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St Benedict's Catholic School

St Benedict's
Catholic School

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Students at St. Benedict’s study a broad range of subjects during Year 7, 8 and 9, developing a deep understanding in each subject area with the aim of preparing them for the next stage in their lives. There is a strong focus on the core subjects of Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and students begin preparation for the study of the Ebacc selection of qualifications at Key Stage 4. All students study History, Geography and French, with the majority of students beginning a second Modern Foreign Language, Spanish, in Year 8.

Students also get the opportunity to develop their knowledge of and skills in the creative arts, studying Art and the three disciplines of Design and Technology: Product Design, Resistant Materials and Food Nutrition. In addition to this students spend time learning the performing arts of Drama and Music alongside Computer Science and Physical Education.

St Benedict's school is proud to offer an enriched and broad curriculum at Key Stage 3 and, in addition to the traditional subjects on offer, students in Year 7 study Classics, and from September 2021, First Aid and Latin. This will be lead to lessons in Migration, Conservation and Oratory for students in Year 8, giving students both the cultural capital and communication skills to progress to and succeed in the next stage of their lives.

 

Key Stage 3 - hours per fortnight

Subject Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Maths 6 6 6
English 7 6* 6*
Science 6 6 6
RE 5 5 5
French 4 5* 5*
History 4 4 4
Geography 4 4 4
Art 3 2 2
Computing 1 2 2
DT 2 2 3
Drama 2 2 2
Music 2 2 2
PE 4 4 4

 * Students study 3 periods of French and 2 of Spanish in 4 of 6 teaching groups. In the remaining two students study French for 4 hours and have an extra hour of English.

** As part of St Benedict's Design and Technology  curriculum, students spend a term studying Product Design, Resistant Materials or Food Nutrition in each year of Key Stage 3.