Key stage 3 and 4 statement

 

 

PALMERSTON SCHOOL – CURRICULUM KEYSTAGES 3 & 4

 

Class bases for students within key stages 3 and 4 are year group based. These groups are mixed ability and students spend time within these groups at the start and end of the school day, over lunch time and on a Wednesday morning for Base Maths and English lessons. For the rest of the curriculum students are grouped by ability in either pre-formal (P1-4), semi-formal (P5-8), or formal (NC1 and above) groups. 

The school has adopted a thematic approach to curriculum planning in key stages 3 & 4. The topics followed have been selected to develop skills at an appropriate level, allow pupils to more easily make connections between skills developed in the different subject areas and to engage and motivate the pupils as active learners.

Where subjects need to be taught discreetly (for example some discreet teaching of Literacy and Numeracy is needed) and where the subject or topic area does not naturally fit into the thematic plan these are identified and planned for separately.

Palmerston School offers a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

 

What is statutory at Keystage 3?

•English

•maths

•science

•history

•geography

•modern foreign languages

•design and technology

•art and design

•music

•physical education

•citizenship

•computing

Schools must provide religious education (RE) and sex education from key stage 3 but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

 

What is statutory at Keystage 4?

The compulsory national curriculum subjects are the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects.

Core subjects are:

•English

•maths

•science

Foundation subjects are:

•computing

•physical education

•citizenship

Schools must also offer at least one subject from each of these areas:

•arts

•design and technology

•humanities

•modern foreign languages

They must also provide religious education (RE) and sex education at key stage 4.

 

The Palmerston curriculum meets the requirements of the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to the needs of our pupils. Equals Schemes of work are used in the school and are referenced in our scheme of work. Cohort 3 pupils in keystage 4 work towards achieving Entry Level Certificates in English, Mathematics and Science. All keystage 4 pupils work towards ASDAN awards suited to their abilities.

 

Pupils in keystage 3 work on the ASDAN New Horizons scheme which covers areas of PSHE and Citizenship.  Pupils who would benefit from work based learning opportunities are offered opportunities to attend Speke Young Persons Opportunities Project for a day a week.