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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

 

Many of our students enter Year 7 with depressed literacy levels, consequently there has had to be a focus on developing literacy skills to ensure students can access the wider curriculum and achieve exam success as they progress through school. We use the Accelerated Reader programme which has shown dramatic impact upon reading ages. All students are issued with a reading log.

 

We offer our students a broad and varied curriculum which ensures all students have access to a range of subjects including the humanities, performing arts and ICT.

Below is the weekly allocation of periods for each subject. There are 2 equivalent bands in Year 7 and 8 with some students having additional English and mathematics delivered in a nurtured environment.

Curriculum planning at KS3 in individual subjects is informed by close links with our feeder primary schools.  Staff in all subject areas have had dedicated time to work with the primaries to help aid their transition to the new content in the KS2 curriculum and in turn, this informs our own KS3 curriculum, to ensure that there are no ‘wasted years’.

 

S and A Bands

 

Subject

Number of 1 hour periods per fortnight

Mathematics

9

English

9

Science

8

Geography

3

History

3

Modern Foreign Languages

3

Art

2

Drama

2

IT

2

Music

2

Physical Education

4

Religious Studies

1

Technology

2

Additional literacy (Catch Up students only)

2

Additional numeracy (Catch Up students only)

2