Curriculum

KS3 Overview

Below you will find a year-by-year breakdown of the curriculum areas students will be following for each subject in Years 7-9.  So, for example, if you select Year 8 and Art, you will see the different topics students will be covering as they move from the start of the Autumn Term through to the end of the Summer Term.

Year 7

  • Artist study and description and analysis of a painting.
  • Reproducing artist copies and observational drawing.
  • Drawing/mark making exercises using chalk, charcoal, oil pastels, pencil etc.
  • Drawing to music, emotions and movement.
  • Line and tonal drawings.
  • Joseph Cornell study & research. 1920s American history. Taking and editing photographs. Observational drawings. Colour theory. Van Gogh.
  • Continuous line, collage.
  • Me in a Matchbox piece.
  • Research botanical artist
  • Maria Sibylla Merian.
  • Bug studies.
  • Libby research. Design and produce 3D bug in Merian style.
  • Artist study including artist copies and observational drawing.
  • Leadership
  • People of Faith Past
  • People of Faith Present
  • Charities
  • Hope—communities and how to help them.
  • Planning to serve.
  • Planning and carrying out personal , school community and local community volunteering acts.
  • Introduction to eSafety
  • Being safe online
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital footprints
  • Components of a computer and how they work
  • Input and output devices
  • Binary numbers
  • and addition.
  • Introduction to Spreadsheets (inc
  • Formulae, using functions (SUM, MIN, MAX, average), creating graphs and charts,
  • IF statements).
  • What is computational thinking
  • Decomposition
  • Abstraction
  • Pattern recognition
  • Algorithms
  • Kodu programming
  • Python programming.
  • Health and Safety.
  • Design study inc Alessi and James Dyson.
  • Earphone wrap and packaging design , prototyping and production.
  • Packaging design and what should be included on packaging such as safety information, ingredient etc
  • CAD design and CADCAM.
  • Vacuum forming process
  • Evaluation vs design brief and specification.
  • Creating Drama
  • Basic skills (3 Tools of the Actor)
  • Using basic theatre language
  • Revolting Rhymes
  • Telling stories
  • Narrative development techniques
  • Introduction to design and technical skills
  • Masked Theatre
  • Physical skills: intro to body language and movement
  • Superheroes
  • Creating an original character
  • Slow motion fight scenes (control of physical performance)
  • Stylised performance techniques
  • Short stories/extracts re schools
  • Travel writing including 19th Century texts – persuasive writing
  • Oral Poetry
  • Drama texts—introduction to Shakespeare
  • 500 word short story competition
  • Modern novel
  • Health and Safety and rules
  • Equipment activity
  • Fruit Salad—knife skills
  • The cooker, parts, uses and differences around the World.
  • Researching cooking techniques around the World
  • Using the grill for Pitta pockets
  • Fruit sculptures design, research and making
  • Seasonality
  • Cheese scones
  • Hygiene and bacteria
  • Food safety
  • Seasonality
  • Potato wedges and dip
  • Design, decorate and evaluate Yule log
  • Jam thumbprint buns
  • Sugar research and testing
  • Italian food research, where dishes come from, types of pasta
  • Pasta bake
  • Pizza baguette
  • Base knowledge, Pronunciation, Bilingual dictionary skills.
  • Etre and Avoir.
  • Descriptions, Adjectival agreement, Personalities, Family.
  • Reflexive relationship verbs.
  • Sports.
  • Seasons/weather.
  • ER verb present tense conjugation.
  • Jouer and faire in variety of tenses.
  • Infinitive clauses, Si clauses.
  • Hobbies, media.
  • Negatives.
  • Regarder, Lire and Utiliser in various tenses.
  • Food, Number recap, Transactional language
  • Sustainable fashion
  • Time
  • Daily routine.
  • Reflexive verbs.
  • French festivals and celebrations
  • How does Malton fit in to the World—key terms and skills.
  • Mapskills.
  • Settlements inc brownfield sites.
  • Weather and climate—measurement, causes and factors affecting it.
  • Rivers and flooding
  • How climate and landscape influence sport
  • What is History?
  • Life in Britain pre 1066.
  • Why did William win the Battle of  Hastings?
  • How far did England change under William the Conqueror?
  • How powerful were Medieval monarchs?
  • What was Medieval life like for ordinary people?
  • Why did people go on the Crusades?
  • Where did the Tudors come from?
  • Who were the native Americans?
  • Basic number skills dependent on need.
  • Rounding.
  • Estimating.
  • Ordering integers, decimals and fractions
  • Symbols eg >, <
  • Shape and geometry.
  • Algebra including basic manipulation and substitution.
  • Units of measurement.
  • Angle rules.
  • Percentages.
  • Perimeters of 2D shapes.
  • Areas of shapes.
  • Surface area of cuboids.
  • Using mathematical formulae.
  • Coordinates in all 4 quadrants.
  • Congruent shapes.
  • Working with data.
  • Median, mean, mode and range.
  • Intro to music and baseline music assessments. Carnival of the animals, inc performing melody, major and minor chords, staff notation, orchestral instruments, piano skills.
  • Rhythms of the World, inc Samba and African Drumming. Rhythmic notation and activities.
  • Percussive instruments. Traditional music inc folk, South American & choral. Composition.
  • Vocal and instrumental skills. Musicals.
  • Popular music inc 1960s performance and research. Blues—history, characteristics, scales on piano and guitar.
  • Improvisation
  • 12 bar blues
  • Developing basic skills into a game and following simpe rules and tactics for:-
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Fitness
  • Rugby
  • Boys-Table tennis; Girls—Netball and Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Basketball
  • House Matches
  • Hockey
  • Athletics
  • Boys-Cricket; Girls-Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Different beliefs about God including Muslim, Buddhist and Christian beliefs in God. Atheist beliefs.
  • Links between faith and living a ‘good’ life, with emphasis on Buddhism.
  • What is spirituality and how can it be expressed in music and art? Homework project
  • Particles
  • Cells
  • Forces
  • Atoms and elements
  • Waves
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Reproduction and growth
  • Ecology
  • Space
  • Internet safety
  • Impact of social media
  • Importance of attendance
  • Team building
  • Anti-bullying
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Healthy relationships
  • Carol Service
  • KS3 Wellbeing team introduction
  • Careers
  • Typically including –
  • Accelerated Reader and Word Games
  • Advanced Cooking
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Badminton
  • Coding – Everyone Can Create
  • Craft
  • Debating
  • Drama Workshop
  • Drawing – Anyone Can Create
  • Eco Team
  • Football
  • Garden Development
  • Guitar Intermediate
  • Golf
  • Hair styling
  • Latin
  • Model United Nations
  • Music – Everyone Can Create
  • National Connections Theatre Group
  • Netball
  • Photography – Anyone Can Create
  • Pure Textiles
  • Rock Challenge
  • Spanish – beginners
  • Strategic Games
  • Technical theatre/design
  • Orchestra
  • Video – Everyone Can Create
  • Warhammer 3-D Modelling
  • Year 7 Drama Festival
  • Sports Teams  offering chance to represent school, teamwork, self-esteem, skills development.
  • Assemblies—Planned rota for year to include Wider World issues and diversity.
  • Positive Discipline—ensuring high standards of behaviour and excellent ethos for students
  • iPads for Learning—providing different ways to explore and learn about subjects. Developing expertise in digital World.
  • Wider World—increasing understanding of issues and appreciation of diversity
  • Growth Mindset—Developing a can-do ethos and increasing self-belief
  • Wellbeing Work-Creating a school environment where Emotional Health and Wellbeing of all is promoted.
  • Reporting System—Ensuring progress and aims are understood by all.
  • Stonewall—Understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • Tutor time activities, including reading, Hegarty Maths, Tutor Time Discussion.

Year 8

  • Research.
  • Mixed media markmaking
  • Links between fine art, film, TV, animation and game design.
  • Portraiture.
  • Proportions and drawing skills. Distortion.
  • Design and make puppet based on their career aspirations in style of Tim Burton
  • Giacometti and Modigliani.
  • Stop motion animation. . Architects, interior designers, set designers etc.
  • Pop Art study and production including evaluation.
  • Growth mindset and staying healthy, inc healthy eating and exercise, eating disorders, self-harm and mental health , changing attitudes.
  • Screen time and personal branding (digital society).
  • Rules and laws, Justice system, Police, elections, political parties, Liberties in the UK.
  • First Aid, including accidents, bleeding and shock, CPR, burns, choking and injuries.
  • Hardware/software components
  • How computers network.
  • Movie production.
  • Website production using html.
  • Introduction to Flowcharts, algorithms, Go Control! Software, design solutions to real-world problems (Traffic lights, level crossings).
  • Reliability of information/Fake news
  • Searching for information
  • Radio advert creation.
  • Video tour creation.
  • Lamp design and making project. Electronics.
  • Soldering.
  • Biomimicry research and moodboard
  • Electronic components with symbols.
  • Input/Output examples
  • Sustainability and biomimicry in design.
  • Vinyl stickers and finishing processes. Impact of plastics and plastic production processes.
  • Evaluation.
  • Gears, linkages and other mechanism.
  • Movement and body language.
  • Creating objects and landscapes.
  • Communication of emotion.
  • Lifts and counter-balances.
  • Mask and Puppet Design.
  • Melodrama.
  • Costume and Makeup Design.
  • Different genres.
  • Building tension.
  • Performance skills vs. Production skills.
  • Creating scary stories.
  • Set and Props Design.
  • Dark Victorian texts eg Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Jekyll and Hyde, Kill or Cure (nonfiction)
  • Novel chosen from Abomination, Stone Cold, Young Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes
  • Love Poetry
  • Sinister Short Stories looking at 19th and 20th Century texts
  • Pygmalion
  • Health and Safety and rules
  • Nutrition, Cheese twists practical, evaluation and nutritional content calculation. Designing traffic light label.
  • Balanced diets
  • Meatballs in tomato sauce, Burgers
  • Review and analysis of food diaries.
  • Jam swiss roll – inc how to adapt to be healthier
  • Diet and Health
  • Diabetes and heart disease, Diabetic muffins and evaluation
  • Dietary choices including vegetarianism
  • Mexican Lasagne
  • Diet through life, requirements of age groups
  • Celebration dishes design for client, make and evaluate
  • Pizza swirls practical and evaluation
  • Different types of pastry – Berry tartlets
  • Sausage rolls
  • Pastry snack design, bake and evaluation
  • School subjects, superlatives, direct object pronouns, time, use ilfaut/on doit/cultural diffs, film study.
  • Jobs and ambitions, future tense, vouloir.
  • House vocab, conjugating conditional tense, compound articles a & le, aller, using near future tense.
  • Town, with directions, on peut & infinitive, cardinal points. Opinions using comparatives and superlatives. Pronoun ‘y’. Imperfect tense to describe region history.
  • Environment—modal verbs in different tenses.
  • Holidays, transport, major French cities, prepositions, conjugating perfect tense using avoir. Film study.
  • Earth’s geological history, rock types, geological landscapes, weathering and soils.
  • Glaciation physical processes and effects on landscape.
  • World environments.
  • Russia.
  • Coasts, waves, tides, erosion, weathering and managing the coastline.
  • Tourism
  • How successful were the Tudors?
  • How much change was there in the 17th Century?
  • Did the Industrial Revolution create a great nation for all?
  • Why have interpretations of Rorke’s Drift changed over time?
  • Did everyone experience the same French Revolution?
  • What was the slave trade, and why was it abolished in Britain?
  • Prime numbers, HCF, LCM, prime factorisation.
  • Rounding, Standard form., Applying four operations, BODMAS.
  • Geometry, Maps, scale drawings and bearings.
  • Enlargement of shapes, Plans and elevations of 3D shapes.
  • Frequency and probability.
  • Algebra, Substitution into formulae, Rearranging formulae.
  • Decimals and fractions, Ratio and proportion.
  • Compound units.
  • Sequences.
  • Angles on parallel lines and in triangles and polygons.
  • Fractions and percentages.
  • Solving linear equations.
  • Shapes inc circles, cylinders and prisms.
  • Plotting graphs of equations., Gradients and intercepts.
  • Data handling including interpretation, analysis and comparison., Statistics.
  • Circle of 5ths and improvisation
  • Grade 3 music theory. Play scales, stave notation reading, composing, analysis. Instrument identification.
  • Popular music 2
  • Perform and analyse pop song from 60s to present.
  • Composition.
  • Research.
  • Traditional music 2.
  • Musicals 2. ic solo and ensemble skills.
  • Lyric writing.
  • Chord sequences.
  • Rhythms of the World 2.
  • Blues 2.

Consolidate and further develop basic skills and link them in conditioned and competitive games, following rules and demonstrating awareness of tactics for:-

  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Fitness
  • Rugby
  • Boys—Table Tennis; Girls—Netball and Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • House matches
  • Athletics
  • Boys—Cricket; Girls—Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • What is good and what is challenging about being a teenage Sikh or Buddhist in Britain today?
  • Beliefs about life and death, including Buddhist beliefs and Humanist approaches.
  • Should happiness be the purpose of life? Covers Christian, Buddhist and secular views of happiness.
  • Digestion
  • Respiration
  • Reactions
  • Waves
  • Earth Structure
  • Force/Pressure
  • Plants
  • Earth Structure
  • Electromagnets
  • Social media impact.
  • Attendance.
  • Anti-bullying
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Cyber bullying
  • Healthy relationships
  • Impact of rumours
  • Start a heart day
  • Wellbeing team
  • Careers
  • Prison Me No Way

Typically including –

  • Accelerated Reader and Word Games
  • Advanced Cooking
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Badminton
  • Coding – Everyone Can Create
  • Craft
  • Debating
  • Drama Workshop
  • Drawing – Anyone Can Create
  • Eco Team
  • Football
  • Garden Development
  • Guitar Intermediate
  • Golf
  • Hair styling
  • Latin
  • Model United Nations
  • Music – Everyone Can Create
  • National Connections Theatre Group
  • Netball
  • Photography – Anyone Can Create
  • Pure Textiles
  • Rock Challenge
  • Spanish – beginners
  • Strategic Games
  • Technical theatre/design
  • Orchestra
  • Video – Everyone Can Create
  • Warhammer 3-D Modelling
  • Year 7 Drama Festival
  • Sports Teams  offering chance to represent school, teamwork, self-esteem, skills development.
  • Assemblies—Planned rota for year to include Wider World issues and diversity.
  • Positive Discipline—ensuring high standards of behaviour and excellent ethos for students
  • iPads for Learning—providing different ways to explore and learn about subjects. Developing expertise in digital World.
  • Wider World—increasing understanding of issues and appreciation of diversity
  • Growth Mindset—Developing a can-do ethos and increasing self-belief
  • Wellbeing Work-Creating a school environment where Emotional Health and Wellbeing of all is promoted.
  • Reporting System—Ensuring progress and aims are understood by all.
  • Stonewall—Understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • Tutor time activities, including reading, Hegarty Maths, Tutor Time Discussion.

Year 9

  • Japanese art and culture.
  • Produce Japanese-art-inspired piece.
  • Japanese mask production.
  • Art project based on the work of an artist of their choice.
  • Different genres in art  inc abstract.
  • Production and presentation of final piece.
  • Risky behaviour., Alcohol effects and dangers, Binge drinking, Smoking, Vaping,
  • Drugs, Gangs, drug awareness, Cannabis,
  • Gambling, Knife Crime, Hate Crime
  • Relationships, including Positive relationships, Abusive relationships, Marriage and legal rights, Break ups, Consent, Sex
  • Contraception, STI’s, Teenage pregnancy, Sexting, FGM, Trolling ,Pornography, Revenge porn, Sexuality
  • Digital graphics inc Photoshop.
  • Collecting and analysing data and meeting the needs of known users
  • Understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT]
  • Creating a virtual tour.
  • Coding inc Python.
  • Project management to create a spreadsheet system.
  • Memphis mirror
  • research, design.
  • Design rendering
  • Annotation and labelling skills
  • Isometric drawing.
  • CAD sketching.
  • Physical modelling.
  • Joints.
  • Acrylic work.
  • Adhesives.
  • Memphis mirror assembly and evaluation.
  • Chair Project.
  • Sustainable
  • Furniture.
  • Ergonomic and
  • anthropometric principles.
  • isometric, perspective,
  • orthographic drawings
  • Model making of scale 1:6
  • chair using compliant
  • materials.
  • Evaluation.
  • Mortal Combat
  • Movement and body language
  • Communication of emotion
  • Lifts and counter-balances
  • Action, space, dynamics
  • Musicality and formation
  • Pantomime.
  • Devising Theatre: ‘Four Rooms’
  • Character development techniques: objects of character, role on the wall, hot-seating, in-character writing
  • Improvisation (polished and spontaneous)
  • Narrative structure and development.
  • Play Study – ‘Sparkleshark’
  • Novel—eg To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Macbeth
  • Dystopian Worlds—looking at 19th, 20th and 21st Century extracts and short texts—considering Wider World reality and desired.
  • Poetry including Maya Angelou
  • Where do you see the world in 20 years?
  • How would you like the world to be?
  • Speech writing
  • Non-fiction writing
  • Health and safety in industry including hazard types and signs
  • Preparing and cooking food, inc personal hygiene, clean work surfaces, cross contamination and temp controls. Factors in high risk foods. Temperature probes. Tomato and Mozarella Galette
  • Buying and storing food, temp control, ambient storage and date marks.
  • Bacteria contamination and control.
  • Lasagne practical and evaluation
  • Presentation of food
  • Microorganisms, enzymes and food spoilage. Yeast
  • Cheesecake, Free fridge poster, Soup practical then own recipe soup, Food provenance, Damper bread, Careers, Viennese Whirls Preparing and shaping food
  • Key West Chicken Bites, Extended knife skills
  • Spinach, mushroom and feta quiche
  • Sequencing for Calzone recipe
  • Foods around the World, Flat breads, Food styling, Chocolate, raspberry sauce, Fish Goujons, Veg spring rolls, Street food assessment – designing and making
  • Labelling and packaging, advertising, mandatory and voluntary, marketing methods,
  • Making and packaging truffles and presentation to class
  • Adjectives to describe personality, recap of key verbs (avoir and être) adjectival agreement, physical descriptions, conjugation of reflexive verbs and imperfect tense, using emphatic pronouns.
  • Friends—recap perfect and near future tenses.
  • Sports. Recap of jouer and faire. Body parts and health issues.
  • Exposure to authentic media and encouraging spontaneity of opinions.
  • Food and meals, dietary requirements, healthy eating, idiomatic language, conjugation of simple future and conditional tenses.
  • French festivals, cultural differences, Bastille Day, si clauses, recap of conditional tense.
  • The EU and Brexit effects.
  • China
  • Tectonics
  • Weather-related hazards.
  • Africa.
  • The Middle East.
  • Crime including impact, mapping, managing, heroin impact and global context.
  • Energy resources, impact of energy industry, global patterns of use, fossil fuel use and extraction, conflict and differing views on alternative energy sources.
  • How did political rights change in the 19th and early 20th centuries?
  • How far was German responsible for WW1.
  • What do we remember about WW1 and why?
  • Why did WW2 occur?
  • The Holocaust.
  • How free were people in the 20th Century—American civil rights.
  • Why was policing in Whitechapel so difficult? – A historical investigation.
  • Calculation of roots and with integer indices.
  • Standard form and use in calculations.
  • Inequality notation.
  • Error and accuracy.
  • Construction and loci.
  • Identities.
  • Algebra including quadratic equations.
  • Application of congruence concepts.
  • Compound units  eg density, pressure.
  • Fibonacci sequences.
  • Linear inequalities.
  • Circle definitions, Use of Pi.
  • Pythagoras.
  • Congruence for triangles.
  • Gradients and intercepts, y=mx+c, Graphs
  • Simultaneous equations.
  • Probability, inc tree diagrams.
  • Data handling, Scatter diagrams, Lines of best fit., Cause and correlation
  • Circle of 5ths and Improvisation
  • Popular music 3.
  • Traditional music 3.
  • Musicals 3.
  • Rhythms of the World 3
  • Blues 3

Core and advanced skills confidently linked and used in conditioned and competitive games. Show good understanding of rules and demonstrate use of tactics for:-

  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Fitness
  • Rugby
  • Boys—Table Tennis; Girls—Netball and Gymnastics
  • Outdoor Adventurous Activities
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • House matches
  • Athletics
  • Boys—Cricket; Girls—Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Tennis

RS Short course – Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings:

  • What is Christianity?
  • Christian beliefs on nature and characteristics of God?
  • Evil and suffering?
  • Trinity – how itinfluences Christians?
  • Creation.
  • The incarnation of Jesus.
  • The crucifixion and resurrection.
  • The ascension.
  • The afterlife.
  • Christian beliefs on judgement?
  • Heaven and Hell.
  • The path to salvation and Jesus’ role.

Theme A: Relationships and families:

  • Christian teachings on human sexuality.
  • Sexual relationships before and outside marriage.
  • Contraception and family planning.
  • Christian teachings about marriage (including same-sex marriage).
  • Divorce The 21st century family.
  • Contemporary family issues Roles of men and women, gender equality.
  • Gender prejudice and discrimination

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings:

  • Introduction to Islam.
  • The Oneness of God.
  • Key beliefs of Sunni and Shi’a Islam.
  • The nature of God.
  • Angels
  • Metals & Thermodynamics
  • Force, motion and pressure
  • Chemistry
  • Energy
  • Genetics
  • Heart health
  • Disease
  • Social media
  • Attendance
  • Anti-bullying
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Healthy relationships
  • Careers
  • Options process
  • KS3 wellbeing team peer mentoring programme
  • Low Mill activity centre week for selected students
  • Further careers
  • Prison Me No Way

Typically including –

  • Accelerated Reader and Word Games
  • Advanced Cooking
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Badminton
  • Coding – Everyone Can Create
  • Craft
  • Debating
  • Drama Workshop
  • Drawing – Anyone Can Create
  • Eco Team
  • Football
  • Garden Development
  • Guitar Intermediate
  • Golf
  • Hair styling
  • Latin
  • Model United Nations
  • Music – Everyone Can Create
  • National Connections Theatre Group
  • Netball
  • Photography – Anyone Can Create
  • Pure Textiles
  • Rock Challenge
  • Spanish – beginners
  • Strategic Games
  • Technical theatre/design
  • Orchestra
  • Video – Everyone Can Create
  • Warhammer 3-D Modelling
  • Year 7 Drama Festival
  • Sports Teams  offering chance to represent school, teamwork, self-esteem, skills development.
  • Assemblies—Planned rota for year to include Wider World issues and diversity.
  • Positive Discipline—ensuring high standards of behaviour and excellent ethos for students
  • iPads for Learning—providing different ways to explore and learn about subjects. Developing expertise in digital World.
  • Wider World—increasing understanding of issues and appreciation of diversity
  • Growth Mindset—Developing a can-do ethos and increasing self-belief
  • Wellbeing Work-Creating a school environment where Emotional Health and Wellbeing of all is promoted.
  • Reporting System—Ensuring progress and aims are understood by all.
  • Stonewall—Understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • Tutor time activities, including reading, Hegarty Maths, Tutor Time Discussion.