Key Stage 3 is taught across years 7 and 8. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been designed to build upon the students learning and experiences at Key Stage 2. The curriculum aims to give students access to active and creative approaches to the subject. With this in mind drama, ICT, independent enquiries and multimedia activities, play a key role in the subject. The curriculum also aims to give the students a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the teachings of the Bible.
All students in years 7, 8 cover the same core curriculum at the same time. This not only allows students the same core experiences but it means that staff can support one another in the development of resources and teaching practices. Student progress is assessed through continuous assessment in the form of graded tasks and summative assessment at the end of each academic year.
Key Stage 4 is run over three years. In Year 9 students undertake a preparatory GCSE course which aims to develop their examination skills in preparation for starting the GCSE in Year 10. Students follow the GCSE specification after a short introduction to the course and assessment requirements. Students study Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Specification through Catholic Christianity and Judaism which is taught across the two years.
Student progress is assessed through examination style practice questions, which are set regularly in lessons and continuously for homework. End of unit tests are used to determine current and target grades. There are mock examinations in the July of Year 10 and twice in Year 11. The students sit the GCSE examination itself at the end of year 11.
A wide range of assessment data is used to identify those students in need of support to achieve their potential and this in turn is used to inform planning. Student progress is closely monitored through an on-going intervention programme which targets the entire GCSE cohort through close monitoring, tutorial sessions and parental involvement.
Homework is set on a weekly basis in line with the department Homework policy. Students record the homework in their planner and the teacher lists the task and associated guidelines on ShowMyHomework for the students to access.
Pupils will be assessed during each unit through keyword tests, end of unit-graded pieces of work and formal exams.Resources and facilities
Resources and facilities
St Matthew's is proud to house its own chapel. Jesus Christ is central to our school. His revelation, communicated through the Church, provides purpose and direction.
Each classroom is equipped with interactive white boards and software.
The shared area of the school’s network also includes many helpful resources to aid revision and learning, such as Powerpoint presentations and lists of key words.
Curriculum and Spiritual Enrichment
Extra support is regularly available at lunch and after school from teachers for pupils who want extra help or advice. There are also targeted revision and catch up sessions. All Key Stage 4 teachers provide after school revision sessions for GCSE classes in preparation for Mock and GCSE examinations. Extra Saturday sessions are also held when necessary.
St Matthew’s R.C High School has an active pupil Chaplaincy group that lead and contribute to the prayer life of the school.
In addition to the academic content delivered in lessons, pupils will be encouraged to observe the liturgical year with special lessons and services. There will also be opportunities for prayer and the Sacraments, as well as time for reflection during retreats or visits from outside speakers.