Curriculum Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 – 9)

Students develop skills and knowledge in a Key Stage 3 curriculum model which includes the following areas:

Art & Design

Art & Design Term 1 Key Stage 3

Art & Design Term 2 Key Stage 3


Computing Term 1 Key Stage 3

Computing Term 2 Key Stage 3

Design Technology

Design & Technology Term 1 Key Stage 3

Design & Technology Term 2 Key Stage 3


Drama Term 1 Key Stage 3

Drama Term 2 Key Stage 3


English Term 1 Key Stage 3

English Term 2 Key Stage 3


Ethics Term 1 Key Stage 3

Ethics Term 2 Key Stage 3

Food & Nutrition

Food Term 1 Key Stage 3

Food Term 2 Key Stage 3


Geography Term 1 Key Stage 3

Geography Term 2 Key Stage 3


History Term 1 Key Stage 3

History Term 2 Key Stage 3


Mathematics Term 1 Key Stage 3

Mathematics Term 2 Key Stage 3

Modern Foreign Language (Spanish)

Modern Foreign Language Spanish Term 1 Key Stage 3

Modern Foreign Language Spanish Term 2 Key Stage 3


Music Term 1 Key Stage 3

Music Term 2 Key Stage 3

Physical Education

PE Term 1 Key Stage 3

PE Term 2 Key Stage 3


Science Term 1 Key Stage 3

Science Term 2 Key Stage 3

Core Skills

We develop student’s skills across the curriculum in areas such as:

  • Writing
  • Literacy
  • Communication
  • Thinking Skills
  • Numeracy
  • Self-esteem
  • Resilience
  • Careers-related learning
  • Social interaction


Ethics at Manchester Health Academy (Religious Studies, PSHE, British Values, Careers and RSE)

Ethics is not just Religious Studies but a variety of different curriculum areas, combined into one to ensure consistency and maximum efficacy. Our Ethics curriculum covers Religious Education, the new DfE PSHE Guidance and PSHE Association Schemes of learning recommended topics for year 7, 8 and 9. It also encompasses Gatsby Careers guidelines, Fundamental British values (Citizenship) and the latest released DfE RSE statutory plans for 2020.

All academies are required, through their funding agreements, to teach Religious Education. At Manchester Health Academy, this will be the locally agreed syllabus. The curriculum for Religious Studies at Manchester Health Academy is mapped against the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education 2016-2021 for Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford which was a joint project of 5 SACREs- Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education. This syllabus builds on prior knowledge from KS2 into KS3 and sequenced to allow students to appreciate world religions and views in a systematic way. The study of Ethics supports the whole Academy rationale and mission as it gives students opportunities for developing understanding of the wider context of growing up in modern Britain. It gives pupils the knowledge of different religious viewpoints and provides students with the opportunity to explore provoking and challenging questions about meaning and purpose in life. Students will learn to weigh up the value of wisdom from different sources and to agree or disagree respectfully.

Ethics topics include mental health, resilience, internet safety, careers, vaping, LGBT+ and bullying to relationships and sex Ed (RSE), drugs, discrimination and prejudice, transphobia, gangs, personal finance, body image, FGM and energy drinks. The DfE states that the subjects like Ethics are ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.

When will Ethics occur?

Y7 2 lessons/cycle

Y8 2 lessons/cycle

Y9 2 lesson/cycle

Y10 1 lesson/cycle

Y11 1 lessons/cycle

Theme days will also compliment the Ethics curriculum.

Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum’ which promotes ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. For further information regarding Religious Studies and Ethics please contact Ms Helen Mullen, Curriculum Lead of the Global Faculty.

Our Specialism – Health

As Health is our specialism, students have one lesson a week during which they learn about issues which are important to their own health and well-being. This might be about keeping themselves safe, drugs and alcohol education, sex and relationship education, or first aid delivered by the ORCS team from Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. As part of these sessions we have the support of several outside agencies who will come in and carry out workshops. Students are also involved in Healthy Schools projects such as Health Promotion campaigns. Students in all years and staff also get involved in our biannual Health Days, one of which features the Summer Health Walk.

“Nothing will work unless you do.” Maya Angelou, Author and Poet