Curriculum

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Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 and 9

Key Stage 3 (commonly abbreviated as KS3) is the legal term for the three years of schooling in maintained Schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9, when pupils are aged between 11 and 14. The term is used to define the group of pupils who must follow the relevant programmes of study from the National Curriculum.

At Pencoed Comprehensive School the curriculum is so much more than a collection of subjects. We aim to extend our students' experiences in as many ways as possible from extra curricular clubs and societies to foreign visits.

A very successful venture this year has been the introduction of the Welsh Baccalaureate and some of our B-Tec courses.

All pupils in this Key Stage must follow a programme of education in at least 15 areas

The school’s curriculum is organised to provide pupils with a broad and balanced education which is sufficiently differentiated to enable all pupils to maximise their potential whatever their ability. A smooth transition from the Partner Primary Schools is essential. Good links exist between the school and its Partner Primaries which enables pupils to enjoy a smooth transition.

Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils will be taught in mixed ability groups in some subjects while setting will take place in others. At the end of Key Stage Three, pupils will be assessed formally in National Curriculum subjects.

In Year 7 Geography, History, Religious Education, ICT, Art and Music are taught on a rotational basis so the numbers below represent the average number of lessons per fortnight over a year. In practice a pupil will study Geography, History or Religious Education for 9 lessons per fortnight and then change. Similarly one subject from ICT, Music and Art for 6 lessons per fortnight and then change the subject on rotation. In Year 8 Art, IT & RE are taught on a similar rotational basis.

Pupils who have additional learning needs and consequently progress at a slower rate are placed in small groups and receive many of their lessons from specialist teachers. Access to the curriculum through integration in mainstream classes is provided for visually impaired pupils who are supported by specialist services run by the Local Authority.
Pupils are taught by suitably qualified and committed staff in one hour lessons through a timetable which extends over a fortnightly cycle. The fifty lessons in this cycle are split in the following way:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
English English English
Drama Drama Drama
Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics
Welsh Welsh Welsh
French / Spanish French / Spanish French / Spanish
Geography Geography Geography
History History History
Religoius Education Religoius Education Religoius Education
Technology Technology Technology
Science Science Science
PE / Games PE / Games PE / Games
Art Art Art
Music Music Music
ICT ICT ICT
Learning Core Learning Core Learning Core
Basic Equipment

A school bag, an inexpensive pen, a ruler, a pencil, a pair of compasses, a scientific calculator (which can be purchased from school - Maths Dept), coloured pencils.

UNIFORM AND EQUIPMENT WILL BE SUBJECT TO REGULAR CHECKS AND ANY INAPPROPRIATE ITEMS OF CLOTHING, JEWELLERY, MOBILE PHONES, IPODS, MP3/4 WILL BE CONFISCATED. PARENTS WILL BE CONTACTED TO RECLAIM THESE ITEMS.

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