KS 3


Our aim in the mathematics department is to achieve at every opportunity and to provide students with the National Curriculum for Mathematics at their appropriate level.
We link the National Curriculum to the National Secondary Strategy. Subject content covers the study of Number and Algebra, Shape, Space and Measure and Handling data. We engage in 3 part interactive lessons.
Students are in a mixed ability setting and are tested at the end of each half term. In year seven students are encouraged to form links with other subjects and to develop and transfer their personal learning and thinking skills as creative thinkers, effective participators, reflective learners, independent enquirers, teams workers and self-managers. This results in the students becoming successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.


At KS3 in Year 7 and Year 8 students are taught Science. The subject is divided into Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics each containing an end of topic test. Students have one Science teacher throughout the academic year. There are eight periods of Science per fortnight. All Year 7 and Year 8 groups are of mixed ability.


  • To encourage students to explore how ancient Islamic civilisations have contributed to scientific developments.
  • To enable pupils to use secondary data to aid data analysis and independent research.
  • Students are encouraged to challenge scientific ideas and to develop a sense of curiosity about the Science that will impact on their lives in and beyond Afifah School.

Learning objectives

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas listed below.
  • To be able to use and apply the knowledge of these ideas in different everyday contexts.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

The key scientific ideas for Y7 programme of study are:
Cells, Reproduction , Variation and Classification and the Environment, Investigating Science, Particles , Separating mixtures, Chemical reactions,  Acids and Alkalis, Forces and speed, Electrical Circuits, Solar System, and Energy resources.

 Year 8

The key scientific ideas for Y8 programme of study are:
Food and Digestion, Ecological Relationships,  Respiration and Microbes and disease, Atoms and Elements, Rocks, Weathering, Compounds and Mixtures of  Light and Sound, Magnets, Heating and cooling.

Year 9

In Year 9 students are taught biology, chemistry, physics and investigative skills. They study topics such as Inheritance, Healthy Living, Patterns of Reactivity, Environmental Chemistry, Gravity and Space and Pressure and Speed.
All Year 9 students will have completed the Key Stage 3 Curriculum by early Year 9 and will sit an end of course exam.
As well as increasing subject knowledge, during Key Stage 3 students develop their confidence, teamwork and problem solving skills by designing and carrying out investigations. They work with data and science in the media to explore key scientific concepts and consider how Science influences their lives and the local and global community.
Each topic has ICT, Numeracy, Literacy and Social, Moral and Cultural strands running through them.

Assessment and Reporting

Pupils are regularly assessed at the end of each topic and formatively tested whilst learning about a certain topic. Overall progress levels are given upon assessing class work, summative tests and homework these are evaluated at the end of each term. Pupil progress is reported to parents in the form of short progress reports or in annual long progress reports.

Home learning

Pupils are given tasks that are based on knowledge and understanding, scientific enquiry or learning about science in an Islamic context every week. The aim of home learning tasks is to enable pupils to become independent enquirers as well as self-managers.


All students at Key stage 3 learn Arabic and Urdu. In year 9, students choose one Modern Foreign Language and continue it till the end of year 10.

Year 7

In year 7 students focus on gaining initial skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing.
The key areas taught are:

  • Introductions, Classroom routines, Gender, Dictionary Skills, Alphabet and Numbers.
  • Nationality, country, family, animals, physical descriptions, pen friend letters.
  • School, subjects, opinions, Daily routines.
  • Sport, hobbies, days of the week, weather and activities.
  • Places in town, time and numbers, items in the bedroom.
  • Holidays, near future, food and restaurant.

 Year 8

In year 8 students are taught to apply skills to different topic areas.

  • Directions, Imperatives , Map reading, Weather revision, Weather forecast project
  • Weekend activities , Meeting with friends , Pocket money ,  Numbers, time,
  • Comparatives and superlatives, Adverbs, Talking about yourself and others
  • Food , Meal times , time revisions, Hunger and thirst
  • Shopping , Fashion , School uniform and opinion , Fashion project
  • Tourism – where to go, activities, restaurants and food.

Each topic has ICT, Numeracy, Literacy and Social, Moral and Cultural strands running through them.

Assessment and Reporting

Key stage 3

Pupils are regularly assessed at the end of each topic and formatively tested whilst learning about a certain topic. Overall grades are given upon assessing class work, summative tests and homework these are evaluated at the end of each term. Pupil progress is reported to parents in the form of short progress reports and annual long progress reports.

Home learning

Students are regularly given new vocabulary to learn on a weekly basis. Reading and writing tasks are set every fortnight of which some are set in an Islamic context. Some tasks are ICT based encouraging pupils to learn and develop new skills in using different software. The aim of home learning tasks is to enable pupils to become independent enquirers as well as self managers.


Afifah High School lends the student the opportunity to learn about the world around them. Students will learn how to become active members of their societies and what Islam teaches in line with this.
Throughout KS3 students will study the following themes:
Groups and communities, Rights, needs and wants, The democratic process, Planning for change
Students will also improve on the following skills:
Speaking and listening, Participation, Personal development, Independent enquiry

 Subject Content

Student will learn about all of the above by covering the following topics:

Year 7

What is citizenship?, Guideline for engaging in dialogue, Critical enquiry and research, School council and shura, Active citizenship, Volunteering and giving charity, Dealing with racism, Equality issues

 Year 8

Resolving conflict, dealing with conflict, Tolerance, respect and love for humanity, Community cohesion, Constitution of Madinah, Living and working with others

Identity, Diversity

 Year 9

Rights and responsibilities, Islam and the environment, Law and order, Understanding democracy, Informed decisions and responsible actions, Good Muslim good citizen


Pupils will be formally assessed 3 times in each academic year; once at the end of each term. Pupils will be assessed informally throughout the year at regular intervals.
Assessments are carried out using the National Curriculum Assessment Levels criteria.


History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.
As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. They appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance.
History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.

Skills YR 7 YR 8 YR 9
Using sources for evidence;
Diversity and interpretations;
Causes and consequences;
Movement and Settlement: Migration across History;
The Middle Ages;
The Crusades:The Black Death
Movement and Settlement: Migration across History;
Ordinary life 1500-1600;
The Industrial Revolution;
The Spanish Empire;
The BritishEmpire and the slave trade;
Power and monarchy;
The French Revolution;
Movement and Settlement: Migration across History;
the British Empire in India;
Conflicts of the twentieth century;
the Holocaust;
Power and dictatorships;
Civil Rights Movement in America,
Nelson Mandela and apartheid in South Africa;
the vote for women in Britain;


Computer Science:

Computing is of enormous importance to the economy, and the role of the Computer Science as a discipline itself and as an ‘underpinning’ subject across science and engineering is growing rapidly. Computer technology continues to advance rapidly and the way that technology is consumed has also been changing at the fast pace over recent years. The growth in the use of mobile devices and web – related technology has exploded resulting in new challenges for employers and employees. For example, business today require and ever – increasing number of technologically – aware individuals.

Qur’an studies

“The Best amongst you is (he) who learns and teaches the Holy Qur’an.”
(Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 4, Hadith # 4739)

AlQur’an is the foundation of Islam. It is the primary source of all the teachings of the Deen. The Qur’an is not merely a source of reward and a sacred ritual; it has come as a guide, a reminder, an admonition and healing. At Afifah we aim to impart a comprehensive syllabus of Qur’an studies:
Tajweed is the science of reading AlQur’an correctly and in a beautiful way with all its laws and rules. It is the first step towards creating an internal bond with the Qur’an in order to read, understand and apply into each muslim/ah’s life.
Tilawah is the art of recitation of AlQur’an fluently and in a measured pace.
Tafseer is to understand the message of the Qur’an.
Hifzh is the memorisation of essential surahs/chapters.

Islamic studies

Islamic studies enables pupils to integrate Islam into their lives and go on to be confident practising Muslimahs in their selected fields. Afifah has collaborated with Ilm2amal to deliver the financial literacy and social responsibilities aspects of the syllabus through regular campaigns and activities.

Selected topics :

The Muslim Calendar- activities based around annual events such as Ramadhan, Hajj etc.
Fiqh – an understanding of the teachings of Islam such as Salah( Prayer), Sawm (fasting) etc.
Islamic History – History of Islam
VIPs of Islam – Role models, notable individuals and their contributions
Akhlaq – Character and manners
Social dealings – social responsibility towards families, neighbours and communities etc.