Key Stage 3 Curriculum & Subjects - 2021/2022

Engaging curriculum

Key Stage 3 (KS3) overview
Continuing from KS2

We offer an excellent programme of study in Years 7, 8 and 9 as pupils move into their Secondary education. Our subject specialist teachers deliver a coherent and engaging curriculum that develops pupils’ learning skills and promotes increased independent learning. The use of the break out room feature in our online classes allows for discussions and collaborative work.

At this stage, pupils may wish to continue the subjects they studied in KS2, or they may wish to explore other subjects that are offered at KS3 level. By the end of Year 9, pupils will have discovered which subjects they have a passion for and wish to study at International GCSE level (and beyond!).

Read below for further details on the subjects we offer at KS3 level.

Key Stage 3

Subjects & details

Click on the subjects below for an overview of each KS3 course.

English is a cornerstone of both our pupils’ continued education and of the modern society they live in. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently, giving them the tools to communicate their ideas and emotions to others – and, through their reading and listening, to let others communicate with them.

Pupils will cover reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary, and spoken English, with a programme that promotes high standards of language and literacy, by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written word, as well as developing their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment.

Pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, looking at numbers, algebra, ratio, proportion and rates of change, geometry and measures, probability, and statistics.

They will learn the ability to reason mathematically – following a line of enquiry and solving problems by applying their Mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking problems into smaller steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world by looking at it through the lens of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils will learn how science can explain events as they occur, predict how things will behave and analyse their causes.

The National Curriculum for Science ensures that pupils develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding, as well as their understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science. It equips pupils with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today, and for the future. Across all disciplines, pupils will learn to develop a scientific attitude, experimental skills and investigations, analysis and evaluation, and measurement skills.

Pupils will build on their understanding of British, local and world history, establishing a well-informed context for wider learning. As such, they’ll learn about significant events, make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They will use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways, as well as pursuing historically valid enquiries –including some they have framed themselves – and creating relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response.

They will discover how different types of historical sources are used to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed. Throughout this stage, they will cover periods and topics including the Norman Conquest, Medieval Monarchs, the Catholic Church, the Slave trade, Democracy in 19th Century Britain, how Women got the Vote and the First and Second World Wars.

Our Geography programme aims to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people that will remain with pupils for the rest of their lives. Pupils will develop a contextual knowledge of globally significant places, both terrestrial and marine. They will work to understand these places’ defining human and physical characteristics, while building a toolkit of key geographical skills – from collecting, analysing, and communicating data to interpreting a range of geographical information including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

At My Online Schooling, we encourage pupils to become global citizens by learning additional languages. Our language courses support students to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills from foundational knowledge to advanced fluency. We offer courses in:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Arabic

Our language courses are grouped by pupils’ experience level and are aligned to the English National Curriculum. When pupils register for a language course, they will take a placement quiz which will allow us to place them in a course that matches their level of experience.

We start at Beginner 1 level, which is suitable for pupils who have no prior experience in the language. Pupils advance through to Beginner 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2 and Upper Intermediate. After pupils complete their Upper Intermediate level, they will be fully prepared to progress to GCSE and then to A-levels.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education offers pupils a framework to develop spiritually, morally, culturally, mentally and physically – preparing them for all aspects of life beyond school. We cover three main areas in varying depth: health and wellbeing, relationships, and living in the wider world.

The health and wellbeing topic will teach pupils how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing – making informed choices about drugs and alcohol, a balanced diet and parenthood, understanding the influence of media and recognising the influence of peer pressure.

With the relationships topic, pupils will develop team working, communication and negotiation skills, as well as understanding how to receive constructive feedback. They will explore different types of relationships, learning about the features of both positive and unhealthy relationships, together with the risks of unprotected sex.

The living in the wider world topic will extend knowledge and skills needed for setting realistic and personal targets. Pupils will also learn about the impact of stereotyping, prejudice, bigotry, bullying and discrimination on individuals and communities, while exploring different types of work – employment, engaging in enterprise, and different work roles and career pathways.

Pupils will learn to design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems. They’ll work to understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking, use two or more programming languages, and understand simple Boolean logic (eg. AND, OR, and NOT), and its uses in circuits and programming.

They will also learn about the hardware and software components making up computer systems, understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system, create, reuse and revise digital artefacts for a given audience, and understand a range of ways to use technology safely.

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Pupils will learn to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase the ability to execute those ideas. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers – expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.

Pupils will learn a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas, as well as learning how to use a range of techniques and media, including painting, and to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.

We will also develop their critical evaluation abilities, helping them analyse their own and others’ work, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work and about the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

Pupils will have the chance to explore various aspects of theatre and film, including script writing, Shakespeare and the study of major plays. It’s a wide-ranging subject that offers the opportunity to learn a variety of skills and topics, from puppetry, Greek theatre, East meets West in theatre, theatre etiquette, Mise-en-scène and stage management.

This unique course is designed to give grounding to those students considering the study of psychology at GCSE level, as well as providing them with some psychological understanding to inform their personal and academic lives. We begin with Psychology and You, a module that covers topics such as memory, emotional intelligence, growth mindset, stress and sleep. In Developmental Psychology, we examine cognitive development and attachment in infants, as well as adolescent relationships and disorders which first appear in childhood. This unit segues into Clinical Psychology which looks at psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety. The course ends with Forensic Psychology in which the underpinnings and types of criminal behaviour are examined.

This course is intended to prepare pupils to enter GCSE Psychology in Year 10 with the foundational knowledge to help them succeed.

In our Digital Skills course, pupils will work towards achieving the Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (find out more about the iDEA award here). Our KS3 Digital Skills course is accessible and relevant to young people who are interested in developing their digital literacy, regardless of their level of digital experience. Pupils will be challenged to develop practical digital skills that will support them in future study, work and life.

Future Skills (Year 9 and up only)

EtonX provides pupils online skill and communication courses globally. They value real-world skills together with academic studies – aiming to teach pupils future skills. EtonX prepares pupils for the quickly and ever-changing world by helping them to develop skills such as communication, problem -solving and critical thinking. These skills will help pupils to success in not just at universities, but also in the workplace.

At My Online Schooling, we want to provide our enrolled pupils the opportunity to even further develop their future skills while studying with us by offering the following EtonX courses for our current pupils;

Each week students will analyse a range of scenarios and learn strategies that will help them gain
insight into themselves and how to transform their mindset. They will watch advice from a qualified
life coach to better understand why certain attitudes are important and apply new techniques to
their own life to help them develop a more positive mindset.

Our Entrepreneurship course is for any students who are interested in developing an
entrepreneurial mindset, enhancing their career or starting their own business. They
will learn from successful entrepreneurs and case studies and use the latest techniques
to refine the business ideas they have and give them the confidence to pitch.

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