations to the Year 7 and Year 8 Girls Basketball teams who smashed their first ever Basketball fixtures at Great Baddow. Amazing performances & great learning experience for all! Big thank you for for organising! 🏀 ⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♀️🏀 https://t.co/nS0ZBCCQ11
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/10/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/10/2021
Congratulations to these amazing bunch of students who competed at the Lee Valley Indoor Athletics competition! Congratulations to the girls who came 2nd and are into the final! Great effort by all!🏃‍♂️ 🏃‍♀️ 🏆 https://t.co/UvYal30MxN
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/10/2021
Introducing our Year 13 Student Leadership Team - They have been into Year 11 form groups this week to introduce themselves and will start a support programme with them for post 16 options after the Post 16 Assembly on Monday! https://t.co/f59mqymBbx
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 5/10/2021
Well done to our U13 girls football team who beat Alec Hunter in the first round of the Essex Cup tonight. A great all round team performance. Can’t wait for the next round ⚽️👏 https://t.co/C5WJ93gx3T
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/10/2021
Congratulations to our year 9 netball team who beat Ormiston Rivers tonight in the MESSSA league. Well done girls on a great win 🏐👏💙💛 https://t.co/nUfynVyF2e
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/10/2021
Look at how fantastic our Sixth Form building looked on the schools Open Evening last night - Don't forget our Sixth Form Open Evening is on 9th November for all those in Year 11! Thank you to all of the Sixth Formers who helped out - you were ALL amazing! https://t.co/hAHVTAsp0C
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
showing their skills at Open Evening. https://t.co/Uga4GX8C7l
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
Art, Astronomy and Tech at CVHS opening evening. https://t.co/WwxFePFPwY
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
Science department excitement at Chelmer's vibrant open evening. https://t.co/TfYI8k4n3f
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
Open Evening is in full swing. Check out our website for videos or come along! https://t.co/e2cO3kSw9B
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
Congratulations to Elizabeth S in year 10 for winning Art Work of the Week with her lively and expressive response to music, inspired by Kandinsky 👏👏 https://t.co/am3VWWc94W
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/09/2021
We are looking forward to welcoming prospective students and their parent or carer to our live open evening tonight. Please follow this link to listen to the Headteacher's welcome video. https://t.co/o4QgqVNaWe
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/09/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/09/2021
TIKTOK is a very popular app with young children (despite the age restriction). It is not aimed at Primary age children. Below is some information from that I'm sure will be of use to you. https://t.co/yFwuGqCitp
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/09/2021
Well done to our Year 7 boys football team who drew 3-3 with St John Payne tonight in the MESSSA league. Thank you for hosting a great fixture. ⚽️👍👏 https://t.co/vOqY0E9evQ
@ChelmerValleyHS - 27/09/2021
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/09/2021
Last but not least…..well done to Adam, Will and Callum who represented Chelmer in the Year 11 competition. Well done boys, especially during your mocks. https://t.co/otvwi0N3Zt
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 22/09/2021
Congratulations to our year 8 and 9 runners who also competed today at Lee Valley. It was great to see everyone competing so well and with a smile on their face. Well done 👏👍 https://t.co/gOWJxx936n
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