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The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

3CB Curriculum Overview

3CO Curriculum Overview

3CW Curriculum Overview

3KA Curriculum Overview

3LS Curriculum Overview

Staff and Tutor Groups


Within Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)  we have a dedicated and caring team of teachers and teaching assistants.


The full content of the curriculum for each class, for every subject, for the full academic year can be found by clicking the links to the documents above.


We have 4 mixed age group classes:

3CW: Tutor and class teacher Mr Wilson, supported by Mrs Davies

3KA: Tutor and class teacher Mrs Aspden, supported by Mrs Hall and Mrs Lloyd

3CO: Tutor, class teacher and Key Stage Leader: Ms Oates, supported by Ms Winchester 

3CB: Tutor and class teacher Mr Butler, supported by Miss Bond, Miss Giles and Mrs Dickson

3LS: Tutor, class teacher Mrs Scott supported by Miss C Lane

Tutor groups always remain together with their support staff. Registration is first thing in the morning and then after lunch in the afternoon. 

Class teachers then deliver daily reading lessons which allows dedicated time for students to work on particular stages of sounds - segmenting and blending skills.


The Curriculum

We cover all the subjects and areas of National Curriculum at a level which is appropriate for the needs of each of our students.

Most subjects are delivered to the class by the class teacher through cross curricular themes, for example, English, Creative Curriculum and mathematics lessons.

History, geography and art are taught as part of the student's creative curriculum, which also includes foreign language experiences.

Aspects of personal, social, health and economic development, religious education and citizenship are also linked to a topic covered for each term or half term.  The full curriculum content for each class for the current academic year can be found above by clicking the links to the annual learning plans for each class.

Cooking and nutrition and design technology are taught to half groups.


Personal Learning

Students work towards Personal Learning Goals (PLGs), which are annual targets, set according to the student's outcomes in their Education, Health and Care Plans. These are reviewed throughout the year and implemented across the full school curriculum. Parents and carers have live access to their child's progress towards PLGs using the Evidence for Learning app.

Further timetabled intervention includes sensory diets, speech, language and communication sessions, physiotherapy programmes, social skills development and emotional resilience. You will be informed if your child takes part in any of these discrete interventions.


Home Learning

  • Topic based home learning for all Key Stage 3 students will be set at the discretion of the class teacher.
  • Some students will also receive maths learning such as MYMATHS and Maths Rockstars. 
  • All students will receive weekly spellings and sentence writing tasks.
  • All students will also be expected to read their reading books at home - approximately 3 times a week

Please support your child to complete all home learning activities to the best of their ability and within the specified time.  Please encourage them to work independently and avoid the temptation of completing activites for them. It is better to let us know if your child is having some difficulty doing the activity.

The home learning tasks give students the chance to apply and consolidate their learning. Please talk to your child’s class teacher if have any suggestions, questions or comments to discuss on any homework matters.



The progress of each student is regularly assessed to provide accurate information for students and teachers.

Teachers are able to plan challenging and effective tasks for each student.

Teachers and students assess progress using a number of ways: daily achievement of learning intentions, bi-annually Progression Steps assessments in all subjects, 6-monthly PLG evaluations and annual review progress evaluations and summative end of year subject assessments and reports.

Students receive regular verbal feedback within lessons, discuss their learning with teachers and teaching assistants and are given written comments and annotations in their books.


Rewards and Interventions

Rewards: Every student within Key Stage 3 receives regular rewards: verbal praise, certificates, written feedback, class prizes etc. All Key Stage 3 teachers use the interactive system of class “DOJOS”. A set number of points may lead to daily or weekly rewards or prizes. Students with the most stickers on the class chart in each class will receive a half termly reward such as a DVD afternoon or trip to the cinema or a park. The DOJO system also allows teachers to send personal messages to parents and carers. If you have not yet received log in details please talk to your child’s class teacher.


Intervention and support for activities that have not been completed on time or behaviour that displays a lack of respect for others  include verbal reinforcement, time-out procedures, completing unfinished activities at break times, intervention by a member of the pastoral or extended leadership team, daily monitoring records and for some students a Behaviour Support Plan or a Personal Education Plan.

Behaviour Support Plans detail specific strategies, support and interventions for identified student. They are shared with students/parents/carers and all staff that work with a specific student.


All interventions and behaviours are monitored and recorded on CPOMS.  Specific student interventions are reviewed on a half termly basis. Details of these steps and further interventions are listed within the school’s Behaviour Policy.


Extra-Curricular Activities

Great Arley’s aspirational activities within our Key Stage 3 department enhance the educational and personal developmental journey of our Key Stage 3 students. We believe they deliver beyond the realm of the academic and enable students to experience areas of interest outside the curriculum and to build personal and technical skills that they might not otherwise have opportunities to develop. These opportunities are the forefront to developing their insight into their interests and strengths, this in turn supports students to develop their careers knowledge and experience along side their sense of achievement and self worth.  

We believe our aspirational activities programme will promote higher academic achievement, improved social, organisation and time management skills, improved fine and gross motor skills and physical fitness and skills. Our aspirational activities foster individual interests and curiosity, developing a sense of responsibility, confidence, achievement and pride in all our Key Stage 3 students.  

Furthermore, Key Stage 3 students are given the opportunity to attend an annual outdoor education residential visit and are also offered opportunities throughout the school year to take part in a range of sporting events, after school clubs and competitions including, tag rugby, football, golf, boccia, curling, athletics, rounders and swimming.


Visits and Visitors

It is important to us that all our students love learning and are motivated to do so. Therefore within Key Stage 3 we offer a range of opportunities to meet visitors and members of communities as well as educational visits. We believe in providing students with as many motivational and relevant learning experiences as possible.

Throughout the year there will be occasions where we ask parents/ carers for contributions to help fund trips for their child.

We annually welcome a range of visitors into our key stage classes including our local community police officers to talk to classes about safety around strangers, internet safety and community policing.

The school nursing team are available to support throughout the year. They are available to work with class teachers to deliver information on puberty, relationships, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, cancer awareness.


Break and Lunch Time Arrangements:

Students receive a morning break and a lunch time break.  Any Key Stage 3 student is able to play football (under supervision) at morning break time and at lunch times if they wish to do so.

Lots of interschool sports events with other specialist schools are continually arranged


Parents and Carers

We warmly welcome parents and carers into Key Stage 3. There will be a number of opportunities for parents and carers to come into our school and meet staff and students to celebrate achievements and progress. Staff within Key Stage 3 and subject leaders are happy to continue meet with parents and on a regular basis.

We  welcome parents and carers to a range of events including coffee mornings, fund raisers, celebration assemblies, learning activities and sports days. We have termly parents and carers consultation evenings in addition to the annual review meetings for students, parents and carers.


Contacting us:

Classroom staff, parents and carers may write and reply to messages using the ClassDojo app. Updates and reminders about school events, educational visits etc. will be shared by the school office using ParentApp.

We welcome contact with all our parents and carers. Should anyone wish to speak to a member of staff please phone our school office on: 01253 821072

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