Other Key Stage 3 Subjects

Other Key Stage 3 Subjects

There are a number of subjects that reside outside of Literacy for Life which require specialist facilities or specialist teachers.

Practical Science

While there are a lot of themes that contain Science in Literacy for Life such as ‘Water’, ‘iRobot’ and ‘Planets’, students also receive two hours a week of practical science. This follows the AQA Science course and covers the following topics, with a strong focus on developing scientific methods and practical skills:

In Year 7

  • Working Scientifically
  • Forces
  • Matter
  • Separation Techniques
  • Organisms
  • Electric Circuits
  • Variation
  • Light
  • Ecology

In Year 8

  • Energy
  • Particles
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Variation
  • Electromagnetism
  • Environment
  • Life Processes
  • Reactions
  • Bioenergetics


Physical Education

Students undertake two hours of physical education per week. In the first term, we will be utilising the facilities at the local leisure centre as well as the facilities on site which will become available over time. We will be offering the following activities:

  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • General Fitness and Aerobics (this may include gym access)
  • Swimming

There may be other options available based on staff specialisms. We will seek to engage with local clubs to increase opportunities for students.

Art/Music/Design Technology

Students undertake Music, Art and Design Technology on a rotation. Students are allocated two hours per week and hence will study two of these each term and then change to the next subject. These sessions are project based with the project lasting through the term.

Topic choices are at the discretion of the teacher but will cover the core KS3 competencies in the national curriculum.


Students study two hours of languages per week with the initial option in Year 7 being German.  We have chosen this language to have support from our sister Academy which has a strong German department.

During the year students receive introductory lessons in the four key competencies of:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Students who already speak a second language, or those who are struggling with English, may receive additional English tuition at this time after consultation with parents.