Subjects

At Key Stage 3 the school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, with students studying Maths, English, Science, Languages, Geography, History, PE, Music, Design & Technology, Art, Computer Science, Drama, RE and Life Skills (including PSHE & Citizenship).

Art

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Art curriculum?

• To enable students to develop an understanding and awareness of the world around them by questioning their surroundings, looking deeply and opening their eyes to fresh perspectives

• To develop an awareness of health and safety within an art studio environment and to take responsibility for managing the materials they use

• To develop and apply art skills such as drawing, painting and sculpting and artistic techniques to communicate an idea and analyse the effectiveness of own art work 

• To be creative and develop their ability to problem solve, think academically, emotionally, physically and spiritually. They will learn to adopt resilience and focus in applying their technical skills to projects that develop their self-expression 

• To respond imaginatively to artist and thematic research and use knowledge of key artists and cultures to inspire their art work. Students develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art forms and are taught to evaluate and analyse artworks using subject-specific vocabulary

• To plan and develop meaningful responses for their art work that realises intentions and demonstrates an understanding of visual language

• To display creative expression which leads to improved well-being, and support their study experience. The study of other cultures through Art has strong links with Religious Education, History, English, and Media. 

All students at Greenford High School study Art and Design at Key Stage Three.

Pupils are taught:

  • For one double period a week in year 7 and 8
  • To use a range of artistic techniques to record their observations in booklets as a basis for developing essential key skills and exploring their ideas
  • To use a range of techniques and media, including painting, sculpture and mixed media
  • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
  • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • About both older and more-contemporary art forms.

Year 7 Art

Introduction to Art and ‘Day of the Dead’ festival

Introduction to Art: Students are introduced to the formal elements by exploring tone, mark-making, colour theory, painting, texture and line through observational drawings of natural and man-made forms using graphite pencils, coloured pencils and watercolour paints, poster paints and collage.

Students are encouraged to develop their visual literacy and demonstrate how the Formal Elements might be used within their own artwork.

Day of the Dead festival: Exploring the links between art and culture, students’ focus on symbolism in Mexican art and learn how to analyse artworks. Students use their research into the ‘Day of the Dead’ festival to help design and create a ‘mini-altar’ sculpture to celebrate the life of one of the school’s Greenford Heroes. This project is supported by a series of observational drawings and media experiments including sgraffito, 2b drawing, and watercolour. 

Year 8 Art

Portraiture 

H.R Giger-Inspired Self-Portaits: Students learn how to draw their self-portraits using accurate proportions in addition to further in-depth study into how to depict accurate tone and form in their artworks. Students later move on to study the artwork of Special-Effects artist H.R. Giger and use his artwork to inspire a three dimensional ‘mechanical self-portrait', fusing together elements of mechanical and natural forms. This project is supported by a series of observational drawings and media experiments including 2b drawing, poly-block printing, and watercolour.

Pop Art: Students investigate Pop Art using a variety of materials and techniques. They will build on their drawing and compositional skills, creating ‘album artwork’ in the style of Andy Warhol. 

Progression Routes

Students can opt to continue with Art in KS4 from years 9-10 or years 10-11 Art and/or GCSE Photography after studying Art at KS3. Both Photography and Fine Art are also offered at A-Level. The skills you gain during your art studies are likely to be highly valued and transferable to many sectors.  Alongside a range of practical arts skills, art students develop good observational, critical, analytical and research skills, including the ability to solve problems creatively and work well both independently and in groups.

ComputER Science

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Computing and Information Technology curriculum?

• To build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the digital world around them, that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society.

• Develop learner’s knowledge, skills and understanding through key computational concepts and experience. So that they will become confident and robust problem solvers and understand how to better use computers as a tool, a tool that can be configured and reconfigured to solve any number of problems that face us now and that will face us further into the future.

• The KS3 curriculum has been designed to ensure learners have sufficient knowledge to stay safe online and use computers safely in life. 

• The KS3 curriculum also provides a focus on developing resilient learners who think in a more logical way, are able to recover from mistakes and effectively solve problems.  

• The rationale of the KS4 curriculum is for students to develop the mind-set of a computer scientist built upon the foundations at KS3 and to build upon at KS5

• Learners to have the opportunity to develop their capability, creativity and knowledge in computer science, digital media and information technology.

• Computer Science will develop skills in programming, problem solving and analytical thinking. This qualification provides students with a range of transferable skills

• Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of computer technology to become independent and discerning Computer Scientists, who are able to make informed decisions about its use while being aware of the implications of different technologies.

• We want students to not only understand how to use technology effectively and responsibly but also how technology is developed and constantly redeveloped into new and exciting tools.

Our Key Stage 3 Computing curriculum has Computer Science at its core as well as elements of digital technologies. Pupils develop computational thinking skills and create algorithms to solve real life problems whilst also developing their computer programming skills. Students benefit from learning how to use a range of digital technologies so that they can develop digital products appropriate to selected audiences. Finally, throughout their time in Key Stage 3 students are taught how to use digital technologies in a safe and responsible manner.

Year 7

Unit 1: E Safety & Cyber Security

Pupils are taught about the principles of e-safety and how to use IT systems respectfully and responsibly. Pupils also cover some of the legal safeguards regarding computer use, including overviews of the Computer Misuse Act, Data Protection Act and Copyright Law and their implications for computer use. Phishing scams and other email frauds, hacking, “data harvesting” and identity theft are discussed together with ways of protecting online identity and privacy. Pupils are also introduced to IT system infrastructure at GHS and where to find and save the resources they will need.

Unit 2: Understanding Computers - Part 1

Pupils are introduced to how computer systems work by literally looking inside a common PC and how the different components work together to process data. This is generally about hardware and software.

Unit 3: Graphics

Pupils are taught how to create and animate vector graphics by creating a particular product for a selected audience. Also, they are taught about different types of graphics and about the relevance and importance of quality graphics in today’s digital climate.

Unit 4: Programming 1

Students learn the basic skills of programming using a visual interface such as Scratch, Gamemaker or Kodu. They will be introduced to some key programming concepts such as the input and output of data as well as the use of variables, selection, and iteration. Throughout the unit pupils will develop problem solving skills and become more resilient and adaptive learners.

Unit 5: Games Design

In this practical unit, pupils will broaden and enhance their Programming and IT skills in the application of game design. Pupils will work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective game solutions. Pupils will follow the systems life cycle where they will plan, develop, implement, test, and promote their game products

Year 8

Unit 1: Understanding Computers - Part 2

This is a build-up on the Understanding Computers Part 1 project in Y7. The concept of hardware and software is re-visited with a main emphasis on the fetch-decode-execute cycle of the CPU as well as the concept of Boolean Logic. Also, pupils are taught about how data is represented in computers using binary; how to convert binary numbers into decimals; and how to perform arithmetic operations in binary.

Unit 2: Programming 2 (using Python)

Pupils are taught how to write computer programs. Although Python is the language of choice, pupils are taught to look beyond the syntax of the programming language. The emphasis is more on how to think creatively and logically in order to solve a problem with a computer. Pupils will continue to build up the key skills (developed in the Games design project in Y7) such as computational thinking, abstraction and decomposition.

Unit 3: Networks

Pupils are taught about how computers are connected together to form networks. They are taught about the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. Also, concepts such as network topologies, network models and encryption are introduced.

Unit 4: Computational Thinking

Students learn to understand what Computational Thinking is and means and use logical thinking to solve a range of problems. This unit teaches the key skills of:

  • Decomposition
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Abstraction
  • Algorithms
  • Creating flow charts including using selection and iteration
  • Pseudocode including INPUT, OUTPUT, IF…THEN, IF…THEN…ELSE, IF…THEN…ELSEIF…ELSE statements, FOR, WHILE and REPEAT UNTIL loops

Unit 5: Computing Project

Pupils create a product using the systems development life cycle. They are taught how to plan, design and create a product for a selected audience. They will use a range of devices including digital cameras, tablets as well as applications such as video editors and image manipulation software. Pupils will follow a set brief which will mirror a KS4 style controlled assessment project to give pupils experience in this type of working environment.

Progression Routes

Students can go on to study Computing GCSE or a Level 2 course in Digital Technology.

Design and Technology

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Design & Technology curriculum?

• To build up creativity, problem solving, planning, practical and evaluation skills to become independent and resourceful. 

• To develop Health and Safety awareness in their working environment and surroundings to keep students safe.

• To develop the students understanding of the huge, life-changing role and impact a designer can have through the use of real world problems and value what is ‘good design’ and how it will impact their future lives.

• To foster a culture of ‘design critique’ to produce quality outcomes via peer and group work, respecting other students’ opinions.

• To become moral, social, responsible designers and design to aid comfort, transport, physical needs, communication, health and also for aesthetic reasons to make a positive contribution to society.

• To develop resilience when understanding  the developments in design and technology, its impact and effect of products on individuals, society and the environment, and the responsibilities of designers, engineers and technologists.

• To learn the basics of nutrition and a healthy balanced diet, understand where the food we eat comes from, be able to make informed healthy choices and enjoy the cultural diversity of dishes that International cuisine offers.

• To acquire relevant knowledge from other subjects and apply them to produce successful outcomes.

• To prepare pupils  for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing  the skills and attributes required for success both at school and in the workplace.

Year 7

Product Design: Charity Note Holder

Pupils are introduced to the Design Process and they develop an understanding that there is a sequence that you have to follow in order to reach the final product. They are introduced to a wide range of manufacturing processes (batch production) and materials which they put into practice throughout their project. Pupils learn how to design a product and the note holder.  Pupils gain an understanding of the properties and structure of plastics, metal, and wood. Pupils have an introduction to CAD/CAM and the program 2D design. Pupils are able to work collaboratively in pairs.

Food: Healthy Eating and Hygiene in the Kitchen

Students will have an introduction to healthy eating through the use of the eat-well plate and basic nutrition. They will learn the importance of hygiene and safety when working in the kitchen. They will gain knowledge and skills in a range of different ways of preparing and cooking different food types including the application of heat. They will develop and apply their sensory skills through testing and evaluation of the food products they make. They will gain an understanding of how scales of production vary in the food industry, including the use of CAD/CAM and they will investigate and design different Italian food products (cultural foods).

Graphics: Educational Board Game

Students are introduced to graphical layout of information through the use of creative design and modelling through 3D prototype, using basic graphic manipulation programs such as Word and Fireworks and CAD/CAM and the program 2D design. They are introduced to laser cutting and line bending for their manufacturing processes. In pairs, they select and investigate an educational topic which is cross-curricular and draw knowledge from other subjects, and learn to become resourceful in order to produce an original and fun Board Game which will be tested and played in classrooms.

Year 8

Food: Dietary Needs

In this project, students will learn to create and develop different food products for a variety of dietary needs as well as gain an understanding of sustainable issues in food (agriculture, horticulture, seasonally grown food and Fair-trade). Students will conduct user-centered design by investigating into the different dietary needs of people as well as looking at the nutritional value of different food groups/types. All students will develop their skills in the kitchen by taking part in a range of focused practical tasks (FPT). The recipes from the FPT can later be redesigned, developed and adapted to make them better refined for the user’s dietary needs. The students will further test and evaluate these recipes to improve their sustainable aspects and to see if they are commercially viable.

Resistant Materials: Design Theories

Students explore a range of design theories to give them a broader understanding of the term Design Technology. Pupils will learn how products are designed to include the whole population including those with disabilities. Through small practical tasks, pupils gain knowledge of how levers, linkages, and mechanisms are used in everyday products to improve the lives of human through products and systems. They manufacture a mechanical toy and an LED lamp decorated with a tessellated pattern. Pupils are to construct a lamp from softwood with various joints using a range of hand tools and manufacturing processes. Pupils will gain knowledge and use a range of different material types; such as plastics, metals, woods to construct their final lamp. They will gain knowledge of the following processes and will select appropriate methods/tools/machines to create their products. This will develop knowledge and skills in drilling, using Jigs, vacuum forming, finishing, shaping, assembling, using basic electronic components and wood joints. Pupils are exposed to STEM in the project through tessellation, mechanical systems, levers, linkages accurate measurements, and sizes, which will be used to create the product.

Graphics: Spinning Toy

Pupils are introduced to simple motors, designing and constructing 3D nets using 3D mathematical modelling and they develop an understanding of card engineering and hand and digital graphical layout. They are introduced to a wide range of graphic manufacturing processes such as Nets and slots and tabs which they put into practice throughout their project. Pupils learn how to design creatively through 3D prototype designing, modelling, constructing and assembling using CAD/CAM, the plotter and laser cutter and the program 2D design. Digital presentations are used for 2D elements of graphic designing.

Progression Routes

All KS3 projects lead onto GCSE Product Design and the NCFE Food and Cookery course.

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English

Curriculum intent - what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its English curriculum?

  • The English department takes an active role in nurturing students who are passionate about literature and communicate with confidence; in lessons students are inspired by great works of literature and are encouraged to find their own creative voice.
  • To provide a breadth of study where students are well-read and able to explore a range of texts that develop wider cultural context so that they are more worldly in their knowledge.
  • To provide opportunities for students to explore topics that allow them to develop resilience, empathy, an appreciation for others’ ideas/ contributions, and an open mindedness in regards to equal opportunities, mental health, discrimination, etc...
  • To allow students the opportunity to study a diverse selection of texts: prose, poetry, creative writing, transactional writing, plays, and non-fiction texts.
  • To build our students vocabulary so that they can access a range of texts with understanding and be able to express themselves with precision.
  • Reading:
    • To nurture students who read for pleasure
    • Use reading to develop lines of enquiry
    • To create ‘Rigorous Readers’ who interrogate texts in order to understand and questions the information given.
    • To use reading as a tool to learn
  • Writing:
    • To build writing proficiency so that students can express themselves and communicate with accuracy.
    • To create opportunities for creative writing and expression.
    • To provide opportunities in the curriculum where students can master these skills.
  • Speaking and Listening
    • Foster opportunities for students to practise speaking in a range of contexts.
    • To develop students accuracy in expression.
    • Develop listening skills so that students are able to agree, build and challenge their peers constructively.
  • Build in opportunities to develop memory and recall so that students can retain key aspects of the curriculum and skills needed to succeed in both their studies and life.
  • Create opportunities for students to experience theatre live, visit places with cultural significance so that the understanding of the texts they are studying is enhanced.
  • Offer opportunities for our weaker students to experience the breadth of the wider curriculum through supported literacy lessons that teach History and Geography with a focus on building literacy proficiency.
  • Offer opportunities for our weakest readers to have an intensive reading lesson that helps foster the ability to read and comprehend with independence.

Key Stage Three English encompasses both the study of language and literature. In order for students to become confident and skilful writers, lesson time is dedicated to developing the building blocks of good writing: grammar, vocabulary acquisition and spelling. Students are offered a variety of opportunities throughout the course to demonstrate their imagination and creativity with writing projects such as their own ghost story or screenplay. Students also have the opportunity to develop more formal non-fiction writing such as persuasive speeches and informative essays.   

It is a priority for the school to ensure that students have the necessary literacy skills to access all other subjects in the curriculum so students who need extra support in this area have specific literacy lessons in addition to the regular English curriculum. Here, students are able to build on their understanding of key grammar terms introduced at KS2 and consolidate their reading and writing skills through additional practice.

We also recognise how important reading is to a student's academic success and to their understanding of the world. Students read both modern texts such as Private Peaceful and, in order for students to appreciate our wide and varied literary heritage, classics like A Christmas Carol and plays by William Shakespeare. Throughout the study of literature, students are encouraged to develop their ability to analyse language and discuss the choices writers make.

At Greenford, we understand the importance of helping students develop the habit of reading widely and often. Each student is enrolled on the Accelerated Reader Programme, a rewards-based system which allows pupils to take quizzes on books they have read and collect points. Certificates are regularly given in assembly for the keenest readers in the year group!

Speaking and listening is an important strand of our curriculum as it underpins the development of pupils’ reading and writing. Schemes of work include special lessons dedicated to speaking and listening skills and drama so that our young people can become confident public speakers and performers.

Progression Routes

The skills developed in Key Stage 3 will give students a good platform from which to study for their English Language and Literature GCSEs from Year 9.

Students who continue to need additional literacy support will be offered Booster English as a GCSE option.

French

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its French curriculum?

• To develop understanding of spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. (listening / reading)

• To increase opportunities for spontaneous speech in order to build confidence, fluency and spontaneity when communicating. (speaking)

• To produce written responses at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using variety of grammatical structures. (writing)

• To make use of appropriate social conventions, including informal and formal address and register. (register)

• To foster curiosity, develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. (intercultural)

• To foster links with other curriculum areas to deepen learning and encourage bilingualism. (cross-curricular)

• To develop resilient and independent learners in order to maximise their progress and prepare them for the next stage in their education irrespective of their attainment and background. (further education)

• To provide enrichment opportunities to foster responsible global citizens who would positively contribute to society. (enrichment)  

• To encourage a creative approach to language learning and instilling students with a growth mindset. (creativity)  

Pupils studying French will build on what they have learnt at primary school and learn to express their ideas on a wide range of topics. Particular emphasis is placed on developing spoken fluency, with the majority of activities in lessons conducted in the target language. In addition to furthering linguistic competence, pupils will learn about the culture of countries where French is spoken and have the opportunity to make contact with young people in these countries though links with partner schools.

Year 7

Year 7 pupils will study the following topics in French:

  • Unit 1 - je me présente (Introducing myself)
  • Unit 2 - Mon collège (My school)
  • Unit 3 - Chez moi (at my house)

By the end of the Year 7 course, pupils will be able to do the following in French:

Content:

  • Introduce themselves in French (say and spell name, birthday, nationality and languages spoken)
  • Talk about pets that they have/would like to have
  • Say which school subjects they like/dislike and why, and describe school facilities
  • Describe their timetable, uniform and how they get to school
  • Say where they live and what they like/dislike about where they live

Techniques:

  • Be able to use Quacnot (qualifier / adjectives / connective / negative / opinion / time phrases) to increase quality of their written and spoken work.
  • Be able to justify opinions
  • Be able to ask questions
  • Be able to participate in short conversations
  • Be able to complete short translations

Year 8

Year 8 pupils will study the following topics in French:

  • Unit 1 - Là où j'habite (where I live)
  • Unit 2 - On fait la fête (Planning a birthday party)
  • Unit 3 - Mon temps libre (My free time)

By the end of Year 8 pupils will be able to do the following in French:

Content:

  • Describe where they live and what they like/dislike about their local area
  • Talk about facilities and weather in their local area and give directions to key places in town
  • Explain plans for a birthday party, including what food they are going to bring and what clothes they are going to wear
  • Describe what they do in their free time

Techniques:

  • Be able to describe what I can see in a photo
  • Be able to participate in longer conversations
  • Be able to apply listening and reading strategies in a number of context

Progression Routes

The Key Stage 3 French course provides a good foundation for pupils to study GCSE French at Key Stage 4.

Geography 

Curriculum Intent - what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Geography curriculum?

  • Empower students to have a rounded view of a variety of current issues to enable them to understand what is going on in the globalising world around them.
  • Provide a balanced viewpoint on global, national and local issues.
  • Develop a wide range of literacy, numeracy and map skills which will be applicable throughout their education and also in wider life.
  • Create a conscientious student body that are aware of how humans can impact upon natural physical processes and our wider environment.
  • Encourage students to be reflective of hazards which happen locally and in the wider world and understand the causes, impacts and responses to a variety of global hazards.
  • Ensure that students’ knowledge about the UK, and the issues currently facing the country, and issues which may be increasingly problematic in the future is up to date.
  • Provide opportunity for students to be optimistic and critical about the future and problem solve global issues.
  • Encourage students to know their local area, how it has changes over time and the plans for future change including the contrasting opinions of different stakeholders to this change.
  • Provide opportunities to learn outside the classroom, and outside of their comfort zone, in their local area, other UK areas and abroad.

Geography at Key Stage 3 is about facilitating students’ curiosity about their local and global community. Students will have the opportunity to become proficient in map reading to explore key social, economic and environmental issues in today’s society whilst evaluating how to manage these in a sustainable way. 

Throughout each term students complete an independent ‘formal’ piece of work, usually in the form of an essay or research project. At the end of each half-term students complete an end of unit test to assess their understanding and application of key geographical concepts.

Course Content

Year 7

  • Unit 1: Map skills
  • Unit 2: Pole to Pole (Arctic and Antarctica)
  • Unit 3: Biomes- ecosystems
  • Unit 4: Europe
  • Unit 5: Urban Challenges
  • Unit 6: UK Challenges (flooding, climate change)

Year 8

  • Unit 1: Tectonics
  • Unit 2: Development
  • Unit 3: Weather
  • Unit 4: Water issues
  • Unit 5: Coasts
  • Unit 6: UK Challenges (flooding, climate change)

German

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its German curriculum?

• To develop understanding of spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. (listening / reading)

• To increase opportunities for spontaneous speech in order to build confidence, fluency and spontaneity when communicating. (speaking)

• To produce written responses at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using variety of grammatical structures. (writing)

• To make use of appropriate social conventions, including informal and formal address and register. (register)

• To foster curiosity, develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. (intercultural)

• To foster links with other curriculum areas to deepen learning and encourage bilingualism. (cross-curricular)

• To develop resilient and independent learners in order to maximise their progress and prepare them for the next stage in their education irrespective of their attainment and background. (further education)

• To provide enrichment opportunities to foster responsible global citizens who would positively contribute to society. (enrichment)  

• To encourage a creative approach to language learning and instilling students with a growth mindset. (creativity)  

Pupils studying German will learn to express their ideas on a wide range of topics. Particular emphasis is placed on building up spoken fluency, with the majority of activities in lessons conducted in the target language. In addition to developing linguistic competence, pupils will learn about the culture of countries where German is spoken and have the opportunity to make contact with young people in these countries though links with partner schools.

Year 7

Year 7 pupils will study the following topics in German:

  1. Hallo! (Introducing yourself in German)
  2. Die Schule (Talking about school)
  3. Familie und Freunde (Introducing family and friends)
  4. Freizeit (Sports & free time)
  5. Mein Zuhause (Where you live)
  6. Die Ferien (Holidays)

Year 8

Year 8 pupils will study the following topics in German:

  1. Die Ferien (Holidays & weather)
  2. Einkaufen und Essen (Shopping)
  3. Nach der Schule (After-school activities)
  4. Gesundheit! (Healthy & body)
  5. Tägliche Routine (Day routine)
  6. Austausch (School exchange)

Progression Routes

The Key Stage 3 German course provides a good foundation for pupils to study GCSE German at Key Stage 4.

History

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its History curriculum?

• To enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.

• To allow students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts.

• To engage students in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.

• To develop students’ ability to ask relevant questions about the past. 

• To enable students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence. 

• To develop students’ communication and advocacy through effective questioning, debates and other in-lesson quality-talk opportunities.

• To encourage students to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.

• To ensure students are able to identify, analyse and evaluate different interpretations, approaches and debates within History.

• To give students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians.

• To allow students to gain the confidence to undertake self-directed learning, making the most effective use of time and resources, and increasingly defining one's own questions and goals.

• To develop students’ essay writing so that they can communicate effectively in the exam and using a structure that will secure them the best possible outcomes.

• To ensure that students are equipped to deal with the demands of the exams in KS4 and 5 as well as understanding how they will be assessed.

• To provide students with ample opportunity to practice exam questions and receive feedback to ensure progress in their political knowledge and understanding as well as application, analysis and evaluation skills.

• To give students structured resources to use in their independent learning to teach them how to work effectively independently, such as, the revision cycle based on research on memory.

• To prepare students for university through activities that promote intellectual curiosity, such as extended reading, as well as equipping them with the necessary skills, such as effective note-taking and revision.

YEar 7

History at Key Stage 3 is about developing the skills needed to become expert historians. At the end of each half term students either complete a test or a written assessment in the form of an essay. Essays include "Why did William win the battle of Senlac Hill?" and "Using the sources and your own knowledge, how bad a king was King John?"

Autumn Term 1

What is History? This unit introduces students to the five most important skills a Historian needs: Chronology, Causation, Enquiry, Interpretation and Significance. They begin to use these skills to investigate some historical mysteries. Students will then study an aspect of British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066. Students start by examining what life was like in Iron Age Britain, Roman Britain and Anglo-Saxon Britain.

Autumn Term 2 and Spring Term 1

Students will start to study the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066 - 1509. They will begin by studying The Norman Conquest. Students will discover why three different men all wanted to be king in 1066. They come to a decision about why William the Conqueror won the Battle of Senlac Hill and finally they analyse how William controlled England through the Feudal system, the Domesday Book and the use of Castles. Students will also examine what life was like for people living in Medieval Britain.

Spring Term 2

Students will continue to study Medieval Britain, this time focusing on the development of State. We will study Medieval Monarchs and their people examining how Medieval Kings dealt with the crises of their kingdom from the 11th to 15th centuries. How was Henry II involved in the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket? What happened to all the villagers of Holcombe Rogus in 1347? Why the Peasants revolted in 1381 and whether King John really was the worst king in History!

Summer Term 1

Students will study the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745. Students will start by studying the Tudors This unit tackles Henry VIII break from the Church in Rome and the dissolution of the Monasteries. Students next consider how his children further reformed or counter-reformed the Church and how this impacted on society. We investigate how 'Bloody Mary' got her nickname and whether she deserved it. We then investigate Elizabeth I, her decision not to marry, how she dealt with the threat from Mary Queen of Scots and the Armada. Students finish this unit by writing an essay on Elizabeth I’s historical significance.

Summer Term 2

Students move on to studying the Stuarts. Here students are asked to analyse how James I and Charles I ruled England. Their research leads them to an understanding of how the Civil War broke out and why Parliament won that Civil War. Students then examine why the monarchy was restored in 1660 and how the Countries of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland were formed into the United Kingdom.

Year 8

Building on what they have already learnt and developing their historical skills further is the aim of Year 8. Again, at the end of each half term an assessment in the form of a written essay is completed to give students a National Curriculum level. Students who achieve a Level 4/5 can go on to the Entry Level Certificate course in year 9, which gives them the skills to start GCSE in year 10. Students who achieve a level 6 in year 8 may take the GCSE course in any year of their choosing.

Autumn Term 1 and into Autumn Term 2

Students will study ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901. They will begin by studying the British Empire: Students investigate why Britain wanted an Empire, how their first colonies failed and how the triangular slave trade operated. Life on a Slave plantation is analysed and the role of significant individuals in the Abolition Movement is investigated. Students then consider how the empire from India to Australia operated and how the empire continues to shape modern British life.

Autumn Term 2 and into Spring Term 1

The Industrial Revolution: Pupils look at how the process of industrialisation swept through Britain and changed where and how people lived. An investigation into the inventions of this age will be undertaken. Both the positive and negative effects of the time on people's lives will be considered alongside the work of the social reformers. The different political movements of the time will be examined to establish how close to political revolution the Victorians came with a special focus on the Suffragette campaign. We end the term with an in depth local history study of the impact of industrialisation on late 19th century London and the Jack the Ripper case.

Spring Term 1 and into Spring Term 2

Students will study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. They will begin with the First World War. Students begin by looking at what led to the first worldwide conflict in 1914. Students then examine the trench warfare conditions before investigating the experiences of one of 'Greenford's Heroes'. These are the 19 men whose names appear on Greenford's War memorial and each student is asked to investigate the experience of one of these individuals and create a presentation on them. We finish the unit be determining whether the Treaty of Versailles was the worst treaty ever written.

Summer Term 1

Students will continue to study challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. They will study the rise of dictators and the Second World War. In this unit pupils are introduced to the different political ideologies of Communism and Fascism. We learn how powerful dictators came to power and controlled the people within their countries. We establish who was most to blame for the outbreak of the Second World War by investigating the policy of Appeasement. Students then discover why the Allies were able to win the War and how its end led to another 'Cold War'. Finally, we investigate the Holocaust with students creating museum exhibitions on why this event must never be forgotten.

Summer Term 2

Students conclude KS3 with a study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments. We study the history of the USA in the 20th Century – the role of the USA in both World Wars, 1960’s American society including the impact of the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War and escalating Cold War tensions. Students then reflect on the importance of History in our modern world.

Progression Routes

Depending on the students’ National Curriculum levels, they can either move straight onto the GCSE History course or first complete the Entry Level course before progressing onto it.

Mathematics

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Mathematics curriculum?

• To develop a passion for mathematics for students to continue throughout their school life and beyond, whilst building curiosity about the mathematics around us and ask about ‘why’ and ‘how’ concepts arise.

• To reason mathematically through lines of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, developing arguments through justifications and proof using mathematical language.

• To become fluent with the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied, frequent practice and increasingly complex concepts over time, so that students can develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

• To be able to problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing sophistication. Breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions in order to promote independence, resilience and perseverance through rich-tasks. 

• To build on the mathematics that has been taught previously to enable students to master key skills and make rapid progress.

• To be inclusive and meet all students’ needs to ensure that all learners are able to access the curriculum and achieve,  but also to challenge and engage the most able students, encouraging them to study Maths and related courses beyond GCSE and A Level , at University and through their career ambitions.

• To be able to be self-sufficient in managing their personal finances beyond secondary school.

• To develop teamwork and leadership skills through ‘Maths talk’.

• To foster a culture where the most able students act as mentors for younger students encouraging a real sense of a Maths community in school.

• To cultivate an enthusiasm for Maths, and develop application skills, through relevant and related trips and extra-curricular activities.

Aims

The national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Course Content

Year 7 and 8 follow a mastery curriculum where students work towards topics that they master and develop through problem solving and discovery. Students are challenged appropriately and assessments take place at various points in the year to check the key skills and monitor their progress.

Students in Year 7 master key skills in Number & Algebra which is then extended in Year 8 by incorporating Shape, Space & Measure and Data Handling. Students are class taught under the same topic headings. The class teacher will introduce a topic to all the class- though the work covered and depth to which a topic is pursued will vary with the individual child. There are a number of resources that are used from text books to rich tasks to card sorts and ICT, where appropriate.

We have a comprehensive Numeracy programme to enable learners to become proficient in key skills, this falls alongside our programme of study to ensure learners are equipped with the neccessary tools to problem solve.

More details of the programme of study can be found in this national curriculum document.

Progression Routes

All students progress to GCSE mathematics

Music

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Music curriculum?

• To expose students to the three fundamental skills of performing, composing and analysing music through a variety of activities.

• To promote excellence and encourage students to create outstanding work. These opportunities may come through the curriculum which aims to create career based work scenarios; through our extra-curricular programme, which gives students opportunities to further develop musicality and offers ample performance opportunities; and through workshops and trips held throughout the academic year.

• To instil good practice and routines in order to maintain discipline and create a safe working environment where students can express themselves musically whilst feeling supported by their teachers and peers.

• To ensure a culture of inclusivity is maintained at all times and nurture students to become more emotionally developed and empathetic towards other people and cultures.

• To develop students to learn to think creatively and be adept at problem solving.  Students will learn how to work together and build stronger relationships. Performing can bring fear and anxiety, but students learn to cope with these situations through self-reflection, which will help them become more confident.

• To expand student’s perspectives through a range of spiritual, moral, social; and cultural opportunities. Students will learn about the cultural significance and impact of music and how it connects people. 

• To explore the links between music, numeracy and literacy. Musical training helps develop areas of the brain related to language and memory, and reasoning becomes more developed.

• To prepare students for the next stage of their education, future pathways and careers through developing the skills and attributes required for success both at school and in the workplace.

Music plays a big part in the cultural make-up of Greenford High School. The music department boasts state of the art equipment and facilities where students are free to explore and develop their musical understanding. Music forms part of an individual's identity and enables personal expression and reflection. As an integral part of culture, music helps pupils appreciate themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding. Music at GHS will give students all the tools required to become accomplished music performers, composers and critics. 

Year 8

The Elements of Music

Students are introduced to the elements of music. They will use these to compose, perform and analyse a variety of different types of music. They will be exposed to many new musical terms to develop their musical linguistic dexterity. They will learn to read musical notation and develop basic piano technique.

Band

Students will develop the basic playing techniques used for drums, bass guitar, electric guitar and keyboard. They will form bands and learn how to rehearse effectively, culminating with a class gig.

Electronic Music

Students will develop music technology skills through using industry standard software to compose their own composition. They will continue to develop their analytical skills through listening tasks.

Film Music

Students will use music technology software to compose a piece of music for a film trailer. Students will learn about the instruments of the orchestra and how to use them in a composition. Students will analyse film music and develop an understanding of musical clichés in order to compose their own piece of action film music.

Samba

Students will perform as a Samba drumming group. They will learn about the fusion of cultures that have come together to create Samba. They will develop specific musical playing techniques used in Samba music, playing close attention to the rhythmic intricacies of the style. Students will compose and perform a piece of Samba music in small groups.

Music and Technology

Students will be given the opportunity to explore the links between music, maths, science and design by creating their own musical instrument. They will learn to code a micro-computer to synthesise sound.

Progression Routes

Students can go on to study Music at KS4.

Physical Education

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Physical Education curriculum?

• To develop a passion for sport and physical activity for students to continue throughout their school life and beyond. 

• To develop self-esteem for our students to allow them to feel confident with challenging tasks in PE and across other curriculum areas. 

• To offer an extensive range of activities that develops a wider understanding of the sporting world.

• To participate in activities that develop different fitness components, such as cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and muscular strength & endurance.

• To develop teamwork and leadership skills through challenging competitive and co-operative activities. 

• To promote the values of good sportsmanship across different sports with respect being a common theme. 

• To encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle and have a basic understanding of health awareness. 

• To develop independence through physical challenges, evaluating, problem solving challenges, consolidating skills and practice through repetition. 

• To promote resilience amongst our students through challenging physical and mental situations. 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Provision

Students participate in a range of disciplines based around Physical Education and Exercise including outwitting an opponent, analysis and evaluation and knowledge of health and fitness. Activities include handball, gymnastics, trampolining, basketball, netball, outdoor adventurous activities, football and rugby. Students assess their own and other’s performance using appropriate terminology, commenting on their own and other’s strengths and suggesting areas for improvement.

Course content

  • Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (badminton, basketball, cricket, football, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis)
  • Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (athletics and gymnastics/trampolining)
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques within a range of dance styles and forms
  • Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school in extra-curricular clubs and links to outside agencies.

Religious Education

Curriculum intent: what is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its RE curriculum?

• To provide a curriculum that allows students to have a greater awareness of religion, and moral and ethical issues and to make informed decisions in their lives.

• To develop responsible students who have the knowledge and skills to be confident reasoners with the aim of being successful in the classroom and throughout their education.

• To offer a broad range of cultural activities and opportunities to think critically, that not only meet the learning needs of all students but also allow them to thrive in their academic achievement and ensure progress to Higher Education.

• To deliver a curriculum that provides students with the essential skills of literacy and numeracy in order to be successful in all subject areas.

• To provide students with the opportunity to make thoughtful and positive contributions in society through developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

• To encourage students to develop a healthy lifestyle both physically, mentally and spiritually, which allows them to be ready to learn and achieve.

• To promote the skills of resilience, reasoning and self-reliance in order for students to develop a positive mindset to be able to live a safe and fulfilling life.

• To prepare students for the next stage of their education and future pathways by providing students with the knowledge and opportunities for them to be independent and aspirant individuals.

The R.E. department seeks to bring to life some of the most exciting examples of human belief and culture, alive in the world today. At Key Stage 3 our students investigate themes of faith, philosophy, ethics and belief, challenging their ability to think and analyse some of the biggest questions that face humanity. The R.E. department aims to give students a greater sense of place and identity in an ever-changing world. Themes of tolerance and understanding will be regularly drawn upon in an effort to ensure students leave the department as well rounded and culturally aware individuals.

Year 7

Answering Life Questions

How was the universe created? Students are introduced to the subject through an in-depth exploration of how religious and non-religious groups understand the creation of the universe. Focus will centre around Christian, Hindu and scientific beliefs on how the universe was created; allowing students the opportunity to contrast and compare the different beliefs. Students will also consider what constitutes 'good' evidence and consider this with regards to religious and non-religious explanations for creation and the existence of human life.

Stories that Guide Us

How have the experiences of religious founders influenced the development of religion? This unit seeks to help students understand how different religious beliefs came into being. Focus will centre around the Abrahamic religions and the similarities and differences that exist between them as a result of their origins.

Beliefs and Practice

Buddhism In this unit students will have the opportunity to explore the fundamental principles of the Buddhist faith. Students will understand the basic beliefs and practices that influence the lives of Buddhists today, as well as how they can learn from and apply these beliefs to their lives.

Year 8

Why do we Suffer?

In this unit students explore the problem of evil and suffering in the world from a secular and religious perspective. Students study Christian and Buddhist views on suffering as well as the part that hardship contributes to our lives. This will be achieved by looking at the lives of influential leaders such as Nelson Mandela. The unit encourages students to critically engage with the big issues raised and also serves as a good introduction to philosophical thought.

Answering Life Questions

Is there life after death? In this unit students explore Christian, Muslim, Sikh and non-religious beliefs about death and the afterlife, comparing and contrasting them. They will consider questions regarding both physical and spiritual explanations of life after death.

Acting Ethically

How effective are religious guidelines in solving moral dilemmas? In this unit students begin their study of ethics, preparing them for their GCSE. Students will look at a number of key ethical issues from the perspective of different religious groups, enabling them to understand how religious belief impacts on decision making.

Progression Routes

Students continue to study Religious Education at GCSE in Year 9.

Science

Curriculum Intent – what is Greenford High aiming to achieve through its Science curriculum?

At Greenford High School the Science curriculum is designed to foster a curiosity about the world around us, enable citizens of the future to understand and explore the world effectively and to be able to use scientific principles to both answer and ask questions about the universe and everything in it.

Our intent is that our curriculum

  • inspires a love of learning and curiosity about the world
  • ensures students understand the second greatest advance in the history of humanity – the scientific method – and can apply this process to questions they might ask
  • develops the practical knowledge and skills to use scientific equipment safely and accurately to competently test ideas and demonstrate phenomena
  • fosters a sense of awe in the beauty of our universe and how we can work together (or individually) to deepen our understanding of ANYTHING
  • informs knowledge of the key workings of the human body so that educated opinions and decisions can be made about health, products and stories in the media
  • develops analytical skills to scrutinise data presented in any format to draw out meaning
  • combines basic Maths and English skills in context to help students develop their application skills
  • informs students of issues facing themselves and the wider world to help this future generation look after themselves and their planet
  • ensures students leave GHS able to critically analyse and evaluate data, stories and phenomena in everyday situations
  • improves transferable skills such as time-keeping, teamwork and organisation
  • develops students learning skills and independence so they can go on to be life-long learners
  • makes students more employable so they become a self-sufficient and productive member of society
  • delivers opportunities to apply the skills learnt in the form of a wide range of practicals
  • helps students develop logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • teaches students how to be safe and evaluate risks in everyday life and in particular scientific contexts

Key Stage Three Science encompasses a wide range of Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics. We follow the AQA Key Stage 3 Science syllabus closely to enable our students to follow a spiral curriculum up to GCSE.

Students have three lessons a week in Year 7 and 8, and four lessons in Year 9. At the end of the second term in Year 9, students are assessed to see if they are ready to enter GCSE. Students will either move on to their GCSE course in term 3 or onto a foundation course prior to their GCSE in Year 10.

Students are offered a variety of opportunities throughout the course to practise and demonstrate their skills scientifically.

Course Content

Year 7

  • Science Skills
  • Energy
  • Particles and Separating Mixtures
  • Elements
  • Cells
  • Forces
  • The Universe
  • Reproduction

Year 8

  • Electricity
  • Elements
  • Digestion
  • Breathing and Respiration
  • Climate and Earth Resources
  • Forces
  • Magnetism
  • Investigation Skills and The Science Fair

Year 9

  • Light and Sound
  • Acid and alkalis
  • Genetics
  • Climate and Earth Resources
  • Reactions
  • Heating and Cooling
  • Photosynthesis
  • End of KS3 exam
  • GCSE/Pre-GCSE catch up

Recommended Books for revision

  • CGP KS3 Science: Complete study and practice.
  • CGP KS3 Revision: The Study Guide (Available in higher and foundation levels)

Websites

Key Stage 3 BBC Bitesize Science

Progression Routes

The skills developed in Key Stage 3 will give students a good platform for studying the AQA Combined Science - Trilogy GCSE course, or Triple Science.

Spanish

Curriculum Intent - What is Greenford High School aiming to achieve through its Spanish curriculum?

• To develop understanding of spoken and written language from a variety of authentic sources. (listening / reading)

• To increase opportunities for spontaneous speech in order to build confidence, fluency and spontaneity when communicating. (speaking)

• To produce written responses at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using variety of grammatical structures. (writing)

• To make use of appropriate social conventions, including informal and formal address and register. (register)

• To foster curiosity, develop awareness and understanding of the culture and identity of the countries or communities where the language is spoken. (intercultural)

• To foster links with other curriculum areas to deepen learning and encourage bilingualism. (cross-curricular)

• To develop resilient and independent learners in order to maximise their progress and prepare them for the next stage in their education irrespective of their attainment and background. (further education)

• To provide enrichment opportunities to foster responsible global citizens who would positively contribute to society. (enrichment)  

• To encourage a creative approach to language learning and instilling students with a growth mindset. (creativity)  

Pupils studying Spanish will learn to express their ideas on a wide range of topics. Particular emphasis is placed on building up spoken fluency, with the majority of activities in lessons conducted in the target language. In addition to developing linguistic competence, pupils will learn about the culture of countries where Spanish is spoken and have the opportunity to make contact with young people in these countries though links with partner schools. 

Year 7

Year 7 Pupils will study the following topics in Spanish:

  1. Me presento... (Introducing yourself in Spanish)
  2. Familia y mascotas (Family & pets)
  3. Mi instituto (My school)
  4. ¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live? Home & local area)

By the end of the Year 7 course, pupils will be able to do the following in Spanish:

  • Introduce themselves in Spanish (say and spell name, birthday, nationality and languages spoken)
  • Describe their family and different family members' appearance, personality and age
  • Talk about pets that they have/would like to have
  • Say which school subjects they like/dislike and why, and describe school facilities
  • Describe their timetable, uniform and how they get to school
  • Say where they live and what they like/dislike about their home and local area

Year 8

Year 8 Pupils will study the following topics in Spanish:

  1. ¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live? Home & local area)
  2. El tiempo libre (Free time & hobbies)
  3. Una fiesta de cumpleaños (Planning a birthday party)
  4. Las vacaciones (Holidays)

By the end of Year 8 pupils will be able to do the following in Spanish:

  • Say where they live and what they like/dislike about their home and local area
  • Talk about facilities and weather in their local area and give directions to key places in town
  • Explain plans for a birthday party, including what food they are going to bring and what clothes they are going to wear
  • Say where they normally go on holiday, and where they went last year
  • Describe future holiday plans

Progression Routes

The Key Stage 3 Spanish course provides a good foundation for pupils to study GCSE Spanish at Key Stage 4.