The Key Stage 3 Curriculum
Pupils in Key Stage 3 are aged between 11 and 14 years of age. At Key Stage 3 pupils build on the work they have undertaken in Key Stage 2 to enhance their skills, personal development and prepare for increased personal responsibility and interactions within the community.
During Key Stage 3 pupils are based within their own class groups for most lessons. For PE sessions, pupils are grouped according to their needs which enables for progression and participation in team activities as appropriate. Pupils take part in Functional Skills lessons which integrate Mathematics, English, and ICT with some elements of PSHE. There are additional English, PSHE/Citizenship, Maths and Business Maths lessons. Business Maths and Enterprise lessons are accredited internally for pupils in Year 9 at a level appropriate to the pupil, Entry 1,2 or 3.
Enterprise education runs through all curriculum areas and there is a specific Enterprise lesson. All pupils in the Secondary Phase take part in a themed Business and Enterprise Project for half a day each week. The Business and Enterprise Project provides opportunities for pupils across the secondary phase to work on the same project for one lesson each week. Each term has a focus covering 6 areas. Technology and the Media, Community Participation, Identify and Cultural Diversity, Creativity and Critical Thinking, Healthy Lifestyles, Global Dimension and Sustainable Development
Creative Arts, Health Education and Humanities are taught through thematic units as are Science and Computing. The themes encompass effective content which is delivered in engaging and inspiring ways. Food Technology is incorporated within Design and Technology. The school garden is the focus for planting, growing and harvesting produce which is then used in the planning, preparing and cooking of a range of savoury recipes.
Modern Foreign Languages
There is a requirement to teach a Modern Foreign Language at Key Stage 3 unless disapplied. The school has adopted Spanish as the official second language. The school will have focused sessions periodically during the year which will begin with experiential activities and will lead to introduction to vocabulary as appropriate to the level of understanding of each pupil.
The Teaching of Phonics in The Bridge
We follow ‘Letters and Sounds’ a systematic, synthetic phonics programme that is used to support children with their reading and spelling.
Stage1: All pupils will experience aspects of this stage as appropriate to their needs, for example experiencing sounds, during stories, music making and body percussion.
Stage 2: Is used with individual pupils who have reached a secure P4 in reading moving towards P5.
Further phases are used with individual pupils as appropriate.
Other resources may be used to support the teaching of phonics:
Emphasis is always on MAKATON alphabet signs to ensure consistency for pupils (As advised by Primary English Teaching and Learning Specialist, for Telford)
ICT resources, including iPAD Apps, are used when it is complimentary to other methods and appropriate to the pupil.