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Years 7 to 9


All students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) follow courses in English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, Geography, History, Modern Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education (PE), and Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (also known as PSHCE or Fitzfocus+). All students study French in Year 7, progressing to French and Spanish in Years 8 and 9.  Philosophy & Ethics (Religious Studies) is delivered as modules within the Humanities subjects.

These courses meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and build upon students’ prior knowledge, understanding and skills.

Time allocations in hours for these subjects over the Fitzharrys two-week timetable are set out below.

 

Subject

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Art

3

3

3

Computer Science

2

2

2

Design & Technology

5

4

4

Drama

2

2

2

English

6

6

6

French

4

3

3

Geography

3

3

3

History

3

3

3

Mathematics

6

6

6

Music

2

2

2

Philosophy & Ethics

2

2

2

Physical Education

4

4

4

PSHCE

1

1

1

Science

6

6

6

Spanish

-

3

3

 

A special feature of Fitzharrys Year 7 curriculum is a series of wider learning days where students develop confidence, leadership, independence and team work through a series of exciting challenges in and out of school. Recent wider learning days have included organising and running a charity Christmas fair, street dance, an eco day, a trip to Oxford Brookes University and visits from professional footballers as part of Show Racism the Red Card.

Year 7 culminates in our annual camp held at Youlbury. Students’ confidence and team work blossom as they conquer challenges including 3G swing, archery, aerial trek, abseiling, Jacob’s Ladder, rifle shooting, go-karting and much more. It is an impressive showcase of all the great qualities Fitzharrys students develop during their first year.

Years 8 and 9 continue the progression and challenges of Year 7. Beyond the classroom, trips and visits support students’ learning, with Humanities outings to the Black Country Living Museum, Imperial War Museum and Lulworth Cove as well as arts, music, theatre, sport and science events. 

Students in Years 8 and 9 also begin to think about the future, not just towards GCSE options but to sixth form and beyond. During Year 9, students make GCSE option choices where alongside two GCSEs in English, two GCSEs in Mathematics and at least two GCSEs in Science together with PE and Philosophy & Ethics, they can choose four other subjects from the wide range on offer.

With a variety of trips, school productions and other wider learning opportunities adding depth to the core curriculum, Key Stage 3 is an exciting and crucial time for each student to develop as an individual, grow in confidence and unearth new skills. 

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