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Key Stage 3

11-14 Curriculum Overview

CURRICULUM AIM

What does the Curriculum empower our students to achieve?  

The curriculum is designed to help students realise:

  • Confidence through personal and spiritual development
  • Relevant opportunities, experiences and responsibilities
  • Success

CURRICULUM TARGETS

  • To empower students to develop as individuals
  • To empower students to make contributions to society
  • To empower students to recognise success 

LEARNING FOR LIFE & WORK

What areas of learning for life and future work / training do we develop through the current curriculum?  

  • Personal Development
  • Local and Global Citizenship
  • Employability
  • Financial Capability
  • Home Economics

KEY ELEMENTS

What are the fundamental components that underpin skills and knowledge across the curriculum?

  • Personal understanding
  • Mutual understanding
  • Personal health
  • Moral character
  • Spiritual awareness
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural understanding
  • Media awareness
  • Equality and diversity
  • Education for sustainable development

CROSS-CURRICULAR SKILLS & THINKING SKILLS

What cross-curricular skills do we value?

What range of thinking skills are used to develop learning?

Ensuring learning difficulties and disabilities are matched to thinking skills.

  • Communication
  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Using Numeracy
  • Using ICT
  • Working with others

Students are given opportunities to learn how to: 

  • Define a problem, enquire and predict outcomes
  • Understand cause & effect
  • Make connections, investigate, sort and classify, sequence and summarise
  • Memorise and recall, compare and contrast, imagine, modify and make deductions
  • Draw inferences, reason, explain, evaluate and create

AREAS OF LEARNING

Suites / topics / opportunities etc.

  • Literacy & English (English, Literacy)
  • Numeracy & Maths (Maths, Numeracy)
  • Science & Technology (Science, ICT, CDT, Food Technology, Horticulture)
  • The Arts (Art & Design, Music, Dance, Drama, Geography, History)
  • MFL (French)
  • Physical Education (PE, Swimming)
  • Religions & Culture (RE, Citizenship, Sex/ Relationships Education)
  • Complimentary activities: where appropriate -physiotherapy, warm-water swimming, occupational therapy and equine therapy

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

How are students engaged and their learning optimized to help with real-world challenges?

  • Investigation & problem solving
  • Links to KS4
  • Integrated skills
  • Active and practical/hands-on
  • Offers choice
  • Supportive environment
  • Culturally diverse
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Differentiated
  • On-going reflection
  • Enquiry-based

ASSESSMENT FOR LEARNING

How does assessment aid the students’ learning?

Through assessment in 11-14 we:

  • Build an open relationship between the students and teachers/TAs
  • Have clear learning intentions shared with students
  • Share and negotiate success criteria
  • Advise on what to improve and how to improve it
  • Celebrate success against agreed success criteria
  • Encourage peer and self-evaluation of learning

ATTITUDES & DISPOSITIONS

What attitudes to learning and dispositions are clearly evident across the 11-14 Curriculum?

  • Compassion – Achievement – Respect - Responsibility
  • A right to be heard
  • Concern for others
  • Sharing worries
  • Support
  • Understanding personalities
  • Commitment & determination 
  • Integrity
  • Tolerance
  • Flexibility
  • Community spirit
  • Curiosity
  • Self-belief & optimism
  • Protective behaviours