Art

During Key Stage 3 students work with different materials and explore a variety of approaches, so that they may discover their own personal strengths in the subject. Observational drawing forms the basis of the majority of work. Students will experience drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking activities working to a termly programme. Students can choose to study GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Textiles in Key Stage 4.

Business Studies (Key Stage 4 Option – Years 10 and 11 only)

Students will study four units covering different aspects of business. The units cover business finance, promotion and marketing strategies, creating a brand, some personnel management and some customer service investigations. Students will be expected to have an interest in different types of business and be able to research primary information from time to time. Businesses studied will be from different sectors of the business world.

Computer Science and IT

During Key Stage 3 students carry out a variety of practical tasks to develop their understanding of computer science and Information Technology in the real world. The emphasis of the course in Key Stage 3 is on the use of IT in business, problem solving and coding, communication and the Internet, and web design. Students can choose to study GCSE Computer Science in Key Stage 4.

Construction (Key Stage 4 Option – Years 10 and 11 only)

This course offers an introduction to the construction industry and prepares students to progress to higher level related qualifications in the construction sector. The qualification has some mandatory units such as Health and Safety that must be completed along with optional units. Many aspects of construction work are covered including: painting and decorating, joinery, basic wiring, brickwork, and plumbing.

English (Language and Literature)

Students are placed in sets throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. Students in all sets work towards sitting GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature at the end of Year 11. In English Language students study a wide range of reading, writing and spoken language skills. Every student also gets the opportunity to study English Literature. The course supports students in their study of English Language, which also includes a literature element.

Food

During Key Stage 3 students will develop the skills required to cook food safely and hygienically. Practical skills are a very important part of the course and students are encouraged to experiment. By the end of Year 9 students will be able to make informed decisions about nutrition and prepare food safely. Students can choose to study BTEC Food Skills or GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition in Key Stage 4.

Geography

During Key Stage 3 students will have the opportunity to identify place, space and the environment and look at how people impact their surroundings.  Students will explore different societies and cultures and understand the increasing links throughout the world. Students can choose to study GCSE Geography in Key Stage 4.

Health and Social Care (Key Stage 4 Option – Years 10 and 11 only)

This is a vocational course suitable for all students considering a career in the country’s largest employer – the Health and Social Care sector. The qualification consists of three components that give learners the opportunity to develop broad knowledge and understanding of health and social care at Levels 1 and 2.

History

During Key Stage 3 students complete a series of historical enquiries linked to key historical narratives. The school follows the National Curriculum with a focus on local, national and global history. Throughout Year 9 students will develop their understating of key concepts such as: chronology, interpretation, significance, change and continuity and causation. Students will refine the key skills of: forming an argument, using evidence to support their viewpoint and understanding the diversity that exists in both England and across the globe. Students can choose to study GCSE History in Key Stage 4.

Mathematics

Students are placed in sets throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. All sets work towards one of two tiers of entry – Foundation Tier, giving access to grades 1 to 5, and Higher Tier, giving access to grades 5 to 9. All students will go on to sit their final GCSE examinations in Year 11.

The emphasis of the GCSE course is on the understanding of mathematical techniques and the application of these to everyday situations. Also, mental arithmetic and non-calculator skills are further developed. The rate of progress of each student is monitored and all students are tested at the end of each module/topic. There is provision throughout the course to change from one tier to another.

The most able students will work towards completing the Higher Tier course by the end of Year 10. In Year 11 some of these students may complete GCSE Further Maths. This is excellent preparation for the type of mathematics in the A Level course. Both the standard and the Further Maths courses are examined at the end of Year 11.

Modern Foreign Languages

During Key Stage 3 students will develop their foreign language skills in French and German through activities that combine two or more of the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will also learn about cultural differences in French and German speaking countries around the world. Students can choose to study one or both of GCSE French or GCSE German in Key Stage 4.

Music

During Key Stage 3 students will focus on practical music making skills aimed at inspiring them to achieve their musical potential. Students will learn about the different elements of music including learning to read and write musical notation.  Skills are developed using practical music lessons including individual performance, band skills and exploring instruments of the orchestra. Students can choose to GCSE Music in Key Stage 4.

Physical Education

During Key Stage 3 students are able to participate in a wide range of sports activities designed to cover the national curriculum. These activities include: athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, dance, hockey, football, health related exercise, netball, rounders, rugby, and softball. Students can choose to BTEC Sport in Key Stage 4.

Science

Students are placed in sets throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The most able students study three separate sciences in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Separate science students will study each science in greater depth and will achieve three GCSE grades. The majority of students study the Combined Science GCSE which is the equivalent of two GCSE grades. This combines units in biology, chemistry and physics.

Technology

The technology course gives students the opportunity to use materials in a practical way and develop their understanding of the working properties of materials. Students have the opportunity to develop skills in making high quality products using woods, metal, concrete, graphics and polymers (plastics). Students are expected to make a range of products, prototypes and samples, applying technical and practical expertise to ensure that the product is fit for purpose. Students have the opportunity to use traditional skills and modern technologies. Students can choose to study one or both of GCSE Engineering or GCSE Design Technology in Key Stage 4.

 

 

 

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