The Curriculum and Teaching
In the secondary school at Rainbow we follow schemes of work based on the English Curriculum. This is a well-established and documented curriculum which puts an emphasis on:-
- The development of skills
- Encouraging students to think independently
- Encouraging students to solve problems for themselves
Some rather more traditional approaches, such as remembering facts, memorising text or learning mathematical equations by heart, are far less important than understanding the principles embodied in them.
Key Stage 3
Together with the core subjects, Key Stage 3 covers a broad range of subjects. All students take a Modern Foreign Language, either French or German, whilst ICT is compulsory right the way through to Year 11. Years 7-9 also take History, Geography and four essentially practical subjects, Drama, Music, Art and Physical Education. As in Key Stage 4, students who have difficulties with aspects of their learning are given additional assistance through the Learning Support department. There are also timetabled lessons in Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship, which deal with aspects of personal development not necessarily covered in the formal curriculum.
Key Stage 4 and 5