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Curriculum 2015–2016

We ask parents and carers to bear with us as we update the curriculum information pages - there have been and continue to be considerable changes, wrought nationally and coupled with our recent move of sites for both the primary and secondary, subject/phase leaders are a little behind on their schedule. We hope to have all in place and up to date no later than the middle of November, shortly after colleagues return from their half-term break.

In our primary phase, pupils broadly follow the National Curriculum resting on a foundation of the International Primary Curriculum. The primary curriculum is currently (winter 2015/16) undergoing a significant review. The bespoke Avanti Schools Trust PRE (Philosophy, Religion and Ethics) is delivered to all pupils, being core alongside English and mathematics. PE, English, mathematics and modern foreign languages are supported by secondary subject leaders at primary and there is a SENCo who works across both phases. From November 2015 at primary, Sanksrit is taught to all as is yoga. All the major Vaishnava Hindu festivals are celebrated alongside the key festivals of other faiths. 

At secondary, there is a six period day - each period being one hour long. This is around an hour each day longer than the average in schools nationally. Even taking into account the additional Avanti Trust holidays (two weeks in October and three weeks over Christmas), students still spend far more time in class at Avanti House than they do in most schools across the country.


PRIMARY: Early Years & Key Stage 1 (Key Stage 2 to follow shortly)

Reception & Key Stage 1 (Year 1): Click HERE

Key Stage 1 (Year 2): Click HERE

Key Stage 2 (Year 3): to follow


SECONDARY: Key Stages 3 & 4 Curriculum (subject to review annually)

SUBJECT (6 x 1 hour lessons daily) YEAR 7
English Language
(and English Literature at KS4)
3 3 4 5
(and Level 2 Algebra Award in Y9)
3 3 4 5
KS3 Science or KS4 Chemistry
(Y10 students also do at least one other science – or both in Options)
3 3 3 2
(Compulsory RS in Y10)
3 2 2
Geography 2
2 2 Either or both in Options
History 2 2 2
Citizenship (PHSEE) 2
2 1 Drop Down and GCSE in Options
MFL (French/Spanish) 3
3 3 Options
Sanskrit 1 1 1
PE (Core)
Also GCSE in Options
2 2 2
Dance 3
3   3   Options
DT (inc Food) 3   3   3   Options
KS4 Options (7 @ 2 lessons) – includes at least one other science and at least one of Geography or History (can include study support). Other foundation subjects e.g. Business Studies, Psychology, Catering, Economics, Sociology also available.
In total, at KS4, students can study up to 12 full GCSE qualifications.


Subject Overview (by Faculty)

English / Literacy / Oracy
The realms of English Language and Literature in Avanti house are explored through a wide range of fiction, non-fiction texts and poetry. Studying english here is a wonderful adventure where reading and writing are turned into an enjoyable experience for all students. Regardless of their ability, your child will make great progress in 5 key areas of English: reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening.

The aim of our English curriculum is to develop all students' social, emotional, cultural and intellectual knowledge. Through the texts we study, students are encouraged to be inquisitive, to discuss ideas and listen to one another without fear, anxiety or pressure. Every student contributes with their imagination and creativity, and has an opportunity to shine.

All students study the new GCSE 1–9 English (language) qualification at Key Stage 4. The overwhelming majority will also do the GCSE 1–9 English Literature qualification.
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Mathematics / Numeracy / Business Studies / Economics
Our second specialism is Mathematics and you will join a department which has seen pupils make spectacular progress in this subject since opening. Our youngsters arrive with well-developed skills in mathematics and we take them on at pace.

KS3 students cover a wide range of mathematics, including introducing students to algebra and equations, and continuing the development of number, geometry and statistics topics. Students will learn through a variety of classroom activities such as group work, problem solving tasks, textbook questions and the use of mathematics websites. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their mathematical skills in extra-curricular clubs and external national competitions.

Students all study the new GCSE 1-9 specifications in GCSE mathematics - they also study Level 2 & 3 Algebra Award.

GCSE Business Studies is available from September 2014. A level Economics will be available in the sixth form.

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Science / Computer Science / Design Technology
Students in KS3 and KS4 will study a number of different scientific topics and will cover all three sciences, biology, chemistry and physics. They will carry out practical work that will build their experimental skills and improve their data handling and analysis. Within each unit studied there are two topics. Students will be assessed on each topic and complete an end of unit test which will give them three levels for every unit they study. This enables the students and the teacher to identify areas of weakness and address them effectively.

For those keen scientists there is opportunity to explore further the mysterious world of science at Science Club.

All students study a full GCSE in chemistry at Key Stage 4 AND a full GCSE in either biology, physics or both. The majority of students study all three.

Students at Avanti House have the opportunity to learn, develop and apply a range of both soft and core ICT skills. The overarching aim of this subject is to fully prepare our students for the working world in which ICT plays a huge role. Students will also be exposed to the basic computing and programming languages and will be encouraged to develop applications, websites and programs, allowing  our students to build on their experiences and learning in other subject areas. Students are assessed on a project by project basis. The extra-curricular provision will offer students access to building upon their skills in a wide range of other technological areas; video editing, photography and robotics.

In Design & Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.
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Art / Drama / Dance / Music / Media
Key Stage 3 and GCSE students explore composition, performance and appreciation within Drama & Dance. The students explore a range of acting activites and techniques such as mime, role pay, monologues and structuring their own scenes and eventually short plays. the students focus on a range of texts such as Matilda and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Also exploring history such as the Black Death and issues such as Racism.

Within Dance the students are introduced to movement through developing their own choreographic skills. This takes place through responding to stimuli such as music, art and drama. The students engage in a range of different dance styles such as Jazz, Capoeira, Musical Theatre, Breakdance, Bollywood and Ballet. The students are given opportunities to further develop their skills through engaging in the extra-curricular performing arts programme that is offered at Avanti House.

In the new building, by virtue of the fact Performing Arts is a specialism of the school, state-of-the art facilities will be available from September 2015, including a 90m2 drama studio. Art has excellent facilities at the temporary Pinner site - including a fired kiln. The planned-for facilities at Whitchurch are exceptional. The students respond well to the range of activities on offer with Art Club being one of the most popular after-school activities on offer.

In the new building the Art department will enjoy three Art rooms with the option of designating them 2D, 3D and Textiles.

Students explore different media and its uses including pencil, chalk, fine nib pens, acrylic paints and air drying clay to create 3-dimensional sculptures and models. They also examine different Art Movements such as cubism and create their own work using their studies of these movements to inspire and stimulate their own ideas. Work in Art is well placed for cross-curricular links; an example of which would be making models of land mass studied in Geography and using their studies to create the contours and camber of the land they see.

Music is an exciting and rewarding subject. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Students have the opportunity to perform, as well as create their own work using a wide range of instruments and technologies. They explore a variety of topics, from Film Music to African Drumming and Dance Music to Minimalism. In each topic students will be assessed on their performance, composition, listening and appraising skills.

Once again Music has its own dedicated area currently with designated practice rooms for our peripatetic staff. Pupils can at present choose from a range of five instruments and we are looking to extend this range further. A small group of pupils played and sang at Downing Street recently and over 200 pupils from Trust schools will take part in a production of “All You Need is Love” at the South Bank in July, immediately following a school production of “Oliver”. In the new building there will be two designated music classrooms with bespoke practice rooms.

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Humanities / Philosophy, Religion & Ethics / Sanskrit / MFL
Geography at Key Stages 3 & 4 aims to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of topics in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, pupils will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum. Topics studied include map skills, rivers and flooding, volcanoes and earthquakes, the geography of sport, and place studies include U.K and India.

History provides students with the opportunity not only to acquire subject knowledge but to further their written and verbal skills of communication. This includes the analysis of various historical sources; and we encourage an analytical and critical approach. Students in Year 7 study the Middle Ages including the Norman conquest, Henry II and Thomas Becket, Magna Carta, the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt.

The Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme is delivered by specialists, explores Religious Education through philosophical questions. Although the curriculum is rooted in the Hindu faith, students also explore the beliefs of different faiths.

We currently offer French, Spanish, Latin and Sanskrit. We aim to develop interest and cultural knowledge, encourage independence and develop creativity as language learners in a fun and interactive manner.

We will develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills over a variety of topics and learn about the different functions of words, how sentences are built up and how to make use of a wide range of clues and features such as connectives, pronouns and tenses to understand or produce continuous text. Students will be assessed with regular vocabulary tests and end of unit assessments and will be expected to be working at Level 4 of the National Curriculum in all four skills by the end of Year 7.
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FRENCH will follow soon

SPANISH will follow soon



PE / Sport / Citizenship / PHSEE / Health & Social Care / Psychology
At KS3 and GCSE in PE, students cover a wide range of sports and activities such as football, netball, teambuilding, ultimate Frisbee, gymnastics and athletics. They learn how to work with others and solve problems in a variety of different formats and learning experiences, with the opportunity to develop these further in extra-curricular clubs. Students are assessed regularly to identify their progress in the strands of the National Curriculum, which includes making and applying decisions and evaluating and improving performance.

In Citizenship and PHSEE, students study their place in society, their roles, rights and responsibilities as well as that of the family and other community groups. Health, sex and relationsihps education is covered as are the dangers of making contact with strangers, online activity and the world of alcohol and recreational drugs. Financial education is central as is an understanding of British Citizenship - including democracy, voting, the rule of law and equality.

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CITIZENSHIP will follow soon


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