Curriculum Overview

The curriculum at Biddick Academy is based on a culture of high expectations and achievement. We support the development of well-rounded children who go on to be responsible citizens through a broad, balanced and knowledge rich curriculum. Students develop the knowledge, skills and cultural capital to make a positive contribution to society and succeed in life.

We want all of our students to be challenged academically and supported so that they develop a love for learning. In addition, our extensive careers education programme helps to motivate and inspire our students helping them to develop their own personal goals and aspirations for the future.

Students follow a fortnightly timetable, subjects are taught in mixed ability groups and groups set by academic ability. Throughout Years 7 to 9, students follow a three year Key Stage 3 curriculum, choosing their Key Stage 4 options ready for the end of Year 9.

In Key Stage 4, students study English, Mathematics, Science (either combined or separate sciences). They select a core option of either Geography or History and select three other choices.  More information can be found on the Options page.

The Importance of Reading and Accelerated Reader:

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

All Key Stage Three students follow the Accelerated Reader programme. This is a tried and tested method to improve reading comprehension and foster a love of reading. We have a huge variety of books in the Library which cover a host of different interests and topics. Students are supported to develop their reading habits in weekly Accelerated Reader lessons.

Guides and Top Tips can be found by clicking the following links.

A Parents’ Guide to Renaissance Accelerated Reader

7 Top Tips to Support Reading at Home

We have a list of recommended books.  Please click the following links.

Reading List- By Subject

Reading List – KS4

Curriculum by Key Stage

Key Stage 4  

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Computer Science
  • Creative iMedia
  • Dance
  • Digital Art
  • Drama
  • Engineering
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Enterprise and Marketing
  • Fine Art
  • Food
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hair and Beauty
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Religious Education
  • Spanish
  • Sport Science
  • Textiles
  • Travel and Tourism

Key Stage 3 

  • English
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Geography
  • History
  • RE
  • Art
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Music
  • DT
  • Information and Guidance (IAG)

Click the following links to access a full overview of the course content of the subjects we offer at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Art and Design

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Computing and Business

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Cooking and Nutrition

KS3 Curriculum Overview – DT

KS3 Curriculum Overview – English

KS3 Curriculum Overview – French

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Geography

KS3 Curriculum Overview – History

KS3 Curriculum Overview – IAG

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Maths

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Music

KS3 Curriculum Overview – PE

KS3 Curriculum Overview – RE

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Science

KS3 Curriculum Overview – Spanish

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Computer Science

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Creative iMedia

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Engineering

KS4 Curriculum Overview – English

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Enterprise

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Fine Art, Digital Art, Textiles and Art and Design

KS4 Curriculum Overview – French

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Geography

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Hair and Beauty

KS4 Curriculum Overview – History

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Hospitality and Catering

KS4 Curriculum Overview – IAGKS4 Curriculum Overview – Maths

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Music

KS4 Curriculum Overview – PE

KS4 Curriculum Overview – RE

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Science

KS4 Curriculum Overview – Spanish