Key Stage 3 (Independent)

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students follow a curriculum of core classes to develop key skills. As well as preparing students for progression onto higher level qualifications, this program of education gives pupils a broad educational foundation, and the confidence to know where their strengths and interests lie. We offer the following subject areas:

English

English is essential for communication at all levels and therefore we emphasise that all of our students achieve a high level of literacy. English lessons are separated in three broad areas: Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing. These are taught as part of integrated courses at Key Stage 3 and we encourage all our students to undertake qualification in English.

Maths

Maths like Literacy is a basic skill which is required for all future success. We are passionate about increasing Numeracy skills and abilities for all out students and actively promote gaining qualifications in Mathematics/Numeracy. At Key Stage 3 student learn how to solve problems involving numbers, algebra, shape, space, measures and data handling.

Core Sciences

Understanding science is crucial in being able to make everyday health and safety decisions; whether it’s knowing what’s in the food we eat, how exercise affects our mind and body or how we contribute to the environment. At Key Stage 3, we look at all aspects of the biological, chemical and physical world that relates to some very exciting questions about the environment and us. All Academus students are required to follow a programme of core sciences.

History

A key to understanding the modern world. This wide ranging course covers all the required elements of the National Curriculum and includes topics such as Medieval Britain, The Making Of The United kingdom, The Slave Trade, The World Wars and The Holocaust.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT is part of everything we do in the modern world; it is as important as being able to use a pen to write. Academus is a virtual School, and we expect all students to be able to use ICT in every subject effectively. We follow the National Curriculum and encourage students to obtain a GCSE equivalent in ICT by the end of Year 9/10.

Geography

Geography is the study of our physical and natural environment. Students learn about the structure of the Earth as well as urban and rural geography. We follow the National Curriculum to develop a core body of knowledge to progress into a GCSE qualification.

PSHE/Citizenship

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered to all course groups to promote citizenship as well as a sound knowledge of social and health issues affecting young people. This is a core subject mainly delivered under the guidance of the Form Tutor.

Languages

Learning languages is a crucial part of a well-rounded education. We offer Latin and French to our students. We follow the National Curriculum and rigorously adapt it to an online environment to provide vibrant and stimulating lessons. We offer progression to GCSE after year 9 to those who choose it.

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