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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 - Art

Subject: Art

Key Stage 3 Overview

During Years 7 and 8 students will gain the opportunity to explore a range of techniques and practises. All of which are designed to prepare students for one of our GCSE Subjects. Fine Art, Graphic Communication or Photography. Students will learn how to present work in sketchbooks and explore both 2D and 3D forms.

 

Year 7

  • Formal elements, experiments with line, colour, texture, shape, pattern and tone through a variety of media and techniques. 
  • Hundertwasser/ Cardboard relief architecture
  • In the garden, Observational Drawing, collage, photography and clay
  • Art history – multicultural art, Maori Art – Pattern, printing and Maori Masks 

 

Year 8

  • Texture – four elements, Markmaking with paint, 3D sculpture
  • Portraits – Traditional, Observational drawing     
  • Portraits – Shepard Fairey, stencilling and digital editting
  • Street Art, Various techniques sampled, spray paint, collage, weaving and drawing

 

Key Stage 3 - Design Technology

Subject: Design Technology 

Key Stage 3 Overview

Design and Technology is an inspiring and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

 

Year 7

  • During Year 7, students will experience a range of design possibilities, and will gain a range of experiences work in the workshops with specialist teaching staff in well-equipped and dedicated workshop areas
  • Students are encouraged to express their creativity through a series of structured tasks and projects that leave scope for an increasingly high level of individuality
  • There are also a variety of enrichment courses on offer

 

Year 8

  • Within year 8 there is a strong emphasis is placed on producing products of high quality in design and manufacture. Students are encouraged to observe and analyse examples of good design in their everyday life and to appreciate their life enhancing qualities. Progress and continuity are monitored through target setting and level indicators.
  • Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making

The faculty has access to ICT equipment which supports and enhances student work and students also have access to the use of a 3D printer that enables them to design outcomes in a different way

Key Stage 3 - English

 

Subject: ENGLISH

Key Stage 3 Overview

The overarching aim for English at KS3 is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. All students will be equipped with the ability to- 

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding 
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions
  • for reading, writing and spoken language  appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their
  • understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to
  • others and participating in debate.

Year 7

  • Forensic Linguistics - Students will explore identity through language.
  • Studying ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
  • The Power of Language – the study of speech writing.
  • Reading and studying Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • The study of a novel – choices from Animal Farm, Skellig, Millions, Framed, Holes, Witch Child, The Tulip Touch, Private Peaceful, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, The Switch, Fat Boy Swim.
  • An anthology of poems from different cultures.

Year 8

  • An introduction to Gothic Literature  - studying extracts from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte  and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
  • Pre 1914 literature – a context heavy unit focusing on the writing of Charles Dickens
  • Spoken Language- A variety of issues related to spoken language are examined for the first time through the representation of cooking
  • Transactional Writing - Using the Junior Apprentice as a stimulus, students will  craft and create a formal letter, a speech and a report
  • The study of a novel, either To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
  • Poetry from other cultures - students will focus on poetry analysis skills with this unit. 

Key Stage 3 - Geography

Subject: Geography

Key Stage 3 Overview

In KS3 Geography students study a varied and syllabus that covers both Global, national and local geography. Students in Year 7 focus in the first term on geographical skills, weather, Life in Kenya, volcanoes and industry In Year 8 World Population related issues. The rest of Year 8 is spent studying the Global ecosystems, earthquakes and rivers and flooding.  The aim of both curriculums is to develop an understanding of geographical issues in the world which relate to them, whilst imbedding the skills students will need at Key Stage 4.

 

Year 7

  • Skills- Map skills and knowledge of continents and oceans.
  • Weather – The causes of the British climate and extreme weather events
  • Kenya – What life is like in a low income country and how that is different to life in Britain.
  • Volcanoes – How volcanoes are created and their impact on people who are living close by.
  • Industry.  The different jobs that people are doing and how this is changing over time and how different places have different jobs.

 

Year 8

  • Population – What is happening to the global population and what are the consequences for the future of the planet.
  • Ecosystems – How different parts of the world have different weather and climate and how people and animals have adapted to live in the conditions.
  • How earthquakes are created and their impact on people who are living close by.
  • Why rivers flooding is becoming an increasing problem and how is this being managed.
  • Students will use a variety of geographical skills to learn about the country of Australia, bringing together knowledge of climates, hazards, population and culture. 

Key Stage 3 - History

Subject: History

Key Stage 3 Overview

In KS3 History students study a varied and enriching syllabus that covers both British, local and world history. Students in Year 7 focus on the period 1066-1800 with a final unit looking at the Industrial Revolution and the North West of England’s role in it.  In Year 8 students start with a unit looking at the development and impact of slavery and Civil Rights in America. The rest of Year 8 is spent studying the 20th Century with a focus on World War One and Two.  The aim of both curriculums is to develop and foster a passion for History in Thornleigh students, whilst imbedding the skills students will need at Key Stage 4.

 

Year 7

  • Autumn term = Introduction to History.  Learning how to be a history detective
  • Autumn term = The Middle Ages -1066-1485. Starting with 1066 and ending with the Wars of the Roses) This unit will roll into the sprint term.
  • Spring term = The Tudors - 1485 -1603.  This unit studies all the Tudor monarch’s Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.
  • Spring term = The Stuarts -1503-1714.  This unit focuses on key events such as the Gunpower Plot, English Civil War and Great Fire of London. This unit will roll into the summer term.
  • Summer term = The Industrial Revolution.  This unit looks at key developments in this period with a separate theme looking at the North West of England’s important role.

 

Year 8

  • Autumn term = Slavery, Africa and America. With this unit students learn about Britain’s role in the slave trade, what slavery was, how it took place and then study the challenges facing black Americans including the Civil Rights movement.
  • Autumn term = World War One. In this unit students study the causes and key events of World War One. This unit will roll into the spring term.
  • Spring term = Rise of Hitler and the Nazis. This unit looks at Germany 1918-1945
  • Summer term = World War Two. This unit looks at key events of World War Two at both home and abroad. It will also examine the causes and events of the Holocaust.
  • Summer term = Post World War Two. This unit looks at some of the key events in the later part of the Twentieth Century such as the assassination of JFK.

 

 

Key Stage 3 - Home Technology

Subject: Home Technology

Key Stage 3 Overview

The key stage 3 food course is designed to introduce the students to the principles of hygiene and safety, before starting to explore their designing and making skills.  Students will learn how to work with a design brief, plan prepare and then carry out a practical session to create the specific dish. 

Year 7

  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Bacteria and food poisoning
  • The Eatwell guide and Nutrients
  • Planning and completing a practical session
  • Designing to meet a product brief

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Year 8

  • Food hygiene and safety
  • Staple foods of the world
  • Food from around the world
  • Designing to meet a product brief 
  • Planning and completing a practical session 

 

Key Stage 3 - Latin

Subject: LATIN

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students utilise the e-learning platform of the Cambridge Latin Course, which provides an introduction to the language for beginners. Stories from the book are used as a basis to study the relevant grammar and vocabulary, and online resources are also in class with books and films where appropriate. Classes focus on the origin of Latin words and comparisons between Latin and modern languages, computer aided translations, and the use of online games and activities. Learning the language focuses primarily on reading and translating as there is no written or spoken element, so students will build on their skills of translation and analysing sentences. Students also learn about different aspects of Roman culture via the study of daily life and the city of Pompeii in parallel with the stories from the Cambridge Latin Course as well as Roman Britain in Year 8. 

 

Year 7

  • Aspects of life in a Roman town through examples in Pompeii.
  • nominative singular: declensions 1,2,3
  • 3rd person singular present: all conjugations (including est)
  • predicative adjective
  • ablative singular in prepositional phrases
  • accusative singular: declensions 1,2,3
  • superlative adjective
  • adverbs (from 1st & 2nd decl.adj. and from 3rd decl.adj.)
  • attributive adjective accusative singular in prepositional phrases
  • 1st & 2nd person singular present: all conjugations (including sum)
  • questions with no interrogative word
  • 3rd person plural present; all conjugations (including sum)
  • nominative plural: declensions 1,2,3

Year 8

  • Personal pronouns as subjects
  • dative singular and plural
  • 1st and 2nd person plural present (including sum)
  • comparative adjective         comparison with quam
  • nobis, vobis
  • questions with-ne
  • imperative, singular and plural
  • in+ accusative
  • intransitive verbs (credo, faveo placet) + dative
  • increased incidence of questions with quis, quid,etc., with no interrogative word, with num, with
  • -ne
  • Vocative
  • mecum, tecum
  • sibi

 

 

Key Stage 3 - Maths

Key Stage 3 Overview

Students build on the skills developed throughout primary school to prepare them for the GCSE syllabus. Within lessons, students are challenged and prompted to deepen their understanding of a wide range of mathematical skills, ensuring that they are confident mathematicians. 

Year 7

  • Number – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, Estimation
  • Shape – Properties of shape, Sorting and classifying
  • Algebra – Expanding brackets, Substitution
  • Data – Working with averages, Interpreting and representing data, Experimental probability
  • Ratio and Proportion – Compound units, Converting units

Year 8

  • Number – Operations on fractions, Use of a calculator
  • Shape – Bearings, Transformations, Area, Volume
  • Algebra – Sequences, Straight line graphs, Solving equations
  • Data – Listing outcomes, Analysing and comparing distributions, Finding averages from charts
  • Ratio and Proportion – Sharing in given ratios, Direct and inverse proportion

 

Key Stage 3 - Music

Subject: Music

Key Stage 3 Overview

"A school without music is like a body without a soul, for music aids education.” St John Bosco

Music is taught one period per week in Years 7 and 8 and three periods per week in Year 9. The Music curriculum provides students with unique opportunities to develop musically, socially and academically in a welcoming and inclusive environment.  Performing, composing, listening and reviewing, and evaluating are fundamental to the curriculum at Key Stage 3, where students are encouraged to develop these skills in a safe and supportive environment.   Students study a diverse range of musical styles including traditional, world and popular music, gaining skills and understanding on a number of instruments by the end of Key Stage 3. Students have the opportunity to develop their music technology skills using Sibelius and Cubase music software; use of this technology is an integrated part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum. Students learn through taking part in whole class workshops, small group, paired and individual work.

Many students continue learning beyond the classroom on a wide range of instruments, including singing, and learn through performing with others in many of the school ensembles.

The Key Stage units of learning are 

Year 7

  • Musical Me
  • Ukulele
  • Notations and Improvisations
  • Music for Film
  • World Music Passport
  • Music for a Special Occasion

Year 8

  • Blues and Jazz
  • Reggae
  • Songwriting
  • Programme Music
  • Hooks and Riffs
  • World Music 2

 

 

Key Stage 3 - RE

Key Stage 3 Overview

In Key Stage 3, students explore the full range of elements to enable them to full develop an understanding of faith and how faith is practised both in places of worship and in the wider community. Students are given the opportunity to explore how faith originated and developed throughout the Key Stage so that they fully understand what it means to belong to the Church and how the Church spreads into the wider community through pilgrimage, festivals and charities such as CAFOD.

Religious Education in Key Stage 3 focuses on Catholic Christianity; however, students do explore other world faiths such as Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism to give them the full range of religious belief in the world today.

Year 7

  • What is means to belong to a community?
  • The people of the Church.
  • Mary and Pilgrimage.
  • The events of Holy Week.
  • Foundations of faith.

 

Year 8

  • Evil and Suffering
  • Forgiveness
  • Discipleship
  • How Do We Remember
  • Islam
  • Wealth and Poverty

 

Key Stage 3 - Science

Subject: Science

Key Stage 3 Overview

In Year 7 and 8 students follow Schemes of Learning which cover all areas of the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. Content is related to Biology, Chemistry and Physics and contain the fundamental principles that the GCSE builds on.

There are 4 lessons per week. Students are taught in groups of similar ability and the topic studied throughout the year will depend on which half of the year students are in.

Homework is given each week and students are tested on skills development during each topic and on content at the end of each topic. Learning Logs are used by teachers to assess progress.

The schemes provides the opportunity for a lot of practical work to allow our students to develop into scientists of the future. Students are encouraged to be independent learners and are also expected to work in small groups and to carry out experiments carefully and safely. The skills of planning, observing, analysing and evaluating are developed throughout the course and are assessed by teachers. Students will also complete tasks related to risks, variables, apparatus, graphs, trends, modelling and ideas.

A high standard of work is expected and we aim to make science lessons interesting, relevant to everyday situations and enjoyable.

Year 7

  • Earth’s resources - This mixed unit of Biology and Physics requires the study of areas such as ecosystems, food chains, adaptations, and energy resources and the production of electricity.
  • Man - This Biology unit includes requires the study of areas such as cells,  reproduction, digestion, respiration and inheritance
  • Ice caps - This Chemistry and Physics unit requires the study of areas such as the particle model of states of matter, separation techniques, heating and cooling and pollution.
  • Forces - This Physics topic will make you think about the forces that we encounter on a daily basis and in other more obscure examples. You will also learn about forces in space and more about our solar system and beyond.  

Year 8

  • Alchemy - This Chemistry unit requires the study of areas such as; atomic structure, elements, compounds and mixtures, chemical formulae, chemical reactions acids, alkalis and neutralisation; metals and reactivity; displacement and rates of reaction
  • Invisible forces - This Physics unit requires the study of areas such as sound, light and circuits.
  • Living world - This Biology unit requires the study of areas such as classification, photosynthesis, plant physiology and structure
  • Healthy bodies - This Biology unit includes requires the study of areas such as the circulatory system, health and fitness and the immune system.

 

Key Stage 3 - Spanish

Subject: Spanish

Key Stage 3 Overview

At Key Stage 3 in Spanish, the students study a variety of themes; Self and family, School, Home town, Free time, Weather and Food. The students develop their linguistic, cultural and grammatical knowledge of the Hispanic world using the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. These key skills are regularly assessed throughout the academic year in correspondence with their Learning Logs. The students receive an additional work booklet and a Knowledge Organiser at the start of each theme to support their independent learning. 

Year 7

  • Introductions (name, age, birthday, where I live)
  • Present tense formation
  • Giving opinions and justifications
  • Physical and personal descriptions 
  • Family, friends, pets and relationships
  • School subjects and teachers
  • School description

Year 8

  • Where I live
  • House and home
  • Present tense formation
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Daily routine
  • Time
  • Immediate future tense formation
  • Free time
  • Sports
  • Weather
  • Town
  • Food

 

For further information on the Curriculum Programme please contact the Deputy Head Teacher - Mr E. Kirk via Telephone: 01204 301351 or via Email: Contact@thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk