Art

 

Students will:

  • be introduced to their first GCSE style project Northern Land.
  • be taught how to personalise their GCSE projects using exciting photography and encouraged to gather research around the theme.
  • be taught how to present busy experimental sketchbook pages/boards to prepare them for the main GCSE coursework projects to follow.
  • be taught how to develop experiments and observations into 2D and 3D larger final outcomes.
  • be taught how to develop experiments and observations into final development sketchbook pages resulting in 2D and 3D larger final outcomes personal to the individual student.
  • begin collecting research and early experiments for the main GCSE NEA coursework project ‘Strange & Fantastic’.
  • be taught to use distortion & unusual techniques to explore the Strange & Fantastic theme e.g. dripping drawings, fragmented line.

 

Biology

 

Students are taught:

  • ‘Communicable disease’, ‘Types of diseases’, ‘Human defence system, ‘Discovery of drugs’’ and ‘Vaccinations, antibiotics and painkillers’.
  • practical applications and skills of the concept covered to help shape their understanding of the scientific method.

 

Chemistry

 

Students are taught:

  • ‘Conservation of mass and balanced chemical equations’, ‘Relative formula mass’, ‘Moles, concentrations and amount of substances’ and ‘Atom economy, yield and concentrations in gases’.
  • practical applications and skills of the concept covered to help shape their understanding of the scientific method.

 

Computing

 

Students study the following topics in Computing:

  • Data Representation
  • Programming

 

Drama

 

Students study the following topics in Drama:

  • the set text Blood Brothers
  • an introduction to live theatre in the form of a trip
  • devising and the devising process

 

DT

 

Students will be taught a wide range of practical techniques in both textiles and product design to inform their work. The skills include:

  • 2D Design, finger joints, line bending, use of convection oven, pillar drilling. Vacuum forming, aluminium beating, flexi ply forming, living hinge, cutting and finishing dowel, use of jig and formers. Pupils will present their work in NEA format with theory on the relevant materials as they are creating their samples.  The theory will cover specialist technical principles on hard materials.
  • Seams, overlocking, pleats, darts, gathering, quilting, piping, pockets, applique, CAD/CAM embroidery, batik, free machine embroidery, fabric painting, tie and dye. Pupils will present their work which could then be used for NEA development work if they specialise in this material area. Theory will cover specialist technical principles in textiles.

 

English Language

 

  • Students will know and understand the different types of narrator (first person/third person omniscient/third person limited/unreliable) and explore how and why a writer employs this as a narrative device. They will explore reasons why a narrator can be seen as unreliable and how an author utilises this, essentially evaluating narrative voice as a method.
  • Students will practise how to closely analyse and explain language in detail.
  • Students will explore and practise how to closely analyse how an extract is structured
  • Students will practise how to form a personal response to a text and evaluate an interpretation of a text, linking this to explicit choices by the writer.
  • Students will explore how whole texts are crafted, establishing how to form a cohesive sense of whole text shaping.
  • Students will explore and practise how to craft texts at sentence level, varying clausal structure for effect.
  • Students will explore and practise how to employ a range of descriptive and narrative techniques.
  • Students will read extracts from texts with real literary significance such as Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Brighton Rock by Graham Green and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. They will also read and explore a range of modern texts by celebrated authors such as Kazuo Ishiguro, Maggie O’Farrell and Kate Atkinson

 

English Literature

 

  • Students will know and understand three poems from either the Power and Conflict or Love and Relationships cluster. They will study each poem in depth exploring theme, meaning, context and poetic devices.
  • Students will explore thematic and conceptual ideas from either Power and Conflict or Love and Relationships, linking and comparing poems.
  • Students are taught ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens.
  • Students are taught historical, social and authorial contexts to help shape their understanding of the novella.
  • Students are taught the novel so they fully understand the characters, settings and ideas behind the narrative.

 

French

 

Students study the following vocabulary topics:

  • Free time – hobbies, sport
  • Social media and technology
  • Family, friendship and relationships
  • School – (timetable, facilities, teachers, subjects, rules, extra-curricular)
  • Work
  • Future career and study plans
  • Where you live
  • The environment

 

Students study the following grammar topics:

  • Regular and irregular present tense
  • Perfect tense with avoir and être
  • Near future tense and future tense
  • The conditional
  • The imperfect tense
  • Infinitive expressions
  • Negatives
  • Direct object pronouns
  • Comparatives and superlatives
  • Impersonal verbs
  • Possessive adjectives
  • Adjectival agreement
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Interrogative forms
  • Modal verbs
  • Si clauses and selecting the correct tense
  • Extended opinions
  • Intensifiers

 

Further Maths

 

Students will study the following topics:

  • The product rule for counting; know and understand that if there are x ways to do task 1 and y ways to do task 2 there are xy ways to do both tasks
  • The four operations with fractions including mixed numbers
  • Application of percentages to solve problems
  • Expand (a + b)n for positive integer n
  • Factorising complex expressions such as : (2x + 3)2 – (2x – 5)2
  • Use of + – × ÷ for algebraic fractions with denominators being numeric, linear or quadratic
  • Use of the factor theorem for rational values of the variable for polynomials
  • Rigorous algebraic proof
  • Manipulation of surds, including rationalising the denominator of the form a√b + c√d
  • Index laws, including fractional and negative indices and the solution of equations
  • Work out the gradient of a line given two points on the line and select two points on a given line to work out the gradient
  • Use the gradient of a line and a known point on the line to work out the co-ordinates of a different point on the line
  • Work out the gradients of lines that are parallel and perpendicular to a given line and show that two lines are parallel or perpendicular using gradients
  • Use the formula for the coordinates of the midpoint
  • Use a given ratio to work out coordinates of a point given two other points
  • Work out the gradient and the intercepts with the axes of a given equation or graph
  • Work out the equation of a line using the gradient and a known point on the line or using two known points on the line
  • Give equations in a particular form when instructed to do so
  • Work out coordinates of the point of intersection of two lines
  • Construct formal proofs using correct mathematical notation and vocabulary using angle facts and circle theorems

 

Geography

 

Students study the following topics from Geography:

  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards
  • Urban issues and challenges
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK
  • Challenge of Resource management

 

Health & Social Care

 

Students study the following topics from Health & Social Care:

  • Accessing health and social care services
  • Barriers to services and how they can be overcome
  • Demonstrating and reflecting on health and social care core values
  • Growth and development through the different life stages
  • Expected and unexpected life events on the development of an individual
  • the impact of formal and informal support

 

IT

 

Students study the following topics from Digital IT:

  • Data Modelling and the use of spreadsheets for data modelling
  • Effective Working Practices focussing on the use of IT

 

Maths

 

In Key Stage 4 we work from a linear scheme of work, with differentiated objectives that allow teachers to tailor learning to the abilities of their class, rather than labelling classes as “higher” or “foundation” at this early stage in their Key Stage 4 education. This section gives a brief overview of work covered, with each point being given support/challenge as required for the particular group.

 

  • Recall the first 15 square numbers, the first 10 cube numbers and identify prime numbers less than 50.
  • Find the Prime Factor Decomposition of a number
  • Find the Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple of two numbers
  • Simplify fractions, convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions, compare and order fractions, add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
  • Know simple FDP conversions and know methods to convert between other fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Order integers, decimals, fractions and percentages.
  • Calculate percentages of amounts, percentage increases and decreases, and the original amount after a percentage change.
  • Express a number as a percentage of another and find the percentage change in a range of contexts.
  • Expand brackets and simplify algebraic expressions.
  • Factorise algebraic expressions and use to help with algebraic manipulation and simplification.
  • Understand different sampling techniques.
  • Understand and calculate averages and measures of spread, for data given in lists and in tables.
  • Make comparisons using summary statistics.

 

Music

 

The following topics are covered in Music:

  • musical elements, techniques and resources are used to interpret and communicate musical ideas with technical control and expression
  • the technical and creative skills used, and the way the music has a purpose and intention.
  • how to develop chord sequences and melodic material.
  • a general introduction to Baroque Music and to the wider music of Purcell.
  • a general introduction to the structure of pop songs and the wider music and influence of Queen.
  • listen and analyse unknown music – this has been developed through following musical studies in KS3.

 

PE

 

TO FOLLOW

 

GCSE PE

 

TO FOLLOW

 

Physics

 

  • Students are taught ‘Particle Model of Matter’
  • During this topic, students will build upon their knowledge and understanding of the particle model before learning of the link between these ideas and the various changes of state.
  • This leads to the teaching of the principles of internal energy, latent heat and energy transfers.
  • Students will then gain an understanding of the connection between the particle model and pressure.

 

Spanish

 

TO FOLLOW

 

 

RE

 

Students study the following topics from RE:

  • Catholic Christianity: beliefs and teachings
  • Catholic Christianity: practices
  • Catholic Christianity: sources of wisdom and authority
  • Catholic Christianity: forms of expression and ways of life
  • Philosophy of Religion: arguments for the existence of God
  • Ethics: religious teachings on relationships and families in the 21st Century