The aim of our KS3 curriculum is to build a strong foundation of knowledge and skills in a broad range of subjects. Departments at AGSB have spent several years fine-tuning AGSB Subject Achievement Maps (SAMs). These documents identify the knowledge and skills that students need, to make progress in the different subject areas.
Departments use the SAMs to design schemes of work and assessment systems to ensure the curriculum provides sufficient depth and challenge for AGSB students. In KS3, teachers use the SAMs to design Topic Descriptor Sheets for each of the topics that students study. Topic Descriptor Sheets detail the skills and knowledge needed to learn each topic securely. These documents are available in students’ exercise books and are visible on the walls of classrooms in practical subjects. Teachers also share assessment criteria with students, so that they know what they must do to make progress.
Our aim is that by sharing the learning plan, through the Topic Descriptor Sheets, and sharing the assessment criteria, students are empowered to take ownership of their own learning. We encourage students to have a growth mind-set, where we explain that the single most significant factor that will determine their success, is how hard they are willing to work.
In Years 7 and 8 we purposefully do not share targets or use a grading system that is familiar to students and parents. The aim of this is to try to reduce pressure on students and to encourage them to focus on learning rather than grades. For a more detailed explanation about assessment at AGSB, please see the KS3 Assessment.
Years 7-9 Curriculum Structure
Subjects studied in Years 7-9 at AGSB: