Emanuel School provides a wonderfully well-rounded education to bright, ambitious and talented boys and girls – encouraged and guided by dedicated and enthusiastic teachers who care deeply about their subjects.

Year 6 (Hill form)

Timetabled subjects

English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Religious Studies, Music, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Robotics (CDR), Drama and PE. In modern foreign language lessons, pupils have taster courses in French, German and Spanish. There is a double period PE lesson, a Games afternoon and a Life Education lesson each week (see the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject). Pupils also have a weekly lesson called ‘Ethos’; this is an introduction to critical thinking, informed discussion and debating, aiming to develop independence and resilience in our younger pupils.

Homework

Pupils are not set homework for the first two weeks of the academic year. After this, set homework takes approximately 30 minutes per night from Monday to Thursday, with 45 minutes of homework (30 minutes, plus 15 minutes of spellings to learn) set for the weekend.

Year 7

Timetabled subjects

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (as separate sciences), Geography, History, Religious Studies, Computing, Design and Robotics (CDR), Music, Art and Design, Drama and two languages from a choice of Spanish/French and Latin/German. There is a double period PE lesson, a Games afternoon and a Life Education lesson each week (see the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject). Pupils also have a weekly lesson called ‘Ethos’; this is an introduction to critical thinking, informed discussion and debating, aiming to develop independence and resilience in our younger pupils.

Homework

Pupils are not set homework for the first two weeks of the academic year. For the first half of the Autumn term, pupils can expect 30 minutes of homework each night from Monday to Thursday, and 1 hour and 15 minutes of homework to cover Friday and the weekend.  After half term, homework increases to 1 hour per night (two lots of 30 minutes), and 1 hour and 30 minutes to cover Friday and the weekend (three lots of 30 minutes).

Year 8

Timetabled subjects

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics (as three separate timetabled sciences), Art, Design & Technology, Geography, History, ICT, Music, PE, Religious Studies and the two languages studied by the pupil in Year 7 (Spanish/French and Latin/German). There is a double period PE lesson, a Games afternoon and a Life Education lesson each week (see the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject).

Homework

Year 8 pupils can expect 1 hour of homework each night (two lots of 30 minutes), and 1 hour and 30 minutes to cover Friday and the weekend (three lots of 30 minutes).

Year 9

Timetabled subjects

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, PE, Religious Studies and Life Education. Art, Design & Technology, Drama and Music are studied on a rotational arrangement.

Current pupils have the opportunity to substitute one of their languages (Spanish/French and Latin/German) for a new one, and take this on an accelerated course through Year 9 and onto GCSE (for example, a pupil taking French and Latin could drop one of these two languages and take German or Spanish in its place in Year 9).

New pupils in Year 9 are expected to continue with the foreign languages they have been studying in their previous school, and for which they sat papers in the entrance exam. If the pupil has only been studying one of the languages we offer at Emanuel, then they will be able to take Classical Civilisation instead.  This is a non-linguistic, stand-alone course studying cultural and literary aspects of the Greek and Roman worlds.

One period per week in Year 9 is dedicated to ICT, Leadership Development and Study Skills in a ‘carousel’ arrangement.

Pupils in Year 9 are introduced to the concepts of social entrepreneurship through the Life Education programme and are given opportunities to practise these skills through our enterprise competitions. See the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject.

Homework

Year 9 pupils can expect 1 hour and 30 minutes of homework each night (three lots of 30 minutes).

Years 10 and 11 (GCSEs)

Compulsory subjects

English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and a chosen language from French, German, Spanish or Latin. The majority of pupils currently study the three separate sciences to IGCSE, resulting in three qualifications, but a minority of pupils follow a Double Science Award which leads to two IGCSE qualifications.

Additional subjects

Pupils choose one humanity subject, selecting from Classical Civilisation, Economics, Geography, History or Religious Studies, and a further two subjects from a range of an additional language (French, German, Spanish or Latin), an additional humanity subject (Classical Civilisation, Economics, Geography, History or Religious Studies), and Art, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Music or Physical Education.

Pupils have timetabled lessons in Life Education and Games. Part of the programme involves pupils considering their choices after they finish Year 11. They are enrolled in the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO) scheme ‘Futurewise’ which feeds into the process of making A level choices. See the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject.

Homework

Pupils can expect 1 hour and 30 minutes of homework each night (three lots of 30 minutes).

Sixth form (A levels)

Timetabled subjects

Students choose three A level subjects from: Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Economics, English Literature, French, Further Maths, Geography, German, Government and Politics, History, Latin, Mathematics, Music, Photography (from September 2020), Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Religious Studies (Philosophy, Theology and Ethics), Psychology and Spanish.

Each subject is taught for eight periods per week for both years of the Sixth Form. Students in both years also have timetabled lessons in Life Education (see the ‘Life Education’ section here for more information on this subject) and Games.

Pupils are also expected to pursue an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Click here to find out more about the sixth form curriculum at Emanuel or take a look at the A level curriculum booklet below.

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