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The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 provides students with an opportunity to study a wide range of subjects, and to develop the skills necessary for study at GCSE and A Level. Students are provided with opportunities to work collaboratively, to develop as independent learners, and to develop an enquiry-based approach to learning. Students are also provided with numerous opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as sports, trips, competitions, charitable events, music tuition and subject-specific clubs after college. Many of these are designed to complement and extend the learning that goes on in the classroom.

In Years 8, 9 and 10 students study the following subjects:

Art and Design Geography Personal Development

Citizenship History Physical Education

Drama Home Economics Religious Education

Employability ICT Science

English Maths Spanish*

French* Music Technology and Design

* Each student studies both French and Spanish in Year 8 and then chooses one to continue with into Years 9 and 10,

The College Day

Many of our students travel to and from college by bus. The day begins with form class or assembly at 8.55am and classes finish at 3.00pm. Healthy food and drinks are available in ‘The Base’ at Break and Lunchtime, with an extensive selection on offer. There is a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs after college.

An example of a typical year 8 timetable is shown below:

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Mon

 

English

Science

Science

Maths

RE

RE

ICT

Art

Art

Art

Tues

 

PD

PD

History

Home Ec

Home Ec

Home Ec

Maths

PE

PE

PE

Weds

 

Drama

English

English

History

French

French

Geog

Geog

Spanish

English

Thurs

 

Drama

History

Spanish

ICT

Maths

Maths

English

English

Music

Science

Fri

 

Music

Maths

Maths

Science

Science

Science

Tech

Tech

Tech

Tech

Homework

Homework is a vital part of the learning process and, as such, all students are expected to commit to completing it to the best of their ability. Each student is given a planner-diary which helps them record and organise their homework.

Supporting the Move from Primary School

We recognise that making the transition from primary to post-primary school can be an exciting but nervous occasion. We aim to ensure that each student feels happy and secure in their move to Drumragh Integrated College.

Before starting with us, we invite all incoming year 8 students to the college for two days in June, where they get to know their Form Teacher, their Year Head, some of their subject teachers and other students in their year group.

  • In September, year 8 students spend their first day with only one other year group in attendance, so that they have extra space to begin with.

  • For the first month in college, year 8 students start their lunch break earlier than most other year groups.

  • Primary school staff and parents are invited to let us know of all information that will help each student to settle and progress effectively.

  • There is a Year 8 Welcome Evening for students and their parents, again in September.

  • During the Autumn term, all year 8 students are given a team-building day at a venue away from college, which helps them to integrate and grow new friendships.

  • Form Teachers and other staff make sure that students are looked after well.

  • Students are welcome to ask lots of questions and to tell staff of any concerns they may have.

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