Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)

In September 2016/19 we introduced new Year 7 and 8 schemes of learning under the heading of a ‘High Performance Curriculum’.  Much time went into preparing new schemes of learning, new assessments as well as careful consideration of the teaching required to help our students develop the learning skills and competencies that will be required to be successful in the new GCSE’s.

What will the study?

In Year 7 and 8 all children will follow programmes of study in the following subjects.  English, Maths, Science, French, Spanish, Technology, Physical Education, History, Geography, Religious Education, ICT, Music, Drama and PSHE. 

To see how many lessons per fortnight the children will be taught in these subjects please click here.

In Years 7 and 8 the students are taught in a variety of teaching groups, some set by ability and some being mixed ability.   At the end of each term the teaching groups are reviewed and students will be moved up and down as appropriate.  Please click here for Year 7 and click here for Year 8 to see which subjects are set by ability and which are mixed ability.

To enable setting to take place the students are placed into one of two bands.  L Band (left) and R band (right).  There is no difference in ability between the equivalent teaching groups in the two bands.   Set L1 is the same ability as set R1.  Set L2 is the same ability as set R2.  In the R band there is an additional teaching group (R3) which provides for those students who arrive at the school with a lower level of understanding in either English or Mathematics.  To see a diagram of these setting arrangements please click here.

In some cases the students may not follow a course in French and instead will use this teaching time to work with members of staff in our SEN centre to help develop more basic skills in either English or Mathematics.  Where this is the case contact will be made with parents to discuss the various options.

During Year 8 our students will begin the options process that enables them to shape their own curriculum for Years 9, 10 and 11.  Please see the link for Key Stage 4. From September 2017 all students will follow their GCSE courses over three years  (9-11).

If you have any questions about the curriculum in Years 7 and 8 please do contact David Herbert (Deputy Head) who manages the curriculum herbertd@colfox.dorset.sch.uk or by contacting the office.

If you have any questions about setting in Year 7, including how we make these decisions, please do contact Carol Duffy (Assistant Head) who manages all aspects of transition between primary and secondary school  duffyc@colfox.dorset.sch.uk or by contacting the office.

If you have any questions about Special Educational Needs (SEN) and how we might support your child please do contact our SENCO, Bryan Glover (Assistant Head)  gloverj@colfox.dorset.sch.uk or by contacting the office.

We hope you have found this information useful.