International British
Online School

International British Online School

Providing an outstanding, traditional education online from the heart of London

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

At iBOS, we believe that the curriculum drives the learning experience of all of our students. We have high aspirations for our students to achieve outstanding academic progress by focusing on moulding our pupils into lifelong learners. Key Stage 3 (years 7-9) prepares students for the next stage of their studies when they will take iGCSEs (Key stage 4)

Our online school has a broad and rich curriculum that challenges each student. The curriculum within a range of subjects and courses inspires students to have a love of learning and helps them gain invaluable knowledge, understanding and skills in every aspect of their education. This incorporates British values alongside linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technical, human, social, physical and artistic learning.

1. The Core Subjects English and Mathematics
All students will study English Language, English Literature and Mathematics as part of our Key Stage 3 package, where students will investigate critical themes and improve their areas of understanding.
English will support students in developing their skills to:

    • Read easily, fluently and with a good understanding
    • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
    • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
    • Appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
    • Write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
    • Use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
    • Are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

Maths will enable our students to:

    • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
    • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
    • Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

2. Science
Students thoroughly cover all key scientific areas by studying Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Pupils are supported to:

    • Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics
    • Develop an understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them
    • Are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

3. Modern Foreign Languages
Students will study both Spanish and French, providing a foundation for these popular, widely spoken languages. Students will learn how to:

    • Understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of authentic
    • sources
    • Speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of
    • communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking
    • questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation
    • Write at varying lengths, for different purposes and audiences, using a variety of
    • grammatical structures that they have learnt
    • Discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.

4. Humanities
Students will read both History and Geography to learn how historical and environmental events influence contemporary socio-economic issues.
In Geography, students will extend their locational knowledge and deepen their spatial awareness of the world’s countries using maps of the world to focus on Africa, Russia, Asia (including China and India), and the Middle East, focusing on their environmental regions, including polar and hot deserts, key physical and human characteristics, countries and major cities
In History, Pupils should extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils should identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. They should use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways. They should pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response. They should understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

5. Art and Design
Pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas and increase proficiency in their execution. They will develop a critical understanding of artists, architects and designers, expressing reasoned judgements that can inform their own work.
Pupils will be taught:

    • To use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks, journals and other media as a basis for exploring their ideas
    • To use a range of techniques and media, including painting
    • To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
    • To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
    • About the history of art, craft, design and architecture, including periods, styles and major movements from ancient times up to the present day.

6. Global Citizenship
Global Citizenship equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, responsible, balanced and just lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic well-being. A critical component of Global Citizenship is providing opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

7. Computer Science
Pupils are taught and encouraged to :

    • Understand the fundamental of Computer Science and how they can utilise these in our ever-changing world.
    • Develop the skills necessary to champion the use of ICT in every sector.
    • Understand the impact technology has on us as individuals and wider society.