About Our Curriculum
At Gilbert Inglefield Academy we follow the National Curriculum in all subjects but also make use of the flexibility we have as an academy to offer a greater range of choice than in many schools. We believe that children should receive a broad and balanced curriculum in order to achieve success.
Our curriculum encompasses the following subjects: English; Maths; Science; Computing; French, ; Design Technology; Art and Design; Textiles; History; Geography; Religious Education; Music; Physical Education; Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship.
These are taught both as separate subjects and in more cross-curricular approaches. We firmly believe that you may learn English in one room but you apply it everywhere. It is the same for maths, computing etc.
We believe in tapping into as many learning opportunities and styles as possible. We also believe in nurturing independent learners able to sustain focus for longer periods of time.
We are not all about classrooms. We believe in challenging our pupils’ learning and understanding through educational visits to places such as the Milton Keynes Science Festival and visits to school by authors, motivational speakers and speakers who talk about important historical events, e.g. a Holocaust survivor.
Our curriculum is both broad and balanced and provides pupils with a huge range of activities. In Year 5, focused and dedicated class teachers take approximately 50% of lessons; specialist teachers teach the other curriculum areas. In Years 6, 7 & 8 the curriculum is nearly all delivered by specialist teachers who are passionate about their subjects and dedicated to supporting pupils to achieve their full potential.
Year 8 also have the opportunity to choose 2 subjects to study in greater depth: Young Sports Leaders; Computing; Cuisine; Art &Textiles; Product Design & Electronics; Dance or Drama. We call this our "Pathways" programme and the choices available may vary from year to year depending on pupil choices and the viability of groups.
Our curriculum is not just 5 lessons a day, 5 days a week. By the time the pupils leave us 95% of them will have been involved in extra-curricular activities: Rugby; Netball; Art Club; Steel Pan and Samba Bands; Lingo Singers and drama productions such as ‘Bugsy Malone’’ - to name but a few! Our dedicated staff offer residential visits to a variety of venues in the United Kingdom and Europe, where they can improve football skills, learn to abseil, canoe and develop personal skills, or learn how to ski. We also offer a day trip for Key Stage 3 pupils to Boulogne Sur Mer.
We see Gilbert Inglefield Academy as a milestone on the road to a successful future career.