Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Overview of the Curriculum 2021-22

If you require any further information please contact Dr Alan Stokes, Director of Curriculum, at school or by emailing alan.stokes@whgs-academy.org.

Year 7 starting in 2021-22

  • Students are grouped into seven teaching groups.  In Year 7 the groups reflect the abilities of the students in their mathematics as indicated by their KS2 Teacher Assessments and performance in the baseline tests.  Students remain in these teaching groups for all their subjects.  There is the possibility for students to move between teaching groups at different points in the year.  A smaller transition class is also created in Year 7 to allow additional focus on Literacy skills.
  • The transition class will have additional support for their Literacy rather than the full teaching time for MFL.

Year 8 - 2021-22

  • Students are grouped into seven teaching groups.  In Year 8 the groups reflect the abilities of the students in their English and mathematics as indicated by their KS2 Teacher Assessments and Year 7 Assessments.  Students remain in these teaching groups for all their subjects.  There is the possibility for students to move between teaching groups at different points in the year.  A smaller transition class is also created in Year 8 to allow additional focus on Literacy skills.
  • The transition class will have additional support for their Literacy rather than the full teaching time for MFL.
  • Students identified as having a reading age below their chronological reading age will be offered English support and catch up sessions during time allocated to MFL.

 

Year 9 - 2021-22

  • Students are grouped into seven teaching groups.  In Year 9 the groups reflect the abilities of the students in English, mathematics and science as indicated by their KS2 Teacher Assessments and Year 7 and 8 Assessments.  Students remain in these teaching groups for all their subjects.  There is the possibility for students to move between teaching groups at different points in the year.  A smaller class is also created in Year 9 to allow additional focus on Literacy skills.
  • The smaller class will have additional support for their Literacy rather than the full teaching time for MFL.
  • Students identified as having a reading age below their chronological reading age will be offered English support and catch up sessions instead of a Modern Foreign language. These will take place during the school day.

Encouraging a love of reading is a culture that we really foster, both throughout the English department and the school as a whole. Students are encouraged to read widely forenjoyment and understanding. Every student has access to the latest library system and once a fortnight, they have a timetabled library lesson.

Research Findings: Reading Means Achieving

Recent research into the reading skills of 15 year olds across the world found that children who are more interested in reading do better at school than those who don’t read for pleasure.

The study also found that parents who talk to their children about books, TV programmes and films help to keep their children interested in reading.

Having books, newspapers and magazines around at home also made a difference to how interested children were in reading.

Top tips to help support reading: 

You can help support your child’s reading by making them the ‘expert’ and getting them to tell about all the things they already know and can do.

  • Help your child to find books they will enjoy by joining the public library, if you are not already members. It is free to join and many libraries have CDs and DVDs that can be borrowed very cheaply, as well as many different types of books that can be borrowed for free.
  • Read together. Try picking reading material about interests or hobbies you share, like your football team or a place you have visited together. 10 minutes a few times a week will make a difference.
  • Talk to your child about the types of reading they think they will be asked to do in secondary school; get them to explain to you what they already know about types of non-fiction (factual writing), and try to match them to the subjects your child does at school.
  • Chat about which books or magazines your child might read, to learn more about the subjects they are studying.
  • Buy a book, book token or magazine as a present/reward.
  • Go online to have a look at sites that might be useful for different subjects. All libraries have free internet access which can be booked. For information about safe websites for children, visit the Parents Information Network at www.pin.org.uk or Parents Online at www.parentsonline.gov.uk.

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