Curriculum

HISTORY

History at LJFS is an exciting learning environment. Pupils are taught the skills needed to become a History detective through stimulating and interactive lessons. Pupils are encouraged to develop their own opinions on events from the past and are taught how to express this in written and verbal form. The activities in lessons are very varied ranging from building castles from LEGO, creating websites, playing Historical top trumps and creating short films.

LJFS offers a unique experience of history. From the Ancient Egyptians to the Incas, the Australian Aboriginals to the Suffragettes, the Renaissance to the War on Terror, the trenches of WW1 to the jungles of South America, students cover a vast range of topics over hundreds of years. History is taught thematically with students investigating issues such as:

  • Are we ever truly free?
  • The history of Hollywood
  • Where in the world?
  • Horrible Histories?
  • Did the dynasties fulfill their destinies?
  • The Empire strikes back
  • When does genocide become Holocaust?

ART

In year 7, students learn basic drawing skills, painting skills and learn from a wide range of artists and designers. They will learn to make in a range of media. The course is a broad course which allows students to develop skills to progress to the higher level GCSE courses offered in school. In year 8, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills further, learning to use a wide range of media and work with a wider range of artists and designers.

ENGLISH

Students at LJFS study English as a compulsory subject in KS3. In year 7 pupils are taught a programme tailored to their individual English needs. Skills based programmes and literacy application is studied, with a secondary focus on non-fiction and fiction texts.

Year 8 offers a thematic programme where each term the pupils have a specific topic to work on. These interesting and diverse topics range from Shakespeare and Crime and Punishment to Charity and Explorers. All of the schemes are designed to incorporate and build on the literacy skills developed in year 7 and which pupils will need throughout their English education. They maintain a key literacy focus, thus allowing them to access GCSE English skills in preparation for KS4.

Within the KS3 English Curriculum, pupils also have one lesson per week on Accelerated Reader, a programme specifically designed to improve literacy and the reading age of pupils. Pupils read books according to their reading age and then are quizzed on the books read; this allows us to monitor their reading progress.

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Food Technology is a popular and highly enjoyable subject at Rodillian Academy. The study of Food Technology fosters a wide range of desirable qualities. We strive to stimulate a lasting interest in nutrition, healthy eating and developing practical cooking skills. Students need to cooperate with one another and have a responsible attitude for health and safety. They should develop lively, enquiring minds, practicing recipes suitable for themselves and others.

GEOGRAPHY

At KS3 we cover an introduction to geography and basic skills – physical and human geography annotated sketching / describing a landscape, then rainforests – where are rainforest found / ecosystems / indigenous peoples, sustainable communities (inequality) census data / inequality within and between countries / development of UK settlements, farming / you are what you eat – geography of UK farming / supersize me (ethics of fast food), plate tectonics (earthquakes and volcanoes). Recent additions include a unit of study based on Antarctica as well as the geography of conflict, with more exciting, innovative areas of learning in planning.

At KS4 we follow OCR syllabus B looking at geography of rivers – water cycle / erosion / flooding, coasts – waves / erosion / longshore drift / landforms, coastal protection, plate tectonics – earthquakes and volcanoes, settlement and population – development of settlements / urbanization / population growth and economic geography / development – employment structure / LEDC’s and MEDC’s / fair trade.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Year 7 and 8 in Graphics is a voyage of discovery. Looking at Graphic Design work from a range of poast and present designers and illustrators will inspire pupils. They will develop new skills in using various pieces of state of the art IT equipment as well as increasing their skills in the more traditional drawing techniques and handcrafted paper and card products. This is a steep learning curve and pupils are encouraged to become independent learners and problem solvers in preparation for GCSEs.

ICT & COMPUTER SCIENCE

In years 7 & 8 students complete a varied curriculum consisting of traditional ICT skills and computer science topics. The work completed is designed to give students an introduction to computer science and allow them to gain basic skills for the to expand on in KS4. Some of the topics covered in KS3 Computing are:

  • Internet safety / security
  • Presenting information
  • Computing
  • Programming

MATHEMATICS

Our philosophy in the Mathematics department is to stick with a topic until the student has a secure understanding of the necessary skills to succeed. We are never happy with students giving up on a topic and so we will support them until they have mastered each area of Maths before moving on to the next stages.

We recognize that some pupils will find the subject easier than others. Therefore we set pupils in ability groups from year 7 so that they are working with other students of similar ability. Students are tested every half term and this gives us the opportunity to monitor their progress closely and to ensure they are being taught in the most appropriate ways to maximize their progress.

We believe in the importance of basic mathematical skills and so all pupils in years 7 and 8 spend a significant amount of time working on the ‘maths toolkit’. This is asset of the 10 omost important skills required to succeed in mathematics. We aim for all pupils to have secured all 10 skills by the end of year 8.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students study Physical Education as a compulsory subject in years 7 and 8 at LJFS. In KS3, students are assessed on their ability to develop new skills, coach, officiate and improve competitive performance. This is achieved by students taking part in activities such as: Rugby Union, Netball, Basketball, Gymnastics and health related fitness. In KS4, students are able to choose to complete the Level 1 and Level 2 Sports Leaders Award to experience leading primary school children through a basic sports session. This also helps to increase their confidence and develop communication and organizational skills.

RESISTANT MATERIALS

The study of Resistant Materials enables students to mix technological knowledge and practical skills with creativity to design products for human needs. They should develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills, both on their own and in groups. Students will learn about current technologies whilst also thinking about the impact that future developments will have on our lives. Resistant Materials allows all learners to work in an exciting environment on a range of design and make projects including:

  • Sporting activity trophies
  • Helping hand
  • Mechanical toys.

SCIENCE

In year 7 and 8 pupils explore a wide variety of topics from the 3 sciences which broaden their investigative skills. Lessons comprise of a variety of practical work, group work, literacy, and numerical based learning. The main aim in KS3 is to move pupils on from knowing scientific facts to being able to understand the science behind the facts. The KS3 programme is enquiry led and builds up to studying GCSE sciences.

PERFORMING ARTS

Students begin studying Performing Arts in year 7. During their lesons they develop their drama skills when studying a variety of topics, enabling them to work as a team and develop their confidence. This offers students an excellent skill set that prepares them for Drama in year 8.

During year 8, students build up their knowledge of drama techniques and acting skills within lessons covering a variety of themes.

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Students study French in year 7 and throughout KS3. Pupils study a wide range of topics which help to provide them with the skills required for further study in the chosen language. Examples of the topics studied are as follows:

  • Introducing myself
  • Family and pets
  • Home and local area
  • French speaking countries
  • Fashion
  • Health
  • Food and restaurants
  • Holidays
  • Leisure activities

Pupils learn the basic grammar which will help them prepare for languages at GCSE level.

MODERN HEBREW

Modern Hebrew is offered as a modern foreign language and as an integral part of our Jewish Studies Curriculum.

Hebrew studies develops core language skills and gives the student tools to read, listen, write and speak the language.

We aim to:

  • Give students the core skills which will enable them to communicate in Hebrew.
  • Develop a strong grammatical understanding and vocabulary which will enable the students to explore various topics in Hebrew.
  • Be acquainted with a variety of topics connected to Israel’s history, society and literature.
  • Study includes Israeli and Jewish themes, such as holidays, events in Israel and the Jewish world, in order to develop a strong connection and love for Israel.
  • Whilst some of our students already have some knowledge of basic reading and writing at the end of primary school a significant number come in with none. We offer support from the basic learning of the Alef – Beit, ensuring they quickly acquire the grammar and can use the language alongside their peers.

JEWISH STUDIES

Jewish studies is at the core of what we offer all our students, irrespective of their faith background.

Our core curriculum offer during and beyond the normal school day allows those who wish, to explore their Jewish faith, develop their understanding and take them confidently towards their Bar Mitzvah/Bat Chayill and beyond.

In Jewish Studies lessons all student study AQA units (Ethics and Scripture). Those who are able will be offered the chance of taking this GCSE in Key Stage 3, as long as they will be able to get an A or A*. Otherwise this will be taken at the end of key Stage 4.

Throughout their studies, students will be equipped with knowledge, skills and an understanding of key texts and  an appreciation  of the contribution that Judaism has made to civilisation, that will ultimately enable them to understand who Jews are and why.

Our non-Jewish students will bring to lessons their own beliefs and thoughts that will be used to develop the richness of this curriculum offer. They will gain a strong understanding of Judaism as well as secure their own beliefs and faith through articulating it in this dynamic setting. Our Jewish students will be able to broaden their understanding and strengthen it through articulating it in dialogue.