Manor Academy

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KS3 Discover

Discover is an alternative curriculum which is topic based and is targeted at pupils who may struggle with traditional lessons in Literacy and the application of transferable skills in years 7, 8 and 9. It is a combination of Geography, History, R.E. and Citizenship.

Discover is a subject that allows pupils to use their skills of investigation and questioning by exploring the world and issues that will affect them.

Each pupil is given an assessment folder for each year. They are given regular written assessments and an assessment grid which has been designed specifically for this subject based on transferable skills, literacy and topic knowledge. The grid is colour coded blue for skills tasks, red for literacy and green for topic knowledge. When presenting work to the pupils, the colours are consistently used so that they are aware of what type of tasks they are completing.

To show progress of the content within each unit, pupils are also given a pre and post-test which is marked on topic knowledge.

This primary based model promotes learning through fun, creativity and challenging tasks, whilst developing the pupils’ literacy skills and independent learning

Year 7 Discover topics

  • All about me
  • Mythical Creatures
  • Halloween
  • Remembrance Day
  • Bonfire Night
  • I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!
  • Christmas
  • Where in the world, the continents.
  • Egypt and Tutankhamen
  • Bigfoot

Year 8 Discover topics

  • World War 1
  • Jurassic Park
  • Snowed In
  • The Loch Ness Monster
  • Mayans and the Crystal Skulls
  • Titanic

Year 9 Discover topics

  • World War 2
  • Monsters of the Deep – Including a visit to the Sea Life Centre at Tynemouth
  • The Bermuda Triangle
  • Drugs / Crime
  • The Solar System
  • The Holocaust