Key Stage 3

 Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) Curriculum Offer
English - Leanne Burling -
In KS3  English follows a mastery approach. The students study a variety of texts as required by the National Curriculum as well developing their writing skills through specifically designed lessons. The curriculum is designed to develop memory skills The focus on both literature and language enables students to transition back into main stream schools smoothly and ensures that they have the same curriculum opportunities as larger schools.
Texts Studied
· Poetry
· Ancient Tales
· Sherlock Holmes
· The Tempest

Mathematics - Ben Armstead -
In KS3  mathematics follows a mastery approach, where learning how to solve problems is at the core of lessons. Maths mastery makes sure children have all the necessary foundational knowledge to grasp more advanced concepts. It starts with the basics and ensures every child has a solid understanding of one topic before moving on to the next. The content studied each term builds on previous material, and the links between all areas of study are made clear.
· Numbers
· Patterns
· 2D and 3D shape geometry
· Problem solving
· Basic Algebra
· Ratios
· Data collection

Science - Pip Holbrough -
At Key Stage 3, we follow the National Curriculum, encompassing areas within all three disciplines.  This covers living organisms, ecosystems and genetics, particles, reaction and materials, energy, motion and electricity.  We incorporate practical where we can, to stretch and challenge their thinking about the world in which they live, encouraging them to draw appropriate conclusions. 

Art - Natalie Davidson -
In KS3 Art students will be learning the 6 technical skills they will need if they wish to pursue it. Each term will focus of at least 2 of the skills to ensure students not only get an in-depth understanding of the skill and how it is used, but are also able to practice using the skills in different ways to grow their confidence in applying it. Students will be shown art from different cultures, times and the ways it can be applied to other areas such as in media or architecture to support them to learn how this has affected the world we live in today. This will support them their appreciation of what art really is and why it is so important to so many people. In the summer terms the student will then use the knowledge of the skills they have learned to create a 3D bird in a medium of their choosing. This will help secure their knowledge and understanding of how these skills can be transferred from their traditional 2D use to other areas.

ICT - Natalie Davidson -
In KS3 ICT students will be developing their problem-solving skills, working as a team to complete goals, learning to code and the different ways coding is used. Students will learn not only the positives about computing but also how to keep themselves safe when using technology. The year has been structured so that as their knowledge of ICT deepens so will their ability to use code and understanding of all the ways computers are used. The students then learn how these simpler constructs can be combined to create more complex programs such as games, apps and data retrieval.