KS3 Subjects

Below is a list of the subjects that your child will be studying during Year 7 & Year 8. Each lesson is 1 hour long. In all subjects your child will be building on and extending the work that they covered at primary school.

English

In English lessons students study:

  • Speaking and listening: they participate in class discussions, give an individual presentation to the class and participate in role play.
  • Reading: they read a range of texts, both media and fiction and learn how to find information, work out meaning and select material from texts to support a point of view.
  • Writing: they learn how to write both fiction and non-fiction texts. They also learn how to plan for writing and revise writing to ensure accuracy with spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Knowledge about language: they learn about sentence structures, text organisation, Standard English and spelling rules.

The department set project based Homework for KS3. In addition, individual teachers may set supplementary homework or extension studies such as learning spellings or reading.

Mathematics

The Mathematics curriculum at KS3 will teach pupils to develop fluency, reasoning and to solve problems within the following areas:-

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rate of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Statistics and probability

In addition to the above content, through the learning of mathematics, pupils will be also taught more general thinking skills needed to prepare them for the world of further education and/or work.

Design Technology

Students will develop their skills and knowledge in three areas:

  • Resistant Materials they will learn the use of tools & equipment including hand tools, machine tools and computer controlled machines. They will complete a range of focussed practical tasks to develop skills which will then be put into practice through a number of design and make projects. They will develop their graphic drawing and ICT skills to complement their projects. (2 D design)
  • Food, they will learn the use of basic tools and equipment, including the cooker, food processor and microwave. They will make a range of recipes which focus upon a healthy diet and produce ‘in season.’
  • Textiles, they will learn the use of basic tools and equipment and the use of a sewing machine. They will learn about the origins and construction of fibres and fabrics and will complete a range of focussed practical tasks to develop skills which will then be put into practice through a number of design and make projects.

It is important that students bring the necessary resources with them so that they do not miss out on practical sessions where they will be developing their skills. In Food they cook every week so need to bring their ingredients from home with a suitable container to take their prepared food products home in.

Geography

In Geography lessons students will develop their geographical skills such as using maps and plans, using scales and measuring distances, using grid references and the compass. They will develop their knowledge of :

  • Places by studying topics such as the home region and the British Isles.
  • Physical Geography by studying topics such as weather and climate and river basins.
  • Human Geography by studying topics such as settlements.
  • Environmental issues by studying topics such as the management of sources of fresh water.

It will be useful to the students if they have access to an atlas.

History

Year 7

Pupils will study a range of subjects from 'What is History' where we will look at the skills we need for History and then practice these skill investigating 'What happened to the Tolland Man?' through The Norman Conquest and onto Life in Medieval England ending the year looking at the Tudor Monarchs.

Year 8

We start with in investigation into the Plague at Eyam and move on to look at what life was like during the English Civil Wars and under the rule of Oliver Cromwell. We will also explore the amazing inventions brought about by the Industrial Revolution and what happened during the American War of Independence

Year 9

We focus our learning on our investigations into the cause and consequences of The Great War, 1914-1918 and life during Second World War, 1939-1945. We will also explore the Holocaust as part of our studies before moving on to pre-GCSE preparation, re-visiting the skills we have learned throughout KS3 and exploring in brief some of the topics pupils will study as part of the GCSE course.

Pupils will benefit from access to the internet and/or local library for reading and research.  

Art

In art lessons students will develop their skills in: painting, drawing, 3d, textiles clay and manipulation of mixed media.

They will work from direct observation and imagination. They will study the role of other artists and craftworkers. All students will explore a range of different materials through different projects.

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Construction
  • Graphics
  • Textiles

Music

In Music lessons pupils will perform, compose, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres and cultures.

Pupils will learn to use their voices for performance opportunities and to help with compositional tasks. Various pieces of Music technology are also introduced to aid in these areas.

They will also explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Science

In Science lessons, students will be given the opportunity to develop their practical skills in a science laboratory – lots of experiments! The science department also has interactive text books that are used with the netbooks – you will be able to carry out virtual experiments, watch scientific video clips or even just read the text and look at the pictures! The topics that will be studied include:

  • Cells, tissues & organs
  • Reproduction
  • Food webs
  • Fossils and rocks
  • Energy and forces
  • Chemical reactions and safety in the laboratory

Physical Education

All students experience a practical PE programme during which they develop basic skills, learn to cooperate with others and about the importance of Health and Fitness. They will study the following areas: football, netball, hockey, rugby, badminton, tennis, athletics, cricket, table tennis, volleyball, fitness, basketball and rounders. It is important that students have the correct kit with them on the correct day so that they can make full use of the opportunities offered to them.

French

In language lessons students will develop their ability to speak, listen and understand, read and write the following languages:Names and greetings

  • Year 7: French
  • Year 8: French
  • Year 9: French

*additional languages are available through enrichment

Information Business

ICT is embedded across all curriculum areas.

Information Business is primarily a Computing curriculum, which includes a taste of Business and Media.

The main ICT/Computing skills that are taught to the pupils are:

  • Communication & Networks
  • E-Safety and Cyber Bullying
  • Understanding Algorithms
  • Programming skills
  • Hardware and Processing
  • World Wide Web and Using the Internet
  • Impact of ICT in Society and Businesses
  • Business Documents
  • Market Research
  • Modelling Spreadsheets and Creating Graphs
  • Group and Project work

ICT is used within all lessons across the curriculum to transfer the skills and techniques learnt in ICT to other subject areas. Pupils can access lesson content and assessments from home via our Dynamic Learning VLE accounts.

Philosophy & Ethics/Life

Students will study a range of topics covering spiritual, moral, social, cultural and ethical issues.  In Year 7, they will study aspects of personal safety (bullying & road safety), personal development, the major global faiths, festivals, beliefs about life after death and religious figureheads.  These units provide a grounding for future studies in Year 8 and on into KS4.  Pupils will be encouraged to develop their own opinions and beliefs and understand and appreciate viewpoints and beliefs different to their own. 

Pupils will also study the statutory SRE (Sex & Relationships Education) curriculum during their Cultural Studies lessons.  In Year 7, they will learn about growing up, puberty and the importance of personal hygiene.  The following year pupils will study the pressures they may face in relationships and how to deal with them effectively and appropriately.  They will also study the risks and consequences of physical relationships such as pregnancy and how and where to seek advice and support about such issues.

Drama

Drama is a popular subject at KS3. Students are encouraged to experiment with devising techniques and create original work. The emphasis is always on engaging an audience through dramatics forms and structures. There is a strong progression of storytelling which allows all youngsters the opportunity to show progress and success at GCSE.

Taught in professional studios, Melior students take pride in their work and with a clear use of self-evaluation and target setting, learners are always keen to demonstrate their pieces.

 

Learning Skills

For those students who need a boost with their Literacy & Numeracy there are classes to accelerate reading and writing skills.