Secondary Curriculum Key Stage 3
Students follow the Key Stage 3 national curriculum for English. This covers all areas of reading, writing and spoken language. Within this curriculum, students will study two Shakespeare plays, read and write a variety of non-fiction and fiction texts, study seminal world literature such as Chaucer and Beowulf and participate in different areas of spoken language study including an individual presentation, formal debating and creating and performing play scripts.
In KS3 pupils cover a wide range of topics including map skills, countries and cities of the world as well as weather and climate in Year 7. In Year 8 population and settlement is covered as well as a study of the Norfolk Broads. In Year 9 tourism is studied as well studies of various forms of national disaster.
Students follow a two-year programme in Years 7 and 8 and then actually go onto to start the GCSE course in Year 9. They typically have four exercise book based lessons and one using an interactive website to which the school subscribes. This website, Mathletics, is accessible to the students out of school subject to the availability of appropriate technology. They are also set homework on a weekly basis.
In year 7 there is a local study involving crime and punishment in Norfolk as well as studying the Middle Ages. Year 8 covers the Tudors and Stuarts including studies of witchcraft as well as the Industrial Revolution. In year 9 both World Wars are studied as well as a study of the history of black people in America.
Pupils in KS3, follow a three-year course covering biology, chemistry and physics as laid out in the National Curriculum for Science. Learning is done through a mixture of handouts, practical work and assessments. All pupils have an individual folder in which their work is filed along with a record of the practicals they have completed.
Art & Design
In years 7,8 and 9 pupils work through a range of different projects which cover the subject areas of Fine Art, Sculpture, Graphics and Textiles, typically each lasting a half term. Within these projects, pupils are assessed on their development within a range of different skill areas including Research, Analysis, Communication of Ideas, Drawing skills and their ability to Personally Respond to artwork.
In KS3 pupils combine theory work relating to graphics, materials, production methods, Health and safety with a range of projects that allow them to use the skills that they have learnt in a practical way. They learn how to follow the design process from discovering a design problem all the way through to evaluating the final product that they have made. Pupils will also learn how to design and manufacture items with CAD/CAM, including how to design and create 3D items with our new 3D printer.
In KS3 pupils follow a scheme of work aligned with National Curriculum requirements. A variety of topics are covered, along with the underlying grammar. Pupils are taught throughout KS3 that learning foreign vocabulary is the flesh of a language and that grammar is the bones. Pupils are also taught in a cross-curricular way in order to reinforce their understanding of their own language. When appropriate, teaching focuses on the cultural differences and similarities between Germany and the United Kingdom, for example in the school systems.
In ICT pupils have a wide range of experience across all KS3 curriculum requirements. Pupils are introduced, at an early stage, to the computing curriculum, giving them an understanding that there is a huge difference between their end-user experience and actually designing and creating computing environments. As pupils progress through KS3, they are taught a variety of “real life” IT skills, from basic block programming, Binary coding, Python coding to website design and hardware maintenance. The Academy has also invested to ensure that pupils have access to the latest technology in order to assist their learning. E-Safety is always the key message during lessons. New advancements in IT are instilled in pupils as and when they happen in order to teach the pupils the speed of developments.
In KS3 RE covers most of the major world religions. However, in year 9 the preparation for GCSE begins with studies of ethical questions such as why is it hard to believe in God, and concepts of good and evil.
In PE pupils experience a broad range of activities that cover the curriculum areas. The focus is on development of individual technique and team skills that improve the student's social and emotional, as well as physical, skills.
In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils work through the curriculum bases around the Eaton Hall Citizenship Awards, which examine different areas of citizenship and PSHE through tasks that need to be completed to earn the award. Pupils develop understanding of themselves and others, tolerance and respect, their rights and how to be a safe member of the community.
Forest School is an opportunity to get outside in nature, explore one’s own creativity and work together. At Eaton Hall Academy all boys up until Year 9 have a double period of Forest School a week in our very own protected, ancient woodland. Led by Level 3 qualified staff, boys can decide to take part in an introduced activity; continue with existing projects; come up with new projects or just play.
During these sessions boys learn to collaborate, be creative, assess risk and resolve conflict.
As well as being good for physical health and learning about the natural environment, Forest School sessions have been shown to develop self-confidence, motivation, concentration and social and emotional skills.