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KS3 Curriculum

 

Please refer to the ‘Whole School Curriculum Document’ located here for information regarding individual subjects.

KEY STAGE 3 CURRICULUM

 

Detailed below is the structure of our key stage 3 curriculum and the process for choosing option preferences for key stage 4. 

To support student progress, the key stage 3 curriculum is designed to take students from their start point, to high achievement in year 11.  Following an analysis of CAT (cognitive ability tests) results and key stage 2 data received from primary schools, students are placed in their teaching groups two weeks into the start of year 7.  This is very much a starting point, as the progress of our students is monitored regularly to ensure they continue to receive the most appropriate curriculum.  Our key stage 3 curriculum for years 7 and 8 is spread over two curriculum tiers: core and extended.  These are explained below.  As this is a curriculum model, some students will move between tiers during years 7 and 8, so that they are always studying in the best courses to support their learning and progress.

 

The Bishop Justus Church of England School Key Stage 3 Curriculum Model 

YEARS 7 AND 8

CORE

EXTENDED

Students in this curriculum tier have mixed key stage 2 outcomes and CAT scores which are close to a middle value and teachers will help them develop skills to improve rapidly.  Students in this curriculum may also have key stage 2 outcomes at level 4 and below and will benefit from the support which can be provided in smaller classes. 

 

This curriculum is designed for students who have met or exceeded key stage 2 expectations and need to have their learning extended through challenges, extended tasks and a wider curriculum including Latin.

The core curriculum will have four classes in each subject, of 24 or 25.  English, mathematics and science will be set.

English, mathematics, science, PE, RE, Art, Drama, Geography, History, Music, French and Spanish will be distributed across four classes of approximately 28 and some of these will be set groups.   Practical subjects will be distributed across five smaller classes of 22 or 23 for IT, DT, Food and Outdoor Media.  Latin will have two sets. 

Students study a standard secondary school curriculum, including one modern foreign language (French).

Students study a standard secondary school curriculum, including two modern foreign languages (French and Spanish) and Latin for sets 1 and 2.

 

 

MOVING TO THE KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM

At Bishop Justus school, key stage 3 covers years 7 and 8, with key stage 4 covering years 9, 10 and 11.

The process so far

The process for making Key Stage 4 preference choices was launched at the Key Stage 4 Course information Evening on 3rd November 2016.  There will also be the opportunity for parents and carers to meet with teachers of their children at the parent consultation evening on 1st December 2016.

During the consultation meeting, parents and carers will be able to discuss their child’s current progress, helping students to make the final decisions about subjects.  Students will then make their final decisions and return their forms for the deadline of Friday 13th January 2017. 

The next stage of the process

The curriculum team will look at the returned forms together with recent data for each student and match student choices to student performance.  Discussions regarding outcomes may then be had with students.  If a student is unlikely to be offered a first choice course, then an alternative will be offered.  It is important that students share these discussions with their parents/carers.  When all students have places on courses, the course offer will be sent to parents/carers.  If parents/carers have any concerns about the course offer, then this should be discussed with the curriculum team.  The team will then be in a position to decide whether a change is needed or is possible.  The school makes the best effort to use professional knowledge and judgment to place students on the courses which meet their needs and ambitions and to enable them to achieve success.

The blocks are detailed below: 

BLOCK 1

BLOCK 2

BLOCK 3

BLOCK 4

History

French

Spanish

Physical Education

Sociology

Advanced Science and Further Mathematics

Textiles

Dance

 

History

Geography

French

Art and Design

Media Studies

Photography

Psychology

Drama or Performing Arts

History

Spanish

Physical Education

Art and Design

Economics

Latin

Music or Music Technology

History

Geography

Media Studies

Photography

Sociology

Business Studies or Level 2 Business Portfolio

Product Design

Computer Science

 

The key stage 4 curriculum includes the core subjects (English, mathematics, sciences and religious studies), together with non-examination lessons such as core PE, personal, social and health education, and careers advice and guidance.

For reference, please find attached a copy of the presentations from the key stage 3 learning conference and also a copy of the preferences booklet.

 

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