Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
Key Stage 3 incorporates the first 3 years of secondary school (Years 7 – 9). Our curriculum follows the English National Curriculum by providing a broad, balanced education which is enhanced by the Cambridge Secondary 1 programme in English, Maths and Science. Students will build on and consolidate the skills and knowledge which they have learnt in the Primary School. This will prepare them for the demands of the examination courses they follow in Key Stage 4 and 5. Students are taught in mixed ability classes for all subjects except English.
The Key Stage 3 programme of study aims to develop the key skills to enable our students to embrace lifelong learning required for our ever-changing globalized world.
For many students they will experience the onset of adolescence at some point during these years. It is therefore appropriate that students of this age experience an educational environment that will help them to learn and help them to cope with the mental and physical changes that occur during adolescence. It is to help students manage the change from child to adolescent that the curriculum includes 3 Pastoral Days where the normal teaching timetable is suspended and the students participate in a programme of extended Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) to enhance and build on that which is covered each week in their regular PSHE lessons.
The aims of Key Stage 3 are
- To allow students to develop further as independent, inquisitive, creative, critical thinkers and learners.
- To allow students to develop as individual personalities while maintaining a consideration and compassion for others.
- To act as a transitional phase between the primary school phase of education and the secondary school phase of education when external examinations (GCSEs and A-levels) are studied for.
Key Stage 3 SUBJECTS
Compulsory Core Subjects: English, Mathematics, Science,
Elective Core Subjects (MFL): French or Spanish, Romanian or Turkish
Foundation Subjects: Art and Design, Drama, History, Geography, ICT, Music, Physical Education.
The assessment of a student’s progress is carried out via a mix of classwork tasks, assignments and homework tasks and, of course, tests and examinations. Teachers comment frequently comment on progress via the school’s Educare Learning Management System which means parents can feel confident that they always have an up to date impression of their child’s performance.
All students in Key Stage 3 will be guided through a balanced and rich selection of courses and subjects during their first years of secondary schooling. The pedagogical style of teaching within Key Stage 3 endeavours to meet the needs of the individual student and to engage and extend them in their academic development. It is a very exciting time for the students as they move from the primary to the secondary school with the increased responsibility and individualism that entails. For some it can be stressful, we aim to make the transition from primary schooling as painless and as stress-free as possible and to make them feel as prepared as possible when the embark on their examination courses in Year 10.
Homework is a key part of the education here at ISB and parents are encouraged to keep a close eye on the homework tasks your children are undertaking. Homework is planned to extend and consolidate the learning and will be a mix of short and long term tasks and assignments. Key Stage 3 homework is issued in a manner to ensure even distribution of work throughout the week and, in accordance with current research, to ensure students are not overloaded on any evening.
How can you help your child during these years?
- Show a keen interest in and appreciation of the work being done.
- Use the information provided in this booklet to discuss the work being undertaken.
- Encourage your child to take more responsibility for his/her own learning: to complete homework punctually and prepare thoroughly for examinations/assessments.
- Support and encourage your child through these formative years by paying attention to their sense of wellbeing and self-esteem.
- Try to provide the materials/resources at home which will support learning.
- Monitor homework/assessment grades to ensure good progress is being made.
- Contact the school if you feel progress is unsatisfactory or if you need further advice to enhance your child’s progress.
Early in Year 9, students have the opportunity to sit an on-line careers and aptitude test which allows students to gain an idea of how their interests and academic skills match with possible careers.