FOSTERING A LOVE OF LEARNING THROUGH BREADTH AND CHALLENGE
The KS3 curriculum is designed to engage our younger students and to engender in them a love of learning. The girls experience a wide range of subjects, so that they can begin to find new strengths and develop existing interests. This breadth is maintained until the end of Year 9, and informs the GCSE subject choices they make at this point.
- The subjects offered in Key Stage 3 go from Modern Languages to Geography, from Classical Civilisation to Sciences, and from Maths to Dance.
- The girls have five periods of Sport a week, including traditional team games along with activities such as trampolining, so that there is something for every girl to enjoy.
- They also have ICT lessons, learning about coding and using Raspberry Pi.
Head, Heart & Hand
New last year, the addition of the Head, Heart & Hand programme (HHH) has proved hugely successful and popular with students. The concept is designed to challenge the girls to think beyond what they might ordinarily do and to try out things they might not have come across before. With options ranging from Russian to Sushi-making, and Beach Volleyball to Beginners’ Philosophy and Politics, this curriculum development has made a powerful impact on the quality of our KS3 offer, bringing Tuesday and Thursday afternoons to life with practical, positive, and challenging activities for everyone in KS3.
I have really liked the new subjects added to our timetables this year; I am learning Russian and dance this term and next term I will be taking courses in sign language and self-defence!
Sarah, Year 7
Trips and Leadership Opportunities
In the first three years of school, there are annual cross-curricular residential trips for the entire year-group: in both Year 7 and 9, the girls go on a bushcraft trip, with a full programme of activities during the day and workshops in the evenings. In Year 8, the girls have a similar experience in Derbyshire, helping the year-group to work together as a unit, while respecting the individuals with it.
Even lower down the school, the girls have opportunities to demonstrate and practise leadership skills, whether it be on one the trips, or being a member of School Council or the Form or Charity Representative. In Year 8 and 9, the girls are also buddied with a girl in Year 7, to provide support and guidance to the younger girls, particularly at the start of the year, when Roedean must seem so much bigger than their previous schools.
As girls move through Year 9, they are supported by the academic and pastoral teams with the process of choosing their GCSE options. Time is devoted to this in tutorials, one to one meetings, and PSHE lessons, so as to be sure that everyone receives the guidance they need.