For an overview of our curriculum offer across all Key Stages, view our Curriculum Map 2016-17.
Key Stage 3
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KS3 Curriculum Summary
We follow the National Curriculum and organise our teaching through the following subjects: English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, RS, French, German, Religious Studies, Art, Dance, Drama, Music, P.E, Design and Technology and Food Technology. The SEN Faculty provides a range of support which can be in-class or in the Teaching and Learning Centre. In addition in Year 7 we offer Route 67 which is a course aimed to bridge the transition from primary to secondary for some of our students. Citizenship is also taught mainly through Religious Studies and History although this is supplemented by some cross-curricular days. Personal Learning and Thinking Skills are also taught within each subject and we also have an alternative curriculum week in the Summer term where we concentrate more specifically on these skills and run activities aimed to promote more independent learning.
Generally students embark on GCSE courses when they enter Y10. However with the removal of SATs, several core subjects now prepare for GCSE from Year 9. Within the Arts, students have the opportunity to take the prestigious Trinity Exams.
The year begins with the creation of a piece of work to complement their ‘Taste of the World’ performance. In subsequent terms pupils explore natural forms and ‘Amazing Animals’ creating both 2D and 3D outcomes. Pupils research a wide selection of both contemporary and historical artists to also inform their practice.
Pupils build on their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements through the themes of Machinery, Signs & Symbols and Portraiture, which focus mostly on 2D and relief technique responses. Pupils research a wide selection of both contemporary and historical artists to also inform their practice.
Pupils build on their knowledge and understanding of the formal elements through themes such as Built Environment, Issues and Urban Art. There is more of a focus on group work and pupils explore mixed media techniques. Pupils research a wide range of artists work and styles to inform their practice.
Dance at KS3 enables pupils to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of dance through choreography and performance. Pupils follow a programme that includes different styles of dance, such as: street, capoeira, contemporary, lindy hop, musical, theatre and country dance. Pupils have the opportunity to work individually and in groups.
Students explore a variety of themes during schemes, giving them opportunity to put themselves in the position of others. They develop a range of drama skills, which are built upon and utilised throughout KS3.
At KS3 in English, pupils are taught to develop their skills in reading, writing and speaking and listening. They will study a variety of texts, including poetry, plays and novels, produce work in contrasting styles, both imaginative and non-fiction based and are also assessed on their spoken work, which will be produced in groups and individually.
Year 7 start off the year with What is geography? This is followed by map skills so students can use OS maps and access atlases. Students then investigate units on weather , global fashion and settlements.
Starting the year with world sport, students consider this global industry and its impact. Students then produce a project on Brazil, as well as investigating rivers, coasts and development.
Starting the year with tourism, students look at how their holidays impact on the environment, the economy and communities. Students produce a project on China, investigate volcanoes and earthquakes, gain justified opinions on environmental issues.
During key stage 3 pupils will study a variety of periods in History ranging from the Medieval period to the Tudor and Stuart Age through to the modern era. History is taught through key themes which are revisited in each year. Key Skills will also be developed e.g significance and interpretation.
In Year 7 at Bridgewater all students follow schemes of work based around the application of software and computing. This approach allows the students to become independent and autonomous users of ICT. They work with a number of applications such as; desk top publishing, word processing presentation, spreadsheet and database application. Scratch is used to introduce the process of computing in Year 7.
In Year 8 at Bridgewater students follow schemes of work based around the use of application of software and computing. This allows the students to become independent and autonomous users of ICT.
Year 8 students further develop and enhance their skills in the various applications learnt in Year 7 plus learn how to use various web design programmes.
In Year 9 at Bridgewater students put into practise the skills from Years 7 and 8. They complete an integrated project which is based around the use of ICT in Business and E safety. As part of this project they will use all of the application programmes from Year 8 in a real life setting. During the last term students focus then switches to a skills based curriculum where Year 9 focus on skills that will become useful to them in their chosen route of study in Year 10 & 11. To deliver this training we use the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) programme of study.
At KS3 students develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in 5 main areas: number, ratio, proportion and rates of change, algebra, geometry and measures and statistics and probability. Students are given opportunities to apply their skills to a range of problems and are encouraged to develop their communication skills and give full reasons for their solutions.
Throughout the Key Stage 3 Music course, pupils will be involved in music making across a variety of genres and from different times. The course fully integrates the three key music skills of listening, composing and performing, and also features a real emphasis on the use of ICT to support music making.
KS3 Physical Education
Physical Education at Bridgewater High School develops pupils’ competence and confidence, enabling them to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school. Pupils develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. They are encouraged to think about what they are doing, analyse and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others performances and find ways to improve them.
In Years 7,8 and 9, the curriculum is covered in subject topics (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Pupils are formally assessed during each term and complete assessed tasks throughout the year. This continual assessment of progress is used when students are set the following year.
KS3 Design Technology
In Design and Technology students gain understanding of the job of both Product and Graphic designers. They undertake a range of design and make projects where the focus is on improving their practical skills to create high quality outcomes in wood, metal, plastics, paper and card.
KS3 Food Technology
In Food Technology students acquire a wide range of practical skills, develop new products whilst understanding the design process. They also learn about nutrition and the proportions of ingredients used in dishes.
KS3 Modern Foreign Languages
French/German learning at KS3 will develop your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Topics studied include personal information, family and friends and where you live.
KS3 Religious Studies
Religious Studies at Key Stage 3 is approached in a thematic way and a variety of religious beliefs are explored. No religious conviction is required for a student to succeed. Themes explored include the Origins of Religion, Spirituality, Monotheistic Religions, Authority, Religion and Science, Good and Evil, Forgiveness and Reconciliation.