During the last few years, the government has been conducting a major review of the secondary curriculum in order to ensure ‘more rigour and greater challenge’ as well as encouraging ‘deep learning’ in schools. At St Bede’s this has led to a number of changes that were introduced at the start of the academic year.
During key stage 3 (Years 7/8/9) all students have a timetable that includes the 12 subjects that make up the National Curriculum. These subjects are (with the number of periods per fortnight in Year 7 shown in brackets):
English (7), Maths (7), Science (6), RE (3 + 1 denomination RE), History (3), Geography (3), PE (3), French, German or Spanish (4 of one only), Technology (3), Art (2), Music (2), Drama (2), Computing (2), Citizenship (1) and PSHE (1). Total of 50 periods
In Year 7, the pupils are taught in twelve tutor groups with the ‘left’ side of the year studying French, 'middle' studying German and the ‘right’ side taking Spanish. Pupils are set for maths.
In Year 8, there are twelve teaching groups. Pupils are set for English and maths and we offer a choice of ‘electives’ designed to enrich the curriculum. Students continue with their Year 7 language.
In Year 9, there are currently ten teaching groups and the pupils make choices in both ‘Arts’ and ‘Technology’ subjects. There is setting in English, Maths and Science. This year, most students study one language. Some will be offered additional English instead of a language.
Please see below documents relating to KS3.