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Curriculum at Bristol Brunel Academy

The underpinning aim for our wider curriculum is to ‘make good things happen for our community, improving life chances for all’.  Our vision is drawn from the Cabot Learning Federation, national developments and our own thinking through the Brunel Way.   

Our curriculum vision in full can be found in the video below:


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From our holistic curriculum intent, each faculty has developed a subject specific intent.  These are collated here:  Curriculum Intent

Key Stage 4 

We are now offering options in Year 9 (to start in Year 10).  This is a change from last academic year.  Our rationale for this change can be found in the letter below.

Options Letter 2020

Our current Key Stage 4 (Years 10 - 11) curriculum is divided in the following way: 

English 5
Mathematics 5
Science 5
Physical Education 2
Block A 3
Block B 3
Block C 3
Block D 3
PSHE including Religious Education 1


We offer a wide breath of subjects at Key Stage 4 based on student need, enjoyment, future potential pathways and a balance of learning and opportunity.  Further detail about our rationale and the current subjects can be found by following the below link: 

Student Pathways - KS4

Key Stage 3 

Our current Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) curriculum is underpinned by the central Cabot Learning Federation curriculum.  This partnership has been helpful in ensuring the following: 

  • Collaborative curriculum planning to ensure appropriate subject content, involving many of our teachers 

  • Standardised assessment which helps to inform future planning and development 

  • Wider thinking around curriculum development 

  • Ensuring equity across a variety of subject areas for all of our learners 

Our current Curriculum Model (Post Covid 19) is as follows: 

English 5
Mathematics 5
Science  5
Physical Education 2
Geography 2
History 2
Art 1
Music 1
Drama  1
Technology and Computing (carousel) 2
Ethics and Morals 1


Curriculum Map 

Our curriculum map provides an overview of our yearly, termly and weekly curriculum.  Ordinarily, we would link all of our medium term plans and knowledge organisers (what students should expect to learn per topic) from this.  However, these are currently under review as we ascertain gaps in student knowledge and skills due to Covid – 19.  This will be uploaded to the website as soon as we are in a position to do so. 

For further information regarding our curriculum, please contact:
Simon Jones, Assistant Principal