Key Stage 3

@StJohnsMarlb Well done Year 7. Great fundraising effort for our local community minibus

Key Stage 3: Years 7-9

In Years 7 and 8 our innovative skills-based curriculum is designed to create a coherent and inter-disciplinary approach that makes sense to the learner. Focusing on skills and competences means that teaching emphasises the ability to understand and to do, rather than just the transmission of knowledge; it focuses on developing students’ generic skills for learning as well as their subject knowledge. It forms the basis for a deeper curriculum beginning in Year 9.

These skills are broad areas of capability, developed in classrooms through a mixture of instruction and practical experience: students are given the opportunity to plan their work, to organise their own time and to explore their own ways of learning. The St. John’s Skills give coherence and relevance to our curriculum and, as such, include: Citizenship Skills, Learning Skills, Information Skills, People Skills and Situation Skills. The skills are the framework and building blocks of the curriculum. Alongside subject development, they become the aims of our lessons; lessons are an equal blend of both subject and skills development. This is what makes St. John’s so unique.

Our curriculum design also means that subject boundaries are less defined than in traditional curriculum teaching; in Year 7 and Year 8 we have integrated the teaching of all subjects together into topic-based modules where skills can be developed through the exploration of common themes. The modules are:

  • Year 7 – Man & Beast, Genius & Invention, The Power of Humans & Nature
  • Year 8 – My Values, My Family Values; Clashes and Celebrations of Culture; The Power of Our Technology & My Voice

In Year 7 these modules include delivery of the following subjects: Art, Citizenship, Drama, DT (including Food Technology, Graphic Design, Resistant Materials, and Textiles), English, Geography, History, Maths, Two Modern Foreign Languages (French, plus one of either German or Spanish), Music, Science, Philosophy & Ethics, Physical Education, and Well-Being.

These subjects are continued into Year 8 and 9, with students now selecting to study two Modern Foreign Languages.


Key Stage 3 – Year 7
Key Stage 3 – Year 8-9
The St John’s Skills

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