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KS3 Curriculum

Throughout KS3 at BBAO we strive to help students fill gaps in their knowledge and to support them to make exceptional progress so that they are at, or move rapidly towards, age related expectations. We offer students an interesting and creative cross-curriculum which develops students’ literacy and numeracy alongside their understanding of history and the world around them.

Core Subjects

English/Literacy

Across both years in English we focus on ensuring that the students are confident communicators both through their written work but through their words so that they can listen to others and present their ideas and feelings effectively. The cross-curriculum initiative is led by schemes of work in English and students explore texts such as Stone Cold and the Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas and themes such as superheroes and magic. Across both years students study a Shakespeare play linked to a trip to The Globe under the Deutsche Bank - Playing Shakespeare scheme. In year 8 students are put forward for Entry Level English at either level 1, 2 or 3 dependent on the individual. As well as literacy focus across the curriculum students work on their basic literacy skills during morning tutor groups.

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Maths

At Bromley Beacon Academy, we aim to equip our children with the mathematics skills that they will need throughout their lives. 

We aim to ensure all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics: that they develop a solid understanding of key concepts and build a firm foundation of arithmetic skills.

In addition, we encourage our children to become confident problem-solvers by offering a range of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge - to show their ability to work and reason systematically and logically.

We take advantage of cross-curricular links to enable children to see the real-life application of their maths skills and knowledge.

By working creatively and collaboratively, trying different strategies and methods, our children develop the perseverance and resilience necessary for increasingly complex problem-solving. By emphasising speaking and listening skills, we also encourage our children to focus on the process rather than the answer and to use precise mathematical language to explain and justify their solutions.

Entry level GCSE Maths is taken by children in KS3 once they are ready or old enough to do so.

WJEC Qualifications

In year 7 and 8 students follow the WJEC Entry Level Pathways course in Science, Media and PHSE which is taught through the cross-curricular themes. During these two year courses students are able to gain 'Awards', 'Certificates' or 'Diplomas' in entry level exams at either level 2 or 3. The WJEC suites are adaptable which means we are able to highly individualise and combine them for our students which supports our aim that every student will be able to gain a qualification by the end of year 8 even if they are not able to complete all units in one subject.

Science Today

The WJEC science pathway focuses on how science plays and important part of everyday life and because of this focus students are able to see the importance and relevance of science to them. Units include areas such as science and the human body, introduction to plant and animal care, energy in the home and work place, renewable energy, the science of light and sound and variation and adaptation.

Media

The media entry level pathway is not only a subject that gives students important skills for the modern world it is also supports the understanding of English skills such as purpose, audience and format and genres. The elements included link to the PHSE curriculum as students learn about issues that affect our students’ lives such as the influence of adverts and films and the use of ICT. The course is taught through the cross-curricular themes which give students deeper understanding of the topic. Units include areas such as exploring film genres, exploring advertising, creating a print media project, designing a music website and creating an audio-visual sequence

PHSE

We believe that it is of upmost importance for our students to be supported in making responsible and well informed decisions for their future, how to be socially repsonsbile and for them to understand why their learning is important and in particular how it is going to help them once they leave school. Through the WJEC scheme students focus areas such as working towards a goal, working as part of a group, community action, using technology in the home and community, preparation for work, managing social relationships, managing money and individual rights and responsibilities.

Additional Curriculum

As with all subjects in KS3 the following use the cross-curriculum themes to help connect and drive the students learning.

Cookery

Over two years students complete the City and Guilds Entry level certificate in food studies. Through this course students cover a range of skills including Health, safety and hygiene, use of basic kitchen equipment, an awareness of balanced diets, shopping and food storage, preparation and cooking food and preparing, cooking and presenting meals for a variety of occasions.

ICT

In years 7 and 8 the primary focus of these lessons is on the functional skills of ICT such as the use of PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Publisher, filling out forms, using emails, audio software and imaging software. ICT also is an important part of the media course and is used in maths and English lessons.

Humanities

These lessons are directly related to the theme or novel that is being studied in English. A range of history, geography, R.E. and politics is covered dependent on the current theme. Areas of study include World War 2 – the Holocaust, homelessness, heroes, medical advances/scientific advances, natural habitats and Elizabethan history.

Art

As in humanities, art lessons follow the cross-curricular themes/novels across both years. Students explore a range of artists, styles and media including graffiti, impressionist, surrealism and modern.

PE

As in KS2, students cover a range of PE skills through different types of activities including ball games, swimming, trampolining, athletics, boxing, gymnastics, archery and biking.

Forest School

In Forest School students are learning about the local woods adjacent to the school site, how to look after them, the seasons and habitats through being outside with a qualified forest school teacher. In weekly sessions the students work together and learn to use the woodland sustainably while building their social skills.

D.T/Construction

Through these lessons students start to explore the world of construction whilst developing their design technology skills. This programme of study helps students to use critical thinking and creativity in conjunction with maths and science to design and create pieces of work based around the cross-curricular themes using a range of materials.

Therapeutic learning Offer:

As a therapeutic school with therapy available on site, all students can access therapy during the school year. The range of therapy on offer includes:

Art therapy

Art therapy happens every Tuesday in the art room. The qualified therapist works with individual students or pairs of students using art to help students express their feelings and better understand their social emotional and mental health.

CBT

Students are taught CBT techniques to help them manage difficult thoughts and feelings.

One to one psychodynamic therapy

Our qualified therapist is able to work weekly with students on the school site using psychodynamic therapy and help them to improve their SEMH.

Drama therapy

Drama therapy takes place in our therapy room as one to one therapy or paired therapy. Drama techniques and play are used skilfully by our onsite therapist to help students explore and improve their SEMH.

Music therapy

On Fridays the qualified music therapist works with individuals and groups of students to use sound, voice and a range of instruments to express themselves creatively and to improve their SEMH.

 

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