Message from Head of School and /or KS3 leader
Renaissance follows the National Curriculum for England. This is a broad and balanced curriculum which allows students time to explore new subjects before making iGCSE choices in Year 9.
Assessment follows the same model as Key Stage 2, using level descriptors that are linked to the National Curriculum for England.
Level descriptors are used to measure a student’s progress and attainment compared to students of the same age across England. Each subject has its own level descriptors which reflect the National Curriculum Aims (see subject guide below). At Renaissance we use eight curriculum levels, beginning at Level 1 in Primary and progressing to Level 8 in KS3. Sub-levels (where 5a is the highest, and 5c is the lowest) help the student to understand the requirements of each level, in order to progress.
It is natural for a child’s rate of progress to vary. When considering the final level achieved it is important that we all recognise that a particular individual may have started school below the expected level but achieved good progress throughout his/her school years. Please note that level descriptions are an approximate guide to progress. Consideration must be given to the length of time a student has studied a subject. This is particularly true for children new to a language.
Edmodo is the primary way in which KS3 teachers communicate with students. Communication may be in the form of reminders from form tutors about upcoming events, or subject teachers posting home learning tasks. Students can also safely communicate with their teachers if they have questions about home learning, or events in school. Parents are encouraged to link to their child’s Edmodo account, which also allows teachers to communicate directly with a group of parents, or the parent of a specific student.
Renaissance and Round Square
Founded in 1966, Round Square maintains and facilitates a worldwide network of 160 schools in 40 countries. Those schools share a holistic approach to learning built around six IDEALS of learning. Membership of the Round Square network offers schools a framework for excellence and continuous improvement, along with structured opportunities to collaborate and share experiences with like-minded peers around the world.
Round Square schools share an educational philosophy that supports the growth of the “whole person”. Renaissance is dedicated to working with the students and the parent community to ensure that the Round Square IDEALS are embedded within the school culture.
Curriculum Options Lessons (COLS)
In keeping with Round Square philosophy, providing a well-rounded education, the Curriculum Options Lessons (COLs) programme enables students to participate in learning that compliments classroom learning. Activities are led by staff or peripatetic instructors. Not all activities happen at school, so sometimes students travel off campus to participate in their favourite activity.
At the start of each term, activities are offered in the areas of sport, creative, language, ICT, dance, community, social and music, allowing students to achieve in all areas of the IDEALS.
KS3 students take part in Residential visits. These take place both locally and abroad, and are a wonderful opportunity for students to see the world from a new perspective. During the residential students are given the opportunity to experience and achieve in ways that would not be possible whilst on campus. Each student will gain new skills based in adventure, learn about the heritage and culture of the people they are visiting, participate in community service work, and discover more about themselves and others.
What is the role of the form tutor?
All students entering KS3 will have a designated form tutors and classroom that will act as their base. The form tutor registers the class in the morning, and is an important first contact should any questions or personal issues arise whilst at the school. Each tutor group undertakes a programme of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness via their tutor. Each tutor group, each year delivers a themed assembly to the rest of the Secondary school.
What is home learning, and how frequently is it given?
Learning at home is an essential part of good education. Regular Home Learning is important, since it gives students the opportunity to improve skills and reinforce the learning that has taken place at school. It provides an opportunity for students to become more confident, self-disciplined and independent in their learning. A home learning timetable controls which day subjects can give homework- this is to ensure an even distribution of home learning tasks.
Parental involvement- what can I do to help my child?
Being interested and involved with your child is the best help you can give. If you are concerned about your child’s academic studies or personal progress the first contact should be with the form tutor. They can collect information on your behalf and meet with you if necessary. Please remember that there are three reports through the school year, and multiple workshops and scheduled parent- teacher conference times when you can talk to staff. Please talk to the form tutor or subject teacher before appointing external tutors.
Purpose of study
Through reading in particular, students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables students both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; students, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping students with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all students:
- read easily, fluently and with good understanding
- acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
- write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
- use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
- are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.