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Teaching & Learning
We want every girl to pursue her ambitions and be successful in modern Britain. HAB welcomes the Government’s recent changes to the national curriculum, with a focus on providing academic challenge to for all. The English Baccalaureate subjects (English, Mathematics, Sciences, History or Geography and a Language) form the core for HAB girls, along with a rich mix of arts and technical subjects. The overview for each subject can be found here. Music is one of our strengths. Click here to find out more about HAB Music.
Further information for each year group is detailed below, including links to the schemes of learning that teachers will be using this term. Parents and carers should use these to discuss their daughter's learning with her and can find more detailed information on the Subjects page.
In Year 7, girls are set according to ability based on both prior and the most current attainment data. Attainment data is reviewed regularly throughout the year to ensure that girls are placed in the best possible set to meet their needs and ensure appropriate support, challenge and progression.
In Year 8, girls are set according to ability based on both prior and the most current attainment data. Attainment data is reviewed regularly throughout the year to ensure that girls are placed in the best possible set to meet their needs and ensure appropriate support, challenge and progression. Girls make their subject choices for GCSE courses in the spring term of Year 8.
Years 9 to 11
From Year 9, all girls study GCSEs in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography or History, French or Spanish and Religious Studies. They also choose from a range of GCSE options for additional subjects. Choices include Art, Computing, Dance, Drama, Latin, Music and Physical Education. All girls take part in 2 hours of non-examined sport, fitness and dance.
In order to ensure that every girl acquires the knowledge, understanding and skills that she needs to successful in her GCSEs and beyond, rigorous and regular assessment is at the heart of HAB teachers’ work.
Homework, Exercise Books and Tests
Each girl is set homework at least once per week for every subject and it is often more so that she can make rapid progress. Parents and carers can see what homework their daughter has been set by checking her homework diary. We expect them to do this each evening and to sign to show that they have.
Girls’ exercise books contain marking sheets on which teachers will write judgements about a key piece of work each fortnight. The sheets identify the particular knowledge, understanding and skills that the piece of work develops: it is a vital piece of home-school communication about girls’ progress.
In the penultimate week of each half term, girls sit tests or other assessment tasks in each subject. The first test of each term is used to design interventions that will help her improve on any weak areas of knowledge, understanding or skills. The second test of each term is used to formally measure her progress and is reported to parents and carers.
Reports to Parents and Carers
Parents and carers will receive three reports per year (one at the end of each term) about their daughters' progress. Regardless of the year group that she is in, these will show what her Most Likely Grade (MLG) will be at the end of Year 11 if she carries on making progress at the same rate.
In accordance with Government changes, for 2016-2017:
- Year 11 MLGs will be numbers in the range 9 to 1 for English and Mathematics, with letters in the range A* to G for all other subjects.
- Year 8 to Year 10 MLGs will be numbers in the range 9 to 1 for all subjects.
HAB staff will give parents and carers more information about MLGs at their termly Progress Days.