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Secondary School

Curriculum

King Solomon is an excellent addition to the education landscape of Birmingham, offering a curriculum that is as innovative as it is rigorous, as well as being broad and balanced. There are three strands to our secondary curriculum, which lead to GCSEs and IGCSEs and the IB Diploma.
 

Strand 1:
the main curriculum is the National Curriculum, this includes: English, Maths, Science, Modern Foreign Languages (including Mandarin as a core language), Computing, Geography, History, Citizenship, Physical Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and Business studies. The National Curriculum will be tailored to embed the 10 aspirational qualities of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile in readiness for when students transfer to the International Baccalaureate programme in the Sixth Form.

Strand 2:
the Solomon Programme, which embodies the Christian ethos of the school, includes Religious Education (RE). Our RE syllabus follows the Birmingham agreed RE syllabus, with an emphasis on Christianity and Christian Service in Action.

Strand 3:
International Business and Enterprise specialism. This aspect of the curriculum will be developed in partnership with international business companies as this will significantly enrich the school’s offerings through their specialist input, international business curriculum, business mentorship support, work placements and internships in the UK and abroad. Our International Business Hierarchy of Learning diagram below provides a snapshot of how a student’s knowledge in international business and enterprise will progress through their life at the school.
International Baccalaureate

 
Permeating the entire curriculum from Reception up is the International Baccalaureate Learner Profile. The IB Leaner Profile is embedded across the curriculum because it teaches students the learning attributes they will need in order to become successful independent learners. The profile includes being Knowledgeable, being Risk-Takers, being Balanced and Principled amongst a range of other attributes needed to be successful learners in the 21st century.

 
King Solomon has developed a bespoke International Business Curriculum for which we are seeking accreditation from the IBO. The curriculum is at the cutting-edge of international business education and serves to instil entrepreneurial knowledge, skills and values in all of our students

International Business and Enterprise

CURRICULUM OVERVIEW

At King Solomon International Business School our aim is to provide all students with a broad, balanced and innovative curriculum which ensures a robust focus on gaining strong skills in literacy and numeracy as building blocks for future learning and progress. In years 7 and 8 students study a varied and broad curriculum that allows them to experience and develop many transferable subject specific skills. In years 9, 10 and 11 this curriculum develops to become more specialised as students make the choices that are right for their future.
All subject courses in all year groups comply with the requirements of the National Curriculum. This policy and the curriculum is reviewed each year.

KEY STAGE 3 (YEARS 7 AND 8)
At key stage 3 we provide a curriculum designed not only to develop students’ knowledge and understanding in a range of subjects but also to enable them to develop the skills required to become independent learners throughout the rest of their time in school and beyond. All students at key stage 3 follow a one-week timetable comprising of 30 periods a week with 6 periods a day

 

Subject Hours per week
English including Drama 4
Mathematics 4
Science 4
Drama 1*
Art 1*
Design & Technology 1*
Geography 1
History 1
Computer Programming and ICT 2
International Business 2
French 4
Mandarin 4
Music 1
King Solomon Programme (RE/Citizenship/PSHE/Leadership)* 1
Physical Education 2
Total 30

*Students will learn DT and Art on a carousel in Phase one 2015-2016

*PSHE/Citizenship and Leadership will also be taught during tutor time and through the assembly programme

Students will also have numerous opportunities to participate in curriculum enriching activities, either as part of the normal academy day or as part of one of the Enrichment Programme.

It is also expected that students attend three international trips during their time at King Solomon International Business School including a trip to France and China. The school aims to ensure that no child is left behind and that all will have the opportunity to access these wonderful opportunities.

 

KEY STAGE 4 (YEARS 9, 10 AND 11)
At King Solomon International Business School we follow a 3 year key stage 4. In year 9 students will begin their key stage 4 courses in all core subjects and option choices. Students will be guided onto the most appropriate pathway using the information from regular assessments. All students at key stage 4 will study the core subjects as shown below. Core subjects are taught in two parallel half year groups that are divided into sets.

 

CORE SUBJECT

  • English
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Science (triple/dual award/BTEC)
  • International Business Studies
  • Religious Education

Students and their parents/carers are given clear information, advice and guidance when choosing key stage 4 courses during the spring term of Year 8. The pathway system gives clarity to the options process. Three pathways will be recommended to students based on their preferred way of working, interests, and ability and future aspirations. They will then be asked to express a preference about which pathway they would like to select their four options from. As much as possible, we hope to allow students to follow their preferred pathway. However, we are keen that all our students succeed and so your son/daughter’s teacher(s) will be consulted. Their professional judgement and experience will help us make sure that the most suitable pathway has been selected. To help support this process all students will have an individual information, advice and guidance interview. Students will then select additional courses and qualifications from the list below. The number of choices depends on the year group students are currently in.

 

GCSE

  • Art
  • International Business Studies
  • Child development
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • French
  • Geography
  • Graphics
  • Hospitality and Catering
  • History
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Sociology
  • Product Design
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles
  • Media Studies
  • Spanish
  • Computer Science

 
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • RS (AS level) Year 11 only
  • Music (BTEC level 2)
  • PE/Sport (BTEC levels 1 and 2)
  • Employability (ASDAN level 1)
  • Personal & Social Development (ASDAN level 1)

 
To find out more about the curriculum please contact Head of Secondary.