EPHS

CURRICULUM

At the heart of our curriculum aim is the school ethos of every child striving to be the best they can be.

We hold the highest expectations for every student and achievement on all levels is celebrated and rewarded. We set ambitious and challenging targets and support our students to enable them to reach the best of their ability.

We operate an extended day, a unique provision which enables students to complete all of their home learning in school, participate in an enhanced enrichment programme and catch-up on any misunderstood learning.

Through this webpage you will discover the driving principles of our whole school curriculum and how these link with our subject based curricular.

For our whole school school curriculum intention statement please click here.

Key Stage 3

For further information about our Key Stage 3 curriculum please click here.

Key Stage 4

Further information on our Key Stage 4 curriculum will be released in September 2019.

Key Stage 5

Further information on our Key Stage 5 curriculum will be released in September 2020.

Independent Learning

Click here for further information about our independent learning provision.

Enrichment

Click here for more information about our whole school enrichment programme.

Subject Curriculum

The intention of our subject based curriculum is to develop students into experts in all subject areas. In order for our students to develop this expertise, each department has sequenced the knowledge required at each stage of their development. The knowledge and skills students develop at each stage of their education is meticulously planned, building on prior knowledge and towards clear end goals that students, teachers and parents/carers understand. All subjects ensure the appropriate level of content is delivered to all students and all lessons are appropriately challenging, extending their knowledge and/or skills as well linking student learning to the four key principles that run throughout our curriculum; i) Traditional Values, ii) 21st Century Skills, iii) Equality for all, iv) Enrichment for all.

Students are assessed termly, building towards a synoptic assessment in each subject area which takes place at the end of the academic year, assessing the knowledge, skill and understanding a student has gained over the course of the year. The grades achieved from each assessment are shared with parents/carers on a termly basis. For further information on reporting and assessment please click here.

Citizenship

Citizenship education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective Citizenship programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. Students will be introduced to 3 categories that have various topics that will fall under them. These categories are Relationships, Health and wellbeing and Living in the wider world. They will develop transferable skill across these topics which will aid their day to day lives and how they conduct themselves now and in the future in the wider community. Through this subject we want our students to experience the benefits of physical learning about the wider world as well as embedding positive social and mental wellbeing through participation in sessions on relationships, living in the wider worlds and wellbeing. This should give our student confidence in themselves.

For the curriculum intention overview for citizenship please click here.

Year 7

For more information on our year 7 citizenship curriculum intention please click here.

Year 8

For more information on our year 8 citizenship curriculum intention please click here.

Year 9

For more information on our year 9 citizenship curriculum intention please click here.

Computer Science Department

Vision for teaching and learning:
How much do we depend on computers in our modern-day life? In an age where technology is so entwined in all we do, at Eden Park High School, we teach our students the main classical approaches and technologies in Computer Science. Lessons are both practical and theoretical and always exciting; we frequently review our schemes of work and lessons to ensure students stay engaged with fresh and relevant material related to our ever changing world.

The aims of the Computing Science Department

To ensure that students:

  • Find the study of Computer Science rewarding, exciting and engaging
  • Have a broad and balanced understanding of Computer Science
  • Develop the necessary knowledge, technical skills and strategies required for each Key Stage
  • Develop problem solving and coding skills

Year 7:
Unit 1- System security
Unit 2- FMS logo programming
Unit 3- Input, output and storage
Unit 4- Intro to python programming

Year 8:
Unit 1- System Architecture
Unit 2- Scratch Programming
Unit 3- Computer Network
Unit 4- Python Programming

Assessment:
45 minute end of unit assessments based on key chapters of the GCSE curriculum.

Extra-curricular:
Programming Club
Lego Mindstorm Challenge

Creative Arts

Creative Arts Department

We are committed to developing the student’s appreciation of the visual & creative arts.

  • Fashion, Textiles and Technology

Click here for our the curriculum intention overview for fashion, textiles and technology.

Yr 7 Focuses on the students becoming comfortable with the machines, equipment, materials, techniques and processes used for fashion & textiles. This comprises of two small design and make projects.

Year 7 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here.

Yr 8 Projects include Ugly Dolls which build on all of their prior learning and skills and are introduced to pattern cutting.

The year 8 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here

Yr 9 Projects refine the students’ skills in preparation for GCSE and they make ties, collars or bow ties.

The year 9 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here

Assessment

There are four key areas that the students are assessed on; this is a scaled down version of the GCSE criteria and is designed to make them more comfortable with the design and make process.

  • The Fine Arts

Click here for the curriculum intention overview for Fine Art.

Yr 7 Art projects introduce students to the fundamental principles of Art and Design explored through Line, Tone, Texture, Shape and Colour. Students research and respond to a wide range of artists work producing outcomes in paint, collage and mixed media.

Year 7 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here

Yr 8 projects are based on Portraiture in which the students explore a wide range of artists’ creative techniques to respond to.

Year 8 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here

Yr 9 Projects enable students to experiment with a variety of different materials and art techniques in order to refine their skills in preparation for GCSE.

Year 9 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here

Assessment

There are four key areas that the students are assessed on; this is a scaled down version of the GCSE

  • Food, nutrition and cooking

Yr 7 Focuses on the students becoming comfortable within a kitchen environment, and basic cooking techniques. Students will learn and practise the 4C’s for good food hygiene which are; Chill, Cook, Clean, and Cross Contamination. Students will learn the basis of nutrition and understand the ‘eat well plate’ based on the five food groups.

Yr 8 Students will develop their cooking skills through more technical dishes. They will also build on their knowledge of what a healthy diet comprises of.

Yr 9 Focuses on foods around the world. Students will further develop their cooking skills while creating dishes from our multicultural society.

Extra-Curricular

Current lunchtime clubs include;

  • The Great EPHS Bake Off
  • The Great EPHS Sewing Bee
  • Art/ Photography GCSE skills club (Year 9 only)
  • Pottery/ceramics
  • Woodwork & resistant materials

Educational visits

Visiting galleries, museums and participating in external workshop are an essential part of every child’s Creative Arts education at EPHS.  We use the work produced there to develop and enhance student’s own practice in the classroom.

Dance Department

Vision for teaching and learning:

The Dance Department is committed to providing all students with a range of opportunities that will develop their creativity and build their interest in the Performing Arts. It is important to us that all students enjoy their lessons and are able to learn to express themselves. We strive to offer our students challenging and up-to-date lessons as well as plenty of performance opportunities in front of live audiences.

To download our curriculum intention overview statement please click here

Year 7:
Dance around the world; Charleston, African, Egyptian, Disco, Bollywood, Rock n Roll.

Click here to download our year 7 curriculum intention plan for Dance.

Year 8:
Dance inspirations; Chris Brown, Bruno Mars, Michael Jackson, Twist and Pulse, Diversity.

Click here to download our year 8 curriculum intention plan for Dance.

Year 9:
Dance in the media; Samsung, Gap, Cheerios, Justin Timberlake, Kiesza, Khalid.

Click here to download our year 9 curriculum intention plan for Dance.

Assessment:
Choreographic assessment, performance assessment across the term.

Extra curricular:
We encourage our students to participate in Dance clubs, which are run during their lunch times. These are in place so that students can work towards the three performances that run throughout the academic year.

Drama Department

Our curriculum intention overview for the Drama department can be downloaded by clicking here.

Year 7

Our vision for the Year 7 Drama Curriculum is to introduce students to the basic skills needed for drama through two engaging and challenging schemes of learning. The first scheme, Greek Theatre, enables students to learn about the origins of theatre and gain a deeper understanding of where our skill set in Drama has stemmed from. Students will also explore a variety of Greek Myths and look at extracts from selected Greek Plays to develop their knowledge of stories during Ancient Greek Times and be able to make connections to the Morden Day. Leading on from this our second scheme of learning allows students to transfer the skills learnt from Greek Theatre and apply these to scenes from the play ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’.

Our year 7 curriculum intention plan for Drama can be downloaded here.

Year 8

Our vision for the Year 8 Drama Curriculum is for students to continue to build on the skills they have already learnt and begin to prepare them for working towards KS4. Students will start by exploring the theatrical genre of Melodrama and Commedia Dell’Arte, where they will understand how these acting styles have developed over time and are used in today’s plays, films and tv programmes. In the second half of the term students will practically explore Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ through the use of the Platform Technique. This is a creative way of introducing and engaging with Shakespeare’s challenging language and themes.

Our year 8 curriculum intention plan for Drama can be downloaded here.

Year 9

In year 9, students will be taught two schemes of work over a half – termly rotation. Through these two schemes of learning, students will explore different practitioners, styles of theatre and exploring text, as well as transferrable skills. In the first half term they will be exploring the Willy Russell play ‘Blood Brothers’ through their practical exploration of this text, students will also gain transferrable skills to help improve employability, linking Drama skills to life outside of the Drama classroom. In the second half term students will take part in a series of KS4 style workshops exploring different practitioners and applying their techniques to classic and modern texts.

The schemes of learning and skills learned will using skills developed in earlier KS3, whilst also learning new skills which can then also develop fluidly into skills required for KS4.

Our year 9 curriculum intention plan for Drama can be downloaded here.

Extracurricular

Drama club – We encourage students to take part in our Friday lunchtime Drama club. During this club we will be improving skills learned in class, as well as watching recorded performances and learning new skills. Drama club is open to everybody in Year 7, 8 and 9 and a great way to meet new friends with similar interests!

English Department

Vision for teaching and learning:
The need to read competently, communicate and imagine are necessary for other subject areas, as well as essential life skills. The English Department aims to develop and refine these skills. Enthusiastic, dedicated and inspirational teachers encourage our students to develop a life-long love of language and literature, while also supporting the individual needs of learners in helping them maximise their academic progress and potential. The English curriculum aims to inspire and encourage students to become more confident communicators, as well as preparing them for the varied challenges of Key Stage 4. The department’s Key Stage 3 curriculum, therefore, aims to develop comprehension and analytical skills, increase accuracy and fluency in written work and enhance speaking and listening capabilities.

English aims to provide all the communication skills necessary for students to succeed in the modern world. They will be taught how to write for a variety of purposes, how to proofread for technical accuracy and how to write at length using a range of sentence structures, punctuation and sophisticated vocabulary. We will also teach them oracle skills – the ability to communicate clearly and confidently in a range of situations, the ability to construct and defend a coherent viewpoint and how to respond to others. They will be taught how to analyse a range of texts, how to identify authorial techniques and how to recognise how a text is designed to shape and control an audience’s reaction. Through study of a range of texts: novels, plays, poetry, contemporary, C19th, Shakespearean and more, they will develop the skills to become analytical, cogent and critical thinkers, readers, writers and speakers.

Click here for our curriculum intention overview.

Year 7:
Please click here for the English year 7 curriculum intention plan.

Year 8:
Please click here for the English year 8 curriculum intention plan.

Year 9:
Please click here for the English year 9 curriculum intention plan.

Assessment:
Each unit of work has an assessment attached which tests different skills. The skills tested are the same as the skills tested at GCSE.

Extra-curricular:
Creative Writing Club, Debating Society, Enrichment Trips to Theatres eg: The Globe. Visiting Authors who discuss their works with the children and Visiting Theatre Companies.

Geography Department

Studying Geography allows our students to make sense of a complex and inter-connected world.  Our students will look at both physical and human geography and how the two elements are intrinsically linked.  EPHS Geographers will study Geography on a range of scales- from the local area to major global issues.  Our Geographers will be forward thinking- looking at current events within Geography and planning for what can be done in the future.  Through studying Geography at EPHS, we intend for our students to develop an awareness and compassion for global issues and to become well-rounded global citizens.

The Geography curriculum intention overview statement can be downloaded by clicking here.

Year 7:
Please click here for the year 7 Geography curriculum intention plan.

Year 8:
Please click here for the year 8 Geography curriculum intention plan.

Year 9:
Please click here for the year 9 Geography curriculum intention plan.

Assessment:
At the end of each unit there is an exam. Throughout the course there is also a GCSE style 8 mark question in each lesson.

Extra-Curricular:
Fieldwork trips take place in and around the local area and further afield, including Bromley Town Centre and Kew Gardens. International trips to explore Geographical landscapes around the world are planned every couple of years and are planned from KS3.  Geography club is run every Thursday lunchtime.

History Department

Vision for teaching and learning:

“History at Eden Park High takes a knowledge-engaged approach. The curriculum is designed to encourage students as natural enquirers, asking relevant questions and building their research skills. We aim to encourage critical thinking and oratory, encouraging all students to form and articulate coherent and substantiated conclusions to their arguments and opinions. Within History students shall become accustomed to making use of a variety of evidence, using this critically to determine provenance and break down content. Our curriculum aims to reflect both the traditional stalwarts of Historical scrutiny alongside a modern approach that takes on board units that reflect modern world issues and hold validity and relevance to the students’ lives. Year 7 offers a localised and personal History of employment and immigration through the ages in London, taking advantage of or setting on the fringes of the nations capital.

We fulfil our obligation to study the Holocaust through offering a series of lessons that builds across each term in Key Stage 3, aiming for a in depth and considered approach suited to the students understanding of the wider context. We teach a variety of units that take into account the development of the rule of law, parliamentary democracy, protest and human rights alongside enrichment opportunities within Mock Trial and Debate Competitions”.

The curriculum intention overview statement for History can be downloaded by clicking here.

Year 7:
The year 7 curriculum intention plan for History can be downloaded by clicking here.

Year 8:
The year 8 curriculum intention plan for History can be downloaded by clicking here.

Year 9:
The year 9 curriculum intention plan for History can be downloaded by clicking here.

Assessment:
Three assessments per year after each term; 70 minutes each, modelled on GCSE style papers to prepare the students, based on topics covered in lessons and building on previous learning.

Extra-curricular:
History club and History book club

Library Department

There are two Libraries at EPHS, the Lower School Library for KS3 students and the Upper School Library for KS4 and KS5 students.  Currently, only the Lower School Library is open for student use.  The Libraries exist to support the effective learning of all students by providing opportunities for active and reflective skill development, and promotion of a reading culture across the school. The School Libraries support the aims of EPHS.

The intention of the School Libraries are:

  • To provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum and ethos
  • To be an integral part of the teaching and learning styles and activities of the school
  • To focus on development of information gathering, problem solving, learning and thinking skills throughout the school
  • To provide opportunities for the individual to read more widely and think more deeply
  • To provide opportunities for leisure and recreational reading.

The School Libraries stock a range of fiction and non-fiction, reference books, magazines and newspapers and audio books on CD.

The Library staff are: Mrs Nolan (Librarian) and Ms Peters (Library/Science technician)Email: cnolan@e21c.co.uk

Find out what is happening in the Library by visiting the Library Blog. (https://edenparkhighschoollibraries.blogspot.com/)

Maths Department

Vision:

Mathematics is such an essential part of life that we all use it every day without even thinking about it. Every time we organise a trip, go shopping or make a decision about how to use our precious time or money we use mathematics. Most business decisions, research analysis, marketing strategies, government planning, product development, etc. are underpinned by mathematics. We aim for students to get a taste for where these skills can be used in industry and higher education to start to get ideas about what they want to do whilst keeping their minds open to as many possibilities and careers as possible.

At Eden Park High School we encourage all our students to develop an appreciation for mathematics. Our lessons aim to channel the students’ innate curiosity into mathematical inquiries from which they are able to discover various “rules” for themselves. This approach enhances students’ engagement and enjoyment of their lessons. It also nurtures a confidence in their own abilities which is a key component of success in mathematics.

Year 7: 

The year 7 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here.

Year 8: 
The year 8 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here.

Year 9:
The year 9 curriculum intention plan can be downloaded here.

Extra-Curricular activities:
We take pride in the development of our students, holding weekly chess clubs, KS3 Maths Stretch and Challenge Club – related to extended activities, puzzles and problem-solving. We prepare for, and sit, the UK Mathematics’ Trust Challenges, with an increasing number of our students gaining, gold, silver and bronze awards. Regular STEM events occur in school where students are taken off timetable in order to participate. Teachers within the Department are always willing to make themselves available before, during and after the school day in order to support students to improve their progress.

Modern Foreign Languages Department

Vision for teaching and learning:
We offer two languages at EPHS; at present, most students follow one language from year 7 to year 9 some some following two languages. Studying a language at Key Stage 4 is encouraged for most as more and more top universities are asking students to have a GCSE in Languages to apply for their courses. Being able to speak another language means that students are more employable, more flexible and evidence shows that Languages graduates get better remunerations.

Year 7 Spanish:

The year 7 curriculum intention plan for Spanish can be downloaded here.

Year 8 Spanish:

The year 8 curriculum intention plan for Spanish can be downloaded here.

Year 9 Spanish:

The year 9 curriculum intention plan for Spanish can be downloaded here.

Year 7 French:

The year 7 curriculum intention plan for French can be downloaded here.

Year 8 French:

The year 8 curriculum intention plan for French can be downloaded here.

Year 9 French:

The year 9 curriculum intention plan for Spanish can be downloaded here.

Assessment:
Three assessments per year they are modelled on GCSE style papers to prepare the students, based on topics covered in lessons. We cover all the skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as the grammar and translation ones.

Extra-curricular:
The Modern Foreign Languages Department runs lunch time groups for those who wish to stretch their languages skills and regularly run trips to France and Spain.

Music Department

For the curriculum overview for music please click here.

Year 7
For more information on the year 7 music curriculum intention please click here.

Year 8
For more information on the year 8 music curriculum intention please click here.

Year 9
For more information on the year 8 music curriculum intention please click here.

Extracurricular

School Band – Every Monday lunchtime for all students who play a musical instrument!

School choir – Every Tuesday lunchtime for all students who have an interest in singing!

Music Tech club – Music Tech club takes place every Wednesday lunchtime and gives students the opportunity to learn new skills and work on producing rhythms and music using our excellent, brand new facilities. Music Tech club is open to all students in Year 7, 8 and 9 and a great way to meet new friends with similar interests!

Physical Education Department

At Eden Park High School, students will be introduced to a wide variety of different sporting activities. They will develop transferable skill across the activities which will aid their practical performance. Through this subject we want our students to experience the benefits of physical activity as well as embedding positive social and mental wellbeing through participation in physical activity. We believe it is important to use sport as a tool to raise self-esteem and build resilience in each individual leading to students being inspired, engaged and enthusiastic about the subject.

The aim of PE lessons is for students to be physically active and exposed to several different sports and activities in the hope that every child will find an activity that they enjoy enough that they will continue to lead a healthy, active lifestyle into adulthood.

At KS3 students are taught in mixed gender classes with all students learning the core skills and techniques for a variety of different activities from rugby and netball to gymnastics.

At KS4 students get the opportunity to take part is activities they may not have had the opportunity to have done before; enable students to experience new activities that meet the needs of all students. From boxercise and aerobics to American football as well as the opportunity to use the gym which is fully equipped with a range of cardiovascular and weights machines.

Click here for the PE curriculum overview.

Year 7
For an overview of the the year 7 PE curriculum intention click here.

Year 8
For an overview of the the year 8 PE curriculum intention click here.

Year 9:
For an overview of the the year 9 PE curriculum intention click here.

Assessment:
At KS3 students are assessed on their practical performance in each sport. The students develop skills, knowledge and technique to become more competent and excel at the sport. Once this content is covered and developed students are assessed on their practical performance.

Extra-Curricular:
There are regular practices and fixtures throughout the calendar year and we offer a full complement of extra-curricular activities, some of which are listed below:

  • Rounders
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Cross Country
  • Cricket

Science Department

Science at Eden Park takes a focus on students’ abilities to be enquiring and critical of scientific investigations. Students will have the opportunity to complete at least one key practical within each topic of study and will be assessed on a particular skill within that practical. Students will have the opportunity to write their own hypotheses, methods, evaluations and conclusions. They may also be given the freedom to select appropriate equipment for their own investigations within the topic. We are endeavouring to nurture our students into young scientists, and therefore their understanding of the scientific method is crucial. Science is also reliant on strong literacy and numeracy skills and so our curriculum is designed to promote mastery of key calculations and excellent scientific literacy.

KS3 Science revolves around the three disciplines of Science (Biology Chemistry and Physics). Each half term will be a topic within a different discipline. As the students progress into KS4 Science they will then follow the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Specification.  The Science department will begin the GCSE Curriculum after February Half term in Year 9 in order to ensure the curriculum is complete before students undertake their public examinations.

Please click here for the Science curriculum intention overview.

Year 7

Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems; Physical and Chemical Reactions; Forces and Motion; Human Body (Gestation, Movement and Reproduction); Mixtures and Separation; Space.

For the curriculum intention plan for year 7 Science please click here.

Year 8

Food and Nutrition; Materials; Electricity; Photosynthesis; Acid and Alkali; Periodic Table; Waves.

For the curriculum intention plan for year 8 Science please click here.

Year 9

Genetics; Reactivity; Magnets; B1- Core Biological Principles start of GCSE study; C1+2 -States of Matter and Separating Mixtures; P1+2 Forces and Motion.

For the curriculum intention plan for year 9 Science please click here.

Extra-Curricular:

Year 7 Crest Award – As an option within the Enrichment Programme

Year 8 +9 STEM Cub

STEM WEEK

STEM Challenges