CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT

The Lakes School’s Inclusive Curriculum

Our curriculum inspires, challenges and empowers students

Inspires

We inspire young people to be ambitious, creative and to develop a lifelong love of learning.

We provide a curriculum that is engaging, relevant and rich with a diverse range of experiences.

Challenges

We challenge young people to achieve the high standards we set for them and encourage them to be proud of their achievements.

We provide a curriculum that sets high standards, responds to the needs of our students and instills self belief.

Empowers

We empower young people to become knowledgeable, skilled, independent and socially aware.

We provide a curriculum that ensures our students learn the knowledge, skills and qualities they need to make a positive contribution to their community.

Through our curriculum, you will see children…

Inspired

Enquiring

Investigating

Experimenting

Being Inventive

Being Creative

Being Engaged

Being Motivated

Asking Questions

Trying New Things

Showing Commitment

Making the most of Opportunities

Challenged

Being Proud

Working Hard

Remembering

Being Tolerant

Being Respectful

Showing Integrity

Showing Resilience

Overcoming Barriers

Taking Pride in their Work

Struggling and Succeeding

Showing a Good Work Ethic

Revisiting Work and Improving

Going out of their Comfort Zone

Empowered

Caring

Leading

Being Kind

Applying Skills

Communicating

Being Successful

Taking Ownership

Being Independent

Showing Confidence

Taking Responsibility

Applying Knowledge

Voicing their Opinions

Expressing Themselves

Showing Understanding

Contributing to the Community

Understanding Links to the World

Curriculum Vision

Curriculum Statement

Our multicultural curriculum
SubjectSubject ThemeMulticultural Theme
Key Stage 3
Art Y7Animal Explorations
Architecture
Asia, Africa, Oceania, South America
India: Taj Mahal
Egypt: Pyramids
Gaudi
Moorish/Islamic Architecture
Art Y8CubismAfrican Sculpture
Art from other cultures
Art Y9Distorted Portraits
Non-western Art
Masks from Africa, Oceania, South America
African Art
Cultural Appropriation
Tourist keepsakes and immersion in a culture

Computing Computer Rocket Science: Hidden FiguresDiversity
Drama Y8Terrible Old ManRacism
Fear of 'other'
Drama Y9Blue Remembered HillsTolerance
Bullying
English Y7Non Fiction Unit: Cultural VoicesExploring other cultures
English Y8Fiction Unit: Alienated Characters Non Fiction Unit - Prejudice & PerspectiveCulture
Prejudice
Racism
English Y9Fiction Unit - Isolation & Loners in American Fiction Literature Unit - Poetry from Other CulturesCulture
Geography Y7Migration
China
Diversity
Diversity
Geography Y8BrazilDiversity
Geography Y9Development
India
Colonialism
Diversity/Colonialism
History Y7The Crusades
Elizabethan Explorers
Diversity
Imperialism, Colonialism
History Y8East India Company
Great Exhibition
Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
James Cook
Scramble for Africa
Britain and her Empire
Local: Whitehaven Slave Trade
Imperialism, Colonialism
Imperialism
Racism
Imperialism, Colonialism
Imperialism, Colonialism
Imperialism
Racism
History Y9Minorities in Soviet Russia
Minorities in Nazi Germany
The Holocaust
Visit from Arek Hersh
Button Project
Racism
Racism
Racism, Anti-Semitism
Racism, Anti-Semitism
Racism, Anti-Semitism
PE & Outdoor EducationHistory of SportDiversity
Culture
Religious StudiesHinduism
Islam
Judaism
Science Y7ParticlesDemocritus
Science Y8LightIbn-al-Haytham
TechnologyCateringFairtrade
Culture
Ethics
Key Stage 4
ArtThematic EnquiryCultural themes
Non-western art
BusinessEthicsEthical Practice
DramaAntigoneBeliefs
Religion v State
GeographyExtreme Storms
Philippines
India
Mumbai
Racism
Diversity
Diversity/Colonialism
Diversity/Colonialism
HistorySegregation
Red Scare
Civil Rights Movement
Black Power Movement
Anti-slavery Movement
Minority Rights Movement
Racism
Xenophobia
Anti-racism
Anti-racism
Anti-racism
Anti-racism
Religious StudiesBritish Values
Diversity
Extremism
Discrimination
Racism
Hate Crime
ScienceElementsPlato
SportLeadershipEquality
Ethics
Values
TechnologyTextilesEthics
Sixth Form
ArtHistory
Modern Art
Post Modern Art
Western Art History
Cultural Appropriation
Business StudiesBusiness Recruitment and Selection: Equality Act 2010 and Employment Act 2008Discrimination
Race
Religion
Protected Characteristics
ComputingComputer Rocket Science: Hidden FiguresDiversity
DramaWoyzeckMental Health
English OthelloCompassion
Injustice
Extended Project QualificationEthics and CultureUnderstanding views and behaviours of people from different cultures
Film StudiesModern American Films Hollywood 1930-1960 Foreign Language FilmsContemporary Culture
Deprivation
GeographySuperpowers
Globalisation
Migration & Identity
Colonialism
Diversity, Racism
Diversity, Colonialism, Racism
HistoryRise of Islam
Abbasids, Seljuks and Fatimids
Western settlement in Near East
Muslim leadership
Diversity
Diversity
Diversity, Inclusion, Colonialism
Diversity
Outdoor EducationLegislationEquality Act 2010
TechnologyProduct DesignEthical Trade

Assessment

Welcome to our assessment page where you can find out how we assess your child and track the progress they are making. You will be pleased to hear that, just as with all successful schools, we have high aspirations for your child and this is reflected in the targets we set. We pride ourselves on the care we demonstrate and the support we provide to all of our students and we know that these are important parts of the recipe in helping your child succeed. Do please get in touch if you require any further information about our assessment arrangements.

Click the image below to download our Key Stage 3 & 4 Assessment: A Guide for Parents. 

What grades will my child be awarded for their GCSE courses?

For many years, GCSE grades were indicated by a letter from A* to G but from 2017, students receive grades based on a 1 to 9 scale with 9 being the highest and 1 being the lowest.

For BTEC courses, such as Business Studies and Sport, will keep the same system they have had for a number of years whereby students will be awarded a Level 2 Pass, Merit or Distinction. Students who do not quite meet the standards expected of a Level 2 Pass may be awarded a Level 1 Pass.

How do the new GCSE grades relate to the old system?

The diagram below illustrates how the old GCSE grade system relates to the new system.