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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Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/05/2022
From Chelmer Valley Sixth Form to our Year 11 students - Best of Luck for your exams! Can't wait to see you in September - if you have applied to join us here look out for an exciting piece of information in your inbox this week! https://t.co/yQe2o1Tm6C
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/05/2022
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Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 1/05/2022
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Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2022
To celebrate Easter this year, our year 12 students took part in a range of Easter themed activities including egg decorating, and Easter egg hunt, egg throwing and an Easter themed task master activity. Check out our Instagram page to see the results. https://t.co/gjiExtrjfB
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2022
Congratulations to Max for winning our Photograph of the Month with his fantastic image- we loved the tonal balance!👏👏 https://t.co/ades4e4KpO
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2022
Congratulations to AC year 8 for winning Art Work of the Week- we loved the detail in her research homework!👏👏 https://t.co/3qtf6feUNP
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/04/2022
Well done to our Year 11 rounders team who competed in the District rounders rally tonight ⚾️. What a great group of girls ⭐️. A perfect way to end 5 years of fixtures. Thanks for the memories and good times 💙💛 https://t.co/lW3bSq6P5H
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 31/03/2022
A big congratulations to our Year 13 students who won Wednesday's charity football match in memorial of ex-CVHS sixth form student Daniel Boreham who passed away. Our winners gained a 5-1 victory against the Year 12s and raised money for the charity CRY https://t.co/KuTs0pSkMi
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/03/2022
Special mention to Sophie,Lauren, Martina,Phoebe,Lois & Heidi who played their final game for Chelmer tonight.What a way to end a great 5 years of football. It has been amazing to be on this journey with you all.Thank you for the good times & memories ⚽️💛💙⭐️ https://t.co/Omkv5ruzzC
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/03/2022
Congratulations to FZ year 10, for winning Art Work of the Week with your amazing reduction lino print inspired by Vanitas. We loved the use of light and strong contrast!👏👏 https://t.co/mWuqEZmBOM
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 30/03/2022
Well done to our U16 football team who won 4-1 tonight & are now MESSSA Champions! ⚽️🥇🏆. Such a great group of girls and thoroughly deserved after their hard work and commitment. Well done superstars! ⭐️ https://t.co/uX8vdaLTBA
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/03/2022
Congratulations to Mr Wiseman who has been selected for the England Men’s Netball Team 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🌹❤️🏐. Super proud department! https://t.co/j1iUDeuViY
Retweeted National Online Safety
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
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Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
Congratulations to Lois and Heidi in Year 11 who both won their county cup finals this afternoon. Well done girls- so happy for you both 🏆🏆👏💙💛 https://t.co/ilMf8aWXYj
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
A great fixture for our Year 7, 8, 9 girls football teams against Boswells on our new Astro. There were victories for our Year 9 team (3-1) and our Year 7 team (1-0).It was great to see so many girls enjoying playing football in the ☀️. Well done girls ⚽️👏 https://t.co/RHu4sFKJpv
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
Congratulations to our year 9 girls football team who beat Plume in the MESSSA league. Great effort and play by all the girls. Well done 👏⚽️ (sorry for the late tweet!!) 😃 https://t.co/Sur9idpf6S
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
Congratulations TB 11H for winning Art Work of the Week with your amazing oil painting, we loved the use of tone and light👏👏 https://t.co/vYqyzL8rpF
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 24/03/2022
What a fantastic sculpture day! We are really proud of our year 10 art students, who worked SO hard on the substantial ice age themed creatures. The day was part of the Channels development, a community sculptural project with artist Michael Condron 👏👏 https://t.co/tx1dJ7cacO
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/03/2022
Good luck to Will N and Tom W who are representing Essex at the prestigious English Schools Cross Country Championships at Hop Farm, Kent tomorrow. An amazing achievement to be selected- enjoy the race and occasion! 🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️👏💪💙💛 https://t.co/GuDz2Wo5ER
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 19/03/2022
Congratulations to our U13 football team who won 4-0 in the semi-finals of the Essex Cup today🏆.All the girls were super⭐️s and we are so proud of them! First time CVHS has made a girls county football final.Well done girls ⚽️💪👏💙💛 https://t.co/5eMSqIMNqq
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 17/03/2022
Well done to our Year 7 & 8 girls football teams who won 4-1 & 7-0 tonight in their MESSSA league matches. Great team performances for both year groups. A pleasure to take on away fixtures. Look forward to our next league match on Monday.Well done girls 👏⚽️💙💛
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 16/03/2022
A great way to end the netball season for the Year 9 team with a win and a draw against Boswells. Great effort and attitude shown by both teams. Well done girls- you have all been super⭐️s this year. Roll on next season 👏🏐 https://t.co/noH8SKzeD0
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/03/2022
Congratulations AB 7V for winning Art Work of the Week with her fabulous template design!👏👏 https://t.co/vbZXb5aBqG
Retweeted Chelmer Valley High School
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/03/2022
Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine | Childnet https://t.co/NaNrED0f15
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/03/2022
Online info session for parents of Yr 10 & 11s 9/3/2022 5pm. Session will provide parents with an overview of the revision strategies being promoted in school with advice on how to support your child in developing effective study/revision habits. Link to follow.
@ChelmerValleyHS - 28/02/2022
Supporting your child if they see upsetting content online about what is happening in Ukraine | Childnet https://t.co/NaNrED0f15
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 26/02/2022
Thank you CVHS Year 11 for a great Destinations Day - we hope you had an informative fun day and enjoyed trying the Sixth Form subjects! Can't wait till you join us in September! https://t.co/x7Xsfr1xE0
Retweeted The2Johns
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
We are really concerned about the number of expressing significant anxiety about the potential for WW3. One child in wanted to spend all their pocket money before they die in the war https://t.co/cya8r1aV15
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
Massive Congratulations to Tess and Tiffany - the heads of house for E! They did an amazing love heart sale for NSPCC before half term and raised over £60! They even offered to deliver love hearts to tutor groups from secret admirers! Well Done! https://t.co/OfksAMY57T
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
Congratulations to JL for winning Art Work of the Week with his fantastic card sculpture- we loved the Aztec influence!👏👏 https://t.co/TtpBfv778o
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
Congratulations to SB for winning our Photograph of the Month, themed 'Seasonal' with his charming and beautifully lit figure!👏👏 https://t.co/ZxPsRquSZd
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
Congratulations to our Year 8 netball team who won 15-10 tonight in their MESSSA league match. A great team performance- well done girls 👏😃🏐 https://t.co/T368vQFFTo
Retweeted Great Waltham School
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/02/2022
Tag Rugby Festival yesterday. Super skills from 24 children from Broomfield and Great Waltham Primary Schools. Thanks to CSSP and Chelsea coaches for organising. 👍 https://t.co/sZmJxYrEhi
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2022
Congratulations to the Year 8 Girls Basketball team who beat St Martins in a 2 point thriller!! Amazing game by both teams 🤩🤩🤩 https://t.co/8Hy7ANMjjw
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/02/2022
CVHS staff wellbeing, thanks Mrs Wood for great Swiss roll decoration and baking guidance! https://t.co/JQ43GHosU5
@ChelmerValleyHS - 4/02/2022
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@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2022
I'm so ! Went to left @ 16, went back to as single parent @ 26 , got + , founded , ran campaign, now Prof of + tech evangelist ! https://t.co/63kjLgQCvU
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2022
Congratulations to EC for winning Art Work of the Week with her fantastic card sculpture- delicate use of card and contrast! 👏👏 https://t.co/LCAecKqLcV
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 3/02/2022
YEAR 11! On Friday 25th February you will be involved in 'Destinations Day'! This will involve Sixth Form Taster Sessions, Career related Activities and activities to support you as you complete Year 11! More information will be released VERY soon! https://t.co/pKlUaC403Z
Retweeted Department of Health and Social Care
@ChelmerValleyHS - 29/01/2022
There are ways to reach out for support and stay mentally well this winter. 🧠 Check out Every Mind Matters and activities in your local area 👩‍ Speak to your GP if you are struggling 📞 Contact Samaritans if you or someone you know is in crisis Find out more 👇
Retweeted Essex LSCB
@ChelmerValleyHS - 25/01/2022
How much do you know about the online world and how it affects your children? Join on their Facebook page talking about the most recent online safety trends and risks. *Online safety parent session - 3 Feb 2022 6pm* https://t.co/MhiLOiADOs https://t.co/x96k8pzYnr
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/01/2022
Well done to our Year 9 netball team who beat Brentwood County High last night in a league game 🏐👏. Great netball played by both teams.
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 14/01/2022
Great result for our Year 10 netball team tonight who beat Becket Keys. A great whole team performance with all the girls playing a key part. Well done girls 👏🏐💙💛
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/01/2022
Congratulations to the Year 10 Boys Football team after a valiant 3-2 win in the Essex Cup. Could not be prouder of their determination they showed when coming back from a 2-0 score at half time!🏅 A great team effort!! Onto the quarter finals!! ⚽️⚽️⚽️ https://t.co/wGEYgmTSKd
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 13/01/2022
Congratulations to LG 9V for winning Art Work of the Week with her fantastic, futurist inspired landscape- we loved the tropical feel!👏👏 https://t.co/2WphJYdOwG
Retweeted Munday + Cramer
@ChelmerValleyHS - 11/01/2022
1/2 – After years of operation, the kitchen facilities at were beginning to struggle, with concerns towards the upkeep of . As a result, the school enlisted the help of Munday + Cramer with , , and . https://t.co/hJQzcPjcII
Retweeted Chelmer Valley PE
@ChelmerValleyHS - 10/01/2022
Super proud of the Year 8 Girls Basketball team for their effort & resilience in a great game of basketball. Despite their loss, showed great skills and teamwork. Congratulations to the brilliant on their win, amazing game! 🏀🏀🏀 https://t.co/4PVX8u7YwX
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 6/01/2022
Happy New Year! Congratulations to S B-H for winning Art Work of the Week with his lovely mirror photoshop work, we love the colour palette!👏👏 https://t.co/fAq6JQBiU0
Retweeted Chelmer Valley HS Art
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2021
Congratulations to year 11 students Jack R & Craig H for winning Art Work of the Week with this atmospheric double exposure photograph 👏👏 https://t.co/0e9bzsKseV
Retweeted CVHS Sixth Form
@ChelmerValleyHS - 15/12/2021
The deadline for applications for Chelmer Valley Sixth Form is Friday 17th December. Make sure you get your application in! Remember to apply to at least 2 different institutions so you have a back up plan! Any concerns please contact the Sixth Form Team https://t.co/eIFxlKejsu
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