KS3 Curriculum

Our key stage 3 curriculum is anchored in excellence, embraces curiosity and encourages risk taking. The promotion of scholarship and challenge is at its heart. All curriculum areas are committed to developing the scholarly subject skills and mindset to ensure success is sustainable continuing into key stage 4 & 5. Similarly our focus on enrichment and learning outside of the classroom provides the cultural capital needed to realise aspiration

Home Learning

In years Year 7 and 8 home learning is a mixture of project based learning and regular weekly activities. Students will receive up to two extended projects each half term; some will be joint projects across departments and others will be individual projects. Subjects such as Maths, and Languages will also set regular weekly homework to reinforce vocabulary and skill development. We are committed to project based learning as a vehicle for the development of scholarship, independence and enquiry. Through project work students are immersed in a love of learning, focused on scholarly skills and have creative direction over their work.

First Project Autumn 1 Year 7 – History & English

Design your own Time Capsule. Each week students have to bring in an object for their time capsule which represents a specific aspect of life in 2015 there must be a clear rationale for their chosen object.

First Project: Autumn 1 Year 8 – History & English

Imagine you are the leader of the Ottoman or Mongol Empire. Students have to complete 6 weekly challenges as their character using both their historical knowledge and literacy skills.

Second Project: Autumn 2 Year 7 - DT and RE/CPHSE

There are two home learning projects this half term; one from DT and one from RE/CPHSE. In DT students will be working on developing a new chocolate bar; from ingredients to final packaging. In RE/CPHSE students will be working on a range of activities to help them develop the 6Rs; skills essential to helping them develop as learners. Weekly challenges will help them focus on and collect evidence for each skill area. 

Second Project: Autumn 2 Year 8 - Science

This home learning build upon the recent Olympics topic where students focused on organs and their role in the human body. Students will be looking at how organs fucntion, how they are damaged and the effects this can have. They will work on developing news broadcasts, documentaries and presentations linked to their research and findings. 

Third Project: Spring 1 Year 7 - Geography and RE/CPHSE

There are two home learning projects this half term; a continuation of the RE/CPHSE project and a Geography project. In RE/CPHSE students will be working on a range of activities to help them develop the 6Rs; skills essential to helping them develop as learners. Weekly challenges will help them focus on and collect evidence for each skill area. In Geography, students will be working on looking at the geography of thier local area. They will develop their map reading skills and research skills as they develop their 'vision for Redbridge'

Third Project: Spring 1 Year 8 - DT

This home learning project developed students understanding of inventors, inventions and innovation in design. Student will have the opportunity to explore historical and modern day inventors and develop thier research and presentation skills duirng this project. 

 

Enrichment in Key stage 3

Our school motto is Friendship, Excellence and Opportunity. We believe that our well constructed enrichment programme provides a host of excellent opportunities for students to be challenged outside of their comfort zone. In Year 7 all students have the opportunity to practise their language skills and experience a different culture on the summer trip to Boulogne. Furthermore, the science department embraces learning outside of classroom with trips to Colchester zoo and the Science Museum. In Year 8 all students have the opportunity to experience a residential camping trip with a three day visit to Danbury outdoor activity centre. The Geography department focus on fieldwork skills in their rivers unit and the Drama department ensure that all Year 8 students participate in an annual performance to parents.

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Whilst in Year 9 the History department take all students to Ypres to experience the First World War battlefields and reflect on the sacrifice of others.

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The annual ski trip to Austria is open to all key stage 3 students and provides an opportunity not only to experience a different culture but also show resilience when challenged with learning a new skill.

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Year 7 Passport to Scholarship

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Scholarship is a key theme at Seven Kings from Key stage 3 through to Key stage 5. In Year 7 we have introduced the “Passport to Scholarship". Our Year 7s will be collecting their scholarship stamps in each subject these will be issued when the seven scholarly skills have been demonstrated to a required level.

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Year 7 students will also be encouraged to adopt a “Growth Mindset” and undertake challenges outside of their set classwork and home learning. Students who adopt a positive growth mindset  will want to challenge themselves to develop new skills and learn new information. Examples of challenges are included in the passport. Teachers will record the challenges that students have undertaken in their passport. At the end of the summer term all Year 7 students will graduate and collect their scholarship scroll.

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To find out more about each subject, please use the links below

 

Downloads Date  
Year 7 Curriculum Evening 2015 06th Nov 2015 Download
Year 8 Curriculum Evening 2015 06th Nov 2015 Download