A place to grow

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The Key Stage 3 curriculum at Bacon’s College is based on the following principles which ensure that we

  • Provide a high quality subject curriculum that defines yearly essential subject knowledge and skills.
  • Promote day by day mastery teaching so that all pupils are can attain age related expectations.
  • Embed good assessment by being precise about what pupils can and cannot do and acting on evidence.
  • Achieve high standards of pupil attainment for all and reduce the tail of low attainment. 
  • Reduce significant ‘late stage’ intervention because prior learning is secure and retained earlier.
  • Provide a basis for collaboration and sharing of highly effective practice to raise pupil standards.
  • Prepare a strong foundation for success at Key Stage 4 in the subject GCSE and/or programmes of study.

All students will access a core curriculum of the following subjects:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Geography
  • History
  • Religious Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • PE

In Year 7 and Year 8, students access Computing, Product Design, Textiles and Food on a carousel basis.

In Year 9 students have the opportunity to select mini-options instead which allow them to focus on two subjects from the following: Computing, Art, Drama, Music, Product Design, Textiles and Food. Students are not restricted to these choices beyond Year 9 and have the flexibility to choose other subjects for their GCSEs – the intention, however, is that students pick subjects that they enjoy and demonstrate aptitude in so that they develop a solid platform ahead of beginning their GCSE studies.