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Secondary (KS3)


Our comprehensive and rigorous Key Stage 3 curriculum is built on the best of global and UK standards, and features the English and Welsh National Curriculum and Cambridge Secondary 1 programmes. All subjects are taught discretely with English, Science and Mathematics following Cambridge Secondary 1 schemes and other subjects delivered through BIST developed programmes based on the English and Welsh National Curriculum. ICT contributes to learning and teaching in all areas and is integrated into subject teaching throughout the curriculum, as well as being taught as a discrete subject.

The following subjects are studied in Key Stage 3 at BIST:

English (language and literature), Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Global Perspectives, Foreign Languages (French or Spanish), Georgian (as a foreign language or mother tongue), Singing, Music, Art, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Physical Education (PE).

Cambridge Secondary 1

Cambridge Secondary 1 Mathematics, English and Science curricula build on the foundations of both Cambridge Primary and IPC programmes, although it is not essential to have completed that stage, and provide a solid base upon which the later stages of education can be built.

The English and Welsh National Curriculum promotes enquiry to develop thinking skills and encourage intellectual engagement. Reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills are about developed.

Mathematics is presented in six content areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measure, Handling Data and Problem Solving. The first five content areas are all underpinned by Problem Solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the Number content.

Science covers four content areas: enquiry, biology, chemistry and physics. Scientific enquiry covers evaluating evidence, planning investigative work, and recording and analysing data. The scientific enquiry objectives underpin biology, chemistry and physics, which are focused on developing confidence and interest in scientific knowledge. Environmental awareness and some history of science are also part of the curriculum. For more information on Cambridge Secondary 1, please visit: www.cie.org.uk