KS3 CURRICULUM INFORMATION

Personalised Curriculum

At Forest Hill we tailor every boy’s curriculum offer to suit his needs.  We organise the groupings for different curriculum areas slightly differently, depending on the needs of the curriculum.

In Maths, and later on in PE, we set the boys so that they can learn and be challenged by boys of similar abilities.

In the EBACC subjects of MFL, History, Geography and Science, the boys are streamed into one of three types of group according to their ability and need for support, with each being tailored accordingly. These are the Accelerated, Core and Explorer groups.

In the remaining subjects, students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

We believe this provides the best possible curriculum offer for our students.

Year 7 Curriculum

Subject Periods Groupings
English 3 Tutor groups
Maths 4 Set after October half term, begin in tutor groups
Science 4 Streamed after October half term, begin in tutor groups
Art/DT 1 House groupings
Computer Science 1 Tutor groups
Dance/Drama 1 Tutor groups
Humanities 3 Streamed after October half term, begin in tutor groups
Library 1 Tutor groups
MFL 3 Streamed after October half term, begin in tutor groups
Music 1 Tutor groups
RE 1 Tutor groups
PE 2 Tutor groups

 

Year 8 and 9 Curriculum

Subject Periods Groupings
English 3 Tutor groups
Maths 4 Sets
Science 4 Streamed into Accelerated, Core or Explorer groups
Art/DT 1 House groupings
Computer Science 1 Tutor groups
Dance/Drama 1 Tutor groups
Geography 2 Streamed into Accelerated, Core or Explorer groups
History 3 Streamed into Accelerated, Core or Explorer groups
Library 1 Tutor groups
MFL 2 Streamed into Accelerated, Core or Explorer groups
Music 1 Tutor groups
RE 1 Tutor groups
PE 2 Tutor groups

 

Year 7 Support

Students who come into Year 7 below the expected standard at KS2 are given a range of support to ensure they make rapid progress.  This support includes:

1 – The Explorer Curriculum – students are taught in a small group for MFL, History, Geography and Science and are taught in intensive short term projects focusing on one area to help the boys make excellent progress.  The curriculum includes a heavy focus on literacy and numeracy.

2 – Small group interventions in English and Maths – students are taught in small groups for English and Maths to ensure that they are given the correct support.

3 – Library lessons intervention – the weekly library lesson is an excellent opportunity to target students who need extra support with reading.

How to support your son at home

We know that parents are keen for their son to excel at school and would like to be able to support them in any way they can.  The Curriculum Information Document contains information you will find useful.

It is designed to give you an overview of the information that you need to support your son throughout the school.

To help you do this, we have included the following for both Key Stage 3 and 4:

  • Curriculum Map – what topics and skills will be studied and when
  • Assessment  overview– key marked work and tests
  • Key Stage 3 key words – a list of subject-specific vocabulary which you can help your son to learn
  • How parents can help at home
  • Assessment criteria (grade descriptors)

A crucial part of your son’s success at Forest Hill is parental involvement and engagement with the curriculum, so please talk to them about the subjects they are studying, encourage them to do the activities suggested at home and test their understanding of the different key words and key skills through the year.