KS3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3

We provide an exciting and relevant personalised curriculum with a strong emphasis on improving literacy and numeracy skills, as well as helping young people understand their emotions, build confidence, self-esteem and improve their behaviour.

There are four classes, each staffed with a teacher and a support member of staff.  Lessons are fifty minutes in duration and are taught by subject specialists in English, Maths and Science.  Enrichment activities are delivered on an afternoon with the focus on improving health, well-being and fitness.

The curriculum is split into three areas:

Developing skilled, reflective learners

  • English – including English mastery
  • Mathematics – including maths mastery
  • Science
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Spanish
  • Additional support is provided to enable them to rapidly catch up for our young people who are behind in their chronological reading age 

Developing confident, resilient young people

  • Outdoor Education
  • Music / drumming
  • Creative Mindfulness 
  • ICT
  • Physical Education 

Developing, active responsible learners

  • PSHEE – Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
  • Preparation for Adult Life
  • Enrichment opportunities, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow our young people to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students.   These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values and Study Skills.

KS3/KS4 Websites

Flashcard apps and Quizlet

Save paper and the pain of trying to decipher your handwriting with a flashcard app. Look for a version like Flashcards+ (iOS), which lets you create your own cards or import existing sets through Quizlet, a brilliant community site for students to share study notes.

BBC Bitesize

This breaks down subjects into handy smaller chunks (there’s a clue in the name here..) and lets you revise topics, watch video summaries, complete activities and test yourself as you go. The site covers subjects from Key Stage One to GCSE. 

Revision planning apps

A big part of revision is getting organised and keeping track of your study. The Revision Ace app lets you make a revision plan, record your time spent on each subject and track your progress as you go. Alternatively, you can create a colourful PDF timetable with the help of getrevising.co.uk, which will even suggest a schedule for you to follow.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit learning tool that aims to provide a world-class education to anyone with Internet access. The site includes video tutorials and tests in Maths, Science, Economics, Computer Programming and History. The site keeps track of your progress and gives you awards for achievement. This is a great tool for getting to grips with the basics or taking on advanced study for extra credit.

Spark Notes

Explore English Literature texts, watch video summaries and study a host of other subjects with popular study notes site Spark Notes. Try out No Fear Shakespeare, which puts the original text side by side with a modern translation to help you pick up the story and translate new words as you go.

S-Cool

Revise GCSE and A-level subjects, test yourself, make a revision timetable for free and download apps from this comprehensive revision website.

BBC Brain Smart

Need a quick study break? Why not stay productive and wake up your brain by playing a game from BBC Brain Smart. There are fun games to help you boost your memory, remember chains of numbers, get motivated and manage stress.


Other Online Resources Available 

For more  Key Stage 3 online resources click here 


You can read our full KS3 English Programme of Study by clicking on the link below.PDF

 KS3 English Programme of Study.PDF


You can read our full KS3 Maths Programme of Study by clicking on the link below.PDF

 KS3 Maths Programme of Study.PDF


You can read our full KS3 PSHE Programme of Study by clicking on the link below.PDF

 KS3 PSHE Programme of Study.PDF


You can read our full KS3 Science Programme of Study by clicking on the link below.PDF

 KS3 Science Programme of Study.PDF


 

Contact

Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk