Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 are grouped together in one of three KS3 Groups. Programs are designed to enable each pupil to make progress, both emotionally and academically, to support success re-integration into the mainstream environment or to access further assessment.
Pupils in Key Stage 3 attending Kingsland School will usually undertake the following areas of study:
Within English, pupils study a range of texts including fiction and non-fiction, short and longer narratives, poetry, plays, media articles, and websites. Texts include modern authors and writing from English and American literary heritage. English lessons focus on filling the gaps that may have been missed prior to arrival at Kingsland, creating a solid foundation for successfully accessing the KS3 and KS4 curriculum on return to mainstream. Lessons develop discussion, problem solving, cooperation, thinking skills, explanation and review, developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, as well as revisiting essential spelling, punctuation and grammar. The lessons seek to address any fundamental gaps in learning and to broaden each pupil’s English skills.
Pupils follow creative lesson plans that develop their mathematical understanding and aim to re-engage those pupils who have previously struggled with the subject, using a variety of methods and concrete resources, both in group work and individually. Pupils work on tasks which involve problem solving and lateral thinking as well as extending their existing mathematical knowledge. Topics include Number, Algebra, Handling Data and Shape Space and Measurement. Pupils are also given the opportunity to develop their ‘Functional Maths’ skills by working on real-life problems.
Pupils study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. There are opportunities provided for a combination of theoretical and investigative work. The schemes of work are designed to encourage pupils to be enthusiastic about science and to develop higher-level thinking skills.
Personal, Social, Health Education & Citizenship focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understanding pupils need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active and responsible citizens. We use the AQA exam board to allow pupils to gain accreditation in this topic area by completing different modules. These themes and principles are then followed through into to Key Stage 4 to develop and encourage a deeper understanding of the subject to enable pupils to become positive and valuable members of society.
Initially pupils are introduced to the subject by using common objects and ideas developed by pop-art artists of the 20th century, such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney. Different techniques, textures and mediums are encouraged, and the ability to self-evaluate, analyse and document an artist’s life and work.
KS3 Geography will focus on national curriculum areas, using a topic-based approach. Topics can include for example: Map skills, Rainforest Settlement Rivers, Coasts, Extreme Environments and Tourism.