Key Stage 3

Progress and Well-Being Manager

 

Year 7
Gwilym Ayre
Contact:
Gwilym.Ayre@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk 

 

Years 8 & 9
Nia Macmillan
Contact:
niamac@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk

 

Our curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3) is broad and balanced during which pupils develop their learning skills across all subjects. Our curriculum teams offer learning programmes that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure that pupils of all abilities are provided with challenging opportunities to maximise their potential.

The National Curriculum subjects in Wales are split into two categories, core subjects and non-core subjects. In Key Stage 3, the subjects taught to all pupils in each of these years are:

Core

  • Cymraeg (First Language) or Welsh (Second language)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science

Non-Core

  • Art
  • Design and Technology (including Resistant Materials, Food Technology and Textiles)
  • Drama
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Music
  • Personal & Social Education
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Education

In Key Stage 3 most pupils are taught in mixed ability groups although there is some grouping by ability in Cymraeg (First language), English, Mathematics and Science.

Key Stage 3 assessment

During the summer term of Year 9, pupils’ attainment at the end of Key Stage 3 in all National Curriculum subjects is recorded by teacher assessments.  

Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF)

The National Literacy and Numeracy Framework is designed to help teachers embed literacy and numeracy into all subjects for pupils aged 5 to 14.

The LNF sets the skills we expect pupils to develop. Within literacy we expect pupils to become accomplished in:

  • oracy across the curriculum
  • reading across the curriculum
  • writing across the curriculum.

 Within numeracy we expect pupils to become accomplished in:

  • developing numerical reasoning
  • using number skills
  • using measuring skills
  • using data skills.

 Teachers will use the LNF to:

  • develop curriculum content to ensure that all pupils have opportunities to develop and refine the skills set out in the LNF
  • integrate literacy and numeracy into their teaching – whatever the subject matter
  • inform discussions with parents/carers, pupils and other teachers about learner performance
  • help pupils with their own self-assessment activities and planning for learning
  • monitor, assess and report on individual learner performance
  • identify pupils who may benefit from intervention or who are working beyond age-related expectations.

What are the National Reading and Numeracy Tests?

They’re tests that all year 2 – year 9 children take at schools in Wales, and are part of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework (LNF). The tests were introduced in May 2013. Their main aims are to:

  • Give schools an accurate gauge of individual children’s skills and abilities
  • Help drive up literacy and numeracy standards in children throughout Wales
  • Paint a clearer picture of how children are performing nationally.

The tests are paper-based, and take between 30 and 60 minutes each (although children who need longer because of additional needs will be given extra time). 

Support

If any pupil has difficulty with any aspect of life at school, we take action quickly to discover the reason and try to remedy the problem. All staff are keen to ensure the curriculum is engaging, stimulating and challenging with agreed targets achievable for students in a supportive and caring atmosphere. 

Pupils are provided with advice and guidance on how to improve in all their subjects. Some pupils require further learning support for a range of individual needs, literacy, and numeracy skills as appropriate and their curriculum may be personalised accordingly. 

Additional Learning Needs

The Learning Support Team offers support to all students and actively seeks to promote their academic progress and emotional welfare. As a school, we identify pupils’ needs by working with a wide range of external agencies as well as seeking information from teaching staff, teaching assistants and parents. 

Once a need has been identified, the pupil is placed on the Additional Learning Needs register which is a way of recording the individual need and support a pupil requires. 

When a subject teacher or parent feels that a pupil may need additional support they can communicate this to the ALNCo (Nia Ballard) or the Specialist Teacher for ALN (Donna Palfreman) who will then start to collect further information and/or arrange to carry out an assessment.

Contact:
nia.powell@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk
donna.palfreman@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk

 

Extra-curricular activities

We always aim to develop a student’s talents in order to achieve excellence, for example, music is encouraged and enhanced by external peripatetic instrumental teachers who come to the school (for details please contact Miss Rhys-Jones or Mrs Ennis).

Contact:
Rhiannon.RhysJones@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk
elinnon@builth-hs.powys.sch.uk
 

Our extensive educational visits and extra-curricular programme supplements and supports pupils’ studies and encourages them to fulfil their potential and talents.