Key Stage 3 Curriculum

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Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

all students study English, mathematics, science, history, geography, religious education, Spanish, technology, art, dance, drama, music and physical education.  There is a small amount of choice in year 9 allowing students to specialize in areas of the creativity and languages curriculum that interest them, whilst keeping their options open for their choices in for year 10

English

At KS3 we aim to enable students to become confident and proficient speakers and listeners in a range of settings, for a widening audience and a variety of purposes, whilst also promoting students’ enjoyment of reading and their ability to respond to what they read. In order to do this we ensure that our pupils have access to a wide range of challenging literary, non-literary texts and multi-modal texts.

English at AVC aims to also develop students’ ability and versatility as writers. To enable them to write for different purposes and audiences, to understand the different stages in the writing process and to provide them with opportunities to succeed as writers.

The skills they learn at KS3 feed smoothly into the KS4 GCSE requirements, ensuring an easy transition.

Ultimately, our aim is to encourage the love of the written word and all that brings with it.

Maths

Mathematics is the language of patterns and rules. It allows us to model, explain and predict the world around us. At primary school the focus in on the manipulation of numbers and number relationships. This is extended during secondary school, using what has been mastered and building on the more abstract nature of secondary mathematics.

Students will study number, algebra, geometry, probability and statistics with a focus on mastering ideas and techniques. It is expected that students will take a proactive approach to learning Mathematics, before, during and after lessons. This is aided by excellent online resources, clear detail on when each ‘Key Competency’ is assessed and regular meaningful improvement targets for the students to follow up. The skills developed during the learning of Mathematics; logic, problem solving, and perseverance will impact their lives far beyond the classroom.

The key stage 3 course leads directly into the KS4 course and the requirements for the GCSE.

Science

Science is the study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. At key stage 3 we focus on the following key areas:

·         Enquiring - consisting of devising questions, testing hypotheses, planning to control variables and collecting data.

·         Solving - consisting of estimating risks, examining consequences, interrogating sources and understanding how scientific ideas                  change over time.

·         Analysing - consisting of presenting data, analysing patterns, drawing conclusions and discussing limitations.

·         Communicating - consisting of constructing explanations, communicating ideas, critiquing claims and justifying opinions.

From primary school into Key stage 3 and beyond we build on prior concepts and big ideas incorporating scientific working techniques. Topics covered include Forces, Electromagnets, Energy, Waves, Matter, Reactions, Earth, Organisms, Ecosystems and Genes.

The Key stage 3 topics lead directly into the key stage 4 GCSE courses for Combined and Separate Sciences.

Humanities

Human Studies

Human Studies cover a wide range of subjects, some of which pupils will have had experience of at primary school and some which will be new.  At key stage 3 pupils will study History, Geography and Ethics.  Through these pupils will learn about the world we live in, how it was shaped by natural processes and by humans through time as well as a range of world beliefs and philosophies.  All subjects encourage pupils to develop their enquiring minds, develop their questioning skills and discover new aspects of the world including their lives within it. 

All subjects build the skills and knowledge needed to progress from KS3 into GCSE.  In addition students can also study Sociology – the science of society and Health and Social Care – the study of human growth and changing needs over time.

Languages 

Studying Spanish at KS3 allows pupils to explore and learn the exquisite culture and language. Pupils will learn day to day phrasing and grammar, whilst becoming confident on a variation of terminology.

Not only will pupils learn to speak and write the language but the course at KS3 gives pupils the skills to progress into KS4 for a GCSE qualification.

Creativity

Creativity covers an extensive range of subjects that includes Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Design & Technology, Food & Nutrition, and Sport.

These subjects provide students with opportunities to experience things that they will not have done before.  They’ll take risks with different materials and processes; play music; dance, and perform on stage; use tools in a workshop environment; prepare and cook food; and play new sports.

At KS3 students will experience all of these subjects, learning and developing practical skills in addition to a range of other transferable skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

These subjects prepare students for GCSE and Btec courses at KS4.  They are also a platform for popular Post-16 courses that we offer, that prepare learners for University courses or the workplace.

The PSHE programme can be accessed here: Key Stage 3.

 
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