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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Guide

Welcome to the Key Stage 3 course guide. We expect that you’ll have many questions about what happens next in your education, and we’ve written this guide to try to answer as many as possible.

Key Stage 3

An Introduction

Here at the British International School, we follow the UK education system, although we change it in places to make sure it is right for people living and working in Shanghai. The UK system divides your time at school into sections, called ‘Key Stages’ (KS for short), and if you’re in Year 6 you’ve been working your way through the last year of KS2. You’re about to start KS3, which is the name given to Years 7, 8 and 9. Most people are 11 at the start of Year 7, and 14 by the end of Year 9, although many students are a little younger or older. 

KS3 is a really important time as it involves a new start in the secondary school. As a Year 7 student you’ll be the youngest in this part of the school, and Year 9 students are on their way to becoming responsible adults. In the secondary school we’ll teach you in a way that you might find different to your previous experiences. You’ll be taught by lots of different teachers – all experts in their subjects – and you’ll move from classroom to classroom to go to your lessons. We’ll make sure you know where to go at every point, and you’ll have friends with you to help you get to the right places at the right times.

Key Stage 3

A Range of Subjects

In Key Stage 3, you’ll study a lot of different subjects. We want you to get to grips with a wide range of courses that are taught by teachers who are real enthusiasts for their subjects.

We teach a number of our subjects in sets, where you’ll be with other people who have about the same ability as you. We’ll keep an eye on whether or not you’re in the right set and move you if necessary. 

In some subjects, such as Computer Science, Art, PSHE, Drama and Music and Music Technology, where there are no sets, you will be taught alongside all the other members of your tutor group. We find that this balance of set classes and mixed classes works well, as it gives you the opportunity to progress as fast as possible and to mix with lots of different people. 

You’ll have time to study languages too. Nearly all students study Mandarin, and we also offer a choice of French, German or Spanish to those who study mainstream English. If you aren’t a native or fluent English speaker, and you find working in English difficult, you will follow the English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme instead of your European language option. We also have a Dutch and Korean (Year 9 only) language option.

All of the subjects you’ll study are described in this curriculum guide, but please ask us if you’d like to know more about any of them.

 Key Stage 3

Contact Us

We very much hope that you will read this guide with your son or daughter and talk it through with him or her. We understand that you’ll want to be reassured about the experiences your son or daughter will have in the secondary school, and we’re very happy to talk about them at any point. If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns at any time, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll do what we can to help.

Please contact us and we’ll do what we can to help.

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金光路111号华漕镇上海市 闵行区201107

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