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Key Stage 3 Thematic Curriculum

Discussion in 'Secondary' started by lwilli019, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. As a newly merged and split site school we are looking to develop our Key Stage 3 curriculum dramatically. We are at present investigating the possibility of delivering 2 days in Themes accross Yr 7. Does anyone out there have any experieince or advice they can offer??
    Anything will be greatefully recieved.
     
  2. As a newly merged and split site school we are looking to develop our Key Stage 3 curriculum dramatically. We are at present investigating the possibility of delivering 2 days in Themes accross Yr 7. Does anyone out there have any experieince or advice they can offer??
    Anything will be greatefully recieved.
     
  3. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Being a middle-school teacher, I have only ever taught Y7 thematically. It seems bizarre to me to do it any other way!
    What do you want to know?
    My general advice would be the same as in primary - only make links across the curriculum where it makes sense to do so. But where it makes sense, blur the boundaries entirely.
     
  4. What happens to the RE in these thematic curriculums?
     
  5. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    It depends on the units being covered, obviously.
    Why would RE be any different from any other subject?
     
  6. Unfortunately, it's been shown nationally that RE does lose out in this context, it is often watered down into themes that fail to match what needs to be taught in the Agreed Syllabus.
     
  7. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Maybe in secondary schools where it is tried to save money on buying in various humanities specialists.
    In primary and middle schools I find we're much more used to covering a broad range of subjects.
    The moral of the story is, of course: why did they ever close middle schools?!?
     
  8. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    Excellent point Tafkam! *paulie breaks into song nobody does it better! [​IMG]*
     
  9. paulie86

    paulie86 New commenter

    I'd agree with Tafkam, we tend to block some things in themes and others leave well alone. Sometimes we teach things through a theme and sometimes discrete subjetcs, depending on what suits.
     
  10. Can you give and example of what you do? I find that in a secondary school too many staff make it very difficult to deliver a linked curriculum consistently.
     
  11. tafkam

    tafkam Occasional commenter

    Therein lies the problem!
    If you're going to properly deliver an integrated curriculum, then the integration needs to take priority over departmental separation. If what you do is just ask different departments to work on projects under a common heading then you'll get exactly that.
    For example, in KS3 many schools will teach Medieval Britain in Y7 History lessons. When I have taught this in middle schools, we have drawn together many 'subjects' into this theme, for example by studying Chaucer; the geography & science of the spread of disease (e.g. Black Death); 3-d sculpture looking at medieval gargoyles & grotesques; a study of developing democracy linked to the Magna Carta; musical trends, including plainsong...
    Of course, most of these things would have been covered at some point in KS3 in most schools, but with no cohesion. To be able to sensibly develop a curriculum that succesfully links all of these things you need a small team dedicated to the devlopment and delivery of the curriculum through the broader theme, rather than focussing solely on the subject disciplines.
     
  12. A great programme that we run could meet your needs. Our organisation Envision is an educational charity and we provide interactive citizenship workshops known as Agents 4 Action which can be tailored depending on the themes you specifically wanted to include.
    We address a whole variety of topics and issues and deliver these in practical workshops which aim to provoke and explore the students understanding of citizenship issues, inspire ideas for practical projects and then help them create their vision.
    The workshops are aimed at Key stages 3, 4 and 5 and use a variety of activities for learning and skills development. If you are intersted you can find out more information here.
     
  13. gruoch

    gruoch New commenter

    Ah, the advantages of being ancient [​IMG]
    When I started teaching in (insert date of choice) the whole of what wasn't KS3 worked to an integrated curriculum. The secret was to have someone in charge and to plan the integration.
    Did it work? Absolutely. I can't think why it was ever abandoned.

     
  14. Would be very happy to discuss as this is an area that we are looking to develop
     

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