Curriculum Information

English Language and Literature (Combined in KS3 and separate in KS4)

English at Colours Academy combined lots of 1:1 focus in class as well as group

work projects to engage pupils in reading, writing and spoken language

In KS3, the following areas are studied;

  • Poetry- both unseen poems and learning how to write poetry using appropriate conventions

  • Creative and descriptive writing- including story writing, building narrative and structuring language

  • Transactional Writing Techniques- Including writing letters, speeches and arguments, writing to persuade and review

  • Exploration of modern prose/play, 19th Century Novella and a Shakespearean play

  • SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) building of skills when writing and reading

In KS4, we focus on the following areas:-


  • Fiction and creative writing; structuring sensory description, using appropriate language terminology and conventions to write effective and imaginative pieces of writing.

  • Transactional writing; writing speeches, structured arguments, writing the contents of magazine, newspaper, leaflets, writing to persuade and writing letters

  • Analysing both fictional and transactional pieces of writing


  • Studying a Modern Prose/ play- we study An Inspector Calls

  • Studying a piece of 19th Century Literature- we study A Christmas Carol

  • Studying a piece of Shakespeare- we study Macbeth

  • Studying a selection of poetry based around a theme, analysing poetry and comparing language, meaning and structural features between other poems. Pupils will also learn how to analyse unseen poetry.

Spoken Language:

Planning, writing and preparing a presentation on a chosen topic of interest to the pupil.

Mathematics (Available for both KS3 and 4)

At Colours Academy we appreciate that everyone learns differently. Children understand and process maths in different ways and we use an holistic, creative approach to managing abstract and complex mathematical processes and problems. We offer focused 1:1  support in lessons, where  we can hold a consistent gage on pupil's ability and progress. The following areas are taught in our KS3 and 4 curriculum, with space and flexibility to alter learning focus depending on ability and level;

  • Number

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Measure 

  • Statistics

  • Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change

  • Probability

Science (Available for both KS3 and 4 in 2 formats for KS4)

Science is extremely practical and curiously engaging at Colours Academy. In KS3, Pupils cover topics in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. In year 7, pupils will learn:-

  • The structure and function of living organisms- cells and organisation, Nutrition and digestion, the skeletal and muscular systems, gas exchange systems and Reproduction

  • The particulate nature of matter

  • Atoms, elements and compounds

  • Pure and impure substances

  • Chemical reactions

In Year 8, pupils will learn:-

  • Motion and forces- describing motion and forces, pressure in forces, balanced forces and forces in motion

  • Waves- Observed waves, energy and waves, light waves and sound waves

  • Energy- exploration of fuel in different contexts, energy changes and transfers inc changes in systems

  • Chemical reactions- inc scientific skills and working safely

In KS4, pupils have a choice of either 'Double Award' or 'Triple Award'. Triple award applies more focus on each individual science learning area (physics, biology or chemistrywhereas Double Science is more generally focused on the three. Both awards have additional science practicals which are mandatory ,as part of the course.

Biology Topics will cover;

  • Using Microscopes and learning about cells

  • Specialised cells and bacteria

  • Enzymes

  • Genetics

  • Health, disease and development of medicines

Chemistry topics will cover;

  • States of matter

  • Methods of separating and purifying substances

  • Atomic Structure

  • The periodic table

  • Ionic bonding

  • Types of substance

  • Calculating mass

  • Acids

  • Electrolytic Processess

Physics Topics will cover;

  • Forces and Motion

  • Conservation of energy

  • Waves

  • Light and the electromagnetic  spectrum

  • Radioactivity 

Psychology (Available for KS3 and 4)

In KS3 Pupils will learn:-

  • The biology of Psychology- including Anatomy of the brain, synapses and neurotransmitters, the eyes and genetics

  • Research Methods- including case studies, observations and using questionnaires

  • Key psychology studies

  • Writing Hypotheses 

In KS4 pupils will learn:-

  • Understanding development of psychology, development stages and theories. Ethnical issues of research, observation as a research method, interpreting scattershot graphs. Moral development.

  • Memory- short and long term memory, models of memory, research experiments, theories and contextual studies. Amnesia, designing studies, reductionism and holism.

  • Psychological studies- including mental health, diagnosis of disease, depression genetic and cognitive explanation, drawing and interpreting frequency graphs, addiction, cognitive behavioural therapy, drug treatments, arithmetic and numerical computation

  • The brain and neuropsychology- anatomy of the brain, synapses and neurotransmitters, brain lateralisation, neurological damage and it's effects, historical perspectives case studies.

Art and Design (Available for KS3 and 4)

At Colours Academy we value our creative surroundings including the resident artist work hub, The Clay Factory and a curriculum that has heavy practical focus to inspire and motivate the creativity of young artists.

In KS3, pupils will focus on the following topics;

  • Colour Theory

  • Developing Drawing Skills

  • Artistic investigation into 'Nature'

  • Using Patterns and Lines in Art

  • 20th Century Art Movements history project

  • Developing painting skills

  • Observing and expressing the human form and figure through Fine Art

  • Exploring and experimenting with mediums

  • Developing Photography skills

  • Exploring the theme of 'Urbanism' through Art

  • Pupils responding to a set theme

In KS4, pupils will cover the following areas;

  • Researching and contextually investigating artists and designers in response to a theme

  • Practically exploring the work of artists, other inspirations and sources and refining skills in order to create impactful, meaning creative outcomes

  • Developing understanding of annotating work and highlighting what elements can be improved and further developed in relation to the title of the investigation

  • Expressing the title and journey of the work through the presentation of a final piece that is both very creatively meaningful and contextual to the refined materials, techniques and processes of the overall work

BTEC Art and Design (Level 3- KS5 only)

The level 3 Extended Diploma in BTEC Art and Design promotes ample of opportunities for individuals with a creative nature, interest and talent aged over 16, to diverse themselves in a wide world of art and design. The course is extremely versatile and covers many areas including textiles, fine art, photography, sculpture, design, conceptual art for games, printmaking, drwaing, illustration, exhibiting/curating an exhbition, painting... the list goes on. To find out more about this course, please contact Victoria, the course leader, at

Photography (Available for KS3 and 4)

Photography is always curious and fun at Colours Academy; combining small exciting projects with explorative outcome... In KS3 pupils explore camera skills including adjusting aperture and depth of field, using light in a number of experimental and intriguing ways, investigating camera angles, compositions and different types of photography. In KS4, pupils explore a variation of photographers in reflection to a set theme. Pupils explore different creative techniques whilst fully engaging their ideas and artistic intentions alongside the production of photography sketchbook.

Textiles (Available for KS3 and 4)

Textiles is fantastic with our fully experienced textile specialist, Alex. Classes fully engage pupils in making garments, experimenting with fabric, dying fabric, manipulating materials- including exploring textures and working towards a final product. Pupils make a range of garments and also gather experience working with sewing machines and practicing working with a needle and thread. By the time you finish the lesson, you will have a new wardrobe. Pupils will also be exploring a wide range of fashion styles as well as delving deep into the very creative industry.

Music (Available for KS3 and 4)

Music at Colours Academy aims to enable a diverse curriculum of musical cultural learning in which pupils can express their best interests through building of techniques and skills. Pupils will have the opportunity the explore various musical instruments including key techniques and fundamental skills when rehearsing, playing and writing pieces of music. In KS4, pupils will take more responsibility and leadership into their work and focus their learning on developing and showcasing their learning and refined skills.

Dance- (BTEC Level 2) (Available for KS3 and 4)

At Colours Academy we follow the BTEC Level 2 for Dance. We have a spacious and self contained dance studio in which enables pupils to fully engage to the creative practicalities of the learning. The BTEC in Dance focuses pupils learning in the following areas;

  • Exploring genres, styles and techniques in Dance

  • Refining dance skills and making creative choices

  • Presenting skills and developing a practised, refined piece of work 

Drama (Available for KS3 and 4)

Drama at Colours Academy encompasses a creative scheme of work that inspires pupils to be practical and be inspired by a world of acting and theatre. We incorporate theatre visits and regularly perform in school productions and showcase evenings. In KS3, pupils cover;

  • Exploration of theatre genres and styles

  • Devising drama and developing theatre ideas

  • Exploring a set text through practical, creative development

  • Development of acting skills, including use of voice, body and language  

In KS4 Pupils will cover the following areas:-

  • Devising a piece of theatre from a set stimulus and developing skills accordingly

  • Studying a set text and learning, and performing two key extracts

  • Studying a second set text in order to respond to paper question as either a designer or director

  • Reviewing and evaluating theatre through a live theatre visit