Key Stage 3 Curriculum
The programmes of study for Years 7-9 are mapped out on the Pupil Information pro forma given to each student at the start of the academic year. (See following pages) The department aims to achieve a balance between rigour and consistency and flexibility and creativity – all classes cover the Core Units but teachers are also encouraged to draw on their own areas of interest and expertise. The Key Stage 3 curriculum was revised in 2008 in response to changes to the National Curriculum. We have tried to reflect the shift towards a skills-based approach; there is less emphasis on prescribed content and more on the boys’ progression in terms of learning outcomes.
Boys use exercise books for most of their class and homework. Exercise books should be marked every six lessons. This is the school’s minimum requirement and in fact we try to respond more quickly to boys’ work. The English Department uses assessment stickers which give a mark out of five (one being the highest) for Effort / Content & Style / Spelling & Punctuation. National Curriculum Levels are awarded for the Core Units (for details see Pupil Information Sheets). At the end of the first half-term boys are given targets in relation to their writing – see stickers put on the inside cover of their exercise books.
Year 7 Pupil Information / Year 8 Pupil Information / Year 9 Pupil Information