There have been a number of changes to the Key Stage 3 curriculum in recent years, but our core aim has remained the same: to provide students with a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a love of learning and enables all students to reach their academic potential. We build on students’ achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding, preparing them thoroughly for the end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments in Year 9 and for taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.


Our KS3 Curriculum

There have been a number of changes to the Key Stage 3 curriculum in recent years, but our core aim has remained the same: to provide students with a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a love of learning and enables all students to reach their academic potential. We build on students’ achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding, preparing them thoroughly for the end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments in Year 9 and for taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum at Alexandra Park School is broad, balanced and reflects the vision and ethos of the school. Each year within Key Stage 3 has a different emphasis to meet students’ developing needs and with every unit of work, in every subject, students will experience a wide range of teaching and learning styles. Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, developing excellent independent learning skills and a range of other valuable attributes that will prepare them for life after school.

More information on our KS3 curriculum and how this reflects our school vision and ethos can be found within the KS3 Curriculum guide below:

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guide

A summary Key Stage 3 topic guide is also available below:

Key Stage 3 Topic Summary

Homework

Key Stage 3 students will be set pieces of work that encourage independent learning skills and, in particular, skills to: preview and summarise information, use a number of different sources, organise and plan work and improve presentation.  Students are encouraged to transfer skills between subject areas, see mistakes as part of the learning process, set challenging targets and aim to achieve the best possible work. Students will get homework in English, Maths and Science every week and will also be set an additional lengthier piece of work or project from another area of the curriculum.

More information on KS3 Homework, including the homework timetable, can be found here.

KS3 reports

Our new KS3 reports use the student tracker to map student progress via an academic report and more broadly via our school values report. More information on our KS3 reports can be found on our parent/carer guide to KS3 reports here.