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 Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||The Mancs and Me: Identity in the Modern Age||DQ: What makes me, me?
What does “Being British” mean?
What are “British Values”?
DQ: What does “being Mancunian” mean?
(Football, Industrialisation, Feminism, Culture)
|Term 2||Does Banter Matter?||DQ: Does Banter Matter?
Impact of language choices
|Term 3||Healthy Body, Healthy Mind||DQ: What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
|Year 8 Curriculum Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||Real Love Rocks||DQ: What does a healthy relationship look like?
Impact of Pornography
Staying safe online
|Term 2||Contemporary Slavery and Identity||DQ: What happens when your personal freedoms are taken away?
The Football World Cup
|Term 3||First Aid Course||Course to cover the following topics:
What is the point of First Aid?
|Year 9 Curriculum Overview||Themes||Unit content|
|Term 1||Criminal Justice||DQ: Is an innocent man guilty of murder?
The Court System
How the Courts work
How the Police investigate cases
|Term 2||Politics and Power||DQ: 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 3||Financial Education||Unit 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).