Curriculum

At Platanos College, our curriculum is broad and balanced to suit the needs of all the pupils we have in our care. Through this we aim to develop pupils' intellectual, emotional, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and physical development skills through a diverse, rich and stimulating curriculum.  Equal Opportunities and the promotion of positive attitudes towards others from different religions, cultures, economic, social, political views and so on are central to delivery.

Homework

All Platanos College pupils are expected to undertake homework as part of study.

Click here to download our homework timetable.

 

The features of our curriculum are:

  • A high level of skills which are mapped through subjects in Key Stage 3.  
  • An in-house Key Stage 3 curriculum which develops citizenship, independent learning and skills for life.
  • A high proportion of learning opportunities both within the school and through extra-curricular activities.
  • Outstanding lesson planning, which includes suitably differentiated learning experiences through a personalised learning programme.
  • Cross-curricular promotion of literacy and numeracy.
  • Literacy schemes include:
    •    - Accelerated Reader programme
    •    - Ruth Miskin programme
    •    - Success Maker
    •    - Guided Reading programme
    •    - Literacy Catch-up sessions
    •    - DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) programme

Gifted and Talented pupils have an accelerated curriculum offer. Middle band pupils also have an accelerated programme which is more differentiated for them. Pupils who need additional support are taught in smaller groups with additional literacy and numeracy throughout the school week.

A Year 7 Transition Programme means that the school prioritises pupils' personal development and well-being through the creative learning opportunities offered as part of our curriculum and through the PSHE programme.

We offer high levels of independent learning:
  • Pupil feedback into the curriculum - in terms of their preferred learning styles, greater focus on their needs as individuals and ensuring high levels of discussion and dialogue around learning.
  • A number of Centres of Excellence to support and extend learning.  These currently include Science, Maths, Sports, Writing and Drama.
  • Leadership training for pupils from Year 7.  This includes class/year presidents, school prefects, trainee leaders and head boys/girls.

Find out more about Independent Learning here.

 

 The Key Stage 3 curriculum subjects (Years 7-9)

English

Mathematics

Science

ICT

French

 Spanish

PSHE

RE

Integrated Humanities

PE

Art

Drama

Technology

Music


 The Key Stage 4 curriculum subjects (Years 10 and 11)

English

English Literature

Mathematics

Science (double and triple award)

ICT

Business Studies

History

 Geography

RE

PE

French

Spanish

Community Languages

Media Studies

Certificate of Personal

Effectiveness (COPE)

Art

Drama

Food Technology

Textiles

Resistant Materials

 

Further information on the curriculum can be found in our prospectus or can be made availabe by contacting us.

Pupils are encouraged to apply for membership to one of our many Centres of Excellence which extend the curriculum and develop skills beyond the classroom.