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Key Stage Three Curriculum

At Key Stage 3 we deliver a rich, broad and balanced curriculum, which has an academic foundation but is adapted to meet the needs of individual learners. Although all subjects are treated equally, we enjoy mathematics and performing arts specialism – areas in which we truly excel. As a faith school, our Trust-led, bespoke Philosophy, Religion & Ethics curriculum forms an unique backcloth for our development of character and spiritual insight in our learners.

The school timetable consists of 45 x 40 minute lessons, giving 30 hours of teaching per week.

SUBJECT OVERVIEW PERIODS

Art

Students explore different media and its uses including pencil, chalk, fine nib pens, acrylic paints and air drying clay to create 3-dimensional sculptures and models. They also examine different Art Movements such as cubism and create their own work using their studies of these movements to inspire and stimulate their own ideas. Work in Art is well placed for cross-curricular links; an example of which would be making models of land mass studied in Geography and using their studies to create the contours and camber of the land they see.

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Drama & Dance

Key Stage 3 students explore composition, performance and appreciation within Drama & Dance. The students explore a range of acting activites and techniques such as mime, role pay, monologues and structuring their own scenes and eventually short plays. the students focus on a range of texts such as Matilda and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Also exploring history such as the Black Death and issues such as Racism.

Within Dance the students are introduced to movement through developing their own choreographic skills. This takes place through responding to stimuli such as music, art and drama. The students engage in a range of different dance styles such as Jazz, Capoeira, Musical Theatre, Breakdance, Bollywood and Ballet. The students are given opportunities to further develop their skills through engaging in the extra-curricular performing arts programme that is offered at Avanti Secondary.

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English

The realms of English Language and Literature in Avanti Secondary are explored through a wide range of fiction, non-fiction texts and poetry. Studying english here is a wonderful adventure where reading and writing are turned into an enjoyable experience for all students. Regardless of their ability, your child will make great progress in 5 key areas of English: reading, writing, spelling and speaking and listening.

The aim of our English curriculum is to develop all students' social, emotional, cultural and intellectual knowledge. Through the texts we study, students are encouraged to be inquisitive, to discuss ideas and listen to one another without fear, anxiety or pressure. Every student contributes with their imagination and creativity, and has an opportunity to shine.

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Humanities & Ethics

Geography at Key Stage 3 aims to give pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of topics in the hope of fostering a passion and interest for geography and the world around them. Alongside this, pupils will develop a range of transferable skills that can be used in other areas of the curriculum. Topics studied include map skills, rivers and flooding, volcanoes and earthquakes, the geography of sport, and place studies include U.K and India.

History provides students with the opportunity not only to acquire subject knowledge but to further their written and verbal skills of communication. This includes the analysis of various historical sources; and we encourage an analytical and critical approach. Students in Year 7 study the Middle Ages including the Norman conquest, Henry II and Thomas Becket, Magna Carta, the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt.

The Ethics programme is delivered by tutors and explores Personal, Social and Health Education, Citizenship and Religious Education through philosophical questions. Students explore the beliefs of different faiths. Department trips include: The Natural History Museum, Museum of London Medieval day, local fieldwork and visits to different places of worship.

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ICT & Design Technology

Students at Avanti Secondary have the opportunity to learn, develop and apply a range of both soft and core ICT skills. The overarching aim of this subject is to fully prepare our students for the working world in which ICT plays a huge role. Students will also be exposed to the basic computing and programming languages and will be encouraged to develop applications, websites and programs, allowing  our students to build on their experiences and learning in other subject areas. Students are assessed on a project by project basis. The extra-curricular provision will offer students access to building upon their skills in a wide range of other technological areas; video editing, photography and robotics.

In Design & Technology, pupils combine practical and technological skills with creative thinking to design and make products and systems that meet human needs. They learn to use current technologies and consider the impact of future technological developments. They learn to think creatively and intervene to improve the quality of life, solving problems as individuals and members of a team.

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Mathematics

KS3 students cover a wide range of mathematics, including introducing students to algebra and equations, and continuing the development of number, geometry and statistics topics. Students will learn through a variety of classroom activities such as group work, problem solving tasks, textbook questions and the use of mathematics websites. Students will have the opportunity to further develop their mathematical skills in extra-curricular clubs and external national competitions.

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Modern Foreign Languages

In Year 7 students study French & Spanish and will be introduced to Latin & Sanskrit later in the year. In line with the KS3 Framework our aim is to develop thinking skills and promote our students’ independence as language learners in a fun and interactive manner. We are hoping to run a trip to France in the winter term as developing interest and cultural knowledge has a great deal of importance in language learning. Students should develop an understanding of what it means to learn a foreign language and have a range of strategies for researching new languages from the sources they meet.

We will develop Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills over a variety of topics and learn about the different functions of words, how sentences are built up and how to make use of a wide range of clues and features such as connectives pronouns and tenses to understand or produce continuous text. Students will be assessed with regular vocabulary tests and end of unit assessments and will be expected to be working at Level 3/4 of the National Curriculum in all four skills by the end of Year 7.

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Music

Music is an exciting and rewarding subject. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Students have the opportunity to perform, as well as create their own work using a wide range of instruments and technologies. They explore a variety of topics, from Film Music to African Drumming and Dance Music to Minimalism. In each topic students will be assessed on their performance, composition, listening and appraising skills.

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Physical Education

KS3 students cover a wide range of sports and activities such as football, netball, teambuilding, ultimate Frisbee, gymnastics and athletics. They learn how to work with others and solve problems in a variety of different formats and learning experiences, with the opportunity to develop these further in extra-curricular clubs. Students are assessed regularly to identify their progress in the strands of the National Curriculum, which includes making and applying decisions and evaluating and improving performance.

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Science

Students in KS3 will study a number of different scientific topics and will cover all three sciences, biology, chemistry and physics. They will carry out practical work that will build their experimental skills and improve their data handling and analysis. Within each unit studied there are two topics. Students will be assessed on each topic and complete an end of unit test which will give them three levels for every unit they study. This enables the students and the teacher to identify areas of weakness and address them effectively.

For those keen scientists there is opportunity to explore further the mysterious world of science at Science Club.

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A significant proportion of the curriculum is given over to Performing Arts as one of the school’s two specialisms, the other being Mathematics. Yoga will be taught as part of the Dance / Drama curriculum. The Philosophy, Religion & Ethics curriculum will cover major religions, philosophy and moral issues across a broad range of contexts. As pupils progress into Year Nine there will be a greater opportunity to personalise the curriculum but all students will retain the core elements of the English Baccalaureate namely English, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography and a Modern Foreign Language.

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