Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Curriculum

The curriculum is composed of both compulsory and optional subjects, including...

Science

At Wingate School our KS3 Science offers opportunities for students to enjoy and experience a broad, well-rounded introduction to the subject. Science is streamed into three teaching groups, which enable all students to learn and progress at a level and pace that matches their individual needs. We provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Through the content across all 3 disciplines, the curriculum aims to ensure that all students develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding; develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries; and are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

These skills, along with many others, provide students with the understanding they need to continue studying Science at IGCSE level, which they start working towards at the beginning of the Summer term of Year 9.

History

History education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Britain between 1050 and 1700

Life in Britain in 1050, William the Conqueror and the Norman Conquest, The Domesday Book, The Church, The Feudal System, The murder of Thomas Becket, The Crusades, Richard I, King John and the Magna Carta, The Black Death, The Peasant’s Revolt, The Hundred Years War, Village and town life, The Wars of the Roses, The Tudors, The Stuarts and the Gunpowder Plot, Charles I and the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and the Commonwealth, Charles II and the Restoration, Great Fire of London

Britain between 1750 and 1900

The Agricultural Revolution, Wars with France, The coming of machines, Changes in industry, The textile industry, Coal and iron industries in working life, Changes in working lives and living conditions, Social changes, Road, canal and rail transport, Colonies and overseas trade, The slave trade

Great Britain and Europe 1914-1945

The great powers of Europe, The Alliance system and the causes of World War I, The outbreak of World War I, Recruitment, propaganda and conscription, Trench warfare, The Western Front, The Eastern Front and other theatres of war, Russian Revolution, War at sea, The entry of the USA, Treaty of Versailles, Rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, Life in Germany under the Nazi Party, Causes of world War II, Outbreak of World War II, Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain, German invasion of Russia, Pearl Harbor and the entry of Japan and the USA into World War II, War at sea, The Holocaust, D Day, Defeat of Germany and death of Hitler, The atomic bomb, Beginnings of the Cold war

English

KS3 English includes the study of Language and Literature following the English National Curriculum. English is streamed into three teaching groups, allowing all students to learn and make progress at an appropriate level and pace to fit their individual needs.Teaching resources and support materials are generally accessed by students through Google Classroom and chrome books are used in most lessons to enhance learning opportunities.
Our KS3 programme of study encourages students to express themselves creatively and to communicate with others confidently and effectively, through oral activities, debates, presentations, performance and role play.Through the use of stimulating half-termly themes, our aim is that students learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of a wide range of genres, including stories, poetry, and drama, covering a diversity of cultures and times. We also place a strong emphasis on non-fiction and media texts.The skills learnt introduce and prepare students for the demands of the IGCSE English Language and Literature courses which they start working towards in the Summer term of Year 9.

Second language students who need help acquiring English, receive extra lessons and additional specialist help in English classes.

Physical Education (P.E.)

Physical education develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities. A high-quality physical education curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics and strategies to perform successfully. Sport and physical activity of course also form an important part of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Music Teaching in Wingate School

Following on from Key Stage 2, students build upon and develop their listening, performance and composition skills. These are taught and developed in a variety of ways.

Year 7 begins with an exploration of the Elements of Music which is emphasised through listening, singing and performing. Students learn about tonality and explore the use of the major and minor scale through a composition project, which culminates in a performance. They study the characteristics and ‘families’ of instruments of the orchestra through Benjamin Britten’s exciting ‘Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra’.

Year 8 begins with a project based around Music and Dance in the 1950s, and students learn about the development of Rock and Roll, its use of instruments, chords and the impact it has had on today’s pop music. Students develop keyboard skills and learn about and perform chord sequences. Later in the year they study Simple and Compound time and its use in Celtic folk music. Following on from the orchestral work covered in year 7, students learn about the lives and work of famous composers, such as Mozart and Beethoven.

Year 9 students begin the year by learning about the use of the Ground Bass as a compositional tool. Largely based around the famous piece, Pachelbel’s Canon, this project incorporates listening and performance tasks and ends with a composition assignment. Other topics in year 9 include Song Writing and Recording in The Music Industry, which looks at the use of studios, recording equipment and the role of managers and producers, and a Percussion Project which focuses on Samba and the well-known British Percussion group, Stomp.

Auditions for Wingate Senior Choir are held at the beginning of the year, and the choir rehearses once a week during lunchtime. The choir performs at various events throughout the school calendar and often joins forces with the Drama Group’s annual production.

Individual instrumentalists and singers are encouraged to perform as much as possible, and there are various opportunities for this to happen throughout the school year.

RE in Year 7 & Year 8

Pupils use a developing religious vocabulary to describe and show understanding of sources, practices, beliefs, ideas, feelings and experiences. They make links between them, and describe some similarities and differences both within and between religions. They describe the impact of religion on people’s lives. They suggest meanings for a range of forms of religious expression.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Social Science is taught from Year 7 to 11. This subject includes the Spanish curriculum in Geography and History and it is compulsory together with the Spanish Language, in order to have the studies validated by the Spanish authorities at the end of Year 11.

SPANISH

From Years 7 to 9 students are organized into different groups according to ability: beginner, intermediate or advanced. In the beginner and the intermediate groups, Spanish is taught as a second language and, if a child reaches the required level, he/she will be promoted to a more advanced group. In the advanced class Spanish is taught as a first language, following the curriculum established by the Spanish authorities, which includes both language and literature.

GEOGRAPHY

Geographers within Year 7 to 9 develop their understanding of human and physical Geographies, and the processes which shape them. Students will learn a combination of ‘traditional’ Geography, as well as global affairs to enhance their understanding and appreciation of our ever changing world. They will focus on topics such as Restless Earth, Tourism and study specific places such as Asia and Brazil.
Geographers will also develop the necessary skills and knowledge in order to progress to IGCSE Geography.

Information Technology (IT)

The use of technology is an integral part of teaching and learning at Wingate especially since the introduction of Google Classroom. Throughout the school, students have the opportunity to develop high levels of IT competence through the use of Google Classroom via the chrome book. In Years 7 & 8 the student´s IT lessons are very much skills based, which teaches students how to research, use and manipulate a variety of software applications to produce high quality cross-curricular work. Additionally, the students complete units of study using multi-media based software. In Year 9 students further develop their IT skills and start to look at computer programming in preparing for IGCSE Computer Science in Key Stage 4.

Mathematics

In the Mathematics Department at Key Stage 3 we concentrate on the four main strands of mathematics that underpin the IGCSE course at Key Stage 4.

Number : this consists mainly on improving the arithmetic and manipulative skills needed for calculation.

Algebra : this introduces the student to the concept of using mathematics for problem solving

Geometry : we concentrate on quantifying and measuring shape and include the idea of angle

Statistics : students are instructed on how​ ​to ​​​handle large volumes of data by condensing down to essential qualities of that data

Art

From Year 7, students learn about the formal elements and principles of art. Working from direct observation and imagination, they learn to control a variety of media. Students analyse the work of relevant artists in order to gain an understanding of working techniques and a good art-related vocabulary. During Year 9, work becomes much more creative and personal as students experiment with mixed media.
Projects typically include natural form, portraiture and figure drawing.

PSHE - Personal, Social & Health Education

A planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.