Modern Studies

Weekly Lesson Allocations

  • Key Stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) – 3x 50 minute lessons per week on rotation
  • Key Stage 4 (Years 10/11) – 1x 50 minute lessons per week

Modern Languages Curriculum Statement

The main intention of Modern Studies is to provide varied and enriching lessons that effectively prepare our pupils for life in a culturally diverse, modern world around them.  The aim is to expand pupils’ knowledge of the world’s diversity and open their minds to different values, ideas and cultures. We recognise the importance of helping pupils to flourish academically but also spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, so they are fully prepared for life in British society and for their role as citizens, able to make the strongest possible contribution to the ‘Common Good’ of all. Themes of tolerance and understanding will be regularly drawn upon in an effort to ensure students leave the school as well rounded and culturally aware individuals.

Questions are encouraged above all things, as curiosity and passion, we hope to approach themes in ways that engage pupils whilst developing essential empathetic, problem solving and academic skills. At Key Stage 3 our students investigate themes of faith, philosophy, ethics and belief, challenging their ability to think and analyse some of the biggest questions that face humanity. Teachers of Modern studies aim to give students a greater sense of place and identity in an ever-changing world.

The purpose of modern studies lessons are:

  • To provide a curriculum that allows students to have a greater awareness of religion, and moral and ethical issues and to make informed decisions in their lives.
  • To develop responsible students who have the knowledge and skills to be confident reasoners with the aim of being successful in the classroom and throughout their education.
  • To offer a broad range of cultural activities and opportunities to think critically, that not only meet the learning needs of all students but also allow them to thrive in their academic achievement and ensure progress to Higher Education.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to make thoughtful and positive contributions in society through developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
  • To encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle both physically, mentally and spiritually, which allows them to be ready to learn and achieve.
  • To promote the skills of resilience, reasoning and self-reliance in order for students to develop a positive mindset to be able to live a safe and fulfilling life.
  • To prepare students for the next stage of their education and future pathways by providing students with the knowledge and opportunities for them to be independent and aspirant individuals.