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

 

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.

 

  • Accommodation comprises of 2 well-equipped Food rooms, 4 Design and Technology workshops and 2 computer rooms.

  • The Faculty is well provided with CAD/CAM by use of 2D and 3D software along with 2 laser cutters.

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

 

Humanities

Head of Faculty: Mrs N Ball

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

Assistant Headteacher – Mrs C Kerrigan

Key Stage 4 Coordinator – Miss J Carter

Key Stage 3 Coordinator -- Miss A Reville

Teacher of Geography -- Mrs E Cooke

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. 

 
 

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

In order to enhance their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, students have lessons in Religious Studies, looking at issues of faith and belief across the world. All our students have the opportunity to gain a qualification in the subject at GCSE level, studying the subject up to the end of Year 11, with many choosing to take the subject further to AS and A Level. Parents who wish to withdraw their child from these lessons on religious grounds may do so by writing to the Headteacher.

The Religious Studies Department run a variety of trips throughout the curriculum.  In Year 7, students have the opportunity to visit Canterbury, the seat of Christianity in England to visit St Augustine Abbey and the world-famous Cathedral.  In Year 8, there is a trip to three places of worship to highlight the similarities and differences between the major world religions.  We visit the Hindu Mandir at Neasden, the Sikh Gurdwara at Southall and the Muslim Mosque at Hounslow.  In Year 9, a joint trip organised with History results in a trip to the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.  In the Sixth Form, a bi-annual trip is run alongside the History Department to Italy, with an opportunity to visit the religious sites in Rome, the home to worldwide Catholicism.

 

Years 7 and 8

 

In Key Stage 3, students follow a syllabus which meets the requirements of the Essex Agreed Syllabus, called RE Matters for Every Child, more details of which can be found by clicking on the Key Stage 3 page.

 

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 his/her full potential, whatever his/her ability.

 

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 a modern language.

 

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 and a textbook. There are opportunities to take part in visits to France and Spain where students will be encouraged to use and demonstrate the language skills they have learned. 

 

Homework is set on a regular basis. This consolidates and extends work done in class and covers all skills. Assessment and monitoring take place regularly. The assessments test the work covered in class and develop exam skills required at the relevant Key Stage.

Key Stage 3

French

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 Years 10 and 11, students who opt to continue their studies of French at Key Stage 4 are prepared for the GCSE examination in French and those students who wish to do so can then take A-level French in the Sixth Form. The study of French 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, both inside and outside the classroom.

  • 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 and gender issues.

  • 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 and independent learning.

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

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

All students in Key Stage 3 French work towards achieving accreditation to a Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education (FCSE), a Level 1 qualification and correspond to National Curriculum levels 4-6.

EXAM BOARD: AQA

SPECIFICATION: 9964

For further details, please click on the link below:

AQA FCSE French

Spanish

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 Years 10 and 11, students who opt to continue their studies of Spanish at Key Stage 4 are prepared for the GCSE examination in Spanish and those students who wish to do so can then take A-level Spanish in the Sixth Form. The study of Spanish 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 Spanish effectively for purposes of practical communication, both inside and outside the classroom.

  • 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 Spanish throughout the world.

  • to promote awareness of multicultural and gender issues.

  • 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 and independent learning.

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

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

 

All students in Key Stage 3 French work towards achieving accreditation to a Foundation Certificate in Secondary Education (FCSE), a Level 1 qualification and correspond to National Curriculum levels 4-6.

EXAM BOARD: AQA

SPECIFICATION: 9969

For further details, please click on the link below:

AQA FCSE Spanish

 

 

 

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. 

 
 

Performing arts

Art and Design

The Art Department currently occupies three large, well-equipped art studios including a photographic dark room, and one kiln room. ICT equipment comprises three Pentium computers, one flat bed scanners, one colour printer and a Sony Malvica camera. There is also an additional Sixth Form studio and exhibition area for A level and GCSE examination work (GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Applied Art & Design – Double Award).

 

Students and staff are highly motivated within the department and this is reflected in the outstanding examination results and achievements of our students. The Art & Design curriculum at KS3 is operated on a carousel system with students having 6 lessons over 2 weeks. At KS4, students receive 6 lessons over 2 weeks which increases to 11 lessons at AS/A2.

 

 At KS4 (GCSE level) and KS5 (AS/A level) the department organises educational/enrichment visits to galleries in London. Looking to the foreseeable future and long-term educational interests of sixth form A level students, the department will be considering long weekend European Study Tours and weekend residential enrichment courses within Essex. In the Summer term two major GCSE & A level exhibitions are displayed in the Sixth Form Studio. In addition, the Art department participates in local and regional community initiatives, competitions and exhibitions, with success.

 

The Art and Design courses encourage students to make a personal, expressive response to set themes and individual research topics. They encourage students of all abilities and cultures to extend their knowledge and skills. Throughout the programmes of study in Years 7-13 our students will learn:

  • To use the formal elements in Art and Design in a creative, imaginative way

  • To select and control materials in a systematic way

  • To use a wide range of media and techniques to realise their ideas, express their feelings and communicate visually

  • To develop Art and Design skills in 2 and 3 dimensions including ICT

  • To discuss, evaluate and modify their work

  • To keep a sketchbook for investigation, experimentation and documentation

  • To explore and make judgements about the work of artists in different periods and cultures throughout art history and to enrich their ideas and form contextual links in critical studies

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

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.

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Headteacher : Mr L Brumby