Curriculum for Year 9 (Age 13-14) Students - Young Teen Key Stage 3

This is the final Year at Key Stage 3 level Before entering Keystage 4 - (GCSE).  Teenagers are already going through a lot, so adding a change to their normal routine can be taxing, both physically and mentally.  This is an important year.  

There are so many things that a teenager might want to do to be cool or fit in. This could lead to distractions and acquiring habits that are probably not good for them. If your teen gets bored quickly, spends too much time playing video games or watching Netflix, you should try and give them a book to read.

Reading can open up the mind and help improve their concentration, while also entertaining them. Young teens show greater interest in complex fictional stories.

Great fiction books for 13-14 Year old would include: 

Harry Potter Series.
The Martian
Jasper Jones.
Life of Pi.
Percy Jackson.

Games and activities

1. Writing ideas
Encourage book blogging and taking part in readers’ book sites, e.g. adding reviews to Books4people.

Children may like to keep a Favourite Book journal which can have lists of titles, quotations, pictures and sketches to encourage them to look back at what they’ve read.

Get involved in planning a holiday schedule (making a list of books to read, entering book review competitions, planning day trips and so on).

2. Reading together

Keep your eyes open for book awards and read the shortlists together to decide which title you would choose and why. It may encourage your child to want to read it too.

If you have younger children then encourage your 13 year old to read to and with them.

Talk to your child about the articles in your local free newspaper or even take out a subscription to the children’s newspapers.

3. Maths games

Take a look at our fun maths activities to help you enjoy maths with your child.

4. Writing ideas

Children aged 12 can follow a simple recipe independently, with only a little help and supervision. Cooking can be a great opportunity to develop reading and maths skills and to boost your child’s confidence. Best of all, you both get to enjoy a tasty treat at the end.


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