Key Stage 3
In Key Stage 3 at The Weald, we take a Mastery approach to teaching, learning and assessment. This model is based on the best available evidence about what has the biggest impact on student progress and includes studies of the best performing education systems internationally.
Our approach aims to achieve the wider objective at Key Stage 3 to engender a thirst for knowledge, to encourage curiosity and to provide the foundations that allow students to have the skills and understanding to succeed in life, especially in those subjects that they will not choose to pursue at Key Stage 4. As a result, all students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that includes the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, the Humanities, the Arts subjects as well as at least one Modern Foreign Language. In addition, the curriculum is carefully designed to ensure that we are able to prepare students for success at GCSE ensuring students achieve a deep understanding - mastery - of concepts, content and skills before moving on. This approach necessitates revisiting and reviewing concepts, skills and content in a range of different contexts, as well as diagnostic testing in order to ensure all students master each subject at Key Stage 3.
In students’ exercise books we would expect to see evidence of revisiting concepts and content and students reflecting on their work and feedback from teachers. We would also expect to see evidence of the content and concepts students need to know - these will often be in the format of a knowledge organiser. This will be backed up with evidence of 'low stakes' testing so students can measure their own progress.
See below for Key Stage 3 information including our Curriculum guides which include support materials and assessment deadlines where applicable. For any further information relating to the curriculum please contact the relevant Subject Leader. Email addresses can be found by clicking here.
If you have any questions or would like to know more please book onto our KS3 parental learning walk or contact [email protected].