Key stage 3 Curriculum, Assessment and Monitoring
Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is broad, ambitious, and challenging, ensuring students acquire and master key knowledge and ideas that will allow them to be productive and creative and be fully prepared to enter Key Stage 4. Subject Leaders have designed their curriculum in detail, focusing on the sequencing of learning, to ensure students accumulate a rich depth of the knowledge. Subject Leaders have created a learning journey through Key Stage 3 and, based on their curriculum have identified descriptors that state what students in each year should know and be able to do at each stage of their learning. Based on the level of recall and application of knowledge that students demonstrate they are classified as Novice (towards age related), Capable (at age related) or Expert (above age related) in terms of their progress against the identified endpoints. These descriptors allow teachers to have high quality conversations with students and parents/carers about progress and next steps in learning. Just as importantly teachers can be more responsive in their planning of lessons to scaffold the learning of classes and individuals within lessons.
In tandem with these curriculum descriptors, we also have attitude to learning descriptors which identify what a student is like as a learner. It is imperative that students adopt positive learning habits so they can become more efficient, effective, and independent learners in preparation for the next Key Stage.
For each subject studied at Key Stage 3 the e mail address of the Subject Lead can be found in each subject area so please contact them if you would like further information about their curriculum, or guidance about how you can support your son/daughter.
The Termly 100 is an internal school assessment to look at how well students are learning key ideas and concepts across the range of subjects. It is a multiple-choice test with questions proportioned according to how much curriculum time a subject has. The data is used internally by Teachers, Subject Leaders and Senior Leaders to make judgements about the curriculum, adjust lesson planning and implement interventions to support students. Student scores are reported home along with the mean average, the highest and lowest score of the year, along with a link to the completed assessment to see their students’ answer sheet along with the correct answers.