Key Stage 3: The Lower School

Learn English online at home

The Lower School

The transition from Primary School to the Secondary School can be a little daunting for both students and parents. The shift in learning changes and becomes more demanding with an added excitement o being on the way to the GCSEs which of course mean taking examinations for the first time.

Teaching and learning at Academus is driven by far more than simply the desire to achieve top examination results. Our aim is to produce students who can progress from stage to stage in their education with the confidence and motivation to stand alone as independent learners, with a firm basis of knowledge, experience and understanding, and a strong sense of values, personal integrity and compassion.

The emphasis in all that we do at Academus is on identifying, supporting and meeting the needs of individual students as well as breaking the barriers that stand in the way of learning. Teaching is well-structured and orthodox, yet challenging and varied. Much emphasis is placed upon developing in our students a commitment to and an enthusiasm for learning and new ways of engaging with technology in order to promote this ethos remains our focal vision.

Students however do not become independent learners without well organised and thoughtful care and support from all involved in teaching them. This is provided by a large team of specialist subject teachers, working with highly committed pastoral staff, and with a view of supporting Learning difficulties. In fact our teacher/pupil ratio is deliberately kept generous to allow full attention on each individual pupil.

Not only are our teaching groups relatively small, we pride ourselves on both internal and external reporting systems which are thorough and constructive. All of this is necessary to provide the personal support that ambitious students need. The curriculum at all levels of the school is designed to offer as rich a diet as possible for our students.

All subjects are treated with equal value. Students are encouraged to discover their own academic interests and talents and the curriculum gives them the opportunity to develop those talents to the full. Prior to GCSE, students study the widest possible range of subjects, including classical languages, individual sciences, creative, aesthetic, technological activity, along with personal, social and health education.

The Lower School is divided into two groups:

Years 7 & 8

All students in Year 7 & 8 have extra literacy and numeracy lessons included in their timetable. This allows pupils to establish a solid foundation into the two main subjects that are core to everything else. At this level, we can also include extra support for students whose first language is not English.

A typical timetable for these years is shown here.

Year 8

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9.00-10.00

Geography

Science

English

Science

Maths

10.05- 11.00

Numeracy

Literacy

Maths

ICT

RSP

 

Mid-Day Break

11.20-12.20

Latin

History

Spanish

Literacy

Spanish

 

Lunch Break

13.00-14.00

PHSE

ICT

History

Geography

English

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework Schedule

 

Geography

Latin

Science

ICT

 

History

Spanish

Maths

ICT

Science

Geography

RSP

English

Maths

Typically there is between 45 minutes to one and a half hour worth of homework associated with the classes in the Lower School. This does not mean that it will not increase as the academic year progresses however should your child be taking a lot longer every night, we encourage you to get in touch with their Form Tutor.

Year 9

This is the higher year of the Lower School and a buffer between the Lower Years and GCSE years. This is the Year where pupils start to really feel the rigours of preparing for KS4.

Subjects included in Year 9:

• English

• French or Spanish

• History

• Geography

• ICT

• Maths

• Science

• Business Studies

• Religious Education

• Latin

Assessment and Reporting in the Lower School

Pupils in the Lower School sit end of term assessment in all their subjects. These are organised by their subject teachers and done during class time, especially in Years 7 & 8. Assessments do not limit themselves to these exams and regular class work is done either as assessed homework or tests throughout the year.

Reporting is done in the following manner:

By October Half Term – Mid Term Comment (in class with Form Teacher)

Christmas Holidays – Full report

By February Half Term – Mid Term Comments (in class with Form Teacher)

Easter Holidays – Full report

By May Half Term – Mid Term Comments (in class with Form Teacher)

Summer Term – Full report

Want To Know More?

Contact us to find out more.