Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Our key stage 3 curriculum is designed to build on pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding gained throughout primary school. As soon as your child starts with us, we begin the process of preparing them to excel in their GCSE examinations and develop the social and emotional skills to thrive in the world of work. 

Pupil Grouping

On entry in Year 7, pupils are broadly grouped by ability. The structure is designed to give pupils the additional targeted support they need to achieve and move pupils into more challenging groups over the course of key stage 3. 

Top Bands

GCSE target grade of A*-D.

Bridging Group

GCSE target grade of C/D/E.

Pupils have additional support in mathematics/numeracy. 

Middle Bands

GCSE target grades of D/E.

Pupils may need additional support in English/literacy and mathematics/numeracy to enable them to succeed. 

SEN group

Pupils are supported in a small group with a high adult to pupil ratio. 

 

All pupils are assigned a GCSE target grade in the first term after they start at Cwmtawe. This grade is based on a wide range of data, including key stage 2 teacher assessments, national test scores, CAT tests taken early in the autumn term, Suffolk Reading Test and spelling tests. 

Parents of pupils within groups that are receiving additional literacy and numeracy support are invited to an additional parents evening around Christmas time. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and see the techniques used in school to support your child. By using similar techniques at home, this can raise achievement and progression. 

Year 7

In Year 7, pupils study a wide range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Welsh, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, French and/or German, Music, PSHE, Physical Education and Games. Pupils in some classes also have additional literacy and numeracy lessons. 

Year 8

In Year 8, pupils continue to study a comprehensive range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Welsh, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, French and/or German, Music, PSHE, Physical Education and Games. Pupils in some classes also have additional literacy and numeracy lessons. 

Year 9

In Year 9, pupils study a wide range of subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies, Welsh, Art, Design Technology, Drama, Geography, History, ICT, French and/or German, Music, PSHE, Physical Education and Games. Pupils in some classes have additional numeracy lessons. 

In January of Year 9, pupils will start the process of choosing their ‘options’ ready for key stage 4. The timetable ‘rolls over’ around May to accommodate an early start to option subjects. More detail is available on the key stage 4 page.

Skills Development

Throughout the curriculum, pupils are given opportunities to develop their literacy, numeracy and digital competence skills in a wide range of contexts. They are assessed on these skills in different subjects and given feedback on areas which they may improve on.  

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