KS3 Curriculum, Assessment & Monitoring

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum

We want students to leave our school with the skills and knowledge to enter the world of work or academia. Crucially, the curriculum must equip students with the skills and knowledge to deal with a rapidly changing world. Students leaving Tytherington should be prepared to face the challenges of the 21st century world and possess the characteristics to make their communities a better place to live.

Our curriculum is broad and balanced. Encompassing all the key elements of the National Curriculum it allows students to thrive and achieve throughout the three years of Key Stage 3.  Within the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science learning is seen as part of a 5 year continuum.  All other subjects ensure students develop a knowledge and skills base that provides a solid foundation for study at Key Stage 4 and beyond. There is additional support for students with learning and physical difficulties alongside an Advanced Learner Programme.

Four modern foreign languages are taught at Key Stage 3 (French, German, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish).  All students study French, with some students studying 3 languages throughout the Key Stage.  We are proud to take part in the Classics for All programme, providing students the opportunity to study Ancient History and Latin.

Alongside academic study, the Personal Development curriculum encompasses the statutory elements of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and Citizenship education, and aims to help prepare our students for the opportunities and challenges they may encounter growing up and in adult life. This is taught in discrete lessons in Years 7 and 8 and within our wider ROSE (Respect for Others, Self and Environment) provision.

Across Key Stage 3 special attention is paid to the acquisition and retention of “powerful knowledge” in every subject. Examination success is an important consideration but so too is the inclusion of experiences and opportunities for students to acquire powerful knowledge and skills so that they can participate in rich and ongoing conversations about the world around them.

All students are taught the following subjects for 3 years:

English Mathematics Science
Art Computer Science Design and Technology
(Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials)
Drama Geography History
Modern Foreign Languages
(from French, German, Mandarin and Spanish)
Music Personal Development
(discrete lessons in Years 7&8)
Physical Education Religious Studies

Curriculum Overviews

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9