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The English department’s vision statement is ‘to encourage, through the study of language and literature, students who are independent, creative and critical thinkers’. It is this vision that drives not only our curriculum, but the work that we do every day.

“While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living.”
C. Connolly

Pupils are exposed to a diverse range of both fiction and non-fiction texts throughout KS3, all of which have been selected in order to build the core knowledge that is required at GCSE but without narrowing their view in any way. From Ancient Greece to the markets of war-torn Afghanistan, our pupils are taken on a journey through the world, encouraged to engage in historical and current debates as they start to build their own viewpoints and perspectives.

Our GCSE text choices also reflect our desire to encourage pupils to become ‘independent, creative and critical thinkers’, by dealing with issues that, though are historical, still echo in the world that we currently live in.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The English Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – English Literature

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of English Knowledge Organisers:

HT4: Year 7 – Romeo and Juliet

HT3: Year 9 – Poetry: Love & Relationships

HT4 : Year 11 – Macbeth

If you have any questions about the English curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for English – Holly Parkinson

The Maths department works to enrich and enhance the experience of mathematics in many diverse ways to inspire confidence and encourage risk taking by building upon the natural ability and curiosity of our pupils. Pupils investigate mathematical concepts across the five main strands: number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and statistics.The Child Prodigy Known As 'Human Computer' - Shakuntala Devi - GCP Awards Blog

“Without mathematics, there’s nothing you can do. Everything around you is mathematics. Everything around you is numbers.”
Shakuntala Devi

Pupils at Compass School are inspired by a dedicated team who are committed to providing excellent opportunities for learning and support to enable each student to realise their full potential.

Numeracy is a school-wide priority at Compass School and every pupil and teacher works together to develop confidence with numeracy. We are wholly committed to ensuring pupils will confidently reach the destination to which they aspire.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The Mathematics Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – Y7

Progression Map – Y8

Progression Map – Y9

Progression Map – Y10

Progression Map – Y11

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Maths Knowledge Organisers:

HT2: Year 7 – Volume and Surface Area

HT1-6: GCSE Foundation Maths

HT1-6: GCSE Higher Maths

If you have any questions about the Maths curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Maths – Bethany Clapham

Our mission statement in Science is “To create curious learners who are enthusiastic about the wonders of the universe and their place within it”.

Here at Compass, we want our pupils to be knowledgeable and curious learners who are able to show appreciation of the relevance of science in their everyday lives. Science is a subject that requires foundational grounding in order to develop an in depth understanding, successful application and to progress within it.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
M. Curie

Throughout years 7-11, the curriculum prepares pupils to work scientifically by focusing on:

  • Develop ways of scientific thinking
  • Experimental skills and strategies
  • Analysis and evaluation
  • Vocabulary, units, symbols and nomenclature

We are fortunate to be working with Oasis Academy Southbank to provide our students with a curriculum that prepares them with the fundamental knowledge needed to pursue a range of careers in science.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The Science Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – Science

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Science Knowledge Organisers:

HT4: Year 7 – Energy

HT4: Year 8 – Circuits

GCSE: Paper 1 – Biology

If you have any questions about the Science curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Science – Naima Shariff

The Compass Geography curriculum is designed to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the worlds and its people that will remain with the pupils for the rest of their lives. The lessons are designed to equip pupils with knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments.

‘The study of Geography is about more than just memorising places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it’s about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.’
B. Obama

Pupils will leave Compass with the following;

  • Contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places
  • A deep understanding of the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the worlds and how they are interdependent of each other
  • Competency in a range of Geographical skills that will transfer into real world skills throughout their school career and into their working lives

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The Geography Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – Geography

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Geography Knowledge Organisers:

HT4: Year 7 – The Development Gap

HT4 : Year 9 – The living world – Tropical Rainforests

HT4: Year 10 – Changing Economic World – UK

If you have any questions about the Geography curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Geography – Rory Beard

History at Compass will take pupils from the Ancient Greeks and Romans all to the way the 21st century exploring themes such as power and the people, migration and conquest, democracy and dictatorship and much more. Studying History can also provide us with insight into our cultures of origin as well as cultures with which we might be less familiar, thereby increasing cross-cultural awareness and understanding.

It is also a great opportunity for exploration into the history of everything and subsequently learning the most outrageous facts, lots of gory details and critical questioning of what has come before us.

“We are not the makers of History, we are made by History.”
Martin Luther King

Compass Historians are inquisitive, reflective and eager to explore the world today through the lens of the past.

At Compass History students will;

  • Unpick what a British identity is, how it was formed and what it means to them
  • Build an awareness and understanding of British and wider world history to explore cultural diversity
  • Explore wider themes and developments throughout history, making links between time periods, people and places
  • Engage with historical enquiries across different topics to question ideas and opinions about the past and at times better understand the world today
  • Develop critical thinking skills especially the ability to analyse and critique sources and historical interpretations

At in years 7 and 8 we are fortunate to be working with Oasis Academy Southbank on their Department for Education curriculum pilot.

Some of the topics we look at are;

  • the history of different cultures in depth such as Africa, India and the USA
  • themes such as protest and political representation through the Suffragette, LGBTQI+ and Civil Rights movements in Britain
  • the historiography of debates surrounding the British Empire
  • the theme of power and the people from pre-1066 until the present day

This is just the beginning of our History curriculum at Compass and for pupils who wish to pursue the discipline at GCSE we follow the AQA specification and currently study the following areas;

  • Depth Study: Life in Germany
  • World Study: Cold War Tensions
  • Thematic Study: Health and the People
  • British Depth Study: The Restoration of Charles II

We enjoy learning beyond the classroom and aim to take students out in each year group on the following trips;

  • Year 7: Local History Walking Tour
  • Year 8: Museum of London
  • Year 9: Battlefields of the First World War (extended to Year 10/11) and the Imperial War Museum
  • Year 10: Hunterian Museum and the Old Operating Theatre
  • Year 11: Historic Environment (changes each year) – Greenwich Observatory, Ham House.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The History Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map – History

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of History Knowledge Organisers:

HT1: Year 7 – Battle of Hastings

HT5: Year 8 – Was London the place to be for immigrants post-1945?

GCSE: Life in Germany

If you have any questions about the History curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for History – Eleanor Melling

At Compass, Citizenship helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, Citizenship helps pupils to have a keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Citizenship will also equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.

“No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.”
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan – former Secretary General of the United Nations

Aims of Citizenship

  • to acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government
  • to develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • to develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • to equip students with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs

Curriculum Journey and Progression Maps

The Citizenship and Relating Curriculum Journey and Progression Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Citizenship Knowledge Organisers:

HT1 and HT2: Year 9 – Theme A Living in the UK

HT1 and HT2: Year 11 – Theme D Playing your part in Democracy

If you have any questions about the Citizenship curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Citizenship – Patrick Haverty

The MFL department at Compass school believes that language learning is a lifetime experience. We therefore aim to develop our pupils as language learners by providing them with the necessary skills which will enable them to continue to learn other languages in the future.

“To have another language is to possess a second soul.”
Charlemagne

We ensure our curriculum provision helps the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils. This is done through carefully planned lessons based on the national curriculum for languages and covering a breadth of topics, which are both challenging and relevant to the daily reality of our young learners.

Pupils have the opportunity to interact with native speakers of the language they choose to learn and have access to authentic and challenging materials.

Finally, we recognise that our pupils work at varying levels of ability therefore, we plan for differentiation to enable every student to achieve their full potential.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The French Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of French Knowledge Organisers:

HT1: Year 7 – Mon autoportrait

HT3: Year 8 – Les domiciles

If you have any questions about the French curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Modern Foreign Languages – Guillaume Ahiko

The Spanish department’s mission is to celebrate diversity, culture and broaden the horizons of our pupils by giving them the ability to seize global opportunities through learning a beautiful and worldwide language.

“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.”
F. Smith

In years 7 and 8 pupils develop and improve on their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills alongside with a solid foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. Whilst in years 9 to 11 they will be able to communicate and justify points more confidently and spontaneously. Pupils will also develop translation skills with the aim to be able to translate short texts and even films in Spanish.

Spanish follows the AQA specification and pupils are required to study topics related to three main themes:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

GCSE Spanish has a Foundation Tier (grades 1–5) and a Higher Tier (grades 4–9) and students must take all four question papers at the same tier.

Curriculum Journey and Progression Maps

The Spanish Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Spanish Knowledge Organisers:

HT1-6: Year 7

HT1-6 : Year 8

HT1-6: Year 11

If you have any questions about the Spanish curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Spanish – Naomi Todd

The Art and Design department at Compass aims to provide an exciting learning environment that stimulates creativity and builds resilience.

“To be an artist is to believe in life.”
Henry Moore

Pupils will learn how to communicate their ideas and experiences through a variety of thematic projects. Pupils will get the opportunity to explore a range of techniques and processes such as, mark making, collage, painting, printmaking and 3 dimensional work.

Pupils will critically explore how artists, craftspeople and designers from diverse cultures, times and societies have arrived at solutions and communicated meaning using the formal elements. Pupils will use this knowledge when developing new ideas, recording observations and creating outcomes which fully realise their personal intentions.

The Art department aims to give students insight into the scope of the subject and understanding future creative possibilities.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

The Art Curriculum Map is an overview of the plan of topics and assessments that pupils will cover across years 7-11. You can check the topics and skills your child will be covering now and in the future. A Progression Map shows the knowledge and skills that pupils will be taught in each year. Use this to support your child with present, future learning and revision activities.

Progression Map- Art and Design

Knowledge Organisers

Knowledge Organisers exist for all topics and include the key information and terminology that pupils need to know to achieve Grades 5-9. These will be stuck in books at the start of every topic (see examples below). It is important that your child is using, consulting and memorising the information on Knowledge Organisers at home to ensure that they have the core knowledge to unlock skills in assessments and exams.

Examples of Art Knowledge Organisers:

HT1 -2: Year 7 – Formal Elements

HT1-2: Year 8 – Cubism

HT1-HT6: Year 9 to 11

If you have any questions about the Art curriculum or would like access to any more Knowledge Organisers then please e-mail the Subject Lead for Art – Stefania Ragusa

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Drama at Compass starts in Year 7 and can take students all the way through to Year 11 at GCSE. The curriculum explores the many elements of drama whilst understanding the different ways to make theatre. We cover a range of topics from Greek myth to Commedia dell’arte through to the plays of William Shakespeare as students learn to take on the different roles of actors, director and critics. The GCSE course comprises of three parts: devising, acting and writing about theatre. We ensure students work with plays that are engaging, aspirational and relevant to the world we live in whilst exploring the key practitioners Stanislavski and Brecht. Students also get the opportunity to study a variety of design aspects including: set, costume, sound and lighting.

We are currently part of the Old Theatre Club and The Young Vic Two Borough scheme enabling our GCSE students to visit the theatre for free. We also have regular visits from theatre practitioners, developing and deepening our students understanding and passion for the subject.

Drama Curriculum Map

Beyond the curriculum students are able to take up Performing Arts or Singing in our unique Enrichment programme.  They can continue this as an after school club which leads to our annual school production. Most recently we premiered The Lost Voice at St James’s Church as devised piece written with the students and last year we staged the childhood classic Peter Pan at City Hope Church on Drummond Street.

Studying GCSE Drama is an excellent way to develop your self-confidence, empathy and academic understanding of how character, plot and story work.  It’s the ideal subject to take if you are thinking of studying further Humanities at A level. GCSE drama will stand you in excellent stead if you are considering a career in the Creative Arts Industries. Most importantly it’s a highly enjoyable subject with a fine balance of practical and written work exploring what it means to be human through drama and theatre.

In modern Britain it is not just enough to have good academic qualifications, students must be equipped with skills, values and experiences that will allow them to compete in a global community.

During the weekly Relating lesson, students in year 7-10 cover a wide range of topics that allow them to relate to people, places, the past and possibilities. As a school we prioritise the importance of Religious Education, PSHE, SMSC and British Values through explicit curriculum provision in our Relating curriculum. They will learn about themselves and their community as well as different cultures and faiths, different communities and all of their possible future pathways.

In addition to the weekly Relating lesson, there are one-off events to allow experts to deliver many aspects of the traditional PSHE curriculum.

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Our high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. This is achieved through Computer Science and Information Technology lessons in Years 7,8 and 9 and iMedia in Year 10 and 11.
Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Our aims for the Computing curriculum are in line with the national curriculum. We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology through e-safety in Year 7, 8 and 9

Computing Curriculum Map