Key Stage 3

Curriculum

Here at Giles Academy, we offer a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum. KS3 covers Years 7 and 8, ensuring that all students are challenged in Year 9 by transitioning to a 3-year GCSE programme.

The curriculum is designed to ensure that all students in Years 7 and 8 develop the skills and knowledge to support their progression from Key Stage 2 to GCSE studies in Key Sage 4 taking into account abilities and individual needs.

Students are tested in all subjects, literacy and cognitive ability at the start of Year 7. This sets a benchmark target to be taking into consideration against their Key Stage 4 expected progress from Key Stage 2 and we use this benchmark to continuously monitor each individual’s progress in every subject. We believe that students perform best when working with peers of similar ability at this stage. As such, our classes are streamed and there are frequent opportunities throughout the academic year for students to change classes according to the progress they are making.

Our Key Stake 3 pastoral team runs a comprehensive primary liaison programme to facilitate a successful transition for all the student who are joining us every year in Year 7. Students who did not achieve expected standards in Maths and Reading in Key Stage 2 will receive additional support providing them the intense accelerated literacy, reading and numeracy development they need. In addition, some Year 7 and 8 students will receive a tailored curriculum to accommodate their Special Educational Needs or EAL provisions.

The Academy day is divided into blocks of learning. There is a daily Tutor Period in the mornings and afternoon which is used:

  • to prepare for the day
  • to deliver Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning, and
  • to deliver year groups assemblies

Each student has:

  • a personal mentor (tutor)
  • a pastoral team
    • Head of Year
    • Assistant Head of Year
    • Progress Coordinator, and
    • Head of Futures (Careers)
  • a character education programme bases on Outdoor Education, and
  • a challenging curriculum programme that is tailored to their own abilities

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is made up of core and foundation subjects that all students must follow to learn the essential knowledge and skills defined in the national curriculum. The table below shows that the Core Curriculum occupies 43% (26 out of 60 lessons) of your child’s timetable in Year 7 and 8.

Subject Periods per Fortnight
Core Curriculum Year 7 Year 8
English 10 10
Mathematics 10 10
Science 6 6
Foundation Curriculum
Philosophy and Ethics 2 2
Physical Education (inc Swimming) 6 6
History 4 4
Geography 4 4
Music 2 2
Art 4 4
Design and Technology (Cooking & Nutrition, Textiles, Timber) 5 5
Modern Foreign Language (Spanish, French or Italian) 5 5
Computing 2 2
Total number of lessons 60 60