Everything Else Key Stage 3

KS3 students (year 7, 8 and 9) follow schemes of learning based around key life skills. Activities that promote resilience, problem solving, emotional well-being and an understanding of how the world works form the basis of what we do. All Year groups are taught in mixed ability groups. Skills such as Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening are built into each unit. We also incorporate Numeracy into our topics. Each topic concludes with a reflective thought piece known as a “Driving Question”. Here students can investigate case studies and real life examples

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Personal IdentityDQ: What makes me, me?
What does “Being British” mean?
What are “British Values”?
Family history
Term 2ManchesterDQ: What does “being Mancunian” mean?
Term 3Healthy Body, Healthy MindDQ: What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
Food content
Food labels
Health risks
Year 8 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Contemporary Slavery and IdentityDQ: What happens when your personal freedoms are taken away?
Worldwide poverty
Apple computers
The Football World Cup
The Olympics
Term 2Real Love RocksDQ: What does a healthy relationship look like?
Good/bad relationships
Impact of Pornography
Staying safe online
Term 3Does Banter Matter?DQ: Does Banter Matter?
Hurtful/hateful language
Impact of language choices
Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Criminal JusticeDQ: Is an innocent man guilty of murder?
“Serial” podcast
The Court System
How the Courts work
How the Police investigate cases
Term 2Politics and PowerDQ: Who is the most powerful person in the world?
What do the political parties stand for?
How does Parliament work?
How are laws passed?
How do people gain power?
How do people use power?
Term 3Financial EducationUnit 1 of the “Financial Education GCSE (Finance, the Individual and Society (FIS)). This unit is made up of 11 topics.
1. What it means to be a citizen.
2. Personal finance and the economy.
3. What is money?
4. What is income?
5. Understanding tax.
6. How the economic system works.
7. The economic impact of personal finance choices.
8. How inflation rates impact on personal finance.
9. Impacts of economic cycles and demographic changes.
10. Foreign exchange rates and trade.
11. The personal life cycle).