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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview 2017
In English, your child will be studying a range of themes in order to address all the skills that they
need to be successful by the time they reach their GCSEs in year 11. The themes have been chosen
to ensure that your child in engaged in their English learning, as well as being given the opportunities
to explore and question ideas.
Throughout key stage 3, your child will study a range of texts: both fiction and non-fiction, as well as
explore poetry, creative writing and presentation skills. Some of the themes will appear both in year
7 and in year 8 but this is because we want your child to understand and see the cross over and the
development of skills as they progress through the academy.
The themes are:
Year 7 Year 8
Super heroes Novel Study
Novel Study Gothic
The Bard (Shakespeare) The Bard (Shakespeare)
Poetry Creative Writing
Non Fiction Exam Non Fiction Exam Prep
Writing Skills Media
Whilst studying each of these themes, your child will be developing their skills in relation to the
AOs (assessment objectives) they will be assessed against at the end of year 11. In doing this, we
are hoping that your child will be an expert by the time they reach their GCSEs.
AO1: Read, understand and respond to texts. Students should be able to:
maintain a critical style and develop an informed personal response
use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate
AO2: Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and
effects, using relevant subject terminology where appropriate.
AO3: Show understanding of the relationships between texts and the contexts in which they
AO4: Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with
accurate spelling and punctuation.
Language (Writing & Speaking)
AO1: identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
Select and synthesise evidence from different texts
AO2: Explain, comment on and analyse how writers use language and structure to achieve
effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
AO3: Compare writers ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across
two or more texts
AO4: Evaluate texts critically and support this with appropriate textual references
AO5: communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style
and register for different forms, purposes and audiences. Organise information and ideas,
using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts
AO6: Candidates must use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose
and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (This requirement must constitute 20%
of the marks for each specification as a whole.)
AO7: Demonstrate presentation skills in a formal setting
AO8: Listen and respond appropriately to spoken language, including to questions and
feedback on presentations
AO9: Use spoken Standard English effectively in speeches and presentations.
Moving into KS4
Your child will be studying the new reform GCSE which has its first examinations in 2017. These
examinations for English Language and Literature are 100% exam. They will assess the AOs your child
will have focused on for the whole of their time at The Stockwood Park Academy, so they should
become more proficient in them by the time they reach key stage 4.
Your child will have to study 19th Century Literature, Shakespeare and Modern Prose. In addition,
they will explore poetry and non-fiction texts, as well as composition.
We hope that by the time they reach key stage 4 they will have taken the opportunities they have
within their English lessons to become avid English learners with an enjoyment of language and
In year 7 and 8 students study Mathematics for 4 hours per week. The course is split into 4 learning
themes: Number, Algebra, Shape & Data. Each of these learning themes is studied in both year 7 & 8
and the proportion of time spent on each theme is dependent on the band in which students are
Maths at the Stockwood Park academy is taught through the Mathematics Mastery Programme,
where there is a greater emphasis on a hands on approach to solving problems, through the use of
bead strings, Dienes blocks, Fraction counters, Cuisenaire rods, 100 grids, number lines and multilink
The key principles of the programme are
Students study fewer topics in greater depth
Mastery for all students
Number sense and place value come first
Problem solving is central.
Below is an overview of the Mastery Curriculum the year 7s will be following this year:
All classes in Maths are set by ability and the work set at the appropriate level. The schemes of
learning in Maths are such that all learning outcomes are available if the students are sufficiently
able to access them. Where there is there is a learning outcome that is currently deemed too
challenging for the students they will spend more time covering the other learning outcomes but will
have a chance to revisit all learning outcomes in Key Stage 4. Each class will start at its own point on
the learning outcomes dependent on the ability of the class, in this way students avoid repetition of
all the topics covered at Key Stage 2. Where a topic is a fundamental skill for Key Stage 3 then the
work covered at Key Stage 2 will be revisited.
Learning Themes in Year 8
The change in syllabus is now encouraging students to show more knowledge of the subject by
examining them on more topics. The schemes of learning are such that there is a seamless transition
from Key Stage 3 to 4 in Mathematics as from the start of year 7 they are on a 5 year learning plan
with the ultimate expectation of achieving their full potential by the end of year 11.
The science department is dedicated to providing challenging lessons where students can learn in a
safe and positive environment. Our aim is to produce confident young scientists who have an
enquiring mind and a good work ethic.
The key stage three curriculum covers the three main science areas of biology, chemistry and physics
with an emphasis on working scientifically and developing scientific numeracy skills. The KS3
curriculum has recently been redesigned to make investigative and problem solving the corner stone
of each lesson. This will ensure that our students are able to make the smooth transition into KS4.
The topics we cover over the two years are:
Biology: cells, reproduction and genetics.
Chemistry: principles of the periodic table, atoms and elements and making a link between science
in industry and the science we study in the classroom.
Physics: Motion, forces, energy, electricity and space.
Assessments take the form of both written tests and practical assessments to ensure we have
students are able to make the transition confidently into KS4.
Students follow one of two learning routes:
The majority of students will complete the Edexcel combined science course, which is a double
award and counts as two GCSEs.
Our most able students will continue to take the three sciences as separate GCSE subjects.
All the courses are linear with all the exams being completed at the end of Year 11.
Whichever learning route they follow, the curriculum covers all areas of Biology, Chemistry and
Physics studied in Key Stage 3, but at a higher level. In addition single science students will be
introduced to some new topics such as plant hormones, blood group genetics, tests for ions and
carboxylic acids and the astronomy.
We offer a range of enrichment activities and trips to add value to the science curriculum, including
the Big Bang Fair, a day in a forensics lab, and the use of STEM ambassadors to add real life
experience to the curriculum.
There is a weekly science club Rocket Club open to all students. This is an opportunity to challenge
the thinking of the teachers and carry out a number of STEM challenges.
In addition we hold a weekly science drop in session for KS4 students who feel they need some extra
support or clarification on the topics covered in lesson.
Without History we would not be where we are today, therefore at The Stockwood Park Academy we feel it is
important to educate students about significant events in both British and international history. Students are
encouraged to become historical detectives by investigating history through the use of evidence and other
source material available.
Subject Learning Themes Overview (bullet point per learning theme)
1. Change & Continuity
2. Cause & Consequences
4. Source Skills
6. Written Communication
Year 7 Topics Year 8 Topics
The Normans Industrial Revolution & Jack the Ripper
The Middle Ages Terrorism
The Tudors Slavery