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Lower Secondary and Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 is the stage of education that a child begins when they turn 11 and includes the Secondary 7, 8, and 9 year levels. This middle-years stage truly represents a journey from childhood into the early stages of adulthood. Students build on and develop their academic and social skills, which allow for new learning opportunities, both in terms of subjects and working methods. Project management and global skills are taught and supported by the teaching staff.

Subjects in Lower Secondary

During this three-year period, the focus remains strong on the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. New subjects include History and Global Perspectives. Key Stage 3 students also continue with Danish, Design & Technology, Art, Physical Education, and either French or German studies, along with various cross-curricular projects that will help the students to develop their learning styles, their natural curiosity and to explore the world around them.

The aim of Key Stage 3 is to provide a natural progression from Primary School and to prepare the students for their Cambridge IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education). Assessment is carried out informally through feedback from the teacher and peer editing, as well as formally through quizzes and assignments, along with integrated progress checkers and checkpoint exams at the end of this Key Stage.

Grading in Key Stage 3

The students receive assessment marks (from A* - G) and effort grades (from 1 – 5) for their work in Key Stage 3. Progress Reports are sent home at the end of both Term 1 and Term 2 via the platform ManageBac. Students receive assessment marks and effort grades both terms and written comments from their subject teachers at the end of Term 2. Portfolios are also used to monitor and communicate student progress in some subjects.  

Core Subject Information

The core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science are each divided into different units throughout the year. Each unit is based on a particular topic within that subject and aims to be interactive and fun for the pupils while helping them to meet specific learning targets.

Cambridge Lower Secondary English (1111)

In English there is a balance between fiction and non-fiction texts at this stage. Students are taught  to read and write in a specific genre, e.g. articles, reviews, persuasive texts, formal letters, character analysis, short stories, poems, and the like. Our classroom texts reflect a range of topics and originate from cultures all over the world. Each year includes reading a novel and a different Shakespearian play. Key Stage 3 students could be learning to read and write fables or produce a persuasive advertising campaign for a charity organization. Students are encouraged to produce individual and group oral presentations, films and performances.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Mathematics (1112)

In Mathematics we aim to encourage and consolidate mathematical skills through practical discoveries, relatable examples and application of theory. Students are encouraged to explain and reason orally and on paper. Examples of concepts handled in this Key Stage include fractions, decimals, percentages, ratio and proportion. They will learn to express, among other things, formulae and functions in algebra. In geometry they will learn to draw and analyse 3D shapes and how to use bearings to solve problems involving distance and direction. Probability is also taught in this Key Stage, along with strategies for problem solving.

Cambridge Lower Secondary Science (1113)

Science is a practical and theoretical subject at Odense International School. There are plenty of opportunities to carry out supervised experiments in our science laboratories. Teachers encourage independent thinking and reasoning and support and structure student enquiry and discoveries.

Scientific enquiry spans all areas of science and gives students sound methodology for working in science. Teachers instruct students in routines, practices and safety precautions in Key Stage 3 science consists of four main subject areas. Examples for biology topic examples are ‘humans as organisms’ and `biotopes and habitats´. In chemistry students learn about materials, properties and particle theory. In physics, examples of units studied include ‘the Earth’, ‘states of matter’, ‘magnetism’, ‘structure of an atom’, ‘compounds and mixtures’, and periodic tables.

Cross-Curricular Projects and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)

Our cross-curricular projects combine aspects of the core subjects with other subjects. When we work on STEM the week is organised into Design Thinking Phases and the students will spend a good amount of time designing, building, and testing prototypes. STEM projects are always linked to real world problems, and we set aside four weeks per school year for STEM projects. Previous themes include 'electromagnetism' and 'tiny houses as temporary housing for climate refugees'.

Our new makerspace classrooms enhance learning through technology. We are able to work with a range of materials and technologies. A fleet of robots are at hand at school, as well as laser cutters and 3D printers.