KS3 Curriculum

All KS3 students follow the curriculum shown below

Art and Design


 

To enjoy Art and Design 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
  • persevere and be resilient to set-backs

Catering

 

To enjoy Catering you need to be able to…

  • follow a recipe
  • measure out ingredients
  • work as a team
  • work safely and responsibly
  • develop your core skills in: mixing; chopping; grating etc
  • choose the correct utensils and equipment
  • work in a hygienic manner
  • be willing to share or make food for others
  • wash and tidy up
  • consider what makes a balanced and healthy diet
Computing

You will be taught digital literacy as well as developing your computer skills for your future in the workplace; alongside being given opportunities to use computational thinking and creativity skills. Computing will often be used side-by-side with Literacy as a method of strengthening written and presentation skills. Topics include:

  • Basics of Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • E- safety and online responsibility
  • Coding
  • Using search technologies effectively and evaluating their reliability
  • An introduction to touch typing

English
You will cover a variety of topics within the English curriculum, in preparation for your transition into Key Stage 4. Including:

  • the different purposes of writing and the conventions that these require
  • learning how to write different text types and the features of each
  • developing grammar and spelling skills
  • examining fiction and non-fiction texts and learn to write about these in a formal and structured way
  • reading a variety of texts and choosing a longer novel to work on in more depth
  • developing retrieval and inference comprehension skills
  • providing opportunities to develop speaking and listening and presenting skills
  • enhance empathy and an understanding of our emotions through emotional literacy studies

Geography

 

You will travel the world from the comfort of your seat! Following a curriculum based around both human and physical geography that inspires curiosity, you’ll cover the following:

  • exploring other countries, cultures and customs whilst thinking about the benefits of multicultural societies
  • knowledge of globes, maps and atlases – the continents and the countries within them
  • climate change and eco-issues, considering our role to play in this
  • comparative studies between the UK and other European and International countries
  • Earth’s key physical processes and natural disasters
  • developing research, analysis, communication skills and drawing conclusions from geographical data

History

 

As if travelling back in time, you will study a number of significant events to gain a better  knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and the wider world including:

  • challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901-present
  • extension of knowledge of Britain before 1066
  • history of the local area
  • the development of the church in Britain
  • the British Empire, political power and industry
  • understanding the methods of historical enquiry: asking questions, thinking critically and making links between evidence
  • the diversity of societies and their changes over time
  • a significant society or issue which is interconnected to other world developments

Maths

 

 

 

The principal focus of mathematics teaching is to ensure that you’ll develop your confidence in applying your knowledge and skills and extend your understanding of the number system and calculation methods. Opportunities will also be given to practice reasoning and problem-solving skills. You will cover a variety of topics within the Maths curriculum, in preparation for your transition into Key Stage 4. including:

  • Geometry (shape, space and measurements)
  • Algebra
  • Probability and statistics
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Mental and written calculation methods
  • Ratio and proportion

Physical Education

 

Our 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 you with weekly opportunities to get involved in a range of activities such as:

  • swimming
  • golfing
  • climbing
  • bowling
  • gym sessions
  • outdoor and adventurous
  • orienteering

We aim to provide an environment where every student can achieve a level of success and try new experiences that encourage you to challenge yourself.

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’
  • ‘Money and me’.

The programme will be responsive to your individual learning needs and local circumstances and will focus on PSHE values and skills, as well as knowledge and understanding. You will also be encouraged to learn about the different festivals and significant days celebrated in the UK.

Science

 

You will cover a variety of topics within the Science curriculum. You will study topics through the three disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Including:

  • Living organisms (focusing on cells and how different species reproduce)
  • Kinetic theory of matter
  • Forces and motion
  • Space
  • Light and sound
  • Develop their independent skills in scientific enquiry, planning and carrying out a Scientific investigation
  • Data collection and analysis
  • The Periodic Table
  • Develop practical skills when completing topics on chemical reactions

Extended Curriculum

As a KS3 student, you are given opportunities to develop you social skills, ability to empathise and altruism through offsite learning, trips, volunteering and by engaging with visitors to the school. These include:

  • volunteering at the local Nursing Home
  • volunteering at a primary school
  • taking part in the Faraday Science Challenge
  • completing a first aid programme
  • visits from Zoolab and Dogs Trust

We continuously seek opportunities for extra-curricular learning which develop the student as a whole.

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.

A copy of the above can also be downloaded here.