Key Stage Three at Etonbury Academy builds on the work of KS2, and develops, expands and deepens knowledge and understanding throughout years seven and eight.
Key Stage Three is delivered by specialist subject teachers and is mostly faculty based. Students will move around the school to dedicated teaching spaces and facilities.
In Yr8 all students will have the opportunity to experience taster lessons and short courses in Key Stage Four subjects to help them decide on their option choices for Yr9.
Because our KS4 students are already with us, they have an unprecedented opportunity to properly try out the subjects before making their choices, and we are able to give exceptional information and guidance to students and parents throughout Yr8. A Parent information evening in the Autumn term of Year 8 starts the process.
The options process is led by our KS4 Development Manager and member of SLT.
We are proud that at Etonbury Academy we have developed a fantastic KS4 curriculum offer that reflects our aspirations as a creative and high achieving rural school at the heart of our community.
Key Stage 3 – Subjects
Literacy and numeracy continues to underpin all educational achievement, and we have a relentless focus on continuing to develop these fundamental skills throughout Key Stage 3. If necessary, carefully designed and targeted interventions and additional support will be used to help those who need it.
The Accelerated Reader Programme is expanding into KS3, and will provide further stretch and challenge to students in Yr8 & 9. Further, reading prowess and effort will be rewarded with House Points and personal merits.
KS3 English at Etonbury Academy continues to develop and focus on literacy across all areas, and studies specific texts designed to inspire, engage and drive improvements. Some of these include Billionaire Boy - David Walliams, Two Weeks with the Queen - Morris Gleitzman, Caribbean Poetry - Benjamin Zephania, The BFG - Roald Dahl, Private Peaceful - Michael Morpergo and Buddy - Nigel Hinton.
In addition students will cover topics that include Descriptive Writing - Short stories, The Poetry of Conflict and War Poetry, Media & Blogging, the Print Media and writing copy, and a study of 19th Century novels along with extracts of various GCSE texts from the new AQA Exam specifications.
There will also be elements of drama and performance, along with reading challenges and debating, and the opportunity to write for the school Etonbury Echo newsletter and other student publications.
Maths at KS3 develops on from the foundation work of KS2 and introduces more complex and challenging concepts while focusing on numeracy confidence and ability. Topics covered include whole numbers and decimals, measures, perimeter and area, expressions and formulae, fractions, decimals and percentages, angles and 2D shapes, graphs, decimal calculations, statistics, and transformations and scale.
Over the two years of KS3 study will also continue and develop in equations, powers and roots, constructions and Pythagoras, sequences, 3D shapes and trigonometry, ratio and proportion and finally probability.
The faculty makes use of on-line learning tools and technologies where appropriate, and provides support, materials and guidance to parents to assist them with supporting their child.
Students continue to develop and then test hypotheses through theory, experimentation and observation. Science lessons take place in the brand new state of the art dedicated laboratories, and outdoors across our extensive rural site. Further, there will be local trips to support topic work.
Students will study cells, forces, chemical reactions, particle models, the digestive system, elements, compounds and mixtures, reproduction, acids, light and sound, the reactivity series and electricity and energy.
Religious Studies at KS3 broadens student horizons and asks students to reflect on the state of the world and how it could be improved. Students will study other cultures and beliefs, including the major religions and how practitioners are affected by world events. Further, students will examine the lives of influential people, such as Martin Luther King and discuss and debate questions such as “Can war be justified?” and what do people believe about God and the Universe?
Design Technology KS3
- communicate ideas using 3D modelling
- use specialist tools, techniques, processes, equipment and machinery , including computer-aided manufacture
- evaluate and refine ideas and products against a specification, taking into account the views of users
- analyse the work of past and present professionals and others to develop understanding
- design products that are innovative
- use mechanical systems in products e.g. Gears, levers and cams
- create electrical circuits that produces outcomes e.g. Light or sound.
Food Technology KS3
- understand and apply principles of health and nutrition
- be able to cook a range of mainly savoury dishes so they can feed themselves and their family
- choose and prepare a range of ingredients
- choose and apply heat in a range of ways
- use taste, texture and smell to evaluate and make decisions about dishes
- understand the source and seasonality of food
Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology
KS3 Computer Science develops on from basic coding skills developed during KS2 and further expands student knowledge and confidence in designing more complex programmes to fulfil specified needs, along with exposure to a wider range of programming languages.
Students will also benefit from developing puzzle and problem solving skills, a use of interactive and engaging websites such as code.org and codeacademy.com, a study of HTML and written code alongside binary coding, and from 2016/2017 we are introducing the use of the BBCs new Microbit computer for teaching programming skills.
History and Geography
History and Geography at KS3 are taught by subject specialists and cover a wide range of themes and topics that include:
- Medieval Realms (with specific focus on the Norman conquest, Religion and the Crusades and The Wars of the Roses)
- The Stuarts
- Black Peoples of America
- World War One
- Dangerous World (Extreme Geography)
- Weather and Climate
- Human Geography – Development
- Contemporary Geography
- Wild Weather and Changing Climate
The focus is on student centred learning, with rigorous discussion and debate as well as local and further afield trips and learning opportunities.
Music, Art, Performance and Creativity
We believe that every child should have regular access to the arts in order to develop as a whole person and lead a rich and fulfilling life. We know that expression through the creative arts is a key driver for success across the entire curriculum and all subjects.
We have newly developed String and Wind bands, a wide range of peripatetic music lessons available, and every KS2 student benefits from specialist music teaching and facilities.
Our new Multi-media and Drama studio will give fantastic new opportunities for students to develop practical and theoretical skills and be involved in exciting performances and production work.
Art at KS3 is about developing ideas and technique, sketchbook work, looking at historical and cultural context and developing technical skills in drawing, painting and 3D work. Further, students will begin to develop their analytical skills through analysing and evaluating their own work and that of established artists. From September 2016 Art lessons will take place in our brand new roof top art studios and outdoor terraces.
Media Studies at KS3 explores the range and scope of the creative industries in the UK, and develops practical team working skills in photographic composition and technique, filming and publishing. Further, there is study of the work of significant film-makers and students develop analytical and critical thinking skills that prepare them well for a wide range of KS4 curriculum work.
Sports are an integral part of life at Etonbury Academy and all students are expected to participate to the best of their ability. At KS3 there is further focus on teamwork, enjoyment, healthy lifestyles and confidence. Students will also learn and participate in fitness training, wider sports and team development, 5 a side football, 11 a side football, rounders and cricket. There are also opportunities in rugby for both boys and girls. Finally, students will also learn about advanced tactics and techniques to support their sporting activities.
Our KS3 sporting teams are very successful, and regularly succeed in local and regional tournaments and competitions. The Academy is developing exceptional sporting facilities for use by all students at all levels, and has the aim to inspire each and every student through the teamwork and camaraderie of sport. We recognise that every student benefits from physical activity, but that not every child enjoys exactly the same physical activities, so we have many extra-curricular sporting clubs and we are even the National Schools Champions at Cheerleading – which is hugely popular amongst our students (both boys and girls!).
Sex Education is an important part of our broader Personal, Social and Health Education programme. Students will also learn about keeping themselves safe, emotional development, healthy relationships, contraception and safe-sex, substance abuse and personal hygiene. There is particular focus on on-line safety and awareness.
All sex education at Etonbury Academy is age appropriate, delivered sensitively and follows national guidelines.