Students will:

  • use initial experiments and research to develop an in depth developed project
  • continue their main project based on the theme of ‘Strange & Fantastic’
  • create a sketchbook/boards based around the chosen title from the AQA exam paper




Students are taught:

  • ‘Reproduction’, ‘Variation and evolution’, ‘The development of understanding of genetics and evolution’ and ‘Classification of living organisms’.
  • practical applications and skills of the concept covered to help shape their understanding of the scientific method.




Students are taught:

  • ‘Carbon compounds as fuels and feedstock’, ‘Reactions of alkenes and alcohols’ and ‘Synthetic and naturally occurring polymers’ in Organic Chemistry.
  • practical applications and skills of the concept covered to help shape their understanding of the scientific method.




Students study the following topics in Computing:

  • Data representation and Networks: students must understand the nature of what the networks carry
  • Cybersecurity and the security of networks.
  • Ethical, legal and environmental impacts of technology




Students study the following topics in Drama:

  • script performance
  • set text Blood Brothers
  • live theatre in the form of a trip
  • devising




Students study the following in DT:

  • Identifying a target market through interviews and observations
  • Writing a design brief and specification to guide the next stage of their project
  • Developing initial ideas
  • Generating design ideas


English Language


  • Students will be able to read, understand and infer from a range of complex fictional and non-fictional texts, predominantly Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
  • 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. They will also analyse narrative perspective in non-fictional texts
  • 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.


English Literature


  • Students are taught ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare. They will have studied this up to at least Act 1 and will resume their teaching of the text.
  • Students are taught historical, social and authorial contexts to help shape their understanding of the play.
  • Students are taught the play so they fully understand the characters, settings and ideas.
  • Students will also revise unseen poetry, responding to two unseen poems connected in topic.










Health & Social Care


Students study the following topics from Health & Social Care:

  • health and wellbeing and physical and lifestyle factors (exercise, smoking, and alcohol, illegal and prescribed drugs)
  • genetic inheritance, including inherited conditions and predisposition to other conditions that influence how an individual develops
  • the connections to social, emotional and cultural factors that can have a positive or negative effect on health and wellbeing
  • interpreting health indicators to measure health including pulse, blood pressure, peak flow and body mass index (BMI)
  • health and wellbeing plans – they will develop skills to use physiological and lifestyle indicators to identify physical health issues that need to be addressed within the plan
  • how to consider the importance of providing a person centred, holistic care plan that is developed to suit their needs, wishes and circumstances




Students study the following topics from Digital IT:

  • Data Modelling and the use of spreadsheets for data modelling
  • User Interfaces and their design


Further Maths


Students will study the following topics:

  • Identify appropriate triangles in 2 and 3 dimensional shapes and apply trigonometry and Pythagoras theorem
  • Work out the angle between a line and a plane and the angle between two planes
  • Draw or sketch graphs of linear, quadratic and exponential functions with up to 3 domains, label points of intersection and understand that graphs should only be drawn within the given domain
  • Recognise the equation of a circle, centre (a, b), radius r and find coordinates of points of intersection of a given circle and a given straight line
  • Use the fact that the angle between the tangent and radius is 90° to work out the gradient of  a tangent and hence the equation at a given point
  • Understand and use the properties of the graphs of y = sin x, y = cos x and y = tan x for angles of any size, sketch and use the graphs to solve problems
  • Understand that a function is a relation between two sets of values, use function notation, for example f(x)
  • Define the domain of a function and work out the range of a function
  • Express a domain in a variety of forms, for example x > 2, for all x except x = 0, for all real values and the range in a variety of forms, for example f(x) ≤ 0, for all f(x) except f(x) = 1
  • Understand, interpret and use composite function fg(x) and inverse function f -1(x)
  • Sine and cosine rules in scalene triangles and area of a triangle = 1/2 absinC
  • Application of trigonometry and Pythagoras’ theorem to 2 and 3 dimensional problems including triangles that do not have right angles
  • Know and use tan θ = sin θ / cos θ and sin2 θ + cos2 θ = 1, including expressions to be simplified, proofs of identities and equations solved
  • Solution of simple trigonometric equations in given intervals
  • Know that the gradient function dy/dx gives the gradient of the curve and measures the rate of change of y with respect to x
  • Know that the gradient of a function is the gradient of the tangent at that point
  • Differentiation of kx n where n is an integer and the sum of such functions
  • The equation of a tangent and normal at any point on a curve
  • Increasing and decreasing functions
  • Understand and use the notation d2 y / dx2
  • Use of differentiation to find maxima and minima points on a curve and in simple problems
  • Sketch/interpret a curve with known maximum and minimum points
  • Multiplication of matrices
  • The identity matrix I
  • Transformations of the unit square in the x – y plane
  • Combination of transformations




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.


  • Find the perimeter and area of basic rectilinear shapes, including compound shapes made up of several more basic ones.
  • Find the circumference and area of circles and parts of circles.
  • Calculate the volume and surface area of prisms and other specified 3D shapes.
  • Understand and use Pythagoras’ Theorem to find missing side lengths in right angled triangles, and within other shapes.
  • Understand and use trigonometry for right-angled triangles (developing to non-right angled triangles for higher ability groups).
  • Recognise, sketch (using key points) and plot (using a table of values) graphs of polynomial functions, and reciprocals (extend to exponentials, trig functions and circles for higher ability groups).
  • Use a pair of compasses and a ruler to produces accurate drawings of triangles, angle and line bisectors, and be able to create loci.
  • Identify and draw 2D representations of 3D shapes.




The following topics are covered in Music:

  • Debussy, Estampes: Nos. 1 and 2 (Pagodes and La soirée dans Grenade)
  • Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water: Burn, Breathing Under Water and Easy
  • how harmony, melody, rhythm and instrumentation combine to create a characteristic stylistic ‘
  • examples of world music, for example the music of the Latin Americas and the traditional music of the British Isles,
  • practice in the handling of musical elements that characterise  in order to create pieces that demonstrate a fusion of styles and stylistic influences












Students are taught about:

  • Transverse and longitudinal waves, Properties of waves, Reflection of waves, Sound waves, Waves for detection and exploration
  • Types of electromagnetic waves, Properties of electromagnetic waves 1, Properties of electromagnetic waves 2, Uses and applications of electromagnetic waves, Lenses, Visible light,
  • Perfect black bodies and radiation








Students study the following topics from RE:

  • Judaism: beliefs and teachings
  • Revision of Catholic Christianity and Philosophy and Ethics in preparation for mock examinations
  • Judaism: practices