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  • Our Curriculum

    Key Stage 3

    At Key Stage 3, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum that supports, challenges and excites our students. Subjects are taught discretely according to schemes of work that set out what knowledge we expect our students to acquire. This rigour not only gives our students the fulfilment and joy of mastering particular subject areas in depth but also allows them to analyse and to discuss their subjects with greater sophistication.  

    We work hard to ensure that students are supported to express themselves accurately, fluently and confidently, both orally and in writing, in all subjects.

    Key Stage 4

    The vast majority of our students study nine subjects for GCSE, including maths, English, the sciences, a language and either history or geography.  This route, which meets the government’s requirements for the English Baccalaureate, provides a sound academic foundation for further study in the Sixth Form and beyond; and, together with core courses in PE and PSHE, offers a balanced and challenging programme of study.

    EBacc Route Booklet
    Non-EBacc Route Booklet

    Key Stage 5

    Our successful Sixth Form offers a wide range of A level courses, of which students typically study three or four. We concentrate on providing outstanding teaching, extensive enrichment opportunities and effective pastoral support to allow our students to flourish on their chosen courses, so that they can gain places and succeed at the best universities.

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    English

    Head of Department: Ms K. Roberts

    Key Stage 3

    Our curriculum is based around important novels, plays, poems and speeches, from Julius Caesar to Animal Farm.  We have a weekly grammar lesson and a weekly lesson devoted to reading for pleasure from a list of essential books.

    In Key Stage 3, pupils study the following:

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Autobiography and biography Beowulf The Merchant of Venice
    2 Words that won wars Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales Contemporary Voices in World Poetry
    3 Gods and monsters George Orwell and Reportage Race and the Novel
    4 The Odyssey Animal Farm Short Stories of Mystery and Misery
    5 Julius Caesar Blood Brothers Dissent: a History of Protest
    6 Sonnets The Romantics Dissent: a History of Protest

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils have the option of studying GCSE English Language (WJEC), GCSE English Literature (AQA) and GCSE Media Studies (AQA)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 4, pupils have the option of studying A level English Language (AQA B), A level English Literature (AQA B), Media Studies (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We run two ‘First Story’ groups, which have a ‘writer in residence’ working with selected pupils; a series of academic lectures for Key Stage 5 students; and a range of trips to theatres and cinemas.

    Maths

    Head of Department: Ms I. Idros

    Key Stage 3

    We use the Maths Mastery programme of study, which involves studying particular topics in depth before moving on, ensuring complete understanding of the curriculum content.  

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Place value, addition & subtraction Factors, Multiples & Mutliplying/Dividing Fractions G2 - Geometrical reasoning
    A1 - Expressions and equations
    2 Place value, multiplication & division Negative Numbers, Sequences, Expressions & Equations A1 - Expressions and equations
    A2 - Sequences, functions and graphs
    3 2D shape in a 3D world Constructions, Angles in parallel lines, Length & Area

    G1 - Measures and mensuration

    G4 - Transformations

    4 Fractions Proportional Reasoning, Percentage Change & Ratio G4 - Transformations
    S1 - Data handling project
    5 Algebra 3D Geometry S2 - Probability
    6 Percentages & pie charts The Data Handling Cycle G3 - Constructions

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Mathematics (Edexcel) and GCSE Statistics (Edexcel)

    Key Stage 5

    A level Mathematics (Edexcel), A level Further Mathematics (Edexcel), Core Mathematics (OCR), A level Economics (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We run several clubs each week, including workshops for gifted and talented students, homework clubs, intervention sessions and master classes run by volunteers from Imperial College.  We participate in the UK Maths Challenge.

    Science

    Joint Head of Department: Ms A. Prior and Mrs K. Pither

    Key Stage 3

    We teach the three sciences separately. Our schemes of work are logically sequenced so that each lesson builds on and reinforces students’ prior knowledge and understanding.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Physics 1 - Energy and forces
    ROTA
    P1 - Heating and Colling. Forces 2 AQA Biology 1 - Cell Biology
    2 Biology 1 - Cells and reproduction
    ROTA
    C1 - Acids and bases AQA Chemistry 1 - Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table
    3 Chemistry 1 - Atoms and Partical theory
    ALL
    B1 - Energy and respiration AQA Physics 1 - Energy
    4 Physics 2 - Electricity and Magnetism P2 - Light and Sound AQA Biology 2 - Organisation
    5 Chemistry 2 -  Acids and bases C2 - Metal reactions AQA Chemistry 2 - Bonding and Structure
    6 Biology 2 - Adaptationism, classification and inheritance B2 - Ecological relationships & disease and immunity AQA Physics 2 - Electricity

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Combined Science (OCR Gateway-B), GCSE Triple Science (OCR Gateway-B), GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level Biology (AQA), A level Chemistry (OCR), A level Physics (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We promote science in the Academy by having an exciting and inspiring range of activities during Science Week, including guest speakers, science buskers, science Olympics, science facts of the day and competitions. We run intervention sessions and lead trips to lectures at UCL, Imperial College and other local schools.

    History 

    Head of Department: Mr P. McKeating

    Key Stage 3

    We study the history of Britain chronologically from 1066 at the beginning of Year 7 to the outbreak of the First World War at the end of Year 9.  These lessons are supported by the rigorous Galore Park textbooks.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Introduction to History and Mesopotamia The Normans and Medieval England The American and French Revolutions
    2 Ancient Egypt Changing Civilisations Industry and  Empire
    3 Norman England Wars and Instability Politics, People and War (1815-1918)
    4 The Crusades and Hundred Years War The Tudors, Stuarts and Republic International Relations 1918-1945
    5 The Wars of the Roses The Renaissance The Aftermath of WWII
    6 The Reformation Stability, Growth and Empire International Relations from 1945 onwards

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE History (AQA)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level History (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We have a thriving History Society, and we regularly arrange talks and lectures by academics and well-known historians.

    Geography

    Head of Department: Ms C. Danks

    Key Stage 3

    In Year 7, we focus on world geography and teach a number of global case studies that develop students’ understanding of place. In Year 8, our focus is on the United Kingdom. In Year 9, students study global topics which allow them to make links to their previous learning. Taken together, our KS3 curriculum provides a clear geographical framework that enables students to develop an understanding of the geography of the country in which they live within the context of the wider world.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Introduction to Geography / Formation of the world's continenets and oceans Human and Physical Geography of the UK Development
    2 Continents and oceans of today The UK Coastline Tectonic hazards
    3 World climatic regions UK Weather and Climate Hydro-meteorological hazards
    4 World rivers UK Settlements Climate Change
    5 World floods Migration into and out of the UK Global resources (rainforests and water supply)
    6 World population Economic change in the UK Middle East Conflict

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Geography (Edexcel A)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils studyA level Geography (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    The Geography Department arranges a number of enrichment opportunities, including field trips and after-school clubs.

     classics

    Head of Department: Mr P. McKeating

    Key Stage 3

    The Key Stage 3 course introduces students to the history and culture of the ancient world, and to the Latin language. Our teaching aims not only to develop an understanding of and interest in these endlessly-fascinating civilisations, but also to develop students’ English literacy skills, especially by enriching and expanding their English vocabulary.

    Term Ancient History Latin
    1 From the Bronze Age to the Archaic Age Nouns, adjectives and verbs
    2 The Persian Wars Nouns, adjectives and verbs
    3 The Peloponnesian War Subjects and objects; gladiators
    4 Greek festivals and religion Subjects and objects; gladiators
    5 Greek philosophy Prepositions; Roman education
    6 Alexander the Great Prepositions; Roman education

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Ancient History (OCR), GCSE Latin (Eduqas)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils studyA level Latin (OCR)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    The Department plays an active role in the Montagu Society at Key Stage 3, and arranges trips and lectures by visiting academics.

    Music

    Head of Department: Ms H. Elis-Williams

    Key Stage 3

    We focus on developing a solid understanding of functional harmony, sound aural skills, and the ability to read and to write musical notation. Musical traditions studied include a range of western and non-western music from 1600 to the present day. We provide tuition in an orchestral instrument in Year 7, and in techniques for singing, the guitar, drums and the keyboard in Years 8 and 9. Students’ ICT skills are also developed, with students using Logic Pro from Year 7 onwards.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Kpanlogo - African drumming The evolution of African-American music: Spirituals to Jazz Harmony in Popular Music
    2 Kpanlogo - African drumming The evolution of African-American music: Spirituals to Jazz Brazilian Samba
    3 The Orchestra The evolution of African-American music: Reggae and Funk Musical revolutionaries: J.S. Bach
    4 The Orchestra The evolution of African-American music: Reggae and Funk Musical revolutionaries: Erik Satie
    5 Minimalism North Indian Classical Music Song writing
    6 Minimalism Film Music Song Writing

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Music (AQA), Level 2 Certificate Creative Studies: Music Technology (NCFE)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level Music (Eduqas), A level Music Technology (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    Over two hundred students and eight members of peripatetic staff regularly participate in our programme of ensemble rehearsals, theory and musicianship classes, and instrumental tuition. Students enjoy regular opportunities to perform both at school and at other venues; the school calendar is full of musical events, performances and concerts. Recent highlights have included a choral concert of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, a string day with local primary schools and a performance at the Department for Education.

    Music Calendar of events 2016-17

    Art

    Head of Department: Mrs K. Keogh

    Key Stage 3

    We study art to explore both its making and its meaning. We offer a structured programme of study, which enables students to build skills in drawing, painting, printing and three-dimensional work using mixed media and clay.  The practical skills are underpinned by the study of selected ‘seed works,’ which gives students ‘a walk through the history of art.’

    Terms Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1-6 Decoration and Nature: Painting & Clay Narratives in Architecture and Monuments - Print & Collage Identity: Painting & Clay

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Art & Design (Edexcel), Level 2 Certificate Creative Studies: Graphic Design (NCFE)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level Art (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities  

    Artwork by students is displayed throughout the Academy all year round, and we have an annual summer show of GCSE and A level work. We work closely with major London galleries, such as the Tate, to offer our students a range of extra-curricular opportunities.

    Drama

    Head of Department: Ms A. Simpson

    Key Stage 3

    The curriculum is based on the development of theatre over time. We begin Year 7 by studying Ancient Greek theatre, and we complete this curriculum in Year 9 with the study of modern political theatre. This allows students both to contextualise concepts which underpin their understanding of the power of theatre throughout the ages and to learn about the pivotal moments that defined and shaped theatre as we know it. We also explore specific texts, and this provides a forum for discussion, performances, and the articulation and questioning of ideas.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Ancient Greek Theatre Shakespeare Constantin Stanislavski
    2 Ancient Greek Theatre Shakespeare Bertolt Brecht
    3 Medieval theatre   Antonin Artaudv
    4 Medieval theatre Restoration Augusto Boal
    5 Commedia Del Arte 18th Century Drama Theatre in Education
    6 Commedia Del Arte Victorian Melodrama Theatre in Education

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Drama (Eduqas), Level 2 BTEC Performing Arts (Edexcel)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level Drama & Theatre Studies (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We provide many extra-curricular activities, including visits to professional productions and, of course, opportunities to act in and otherwise to support our own theatrical productions. One of the highlights of the Pimlico Academy calendar is our bi-annual whole-school musical.

    Design Technology

    Head of Department: Ms K. Keogh

    Key Stage 3

    Our curriculum allows students the opportunity to study both food technology and textiles. Lessons provide time to develop practical skills as well as skills of planning and reflection.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 Food: learning to cook Food - Biscuits Food: Cooking around the World
    2 Food: learning to cook Food - Biscuits Food: Cooking around the World
    3 Resistant Materials: Souvenir keyring Resistant materials - Plastic holder Resistant materials: Wooden box
    4 Resistant Materials: Souvenir keyring Resistant materials - Plastic holder Resistant materials: Wooden box
    5 Textiles: Kite Textiles - Cultural Bag Textiles: Hats
    6 Textiles: Kite Textiles - Cultural Bag Textiles: Hats

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Food Technology (WJEC), GCSE Textiles (AQA)

    Modern Foreign Languages

    Head of Department: Mr F. Degueurce

    Key Stage 3

    The curriculum has a clear focus on the grammatical knowledge and vocabulary needed for students to become confident and accurate linguists. We combine this work with the study of cultural topics of particular interest to our department. These range from parkour in Parisian banlieues to the poem Déjeuner du Matin by Jaques Prévert in French; and from the art of Miró and Picasso to Mexico’s Día de los Muertos in Spanish. We hope that the combination of grammatical rigour and fascinating cultural insights will inspire a long-lasting love of and interest in languages.

    Term Year 7 French Year 7 Spanish
    1 Introduction and describing self Introduction and Art
    2 Au Collège and Francophone world En el instituto and food
    3 Mes Passetemps and En Ville Mi familia
    4 Vacances En casa
    5 Vacances Mi tiempo libre
    6 Animals and  Cultural Understanding mi ciudad
    Term Year 8 French Year 8 Spanish
    1 Les Medias Mi vida
    2 A Visit to Paris Mi vida/ Las vacaciones
    3 Identity & Music Las vacaciones
    4 Food La comida
    5 Home and Area La salud
    6 Cultural Understanding Review of the year
    Term Year 9 Spanish
    1 Medios de comunicación
    2 El instituto
    3 Hispanoamérica
    4 Ganarse la vida
    5 Ganarse la vida
    6 Review of the year

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE French (AQA), GCSE Spanish (AQA)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level French (AQA), A level Spanish (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    We organise local cultural trips, including to French and Spanish theatre productions and films. We have annual trips to France and Spain.

    PE

    Head of Department: Ms A. Royal

    Key Stage 3

    Students have at least 100 minutes of P.E. each week. The curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy, to succeed at and to understand the importance of many kinds of physical activity. Students develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also learn to reflect on their own and others’ performances, and to find ways to improve them.

    Term Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
    1 The exercise session The sports participation pyramid The cardiovascular system
    2 Healthy active lifestyles The requirements of a balanced diet The respiratory system
    3 Components of skill related fitness Different body types, optimum weight and weight related conditions The muscular system
    4 Components of health related exercise Different body types, optimum weight and weight related conditions The skeletal system
    5 Principles of training Goal setting Performance enhancing drugs
    6 Types of training Influences on your healthy, active lifestyle Preventing injury

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study Core Physical Education course (no associated qualification), Level 2 BTEC Sports (Edexcel)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study Level 3 BTEC Sports (Edexcel)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    Our wide range of morning, lunchtime and after-school clubs includes football, netball, fitness, rounders, cricket, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, fencing and table tennis. We are involved in national, inner London and tri-borough competitions in a variety of sports. Our Saturday sports programme provides expert coaching to around 250 Pimlico Academy pupils and local primary pupils each week, free of charge.

    Extra-curricular timetable 2016-17

    Social Science 

    Head of Department: Mrs H. Lawrence

    Key Stage 4

    In Key Stage 4, pupils study GCSE Citizenship Studies (Edexcel), GCSE Religious Studies (Edexcel)

    Key Stage 5

    In Key Stage 5, pupils study A level Government and Politics (Edexcel), A level Psychology (AQA), A level Sociology (AQA)

    Extra-curricular opportunities

    Students have the opportunity to hear lectures by a number of inspirational speakers. Our programme of trips this year has included visits to the Institute for Government and to the Houses of Parliament. Our KS4 students regularly take part in the ‘First Give’ programme, which exposes them to philanthropy through a project which involves visiting local charities and taking action to raise awareness of the services these organisations provide.

    Inclusion

    Pimlico Academy has a dedicated inclusion department, with specialist staff who are able to identify Special Educational Needs at an early stage.

    We recognise that each student is unique, and we work carefully with them and their families to address their needs. Where possible, these needs are met within mainstream lessons; when necessary, specialist lessons and interventions are provided, providing academic support and encouragement for as long as it is needed. The Language and Communication Centre offers tailored support for students with a speech and language impairment.

    SEN Information Report
    SEND Policy
    List of interventions

    Pimlico Academy uses the services of Place2Be to support our students’ social and emotional well-being. To find out more about Place2Be, please click here to visit their website.

    For more information about our curriculum, please contact the school office.

    Pimlico Academy

    Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London SW1V 3AT
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    Tel: 020 7828 0881