Key Stage 3 curriculum overview

Full-time transition programmes led by Louise Barnes (Deputy Head Teacher) for students who are unable to access mainstream education for a short period of time. Students follow a curriculum that balances the core classroom subjects – English, Maths, Science, PHSE and Art with key elements of our outdoor and practical curriculum. Students will be prepared to integrate back into a mainstream school or, for those undergoing an EHCP assessment, a specialist placement. Maximum staff student ratio 1:6. Up to 12 places are available. The provision opened at the beginning of the summer term 2015.

Bird

 

The KS3 curriculum is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual students and so is deliberately flexible. For example, planned lessons were suspended on a recent afternoon so that the students could watch the chicks hatch.

River photo

 

 

A recent science lesson involved walking to the local park to undertake pond-dipping. Students found 9 different types of animal in the water. Each student looked at the characteristics of each animal and how they were adapted to their environment. Back at school, the students recorded their observations.

 

All KS3 students follow the curriculum shown below

Art and Design To enjoy Art you need to be able to……..

concentrate

think creatively

be brave and take risks in your learning

enjoy making things

wash up your equipment

do a small amount of writing

not mind getting a bit messy sometimes

be willing to work independently

research artists, object, and other cultures

Catering Students will participate in menu-planning and drawing up shopping lists, paying due regard to nutrition and a balanced diet. They will cook lunch at least once a week for themselves and their peers. Core catering skills such as weighing and measuring, chopping, slicing, grating and mixing will be developed over the course of each term.
English Students will cover a variety of topics within the English curriculum, in preparation for their transition into Key Stage 4. We will be looking at the different purposes of writing and the conventions that these require. Students will learn how to write different text types, covering formal and informal letters, newspaper articles, blogs and formal essays. In preparation for the news GCSE exams, we will also cover close language analysis skills – enabling the students to examine fiction and non-fiction texts and learn to write about these in a formal and structured way. All our students will be encouraged to read a variety of texts and will choose a longer novel to work on in more depth.
Geography Through covering topics such as globalisation, development and tourism, students will travel the world from the comfort of their seats! We will explore other countries, cultures and customs whilst thinking about the benefits of multicultural societies, the unfair treatment of those working in sweat shops and the contributions we can make to better the world around us.
History

 

Students study a number of significant events across the Key Stage and will follow a range of topics including:

•             The development of the Church, state and society in Medieval Britain (eg, the Norman conquest, the Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament.)

•             Ideas, political power, industry and empire (eg, Britain’s transatlantic slave trade, the French Revolutionary wars.)

•             Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901-present (eg WW1 and the peace settlement.)

Maths

 

  • number and algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rate of change
  • geometry and measures
  • statistics and probability

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for key stage 3 is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on key stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects. Decisions about progression should be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for key stage 4. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

Physical Education At Malden Oaks School the PE department philosophy is ‘Fitter, healthier students make better learners’. To this end we provide practical and some theory related lessons at KS3. We have good local links with a number of providers in and around the area and regularly provide students with weekly opportunities to get involved in a range of activities. Our KS3 students this year have already enjoyed off –site activities at the Hawker Leisure Centre, Hampton Lido, White Spider Urban Climbing, Hollywood Bowl and Mountain Biking in Richmond Park. We therefore aim to provide an environment where every student can achieve a level of success.   Combined with the Wednesday afternoon activity programme, there are also further opportunities for Golf at New Malden and Skiing at the Sandown Ski Centre.
PSHE The PSHE Education for KS3 course covers topics from the PSHE Association’s revised Programme of Study across eleven chapters. These are: ‘Introducing PSHE Education’, ‘Relationships & Sex Education: facts’, ‘Relationships & Sex Education: feelings’, ‘Drugs’, ‘Emotional wellbeing’, ‘Healthy lifestyle’, ‘Risk and safety’, ‘Identity’, ‘Communities’, ‘Planning for the future’ and ‘Money and me’. The programme will be responsive to the individual learning needs of the students and local circumstances and will focus on PSHE values and skills, as well as the knowledge and understanding.
Science Students will cover a variety of topics within the Science curriculum, in preparation for their transition into Key Stage 4. In Biology they student cover topics about living organisms; focusing on cells and how different species reproduce. Students will also develop practical skills when completing topics on chemical reactions in Chemistry. They also study the periodic table and Kinetic theory of matter. In Physics, students will examine topics in forces and motion, space and light and sound; again refining practical skills.

As well as the core subjects listed above, all students will participate in Activities Afternoon on a Wednesday. They will be offered a choice of up to 10 different activities, some indoor and some outdoor.

Other subjects may be offered on a short or long term basis dependent on staff availability and student interest e.g. Modern Foreign Languages, Music and Drama.