Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the first stage of Secondary School, a phase of education for 11-14 year old students. Years 7, 8 and 9 make up KS3. Students will enter from KS2 (Primary School). KS3 is also known as Lower Secondary. KS3 provides a clear path of learning for students heading towards Cambridge IGCSE examinations.
The difference in Secondary School education is that all subjects are taught by specific subject teachers; experts in their own field of education.
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There are 12 subjects at KS3; English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Global Perspectives, History, Geography, Arabic, French, Computer Science and Art and Design. In addition Music and Drama are taught to develop creativity and expression. A PSHCE ( Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education) course is followed to support emotional well-being of our students. In this subject the students learn about keeping healthy and maintaining good relationships.
The Cambridge Curriculum is followed throughout KS3 in all subject areas.
Secondary Music Courses in CIST enhance student understanding and appreciation of music through the development of practical skills and creative work. Students extend their creative problem-solving skills, individual and cooperative work habits and knowledge of themselves and others.
Music classes in CIST include: Guitar, Instrumental (Band), Keyboard, Music for Creation/Composition, Music and Computers and Vocal music.
Drama is incorporated into the curriculum. We believe that enthusiastic students who learn to speak out clearly and relate confidently with others will have an inside track to lifetime success.
Your child will get the opportunity to develop at their own pace, with plenty of positive encouragement. Our drama classes are using a wide range of unique drama activities to focus the bold, outspoken child and to draw out the quiet child or the inarticulate child and help them reach into themselves to discover their full potential.
School trips are a fantastic opportunity to head on an adventure and learn outside of the classroom.
For secondary students, heading on a secondary school tour offers the chance to experience independence, create bonds with their classmates and to enhance their examination scores while creating great memories along the way.
Students are assessed at the end of each term in all subject areas. (Three times per year.) There are also Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests in Mathematics, English and Science which are internal assessments. These give a clear indication of knowledge, skills and understanding. They are taken at any time of the year, to check progress. In addition, Year 9 students will undertake Cambridge Lower Secondary Checkpoint exams at the end of the academic year. All exam results are communicated with parents in the end of term report cards. Any low performers will be highlighted and extra support will be given. High achievers are given mastery assignments to accelerate their learning in accordance with their ability.
At the end of Year 9, KS3 is completed, pupils will move to Year 10, KS4 and Upper Secondary School. During Year 9, towards the end, students, with guided support from their teachers and parents will choose their options for Cambridge IGCSE study, a two year course.
We believe that there are no limits to what our students can achieve and we create an environment where students can excel academically, socially and personally. Our team of teaching staff provide the highest quality of learning where all students are given the opportunities to achieve their very best. With
small class sizes, our teachers know each individual child and how to enable them to make exceptional achievement in all areas of the curriculum. It is our aim to inspire ambition in our students, challenge their thinking and support them in overcoming challenges they may face.