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Science Lesson Upper School
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Upper School Choice - chess

Curriculum: Years 7, 8 & 9

High expectations

We provide a curriculum that is challenging motivating and encourages creativity – in all subjects. We want our students to be active participants in their own learning.  We value high level thinking and learning in and out of the classroom and make our high expectations known and achievable. Those with different abilities are valued and we help to develop their self-esteem.  We help to develop social responsibility within and beyond the school.

Years 6 – 8

Our new curriculum for years 6 – 8 prioritises these critical years in early adolescence which are often overlooked in British schools. We have created an innovative and balanced learning experience with powerful opportunities for personal growth. We combine exciting ‘Interdisciplinary Enquiries’ with rich single subject learning and a vibrant co-curricular programme. All this is underpinned by the Crew structure which supports pastoral and academic development.

Year 9

Year 9 is the transition between the 6-8 curriculum and GCSEs. Courses showcase and utilise the skills and knowledge the students have acquired in previous years.

Achieving their potential

We aim to ensure that children can progress and achieve their individual potential. The curriculum is the development of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual knowledge and experience.  We aim to provide a secure environment in which all children are encouraged to be inquisitive, discuss ideas and listen to each other without fear, over-anxiety or pressure of external tests. We want to produce confident young people who develop into independent learners.  We work in a partnership between home and school.

Choice

All students have ‘Choice’ on either a Wednesday or Friday afternoon which brings students from different year groups to learn new skills and have an opportunity to do subjects beyond the curriculum. These may include, for example, Photography, Sailing, Skateboarding, Bouldering, Film studies, Cooking, Football, Hockey, Song and Dance, Costume, Art project in a special school, or helping in KAS Lower School.

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