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KS3LH have had a fantastic start to the new school year and have settled into KS3LH really well – Lisa and Rachel have both been very impressed!

This term, we are learning the following:

English – we are reading Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone.  We will be writing letters, diaries, newspaper reports and doing lots of creative writing.

Maths – Number, Place Value, Shape and Space

Topic – Religious Education – Buddhism

Humanities – History – World War I

PSHE – Emotions, Identities and Responsibilities

Citizenship – Britain as a Diverse Society

ICT – Internet Safety

Science – Electricity

Art – Identity

Design Technology – Wildlife and Upcycling

Music – Developing posture, fine and gross motor skills

Drama –  Learning to self-manage and calm ourselves through meditation and learning about the life of Buddha

Modern Foreign Language – French – Geography

PE – Team games and Fitness –students will need appropriate clothing EVERY MONDAY

Homework will be sent home every Monday, please return by the following Monday.

KS3LH Website update 24th October

KS3LH have had an excellent half term.  We have really enjoyed reading and watching Harry Potter as part of English, and we have done some excellent pieces of writing.  On the 24th October, we were really lucky to have a visitor in the form of Maxine Whittaker; a stuntwoman who has been in many films (including Harry Potter, X-men, Batman, Wonder Woman and Star Wars) and TV shows (including Doctor Who, Holby City and Eastenders).  We spent a really enjoyable afternoon with Maxine, finding out what a stuntperson does and we got to see (and try on) her ‘jerk vest’!   Maxine was a real inspiration to students and staff alike as she really has followed her dreams.  We all hope to see her at St Martins again.

Staff and students from KS3LH and KS3FC with Maxine Whittaker.

Update – November 2018

We have had a really busy start back after half term and we can’t quite believe it’s getting to ‘that’ time of year!

We visited Showcase Cinema on Friday 16th November as part of the Intu Film Festival.  We watched Jumanji and we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  The students were a credit to St Martins.

In maths we have been doing some mastery.  It can be quite tricky but everyone is engaging well and taking part.

The students had their first Outdoor Education session on the 19th November and really enjoyed ‘weaselling’ in the Peak District, even though it was a bit chilly.

We are all looking forward to the coming weeks.

Students practising their problem solving skills.


Update: March 2019

This term, in English, we are learning about Superheroes and reading Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes.  We have really enjoyed the book so far and we have also created our own superheroes.

In Topic we are learning about Healthy Living.  We looked at different soft drinks and measured out how much sugar is in each one.  We were really surprised to see that many soft drinks have more sugar in one bottle that we should be having in one day! 

Quick reminder:  We have a residential meeting for parents on Tuesday 26th March at 4pm

Update – April 2019


First stop of the day

Drumming at Derby Museum

Having fun at Derby Museum

KS3LH have had a great half term, in English and Reading sessions, we have been reading Kid Normal and the Rogue Heroes and we’re really looking forward to finding out how it ends.

We’ve been doing lots of baking on Friday mornings which has been great fun.  We’ve made chocolate Snoseballs for Comic Relief, chocolate chip muffins, chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cupcakes (we like chocolate!).

We are really looking forward to our residential trip at Kingswood next half term and hoping that the weather will be warmer by then!

Happy Easter from KS3LH.


Update – May 2019

KSLH had a very enjoyable residential at Kingswood on the 2nd and 3rd May.  We stopped off at Poolsbrook Country Park on the way.  The weather wasn’t too bad and everyone had a great time running around and using the adventure playground equipment (thankfully the geese stayed away!).  After a picnic lunch, we headed off to Kingswood.

Our first activity was ‘Buggy Build’ where the students worked in two teams to create a Flintstones style buggy using barrels, logs and rope.  We then went to our accommodation and had to make our own beds!  After a dinner of Hunter’s Chicken or Roast Pork, our evening activity was Scrapheap Challenge.  Our challenge was to make a construction out of cardboard to protect a water balloon.  The constructions were tested by being dropped off the roof of the building!  If the balloons survived, we got to throw them at the instructors!  Unfortunately, not very many balloons survived.

After a restful night’s sleep, we packed up our belongings before breakfast and then went to our next activity which was climbing (in the rain!).  Our final activity was fencing, which was really good fun.  We then had lunch before heading off back to school, tired but happy!

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