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Overview of KS3

KS3 Curriculum 2016-17

The school curriculum for KS3, which includes the compulsory national curriculum subjects, are:

  • English
  • maths
  • RE
  • science
  • history
  • geography
  • modern foreign languages
  • design and technology
  • art and design
  • music
  • drama
  • physical education
  • citizenship
  • computing / ICT
  • PSHE

Pupils are taught in sets according to their ability in the subject and the school policy provides opportunities for pupils to be moved between sets depending on achievement (more information on this is available in the school setting and banding policy – see website) Year groups 7, 8 and 9 are split into M band – 4 sets and C band 2 or 3 sets depending on the subject. In some cases in the C band pupils who need extra support in literacy and numeracy receive this as a priority, instead of history, geography and French. Pupils’ literacy skills are developed though a historical and geographical context. When their literacy and numeracy skills improve they are able to move up a set.

Setting arrangements at both KS3 and KS4 (core subjects only at KS4)
Setting arrangements at both KS3 and KS4

The following tables illustrate the number of lessons available for each subject, the school timetable is organised over a two week cycle with 50 x 1 hour lessons.

Curriculum y7 and 8
curriculum y9
*Additional Literacy and Numeracy will be provided for pupils who are operating below Level 4 in Reading and maths at KS2 and takes place instead of French / Spanish and French in years 7, 8 and 9 respectively. This is revised with regular assessments and if progress is made pupils will be placed in mainstream lessons.

There are formal termly assessments of pupil’s performance in each subject to measure progress. (Please see the school assessment, reporting and recording and setting / banding policy for more details).


Extra Curricular / enhancements

In addition to the academic curriculum there are a number of enhancements that enrich the curriculum to develop pupils skills an interests in a vast array of areas.

For example after school and lunchtime sporting activities include football, netball and rounder’s teams, handball, athletics, cricket club, gymnastics, archery, dance club fitness clubs and sports leaders to mention a few.

In addition there are Textiles club, Chess club, Science club, Gift team, Music club, school productions and Duke of Edinburgh (KS4), this is not a definitive list.