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KS3 Curriculum

 

Art

The art department’s philosophy echoes the principle that “every child is an artist”. The problem is how to remain an artist when they grow up. With this in mind, teaching staff have established an environment where it is hoped that all students will learn to value their own unique ability to create. Throughout the key stage, students develop confidence in their work by acquiring a sound art vocabulary with which to explore their own imaginative ideas. They develop their technical ability when drawing from direct observation and using line, texture, tone, colour and proportion. Students are encouraged to become independent learners and be as individual in their approach to expressing ideas and using materials as possible.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Identity
  • Mark making
  • Portrait in the style of an artist
  • Fashion collage
  • Land and Sea
  • Ocean Creatures
  • Seascapes
  • Buildings and architectural forms
  • Metamorphosis and Evolution
  • Reptiles
  • Human portrait
  • Skulls 

Biology

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in biology allows students to explore the fundamental building blocks of living things and begin the process of learning how to be a good scientist. Students will learn what makes for a rigourous investigation with reliable results and how to analyse their results using graphs and tables to form a conclusion. Our students will also be introduced to the skills required to read and understand exam style-questions so they can apply their knowledge effectively. The focus at Key Stage 3 is on fun and there are a number of opportunities for students to undertake their own research projects to find out about an area of science that is relevant and current.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Cells
  • Reproduction in plants and animals
  • Digestion and enzymes
  • Ventilation
  • Skeleton and muscles
  • Aerobic and anaerobic respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Ecology

Students will begin their GCSE course in year 9, covering material that is common to all biology courses. Topics include:

  • Cells and microscopy
  • Stem cells and cancer
  • Respiration and metabolism
  • Diffusion, osmosis and active transport
  • Photosynthesis

 

chemistry

In year 7 and 8 chemistry, students are introduced to core GCSE principals in a fun and engaging way.  The course is practical based and gives plenty of opportunities for the students to develop a competency in using a wide range of experimental apparatus.  The main aim of the course is to embed the relevant scientific language into our student’s written work whilst also building their data analysis skills and scientific technique.  The purpose of this is to prepare them for the style and wording of GCSE examination papers.  In year 9 we begin to introduce the students to actual GCSE content focussing on the main building blocks of chemistry such as atoms, bonding and rates of reaction which relate to a wide range of GCSE topics.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Elements, Compounds and Reactions
  • Mixing Dissolving and Separating
  • Particle Theory
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Combustion and the Environment
  • Atomic Structure and The Periodic Table
  • Bonding Structure and Properties of Matter

 

Computing

The aim is to prepare students for life in a world dependent on technology. They will learn how algorithms can be used in animations, how spreadsheets can be used to model real-life situations, how data is encrypted and compressed, and how images can be modified. They also learn to code in several languages from those designed for young people to more powerful industry-standard languages.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Powerpoint Animation
  • Spreadsheet Modelling
  • Coding in Scratch
  • Data Encryption & Decryption
  • Data Compression & Image Processing
  • Databases
  • Use of the Internet
  • Coding with the Microbit
  • Computer Hardware
  • Coding in Small Basic
  • Binary arithmetic
  • Animation in Flash
  • Coding in Visual Basic or Python

 

Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, you will design and make products that solve real and relevant problems, considering personal and others’ needs, wants and values.

Our students will develop a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on will link this learning to other subjects such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. They will be challenged to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, students will develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • CAD/CAM
  • Product Modelling
  • Designer Influences
  • Systems and Control
  • Practical Workshop Skills
  • Client Based Design

 

drama

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in drama aims to excite and enthuse students into the world of theatre. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of different drama skills and techniques that will then be built on year on year. Students will have many opportunities to perform, reflect and evaluate all within a safe and secure setting. Students will develop specific skills in drama, as well learning to collaborate, compromise and communicate.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Introduction to drama – basic skills
  • Pantomime
  • Darkwood Manor – Character development
  • Greek Theatre & Masks: An intro to costume
  • Grimm’s Tales – Performing a script
  • WW2 – Applying drama
  • Physical Theatre
  • Children’s Theatre
  • Shakespeare and Stage Combat
  • Stage Make-up
  • Silent Movies and Mime
  • Devising
  • Practitioners – Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Godber, Boal and Berkoff.
  • Trestle Masks
  • Costume
  • Theatre in Education
  • Craig and Bentley – Crime Drama

 

english

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in English aims to develop the literacy and communication skills of students while instilling a love of literature. Students enjoy tailored schemes of work that explore prose, drama and poetry to develop discussion, analysis and critical thinking skills. Language skills are also recognised as integrally important as students learn how to argue, inform, persuade and entertain. All of these skills are vital, not only later in KS4 English, but across the entire curriculum in communicating effectively in other subject areas.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Prose – TBC
  • Transactional Writing
  • Shakespeare
  • Narrative – creative
  • Poetry
  • ‘Food for Thought’
  • Prose – Millions/Wonder
  • 19th Century Texts
  • Shakespeare
  • Dystopias in Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Media
  • Gothic Writing
  • Prose - Lord of the Flies/Of Mice and Men
  • Shakespeare
  • ‘Journeys’
  • Poetry
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

 

french

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in French aims to develop pupils’ listening, reading, writing and speaking skills across a wide range of topic areas. Students enjoy tailored schemes of work that consolidate knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar, and pupils become increasingly independent linguists as the Key Stage progresses.  Pupils enjoy learning about another culture and develop recall, speaking and writing skills that effortlessly and effectively transfer to other subject areas.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Personal identification
  • Family and school
  • Where I live, leisure and pets
  • Food and drink
  • In town, directions and making arrangements
  • Lifestyle
  • Holidays
  • Sport and leisure
  • Daily life and issues in Francophone countries
  • Comparing England and France
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Free time activities
  • Technology
  • Holidays and travel
  • Healthy lifestyles

 

geography

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in geography provides pupils with a broad exploration of human and physical geography. We cover topics that are pertinent to life in the 21st Century from climate change to globalisation, migration to development inequality and the greatest climatological and tectonic risks posed to society today. Our curriculum enables our pupils to build a broad range of geographic skills including the interpretation of graphic and cartographic data, linking across curriculum areas as well as how to build effective arguments and analytical writing skills. Moreover, our curriculum develops pupils understanding of the world that they live in, how they can both affect and be effected by processes that take place globally and locally.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Map skills
  • The rise of China
  • The Geography of Food
  • Social development
  • Fieldwork investigations
  • Changing populations
  • 21st Century India
  • Risky World
  • Resource issues
  • Climate change and future challenges
  • Future floods
  • Into Africa
  • Conflict
  • Biomes and forests under threat
  • Energy issues

 

history

‘The history of anything is important when your job is to improve the future’. Key stage 3 History is a colourful and exciting journey from the Ancient Romans to the Tudor Dynasty – stopping off in Medieval Britain with its plagues, treasons and rebellions and introducing Kings, Queens, Priests and Peasants.

 Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • What is History?
  • Ancient Rome
  • Vikings
  • 1066 and Norman England – battles, feudal system and French influences
  • Medieval realms  - Thomas Beckett, Black death, crusades, life in medieval England
  • Tudors dynasty
  • The Reformation and the break with Rome
  • The Stuarts – Gun powder plot, Great fire and plague
  • English Civil War & Oliver Cromwell
  • The Victorians and the British Empire
  • World War One
  • Titanic
  • Votes for Women
  • Communism
  • Russian Revolution
  • Rise of Hitler
  • Life under Nazi Germany
  • Holocaust
  • Steps to World War Two
  • Begin GCSE (Summer term)

 

Mathematics

Mathematical thinking is important for all members of society; for its use in the workplace, and for personal decision-making. Mathematics is fundamental in providing tools for understanding science, engineering, technology and economics.

Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a more elegant solution, or notice hidden connections. Pupils who are functional in mathematics are able to think independently in applied and abstract ways, and can reason and solve problems.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Maths-mastery topics:

  • Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction and of decimals
  • Multiplication and Division and of decimals
  • Area and perimeter
  • Working with units
  • Angles
  • Triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Symmetry and tessellation
  • Understand and use fractions
  • Fractions of amounts
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Order of operations
  • Algebra
  • Percentages
  • Handling Data
  • Properties of Number
  • Fractions
  • Index Laws and Standard Form
  • Area and Perimeter
  • Drawing and using graphs
  • Calculations and estimation
  • Using algebra
  • Circles
  • Geometrical reasoning
  • Describing data
  • Using formulae and expressions
  • Brackets and equations
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Bearings and scale drawings
  • Constructions
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Volume
  • Ratio
  • Probability
  • Using fractions
  • Scatter Graphs
  • Solving equations
  • Straight Line Graphs
  • Curved Graphs
  • Changing the subject of a formula
  • 3D Shapes
  • Area and Volume
  • Percentage Change
  • Trigonometry
  • Interpreting Graphs
  • Compound measures

Year 9 GCSE Topics:

  • Calculations(Number)
  • Expressions
  • Angles and Polygons
  • Handling Data

 

mUSIC

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in music will give students the opportunity to perform using a variety of instruments/their voice; to compose using various musical software, including Garageband and Sibelius; and to listen and write about music in a variety of different styles. There is a real focus on collaboration and group work. In year 7 all students will complete two terms of group tuition on an instrument/ voice of their choice. Students will learn in a range of styles including practical lessons rehearsing, composing, forming bands and groups, trips, events and concerts.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Elements of music & Garageband
  • Rap
  • Orchestra
  • Folk music
  • Programme music
  • Ukulele
  • Piano chords
  • Inspirational artist
  • Song-writing
  • Music for Dance
  • Caribbean music
  • African drumming
  • Pop timelines/60s music
  • 70s music/ word painting
  • 80s and 90s cover versions
  • Musicals
  • Band project 1
  • Band project 2

 

Physical Education

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in physical education inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. We provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. We create an environment in sport and other activities to build character and help to embed values such as fairness and respect. A wide variety of sports are on offer in both curriculum time and enrichment to enable all pupils to learn, develop and succeed in a variety of different sports. We also have links with many clubs in the local community so that pupils can make lifelong connections with sport outside of school.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Swimming
  • Trampolining
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Fitness

 

PHYSICS

The Key Stage 3 physics curriculum is designed to introduce the students to the key areas of physics; energy, forces, waves, radiation, space and electricity. We build the basics of each of these and start to develop the links that bind them together. Mathematical skills are a significant part of physics and we introduce the students to using and manipulating algebraic equations as well as developing their graphical and analytical skills. Practical skills, problem solving and questioning are all important aspects of physics and we aim to build students understanding in these areas throughout their time in key stage 3. For example, in the last term of year 7, students have an extended space project with lessons specifically designed to develop science skills and a homework activity that results in students displaying their work in the annual BHSA STEM fair.

In year 9, we begin the GCSE course and cover generic material that is common to all of different GCSE physics courses. Here we introduce our girls to examination style questions and focus on developing the language needed to interpret the examinations.  

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Forces
  • Solar System & Gravity
  • Waves
  • Mission to Mars Project
  • Energy
  • Stars & The Universe
  • Electric Circuits
  • Atomic Structure
  • Radioactivity
  • Nuclear Fission and Fusion
  • Electricity
  • Forces and Motion

 

pshe

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in PSHE encompasses a variety of topics delivered in the first half term of the spring term. These focus on ensuring our students are aware of the key elements of living in our society today; so they can make responsible, healthy choices in their future and help others to do the same. We also focus on careers in the summer term programme of study.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Introduction to the Positive Project and how it can work
  • Mindfulness
  • Living a healthy lifestyles
  • Creating and maintaining healthy
  • relationships
  • Road safety

 

Careers:

What am I good at?

  • What is the labour market and how has it
  • changed?
  • What jobs can I do in the area I enjoy?
  • Body image and healthy lifestyles Drug and alcohol awareness
  • Healthy relationships; internet safety

Careers:

Creating a CV Who gets the job

  • Why are covering letters important? What skills do I have that are transferable?
  • Teen pregnancy
  • FGM
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Human rights

Careers:

Employment law

  • How can I create my own personal brand?
  • Dealing with challenges

 

Religious Studies

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in religious studies allows students to learn about the roots of religious belief; beginning with the key figures of the Old Testament through to the life of Jesus. As part of this students examine the emergence of key religions that can be found within the UK. This helps students to understand the variety of belief that can be found within society today, and how these practices are connected to key stories found within the holy books of each religion. Our students are given opportunity to discuss the impact of belief on the individual and consider the difficulties of living a religious life in the modern world.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Where does religion come from?
  • Key figures and stories from the Old Testament
  • Our world of wonder
  • Study of Hinduism
  • The life of Jesus and the early Christians
  • Christianity today
  • People of Faith
  • Study of Buddhism
  • Study of Islam
  • Justice and responsibility
  • Making moral decisions
  • Living a religious life
  • Judaism in the modern world

 

spanish

The Key Stage 3 curriculum in Spanish aims to develop pupils’ listening, reading, writing and speaking skills across a wide range of topic areas. Students enjoy tailored schemes of work that consolidate knowledge of both vocabulary and grammar, and pupils become increasingly independent linguists as the Key Stage progresses. Pupils enjoy learning about another culture and develop recall, speaking and writing skills that effortlessly and effectively transfer to other subject areas.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • Talking about yourself and your family
  • Describing yourself
  • School
  • My week
  • Where you live
  • Eating and drinking
  • Holidays
  • Talking about the past
  • The media
  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology
  • Free time activities
  • Customs and festivals
  • Culture in the Hispanic world