Years 7-9 (Key Stage 3)

At Years 7-9, the Secondary School offers a broad base of studies leading to the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

Secondary Years 7 – 9 Key Stage 3 Programme

At this level, Uplands aims to prepare students for higher education and their role in the world.

For this reason, a balanced variety of subjects is offered, all of which are taught in English, with the exception of foreign language classes.

Approximate homework load per day, by year group:

Year 7 : 3 subjects x 20 min: total time = 1 hour
Year 8 : 3 subjects x 25 min: total time = 1 hour and 15 minutes
Year 9 : 3 subjects x 30 min: total time = 1 hour and 30 minutes

Skills we Hope to Foster:

  • Effective interaction with others
  • Self-evaluation
  • Analysis (of evidence) Synthesis (of evidence)
  • Summary building
  • Target-setting
  • Positive recording
Key Stage 3 (KS3) outlines a three-year programme of study which runs through Years 7, 8 and 9. The aim of KS3 is to focus on the practical development of the skills needed to develop our students to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve; become confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives; and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Curriculum

The Curriculum is studied by all students at Key Stage 3 comprises: English, Mathematics, Science, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Bahasa May and another Modern Foreign Language (unless EAL), History, Geography, Art, Music, Drama, Physical Education and PSHE.

Assessment

Assessment of students’ work and progress takes place in lessons in an on-going manner both formally and informally. Students’ progress within a subject is monitored and measured against their potential which is determined by the data received on intake and any other forms of objective testing that take place during the key stage.

Assessment can take place in many ways throughout the year, including:

  • Teacher marking of class and homework
  • Self-marking and peer marking of students’ work
  • Tests completed in formal conditions
  • Assessments completed in lessons and/or homework
  • Examinations at the end of a module, year or Key Stage

Students are encouraged to be a part of the process, to reflect and learn from all assessment experiences in order to improve knowledge, skills and understanding.

At this level, Uplands aims to prepare students for higher education and their role in the world. For this reason, a balanced variety of subjects is offered, all of which are taught in English, with the exception of foreign language classes.