THE POWIIS Key Stage 3 Curriculum covers years 7 – 9. Our students learn a variety of subjects that allow them to develop their understanding and experience a broad range of content. The curriculum is mainly based on the National Curriculum for England and Wales but is extended and adapted to suit all abilities and the local environment.
Our students have separate lessons in Art, Design Technology, Drama and Music. Within these areas they develop their own creativity and communication skills. Studying the Arts enables students to think outside the box and approach problems from different angles through various mediums.
Our students learn about the world around them in the past and present through lessons in geography and history. They develop a sense of cultural awareness and explore historical narratives through their classroom activities and visit offsite places of interest.
Languages & Culture
All of our students study English language and literature to a level that is appropriate for them. They read texts from different cultures and learn to express themselves through the spoken and written word. POWIIS students also study two languages from Bahasa Malay, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. Bahasa Malay is compulsory for all of our Malaysian students.
Maths & IT
Our students have separate lessons in Mathematics and Computing. In Computing they learn to develop the skills they need to access a digital world. In Mathematics they focus on building on their core numeracy, algebra, geometry, and data skills and then applying these to real world problems. Through both subjects they learn to become more logical thinkers.
PE & Sport
Our students have regular Physical Education lessons to promote exercise and healthy living. They develop their team building, collaboration and communication skills whilst working on their core strength as well as sporting techniques.
Our students learn the three sciences through lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. They are encouraged to question, hypothesise and analyse using scientific methods and begin to take part in practical lessons.
In addition to their timetabled lessons, our students have the opportunity to get involved in various Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities. From the interhouse STEM fair to cross curricular trips and extra-curricular activities STEM at POWIIS allows students to further build on the skills taught in their subject areas and take these and apply them to new and challenging situations.
The learning support team works with students with varying needs. They create individualised learning plans, offer in class support and work with teachers to get the best out of every student.
English Language Support (ELS)
Our English Language Support programme is designed to support students to develop the English skills they need to access the curriculum. Students are assessed as part of the admissions process and entered onto a level 1 or 2 pathway. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is used to assess their level and once they reach the required standard they graduate from the programme.
School reports are published four times a year. These include an attainment description to let parents know how students are progressing in their subjects as well as engagement, organisation and independence. These are accompanied by a comment from their form tutor. There are also opportunities throughout the year to meet with subject teachers to discuss progress, either face to face or online.