KS3 Curriculum Overview

‘For every student, regardless of background or circumstance, to achieve the grades and develop the qualities which will open the door to the future of their choice.’

Laurus Trust schools provide an excellent and rounded education for all their students, regardless of their individual backgrounds, preparing them well for their future careers.

Our curriculum ensures that every student recognises what it takes to succeed, sets aspirational goals and works hard to achieve them with the support of a highly qualified and dedicated team of education professionals. It is shaped by the students as it responds to their individual needs and is underpinned by the Cornerstones of the Laurus Trust: Academic Aspiration, Leadership and Service, Competition and Physical Endeavour and Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric.

Our approach to the curriculum also complies with the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice 2014. For further information on how we ensure the curriculum is accessible to those with disabilities or special educational needs please see the Equality Policy and the SEND information report.

We operate a two-week, 50 lesson, timetable cycle. All lessons are one hour duration.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Upon entry into Year 7, students are placed into one of 10 Tutor Groups. These are divided into two bands and ability sets for Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and English are organised within these bands. Sets are based on attainment and are informed by National Curriculum tests and our own internal assessments. These arrangements may change as each student progresses through the Key Stage. All other subjects are taught in mixed ability groups.

View the Year 7 Knowledge and Skills Guide for more information. 

Year 8

Arrangements are similar to Year 7 with English, Science and MFL taught in ability sets. Maths will organise learning according to the specific needs of the year group.

View the Year 8 Knowledge and Skills Guide for more information. 

Year 9

In Year 9, arrangements are similar to Year 8 with English, MFL and Science taught in ability sets. Maths organise learning according to the specific needs of the year group.

View the Year 9 Knowledge and Skills Guide for more information.

All subjects follow the relevent national curriculum programme of study. For more information please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum 

Curriculum Structure

Year 7
   
Subjects Number of Lessons
English 8
Mathematics 7
Science 6
Art 2
Beliefs & Values 2
Design & Technology 2
Computing 2
Geography 3
History 3
Modern Foreign Languages 9
Performing Arts 2
PE 4
Year 8
   
Subjects Number of Lessons
English 8
Mathematics 8
Science 6
Art 2
Beliefs & Values 2
Design & Technology 2
Computing 1
Geography 3
History 3
Modern Foreign Languages 9
Performing Arts 2
PE 4
Year 9
   
Subjects Number of Lessons
English 8
Mathematics 9
Science 6
Art 2
Beliefs & Values 2
Computing 2
Design & Technology 3
Geography 3
History 3
Modern Foreign Languages 6
Performing Arts 2
PE 4