KS3

In Years 7-9, pupils will be working towards the Key Stage 3 objectives detailed on this page. There are a number of things that you can do to support your child at home. Details can be found within each subject area below.

ENGLISH

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Reading

  • Read increasingly challenging material independently, including a wide range of fiction and non-fiction from a variety of genres, historical periods, forms and authors
  • Explore english literature, pre-1914 and contemporary: including prose, poetry, drama, Shakespeare and seminal world literature
  • Develop understanding of challenging texts through learning new vocabulary, using context and dictionaries
  • Make inferences and referring to evidence in the text to help build understanding
  • Use knowledge of purpose, audience and context to convey meaning within a text
  • The study of work by a range of authors, including studying at least two authors in depth per year

Writing

  • To write accurately, fluently, effectively and at length, for a range of purposes and audiences
  • To explore writing essays, stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing
  • To develop notes and scripts for talks and presentations
  • To learn to summarise and organise material and apply growing knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and text structure to each piece of writing
  • To plan, draft, edit and proof-read each piece of writing

Grammar and vocabulary

  • Analyse more challenging texts
  • Study the effectiveness of the grammatical features of texts covered
  • Pick up new vocabulary and grammatical tools from books and other texts read, using them within writing and speech
  • Understand the differences between written and spoken English, including formal/informal styles and Standard
  • English compared with other varieties
  • Use Standard English confidently in written and spoken work
  • Use linguistic and literary terminology to discuss reading, writing and spoken language

Spoken language

  • Speak confidently and effectively
  • Use Standard English within classroom discussions, speeches and presentations
  • Express own ideas and opinions, keeping to the point

SUGGESTED READING BOOKS

Year 7

  • Holes – Louis Sachar
  • The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
  • The Eagle of The Ninth – Rosemary Sutcliff
  • Sword in the Stone – T. H. White
  • The Amber Spyglass – Philip Pullman
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  • Stone Cold – Robert Swindells
  • Tug of War – Catherine Forde
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole – Sue Townsend
  • Wolf – Gillian Cross

Year 8

  • Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
  • The Catcher in the Rye – J. D. Salinger
  • Dracula – Bram Stoker
  • I, Claudius – Robert Graves
  • Empire of the Sun – J. G. Ballard
  • Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  • Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
  • Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume
  • A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Year 9

  • The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
  • American Gods – Neil Gaiman
  • A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  • Rose Sees Red – Cecil Castellucci
  • Every Day – David Levithan
  • Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Anita and Me – Meera Syal
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas

MATHS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Numbers and Algebra

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Calculating percentages
  • Fractions: simplifying, addition, subtraction
  • Equations
  • Calculations using brackets and BODMAS
  • Formulae
  • Accuracy and rounding
  • Squares and square roots
  • Highest common factors
  • Lowest common multiples
  • Negative numbers
  • Decimals

Geometry and Measure

  • 2D and 3D shapes
  • Geometrical problems using triangles and quadrilaterals
  • Acute, obtuse and reflex angles
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Reflections, rotations and transformations
  • Coordinates
  • Problems involving measuring
  • Area, volume and perimeter
  • Plans and diagrams
  • Surface area of cubes and cuboids

Statistics

  • Collecting data from surveys
  • Creating and interpreting graphs, pie charts and diagrams
  • Frequency tables
  • Using ICT for presentation
  • Estimating and comparing probability
  • Finding the mode, median and mean
  • Averages

SCIENCE

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Energy, electricity and forces

  • Light
  • Sound
  • Renewable energy
  • Emerging technologies
  • Electrical circuits
  • How to measure current and voltage
  • Force and its effect on objects
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnets
  • Gravity
  • Friction

Chemical and material behaviour

  • Properties and behaviour of matter
  • Elements in the Periodic Table
  • Atoms and compounds
  • Chemical properties and patterns
  • pH scale for acids, alkalis and bases
  • Solids, liquids and gases

Organisms, behaviour and health

  • Tissues, organs and body systems
  • Plant and animal cells
  • Life processes
  • Human reproduction, including fertilisation and foetal development
  • Adolescence
  • Importance of healthy eating and exercise
  • Effects of drugs such as tobacco and alcohol
  • Digestion
  • Respiration and breathing
  • Effects of viruses and bacteria
  • Variation in living things
  • Human and animal behaviour
  • Living things and their habitats
  • Food chains
  • Dissection

The environment, Earth and the universe

  • Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock formation
  • Weathering of rocks
  • Motions of the sun, moon, stars and planets
  • Causes of changes in the environment