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Havelock Academy

Our goal is to provide excellent opportunities in an open, positive and purposeful climate for all to achieve excellence, become lifelong learners and responsible, successful, well rounded citizens.

Key Stage 3

At Havelock Academy we will offer a 3 year key stage 3.

At key stage 3, our intent is to offer a comprehensive introduction to a wide range of academic and creative subjects.  Students will study English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (History, Geography, Religious Education), Art, French, Music, Physical Education, and Performing Arts. Where a student joins the academy with lower than expected levels in Mathematics and English, additional support in these subjects is provided.

Subject Time allocation

1 hour per week

English 4 hours per week
Food Technology 1 hour per week
French 2 hours per week
Geography 2 hours per week
History 2 hours per week
IT 1 hour per week
Maths 4 hours per week
Music 1 hour per week
Physical Education 2 hours per week
Performing Arts 1 hour per week
Religious Education 1 hour per week
Science 3 hours per week
Tutorial 1 hour per week

In addition, all students will participate in the Havelock Journey PSHE programme which is delivered for 1 hour a week though a well-planned rolling tutorial programme.


Curriculum overviews (Topics and content)

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Head of Department: Ms K Penrose

At Havelock Academy, art is offered weekly with hour long lessons throughout key stage 3. During art lessons, students will learn about a variety of artists and art movements: from modern to more traditional forms of art and cultural art. Students will learn to analyse art, explore different media and build up drawing, painting, printing and sculpture skills.   There will be numerous extracurricular opportunities for students to practice and explore their passion for art.

KS3 Art and Design - BBC Bitesize


Head of Department: Ms C Ferrier 

During key stage 3, students at Havelock will be immersed into a rigorous and academically challenging English curriculum, rooted in the latest cognitive and educational research. Our students will also study explicit grammar and vocabulary instruction to improve writing skills.  Alongside this, our students will have the chance to read for pleasure; an opportunity for the teacher to share a favourite novel with students. Our students will also be encouraged, guided, and motivated to read more suitable texts with Accelerated Reader. 

KS3 English - BBC Bitesize

Food Technology

Head of Department: Ms H Kita 

As Food Technology is generally a newly timetabled subject for students when they start at Havelock Academy, our work is directed in preparing students to organise themselves safely and confidently in a specialised practical room. Knowledge of skills, use of equipment, the understanding of food origins and food value is an integral part of our work.  Our aim is to ensure that our students become more independent in the preparation of food – a skill for life!

KS3 Food Technology - BBC Bitesize


Head of Department: Miss C Bentley

In today’s interconnected world, it is ever more important to be able to communicate fluently with others. Language skills will provide our students with a competitive advantage that sets them apart from their monolinguistic peers.  During key stage 3, we hope to inspire our students with the love of learning a second language.  Students will complete eighteen key units focusing on themselves, their lives and the world around them. During this time, students will be mastering the French language across the four key skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing). We hope to enable our students to secure confidence and a degree of automatisation in the speaking, listening, reading, and writing in French by the end of key stage 3. 

KS3 French - BBC Bitesize


Head of Department: Mrs N Comfort-Sikora

Havelock Academy’s Geography curriculum has been created to immerse students with powerful geographical knowledge.  Geography is the study of places and people. During key stage 3, students will gain geographical knowledge about diverse places, people, resources and natural and human environments, together with a deep understanding of the Earth’s key physical and human processes. This essential knowledge deepens our understanding of the world and the interaction between physical and human processes, and of the formation and use of landscapes and environments. The study of Geography equips students to explain how the Earth’s features are shaped, interconnected and change over time. 

KS3 Geography - BBC Bitesze



Head of Department: Mr C McMillan 

Havelock Academy’s History curriculum has been created to immerse students with powerful historical knowledge.  Studying history is the acquisition of knowledge of the past.  The study of Britain's history and that of the wider world is essential knowledge to enable understanding of the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as our own identities and the challenges of our time. The study of History equips students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective and judgement.  

KS3 History - BBC Bitesize


Computer Science/IT

Co-Heads of Faculty: Mr D Sylvester and Mr Z Eckley

The safe use of ICT in the Academy is underpinned by the desire to equip our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding for a future in which ICT is already playing a vital role in teaching, learning, leisure and the workplace. More specifically, our vision is to raise the levels of student attainment and broaden access to the school curriculum. The impact of ICT should offer exciting teaching and learning opportunities across the range of subjects we offer. The Academy also seeks to develop practice that will reflect the benefits available to our pupils through efficient and innovative uses of ICT.

KS3 IT - BBC Bitesize



Head of Department:: Miss N Lennie 

At key stage 3, we cover topics from all strands of Maths: number, geometry, ratio and proportion, algebra and statistics. Our aim is to help students become strong, independent mathematicians who have the knowledge, experience and confidence to apply their learning in a variety of contexts, both the familiar and the unknown. We do this by delivering and securing core skills, whilst practising and extending these in topics which are dependent on the skills learned. Throughout our teaching, we pay particular attention to how we think when we are doing Maths, developing reasoning and problem-solving skills as we go. 

KS3 Maths - BBC Bitesize



Director of Music: Mr I Cooke 

All students should experience music in school as a normal, everyday activity, making music through performing and composing, listening to music with increasing understanding, and participating in performances as performers and as audience members.  In Music, students will explore a wide range of music topics from World Music, Rock and Pop to Classical. Students will experience opportunities to explore a wide variety of instruments and build skills in reading, writing and performing music. There are many opportunities for extra-curricular including choir and various bands for students to learn new skills and explore their passion for Music.
KS3 Music - BBC Bitesize


Physical Education

Head of Department:: Miss K Lamb 

Within key stage 3 Physical Education (PE), we have three themes, Skills, Tactics and Leadership, one for each year group. These allow the student to develop both practically and academically within PE. During the Year 7 (Skills), students will learn all about the technical aspect of each sport to allow them to engage within each sport. In Year 8, the focus on Tactics allows students to work on this skill, allowing them to develop strategies within the sport to gain success. The last theme is Leadership, which will allow Year 9 students to officiate games, gain confidence in leading small groups and expand their knowledge by coaching.  All of these skills increasing students opportunities to get involved with a variety of sporting activities both inside and outside of the Academy.

KS3 PE - BBC Bitesize


Performing Arts

Subject Leader: Mrs N Potton

At Havelock Academy, we are very passionate about enabling all students to access the wider curriculum and therefore we offer Performing Arts throughout key stage 3.  Students will study Performing Arts for one hour per week.  During these lessons, our students will explore Drama and Dance, and study performances from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘West Side Story’, to name but a few.  Students will learn to express themselves, explore characterisation and build confidence to perform and build relationships.   

There will be numerous opportunities for your child to participate in extra-curricular activities including the Academy’s main production of a well-known musical show. Past productions have included: Beauty and the Beast, We Will Rock You and Les Misérables. 

KS3 Performing Arts - BBC Bitesize


Religious Education

Head of Department:: Mr C McMillan (

Our RE curriculum has been created to immerse students with powerful religious and philosophical knowledge.  RE involves asking the fundamental question ‘What is it to be human?’ It offers a unique place to address this question, in the light of the many responses offered by religion and philosophy. The content of RE includes religious and non-religious responses to shared human experience. The process of RE involves an interaction between the world of religious beliefs and practices, and our own worlds. This essential knowledge enables students to make sense of history, peoples, global events and provides the opportunity to form ideas about life’s big questions.

KS3 RE - BBC Bitesize



Head of Department:: Ms L Marsden 

During key stage 3, students will experience a new and exciting curriculum from September. This has been developed by subject specialists across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) and serves to introduce students to a broad spectrum of topics - all designed to ignite interest, challenge thinking and put in place the core knowledge required to progress towards our key stage 4 curriculum. Topic sequencing is carefully considered with interleaving of content and regular opportunities for retrieval of knowledge to consolidate learning.  Students will have the opportunity to study across all three scientific disciplines where they will begin to build the core knowledge and skills base. 

KS3 Science - BBC Bitesize