Curriculum

 

Key Stage 3 Overview

 

 

Textiles

Year 7 Textiles  - Design and make personalised trainer bag using skills such as pinning, tacking, the safe use of a sewing machine and dye sublimation techniques.

Year 8 Textiles  - Students will design and make a protective cover for an electronic hand-held gadget cover using CAD (Adobe Illustrator)

 

Food

Year 7 Food – Healthy eating

Year 8 Food - Snack products sweet and savoury

 

Social Sciences faculty

 

History

 

Year 7

Understand how Rome was created and explain how the Romans changed Britain.

 

Medieval Realms: why did William win the Battle of Hastings? Was King John a good King? Who was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket? What was the Black Death?

 

The Tudors: was Henry VIII a man or a monster? What changes did Edward make to religion? Did Mary deserve the nickname Bloody Mary? How did Elizabeth solve the problem of religion?

 

Year 8

Black People of America and the impact of the Empire: the Slave Triangle, the Middle Passage, what happened when slaves arrived in America, who helped slavery end in Britain, Factory life

World War 1

World War 2 and  the holocaust

 

Religious Education

 

Year 7

Rules in Religions: Buddhism, the Eightfold Path, the Golden Rule, Hinduism, Karma, Christianity, the Ten Commandments

 

Founders of Religions: What makes a good leader? Jesus, Prophet Muhammed, Guru Nanak, Buddha

 

Year 8

Pilgrimage: Lourdes, Western Wall, River Ganges, Hajj, Mecca

Does God Exist?: What is Science? The Big Bang - Religion, Science or both? The meaning of life. Is there a God?

 

PHSE

 

Year 7

Puberty: lumps and bumps

Smoking,

E Safety

Legal & illegal Drugs

Alcohol

CWP

 

Year 8

Dating

Talking about and managing relationships.

Physical & emotional effects of drugs.

Dealing with drug related situations

 

Citizenship

 

Social Growth Programme  

My Say 

My Say Democracy

Healthy Eating

School diet

Emotional Wellbeing 

What is Britishness?

 

Year 8

Crime and Justice

Trouble for Danny/ Democracy Cookbook

Human Rights

Economic wellbeing/Being Safe

 

Expressive Arts faculty

 

Music

 

Year 7

Elements of Music 

Keyboard Skills

Gamelan

Musical Futures

Class Modal Composition

Rhythms of Africa

Film Music

 

Year 8

Musical Futures

Dance Music

Samba

Blues

Salsa Music

 

Drama

 

Year 7

Introduction to Drama techniques: World War 1

Mime and Silent Movies

Darkwood Manor: Storytelling & Improvisation

Wacky Soap: Social drama based on issue of substance abuse

Introduction to Shakespeare

George’s Suitcase

 

Year 8

Titanic: Group performance using witness accounts

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory: Physical Theatre and characterisation

Oliver Twist: Monologues

Comedy: Investigation into different types of comedic performance

Macbeth

Sidney Stringer Summer Production Rehearsals

 

PE

 

Year 7 Girls

Netball

Gym

Football /b’ball

Dance

Swimming

Rounders

Tennis

Athletics
O&A

 

Year 8 Girls

Netball

Gym

Football /basketball

Dance

Badminton

O&A

H+F

Athletics

Rounders

Tennis

 

Year 7 Boys

Swimming

Basketball

Football

Badminton

Gym

Cricket

Tennis

Athletics

Softball

O&A

 

Year 8 Boys

Football

Basketball

Badminton

H & F

Gym

Tag rubgy

O & A

Cricket

Tennis

Athletics

Softball

 

English faculty

 

Year 7

AR

School and education: Jane Eyre

Instructing and recounting

Celebrations and responsibilities: A Christmas Carole

Recounting and narrating

Travel and adventure: Robert Louis Stephenson

Narrating and reporting

 

Year 8

AR

War and peace: The Red Badge of Courage

Reporting and explaining

Science, morality and monsters: Jekyll and Hyde/Frankenstein, Macbeth/Othello

Explanation and argument

Crime, punishment and mystery: Edgar Allan Poe collection

Argument and analysis

 

Science faculty

 

Year 7

Tissue and Transplants

Acid and Alkali

Forces and their waste

Bubbles and bangs

 

Sex and science

Materials from Earth

electrical circuits

Energy and sustainable

 

Ecology matters

Classified

Solar system and beyond.

 

Year 8

Food glorious food

In the drink

Heat transfer

Explaining Earth

Forces and transport

 

Going for Gold

All that glitters

Doctors and diseases

 

Sound and hearing

Light Fantastic

Materials and Recycling

Ways of Dodo

 

Business and ICT faculty

 

Computing

 

Year 7

Why computing? – the background to computing, how data is represented, the history of computers

Network systems - hardware and software

Scratch - program using a visual programming language

I can animate -  stop motion animations and green screen technology

Boolean logic - how computers make decisions

 

Year 8

Spreadsheets and databases

Hackers - different types of hackers and how to keep systems safe

HTML and the web - create a website in kompozer and edit in HTML code

APP development - create a basic APP using APP inventor

Robotics - Lego robots and problem solving

Python - text based programming

 

Maths faculty

 

Year 7

Logic

Place value

Graphs

Addition and subtraction with decimals

Angles

Multiplication and division with decimals

Area and perimeter.

 

Fractions

Searching for patterns

Time, timetables, mileage charts

Negative numbers

Linear equations

 

Decimals and fractions

Quantitative data

Scale drawing

Fractions (+, -, x, /)

Probability

Volume

 

Year 8

Mathematical diagrams

Factors

Pythagoras' Theorem

Rounding and estimating

Averages

Nets and surface area

Ratio and proportion

Algebra - brackets

 

Fractions and percentages

Probability

Angles, bearing and maps

Formulae

Money and time

Straight line graphs

 

Polygons

Circles and cylinders

Units of measure

Speed, distance and time

Questionnaires and analysis

 

AR

 

Accelerated Reader is a tool for managing independent reading practice, and is an important part of our school curriculum. Using the system, we collect reading age data from pupils during their time with us at the end of year 6, and then they continue using the software throughout their time at Sidney Stringer Academy. Using the AR system, we test the reading age of pupils every 6 months, and using this data we are able to monitor their progress in vocabulary acquisition. The personalised nature of the software means that a pupil is allocated a ZPD (zone of proximal development) relevant to his/her reading age, which informs them of the book levels that they need to be reading in order to develop reading ability. An improved reading ability means that a pupil will be more successful in accessing vocabulary on subjects across the curriculum, and so should be more successful overall.


At Sidney Stringer Academy, one hour per week of KS3 English curriculum time is dedicated to Accelerated Reader, and throughout KS3, KS4 and KS5 at least one tutor session per week.

 

 

Options

You can download the latest 2015 options booklets for Years 8, 9 and 10 students: