Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is based on the National Curriculum programmes of study. Students follow a common curriculum comprising:
|Art||2 hours per fortnight|
|Creative Technology||4 hours per fortnight|
|Dance||1 hour per fortnight|
|Drama||1 hour per fortnight|
|English||7 hours per fortnight|
|Geography||3 hours per fortnight|
|History||3 hours per fortnight|
|Mathematics||7 hours per fortnight|
|Modern Foreign Languages||6 hours per fortnight|
|Music||2 hours per fortnight|
|Physical Education||4 hours per fortnight|
|Religious Studies||2 hours per fortnight|
|Science||6 hours per fortnight|
In MFL, all students are taught French throughout Key Stage 3. At the start of Year 7 all students are taught French in mixed ability teaching groups. However, during Year 7, the classes are re-set according to ability with the top two classes in each band (4 in total) picking up a second language (either German or Spanish). In this case three hours per fortnight are spent on French and three hours on the second language. The MFL Subject Leader is responsible for deciding which second language students will study.
Creative Technologies comprises four subjects (computer science, food technology, resistant materials and textiles). These subjects are taught in pairs with students following two of the subjects for half the year (computer science & resistant materials or food technology & textiles) and the other two in the second half.
The specific details of what is taught in each subject across Key Stage 3 and how student progress is assessed are contained within the Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guides.
We use a variety of ways to set students in different subjects and in different years depending on what is the most appropriate context for individual students’ learning. In all classes (both mixed ability ones and those set by ability) there is a range of ability. To take account of these differences all staff have a responsibility when planning work to meet the needs of all students. This will involve, at different times, adapting tasks; providing different resources; developing extension work; providing a variety of learning styles and environments; setting individual goals; giving different levels of support, and offering a variety of ways to demonstrate knowledge and understanding.
The subjects which set independently of other subjects are listed in the table below:
|Year 7||Year 8||Year 9|
|Creative Technologies||Creative Technologies||Creative Technologies|
|Modern Foreign Languages||Modern Foreign Languages||Mathematics|
|PE||PE||Modern Foreign Languages|