Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, all students follow a curriculum that is line with the National Curriculum requirements, stressing the importance of the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, alongside the statutory core elements of religious education (through Religious Studies) and sex and relationship education (through Lifeskills) and the foundation subjects, enhanced by the delivery of Drama.  Additional support is provided, as appropriate, to specific students to support their core learning, especially in the areas of literacy and numeracy.

 

We operate a two-week timetable with 5 lessons per day, equating to a 50-lesson cycle.

Design and Technology

Head of Faculty : Mr S Fowler

Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator : Ms C Beggs

 

The Design and Technology Faculty at Mayflower prides itself on the commitment students’ show towards the subject. Staff teach in specialist rooms and there is an emphasis on continually raising the standard of Design and Technology provision for our students.

 

Mayflower Design and Technology builds on the skills and knowledge pupils have already learnt at primary school. It leverages increasingly sophisticated resources, including dedicated teaching environments, manufacturing equipment and specialist teaching. As students progress through this phase, they may be given the opportunity to focus on specific aspects of the subject such as product design and food technology, at its core is creativity and imagination. Students learn to design and make products that solve genuine, relevant problems within different contexts whilst considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. To do this effectively, they will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on additional disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

At KS3 we run a carousel system where classes will rotate four times throughout the year of which one of these includes a food rotation.

 

  • Accommodation comprises of two well-equipped Food rooms, four Design and Technology workshops and two computer rooms. The smaller computer room doubles as a 3D printing studio and boasts eleven printers.

  • The Faculty is well provided with CAD/CAM by use of 2D and 3D software along with two laser cutters. It also contains facilities for turning (both wood lathe and centre lathe), a milling machine, casting facilities and a range of thermoplastic forming devices.

 

KS3 FOOD

 

In KS3 food lessons we cover the following topics:

Food safety and hygiene, correct and safe use of equipment, nutritional needs for every age group, the Eatwell Guide, food provenance, food labelling, micronutrients and macronutrients, energy balance, food assurance schemes, food contamination, food and plate styling.

 

The food products that we make are predominantly savoury and follow the current nutritional guidelines. We make dishes that use all parts of the oven, safe use of knives and other equipment, as well as understanding the need for good hygiene throughout.

 

Design and Technology at Mayflower High has enjoyed considerable success both in external examinations and through local and national competitions including winning Essex Young Chef of the Year award twice (5 time nominee) and regularly entering the Rampaging Chariots competition in Basildon. 

 

English

Head of Faculty: Ms J Bradley

Mayflower English Faculty is a vibrant and active one. Our focus is on the individual and on providing an interesting and stimulating environment for our students. We offer students a wealth of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom with competitions, visits from external speakers, educational trips and examination support. Here is a taste of  the range of opportunities that are on offer:

  • annual inter class pupil speaking competitions

  • poetry competitions

  • public speaking workshops

  • national public speaking competitions

  • theatre trips

  • visiting speakers

  • study trips

 

Geography

Head of Department: Mrs S Keyworth

The Geography Department has a number of specialist and experienced staff. Teaching takes place in three dedicated teaching rooms; all with interactive whiteboards and visualisers. Additional accommodation includes classrooms shared with other departments. The Geography Department is well resourced with numerous text books and digital resources.

 Geography is taught in mixed ability groups across the full age range. In Years 7 to 9, students are taught in form groups, having three periods of Geography per fortnight.

 Geography is a popular option in Years 10 and 11, where students currently follow the OCR Specification B syllabus and achieve a high success rate.

Field work is an integral part of the Department’s work. In Year 7, students take part in school based fieldwork enquiries.  Year 8 students visit Wat Tyler Country Park to investigate the sustainability of the visitor centre, they complete an enquiry into the local country park and also practice their orienteering skills. Currently, Year 10 students take part in residential field work in Surrey. Year 12 students have completed coastal fieldwork at the Naze, Essex, and urban fieldwork in Stratford Year 12 and 13 students complete residential fieldwork recently this has been at Slapton Ley and South wold Suffolk

 We believe that teamwork is essential to the success of the Department. Teachers contribute fully to the development of the Department and are actively involved in curriculum design, fieldwork and ICT as well as involvement in whole school issues.

 

Geography Department Staff

Head of Department – Mrs S Keyworth

Key Stage 4 Coordinator – Mrs E Cooke

Key Stage 3 Coordinator -- Miss A Reville

Teacher of Geography -- Miss J Carter

Key Stage 3

KS3 Coordinator: Miss A Reville

Geography surrounds us on the world map in the classroom, in events on the news and in changes taking place in the local area and further afield.

 

Geographers strive to better understand the connections between the worlds people, places and environments and the interactions taking place between them.

 

At Mayflower, students are encouraged to have enquiring minds and ask questions such as:

  • Where is this place? 

  • Why is it like this? 

  • How is it connected with other places?

  • How is this place changing?

Key Stage 3 students develop a range of geographical skills. These include:

 

  • ICT including Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

  • Fieldwork (including trips to Wat Tyler Country Park)

  • Data interpretation and analysis

  • Use of photographs and analysis

  • Geographical enquiry and communication

  • Understanding of different places

  • Exploring interconnections and change

  • Developing geographical vocabulary

  • Using primary and secondary sources of evidence

  • Developing opinions and showing awareness of bias. 

Year 7 topics:-

 

  • What is a Geographer?

  • How are we connected Locally to Globally?

  • How do we use our planet as a natural resource?

  • Mapping and How does ice change the world?

  • What happens where the sea meets the land?

  • What is Weather and Climate?

  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa?


Year 8 topics:-

 

  • One planet, many people: how are populations changing?

  • ​Why are rivers important?

  • Is the geography of Russia a curse or benefit?

  • What is Globalisation and Development?

  • What is the future of the planet? (Sustainability - Wat Tyler)

  • Diverse and dynamic: how is Asia being transformed?

 

Year 9 topics:-

  • Why are some Places Impossible to live in?

  • Are cities becoming too densely populated?

  • Will we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?

  • Sustaining Ecosystems (GCSE)

  • Bridging the gap for GCSE (UK/Skills)

 
 

History

The History Department at Mayflower is one of the most successful departments in the school. This success is based very largely on the collective commitment and professionalism of its members who all have a very active part to play in the structure and development of the department and the courses it offers.

 

The department currently numbers five teachers all of whom are history teachers in the first instance. History is taught mainly in three designated full teaching rooms. Shared use is also made of various seminar rooms for the teaching of smaller sixth form groups.

 

The department runs biannual trips to Berlin (GCSE) and Italy (A level) as well as Key Stage 3 trips to Castle Hedingham, Ypres and Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre.

Key Stage 3

The Year 7 course begins with a methodology unit that we believe is a gentle introduction to the different demands of a secondary school. This is followed by the core study unit (CSU) Britain 1066 -1500 and by a supplementary study unit (SSU) Islamic Civilisations. The year ends with the first few lessons of the CSU Britain 1500 - 1750 a deliberate department policy to blur the divisions between the lower school years and aid transition from one year into the next.

 

Year 8 begins with the continuation of the CSU Britain 1500 – 1750 and this is followed by the SSU The French Revolution. For the last half-term students study an overview of the SSU Britain 1750 - 1900.

 

Year 9 continues with a series of focus studies from the CSU Britain 1750 - 1900, which includes a small-sectioned study of the SSU The Black peoples of the Americas. The final part of the year covers the CSU The Twentieth Century World, including a special study of the holocaust.

 

All of the Lower School work is set to a department agreed skills focus that follows the five-strand structure laid out in the original National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Almost all lessons have a single skill focus and all rooms have the skill development displayed on the walls. The department runs Key Stage 3 trips to Castle Hedingham, Ypres and Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre.

 

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Department has a number of specialist RS teachers, with the majority of  RS lessons taking place across 4 classrooms. The Department is well resourced with text books, revision guides, artefacts and digital resources.

 

Religious Studies is taught in mixed ability groups across the full age range. In Years 7 to 9, students are taught in form groups

 

In 9, students begin studying for the GCSE in RS, which is a core subject that all students take, studying the subject up to the end of Year 11, with many choosing to take their subject interest further by studying Philosophy, Ethics & Theology at A Level.

 

The Religious Studies Department run a variety of trips throughout the curriculum.  In Year 7, students have the opportunity to visit Rochester Cathedral & Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Gravesend, this is to support the Year 7 module on Worship. In Year 8, there is a trip to BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden & Harrow Mosque, this trip enables students to complete more thorough research for a Festivals project.

 

KS3 Topic Lists

 

Year 7

Ultimate questions 

Poverty & Wealth

Animals & the Environment 

Worship 

 

Year 8

Religion & Society

Festivals

Relationships & Families

Medical Ethics

Forgiveness

 

Computer Science

Head of Faculty: Mr T Fox

Mayflower High School's Computer Science department consists of three specialist Computer Science teachers. We are a small, enthusiastic team, achieving good results at all levels, offering personalised learning pathways for students.

 

The students have excellent opportunities to use state-of-the-art ICT facilities to enhance their learning, including the new FROG virtual learning platform.

 

All students, including sixth formers are encouraged to use ICT wherever possible to enhance their studies across all subjects.

Key stage 3

At Key Stage 3, the faculty follows the renewed Computing National Curriculum framework. This is taught in 3 lessons per fortnight in Years 7, 8 and 9 and is delivered through a varied and engaging scheme of work, covering a broad range of units and skills, including the area of e-safety, digital literacy and computational thought. 

Year 7

Term 1 - Virtual Tour of Mayflower High School

Term 2 - Animal Rescue Centre

Term 3 - Sequencing and computer control

Year 8

Term 1 - Game Making in SCRATCH

Term 2 - Python programming

Term 3 - E- safety

Year 9 

Term 1 - Cashless catering VBA programming

Term 2 - Computer Science

Term 3 - Organising an event

All units are designed to give a balance between computer science and programming skills and ICT skills, and to prepare students for the 2 option lines available to them at Key Stage 4

Life Skills

This is a statutory subject for all students in Year 7 to 11 which aims to prepare students to take a full and engaged role in life. Essentially the subject develops the ability to make an informed decision so that a healthy and safe life can be led. Modules covered include Health, Political engagement, Finance and Careers as well as Relationship education. The modules are delivered by a variety of staff with a range of teaching styles so that all the teaching and learning strategies can be employed.

 
 

Mathematics

Head of Faculty: Mr A Eastwick and Mr T Forshaw

The Mathematics Faculty at Mayflower School comprises of eleven well-qualified, experienced full-time teachers who teach in a suite of dedicated Mathematics classrooms which are equipped with interactive white boards. There is a faculty office where records and resources are stored, and where staff can meet and work.

 

 

Organisation


Classes are taught in sets throughout Years 7 to 11. Students are continually monitored through their class work, homework reviews, Mathematics ICT work and regular assessments. We regularly check to ensure that students are making progress and are in the appropriate set.

 

 

Courses

In Years 7 to 11 students follow a course of study based upon the new specifications provided for the new GCSE to be examined from 2017. These courses develop their understanding of Mathematics in Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics. There is an emphasis on Functional Mathematics and Mathematics Mastery to fall in line with the new standards and to link Mathematics to real world problems. A variety of resources and teaching methods are employed in lessons, including use of ICT and interactive whiteboards.

We use the Edexcel Exam board for GCSE Mathematics. 

For Year 11 sets 1, 2, 3 take the higher tier and set 4 and 5 take the foundation tier. All examinations are linear and there is no coursework.

In Key Stage 5, students follow the OCR A-level course for Mathematics. In Year 12 students study the three modules C1, C2 and S1. In Year 13 students study the three modules C3, C4 and M1.

 

Curriculum Enrichment

The Mathematics Faculty holds annual events to enrich the curriculum. These include Number Day, World Maths Day, Puzzle days and Mathematics Challenges throughout the year.

Key Stage 3

From Year 7 to Year 11 students develop their understanding of Mathematics in Number, Algebra, Ratio and proportion, Geometry, Probability and Statistics in preparation for their GCSE at the end of Year 11. We use the Edexcel Examination board for GCSE Mathematics.

Students are taught to develop their mathematical skills in a manner that encourages confidence to read, write and talk about the subject in a variety of ways. The ability to reason logically, to classify, to generalise and to prove is fostered. Students learn to apply mathematics to everyday situations, to recognise when and how a situation may be represented mathematically and to select appropriate mathematical methods to solve it.

Mathematics is about problem solving, checking and interpreting results and clear presentation of solutions. An ability to do so is developed by conducting individual and group enquiry and experimentation. I this context, extended pieces of work of a practical and investigative kind are essential parts of the course.

The life for which students are being prepared is becoming increasingly complicated. An understanding, together with a foundation appropriate to further study of mathematics and other disciplines, is an important part of every student’s education.

 

Modern Languages

Head of Faculty: Mrs C Ford

In an international or multicultural business environment, knowledge of foreign languages is a major advantage, as is an understanding of cross-cultural communication. Mayflower's Modern Languages Faculty aims to help students develop these valuable skills before they enter the global professional world.

In the Modern Languages Department at Mayflower, we believe in using a communicative approach to teaching and learning by using the target language as much as possible. Grammar is taught progressively in order to lay a sound foundation for further language study. We aim to help every student achieve their full potential.

 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all students study French and Spanish.  At the end of Key Stage 3, students are given the option to continue to GCSE with one or both the languages they have studied since Year 7. After GCSE, students can opt to take an A-Level in one or both languages. MFL uses the EDEXCEL examination board at both GCSE and A Level.

 

In teaching Modern Languages, we aim to broaden the students' understanding and tolerance of other cultures and ways of life, as well as to give students the skills and interest to communicate with people of other nationalities. Each student follows a prescribed scheme of work with regular assessment points.

 

Homework is set on a regular basis. This consolidates and extends work completed in class and covers all six skills; Listening, Speaking, Reading with Translation, and Writing with translation. Assessment and monitoring take place regularly. The assessments test the work covered in class and develop examination skills required at the relevant Key Stage.

 

The study of Modern Languages develops the linguistic skills that enable students to gain a better understanding of their own and other languages.

Our aims are:

·        to provide an enjoyable and stimulating language learning experience to include students of all levels of ability; schemes of work are designed to be challenging and raise expectations.

·        to develop the ability to use French effectively for purposes of practical communication

·        to establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further language study.

·        to develop a knowledge and understanding of and positive attitude towards speakers of French throughout the world.

·        to promote awareness of multicultural perspectives.

·        to build learners’ awareness of the language learning process and thereby facilitate the learning of other languages.

·        to promote a range of learning styles, including collaborative work with peers,  independent learning and activities using technology.

·        to develop students’ communication, creativity and thinking skills.

·        to make a useful contribution to other areas of the curriculum.

 

French: Subject Leader: Mrs J Warden

 

Key Stage 3

French is taught to students in Years 7 to 9 as we believe that students of all abilities can benefit from the study of a modern language. In Key Stage 3 students have a two week timetable and have three hours of French across the two weeks. The course book used is Studio, published by Heinemann. There is a workbook that is part of students’ essential equipment. This workbook mirrors the text book and provides independent reading and writing activities that are set as regular homework tasks.  The workbook also provides printed vocabulary lists per unit in every module. This facilitates students’ acquisition of key vocabulary and promotes independence.  

Spanish : Subject Leader : Miss Nicholson

 

Key Stage 3

 

Spanish is taught to students in Years 7 to 9 as we believe that students of all abilities can benefit from the study of a modern language. In Key Stage 3 students have a two week timetable and have three hours of Spanish across the two weeks. The course book used is Viva, published by Heinemann. There is a workbook that is part of students’ essential equipment. This workbook mirrors the text book and provides independent reading and writing activities that are set as regular homework tasks.  The workbook also provides printed vocabulary lists per unit for every module. This facilitates students’ acquisition of key vocabulary and promotes independence. 

 

 

Science

Head of Faculty: Mr T Griffiths

As a specialist subject, Science is helping to raise the overall standards across the school. All students undertake science from Year 7 to Year 11, during this time innovative teachers work hard to encourage and develop a culture of enquiry and understanding through shared learning. The Science Faculty comprises of 11 well resourced laboratories, five of which have been recently refurbished. One of the laboratories has been adapted to allow for primary students visiting the school to experience the wonders of science. In addition to the laboratories, there is also an ICT suite, which gives students the opportunity to conduct scientific research, access revision programmes and undertake experimental write-ups.

Students undertake courses which are suited to their ability in order to provide challenge throughout their science education.

 

In addition to delivering the science curriculum, a lively and enthusiastic team of teachers work hard to offer students the opportunity to develop further their scientific interest. 

Key Stage 3

At Mayflower, all students undertake a two-year Key Stage 3 course during Year 7 and Year 8.  Students are taught in two parallel cohorts per year.  Within each cohort, students are divided into groups according to their ability.

The very popular Atomic club is open to KS3 students who want to experience science with a bang. Visiting speakers and organisations such the Science Museum are invited to attend the school with the intention of further enhancing the curriculum provided for all. Each year, the faculty enters a team for the Salters' Festival of Science, a unique experience for those participating. 

 
 

Art and Design

Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”
― Edgar Degas

Our intent is to engage, inspire and challenge students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and confidently create their own works of art, craft and design. We encourage students to make personal, expressive responses to set themes and individual research topics. At KS3 students have 1 lesson of Art per week.

 

The Art Department currently occupies three large, well-equipped art studios including a printmaking room with a large custom made A2+ Printing press and one kiln room. There is also an additional Sixth Form studio and exhibition area.

 

The Art and Design Curriculum at Mayflower High school encompasses 4 main elements within every project; Develop and record ideas, Technical skills, Understanding of art history/contextual references and Presenting informed responses.

 

Throughout exciting projects across a broad range of themes in Years 7-9 our students will learn to:

 

  • Take creative risks when exploring, experimenting and responding to ideas

 

  • Develop and use technical knowledge and skills to manipulate the qualities of materials, processes and explore the formal elements a creative and imaginative way

 

  • Use a wide range of media and techniques to realise their ideas, express their feelings and communicate visually in 2D, 3D and using digital media.

 

  • Keep a sketchbook for investigation, experimentation and documentation

 

  • Analyse, engage with, and question critical aspects of your own and others' work, identifying how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared.

 

  • Interpret and explain how ideas and meanings are conveyed by artists, craftspeople and designers, recognising the varied characteristics of different historical, social and cultural contexts.

 

  • Adapt Artists styles in your own work with originality.

 

  • To work with enthusiasm and confidence towards achievements and personal outcomes

Music

 

We believe that music should be available to everyone as it is an omnipresent feature of our lives that carries an enormous amount of power; in the world of multimedia such as ringtones all the way through to highly emotive film scores; popular music that can be everything from lighthearted to highly politically charged, relaxing to energetic, melancholic to cheerful; the joy that can be obtained by playing an instrument, either as a soloist or as part of a group.

 

The Music Department endorses this ethos in the schemes of work we teach and by ensuring that students engage with music in a practical way throughout key stage 3.

 

Singing

 

In Year 7 students learn how to improve their vocal confidence by exploring the repertoire of vocal performances for the stage, such as musical theatre and opera.  In Year 8 they continue this work further by exploring how to sing in harmony through realising a performance of a four-chord song in at least three different vocal harmony lines.  In Year 9 they combine the ideas learned so far to prepare for and deliver a performance for an audience of at least one hundred people!

 

Instrumental Development

 

In Year 7 students learn how to play the 12 bar blues on a keyboard to devise a piece which they then sing a blues melody over, as well as learning how to develop their rhythmic skills by learning Samba drumming.

 

In Year 8 students learn the basics of the electric guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and keyboard through independent learning techniques, to allow them to develop their understanding of how to develop practical music skills outside of the classroom environment.

 

In Year 9 students learn how to apply their instrumental skills by playing as part of an ensemble to learn a song of their own choice

 

Music Technology & Composition

 

In Year 7 students learn how to compose a piece of music for a science fiction movie, using musical devices such as ostinatos, sequences, pedal notes and the whole tone scale and programming them into a Digital Audio Workstation and using the software editing features to improve their piece of music

 

In Year 8 students learn how to compose a piece of dance music, exploring drum programming, bass lines and chord sequences, as well as software editing and audio effects to improve their piece.

 

In Year 9 students explore sampling techniques to create new sounds and instruments from unexpected sources to use within a composition.

 

Music History, Theory and Analysis

 

Throughout KS3 students learn about the different eras of music, key composers and compositions, instruments, how music can be written down and how we can understand music through musical terminology.  This is done by studying specific pieces of music and analysing its content as a series of projects.

 

Extra curricular & Peripatetic Lessons

 

FLOW – this is our main vocal group in the school, available to all students from Year 7 to Year 13.  A simple audition process is required before joining the group.

 

FLOWpro – this is our elite vocal group for those students in Years 9 to 13 and has a more demanding audition process, as the music that is performed is more challenging.

 

Stage Band – this is our group for any instrumentalists in the school that are at least grade 1 standard.

 

Whole School Production – there are rehearsals for the vocalists and the show band.  This year’s production is ‘Sister Act’.

 

We have a team of visiting instrumental teachers who give tuition in Brass, Piano/Keyboard, Guitars, Woodwind, Strings, Drums and Voice.  Lessons are for half an hour and are on a rolling timetable, with 10 lessons each term.

Physical Education

Physical Education at Mayflower is designed to develop pupils’ confidence and competence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives both in and out of school. Pupils have a total of 4 hours and 10 minutes a fortnight. Pupils will develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully.

At Mayflower, we aim to teach pupils the value of healthy active lifestyles, to take on personal and social responsibility and how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.