Key Stage 3, Years 7-9 (age 11-14)
Transition from Primary
Starting Year 7 is a big step in any student’s education and the time, under the British system, where pupils move from Primary to Secondary School. We acknowledge the anxiety this move can sometimes cause, and work with Year 6 pupils to help them prepare for their first day in Secondary.
As part of the transition process, our own Year 6 are already taught a range of lessons by Secondary specialists in Art, French, Physical Education and Science. In addition, we run a thorough Transition Week in June where all pupils in Year 6 are given their provisional Year 7 timetable and invited to the Secondary School. They take part in Assemblies, lessons, activities and workshops that allow them to meet their new Form Tutors and teachers, get a feel of their new subjects and familiarise themselves with the growing expectations upon them as they enter Secondary School.
Year 7 & 8 Curriculum
Pupils in Year 7 and 8 follow the National Curriculum of England and Wales. Subjects studied include English, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Art & Design, Drama, Music, French, Computing, PSHE, Spanish, Panamanian History & Geography and Physical Education.
Single lessons are 50 mins long and double, usually in Mathematics, Science and Physical Education are 1hour 40 mins long.
Year 9 Curriculum
In Year 9, we continue to build upon the subjects taught in the previous two years, although in English, Science and Mathematics pupils start to access GCSE-level content. Additional subjects studied include Geography, History, Art & Design, Drama, Music, French, Computing, PSHE, Spanish, Panamanian History, History, and Physical Education. Physical Education is taught once a week in a double (1h 40mins) lesson.
Towards the end of Term 2 of Year 9 pupils begin to receive advice and support on choosing the subjects they may wish to study in Years 10 and 11. An information sharing event for parents as well as an options day for pupils is arranged before pupils are asked to decide on the final subjects they will study in Year 10 and 11.
Assessment, Recording, Reporting & Tracking
We assess pupils in KS3 using a system based upon the new 9 – 1 grading system at Key Stage 4 ranging across 9 Thresholds from Novice to Excellent. We report Termly on a pupil’s attitude to Learning, Homework, Use of English, predicted grades and aspirational Grade/Threshold based upon our belief that ALL students should “Aspire to Excellence”.
The Thresholds are shared with students following any Formative or Summative Assessments, which allows students to identify where they are in terms of their skills and subject knowledge, and better understand what they need to do to progress to the next threshold. Pupils are expected to make a minimum of one level of progress from their baseline to their predicted/aspirational grade (flight path). Pupils will be expected to be working at a “Secure” level by the end of an academic year, especially in core subjects in order to progress to and better access the next phase of learning (Phase before Age).
Pupils and Parents receive three reports each year and will also be invited in to meet with your child’s Form Tutor and Subject Teachers. For further information please download our Parent Guide to Assessment as well as our Assessment Calendar for Parents.