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Key Stage 3 Overview

Key Stage 3 is organised into Bands/Sets defined by ability based on KS2 performance initially and thereafter rates of progress in Core Subjects. A mixture of Linear and Subject Blocking is used to timetable subjects as effectively as possible.

Linear Blocking: Subject Blocking:
The Linear Blocks consist of English, Maths, Humanities, Art, Music, IT, Spanish, RE and PSHCE. PE, Science and Design Technology have Subject blocking to allow rotations of students within academic bands. It also allows the academy to create male/female groups in PE. In Science and Design Technology, smaller class sizes are used to enhance the quality of practical lessons.

Curriculum coverage

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7a

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE

PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

7b

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE

PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

8a

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

8b

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

8c

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Literacy

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

9a

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

9b

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Spanish

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

9c

English

Maths

Science

Humanities

Literacy

Art

RE / PSHCE

DT

PE

IT

Perf Arts

 

 

 

 









Notes:

Design Technology - In Year8 DT rotates with a Computing curriculum to have more focus on Computing skills in KS3 in preparation for Options in Year 9, with Computing being a key Progress 8 subject. In Year 9 students make early options choices to focus on 2 areas of DT to specialise in prior to Options in Year 9.

Science - Students begin study of GCSE Core Science in Year 9.