Languages

Language books - French German SpanishAll schools teach at least one foreign language,

many offer two and some specialise in languages, so they can offer several.

The most common languages taught in our schools at Key Stage 3 (11 to 13 years of age) are French and German, closely followed by Spanish.

Some schools offer Italian, Chinese or Mandarin, or Russian, and possibly other languages such as Asian and Eastern European languages - you may be more likely to be offered some of these later on, from Year 9 onwards.

You'll learn:

  • to express your ideas and thoughts in another languageto listen, understand and reply to other speakers
  • to write in that language, using correct grammar and spelling
  • about the country's culture and new ways of thinking, as well as reading famous books written in the language. Classes will involve discussions and asking questions, and making sure you pronounce the words in the way native speakers do.

Geography

globeIs about the landscape and...

... how people live in it and use it

Physical geography is the study of rocks, different landscapes – coastal, rocky, mountainous, glacial (ice covered), river, lake and sea

Human geography looks at populations, emigration, transport, tourism, war and economic change; and the environment – resources, energy, conservation, pollution and waste.

Geography is about lots of different places, people, resources and environments, as well as how the Earth works.

As well as lessons, learning will involve collecting, analysing and writing about a range of data gathered on fieldwork (visiting different landscapes near your school and field trips to landscape further away.

You'll learn:

  • how the natural environment and the things humans do and make affect each other
  • how the Earth's landscape is continually shaped by reactions beneath its surface and what we humans do
  • about terrestrial (land) and marine (sea) and how the physical landscape is formed over time
  • what we humans do with the land, for example, farming and mining
  • how to use maps, atlases, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to find out about and write about what you've seen.

History

ScrollStarts with the history of Britain and...

...moves through the ages and on to World history

From the early times of the Celts, Romans, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and Normans, the Middle Ages, the Tudors and Stewarts and on to the industrial revolution, the Victorians and into the twentieth century.

It also covers World history, our affect on the World and other countries affect on us , including the French Revolution, emigration to America and its settlement, as well as modern World history, including our medical history and how the UK was shaped.

You'll learn:

  • about ancient civilisations; the expansion and collapse of empires and the development of societies. to understand historical concepts, so you understand continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • how to use these concepts to make connections, analyse trends and try to compare different periods and places in history
  • how to question different views of history, how these views were arrived when evidence is use differently
  • an understanding of the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Music

musical notesHave a go at performing, listening to, reviewing and evaluating (decide what makes good and bad) music...

...across a range of historical periods, types, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.

It won’t all be about classical music, there will be lessons on pop, rock, jazz, opera, world music, folk, ska and reggae, as well as theatre, film and TV music.

Singing and using your voice is part of the course too and if you want to, you can learn to play a musical instrument, as well as use technology to create and produce music.

You'll learn:

  • about different composers
  • how to write music (compose) on your own and with others
  • about musical terms and how to use them, such as pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo (rhythm), timbre (tone/sound), texture, structure and musical notations (different ways of writing music down).

English

Book pileRead lots of different books, poems and plays,

including Shakespeare

Understanding the meaning of what you're reading (comprehension) is an important part of English. As is developing your skills for finding evidence to support what you think what you're reading means.

You'll also get the chance to:

  • write your own stories, poems
  • express your own views about a topic in class and in an essay (article)
  • learn more about grammar and improve your spelling
  • become more confident in saying what you think by learning to give a short speech, perform short plays and take part in debates (argue your point of view).

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