At KS3, the science curriculum is followed which covers key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics. This provides students with opportunities to develop scientific enquiry and logical think up. We aim to develop a scientific approach in each student and relate science to Islamic perspective at the same time.
Information and communication technology has increased in society making it an important part of day to day life. At Palfrey Girls School we try to provide our students with the skill of ICT, this would enable the students to apply their ICT skills to everyday life, ranging from education to employment. The students will learn how to use ICT to find, develop, analyse, solve problems, model situations and present information. Essential skills are taught at KS3 that are built on further at KS4.
Pupils in both years 7 and 8 follow the new maths framework of study, which covers a range of topics including algebra, numbers, geometry measures And statistics. Pupils are able to learn skill and techniques in all these areas and are able to practice functional maths skills to see how people use maths in everyday life. End of topic tests (real past KS3 National Curriculum test questions) provide pupils with information at what levels they are currently working at.
The English Department is widely known for excellent teaching from a variety of perspectives. We teach KS3 and KS4 pupils for 4 hours per week. All students are taught in sets according to their ability and age. We currently fast track one Year 9 top set to take GCSE English Literature. The skills and interests which are developed in English lessons are accompanied by many active activities such as reading, writing, speaking and listening, visits to theatres, whole-school programmes and competitions.
Pupils are encouraged to write creatively and imaginatively making relative references to Islamic figures that are important to the integral part of the religion. A programme of studies is incorporated into the following schemes of work which are; Autobiography; Fiction/Non-Fiction texts; Crime and Horror; Writing to Argue, Persuade and Advice. This is usually followed by group discussions where students have the ability to discuss their texts to share their ideas and develop knowledge of different characteristics that exists within various Islamic figures.
Geography at key stage three is interesting and exciting. We at PGS follow the QCA National Curriculum and is designed to cover levels four and five thoroughly in the half academic year allocated to geography teaching. Students will study the following topics in Year 7: Map Skills, Exploring England and People
Year 8 mainly focus on the physical side than Human geography, yet connections towards Human geography are made. The UK and Saudi Arabia are compared and contrasted. The idea of sustainability is introduced. Students will study the following topics in Year 8: Coasts, Tourism, Weather and Rivers.
In year 9, sustainable development and environmental issues are discussed in detail and there is much opportunity for students to examine the causes and effects and to get involved in activities to come up with ideas on how we might solve some of the problems and issues discussed. In year 9 we look at international issues and there is a distinct focus on the global scale. Students will study the following topics in Year 9: Tectonics, Development, Rocks and the Earth, Ecosystems (Think-Act) and Project on a chosen country.
History at Palfrey girl’s school is one of the popular subjects chosen by our students. Year 7 pupils study Mediaeval History, focusing mainly on England in the period 1066-1381 and looking at cause and effect and change over time. . The topics that will be covered during year 7 are: The Roman Empire, England in the 1060’s and Islamic Civilisation.
In Year 8 pupils study British history, focusing mainly on the Tudor and Stuart periods and looking at cause and effect and change over time. The course includes themes such as: The battle of Bosworth, Henry the VII, Henry the VIII, Elizabethan England, The Spanish Armada, James I and American Civil War. In year 9 Pupils study mainly Wars; concentrating mainly on World War I, World War II and the American Civil war. The Course includes the themes are detailed. The Suffragettes, World War I & II Cold War, Healthcare in the Twentieth century, Slavery in the Americas and African Colonies.
At Palfrey Girls School students are introduced to the Urdu language which is split into four sections: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. In Year 7 students are taught the basics like the Urdu alphabet and numbers. In year 8 and 9 the pupils elaborate on their knowledge preparing them for KS4.
The physical education department focuses upon the different ways of staying fit and healthy. Pupils engage in various activities throughout the year including sports and aerobics. Whilst undertaking these activities they learn, maintain and develop their skills through coordination, balance, agility and many more.
Citizenship at Palfrey Girls School is an important part which enables us to understand our right and responsibilities as a citizen. Over the year 7, 8 and 9 we teach the pupils the importance of society and our role as citizens. As we live in the UK we need to understand the laws and how we abide by them as well as understanding the processes in which these emerge from.
At the DT/Art Department we aim to develop student’s creative skills and give them the opportunity to express their views, feelings and emotions using a range of different media. The school year is split into 3 different sections. For the first term pupils study art and design, in which they look at various forms of art and attempt to imitate techniques in their own work. The second term is spent doing food technology in which students are given the opportunity to make a variety of healthy snacks/meals. In the third term students explore the different areas in textiles in which they follow a design process, carry out research and finally complete a final piece.