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KS3 Curriculum

Subject

Year 7

(hours taught per week)

Year 8

(hours taught per week)

Year 9

(hours taught per week)

English

3

3

4

Maths

3

3

3

Science

3

3

3

Languages 

3

3

2

Geography

1.5

1.5

1.5

History

1.5

1.5

1.5

RE

1

1

1

Art

1

1

1

Design & Technology

2

2

2

Computing

1

1

1

Music

1

1

1

PE

2

2

2

Drama

1

1

1

PSHCE 

1

1

1

In Years 7 and 8 students study French and Spanish, in Year 9 they study French or Spanish.

Teaching Groups and Settings 

  • Teaching in Year 7 is mainly in mixed ability form groups of about 28 pupils.
  • When setting occurs it is by ability within the subject or a pair of related subjects.
  • Setting starts for Maths and English in Year 7.
  • RE and Science in Year 8.
  • Design & Technology is taught in smaller groups of about 17-20 from Year 7.
  • Key Stage 4 groups are generally slightly smaller than in Key Stage 3, but vary considerably
  • Setting is regularly reviewed and students are moved between sets as the need arises

KS4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 4 the curriculum consists of a substantial core studied by all students and optional subjects from which students can choose four subjects to study.

Subject Year 10 (hours taught) Year 11 (hours taught)
English Language and Literature 4 4
Mathematics 3.5 3.5
Science 5.5 4.5
PSCHE 0 1
RE 0 1
PE 2 2

Key Stage 4 GCSE Optional Subjects 

Art Computing D&T Food & Nutrition
D&T Graphics      D&T Product Design     D&T Textiles
Drama French Geography
History Music PE
RE Spanish  

 

 Key Stage 4 Vocational Optional Subjects at MWS

BTEC Health and Social Care CNC iMedia
Music Practitioners BTEC Sport
BTEC Travel and Tourism

 

 Key Stage 4 Vocational Optional Subjects at College

Animal Care Child Care
Hair and Beauty Motor Vehicle
Multi-Trades

KS5 Curriculum

Monk’s Walk is part of the Welwyn Hatfield 14-19 Consortium along with four other secondary schools. 

The consortium offers over 30 A Levels, of which over 20 are taught at Monk’s Walk. 

In addition to the academic subjects, the consortium offers a range of vocational qualifications that are equivalent to A levels.

All Monk’s Walk consortium students are members of a form group with dedicated academic and pastoral tutor time. This is accompanied with a full enrichment and PSHCE programme which supports future career and university applications.

Consortium Information

Setting

It is important that all students have the opportunity to be taught in classes that challenge their abilities. Setting in subjects allows students to be taught according to their abilities and create an environment that stretches their knowledge, understanding and potential. Reviews of subjects’ setting procedures happen each year.


Year 7

Maths and English are the only subjects that have setting in Year 7. All other teaching, apart from Design Technology who have smaller group sizes for workshop purposes, is in mixed ability form groups of about 28 pupils.


Year 8

Maths, English, Languages, RE, and Science have setting in Year 8. These subjects set with four forms together, making four sets. English and RE set together, the other subjects set on their own.  Geography and History are taught in combined teaching groups of mixed ability.  All other subjects are taught in form groups


Year 9

Maths, English, Languages, RE, and Science have setting in Year 9. These subjects set with four forms together, making four sets. English and RE set together, the other subjects set on their own.  Geography and History are taught in combined teaching groups of mixed ability.  All other subjects are taught in form groups


Other Subjects at Key Stage 3

Design Technology is taught in smaller mixed ability groups of about 17-20 from Year 7.


Key Stage 4

English, Maths, Science and RE all set separately in Years 10 and Year 11.  For these subjects the year group is divided into 2 groups of four sets.  All other subjects are taught in mixed ability classes.


How is setting a student decided?

Setting is based upon a student’s academic performance and ability. This is decided by teacher’s judgement of a student’s current performance and prior attainment data. For example, in Year 7 a student’s KS2 maths result will be taken into account when deciding the set for that student. If a student believes they are in a set that is not appropriate for their level of ability then they can discuss this with their class teacher. Parents can support this process by contacting the teacher or Head of Department.


Movement between sets

Movement between sets can take place when the subject teacher and Head of Department believe it should take place.  This process is not very common as the majority of students are placed in the correct set according to their ability at the start of the school year.  When movement does happen, parents and students are involved in the discussion of a possible change of set before it takes place.