Key Stage 3

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Class Classroom Teacher
English Lucy Thompson
Maths Will Day
Science Stephanie Comas
Physical Education Stephanie Comas
ICT Will Day
Sama Kickboxing James Clark
Humanities Tutors
PSHE Tutors
Art Brian Hoten
Music Gary Holmes
Food Technology David Edwards
Unit Award Scheme Russell Dent
Media Russell Dent
DEAR Tutors

 

Class Description
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English Learners develop basic skills in literacy through programs such as SNIP and Lexia, while covering mandatory subjects such as Shakespeare.  Learners also look at literary examples such as Harry Potter Learners develop the essential skills around reciprocal teaching focusing around four skills being clarifying, questioning, summarising, and predicting. This is achieved by using such programs as Hackney Literacy programme. Learners work towards gaining AQA English Entry Level. In order to complete they must complete a reading unit based on literary material and a reading based unit on non-literary material, some in the form of formal exams. They must also complete two writing units and a speaking and listening unit. They will do this while fulfilling the requirements for the new KS3 National Curriculum in English.
Maths Learners will be studying the new Maths Curriculum to springboard them towards their GCSEs. They will be given the chance to complete small tasks through the AQA Unit Award Scheme as means of encouraging their engagement with the curriculum. They will be completing units on:

  • Using Operations
  • Tables
  • Pictograms & Barcharts
  • Grouped Data
  • Ranges
  • Means
  • Modes & Medians
  • Basic Functions
  • Simple Formulae
  • Graphs

 

Learners will be studying the new Maths Curriculum to springboard them towards their GCSEs. They will be given the chance to complete small tasks through the AQA Unit Award Scheme as means of encouraging their engagement with the curriculum. They will be completing units on:

  • Using Operations
  • Tables
  • Pictograms & Barcharts
  • Grouped Data
  • Ranges
  • Means
  • Modes & Medians
  • Basic Functions
  • Simple Formulae
  • Graphs

 

Learners will be beginning their GCSE journey studying the three year AQA GCSE Specification in Maths in preparation for the new style GCSEs. Learners will be given the opportunity to achieve accreditations in the AQA Unit Award Scheme through small tasks. In the shorter term they will be completing units towards their Entry Level Maths. At this stage Learners will be covering:

  • Factors & Multiples
  • Fractions, Decimals & Percentages
  • Primes and Square Numbers
  • LCM, HCF, Prime Numbers
  • Properties of Angles
  • Transformations
  • Ratios
  • 3D Shapes
  • Statistics
  • Co-ordinates
Science Learners in science follow a course based on the national curriculum programme of study. Students cover eight main topics entitled: cells, tissues and organs, reproduction, working in a laboratory, particles and reactions, energy transfers, forces and speed, classification and food webs and weathering and fossils. Each topic covers 12 lessons where students develop a range of practical based skills, including planning, completing experiments and analysing their results. Learners follow a course based on the national curriculum programme of study.Students study eight main topics covering biology, chemistry and physics. Some of the main topics covered include studying disease, atoms, elements and compounds and space. As well as developing their scientific knowledge students are encouraged to develop a wide range of investigational skills. Their understanding of current scientific developments is enhanced in the microbes and health topics. Learners will acquire a body of basic scientific knowledge and an understanding of some important scientific ideas by developing the following areas: experimental, non-scientific ideas, important technological and environmental applications by developing an interest in science leading to further study at a higher level, e.g. GCSE Science
Physical Education Learners are given an assessment grade for each of the practical activities which they follow. These activities usually include: invasion games, net games, fitness, gymnastics, striking and field games. Learners are given an assessment grade for each of the practical activities which they follow. These activities usually include: invasion games, net games, fitness, gymnastics, striking and field games. Learners are given an assessment grade for each of the practical activities which they follow. These activities usually include: invasion games, net games, fitness, gymnastics, striking and field games.
ICT Initially Learners are introduced to the effective use of ICT to assist with other tasks, with an emphasis on supporting other subjects in the curriculum, especially English. Students are also encouraged to adopt an organised approach to using ICT. Issues arising out of using ICT are addressed, including using the internet safely and responsibly.Learners will be encouraged to explore multi-media applications of ICT. They will also develop a basic understanding of programming through the STEM Lego resource. Initially Learners are introduced to the effective use of ICT to assist with other tasks, with an emphasis on supporting other subjects in the curriculum, especially English. Students are also encouraged to adopt an organised approach to using ICT. Issues arising out of using ICT are addressed, including using the internet safely and responsibly.Learners will be encouraged to explore multi-media applications of ICT. They will also develop a basic understanding of programming through the STEM Lego resource. Learners will be provided with a greater depth of technical knowledge, skills and understanding of the software they will encounter in the OCR Cambridge Nationals of ICT. They will develop both the theoretical and practical skills of ICT required to be able to solve everyday problems.  Learners are working towards OCR Cambridge National Award. They must complete two units (R002) consisting of seven coursework tasks plus preparation for the one exam unit (R001).
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Humanities Learners gain basic knowledge which enables them to place themselves and their communities in a wider context. This is achieved by using such resources as the School History Project. Learners take an extended approach focusing on four key areas: analysis, interpretation, enquiry and communication. This is achieved by using such resources as the School History Project. Learners will be able to understand the processes and events happening around us building off the core knowledge and skills from the previous year. This is achieved by using such resources as the School History Project.
PSHE Learners gain a better understanding of their own life changes in a various environments helping the individual to make informed life-style choices.  This is achieved using a more nurturing and encouraging approach. Learners seek to build the foundations required to develop the skills required to lead a happy successful and fulfilling life. Foundations are established through participation in activities based around the PSHE National Curriculum. Learners take a more in depth approach building off the foundations and skills developed in Year 8. These foundations are built upon through participation in activities based around the PSHE National Curriculum.
Art Complete up to 6 units of work per year (one per half term) which develop their creativity and imagination, practical and critical skills and knowledge and understanding of the work of artists and designers. The units cover visual and tactile elements including tone, colour, pattern, texture and form, via a wide range of materials and processes such as painting, collage, printing, clay, mixed media and textiles.

The units will develop pupils’ drawing and painting skills and use a range of media such as collage, pastel and clay. They will explore work by other artists and cultures, improving their ability to form opinions about their own and others’ work.

 

The units will enable pupils to develop their ability to explore and extend ideas, investigate and produce art, craft and design and evaluate their own and others’ work. Pupils also study the work of other artists and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work. Within each individual unit, there will be an opportunity for pupils to gain AQA unit award scheme accreditations.

Complete up to 6 units of work per year (one per half term) which develop their creativity and imagination, practical and critical skills and knowledge and understanding of the work of artists and designers. The units cover visual and tactile elements including tone, colour, pattern, texture and form, via a wide range of materials and processes such as painting, collage, printing, clay, mixed media and textiles.

The units will develop pupils’ drawing and painting skills and use a range of media such as collage, pastel and clay. They will explore work by other artists and cultures, improving their ability to form opinions about their own and others’ work.

 

The units will enable pupils to develop their ability to explore and extend ideas, investigate and produce art, craft and design and evaluate their own and others’ work. Pupils also study the work of other artists and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work. Within each individual unit, there will be an opportunity for pupils to gain AQA unit award scheme accreditations.

 

Pupils follow the specification for the AQA GCSE course in Art, Craft and Design. They are required to produce one portfolio of work which consists of a project-based learning approach and a selection of further work based on any mini projects, course work and visits to galleries etc. They must use and explore variety of materials and develop work based on a subject, task, brief or theme. The portfolio will be assessed based on the following assessment objectives:

Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources;

Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes;

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses, and

Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Music Learners develop a basic knowledge of the following:
Rhythm and Pulse, Ostinatos and Polyrhythms, Gamelan, Keyboard Skills, Tone Poems, Writing a Pop Song
Learners will hear many different types of music from various cultures and genres, identifying the concept behind and characteristics of the music. Then they apply their knowledge to their own projects. During the keyboard work unit, the independent learning started in Year 7 is continued: students develop their technique, reading of music and independent learning skills. Learners explore the history of popular music and learn characteristics of differing styles; play famous pop songs and compose music inspired by that style.Learners hear the original version and a cover version of a selection of songs and they learn to comment on how they differ. In musical performance, learners prepare a performance

either alone or in a group, using keyboard, guitar, vocals or any other instrument.

Food Technology Learners begin the year reminding themselves of how to work safely in the kitchen. Learners then begin the AQA Entry Level in Design and Technology: Food Technology. This involves studying four units: Health and Safety, Evaluating Existing Products, Food Handling, Preparation and Storage and Preparing Food for a Specified Function. Two units are externally set and the two remaining teacher-controlled are optional units. Learners develop their practical skills, modifying recipes and evaluating the work. Once Entry Level is completed learners then move onto gaining a Food Hygiene Certificate.