The overarching aim of the KS3 curriculum of St. Patrick’s Grammar is to develop our pupils as lifelong learners, who strive to achieve to the best of their ability, thus enabling them as individuals and as contributors to society, the economy and the environment.The curriculum covers all the main areas of the Northern Ireland Curriculum (The Arts, Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Numeracy, Modern Languages, Environment and Society, Science and Technology, Learning for Life and Work & Religious Education).
Cross Curricular Skills and Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities are infused throughout the areas of study. Pupils with particular needs are identified and supported both internally and in partnership with external agencies. Effective learning and teaching is supported by strong Pastoral Care. Pupils are assessed in the Cross Curricular Skills of Using Communication, Using Mathematics and Using ICT at the end of KS3 through an internal portfolio of approved tasks that is externally moderated by CCEA.
Year 8 pupils are supported in their transition to the KS3 curriculum by a team of trained Year 14 Mentors.
Subjects delivered at KS3 include:
'The pupils develop as reflective and critical thinkers in an atmosphere of enquiry and intellectual challenge.’
ETI, March 2014