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KS3 Curriculum Overviews

English

English KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7
Story and
Context
Story and Context -
focus on
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Characterisation and Setting Characterisation and Setting - focus on The Graveyard Book Genre and Theme Genre and Theme - focus on The Giver
Year
8
Perspective and POV Perspective and POV- focus on Journey's End Rhetoric Rhetoric - focus on Animal Farm Connotation, Symbolism and Imagery Connotation, Symbolism and Imagery - focus on Lord of the Flies
Year
9
Grammar and
Meaning
Grammar and Meaning - focus on The Adventure of the Speckled Band Form and Structure Form and Structure - focus on Heroes Representation Representation - focus on Othello

Maths 

Maths KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term
1
Summer Term
Year
7

Unit A: Averages & Range 

Topic 1: Sequences
Topic 2: Place Value and Ordering
Topic 3: Problems with Addition & Subtraction
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 1)

Topic 4: Problems with Multiplication & Division 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 1)

Topic 5: Order of Operations

Topic 6: Factors & Multiples (Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 2)

Topic  7:  Geometry 

Topic  8: Fractions/FDP (Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 2)

Topic  9: Introduction to Algebra

Unit B:  Units & Scales                                            

Topic 10: Fractions and Percentages of Amounts  (Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 3)

Topic 11: Primes and Indices (Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 3)

Topic 12: Rounding

Unit C: Comparing Ratio & Proportion

Unit D:
Basic Probability

Year
8

Topic 13: Algebraic Expressions 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 1)

Topic 14: Linear Equations 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 1)

Topic 15: Angles 

Topic 17: Percentages

Topic 16: Area & Perimeter 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 2)

Topic 18: Ratio & Proportion

Topic 19: Further Fractions

Topic 20: 2d Geometry

Unit E:
Compound Units

Topic 22: Statistics 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 3)

Topic 21:
3D Geometry

UNIT F:
BEARINGS
 

Topic 23: Further Probability

Unit G: Transformations

Year
9

Unit H :  Index Laws

Topic 24: Rearranging Formulae

Topic 25: Percentage & Interest 

Topic 26: Probability 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 1)

Unit I : Pythagoras’ Theorem 

Topic 27: Linear  Graphs 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 2)

Topic 28: Real Life Graphs

Topic 29: Equations

Topic 30: Standard Form 
(Knowledge Organiser allocated for Term 2)

Topic 31: Proportion

Unit J: Averages From Tables

Topic 32: Sequences 
(Knowledge Organiser  allocated for Term 3)

Topic 33: Inequalities 
(Knowledge Organiser  allocated for Term 3)

Topic 34: Quadratic Expressions  
 

Topic 35: Quadratic Graphs (& cubic, reciprocal and exponential)

Unit K:
Interior & Exterior Angles

Unit L:
Further Transformations & Introduction to Vectors

Science

Science KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term
1
Spring Term 
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term
2
Year
7

Cells
&
Matter

Forces
&
Chemical Reactions

Ecology
&
Space

Year
8

Energy
&
Solutions

Organ systems
&
Electricity

Principles of chemistry
&
Disease and evolution

Year
9

Cells,
States of matter
&
Atoms and the periodic table

Health, Energy
&
Bonding

Earth and the atmosphere,
States of matter and density
&
Ecology

French

French KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7

Introducing myself

Numbers and dates 

Family and personal description School Weather
Sports
Free time interests 
Likes and dislikes
Local area
Towns 
Spare time interests
Food and eating out 
Year
8

Holidays and transport

The past tense 

Festivals and food TV, technology and leisure interests The world around us
Local area
Weather 

Daily routine

Home

Daily routines

Home 

Year
9
Family and friends Going out and making arrangements

French Culture
Role models

Films

Sport
Technology

TV

Evening Activities
Daily Routines

Shopping
Festivals and celebrations 

 

History

History KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7

Pre-1066

 

1066 and the Norman invasion The Middle Ages  The Middle Ages 

Who were the Tudors?
- Henry VIII power
- Reformation
 
Mid Tudor Crisis Elizabethan England
  - Religion
  - Mary, Queen of Scots
  - War with Spain
Year
8

Tudor to Stuart England

 

Stuart England and the Civil War
   - causes and events of the Civil Wars
- The interregnum, Cromwell's Britain
Industrial Britain  Industrial Britain

Slavery and the roots to the British Empire 

Impact of the empire around the world 

 French and American revolutions and the American Civil War

 

Year
9
British Society in 1900 The First World War The Second World War The Cold War 20th Century Study: 
Women 1900 to today 
Teenagers 1900 to today

Creation of the welfare state 

Immigration, Race riots and protest

Geography

Geography KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7
Map Skills Geography of the UK Geography of the UK and weather Weather Asia Resources
Year
8
Coasts and Rivers Coasts and Rivers Population Change Tectonics Ecosystems and the Economy  Russia
Year
9
Glaciation Super Powers Super Powers Africa Fieldwork Living in a poor country and Global Themes

Art

Art KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7
Learning to See:
Using the pencil to create different tones.
Pencil tones and tonal gradation Mark making and texture
Using pencil
Mark making and Impressionism through paint Impressionism and Van Gogh - through Paint Installation through Mixed Media.
Year
8
Colour Wheel
colour relationships and tonal blending through Colour pencil
Observational drawing through colour pencil Typography through printmaking Typography and the art of lettering through collage. Typography though painting. Colour culture through looking at arange of artists and mixed media.
Year
9
Illustrative art - 
looking at artist Lucy McLaughlan and automatic drawing using fine liner
Illustrative art through printmaking Observational drawing through pencil and biro Observational drawing through pencil and biro Pattern within art - 
looking at Mandallas and artist, Dan Hillier
Pattern within art - 
looking at Mandallas and artist, Dan Hillier

 

Drama

Drama KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7
Introduction to Drame Greek Theatre Theatre in Education  Physical Theatre Stanislavski Design
Year
8
Commedia Dell Arte Pantomime Brecht Devising / Cluedo Complicite Live Theatre
Year
9
Duologues Artaud Genre Devising Theatre Creation Analysing Live Theatre

Tech Rotations

DT, Food & ICT KS3 Curriculum Topics

 

DT, Food and ICT are studied on a rotation during Years 7, 8 and 9
During the rotations, the following topics will be studied in each subject area

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
DT

Night light: Woodwork

Planning and Making: Electronics

Clock:

Use of plastics and the vacuum former;
Research, planning and making

Educational Toy: 

Use of wood and metals; 
Research, planning, making and evaluating

Food Tech 

Health & Safety

Eatwell Guide

Carbohydrates

The Science of Cooking

Sensory Testing

and practicals to go with each area

Health & Safety

Eatwell Guide Part 2

Protein

Dairy, Fats & Oils

Adapting Recipes

and practicals to go with each area

Health & Safety

Food Choice

British Cuisine

International Cuisine

Consumer Awareness  

and practicals to go with each area

ICT

E-Safety, Email & Internet

Software, spreadsheets

Hardware, Cryptology and Flowol

Networks and systems

Scratch Programming

Text-based programming

HTML

Web Authoring

Python

Animation and Video Editing

Higher Level Spreadsheets

Flat File Databases

Photo Editing

Data Representation and Coding

Relational Databases

Python - Searching and Sorting

Integrated Project

 

Music

Music KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2 
Year
7
The Elements of Music Rhythm and Drumming Performance Skills Performance Skills Instruments of the Orchestra Instruments of the Orchestra
Year
8
Musical Futures - Just Play Music Technology The Blues The Blues Film Music Film Music
Year
9
Songwriting Songwriting World Music - Salsa and Reggae World Music - Salsa and Reggae Music Technology Independent Project

 

RE

RE KS3 Curriculum Topics
  Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term
1
Spring Term 
2
Summer Term 1 Summer Term
2
Year
7

Introduction to world religions and rule systems

Religion and rites of passage

Holy books and festivals

Year
8

Prejudice and discrimination

Religion, War and Peace

Creation and the environment

Year
9

Religion, crime and punishment

Philosophy of religion - Does God exist?

Ethics and religion

PE

PE KS3 Curriculum Topics
 
  Autumn Term
1
Autumn Term
2
Spring Term
 1
Spring Term
2
Summer Term
1
Summer Term
Year 7 PE - Boys Tennis, Athletics 
Warm up and Cool downs
Football, OAA, Uni-Hoc 
Skeletal muscles
Rugby, Handball
Function of the skeleton and types of bones
Netball, Basketball
Name and locations of bones
Cricket, Badminton
Types of joints and joint movements
Athletics, Softball, Tennis
Structure and function of a joint 
PE - Girls Tennis, Athletics 
Warm up and Cool downs
Netball, OAA, Uni-Hoc 
Skeletal muscles
Table tennis, rounders, badminton, cricket
Methods of training 
 
Football, Basketball
Name and locations of bones
Badminton, Rounders
Types of joints and joint movements
Athletics,Lacrosse
Structure and function of a joint
Year 8 PE - Boys Tennis, Athletics, Softball 
Immediate effects of exercise - Muscular and skeletal system
Football, OAA 
Immediate effects of exercise - CV and Respiratory system
Rugby, badminton, fitness
Different heart rates and exercise intensities
Netball, Basketball, Table tennis
Fitness components and practical application
Cricket, Fitness, Softball, 
Fitness Tests
Athletics, tennis, softball, 
Methods of training
PE - Girls Rounders, Athletics, Softball 
Immediate effects of exercise - Muscular and skeletal system
Netball, OAA
Immediate effects of exercise - CV and Respiratory system
Gym/cheerleading, basketball, fitness, badminton
Different heart rates and exercise intensities
Football, fitness, Table tennis, Basketball
Fitness components and practical application
Tennis, Athletics, Softball, Cricket
Fitness Tests
Athletics, badminton, rounders, tennis
Methods of training
Year 9 PE - Boys Tennis, Athletics, Rounders, Softball, 
Immediate effects of exercise - Muscular and skeletal system
Football, OAA, 
Immediate effects of exercise - CV and Respiratory system
Rugby, Netball, Table Tennis
Different heart rates and exercise intensities
Badminton, Fitness, Basketball 
Fitness components and practical application
Cricket, basketball, athletics, tennis
Fitness Tests
Softball, table tennis, basketball, badminton
Methods of training
PE - Girls Athletics, Rounders, Softball, 
Immediate effects of exercise - Muscular and skeletal system
Netball, OAA, 
Immediate effects of exercise - CV and Respiratory system
Badminton, Football, Rugby, Table Tennis
Different heart rates and exercise intensities
Fitness, Basketball
Fitness components and practical application
Tennis, Athletics 
Fitness Tests
Table tennis, rounders, badminton, cricket
Methods of training