Preparatory - Key Stage 3

Age 11-14

The purpose of Key Stage 3 is to build on the foundations of learning from Key Stage 2 aiming to prepare students for further education such as the iGCSEs. We aim to create positive learning environments which encourage students to develop and excel in addition to exploring their talents and aspirations.

Pupils in KS3 in The Phoenix Private School follow courses based on the National Curriculum, with elements from the Arabic/Islamic curriculum. Students study a wide range of subjects from the British curriculum in addition to either Arabic or French. In this way, students receive a broad and balanced bicultural education which prepares them effectively for further study in either system and for the demands of everyday life.

Typical timings of KS3 lessons: (subject to change)

  • 07:20-07:50: Registration with the Form Tutor
  • 07:55-08:55: Lesson 1
  • 09:00-10:00: Lesson 2
  • 10:00-10:15: Break
  • 10:20-11:10: Lesson 3
  • 11:15-12:05: Lesson 4
  • 12:05-12:35: Lunch
  • 12:40-13:30: Lesson 5
  • 13:35- 14:25: Lesson 6

Overall assessments in KS3:

In order to provide the best support to our students, we will be using a wide range of assessments to help consolidate knowledge learnt in the classroom. These assessments will be in the form of formative assessments (ongoing assessments which could take place in class, through homework and projects) and summative assessments (end of unit and end of term assessments.) Records will be kept by each subject teacher and the overall result of these assessments will be reflected as a KS3 level.


Homework is set to help reinforce class work and to give pupils the experience of working on their own. Homework is an important part of learning that can help develop a sense of responsibility, commitment and pride in a student’s learning. Consequently, we expect every piece of homework to be done by the student. The role of parents, guardians or siblings in supporting pupils with their homework is important, however the homework must be a reflection of the student’s ability.

Students are expected to hand in all the homework on time in a tidy, legible and organised form. They are also responsible for seeking clarification from the teacher on any part of their homework they do not fully understand.

All subjects will be setting regular homework. These will range from homework that is due the following day, to long-term assignments that may require one or two weeks. The nature of the work will vary between subjects and the student is responsible for taking a note of these details in their planners, or visiting eSchools for information.

Failure to hand in homework on time will lead to an automatic sanction (see Behaviour policy in School Handbook). A student that has a valid reason for non-completion of homework must have a note in their planner from a parent or guardian which is signed and dated. Persistent failure to complete homework will be brought to the attention of the Key Stage Leader.

Homework guidance for Parents and Guardians:

Homework in years 7, 8 and 9 can at times be challenging and requires time. We strongly recommend that children spend regular time on homework and not leave it until the day before it is due. Children will often tell parents they do not have homework when they do have homework typically due in the next day, and so we recommend checking their planners. We also recommend starting pieces of homework early so as to give the student enough time to ask any relevant questions they may have of the teachers in advance.

Many parents choose to enhance their child’s learning with after school tutors. Often the tutors input helps complete the student’s homework to a good standard but does not help the student’s learning. Please make sure the tutor is teaching your child rather than helping them complete the homework.

Parents and Guardians should make sure their child’s school planner is signed weekly, and is checked for communication with teachers. Together we can support our pupils in becoming organized and committed to their own learning.


English Language and Literature at KS3:


The aim of English Language is to develop the students’ skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Lessons are based around different topics, such as Autobiography, Newspapers and Fables. Through these themes, the students learn different skills such as spelling, punctuation and grammar as well as structuring longer answers and varying sentences.

Students learn to express themselves creatively and confidently to a range of audiences and for different purposes. English Language at Key Stage 3 prepares children for the rigorous studies at IGCSE and IB courses that follow.

English Literature aims to provide the students with the skills to critically engage with literature in the English language, but also nurture a love for reading and for literature in general. Students will explore novels, short stories, poems and plays from a range of different genres. The main skills involved in the study of English Literature are making inferences, referring to evidence in a text and explain arguments, and comparing themes across novels and across different mediums.


English Language and English Literature will be assessed through formative assessment throughout the year. These will range from end of unit assessments where pupils demonstrate the skills learned, in 40 minute exams to longer projects which allow students time to edit and review their work.

English Language and Literature overview: (subject to change)

Year 7Year 8Year 9
About Me: Autobiography Newspapers: Reporting Speech Referencing and writing longer essays
Roald Dahl: Boy Novel: Ender’s Game John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
Spooky Stories: Descriptive Language Stories from the World: Writing children’s stories Narrative Writing: Genres and Audiences
Edgar Allan Poe and Roald Dahl: Tell Tale Heart and the Raven Novel: Lord of the Flies William Shakespeare: Hamlet
Advertisement: Persuasive Language Public Speaking: writing speeches
Introduction to Shakespeare William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet Exam Technique and understanding Mark Schemes

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Maths at KS3:


In KS3 mathematics pupils are encouraged to improve and expand their mathematical thinking through solving mathematical problems and mental mathematical skills. In particular, our aim is to give all pupils the opportunity to develop their potential to their full.
Throughout the year pupils are taught the four strands in mathematics, Algebra, Geometry and Proof, Statistics and Number. Within these strands, pupils are taught correct, precise and orderly spoken and written mathematics. At PPS we believe, homework is also an integral part of learning and progressing.


In mathematics, pupils take an end of unit test each time a unit of work is completed, there are also six half termly assessments in the year. In year nine, pupils take an additional end of Key Stage three assessment, which is comprised of two exam papers. One is calculator, the other is non calculator. All topics within Key Stage Three will be assessed in the exam.

Maths Overview: (subject to change)

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Logic Mathematical Diagrams Base Arithmetic
Arithmetic: Place Value Factors Basic Operations
Graphs Pythagoras’ Theorem Indices and Standard Form
Arithmetic: Addition and Subtraction of Decimals Rounding & Estimating Fractions and Percentages
Angles Data Analysis Linear Graphs and Equations
Arithmetic: Multiplication of Decimals Nets & Surface Area Probability
Number Patterns & Sequences Ratio and Proportion Transformations
Arithmetic: Division of decimals Algebra: Brackets Statistical Diagrams
Area and Perimeters Arithmetic: Fractions and Percentages Area, Perimeter and Volume
Arithmetic: Fractions Probability of Two Events Sequences
Data Collection and Presentation Angles, Bearings and Maps Algebraic Manipulation
Searching for Pattern Formulae Angles, Constructions & Loci
Time and Timetables Money and Time Graphs, Equations and Inequalities
Arithmetic : Negative Numbers Straight Line Graphs Estimation & Approximation
Algebra: Linear Equations Polygons Trigonometry
Arithmetic: Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Circles and Cylinders Cumulative Frequency
Discrete Quantitative Data Units of Measure Quadratic Functions
Scale Drawing Speed, Distance and Time Sampling
Probability of One Event Similarity
Volume Questionnaires and Surveys

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Science at KS3:


The aim of science at Key Stage 3 is to build on knowledge and and understanding from key Stage 2 and to encourage students to make connections between different distinct areas of science (biology, chemistry and physics) which will then build into content taught at IGCSE and further education.  Students are encouraged to develop their scientific thinking on a deeper level to help explain phenomena and events of the world around them.


Students will develop the following skills across the academic year which include:

  • Thinking Scientifically.
  • Understanding the Applications and Implications of Science.
  • Communicating and Collaborating in Science.
  • Using Investigative Approaches.
  • Working critically with Evidence.
  • Working safely and co-operatively using a wide range of techniques, apparatus and materials.


Science will be assessed through formative assessment throughout the year. These will range from end of unit assessments where pupils demonstrate the skills to longer projects. All years will also sit end of term exams which will consolidate their learning and help prepare the students for exam situations.  Year 9 will also sit 2 end of Key Stage 3 assessments at the end of their academic year to measure the skills expected at the end of Key Stage 3.


Science overview (Units covered each year are dependent upon units taught in the previous year and subject to change).

 Year 7Year 8Year 9
Scientific skills
Biology Cells.
Levels of organisation.
Movement of substances in cells.
Levels of organisation.
Food chains/webs.
Movement of substances in cells.
Chemistry Particle model and states of matter.
Atoms elements & compounds.
Chemical reactions.
Acids and alkalis.
Atoms elements & compounds.
Chemical reactions.
Properties of metals & nonmetals.
Chemical reactions with metals
Chemical reactions with metals.
Particle model and states of matter.
Acids and alkalis.
Atoms elements & compounds.
Physics Sound.
Speed, distance & time.
Speed, distance & time.
Electrical circuits

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Humanities at KS3 (Geography and History)


This department aspires to be an environment where the curriculum comes alive; where students’ experiences and curiosity are valued; in which teaching and learning fascinates and inspires, deepens understanding and allows learners to fulfil their potential in discovering the world. Geography is at the forefront of the ever changing world and we have responsibility in preparing young people for life after school, understanding and tolerance is at the heart of our curriculum.

The aim of History is for students to understand how people’s lives have shaped and have been shaped by national cultures, and how different nations have affected each other. The topics studied will range from Ancient Civilisations, Colonialism and Post-War Britain. The students will understand concepts such as significance, continuity and change, interpretation, chronology, and cause and consequence and learn to use these and other skills in order to analyse different historical periods and events.


During Key Stage 3, students investigate a wide range of people, places, processes and environments indifferent places around the world.  They learn about geographical patterns, land forms, and environmental change.  They also explore the idea of sustainable development through place based study.

Students at The Phoenix Private School will be given the opportunity to carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. Students develop and use a wide range of geographical skills and resources such as maps, photographs and ICT. Topics studied – Geographical skills and map reading, Our place in the World, Weather and Climate, Brazil, Japan, Cold and fragile environments.


In Years 7 to 9 we aim to fire students' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. We hope to help students develop their own identities through an understanding of history at local, national and international levels. History helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. Students find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the wider world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. Students will conduct enquiries into a range of historical events, periods and individuals using evidence to help them reach supported conclusions in assessments that are administered throughout the year.

Topics studied – The Black Death, Life in the Middle Ages, King John and the Magna Carta, The French Revolution, Tudors and Stuart, Jack the Ripper, WWI, Medicine through time and Cold War.


Geography and History will be assessed by end of unit tests which will measure the students’ understanding and grasp of the key concepts and the topics studied. These end of unit assessments will be complemented with end of term assessments which will help students consolidate their learning across different topics. Students will be given the opportunity to act upon feedback in order to improve their progress in the specific topics covered.

Year 9 will also sit an End of Key Stage 3 Exam which will cover the whole Key Stage 3 curriculum. The aim of this is to help students retain the information and skills they have learned over the years and prepare students for the demands of IGCSE and further education.

Humanities overview: (subject to change)

 Year 7Year 8Year 9
Geography Geographical map skills
Relentless Earth
Weather and Climate
Tropical rainforests and Ecosystems
Cold and fragile environments
History The Black Death, Life in the Middle Ages, King John and the Magna Carta The French Revolution, Tudors and Stuart and Jack the Ripper WWI, Medicine through time and Cold War.

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Modern Foreign Languages (French) at KS3:


The aim at The Phoenix Private School is that every student learns to engage in a language where they improve in their speaking, reading, and writing skills. Through French, students will become confident, independent learners in the wider context of a language. We aim to develop students’ respect for people of different cultures to ensure they are strong well rounded global citizens.


The curriculum that we follow covers a range of topics from EXPO 1 EXPO2 EXPO 3 which develops the following skills:

  • Exploring the patterns and sounds of language through songs and rhymes and link the spelling, sound and meaning of words.
  • Engaging in conversations; ask and answer questions; express opinions.
  • Speaking in sentences, using familiar vocabulary, phrases and basic language structures.
  • Developing accurate pronunciation and intonation so that others understand when they are reading aloud or using familiar words and phrases.
  • Presenting ideas and information orally.
  • Broadening vocabulary and developing ability to understand new words that are introduced into familiar written material, including through using a dictionary.


French will be assessed through formative assessment throughout the year. These will range from end of unit assessments where pupils demonstrate the skills to longer projects. During each lesson, students continually evaluate their progress each lesson’s learning objective. End of unit assessments will be complemented with end of term assessments which will help students consolidate their learning across different topics.

MFL overview: (subject to change)

Year 7Year 8Year 9
  • C’est parti
  • Famille et copains
  • Chez moi
  • On va en ville
  • La journée
  • On s’amuse
  • Famille et domicile
  • Temps Libre
  • Les sorties
  • Manger et boire
  • Voyages et vaccances
  • Les copains
  • Moi
  • Les fêtes
  • L’école
  • Il faut bosser
  • Mode de vie
  • Tourisme

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Computer Science at KS3:


The aim of computer science at Key Stage 3 is to provide a high-quality computing education which enables the students to become computational thinkers and creators. Computing has deep links with a range of other subject areas STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It has a body of knowledge that established techniques and thinking skills that will last students a lifetime. The core skill-set of Computer Science is independent of new technologies and programming techniques and ensures that pupils become digitally literate for future workplace.

Learning Outcomes:

All pupils will experience hands on knowledge of the subject Computer Science, and to become more familiar with programming key terms and software’s. In Key Stage 3 pupils will be taught the following:

  • To design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state and behavior of real-world problems and physical systems.
  • Understand several key algorithms that reflect computational thinking [for example, ones for sorting and searching]; use logical reasoning to compare the utility of alternative algorithms for the same problem.
  • Use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems; make appropriate use of data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays]; design and develop modular programs that use procedures or functions.
  • Understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming; understand how numbers can be represented in binary, and be able to carry out simple operations on binary numbers.


All KS3 pupils with sit a baseline assessment to identify existing knowledge and skills sets at the start of the year. Progress will be judge on this initial grade with a series of end of unit and termly assessments or projects. Formative feedback will be provided on all assessments using red pen.  All year groups will also have end of term examinations, which will be a combination of theoretical and practical tests.

Computer Science typical overview: (subject to change)

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Think like a computer scientist. Representing images Binary characters, cyphers and encryption
How the web works. Excel Spreadsheets Web Design (ADV)
Web page creation from the ground up (Basic) Programming Game Creation (ADV) Scratch Simple database tables
Programming Game Creation (Basic) Scratch The foundations of computing Boolean Searching
Digital Safety Programming Systems Python (Basic) Programming Systems Python (ADV)

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