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Curriculum KS3

The "outstanding" curriculum at Matravers has been designed with several aims in mind, these include:

  • Inspiring learners so that they are successful and achieve exceptional outcomes;
  • Offering variety and adaptability so that the needs of all students are met and that they are happy at school;
  • Being innovative and creative in our models so that students can achieve their ambitions;
  • Challenging students to take risks and develop resilience by engaging in new activities.

At Key Stage 3 we offer a curriculum model that consists of 50 hours of learning.  During this time the National Curriculum subjects of:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • PE
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Studies
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Information Technology/Computing
  • Music
  • Design Technology

Year 7

In year 7 two assembly periods make up the 50 hours with 9 hours of curriculum time being allocated to our specialism subjects of Art, Dance, Drama and Music.  Setting of students starts in year 7 in English and Maths, the English sets are also used to determine the class sets for History, Geography, RS, French and Science, all other subjects are taught in mixed ability tutor groups.

Homework is an integral part of the curriculum and opportunities exist for students to participate in numerous "outstanding" afterschool activities. 

In addition to the main curriculum described above several ‘intervention layers’ also exists, the first is in the form of the Enhanced Learning Pathway (ELP), where students receive four hours of extra English teaching in small supportive classes.  For other students intervention is offered via ‘Keep up, step up and stretch up’ provision.  This provision is delivered via the Upgrade centre where a menu of interventions is available including:

  • Small group, targeted bespoke intervention to support progress in KS3 Maths and English;
  • Tailoring of the curriculum for individual students via Private Study;
  • Ambition sessions to help raise the aspirations of vulnerable girls;
  • Careers advice;
  • Enterprise—where students have the opportunity to create, design and promote a new product.

Year 8

Year 8 follows a similar curriculum model to year 7. Towards the end of year 8 students are given the opportunity to make their first curriculum choices to help create their year 9 timetable. This choice takes the form of:

  • a Performing Arts Option Block
  • an Art/ Design Option Block
  • a Performing Arts/Design Option Block
  • and a Free Option Block.

The Performing Arts Option Block enables students to determine which Subject they wish to specialise in during year 9, these include Music, Dance and Drama.  By specialising in one out of the three subject areas they are able to broaden their knowledge and experience in these subject areas with a view to determining future GCSE choices. 

The Art/Design Option Block offers students the choice of five subjects, Food, 3D Design, Textiles, Graphic Products and Art, of which 1 subject needs to be chosen.

The Performing Arts/Design Option Block allows students the opportunity to choose another subject from Dance, Drama, Music, Art, 3D Design and Food.

The final Option Block the Free Option offers students a 2 hour opportunity to experience subjects which are new to their timetable as well as offering a taste of future GCSE and A Level subjects, the subjects on offer currently include:  Hair and Beauty, Musical Theatre, Photography, Geology, Hospitality and Catering, Outdoor Education, Health and Social Care and Computer Science.


Year 9

Year 9 follow the same curriculum model as year 8 with the exception that the option subjects that they chose in year 8 are now being studied and only one hour is allocated to assembly.  Towards the end of year 9 students will again be given the opportunity to determine their future curriculum by choosing their Level 2 qualifications.