Key Stage 3
Foundation of Knowledge
During Key Stage 3, students will be exposed to challenging topics and texts to really stretch their capacity to learn. Our knowledge-rich curricula will provide students with the fundamental building blocks of knowledge via vocabulary. Our approach to vocabulary is centred around the concept that words are indeed the gateway to thinking and each subject derives their own, subject specific, specialist words whilst also providing students with the intertwined depth of knowledge via the more general and versatile vocabulary, which can be used across all of their studies.
(Personal, Social, Health, Economic)
If we are to create conscientious and productive members of society, we must also help their spiritual and moral growth. Students follow a PSHE unit during mentoring time and have these same, socially fundamental topics intertwined within their academic studies.
Literacy & Numeracy
Finally, to fully ensure we are preparing students for the rigour of later life and the accompanying aspects of functional literacy and numeracy, there is a whole school focus in these areas across also subjects with further supplementation in mentor time. In literacy, students will be focusing on exposure to challenging non-fiction texts linked to their PSHE programme. Here they will understand the grammatical constructions of a text whilst also working to understand the more subtle and perceptive messages within. There will also be a school-wide focus on numeracy and the necessity of arithmetic in society and this will also be supplemented, via our numeracy ninjas programme, within mentor time.
Our overall intent of the KS3 curriculum is to enable students with a broad and deep foundation of knowledge they can call upon in their later studies and life. By developing the curriculum in this way we are confident that our students will enjoy their learning even more, understand its relevance and in turn make even more rapid progress.
The Academy has devised a suggested reading list of fictional books that we would encourage students to read in KS3. Please click here to read the list.