Key Stage 3 Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered to all of our students: underpinned by the academic core of subjects (English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages), learning is enhanced by the study of the Arts, computing, technology and physical education, offering our students a course of study in which academic rigour fully prepares them for further education and university.

 
Years 7, 8 & 9 Students study English, Mathematics, Science, the Arts (Art, Dance, Drama and Music), Humanities (History, Geography, Religious Education), a Modern Foreign Language (French or Spanish), Design Technology, Computer Science and Physical Education. 

KS3 Curriculum by term: Autumn Term 2019-20

Year 7Year 8Year 9
KS3 SubjectsAutumn 1Autumn 2Autumn 1Autumn 2Autumn 1Autumn 2
EnglishWhat is a Victorian Novel?What is a short story?What is a ghost story?What is gothic literature?How does context shape literature?What is dystopian literature?
MathsAnalysing and displaying data/ Number SkillsExpressions, functions and formulae/ Decimals and measuresNumber/Area and volumeStatistics, graphs and charts/ expressions and equationsNumberAlgebra
ScienceCell, Practicals Atoms, elements, mixtures and compoundsSpace & ReactionsEcosystem processes, Metals and acids & Foods and fuels Ecosystem processes, Metals and acids & Foods and fuels The Human Body & Electricity, Magnetism and WavesThe Human Body, Electricity, Magnetism and Waves & Chemistry in our world
ArtCultural Patterns, Maori Patterns
Core Knowledge
Repetition
Symmetry
Style; Geometric/Organic
Drawing shapes
Outlines
Symmetry
Skills
Drawing shapes
Outlines
Symmetry
Maori Culture and artefacts
Core Knowledge Culture and Traditions
Genealogy
Characteristics of design
Accents
Shape
Lines
Skills
Designing
Placement
Widths
Portraiture & Ratio
Core Knowledge Da Vinci,
Proportions
Key Skills
Judging proportions
Fine drawing skills
Portraiture & Realism
Core Knowledge
Da Vinci, The Grotesque
Key Skills
Shapes
Reflections
Tones
Pop Art
packaging
Core Knowledge
Pop Art
Andy Warhol
Key Skills
Drawing accurate shapes
Pop Art,
Core Knowledge
Mass Production
Andy Warhol
Key Skills
Drawing shapes, Negative shapes, Water colour painting
Computer ScienceE-Safety + Keeping data safeScratchE-Safety + Keeping data safeAlgorithms and Programming /PsuedocodeE-Safety + Keeping data safeBinary
DanceColiseum Look in to the history of the coliseum and how slaves were affected. students will be creating a Dance based around the concept of the gladiators.Bharata Natyam A look into classicalSouth Asian Dance. Students use gestures, formation and tableaux to move in a stylistically accurate way. students focus on rhythm and timing to move to the unique qualities of the music.Shadows A look into Chrostopher Bruces Shadows piece about about a family unit Using props to create movement to enhance the theme of the dance (table and chairs).Gangs- A look into the theme of unity and belonging in Dance. students will use the choreographic concepts formations, contact, levels, directions, unison, canon, action reaction and leading and following. My name is...Feature of the natural world
DramaIntroduction to DramaIshiGangs- A look into the theme of unity and belonging in Dance. students will use the choreographic concepts formations, contact, levels, directions, unison, canon, action reaction and leading and following. The Terrible
Fate of
Humpy Dumpty
Rosa ParksMacbeth
DTKey drawing skills, Workshop safety, Environmental issusesKey drawing skills,Packaging logos and symbolsKey drawing skills, Workshop safetyKey drawing skills, Manufacturing tools and equipmentKey drawing skills, Designer influences
FrenchRoutines and skills to learn a Foreign LanguageAsking and responding basic personal informationTu es comment?Talking about self and other peopleComment est ton collège?Talking about school lifeQuest ce que tu vas faire? talking about routine and plans for the futureQuest ce que tu vas faire? talking about routine and plans for the future
GeographyWhat is geography?SettlementsPopulation and MigrationTectonic hazardsEnergyWeather hazards
HistoryWhat is History?Vikings, Celts, Anglo-Saxon & BritonsAncient CivilisationsAncient Civilisations20th Century American historyWomen's History
MusicPachelbel's CanonThe Pentatonic ScaleReggaeFanfaresMinimalismIndian Music
PSHETransition & Healthy RelationshipsHealthy Lifestyles-Romance & ConsentInternet Safety & Extremism/ RadicalisationSREGrowth Mindset & Interpersonal SkillsMental Health and External Influences
REInterpreting Religious ArtMithraismWhat does it mean to be a Christian?What does it mean to be a Muslim?The Meaning of LifeRestorative Justice
SpanishRoutines and skills to learn a Foreign LanguageAsking and responding basic personal informationHow were your vacations? Using past tenseWhat do you use your phone for? Socializing and leisure timeWhat do you like to do? Talking about things you likeWhat job would you like to do in the future? Talking about future
Sport & NutritionB- Badminton/ Handball
G -Batminton/Fotball
M- Netball/ Football
B- Badminton/ Handball
G -Batminton/Fotball
M- Netball/ Football
Badminton, Handball, Football and NetballBadminton, Handball, Football and NetballBadminton, Handball, Football and NetballBadminton, Handball, Football and Netball
 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education

Through our program of assemblies and PSHE we explicitly teach the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

 
 

KS3 – removal of levels at Arts & Media School Islington

Assessment without Levels

Further to reforms to assessment at Key Stage 2 as well as the removal of National Curriculum levels, we now assess our students in Year 7 through to Year 9 according to how they are progressing within their Baseline Threshold.

Baseline Thresholds are the starting points; they are decided using data from a combination of Key Stage 2 Test Results, Reading Age Tests and *Cognitive Abilities Tests (CAT).

* The Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT) is an assessment of a range of reasoning skills. The tests look at three types of reasoning: words, numbers and shapes or figures, i.e. verbal, quantitative and non-verbal reasoning.

Baseline Thresholds

ThresholdDescription
ExcellenceAimed at students with the highest starting points from Key Stage 2.
These students should achieve a grade 8 or 9 at GCSE.
MasterThese students should achieve at least a grade 6 or 7 at GCSE.
SecureThese students should achieve at least a grade 4 or 5 at GCSE.
EmergingAimed at students with the lowest starting points from Key Stage 2.
These students should achieve at least a grade 2 or 1 at GCSE.

The Baseline Thresholds are used as a guide for the teachers to be able to assess whether students are making expected progress from their starting point. We gather evidence from classwork as well as assessments to decide whether expected progress for a student working within the threshold is being made or not.

If students are not making expected progress, support is given to help them to improve. We want students to understand that if they are currently not making expected progress, it is not necessarily an indication of poor attitude or aptitude; it simply takes time and practice to grasp complex concepts and apply this knowledge successfully.  An important aspect of learning anything is to know what we are good at, but also what we need to focus on more, in order to improve.

When designing assessments for Year 7 and 8, our teachers mapped the skills and knowledge back from Year 11 to Year 7.  We are confident that we know exactly what their work needs to look like at Key Stage 3, in order for them to achieve their full potential by the end of Year 11.

Students very rarely move from threshold to threshold and only if a student excels within their threshold for three consecutive assessment points, will their baseline be raised in the subject. 

Tim Oates from Cambridge Assessment talks about the purpose of changes to assessment in the new curriculum and rationale behind moving away from levels.

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Timetable: Week 1 - Mon 2nd-6th Dec

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