The Academy aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum for all pupils so that they can fully develop their talents. We place a strong emphasis on the core subjects of English, maths and science. At the same time we recognise that every child should be given the opportunity to explore their interest in the wide range of subjects that we can offer them at Churchfields. We believe every child can be successful and achieve given the right opportunities; we believe that our curriculum provides these opportunities and as a consequence pupils at Churchfields make good progress and leave us with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be successful in their adult lives.
Our Academy offers an environment where success at Primary is developed by high quality teaching that ensures all pupils are both supported and challenged in the class room. We focus on the building blocks of learning in the core subjects and we pride ourselves on identifying areas of need and providing top quality interventions where necessary in order to ensure timely support for the best progress. These interventions take place not only during the school day but before and after. We ask that students see obstacles as challenges to be overcome and find the necessary strength in themselves (with our help) to rise to new and more difficult challenges.
There is a strong focus on key literacy and numeracy skills throughout the Academy in all subjects not just Maths and English. We believe good literacy and numeracy skills are at the heart of all good learning so we ensure that opportunities to develop these skills are in the whole curriculum from year 7 to 11.
Our curriculum is organised as a one week timetable of 25 one hour lessons. Key Stage 3 takes place in Years 7 and 8 with pupils choosing their options towards the end of year 8. Key Stage 4 starts in year 9 with pupils studying their GCSE subjects over three years giving the pupils an opportunity to study the subject in greater depth and achieve a higher grade.
The academy is organised into 7 faculties, each led by a Director of Faculty. Full details of the topics covered in each subject area are available in the subject pages.
We believe that our curriculum can inspire and create a great future for all students who study at Churchfields.
Art is an enjoyable subject and is a popular choice at GCSE where results have been excellent with 83% of students in 2015 achieving A*-C. Our aim is to develop creative and independent learners who seek to design original outcomes in fine art, three dimensional work, textiles and photography. The department provides teaching and learning across a wide range of visual and inspiring stimuli to create pieces of art work linking to their own culture.
The department is led by Miss Young who is supported by two specialist Art Teachers; Miss Frost and Miss Ambreen and an Art & Design technician Mrs K Gillies
The Art and Design Department is well supported by a strong extra-curricular programme. The Art rooms and resources are available after school for 1-1 tuition and for KS4 students to be able to develop their own skills. There are various trips organised to local colleges and art galleries, both locally and in London.
One of the highlights of the Academy’s Calendar is our Annual Art Exhibition; an evening that displays the talent and dedication of our GCSE students as we exhibit a wide range of mediums. The exhibition is well attended by students, parents, staff and the local community.
Key Stage 3
At Key stage 3, through a balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, our students are encouraged to develop their creativity and imagination and they are shown how to develop and improve their practical skills. They are provided with an A4 sketchbook and are able to use specialist equipment and resources.
Students have the opportunity to explore drawing, painting, printing, mixed media techniques in a similar way to GCSE style. They will use IT for research and also as a creative tool. Artists and their work will be examined within the content of project work.
Example topics include a range of drawing techniques in different media explored through pattern, colour and within still-life projects in Year 7. In Year 8 colour and tone is explored in depth through a variety of media. The work of Cubist Artists and Pop Artists inspires an Abstract project in two dimensions.
Key Stage 4
There is a specialist Art Studio where each Yr11 student has their own personal workspace situated in an adult environment which is very similar to how Artists work at college and University. We are proud of how hard our students work at Churchfields Academy, in 2015
Students follow the OCR GCSE Course. This broad based course offers the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding using practical skills, whilst developing an understanding of the wide ranging areas of art, craft and design. Students have the opportunity to study from a range of options to suit your interests. Fine Art for example: drawing, painting, prints making, stencilling and mix media. Photography for example: studio photography, experimental imagery and digital media. Critical and contextual Studies for example Arts, craftspeople and designers, popular culture, still life, designed objects, the human form, themes, concepts and ideas in art, craft and design.
Students’ final pieces are professionally displayed in the Art Department’s Gallery Room which is open all year round for students, parents, staff and our local community to visit.
Business Studies is taught as a GCSE option from Year 9 and is a very popular choice. The Business Studies department is led by Miss Witham and is also taught by Miss Pawsey and Miss Harris. The subject has access to classrooms and full IT suites which provide excellent facilities.
Students benefit from visits from local business people and trips to local companies such as Intel where students are able to see how a large multi-national business operates and experience the whole recruitment process including an interview panel and teamwork tasks.
Students currently follow a programme of study that leads to the Edexcel GCSE Business qualification.
In year 9 students will study a range of subjects to provide them with an overall understanding of Business & Economics. These include:
- Aims and objectives of business
- Types of ownership
- Responding to customer needs, Market Research and the 4 P’s of marketing
- Organisational structure
- Business Finance
- External factors affecting the business
In the new specification students in Years 10 and 11 will study two themes; Investigating small business and Building a business which are examined at the end of the course.
Investigating small business content overview
- Enterprise and entrepreneurship
- Spotting a business opportunity
- Putting a business idea into practice
- Making the business effective
- Understanding external influences on business
Building a business content overview
- Growing the business
- Making marketing decisions
- Making operational decisions
- Making financial decisions
- Making human resource decisions
Computer Science is an exciting subject and a popular GCSE choice. Students learn about games design, cyber security, hardware, software and learn how to programme using languages such as HTML and Python. Students also learn essential IT skills which they can use in their other subjects.
Students benefit from trips to The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park and also take part in workshops at Intel and with visiting IT organisations.
Lessons are taught in fully resourced, dedicated IT suites which have all the software that students require for their course. Students are also enrolled for free online Programming courses so they can practice their skills at home or attend after school or lunchtime sessions.
The department is led by Miss Harris who is supported by Miss Whitham and other teachers and is closely supported by the IT Network Support team. For the past three years the department has been awarded BCS’s Computing at Schools Lead School in Computer Science.
Key Stage 3
The course promotes online safety and gives students the opportunity to discuss the social, ethical and moral implications of the digital world. Students also learn how to create and use documents such as spreadsheets and databases and the basics of hardware and networking. Programming concepts are taught through website design, the use of the BBC Micro:bits and Scratch.
Key Stage 4
Computing is an option at Key Stage 4 and Year 11 students are currently studying either the GCSE Computing with OCR or the TLM IT User qualification.
In the new AQA specification students will study GCSE Computer Science which will enable them to understand how to design and build apps, investigate how algorithms help create computer codes and the importance of cyber security and ethical impacts of digital technology.
The course content covers;
- Computational thinking which is the process of thinking through a complex problem and developing solutions.
- Computing theory where students will understand the fundamentals of data representation and computer networks. Students will also look at cyber security and investigate the ethical, legal and environmental impacts of digital technology.
- Software development where students will understand how to implement and test a design to make sure it works effectively.
Design Technology is an inspiring subject based in Salcombe building. It currently caters for students studying Textiles and Food Technology and the Product Design room will soon be opening which will enable students to work with a range of materials including a 3D printer.
The department is led by Miss Whitham who is supported by a DT specialist teacher, Miss Ambreen and a DT technician, Mrs Collins.
The department has excellent facilities including:
- A specialist food and catering room
- A textiles room with 15 sewing machines
- A full IT suite
- A Product Design room opening in the autumn term 2016
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3 students have one lesson a week in Design Technology and rotate between textiles and food technology. Students learn a range of skills and materials. Projects include using electronic components in an e-textiles product, this is where students learn about constructing products using fabric, applique and embroidery and then add electronic components using LEDs and tilt switches. In food technology students focus on food hygiene and safety as well as making healthy eating dishes with a particular emphasis on reducing sugar in our diets.
Key Stage 4
At Key stage 4 Design Technology currently offers the new specification in GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition including a vocational qualification, the Food Hygiene Certificate. Students will be following the AQA specification which equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and kitchen safety. This qualification focuses on nurturing students’ practical cookery skills to give them a strong understanding of nutrition. Food preparation skills are integrated into five core topics:
- Food, nutrition and health
- Food science
- Food safety
- Food choice
- Food provenance.
The music department is housed in Falmouth building and has a varied set of resources including a KS4 room which is set up with midi compatible computers and a KS3 room that is a multi-purpose room, equipped with electronic keyboards, guitars and two drum kits. The music department also has use of four practice rooms and a recording studio.
The music department has a regular calendar of events throughout the school year including Churchfields X Factor and GCSE Recital Evenings. It also plays a large part in whole school productions and musical plays.
Key Stage 3
Students at KS3 study a very practical course where they all focus on skills on keyboard, guitar and drum kit. It is through these skills that we develop listening and understanding of music and compositional skills, when the students create their own music.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 students study GCSE Music and are given the opportunity to specialise in their chosen instrument, develop their composition skills and also study a range of music styles in their listening and appraising work.
We have a facility in school where students can learn to play the following instruments in either a small group lesson of 2/3 students or an individual lesson, these lessons are free for students studying GCSE Music:
- Guitar (Acoustic & Electric)
The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (RPE) department at Churchfields Academy is a vibrant and active learning community. We believe RPE provides engaging, and developmental teaching and learning opportunities in which each student is encouraged to challenge and explore their individual knowledge, skills and understanding through a variety of activities which support the student voice. Students also develop their literacy skills by articulating their thoughts and points of view in both spoken and written formats. They learn to be empathetic and understand that people have different points of view and beliefs to theirs.
- To enable students to have a clear understanding of the key beliefs held by a range of people in society.
- To equip everyone with the ability to explore a range of beliefs and apply them to their own lives.
- To promote the spiritual and moral growth of students through discussions and debate by developing their own awareness of themselves and those around them.
- To encourage students to explore the key concepts within World Faiths.
- To examine how they feel about the beliefs and ideas they are exploring.
The RPE department is very well resourced, with excellent ICT access (including iPads), textbooks and innovative teaching resources for all.
Key stage 3
At Key Stage 3, RPE lessons at Churchfields Academy planned in accordance with the Swindon Agreed Syllabus for Religious Studies. The team works hard to ensure lessons are engaging, challenging current and relevant to our students. We aim to promote curious and inspired minds. As part of being an independent learner, the team encourages the students to get involved in project work through home learning projects.
There is a strong focus on fully preparing the students for GCSEs at Key Stage 3, by introducing GCSE topics, GCSE style exam questions and GCSE assessments.
In Year 7
Our topics include:
- What is belief?
- What does it mean to be human?
In Year 8
Our topics include:
- What is a person?
- Film and Faith
- Prejudice and Discrimination
- Holocaust Response
Key stage 4
At GCSE, the RPE department follows AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies specification A. The topics studied include religious practices and beliefs. The course also investigates a variety of themes, such as human rights and social justice. Students are assessed formally at the end of the course in the form of two written exams.
Exam Board & Links for syllabus:
Year 9 – onwards