KS3

KS3: Year 7, 8 and 9ASC3752

  • English – (4 hours per week)
  • Maths – (4 hours per week)
  • Science (4 hours per week)
  • A language; we offer French and Spanish (2 hours per week)
  • Humanities; History and Geography  (4 hours per week)
  • Drama (1 hour per week)
  • Music (1 hour per week)
  • Art and Design (1 hour per week)
  • Food Technology (1 hour per week)
  • Computing and ICT (1 hour per week)
  • PE (two hours per week)
  • RE (1 hour per week)
  • Students also follow the school PSHE curriculum, taught in a 45 minute session with their form tutor

For those students below the expected standard in literacy and numeracy from KS2 we run literacy and numeracy booster sessions to facilitate rapid progress.  Students are removed from some lessons until they have caught up, at which point they are fully re-integrated into the curriculum.

Reading

At The Manor Academy, we recognise reading as a fundamental life skill. Staff are dedicated to enabling our students to become lifelong readers. We also believe reading is key for academic success and so to ensure we have a holistic approach to the teaching of reading through: drop everything and read, testing reading ages, encouraging students to read for pleasure

Options

Students make their subject options choices during the early spring of Y9.  Every student is supported through this process, with taster sessions run in February for ‘new’ subjects the students have not experienced during KS3.  Parents are invited into school twice during the process, in both January and March, as part of our goal that every student studies a KS4 curriculum appropriate for them in terms of both their progress and future career or study options through one of our 4 Pathways to success. We combine the Year 9 Options Evening with Parents Evening so that parents can talk to their child’s teachers about appropriate choices as well as their progress in that subject during Year 9. Where there are new subjects on offer at KS4, staff are present to consult with parents about their detail.

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Homework

Plays a key part in students’ learning across the whole curriculum at Manor, and is set regularly in most subjects. Homework is set via the student planner, which is checked by both the tutor and parents.  At Manor we view homework as an opportunity for students to work independently to consolidate both knowledge and skills. Skills and knowledge based homework is work that is set to be completed outside of the timetabled classroom. It is designed to allow students to build both the skills and knowledge required for each subject that they are studying. Research shows that students have increased success in complex tasks (E.g. examinations, problem solving etc.) when they have a detailed knowledge of subject content and the skills required to apply this knowledge. By committing the skills and knowledge required to long term memory, it frees up working memory so that processing information is easier when solving problems.

Homework at The Manor Academy is therefore designed to allow students to memorise and learn content through condensing key information into knowledge organisers and linking this to recall in the classroom. Additionally, it will allow students to practise the skills required for specific subjects within the curriculum. This style of homework also promotes and builds independent study skills needed for study beyond the academy.

Homework is set every week in English, Maths and Science and at least fortnightly in every other subject with the exception of Physical Arts and Vocational subjects in year 7, 8 and year 9. For these subjects it is expected that year 7, 8 and 9 students will attend an at least one extra-curricular club from these faculties (E.g. - Sports Club, Art Club, ICT Club and Performing Arts Club) in order to develop skills and knowledge in a personal interest.

Year 9: Transition into KS4

In Year 9, pupils choose option subjects to study in depth in Year 10.  The curriculum model allows students to choose 4 subjects in addition to the core Maths, English, Science, Religious Education, Core PE and PSHE lessons.  This is further supported by a series of Drop Down Days throughout the year where students get to work with subject specialists on thematic projects for subjects they haven’t opted for to keep the curriculum experience broad.