Curriculum

KS3 Curriculum at Caedmon College Whitby

Introduction

The College had made significant changes to how we assess the students and instead of using national curriculum levels, we will be focusing on those key skills, knowledge and understanding which we feel students need to have as part of their learning process. Students are assessed by teachers in such a way that the teachers know what to do next and so do the students. Our internal monitoring systems link these skills, knowledge and understanding to GCSE criteria. 

Structure

The College operates a 25 period week where most lessons an hour long. 

The allocation in KS3 this year in a two week period is:

Subject

Time Allocation

Notes

Maths

8

Set in this subject only

Science

6

 

Computing

2

 

History

3

 

Geography

3

 

Religious Studies

2

 

Drama

2

 

Citizenship

4

 

MFL

4

Year 7 French and German but choosing one in Year 8

Art

2

 

Music

2

 

PE

4

 

Technology

4

 

English

8

 

Staffing

There are somewhere in the region of 30 staff working across all key stages in the College now so that students will see familiar faces from Year 7 right through to Year 11. Some of our staff also teach at the Whitby Sixth form site.

Features of the KS3 Curriculum

The teachers are working weekly on developing the most appropriate scheme of work for your sons and daughters. Although the long term plans have been in place since before the start of term, the medium and short term planning is something which is much more fluid as we get to grips with what is best for our learners.

One of the biggest issues we all face within the KS3 curriculum is developing literacy skills of reading and writing and numeracy skills which apply not just in maths lessons but of course across a wide range of subjects. Parents can support us very effectively if they can also see opportunities to encourage their son or daughter to focus in those skills, particularly reading, as being a good reader usually means students are good writers too.

If parents wish to know more about the actual detailed planning, please refer to the individual subject pages, or talk to your son or daughter's class teacher who will be only too pleased to describe learning in their curriculum area to you.

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