Slotsvænget 1-3,

DK-5000 Odense, Denmark

Key Stage 3



Key Stage 3 is the stage of education that a child begins when they turn 11. This stage truly represents a journey from childhood into the early stages of adulthood. They build on and develop their academic and social skills, which allow for new learning opportunities, both in terms of subjects and working methods. Project management skills are taught and supported by the teaching staff at this stage. Key stage three students also have the opportunity to take part in the student council.

During this three-year period the focus remains strong on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. New subjects include history, geography and social science. Key stage three students also take art and physical education classes, along with various cross-curricular projects that will help the students to develop their learning styles, their natural curiosity and to explore the world around them. French remains an additional language subject in key stage 3.

The aim of key stage 3 is to provide a natural progression from primary school and to prepare the students for their IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Assessment is carried out informally through feedback from the teacher and peer editing, as well as formally through integrated progress checkers and checkpoint exams at the end of the key stage. The students receive levels (from 1-8) for their work in key stage 3. Progress reports are sent home twice a year and portfolios are also used to monitor and communicate student progress.

 

Core Subject information

The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are each divided into different units throughout the year. Each unit is based on a particular topic within that subject, and aims to be interactive and fun for the pupils while helping them to meet specific learning targets.

Below is a guide to examples of units and working methods covered in key stage 3.

 

English

In English there is a balance between fiction and non-fiction texts at this stage. Students are taught to read and write specific genre, e.g. articles, reviews, persuasive texts, formal letters, character analysis, short stories, poems, etc. Our classroom texts reflect a range of topics and originate from cultures all over the world. Key stage three students could be learning to read and write fables, or produce a persuasive advertising campaign for a charity organization. Students are encouraged to produce individual and group oral presentations, films and performances.

 

Mathematics

In Mathematics we aim to encourage and consolidate mathematical skills through practical discoveries, relatable examples and application of theory. Students are encouraged to explain and reason orally and on paper. Examples of concepts handled in this key stage include fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion. They will learn to express, among other things, formulae and functions in algebra. In geometry they will learn to draw and analyze 3D shapes and how to use bearings to solve problems involving distance and direction. Probability is also taught in this key stage, along with strategies for problem solving.

 

Science

Science is a practical subject at Odense International School with plenty of opportunities to carry out supervised experiments in the classroom and in our science laboratory. The teacher encourages independent thinking and reasoning and supports and structures student enquiry and discoveries. Routines, rules and safety precautions are carefully taught and managed by the teacher in key stage 3. Science consists of four main subject areas: scientific enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Examples of units studied could be ‘cells and organisms’,  ‘forces and motion’, ‘humans as organisms’, ‘the earth’, ‘states of matter’, or ‘magnetism’.

 

Cross Curricular projects

Our cross curricular projects combine aspects of the core subjects with other subjects, such as art, design, history, geography, Personal and Social Education and ICT.

Examples of projects could be ‘The Rainforest’, ‘The Art of Storytelling’, ‘Landscapes’ or ‘Sustainable Development’.  In some cases the students will combine theory from the classroom with practice or discoveries on field trips.  The first year of key stage 3 makes a 5-day school trip to the island of Bornholm to extend work carried out in geography and history lessons. Another field trip could be to study the river systems locally, in order to establish whether or not sustainable development can be managed.