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KS3 and KS4

  • There are 10 teaching groups per year group
  • The groups are split into 2 bands – O and S
  • The bands are equal ability with 5 classes on each band
Year 8
  • Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups for art, drama, music, PE, technology and Skills for Life
  • Pupils are taught in sets for the other subjects in the following groupings:
    • Maths and Computer Science 
    • English, Spanish and Humanities (History, Geography and RS)
    • Science
    • French or German or Key Skills

English

  Lessons per fortnight Classes
Sets 1 - 3: 6 10
Sets 4 - 5: 7 10

Autumn 1

Autobiography
Improving personal writing.

Autumn 2

Poetry from different cultures
Studying a variety of poems from different cultures

Spring 1

Pre 20th century reading scheme
Reading and responding to a variety of pre 20th century novels/short stories- exploring genre.

Spring 2

Days that Shook the World
A non-fiction reading scheme that looks at different disasters and text types.

Summer 1

Class Novel or play
Reading for pleasure and enjoyment, developing reading skills

Summer 2

Shakespeare- Macbeth
Reading of the whole play

Maths

Lessons per fortnight: 6 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Number skills - including order of operations
Working with fractions & decimals - adding and subtracting
Begin algebra, including substitution into scientific formula
Solving equations

Autumn 2

Area and perimeter of shapes
Calculating the volume of shapes
Prime notation, highest common factors and lowest common multiples
Rounding and estimating

Spring 1

Sequences
Measuring and drawing bearings
Angle rules - including angles in parallel lines
Working with percentages.

Spring 2

Plotting & working with straight line graphs
Interpret real life graphs

Summer 1

Fraction and ratio problems
Problem solving with ratio and areas, lengths and volume
Probability including from two way tables and venn diagrams

Summer 2

Continue with probability
Working with scale factors and enlargements
Plans and elevations of 3D shapes
Compound units

Science

Lessons per fortnight: 6 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Forces and motion

Autumn 2

Chemical Reactions

Spring 1

Staying healthy

Spring 2

Light and Sound

Summer 1

Earth Sciences

Summer 2

Natural World

Computer Science

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

E-Safety
The importance of being safe when online and what to do if you are concerned. Social Media as well as e-commerce will be the focus.

Autumn 2

Web Graphics
Students will design and create a navigation bar, web banner and buttons for use of a website.

Spring 1

Website production
Students will design and produce a website making use of the web graphics created in during the previous half term.

Spring 2

Lego Mindstorm
Programming the lego mindstorms to complete specific tasks
OR
Python Code
Students will develop a code that will solve a specific problem that will be suitable for both audience and purpose.

Summer 1

Lego Mindstorm
Programming the lego mindstorms to complete specific tasks
OR
Python Code
Students will develop a code that will solve a specific problem that will be suitable for both audience and purpose.
OR
Microbit
Students will design the code to run a 2”x2” computer run.

Summer 2

Lego Mindstorm
Programming the lego mindstorms to complete specific tasks
OR
Microbit
Students will design the code to run a 2”x2” computer run.

Art

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Aboriginal Art
Earth colours
Colour Theories
Painting skills
Composition

Autumn 2

Aboriginal Art
Paint control
Embellishment
Composition

Spring 1

Observational Drawing
Proportion, perspective, detail, tone, compound shapes.

Spring 2

Abstract expressionism
Colour & Shape expressing mood.

Summer 1

Sound Art
How colour and shape express sounds.

Summer 2

Fauvism
Landscape or portraiture.

Geography

Lessons per fortnight: 3 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Brazil
A country study of Brazil including its physical and human features and the features that make it unique.

Autumn 2

Crime
A study of crime and how it relates to geography. Understanding different opinions of crimes.

Spring 1

Living World - Ecosystems
An investigation of the ecosystems around the world to understand their importance and the threats to them.

Spring 2

Managing Resources - Energy
A look at where energy comes from and to develop an understanding of different energy use over time and place.

Summer 1

Tourism
A study of what tourism is and the reasons for its increase globally. Different tourist environments are studied.

Summer 2

Coasts
Investigating what coasts are and how the many features found at the coast are formed.

History

Lessons per fortnight: 3 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Henry VIII and his wives - a study of Henry’s relationships.
The Protestant Reformation and the religious change in England.

Autumn 2

The Civil War in England and turmoil of the English monarchy - why did the Stuart lose and regain the throne?

Spring 1

The restoration of the monarchy and making of the United Kingdom.

Spring 2

How did towns and cities develop in the UK? What were the changes that took place in the UK and how did population change?

Summer 1

The British Empire. How did the empire begin and why did grow? A study of the impact of the empire on Britain and the wider world.

Summer 2

The industrial revolution. A study of the origins of the industrial revolution and key individuals who contributed to it such as Brunel and Wedgwood.

PE

Lessons per fortnight: 4 Classes: 12

During year 8 students will take part in a wide range of activities including:

  • Fitness testing
  • Indoor athletics
  • Badminton
  • Athletics
  • Tennis

Boys

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Cricket

Girls

  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Rounders

Drama

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

Voice and Status
Students learn to change their voice for performance and consider how to demonstrate status on stage.

Autumn 2

Greek Theatre
Students learn the features of this Genre of Drama. They apply their knowledge by using Ancient Greek scripts.

Spring 1

News Reports
Students learn about creating scripts, creating reconstructions and editing film. They will create a group filmed News report.

Spring 2

Forum Theatre
Students develop their understanding of this Genre of Drama which uses Theatre for social change. Students develop their understanding of the techniques and apply this in performance.

Summer 1

TIE (Theatre in Education) - “The Outsider”
Students develop their script reading skills by directing and performing in a scripted TIE performance.

Summer 2

TIE
Students apply their learning to create a self devised TIE piece on a theme suited to the target audience.

Music

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

Spanish

  Lessons per fortnight Classes
Sets 1 - 3: 3 10
Sets 4 - 5: 2  

Autumn

Dónde vivo
Describing Where you live

Spring

Vamos a Salir
Describing what you do in your free time

Summer

La Gastronomía
Describing eating and drinking habits including in the Spanish Speaking world.

German

Classes: 3

1

Hallo
Giving basic personal details

2

Die Schule
Talking about school

3

Familie und Freunde
Talking about family and friends

4

Freizeit
Talking about your free time

French

Classes: 3

Technology

Lessons per fortnight: 4 Classes: 12

Food

Nutrition and the needs of different groups. The science of food, especially carbohydrates. Developing practical skills by making a variety of mainly savoury dishes linked to this.

Textiles

‘Textiles Entrepreneurs’ Using a wider range of decorative and construction techniques to make a product suitable to be sold in a gift shop - usually a pencil case.

Product Design

‘Ambient Lamp’ making project builds upon the skills and knowledge of tools and material from Y7. Design and make lamp project. Design and make clock project.

All pupils study each of these three areas of technology throughout the year on a rotation basis.

RE

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

Autumn 1

What can stories teach us? (Buddhism)

Autumn 2

What can stories teach us? (Judaism)

Spring 1

Should laws be influenced by religious writings? (Christianity)

Spring 2

Should laws be influenced by religious writings? (Islam)

Summer 1

The Creationist debate - What’s it all about? (Christianity)

Summer 2

The Creationist debate - What’s it all about? (Humanism)

Key Skills

Classes: 3

Skills for Life

Lessons per fortnight: 2 Classes: 10

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