A whole new world for students as they go from being the eldest at primary to the youngest at secondary. In key stage 3 AIS students enjoy a full range of subjects as part of their curriculum.
There are no formal national exams for students in KS3, but they will be assessed on a regular basis through a range of different methods including tests, coursework and teacher observation. Our teachers set expectations for every student and plan work that stretches and challenges our young learners. Appropriate assessments are held and targets set which are realistic to each child and each year group . These in turn encourage aspiration and support their success both in school and in later life.
At the Algarve international school in key stage 3 we offer a full curriculum which is balanced and broadly based. Our AIS curriculum often extends beyond the classroom encompassing and promoting the moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students whilst in school and when in society. Core subjects include:
Moving up to Secondary school marks the start of a new Key Stage for children. Subjects are now mostly taught by a teacher who specialises in that subject at KS3. In the afternoon classes students will have the chance to express themselves whether it be through Sport, Dance, Art, Photography, Mindfulness, Music or PSHE bringing a creative end to each school day. These subjects are not optional and form an important part of the curriculum.
Towards the end of year 9 students will be given guidance and taster sessions concerning the following year's iGCSE's options. Parents and students will be made aware of iGCSE subjects and, with advice when needed, can choose which they’ll take alongside the core subjects required.
A more responsible school role is encouraged in key stage 3 in which tasks and projects may be given, thus aiding the development of independence, decision making and confidence of the students.