Key Stage 3 Curriculum

In their first year at Tottington High School all students study a full range of subjects, which provide an essential basis from which to make their choice in later years, and which complies with the requirements of the National Curriculum. The subjects studied offer a wide and varied experience of skills and content. Some of these subjects will be new, while others are a continuation of areas already studied in the Primary Schools.

At Key Stage 3 students follow a broad and balanced curriculum, choosing during Year Nine some of the subjects they wish to specialise in for their GCSEs and other relevant courses in Years 10 and 11.

Subjects covered include: Art, Design Technology, English, French, Spanish, Geography, German, Computing, History, Mathematics, Music, Careers Wellbeing & Life Skills, Physical Education, Religious Education and Science.

The course in Technology involves elements of Resistant Materials, Graphics, Textiles, and Food Technology which enables all students to sample a full range of problem-solving and design activities.

Students currently in year 7 are studying French or Spanish.

All students follow a Careers, Wellbeing & Life Skills (CWL) course, which includes sections on themes of Citizenship, Careers Education and Health Education, as well as Personal Awareness. Sex education, with particular reference to the physical and biological changes associated with adolescence, is given in Years 7 and 8, as part of the Science courses and in Years 9, 10 and 11 as part of the PSHEe course, where it is set firmly in the context of relationships and the family. The Year 9 CWL course also assists students in choosing any optional Key Stage 4 subjects, all of which lead to GCSE examinations.

A paired-reading scheme operates for students who experience reading difficulties. Student mentoring is another service available to those students who may require guidance or counselling. Other academic and pastoral support plans are also in place.

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9) students are placed in sets according to ability. Homework is set throughout the school in accordance with School Policy. All parents will receive a homework timetable together with a detailed curriculum statement outlining exactly what is taught. Time allocated to subjects will vary according to curriculum time allocated to the subject, and time for completion of homework will vary, also depending upon the subject.

For curriculum enquiries, please contact:
Mrs I McLaughlin, Deputy Head Teacher, on 01204 882327