Our curriculum in years 7-11

At Willenhall E-ACT Academy we ensure all students follow a knowledge-rich curriculum. Our knowledge rich curriculum maintains high expectations for all learners whilst deliberately building their knowledge and vocabulary, it is the foundation on which creativity, critical thinking and a range of other necessary lifelong skills are built. Our knowledge rich curriculum is a well-planned and well thought through sequence of knowledge progression.  It allows students to build knowledge through the development of connected schema to ensure knowledge and skill retention and retrieval from long term memory. As learners gain knowledge and understanding and develop complex schema, they are able to make more links with other things they know. As learners know more, they are able to make more and more links and develop deeper and more complex schema. ​  .

Key stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9, students study maths, English, science, geography, history, religious education, French, art, drama, music, information technology, technology and physical education.

Subject No. Lessons per week Contact
Maths 4 in year 7, 8 and 9 Janaiz.Shafqat@E-ACT.org.uk
English 4 in years 7, 8 and 9 Corinne.Gill@E-ACT.org.uk
Science 4 in years 7, 8 and 9 Chelsea.Wilson@E-ACT.org.uk
Geography 1 in years 7 and 9; 2 in year 8 Paul.Burgess@E-ACT.org.uk
History 2 in years 7 and 9; 1 in year 8 Paul.Burgess@E-ACT.org.uk
Religious Education 1 Paul.Burgess@E-ACT.org.uk
French 2 Imed.Belouche@E-ACT.org.uk
Information Technology (IT) 1 Louise.Jones1@E-ACT.org.uk
Design and Technology 1 Lisa.Thomas@E-ACT.org.uk
Art 1 Katie.Lloyd@E-ACT.org.uk
Drama 1 Lisa.Thomas@E-ACT.org.uk
Music 1 Andrew.Austin@E-ACT.org.uk
Physical Education 2 Ben.Pattinson@E-ACT.org.uk

Key stage 4

In years 10 and 11 students continue to study an academic core which includes maths, English and science. Students are then able to personalise their curriculum by selecting three additional subjects from geography, history, French, art, hospitality and catering, religious education, health and social care, business studies, sport, music, drama, travel and tourism, sociology, psychology and enterprise and marketing.

All GCSE exams are now graded using a system of numbers 9-1, rather than letters.

Maths 5
English 4
Science 4
Physical Education (PE) 2
Options subjects (students are able to choose three subjects):
Geography 3
History 3
Religious Education 3
French 3
Art 3
Drama 3
Music 3
Travel and Tourism 3
Hospitality and Catering (10 only) 3
Enterprise and Marketing (10 only) 3
Health & Social Care 3
Sports 3
Sociology 3
Psychology 3

In order to support your son/daughter in their examination preparation please find links below to the specifications which are studied in each subject:


Maths Edexcel http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf
English AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702
Science AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/combined-science-trilogy-8464
Geography AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/geography/gcse/geography-8035
History AQA AQA | History | GCSE | History
Religious Education AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062
French AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658


Art AQA AQA | Art and Design | GCSE | Art and Design
Drama Edexcel Edexcel GCSE Drama (2016) | Pearson qualifications
Music OCR GCSE – Music (9-1) – J536 (from 2016) – OCR
Hospitality and Catering WJEC Level 1/2 Hospitality and Catering (wjec.co.uk)
Enterprise and Marketing
Health & Social Care Edexcel BTEC Nationals | Health and Social Care (2016) | Pearson qualifications
Sports Edexcel http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-sport-studies-level-1-2-j803-j813/
Sociology AQA AQA | Subjects | Sociology | GCSE
Psychology AQA AQA | Subjects | Psychology | GCSE
Travel and Tourism Edecvel BTEC Nationals | Travel and Tourism (2019) | Pearson qualifications


Homework is an important part of our curriculum. It is used to help students to consolidate their past learning, to prepare for new learning and to develop the revision and recall skills required for examination success. Students are set regular homework in accordance with the Academy’s homework policy.




Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme of study delivers lifelong learning which is accessible to all students. PSHE is based on three core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.  Students will learn how they develop personally and socially, and encouraged to take responsibility in tackling moral, social and cultural issues faced in society. Students will be provided with accurate and relevant information that creates opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding. By exploring, reflecting and challenging, students will learn the skills, language and strategies needed to live safely, healthy and responsibly in a diverse society. At Willenhall E-Act Academy, PSHE will underpin learning in the classroom, establishing those connections to inspire high expectations of oneself and others in the wider community.


Living in the Wider World Relationships Health and Wellbeing
§  Rights and responsibilities

§  Diversity, equality and discrimination

§  Community and responsibility

§  Targets and goals

§  Aspiration and ambition

§  Financial decisions

§  Employability and online presence

§  Digital literacy

§  Extremism

§  Gambling hooks

§  British values


§  Relationships and sex education

§  Commitment

§  Feelings and emotions

§  Law and consent

§  Sex, gender identity

§  Faith and cultural practices

§  Pressure, persuasion and coercion

§  Private fostering

§  Bullying – anti-bullying awareness




§  Self-esteem and confidence

§  Body image and media

§  Emotional health and support

§  Healthy lifestyle

§  Risks and FGM

§  Infectious sexual diseases and contraception

§  Life skill-first aid

§  Risk taking and consequences

§  Substance abuse

§  Online safety




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