English and Maths

English Language and Literature (Combined in KS3 and separate in KS4)

At Colours we teach English to broaden the horizons of our students, to make them aware of the experiences of others and to ask them to question what’s right and wrong. We work on the basis of a spiral curriculum which means that students are building foundations from Year 7, using a variety of texts, to help them with the GCSE years.

 

In Year 7 we work on the theme of Changing Worlds where we study Greek myths and Dystopian Fiction. In Year 8 our theme is People and we look at Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Of Mice and Men amongst others. And Year 9 look at literature and language in relation to Power and Conflict which leads them nicely into their Speaking and Listening exam and KS4.

Our KS4 curriculum comes from the AQA specification and students can expect to study Macbeth, A Christmas Carol and An Inspector Calls as well as the Power and Conflict poetry. This runs hand in hand with their language paper where we study fiction and non-fiction.

 

The English department also run a tutor reading programme based around the Fundamental British Values from Year 7 reading Danny the Champion of the World to Year 11s reading To Kill A Mockingbird.

In addition, we run specialised 1:1/small group intervention programmes in English for each year group, in order to consolidate the learning pupils will gain from whole class sessions. These interventions will be run in coordination with the school curriculum, following national curriculum guidelines and expectations for each specific year group.

Mathematics (Available for both KS3 and 4)

The Maths department is committed to providing excellent teaching and endeavours to ensure that all students of varying abilities and interests should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential in Mathematics at all levels. 

The curriculum has been balanced with a breadth of experiences and tasks to ensure a holistic approach, thus, creating well rounded learners who are fluent, can reason mathematically, problem solve and articulate their understanding/findings of maths content.
 

Through Mathematics students will develop the skills to allow them to make sense of the world around them and the life-long learning skills of solving problems.
 

At GCSE students follow the EDEXCEL GCSE (9 – 1) specifications either studying the higher or foundation courses, with the following topics covered: 

  • Number 
  • Algebra 

  • Geometry and Measure  

  • Statistics 

  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change 

  • Probability 

In addition, we run specialised 1:1/small group intervention programmes in Mathematics for each year group, in order to consolidate the learning pupils will gain from whole class sessions. These interventions will be run in coordination with the school curriculum, following national curriculum guidelines and expectations for each specific year group.

Reading (Available for both KS3 and 4)

Colours Academy is committed to providing an enhanced and inclusive reading curriculum throughout KS3 and KS4. The curriculum places a huge emphasis on the Fundamental British values with the Autumn term covering both 'Tolerance and Individual Liberty' and the Spring term on 'Law and Order and Democracy' .

The topics and Books to be covered are: 

Year 7

  • Danny the Champion of the World

  • Vote for Effie

  • Carnegie

Year 8

  • Only Alien on the Planet

  • Northern Lights

  • Carnegie

Year 9

  • Orange Boy

  • The Hate You Give

  • Carnegie

Year 10

  • Book Thief

  • Mortal Engines

  • Carnegie

Year 11

  • To Kill A Mockingbird

  • Hunger Games

  • Handmaid's Tale