Key Stage 3 at St Thomas More Catholic School
At a whole school level, we believe that the curriculum at Key Stage 3 should be one which challenges pupils and engages them. Building upon Key Stage 2, the curriculum should prepare learners in terms of their knowledge, skills and understanding for Key Stage 4.
A key intention of the curriculum is also to support the development of pupil’s learning attributes, in order to ensure that they are developing their attitudes, behaviors and engagement with learning. A focus on pupils’ learning attributes at Key Stage 3, is underpinned by the high correlation between attitudes to learning and attainment, and means that pupils are more equipped to move onto the next phase in their learning.
Our curriculum design is focused upon developing and securing key conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills, underpinned by effective learner attributes that enable our pupils to become effective Mathematicians, Linguists or Historians, for example. Teachers ensure that pupils experience appropriately challenging lessons, by planning them in accordance with our STM Staged Progress Ladders, which are designed to build upon Key Stage 2 and prepare students for Key Stage 4. This ensures that our pupils are fully equipped for success as they move on in their studies. Pupils study a broad and balanced range of subjects so that they are able to develop into well rounded citizens.