Key Stage 3

Maths

The KS3 scheme of work has been designed to include differentiated objectives with a focus on progression in the learning of mathematics.

The scheme is structured to provide pace and challenge for individual students and to enable them to relate the subject to problems in the real world.

The work undertaken by students relates to the following:

  1. Number and algebra
  2. Geometry and measures
  3. Data handling and probability

Problem solving is a key aspect of the work throughout the key stage.  In Year 7 students also concentrate on developing their numerical skills and build upon their experiences at primary school.

English

A high quality English curriculum is designed to give pupils the opportunity to develop the vital skills needed to succeed in reading, writing and speaking and listening. Students will develop an appreciation and love of reading, and read increasing challenging material.

In addition to this, students will be taught to write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length for pleasure and information.

Science

Pupils will study a wide range of topics covering living things (Biology), materials science (Chemistry), and fundamental science (Physics).

Biology includes: cells and respiration, sex in humans and other organisms, plants, DNA and inheritance.

Chemistry includes: Classifying materials, The Periodic Table, Chemical Changes, The Earth and its Atmosphere.

Physics includes: Energy and Matter, Forces and Motion, Waves, Electricity and Magnetism, The Earth, the Solar System and the Universe.

Computer Science

Computing has now replaced the old ICT curriculum and gives students a chance to learn and engage with skills that are highly in demand by the IT industry.

Students will learn communication skills, how computers work, computational thinking skills and how to make things happen using code. Students will use a range of hardware such as Raspberry Pi’s and PC’s as well as software such as Scratch, Python and the Adobe Creative suite.

Modern Foreign Languages

At Friesland we offer French, German and Spanish. Students will be offered two of the three languages. The benefits of learning languages are cultural as well as linguistic, and through learning other languages, we are often able to enhance our understanding of own language.

We are pleased to offer various extracurricular activities including a day trip to France in Year 7, a trip to Paris in year 8 and a German exchange trip in year 9. Each year we welcome foreign language assistants who work with students across all key stages, either on a one to one basis or in small groups. This opportunity allows students to speak to a native speaker and improve both their listening and speaking skills. We also run an MFL day in June for Year 8 students where we offer a range of fun and challenging international themed activities.

Physical Education

Throughout Key Stage 3 students have two lessons of Physical Education per week. Lessons are mainly taught in single sexed groups, with setting occurring in Y8 and y9 to enable all students to progress.

The PE curriculum is broad and balanced and covers many different areas. Compulsory areas studied by students are Health Related Exercise, Social Dance and Athletics.

History

History develops critical thinking skills, encourages independent enquiry and develops knowledge about the political, social and cultural history of the local area, Britain, Europe and the wider world.

Year 7 students will have an introduction to the nature of History and historical sources followed by three topics: The Norman Conquest, Medieval Life and The Tudors.

Year 8 students will explore the theme of Empires and Movement throughout history, from the Roman invasion to the twentieth century.

Year 9 students will focus on the major events that shaped the twentieth century – The Great War, The Second World War and Nazi Germany.

Geography

Religious Studies

All our students from Year 7 to Year 9 study RS covering a variety of topics and viewpoints helping to encourage students to come to their own conclusions. RS at Friesland is more than learning facts and figures, it’s about questioning and exploring the world around us and the individual.

Religious Studies in Year 7

In Year 7 students are taught through Humanities lessons, they have three lessons a week and rotate topics from Religious Studies, Geography and History. Students will complete three modules for Religious Studies: What is belief, Prejudice and Code Breaking.

Religious Studies in Year 8

Students continue to be taught through Humanities lessons in Year 8. They will undertake three modules that will build on their prior learning in Year 7 and develop their abilities to question why and explore the world in which they live further. The modules taught in year 8 are Ultimate Questions, Express Yourself and Religion in the 21st Century.

Religious Studies in Year 9

Year Nine RS is taught an hour a week by subject specialists and is a window into the world of GCSE. Students undertake three modules that will challenge their ideals and really encourage them to think outside of the box and to express their ideas in creative ways. The year 9 modules are: Spirited Arts, Right or Wrong and Homophobia.

Useful Links

You may find some of these links useful:

  • BBC Religion – facts about all of the world’s major belief systems
  • BBC Ethics – different religious perspectives on a range of different ethical issues
  • RE Jesus – explores Jesus’ life and the impact that it has had on the world today
  • RE Online – useful search engine for all aspects of RE
  • RE:Quest – a student friendly site for Christian beliefs, practices and views

Art

At Friesland we are passionate about art. Art is not just about drawing and painting, it is about questioning, thinking, analysing, creating, problem solving and self-expression. We have four specialist staff, so our students are able to develop a really broad range of skills and use a variety of 2 and 3D techniques over year 7, 8 and 9.

In year 7, all students complete a Foundation module which provides them with basic skills and understanding of the formal elements of Art and Design. They then complete projects developing skills in handling paint, clay and textiles. During year 8 and 9, skills are developed further by investigating and responding to the work of different artists, architects and designers in a series of more sustained theme-based projects which lead to some exciting and individual outcomes.

Students are provided with sketchbooks which are used for class and homework. They will need a basic kit of pencils, pens and pencil colours to complete homework and access to the internet will be helpful for research tasks, although students are always welcome to use the computers and printers in the art rooms at break time or after school.

Drama

Drama at KS3 focuses on building students’ confidence in public speaking, working with their peers and being able to think creatively. Students take part in group work, whole class drama and also learn how to work independently.

They create naturalistic and non-naturalistic drama using a variety of techniques through devised and scripted work. Students consider a variety of stimuli ranging from poems, historical events and modern plays to Shakespeare and short stories. The practical nature of the subject develops creativity, communication and confidence and enables the students to think on their feet.

Music

Music at KS3 is an exploration of performance, composition and musical appraisal. Students perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

Students learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to use technology appropriately and to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Students understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated through pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Design and Technology

Years 7/8

Design and Technology in KS3 at Friesland offers our students the opportunity to explore their creative side through a variety of subject areas. During years 7/8 students will experience:

  • Food – Students learn about the importance of food hygiene and safety, as well as preparing and making a variety of quality food products ranging from Pizza to designing their own biscuit.
  • Graphics – Students learn and develop techniques of applying texture and shading to objects drawn in 3D.They learn how to create a graphic product while being introduced to photoshop, sublimation printing and the impact of design on our environment.
  • Electronics –Students are introduced to basic electronic components built into a small product. They then progress on to the use of Printed Circuit Boards where they have to build and solder a circuit that will make two lights flash in a door hanger. They are also introduced to the CAD/CAM vinyl cutter to personalise the product.
  • Resistant materials– The three main materials are introduced over two modules. They design and make a mechanical toy using mainly wood products, a copper pot and jewellery with metals and enamel, and a CAD/CAM produced maze using acrylic. They also consider plastic packaging. The RM course introduces them to new processes such as vacuum forming, casting and routing as well as the traditional tools and machines used in a workshop.

year 9

The students are given first-hand experience of creating a portfolio of GCSE design work which benefits them greatly when they choose which Technology option in Years ten and eleven. They also sit a one hour exam which tests their knowledge of materials and processes as well as other design issues. This leads to them being awarded a half GCSE in Product Design. They can choose which material area they wish to focus on.