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Learning in Key Stage Three

 

What is Key Stage Three?

Key Stage Three is the foundation of the students' seven-year journey at St Simon Stock Catholic School. Their learning in Key Stage Three prepares them for Key Stage Four, when students study for GCSE qualifications, and in turn for Key Stage Five, when students study for A Level,  International Baccalaureate or BTEC qualifications.

 

Our Key Stage Three curriculum from September 2021 currently consists of the core subjects of English, Mathematics, Science and Religious Education, all of which students continue to study to GCSE Level in Key Stage Four (Years 10 and 11). The other timetabled Key Stage Three subjects are Art, Computer Science and Information Technology, Design Technology, Drama, a Modern Foreign Language (either French or Spanish depending on the timetable band students are placed in), Geography, History, Music, Personal, Social and Health Education and Physical Education.

 

Please note that in 2020 we commenced a phased move towards a Three-Year Key Stage Three (i.e. Years 7, 8 and 9) followed by a Two-Year Key Stage Four (i.e. Years 10 & 11). This means that our current Year 7 students, who joined us in September 2020, are the first cohort to follow the pathway of a 3-Year Key Stage Three  in Years 07, 08 and 09 (commencing September 2020) followed by a 2-Year Key Stage Four  in Years 10 and 11 (commencing September 2023).

 

Key Stage 3

Summary of Curriculum Time 2021 - 2022

Years 7 to 8 – hour per fortnight

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Religious Education

5

5

English

7

7

Mathematics

6

6

Science

6

6

Art

2

2

Computer Science and IT

2

2

Design & Technology

3

3

Drama/oracy

2

2

French or Spanish

5

5

Geography

3

3

History

3

3

Music

2

2

Personal, Social and Health Education

1

1

Physical Education

3

3

 

Transition from Primary School into Key Stage Three

We support the students' smooth transition to Secondary School by purposefully building links with primary schools. During the summer term of Year 6, a member of the St Simon Stock Team will visit primary schools to meet every student who will be joining us that September. We also offer several opportunities for prospective students to visit our school so that they can meet future peers and their teachers. We work hard to ensure that the St Simon Stock community provides a welcoming environment to support all students as they take their first step in to secondary education. For further information about how we manage the transition, follow the link below.

The Key Stage Three Curriculum

Further information about the Key Stage Three curriculum, including detailed course outlines for each of the separate subjects, can be found on the Curriculum Intent page of our school website. Click on the link below. 

How we Assess Learning in Key Stage Three

In Key Stage Three teachers assess the students' attainment using the criteria of Emerging, Developing, Secured and Mastered. In addition, we grade students Attitude to Learning. To view a template of the progress review, which we send home three times a year, click on the link below. There is also a separate link, which gives you more information about our Attitude to Learning grades.

Home Learning in Key Stage Three

Each subject sets one homework task per week although there may be some occasions where a longer project may be assigned that covers, for example, 2-3 weeks. Guided time per subject is 20-30 minutes and 60-90 minutes total per evening. Students are also taught how to use their time for Independent Learning of the topics they study, so that they can extend their learning through their own reading/research.

Equipment List for Key Stage Three

Full information about the required equipment, which students in Key Stage Three should bring to school each day, can be found on a separate page of this website. Follow the link below for details.

Our Values

Faith in the presence of God

Concern for the poor and social justice

Quality education

Respect for all persons

Inclusive community

an awareness of the living presence of God in our world, and a calling to see the world through the eyes of faith

a calling to support the poor and victims of injustice, through community service and justice education

to provide an education that is second to none, so that our students will not just contribute to society, but will transform it

that we are all children of God and, as such, at the heart of our education we must respect the dignity of all persons

we respect and value diversity, which means that nobody is left out or left behind, and that we embrace the unique stories and qualities that each of us bring to the world.

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Trust Information

St Simon Stock Catholic School is an academy, and part of the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership. The Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership is an exempt charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company registration number 08176019 at registered address: Barham Court, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5BZ. St Simon Stock Catholic School is a business name of Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership.

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