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Making your GCSE choices

You can download the APS Options Guide here to find out about the courses you must study next year and those you can choose as options. 

After you have explored the possibilities, click here to make your choices. Please have your login details to hand to access the APS Options website – you will have received these at the Options Evening on Thursday 14th March.

We wish you all the best with your decision making.

Who will help me decide?

  • Although it's good to talk to your friends, do not make the mistake of choosing the same courses as them. Choose the courses for you.
  • Talk to the teachers that know you best - Form Tutor, Director of Studies.
  • Talk to the subject teachers and ask them what they think.

Key Staff

If you have any questions relating to your options, please use the contact details below.

Mr Silverman (Deputy Headteacher) - dsilverman@alexandrapark.school
Ms Falola (KS4 Co-ordinator) afalola@alexandrapark.school
Ms Simon (Director of Studies) csimon@alexandrapark.school
Ms Perry (Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion) kperry@alexandrapark.school

Resources

Below are some links to further information which may help you decide which options to choose.

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Careers Education at Alexandra Park School

Overview

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 Year 12 Year 13
Citizenship lesson on the labour market and careers          
Careers Assemblies    
Careers Related lesson during National Careers Week
Careers Advisors at Student Progress Days
Register and use startprofile          
One to one career coaching for those making subject choices          
Careers Fair      
Open Evening for Subject choices          
Information on post-school options    
Opportunities to attend university open days        
Opportunities for Work Experience          
Opportunities to take part in Enterprise activities            
Opportunity to access mentoring for medical careers          
Support with Personal Statements and CVs          
Download the Annual Careers Plan

 

Focus / Activities

All students will have access to assemblies on the subject of careers advice and subject choices. Throughout the year, and at subject teachers’ discretion, parents and alumni will be invited into the classrooms to hold sessions on careers in specific industries.   Work Related Learning is also delivered across the curriculum and there is a specific focus on preparing for future education and employment in citizenship lessons.

Key Stage 3

In addition to the above students in Year 8 will take part in a careers themed day and in Year 9 students have the opportunity to attend a careers fair in school.  The Year 9 Options process includes an evening for parents, a separate assembly for students and all students have an individual guidance appointment with an independent careers adviser.  Students will also have the opportunity to take part in careers themed educational visits.

Key Stage 4

All Year 11 students will have a personal interview with a careers advisor.  There is also a careers guidance ‘clinic’ focussing on interviews for Year 11 students (which is available to students in Year 10 too).  Students in Years 10 and 11 have access to work experience placements where appropriate. 

In addition, we hold a Sixth Form Open Evening for students and parents to prepare student for post-16 progression.  All students in Year 11 receive two personal Information, Advice and Guidance Appointments with senior staff and the sixth form team to discuss their options for post-16 study.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 numerous opportunities are promoted for students to gain knowledge and experience of a wide range of specific careers.  In addition to events outside school, speakers and representatives from varied employment areas are invited into school to present to and meet with students.   All students in Year 12 will have a personal interview with a careers advisor and all students are encouraged and supported to arrange and attend work experience placements.  

Once examinations have been completed in June of Year 12 the enrichment programme focusses almost entirely upon preparing for progression with a particular (but not exclusive) focus upon university applications.  Support includes a Higher Education Evening for parents, visits to universities and the opportunity to attend briefings / Q&A sessions with Admissions Tutors and subject experts from City University, KCL, LSE and Oxbridge and UCL which are arranged in school.  Many students also participate in preparatory programmes organised by top universities for specific subject areas for example LSE Choice Pathways to Law, Target Medicine and The Brilliant Club.

Resources

General careers advice including support for choosing a career, writing a CV and completing job applications

https://www.mykindafuture.com/
http://www.prospects.ac.uk
http://www.notgoingtouni.co.uk

Work experience

http://www.work-experience.org/
http://www.my-work-experience.com

Apprenticeships

http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk/
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/
http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/EducationAndLearning/14To19/OptionsAt16/DG_4001327

Gap Years

http://www.yearoutgroup.org/
http://www.gapyeardirectory.co.uk/

Year in Industry / Headstart

http://www.etrust.org.uk/

For further information, please contact the APS Careers Leader Tony Cummisky on 020 8826 5011  or email tcummisky@alexandrapark.school 

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Sixth Form revision sessions 2019

These are our scheduled revision sessions for the summer exams.  Please make sure that you confirm your attendance with your teacher.

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Sixth form revision sessions 2019
0 Date Day Time Subject 1 Y12 or Y13 Staff Room
Spring 2 03/03/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Spanish Oral Prep 13 EDE
Spring 2 24/03/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm French Oral Prep 13 TBL
Spring 2 30/03/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Spanish Writing & Translation 13 EDE
Easter Holidays 06/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Photography 13 NDY/NBE/TKA
Easter Holidays 06/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Textiles 13 JCA/FGS G14
Easter Holidays 09/04/2019 Tuesday 9am-1pm Chemistry Paper 1 Y13 JRA S5
Easter Holidays 10/04/2019 Wednesday 9am-1pm Classics Y12 and Y13 PSH 105
Easter Holidays 12/04/2019 Friday 9am-1pm Chemistry Y12 and Y13 JRA S5
Easter Holidays 15/04/2019 Monday 9am-1pm Physics Y13 JMA S17
Easter Holidays 16/04/2019 Tuesday 9am-1pm Chemistry Paper 2 Y13 JRA S5
Easter Holidays 16/04/2019 Tuesday 1pm-5pm Mandarin Paper 1 Y12 and Y13 SMA 210
Easter Holidays 17/04/2019 Wednesday 9am-1pm Classics Y12 and Y13 PSH 105
Summer 1 27/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm English - Tragedy 13 CPE
Summer 1 27/04/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Mandarin Paper 4 Y12 and Y13 SMA 210
Summer 1 28/04/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm SPANISH SPEAKING 13 EDE/TDA 208
Summer 1 28/04/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Drama 13 MVA
Summer 1 04/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Art 13 NDY/NBE/TKA
Summer 1 11/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm English Soc. & Pol. Prot. Writ. 13 CPE/TWA
Summer 1 11/05/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Bus BTEC Paper 3 Yr 12 and 13 MFL/RDE 214
Summer 1 11/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Business BTEC Paper 3 Yr 12 and 13 MFL/RDE 214
Summer 1 11/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Politics Paper 2 13 DSA 111
Summer 1 12/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Classics 13 PSH 105
Summer 1 18/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Economics 13 IST 218
Summer 1 18/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Classics 13 CBC
Summer 1 18/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Politics Ideologies Pap. 1 & 2 13 CBE
Summer 1 18/05/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Business Paper 1 Yr 13 LPO 217
Summer 1 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm SPANISH LISTENING/READING/TRAN 13 EDE/TDA 208
Summer 1 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm FRENCH LISTENING READING/TRANS 13 TBL/SMI 207
Summer 1 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm History 13 TCL
Summer 1 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Drama 13 MVA
Summer 1 19/05/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 2 Yr13 TCU 214
Summer 1 25/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Mandarin Paper 2 Y12 and Y13 SMA 210
Half Term 30/05/2019 Thursday 9am-1pm RS - Philosophy of Religion Year 13 NKE 109
Summer 2 01/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Business Studies Paper 2 Y12 and Y13 TCM 214
Summer 2 01/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths - A2 P1 Y13 and 12D1 VBH/JBA 303, 319
Summer 2 01/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm History 13 TBC
Summer 2 01/06/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Computer Science 13 JBA
Summer 2 01/06/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Economics Paper 3 Yr 13 TCM 214
Summer 2 02/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Further Maths Yr13 JBA
Summer 2 02/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Philsophy Year 13 CBE 109
Summer 2 02/06/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Media Studies Paper 1 12 & 13 SKE 114
Summer 2 02/06/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Business Paper 3 yr 13 TCU 214
Summer 2 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths- A2 P2 Y13 and 12D1 VBH/JBA 303, 319
Summer 2 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm US Politics Year 13 DSI
Summer 2 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Classics 13 CBC
Summer 2 08/06/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Media Studies Paper 2 12 & 13 SJS 112
Summer 2 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm History 13 PSH 105
Summer 2 09/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Maths- A2 P3 Y13 and 12D1 VBH/JBA 303, 319
Summer 2 09/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Philsophy Year 13 NKE 109
Summer 2 16/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Further Maths Yr 13 JBA

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Y11 Passport to Success 2018/19

There are many revision sessions, running across all subjects between now and the summer exams.  This list is updated weekly, so please check back regularly.

Weekly revision sessions | Saturday and holiday revision sessions

Weekly revision sessions

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Passport to Success - 2019 revision sessions
Day Time Subject Targeted Students Staff Room
Monday 3:30-4:30 Business Studies and Economics Any IST 218
Monday 3.15-4.30 Art All NDY 309
Monday 3.15-5.00 Product Any LPE/RAN/LHR G13/10
Monday Lunch Drama Mr Deer's Group Any EDR P11
Monday Lunch Drama Miss Vasey's Group Any MVA 125
Monday 3.20-4.20 PE Any BCO EW02
Monday 1.20-2.00 Physics Any JMA S08
Monday 3.20-4.20 Chemistry Intervention students NAL S5
Tuesday 3:20-4:20 English All students who have signed up + intervention group
Tuesday After school Geography All KGR EW06
Tuesday 3.15-4.30 Textiles All FGA G14
Tuesday After school Music Mr Bragoli's group Composition Coursework MBA P12
Tuesday 3.15-5 Product Any LPE/RAN/LHR G13/10
Tuesday After School History Underachieving boys TCL 115
Tuesday After School Drama Those not in English MVA 117
Wednesday 8.00-8.45 RS Targeted NRI 109
Wednesday After school Music Ms Stephens' group Composition Coursework SST P12
Wednesday 3.15-4.30 Art All NBE 314
Wednesday 3.15-5 Product Any LPE/RAN/LHR G13/10
Wednesday 3.15-4.15 Physics Any LDA S10
Wednesday 3.15-4.15 PE Any RHA EW02
Wednesday 1.20 -2.00 Chemistry Any RJO S15
Wednesday 1.20 -2.00 Mandarin Underachieving students SJM 210
Thursday after school Maths starting October 4th
Thursday after school ICT All AFA 219
Thursday 3.15-5.00 Product Any LPE/RAN/LHR G13/10
Thursday 1.30-1.55 Biology any PSA S22
Thursday 1.30-1.55 Mandarin Underachieving students SJM 210
Friday 1:30-1:55 English re-read of J&H Students who signed up KJB 203
Friday 3.15-5.00 Product Any LPE/RAN/LHR G13/10

Saturday and holiday revision sessions

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Passport to Success - 2019 Saturday and holiday revision sessions
Month Period Date Day Time Subject Targeted Students Staff Room
April Easter 06/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Physics Paper 1 All JDA S10
April Easter 08/04/2019 Monday 9am-1pm Physics Paper 1 All JDA S10
April Easter 09/04/2019 Tuesday 9am-1pm History All PSH 105
April Easter 09/04/2019 Tuesday 9am-1pm History all EED 115
April Easter 10/04/2019 Wednesday 9am-1pm Physics Paper 1 Separate Science JDA S10
April Easter 10/04/2019 Wednesday 9am-1pm Geography All (Max. 50) DSH 101
April Easter 11/04/2019 Thursday 9am-1pm Chemistry paper 1 All JRA S5
April Easter 12/04/2019 Friday 9am-1pm History TCL class only TCL
April Easter 15/04/2019 Monday 9am-1pm Classics All PSH and CBC 105 and 223
April Easter 16/04/2019 Tuesday 9am-1pm Mandarin Speaking Appointment SJM 210
April Easter 18/04/2019 Thursday 9am-1pm Chemistry paper 2 All JRA S5
April Easter 18/04/2019 Thursday 9am-1pm Drama (2pm-5pm) All EDR/MVA 101/125
April Easter 19/04/2019 Friday 9am-1pm Mandarin Speaking Appointment SJM 210
April Easter 19/04/2019 Friday 9am-1pm ICT All MCE 315
April Easter 20/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm French Speaking All TBL 207
April Weekend 27/04/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Art All All Art Rooms
April Weekend 28/04/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Media Studies (p2) ALL SKE Media
April Weekend 28/04/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm French Speaking appointments BMA Languages room
May Weekend 04/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Textiles All JCA & FGA G14
May Weekend 04/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Drama All MVA 125
May Weekend 05/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Spanish Speaking / French listening, writing and literary text ALL EDE/TDS/JHE 208/211
May Weekend 05/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Drama All EDR 101
May Weekend 11/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm ICT Summer entires AFA & MCE 117
May Weekend 11/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm PE -Theory PE GCSE BCO/RHA EWO2
May Weekend 12/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm RS ALL NKE 101/109
May Weekend 12/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm SPANISH and FRENCH List/Reading/Writing ALL TBL/TDS/BMA 207/208
May Weekend 18/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths All All Maths Rooms
May Weekend 18/05/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths All All Maths Rooms
May Weekend 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm RS All NKE 101/109
May Weekend 19/05/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Geography All East Wing
May Weekend 19/05/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Business All LPO/RDE 217/218
May Weekend 19/05/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Mandarin Listening&Reading All SJM 210
May Half Term 25/05/2019 Saturday 1pm - 3pm Mandarin All SJM 210
June Weekend 01/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Music All All Music Rooms
June Weekend 01/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm History All History rooms
June Weekend 01/06/2019 Saturday 1pm-5pm Business All IST/MFL 217/218
June Weekend 02/06/2019 Sunday 1pm-5pm Media Studies (p1) All SKE 112
June Weekend 02/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Geography All East Wing
June Weekend 02/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Maths All All Maths Rooms
June Weekend 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths All All Maths Rooms
June Weekend 08/06/2019 Saturday 9am-1pm Maths All All Maths Rooms
June Weekend 09/06/2019 Sunday 9am-1pm Media Studies (p2) All SKE 112

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Curriculum Changes - AS and A2

New AS/A levels from 2015/16

As part of the government’s education reforms, AS/A level courses will start to change from September 2015.  In the first year, many of our most popular courses will be changing – art, biology, chemistry, economics, English, history, photography, physics, psychology, sociology and textiles.  In subsequent years more subjects will be reformed.

The main principles of the reform are as follows:

Key changes

  • The biggest change relates to the relationship between AS and A levels.  These qualifications will be entirely separate, although there will be significant overlap in content.  Results in AS examinations will not count towards a final A level grade. 
  • Students will need to complete A level examinations at the end of Year 13 in all units for which examinations were taken at AS.
  • Resits of specific units will not be available – to complete a qualification, students must sit examinations in all units in a single summer examination series.
  • Assessment will be by examination as much as possible.  In phase one coursework will be removed from all subjects apart from English and history (20% in each), art, photography and textiles (100%).  There will also be an element of practical assessment in sciences. 

Continuity

  • Grading will remain the same i.e.  A* - E for A level, and A – E for AS.
  • In 2015/16 students will continue to complete AS level examinations at the end of Year 12 and A level examinations at the end of Year 13.    
  • The level of demand of AS is intended to be the same as the current qualifications.
  • Most students will continue to pursue 4 courses in Year 12 and all will still be required to complete at least 3 courses in Year 13.
  • Universities will consider AS grades when making decisions regarding course offers.

There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example the requirement that all students study a period of at least 200 years in history and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the awarding of marks in all subjects.  Further details of changes in individual subjects are included in our Curriculum Guide as soon as they are available. 

It is important to note that some aspects of these proposals are subject to further discussion between the government, Ofqual and the examinations boards and could be changed prior to implementation.

Timescale for AS/A level reform 2015 - 2019

1Phase 1 - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Physics Psychology, Sociology

2Phase 2 (from Sept 2016) - Drama, Geography, MFL, Music, RS

3Phase 3 (from Sept 2017) - Classics, DT, Maths, Media, Politics / All others

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Curriculum Changes - GCSE

New GCSEs from 2015/16

As part of the government’s education reforms, GCSE courses will start to change from September 2015.  In the first year, only English and maths GCSE will be changing.  In subsequent years more subjects will be reformed.

The main principles of the reform are as follows:

  • ‘New’ GCSEs will follow a linear structure – all exams will be taken in the summer of Year 11.  Resits will not be available (apart from in November for students in Y12 or above).
  • Coursework will be removed from almost all subjects, including English in the first year of reform.  Assessment will be conducted by external examiners as much as possible (some subjects in later phases of reform, such as geography and the sciences will retain a fieldwork or practical element).
  • ‘New’ GCSEs will be graded using numbers rather than letters – the diagram below shows how this is currently intended to work.
  • Tiered examinations (i.e. availability of foundation and higher level) will not generally be available.  In the first phase of reform tiers have been removed from English, but kept in maths (where the foundation tier will offer the opportunity for students to achieve  grades 1-4, and the higher tier will access grades 5 –9).

There will also be content changes in many subjects, for example the requirement that all students study a nineteenth century novel in English, and other assessment changes such as a greater focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar in the awarding of marks.  Further details of changes in individual subjects are included in our Curriculum Guide as soon as they are available.

Current intentions for new GCSE grading structure

9 to 1 gcse

Timescale for GCSE reform 2015-2019

1Phase 1 (from Sept 2015) - English and Maths

2Phase 2 (from Sept 2016) - Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, French, Geography, History, MFL, Music, PE, Physics, RS, Science, Spanish

3Phase 3 (from Sept 2017) - Business, Classics, DT, Mandarin, Media, Turkish / All others

GCSE curriculum change guidance

Department for Education Guide to new GCSE grading (9-1)

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Key Stage 4 Homework Timetable

Homework must be set on the days indicated on this timetable every week.

Student timetables will indicate which subject is in the relevant block e.g. 11/Ar is art in block C.

Year 11 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday 
Friday
Option D
Science
Option C Maths Option B Option A
English
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
IT CiDA
Land
Mandarin GCSE
Media Studies GCSE
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
French GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music BTEC
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Textiles
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
IT CiDA
Life Skills
Music GCSE
PE Coaching
RS GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
Food & Catering Tech
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music GCSE
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Turkish GCSE
Year 10 Homework
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Option D English Option B
Science
Option A Option C
Maths
Option Groups
Option A Option B Option C Option D

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
French GSCE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Hospitality & Catering
Land
Media Studies GCSE
PE BTEC
Product Design GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE
Spanish GCSE
Textiles GCSE

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
Rrench GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music BTEC
PE GCSE
Product Design GCSE
Spanish GCSE

Art GCSE
Business Studies GCSE
Computing GCSE
Drama GCSE
French GCSE
Functional Skills
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
Music BTEC
PE GCSE
Religious Studies GCSE
Spanish GCSE

Business Studies GCSE
French GCSE
Geography GCSE
History GCSE
ICT CiDA
Life Skills
Media Studies GCSE
Music GCSE
Product Design GCSE
RS GCSE
Turkish GCSE
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Key Stage 3 Homework Timetable

Core Subjects (Years 7, 8 and 9)

English
One piece per week
Maths
One piece per week 
Science
Regular short homework tasks and one larger homework set every 4-6 weeks

In most other subjects, homework will be set once per fortnight as follows:

 
Week 1
Week 2
Year 7
DT, Geography, History Drama, ICT, Languages, RS
Year 8
Geography, ICT, Languages Drama, DT, History, RS 
Year 9
Drama, ICT, Languages, RS DT, Geography, HIstory 

In PE, revision for theory tests will be set at regular intervals.

Art and Music will each set project-based activites every term.

In addition, a piece of homework from citizenship will be set each half term.

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Key Stage 4 Curriculum

APS has an ever-changing curriculum to cater for our students' needs and the changing curriculum.  The Curriculum Guides explain the qualifications.  You will need to select the correct course guide for your child's year to see qualifications available and assessment for that year.

Curriculum Changes for Year 10 - Click for more information
From September 2015, a new grading system will be introduced.  Students will be awarded a grade from 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest.  All new GCSEs will be fully linear with assessment at the end of year 11 and content not divided into modules.  Examinations will only be available in the summer.  Currently this will only apply to Mathematics and English.  Other subjects will be reformed in future years.
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Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Parent Guide to new KS3 reports

There have been a number of changes to the Key Stage 3 curriculum recently. Our aim is to provide students with a broad, balanced and challenging curriculum that fosters a love of learning and enables all students to reach their academic potential.  We build on students’ achievements in Key Stage 2 to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge, skills and understanding, preparing them thoroughly for the end of Key Stage tasks, tests and assignments in Year 9 and for taking GCSE and Vocational courses at KS4.

Each year within Key Stage 3 has a different emphasis:

07 In Year 7 the focus is on reinforcing and strengthening numeracy and literacy skills; establishing high expectations and developing students’ enthusiasm and independence for learning.

08 In Year 8 the focus is on maintaining high expectations, developing students’ self-motivation by providing students with a very wide range of learning opportunities including the world beyond school and raising the level of challenge to stretch the most able.

09 In Year 9 the focus is on preparation for the end of Key Stage tests or assignments, preparing students for the demands of GCSEs and on making choices for Key Stage 4.

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum at Alexandra Park School is broad, balanced and reflects the aims and ethos of the school:

  • English, Maths and Science – the core subjects – are given priority time.
  • History, Geography and Religious Studies – are taught separately but provide opportunities for collaboration.
  • Modern Languages form a major part of the curriculum with every student allocated to study one of two languages: French or Spanish, during Key Stage 3. All Year 7 students experience Mandarin lessons once a fortnight and provision for Years 8 and 9 has been increased to two and three hours respectively and now also includes a KS4 GCSE option. There is also the opportunity for students to study Turkish GCSE.
  • Performing Arts – the importance of Performing Arts is reflected in the time allocated.   Every student will study Music and Drama every week.  
  • Physical Education – is given time each week to allow team sports and individual skills to be developed in conjunction with a wide and impressive range of extra-curricular activities, including trampolining, cheer-leading, dodge ball, climbing and handball.
  • Art and Design – has a high profile in the school with specialist rooms offering access to a wide range of materials including photography, printing and sculpture.
  • Design and Technology – All students have the opportunity to study Food and Nutrition, Textiles and Product Design in a suite of specialist rooms.
  • Computer Science – is delivered through weekly lessons in Years 7, 8 and 9.  KS3 assessment is based on an e-portfolio and is offered at GCSE and Advanced level.
  • Astronomy – is offered in Year 9 as an after school subject. GCSE Astronomy provides students who are fascinated by the night sky with an opportunity to explore, measure and describe the continuing exploration of the Universe in which we live, while also developing important scientific enquiry skills. Students will cover four main topics, which include: The Earth Moon and Sun, Planetary Systems, Stars, Galaxies and Cosmology. The course will be assessed through one two-hour examinationd containing a variety of multiple-choice, short and extended answer questions. Students will also complete two observational projects; one using simple astronomical instruments, such as a telescope, and the other with naked eye or unaided observations.
  • Citizenship / Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) - is delivered by a specialist team of teachers in all key stages.  Topics include: Government and Politics, Rights and Responsibilities, Sex Education, Drugs Education and Careers.
  • Literacy and Numeracy are delivered across the curriculum in all years. A range of strategies are employed to provide additional support for students who have not achieved level 4 in Maths and English by the end of Year 6. The school also has a designated Literacy team and base room. The team is responsible for delivering Lexia, reading programmes aimed at identified groups and ‘Thinking Reading.’ Additionally, the  ‘Accelerated Reading’ programme is delivered to all KS3 classes through fortnightly library lessons; matching reading ability with appropriately challenging books and rewarding completion and comprehension of texts.

There are also opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the timetabled curriculum. Astronomy GCSE is a popular option in year 9 and Latin from year 7.

With every unit of work, in every subject, students will experience a wide range of teaching and learning styles.  This will include individual and group work, whole class teaching, oral presentations or written reports, creative work and opportunities to make choices and have control over what they learn.  Students will be encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, developing excellent independent learning skills, so that they become less reliant on input from teachers.

Homework

Key Stage 3 students will be set pieces of work that encourage independent learning skills and, in particular, skills to: preview and summarise information, use a number of different sources, organise and plan work and improve presentation.  Students are encouraged to transfer skills between subject areas, see mistakes as part of the learning process, set challenging targets and aim to achieve the best possible work. Students will get homework in English, Maths and Science every week and will also be set an additional lengthier piece of work or project from another area of the curriculum.

Homework support is offered within Department areas. The school library also offers a quiet area to study before and after school and during lunchtime.

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