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KS3 Information Evening

What’s so special about Key Stage 3?

  • A fresh start in a new school

  • Being the youngest again

  • New interests outside the home

  • Greater awareness of friends and fashion

  • A longing for independence

  • Pushing at boundaries

  • The moody blues

  • Emerging as an adult

  • Passport to success at GCSEs and beyond

What is the school’s role in Key Stage 3?

  • To prepare pupils for the adult world

  • To give them the skills and the knowledge they need for lifelong learning

  • To introduce them to a wide range of subjects and studies

  • To make them even more independent and self-aware

  • To further their thinking and learning for themselves

  • To give them confidence to join in, ask questions, help others

  • To make them and you proud of them

  • To lay the foundations for success at GCSE and beyond

The Key Stage 3 Strategy is about:

  • Building on what has been achieved in primary

  • Getting off to a flying start in a new school

  • Exciting and interesting lessons

  • More pupils being able to do things for themselves

  • Rapid progress and higher standards

  • Extra support for pupils not living up to their potential

  • No-one bored, left out or left behind

  • Asking for the support of families in their child’s education

What do we teach in Year 7?

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Design and Technology

  • Learning 2 Learn

  • Opening Minds

  • Religious Education

  • Art and Design

  • ICT

  • Modern foreign languages

  • Physical education

  • L4L

  • Music

Year 8

  • New Year Leader : Mrs K Goodall

  • New Year manager: Mrs S Draper

  • New tutor

  • Second language

  • History, Geography and Drama

  • Mentoring

Year 9

  • Year Leader: Miss R Greenland

  • Year manager : Mrs M Aldous

  • OCR IT National and GCSE Science

  • Aim higher

  • Mentoring and 1-1 tuition

  • Internal assessments

  • Option choices

DCSF reports that

  • Students are successful when:

    • they are determined and focussed in their approach to work

    • prepared to work independently without direct supervision

    • resilient and do not become disheartened when faced with disappointment

    • have long term goals

    • displaying other talents and interests

    • readily seeking and receiving help from home

    • They have formed productive and effective learning partnerships’ with teachers based on mutual respect

What can you do to support your child?

  • Show an interest

  • Talk about the school day

  • Use the school diary/planner

  • Attend and contribute to parents meetings

  • Discuss homework tasks

  • Help them organise their time and paperwork

  • Make sure they attend regularly

  • Find them a quiet place to study

  • Know the particular focus of each school year

Assessment for Learning

  • An ongoing spoken and written dialogue between teacher and student

  • Individual KS3 targets set for each subject

  • Target grades in exercise books

  • Formative comments on key pieces of work

  • Student planners

Assessment for Learning

  • Summative assessments

  • Monitoring of progress to target grades

  • End of module tests

  • Examinations

Key Dates

  • 14th October Open Evening

  • 15th October INSET Day

  • 20th- 21st OctoberBugsy Malone

  • Week of 4th October Year 7 residential

  • 19th November Year 8 & 9 grades

  • 26th November Year 7 Interim grades

  • 15th December Carol concert

  • 17th December Christmas Concert


  • A virtual learning environment, which basically means a web based classroom in which every FCC student has their own individual area which can be accessed from anywhere that has an internet connection.


  • Teachers can create a variety of resources that can be accessed by students in school or at home.

  • Audio files opportunity

  • Provision for feedback for students via moodle

  • Currently working on parental access

  • Moodle also offers comprehensive monitoring of all activity

Thank you for attending this evening.We hope you have found it informative.

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