Key Stage 3
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We will help students develop a love of reading and encourage them to read increasingly challenging material including a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, poems and plays with a wide range of genres, historical periods and authors. The students will grow to understand the various methods used to present meaning within a text as well as recognise a range of poetic conventions and how the work of dramatists is communicated through performance.

The students will learn to write accurately, fluently and effectively for a wide range of purposes and audiences. This includes well-structured essays, stories, scripts, poetry and other imaginative writing. We will help them become skilled in polishing scripts for talks and presentations where they support ideas and arguments with necessary factual material.

The students will significantly expand their vocabulary and know and understand the difference between spoken and written language and use Standard English in their own writing and speech.

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The students will develop fluency in Mathematics and further their numerical and mathematical capability by extending their understanding of the number system. They will learn to select appropriate calculation strategies to solve increasingly complex problems and in particular rearrange and simplify expressions.

The students will learn to move freely between different numerical, algebraic, graphical and diagrammatic representations. They will develop their skills to reason mathematically and this will involve exploring what can and cannot be inferred in statistical and probabilistic settings and expressing their arguments formally.

The students will learn to solve more challenging problems, including multi-step problems, particularly in financial mathematics.

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The students will explore how scientific theories are continually modified to take account of new evidence and ideas. They will grow to ask their own questions and develop a line of inquiry based on their own observations of the real world which they combine with their prior knowledge and experience.

The students will learn to make their own predictions and carry out experiments to test these by identifying variables and selecting apparatus. They will learn to take measurements using the appropriate units and use this data to formulate conclusions whilst identifying the potential sources of error. They will learn to make use of a variety of scientific calculations.

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We will help the students greatly develop their creativity and ideas via studying a range of artists, architects and designers. This includes periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day. They will learn to use a range of techniques, including painting, and handle a variety of different materials. They will study the work of their peers to further strengthen the visual impact of their own work.

Citizenship and PSHE
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Students will learn about personal safety, healthy lifestyle, managing money and healthy relationships. Healthy lifestyle topics will cover drugs and alcohol education, mental health and wellbeing, diet, and sexual health. Healthy relationship topics will include promoting positive relationships, how to recognise and manage unhealthy relationships, bullying and controlling behaviour. Students will also learn about the nature of the rules and laws of the justice system as well as the uses and functions of money in order to budget effectively. We will help the students become active citizens and work together to improve their communities.

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The students will undertake creative projects that involve combining multiple applications, across a range of devices, to achieve challenging goals. They will learn to use a variety of programming languages to design and develop their own programmes. The students will grow to understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems and how they communicate with one another. They will also learn to appreciate how to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely.

Religous Studies
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Students develop knowledge and understanding of a range of world religions and non-religious beliefs, this includes by reading their key texts and scriptures. They also develop well argued, well-informed and balanced written arguments on numerous philosophical and ethical issues.

Design & Technology
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The students will be guided to design their own products by researching user needs and designing specifications to match these. They will learn to use specialist tools, techniques and processes to make these products and test and evaluate them by taking into account the views of intended users.

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Students will be encouraged to develop a sense of awe and wonder about our world.  They will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their understanding of how we are all connected to each other and are both shaped by and impact on the environments we inhabit. Students will grow to understand the geographical similarities and differences between places and understand the various physical geographical processes including plate tectonics, rocks, climate, glaciation and hydrology. They will also learn about various human geographical processes including urbanisation, international development and economic activity. They will undertake in-depth studies of the continents of Africa and Asia and the region of the Middle East. They will also increase their geographical understanding by interpreting Ordnance Survey maps and using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). They will carry out investigations and fieldwork beyond the classroom.  They will develop their problem solving skills and will be encouraged to form and justify their own opinions and become increasingly informed and active citizens.

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The students will extend and deepen their chronological understanding of British, local and world history. They will identify significant events, make connections between them, draw contrasts and analyse trends over long periods of time. They will undertake their own historical enquiries and use a variety of historical sources to make claims and use these to appreciate how and why contrasting interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Modern Foreign Languages
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The students will learn key grammar and vocabulary for a range of languages and in doing so demonstrate an understanding of the range of tenses and grammatical structures. They will listen to a variety of forms of spoken language to obtain information and respond appropriately. They will learn to speak coherently and confidently in other languages with increasingly accurate pronunciation and intonation. They will also learn to read literary texts in a range of languages which include stories, songs, poems and letters.

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The students will learn to play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts. They will use their voice and a variety of instruments which they will play fluently with accuracy and expression. They will develop their ability to improvise and compose by learning about a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions. They will listen to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians. They will also develop a deepening understanding of the music to which they listen, including its history.

Physical Education
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The students will develop a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games. They will develop their technique and performance in a range of competitive sports and learn to perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles. They will take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team so as to dramatically build trust. They will also learn the skills necessary to analyse their previous performance in order to demonstrate improvement.