Below is a link for the curriculum for Key Stage 3. It is our intention to ensure that a varied and thorough curriculum is taught, where pupils are given the opportunity to study texts from various places and times, as well as having “hands on” experience of Media and ICT.
We are also aware that it is important to promote a healthy attitude to reading. This is also integrated into the curriculum with each pupil at Key Stage 3 having a once fortnightly library lesson. In these lessons pupils are given the opportunity to read a wide range of texts, as well as reinforcing research skills and using ICT for revision. Websites such as BBC Bitesize are used to promote interactive tasks to improve technical accuracy in writing.
Assessments are carried out once per term and these End of Unit Assessments (EoUA) are completed in a Tracker book. Each pupil will have this piece of work marked based on the National Curriculum levels, and will use this book throughout Key Stage 3.
This not only gives us the opportunity to see their progress, but will also show the pupils their own progress, reinforcing how they have improved. Assessing termly, and in timed exam conditions, allows pupils to become more aware of what is expected for their target level and how to achieve this level.
Homework is separated into two types: Reading (one hour a week) and English homework. The Reading homework allows pupils to read a text of their choice over a long period, and they will have their diary signed by parents in order to prove that this task has been completed. Book reviews and class discussion on the books read will also be used to monitor that tasks are completed. The English homework tasks vary depending on which unit is being studied, and which year group.
Click to view KS3 Timetable