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Leigh Academies Trust – Curriculum Statement

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Our central purpose is to ensure that all students within Leigh Academies Trust achieve the highest standards. These standards apply to all that students do.

We aim to develop a coherent curriculum that builds on young people’s experiences and prior learning, which enables all young people to become successful learners, confident individuals and responsible citizens.

Our Curriculum intentions:

  • Instill in students a thirst for learning.
  • Challenge and inspire every student to achieve high standards and make better than expected progress.
  • Close the gap and enable those not achieving age-related expectations to catch up with their peers.
  • Promote high standards in literacy, numeracy and ICT capability.
  • Provide continued entitlement to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum.
  • Have and be able to use high-quality learning and thinking skills and become independent learners.
  • Be relevant to our students and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future.
  • Widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education.
  • Develop the skills and attributes to enable students to participate fully and positively in democratic, modern Britain.
  • To provide a wide range of opportunities to develop Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural awareness.
  • Help students recognise that personal well-being is essential to success and lifelong learning.

We expect from students:

  • A commitment from each student to work and to learn.
  • Self-reliance, resilience and a sense of responsibility.
  • Respect and tolerance for others.

In response to the statement above, Longfield Academy provides a curriculum that is appropriate to the students it serves. The offer is described in the Prospectus so that prospective parents know what we provide and can take account of it in deciding if Longfield Academy is the right school for their son or daughter. If parents require further information with regards the curriculum they can contact the relevant subject Director of Learning or one of the Principals if it is a more general enquiry. All contact details are on the Academy website.

The academic year is organised around six modules of learning with reporting on student progress at the end of each one.

The Academy operates a school day of 4, 1 hour 20 minute lessons. The exception to this is Wednesdays when students leave at the start of the afternoon after 3 lessons. The timetable is structured over a fortnight, thus providing 38 lessons per fortnight.


Key Stage 3

Year 7

All students study the same broad curriculum and spend around 60% of their time physically located within their College and 100% of their time within College based groups. Subjects studied are Mathematics, English, Science, Design & Technology, ICT, Spanish, French, Humanities, Drama, Music, Art, PE and the Longfield Learner curriculum. The latter is designed to instill the attributes of the Longfield Learner.

Year 8

Again most teaching is organised by College group, except for the Express Band, where streaming of the top third for academic subject areas begins. Composition of the Express Band is reviewed regularly. Subjects studied are Mathematics, English, Science, Design & Technology, ICT, Spanish, French, Humanities, Drama, Music, Art and PE.


Key Stage 4

The Academy runs a 3-year Key Stage 4 (KS4), Years 9 to 11. The Academy KS4 Options Booklet is issued in February of Year 8.

At Key Stage 4, there are two learning pathways, one for the Express Band and one for the Main Band. Both pathways study English Language, English Literature and Mathematics at GCSE. They also have 2 lessons of Physical Education per fortnight. This is not examined.

Express Band

Students follow a Triple Science course and the EBacc is compulsory. This means they all study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish or French and one of either History or Geography. Students then have a free choice of 2 further subjects from a broad range across the whole curriculum (listed at the foot of this policy).

Main Band

All students study English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Double Science (Years 9 & 10) or Core and Additional Science (Year 11) and one of History, Geography, Spanish or French. Students then have a free choice of 3 further subjects from a broad range across the whole curriculum (listed at the foot of this policy).

In addition to the subject-based curriculum there are several cross-curricular themes which are covered in more than one subject area – for example, e-Safety, Economic and Industrial Awareness, Enterprise and Careers, Sex, Health, Multi-cultural and Environmental Education. These are also delivered independently through various Focus Days.


Key Stage 5

Students joining the Sixth Form are encouraged to follow a broad, challenging curriculum. The normal expectation for Level 3 students is that they will take three AS (or equivalent) subjects in Year 12 and continue these at A2 (or equivalent) subjects in Year 13. Exceptional students may follow 4 courses where appropriate. The Academy offers a three-year Sixth Form for students who require it.

In addition, all students are offered opportunities to re-take GCSE Mathematics and English Language. The Academy provides subject specific conferences for students as well as events focusing on aspects of PSHE such as Sexual Health.

The Academy operates within the Leigh Academies Trust Post 16 Consortium (LAT16), enabling it to offer a broader range of courses. The LAT16 Brochure is issued in November of each academic year, giving course details, option block arrangements and entry criteria.

This policy is reviewed annually or more frequently if that is required.

GCSE or equivalent qualifications offered (GCSE unless stated):

  • Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Core Science (Year 11)
  • Additional Science (Year 11)
  • Double Science (Years 9 & 10)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • ICT Cambridge National (Year 11)
  • TLM Level 2 Certificate in Open Systems (Years 9 & 10)
  • Media BTEC
  • Music BTEC
  • Performing Arts BTEC
  • Physical Education
  • Product Design
  • Religious Studies

Longfield Academy Curriculum

The following information provides a brief outline of the each subject area available at Longfield Academy. Where possible a course specification has been given. Please be aware that these are subject to change, especially as we evaluate the new specifications that are now available for GCSE and A Level.

Should you wish to find out more details then please email info@longfieldacademy.org specifying which subject you are asking about.

English

Year Group: 7

In year 7 students study a range of novels alongside thematically linked poetry. Students have access to the Accelerated Reader scheme and dedicated curriculum time spent in the academy’s impressive library. Mirroring the requirement of the GCSE, students will be introduced to the stories and context of Shakespeare. Students will explore their own identity through a dedicated creative writing module before opening their eyes to the wider world through a study of historical English literature and a wide range of poetry and texts from other cultures.

Year Group: 8

In year 8 students will study a selection of WW1 and WW2 themed literature and a range of conflict poetry from writers including Wilfred Owen, Jessie Pope and Siegfried Sassoon. Students will also produce creative writing in a range of forms and look at range of gothic texts and the influences they have on modern texts. Students will also cover two dedicated language modules covering how words are used in the world, focusing on advertising, persuasive writing and a wide range of nonfiction texts. This will be accompanied by a study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Year Group: 9

In Year 9 students prepare for the rigours of the GCSE English Language and Literature courses by studying a range of non-fiction (such as our unit on Powerful Speakers) and fiction (including studying a Shakespeare text). Through the six units studied in Year 9 students will have on opportunity to develop their reading and writing skills while also continuing to work on their own written expression.

Year Group: 10

In Year 10 students will complete the English Language GCSE. This requires students to sit two exam papers, each of which asks them to tackle unseen texts from the 19th to 21st Century and answer questions on them and then produce their own writing, testing both their ability to write creatively and in a formal, transactional style.

Specification: English Language GCSE AQA 8700

Year Group: 11

In Year 11 students are completing the English Language GCSE. This requires students to sit two exam papers, each of which asks them to tackle unseen texts from the 19th to 21st Century and answer questions on them and then produce their own writing, testing both their ability to write creatively and in a formal, transactional style.

Specification: English Language GCSE AQA 8700

Students in Year 11 are also completing the English Literature GCSE alongside their English Language GCSE and the range of texts that they will be examined on is outlined below.

Specification: English Literature GCSE AQA 8702

GCSE English Literature Texts –

Main band

  • Romeo & Juliet
  • A Christmas Carol
  • An Inspector Calls
  • AQA Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict)
  • Unseen poetry

Express band

  • Macbeth
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • The History Boys
  • AQA Poetry Anthology (Power and Conflict)
  • Unseen poetry

Functional Skills English

Year Group: 12 & 13

Post 16 students who have not achieved a grade D or higher in either Language or Literature have English lessons on their timetable and work towards either level 1 or level 2 in English Functional Skills in order to develop and improve their use of literacy skills for life.

This specification aims to ensure students have good communication skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. It assesses whether students can use these skills in everyday situations.

Specification: AQA English Functional Skills 4720 or 4725

GCSE Re-Sit

Year Group: 12 & 13

Those students who achieved no higher than a D grade in GCSE English Language or Literature are in lessons to support them with the resitting of this qualification in order to achieve a grade C or better.

Students are working towards achieving the iGCSE in English Language and this is made up of a Speaking and Listening Assessment (20%), a coursework portfolio (40%) and a reading exam (40%)

Specification: CIE iGCSE English First Language 0522

A Level English Literature

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Paper 1 covers ‘Drama and Poetry pre 1900’ with the close study of a Shakespeare ‘problem’ play ‘Measure for Measure’, and a comparative unit which compares the work of a single poet such as Milton, Coleridge or Rossetti, and a play such as Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’; Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ or Webster’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’.

Paper 2 covers the gothic genre. Set texts are ‘Dracula’ and ‘The Wasp Factory’, as well as a broad study of the history of the gothic genre, and a focus on close analysis skills.

Coursework will cover post 1900 texts from all three genres: poetry, drama and novel.

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Paper 1 covers ‘Drama and Poetry pre 1900’ with the close study of a Shakespeare ‘problem’ play ‘Measure for Measure’, and a comparative unit which compares the work of Christina Rossetti and Henrik Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House.’

Paper 2  covers the topic of American Literature from 1860-1940. Set texts are ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Age of Innocence’, as well as a broad study of the history of the period, and a focus on close analysis skills.

Coursework will cover post 1900 texts from all three genres: poetry, drama and novel: a shorter piece will study Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘The World’s Wife’, asking candidates to create their own poem for the collection, and a commentary; a longer piece will ask students to compare Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Remains of the Day’ and Laura Wade’s ‘Posh’.

Specification: OCR English Literature  H472 (Linear A Level)

A Level Creative Writing

Year Group: 13

A course for students who want to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries can start on the path by developing their creative writing skills. They will also learn to develop critical and analytical skills and gain knowledge of the craft of writing.

This specification is designed to encourage students to:

  • understand different types of writing
  • express themselves and their ideas
  • develop redrafting and editing skills
  • develop critical and analytical skills.

60% coursework and 40% exam.

Specification: AQA Creative Writing 2750

Mathematics

Year Group: 7

Topics covered: Number, algebra, geometry, probability, data handling, algebraic manipulation, pattern and sequence, properties of 2D shapes, interpreting statistics, compound measures and properties of 3D shapes.

Year Group: 8

Topics covered: Percentages and fractions, solving equations, standard form, constructions and loci, statistics, surds, Pythagoras and trigonometry, proportion, similarity, algebra and inequalities, probability and statistics.

Year Group: 9

Topics covered: Foundation and higher- Number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, probability and statistics

Year Group: 10

Topics covered: Number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, probability and statistics

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: Number, algebra, ratio and proportion, geometry and measures, probability and statistics

Specification: Edexcel 1MA1

GCSE Resit

Year Group: 12 & 13

Students complete a one year GCSE program that is designed to improve their grade from Year 11. For students at Grade D it may be appropriate for them to follow the Higher tier. They may also be entered for the November examination series.

Specification: Edexcel 1MA0

A Level Mathematics

Year Group: 12

Topics covered:

 

Pure Mathematics 1 Proof; Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences; Trigonometry; Logarithms; Differentiation; Integration; Vectors
Pure Mathematics 2 Proof; Functions; Coordinate Geometry; Sequences and Series; Trigonometry; Differentiation; Integration; Numerical Methods
Statistics and Mechanics Statistical Sampling; Data Interpretation; Probability; Distributions; Hypothesis Testing

Quantities and Units; Kinematics; Forces and Newton’s Laws; Moments

Specification: Edexcel 8371

Year Group 13

Topics covered:

 

C1 Core Mathematics (AS) Algebra and functions, quadratics, inequalities, simultaneous equations, curve sketching, coordinate geometry, series, differentiation and integration
C2 Core Mathematics (AS) Algebra and functions, differentiation, integration, sine and cosine, radian measure, logarithms, coordinate geometry, binomial expansion, geometric series and trigonometry
C3 Core Mathematics (A2) Algebra, functions, exponentials and logarithms, numerical methods, transformations, trigonometry and differentiation
C4 Core Mathematics (A2) Partial fractions, coordinate geometry, parametric differentiation, binomial expansion, differentiation, vectors, integration and rates/ differential equations
S1 Statistics (AS/A2) Probability, representation of data, mathematical modelling, correlation and regression, discrete and random variables and normal distribution.
M1 Mechanics (AS/A2) Kinematics, collisions, dynamics, statics, moments and vectors.

Specification: Edexcel 9371

Science

Year Group: 7

Topics covered: Cells, particles and their behaviour, structure and functions of body systems, sound, light, elements, atoms and compounds, reproduction, reactions, acids and alkalis, forces, space.

Year Group: 8

Topics covered: Health and lifestyle, Periodic table, electricity and magnetism, separation techniques, energy, metals and acids, motion and pressure, the Earth, processes of the ecosystem, adaptation and inheritance

GCSE Combined Science

Year Group: 9

Topics covered: Key concepts in biology, cells and control, Genetics, natural selection and genetic modification, states of matter, methods of separating and purifying substances, atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substances, motion, forces and motion, conservation of energy, and waves

Year Group: 10

Topics covered: States of matter, methods of separating and purifying substances, atomic structure, the periodic table, ionic bonding, covalent bonding, types of substances, acids and alkalis, key concepts in biology, cells and control, genetics, natural selection and genetic, health, disease and the development, motion, forces and motion, conservation of energy, waves

Specification: Edexcel Combined Science 1SC0

Additional Science

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: The building blocks of life; organisms and energy; common systems; atomic structure and the Periodic table, ionic compounds and analysis, covalent compounds and separation techniques; groups in the Periodic table; chemical reactions; quantitative chemistry; static and current electricity; controlling and using electric currents; motions and forces; momentum, energy, work and power; nuclear fission and nuclear fusion; benefits and drawbacks and using radioactive materials

Specification: Edexcel GCSE in Additional Science 2SA01

GCSE Biology

Year Group: 9 & 10

Students follow the same topics as the Combined Science course for these 2 years before doing the extra components required in Year 11.

Specification: Edexcel Biology 1BI0

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: Controls systems; behaviour; biotechnology

Specification: Edexcel 2BIO1

GCSE Chemistry

Year Group: 9 & 10

Students follow the same topics as the Combined Science course for these 2 years before doing the extra components required in Year 11.

Specification: Edexcel Chemistry 1CH0

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: qualitative analysis; quantitative analysis; electrolytic processes; gases, equilibria and ammonia; organic chemistry

Specification: Edexcel 2CH01

GCSE Physics

Year Group: 9 & 10

Students follow the same topics as the Combined Science course for these 2 years before doing the extra components required in Year 11.

Specification: Edexcel Physics 1PH0

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: radiation in treatment and medicine; x-rays and ECGs; production, uses and risks of ionising radiation from radioactive sources; motion of particles; kinetic theory and gases

Specification: Edexcel 2PH01

A Level

Biology

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Biological molecules; cells, viruses and reproduction of living things; classification and biodiversity; exchange and transport

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Energy for Biological Processes; Microbiology and Pathogens; Modern Genetics; Origins of Genetic Variation; Control Systems; Ecosystems.

Specification: Pearson Edexcel level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology B 9BIO

Chemistry

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: atomic structure, atomic spectra and electron configurations • fusion reactions • mass spectrometry and isotopes • the periodic table and Group 2 chemistry • bonding and the shapes of molecules • chemical equations and amount of substance (moles) • ions: formulae, charge density, tests • titrations and titration calculations• thermochemistry • organic chemistry: names and combustion of alkanes, alkenes, alcohols • heterogeneous catalysis • reactions of alkenes • addition polymers • electrophilic addition • gas volume calculations • shapes of organic molecules, σ- and π-bonds • structural and E/Z isomers • dealing with polluting gases • composition by volume of gases • the electromagnetic spectrum and the interaction of radiation with matter • rates of reaction • radical reactions • intermolecular bonding • halo alkanes • nucleophilic substitution reactions • the sustainability of the ozone layer • the chemistry of the –OH group, phenols and alcohols • carboxylic acids and esters • mass spectrometry and IR spectroscopy • organic synthesis, preparative techniques and thin layer chromatography • green chemistry

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: aspects of nitrogen chemistry • kinetics • equilibrium and equilibrium constant calculations • effects of factors on the rate and equilibrium yields of reactions; consideration of the best conditions for an industrial process • analysis of costs, benefits and risks of industrial processes • condensation polymers • organic functional groups • amines and amides • acid–base equilibria • amino acid and protein chemistry • optical isomerism • enzyme catalysis and molecular recognition • the structure and function of DNA and RNA • structural analysis •dissolving and associated enthalpy changes • the greenhouse effect • acid–base equilibria and pH • solubility products • entropy•redox titrations • cells and electrode potentials • d-block chemistry • colorimetry the chemical origins of colour in organic compounds • aromatic compounds and their reactions • dyes and dyeing • diazonium compounds • fats and oils • gas–liquid chromatography • carbonyl compounds and their reactions • organic synthesis and polyfunctional compounds

Specification: OCR A level Chemistry B (Salters) H443

Physics

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Working as a Physicist; Mechanics; Electric Circuits; Working as a Physicist; Materials; Waves and Particle Nature of Light

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Working as a Physicist; Mechanics; Electric Circuits; Further Mechanics; Electric and Magnetic Fields; Nuclear and Particle Physics Materials; Waves and Particle Nature of Light; Thermodynamics; Space; Nuclear Radiation; Gravitational Fields; Oscillations

Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Physics PH0

AS Applied Science

Year group: 12

Topics covered: The importance of health and safety;  Organisations using science;  Science and the community;  Practical techniques and procedures; Qualitative analysis;  Quantitative analysis;  Energy;  Efficiency; Respiration in energy terms;  Structure and function of the circulatory and respiratory systems;  Uses of physiological measurements;  Methods of taking physiological measurements;  Imaging methods;  Regulations governing specific procedures and data management;  Ethical issues related to monitoring, diagnosis and treatment.

Specification: OCR Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Applied Science H175

Humanities

History

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

History skills, sources, visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa, Romans, Grauballe Man

Norman Conquest, Battle of Hastings, Castles, The Feudal Sytem

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:

The Black Death, The Great Plague, The Fire of London, Industrial Revolution, Slavery

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Introduction to skills used in GCSE, using topics First and Second World Wars

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present

The American West c1835-c1895

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

The American West c1835-c1895

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39

Medieval Depth Option

Specification: Edexcel, GCSE (9-1)  1H10

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Medicine Through Time

The American West 1840-1895

Controlled Assessment-Rochester Castle

Specification: AQA History (9142)

A Level History

Year Group: 12 & 13

Topics covered:

Paper 1, Option 1H: Britain transformed, 1918–97

Paper 2, Option 2H.2: The USA, 1955–92: conformity and challenge

Paper 3, Option 33: The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North
America, c1580–c1750

Paper 4- Coursework

Specification: Edexcel, A Level, 9H10

Geography

Year Group: 7

Topics covered: Map skills, Eynsford fieldwork project, Country study of Brazil, Ecosystems

Year Group: 8

Topics covered: Tectonic hazards, Weather hazards, Wildfires, River flooding, Coasts

Year Group: 9

Topics covered: Population and migration, sustainable issues, rivers, coasts

Year Group: 10

Topics covered: Urban issues and challenges, resource management, tectonic hazards, resource management, energy,

Specification: AQA GCSE 8035

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:Tectonic hazards, Energy or Water issues, Controlled assessment

Specification: AQA GCSE Geography B (Linear) 9035

A Level Geography

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Coastal Landscapes and Change, Regenerating Places, The Water Cycle and Water Insecurity, Globalisation, Independent Investigation

Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography (9GE0)

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Energy security, water conflicts, Superpower Geographies, Bridging the Development Gap, The World of Cultural Diversity.

Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Geography (9GE01)

Religious Studies

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

1) Poverty – What are the causes and impacts of poverty along with a consideration of how both religious and nonreligious people may try to solve this.

2) Prejudice and Discrimination – What are the different forms of prejudice and discrimination? What might prompt someone to act in this way? How might this make victims feel? What can both religious and nonreligious people do to stop this? Who are the key figures in the fight against prejudice and discrimination (e.g. Martin Luther King)?

Year Group: 8

Topics covered: 1) Animal Rights – What rights do animals have? Should we respect these? Should we experiment on animals, eat them or use them for sport and entertainment? How do different religions view the use of animals for our own needs?

2) Matters of Life and Death – What is the Sanctity of Life and should we abide by it? What do different religions believe happens when we die and can we affect this outcome by our actions when alive? A consideration of abortion and euthanasia – should we allow these things to happen? Why? Are there certain circumstances that make them more acceptable? What are the religious perspectives on this and do we agree?

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

1) Life after death – What do religious and nonreligious people believe happens to us when we die? Do we agree? What evidence can we use to support the idea of an afterlife?

2) An introduction to Buddhism and Islam – What are the main beliefs and practices of these two religions? How would it be to grow up in modern UK society as a practicing Buddhist or Muslim? What is the impact of extremism on these faiths?

3) The Problem of Evil – How can we have a Christian God that is all loving, all powerful and all knowing whilst evil exists in the world? Can we solve this problem?

4) The Trinity – Developing an understanding of one of the key doctrines of Christianity – the existence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as distinct yet symbiotic entities. Do we agree that this is possible and that such a concept can exist?

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Component 1- The study of religions: Beliefs and practices.

An investigation into the fundamental tenets of Christianity, with a focus on scripture, worship, life after death and the impact of all this on a modern believer.

Component 2 – Thematic studies:

  1. a) Religion, Human rights and social justice

Human rights

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about:
• social justice
• human rights and the responsibilities that come with rights, including the responsibility to respect the rights of others
• issues of equality, freedom of religion and belief including freedom of religious expression
• prejudice and discrimination in religion and belief including treatment of gender, sexuality, disability and race.

Wealth and poverty
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about:
• wealth, including its uses
• the responsibilities of wealth including the duty to tackle poverty and its causes
• exploitation of the poor including issues relating to fair pay, excessive interest on loans and people trafficking
• the responsibilities of those living in poverty
• charity including issues related to giving money to the poor.

  1. b) Religion, peace and conflict.

Religion, violence, terrorism and war

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the meaning and significance of:

• peace
• justice
• forgiveness
• reconciliation.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about:
• violence, including violent protest • terrorism.
• Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about:
• reasons for war including greed, self-defence and retaliation
• the just war theory including the criteria for a just war
• holy war.
* Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about pacifism.

Religion and belief in 21st century conflict
*Religion and belief as a cause of war and violence in the contemporary world.
*Religious attitudes to nuclear weapons and the use of weapons of mass destruction.
*Religion and peacemaking in the contemporary world including the work of individuals influenced by religious teaching.
*Religious responses to the victims of war including the work of one present day religious organisation.

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Component 1- The study of religions: Beliefs and practices.

An investigation into the fundamental tenets of Buddhism, with a focus on scripture, worship, life after death and the impact of all this on a modern believer.

Component 2 – Thematic studies:

  1. a) Religion and life

The origins and value of the universe

*Religious teachings about the origins of the universe, including different interpretations of these.

*The relationship between scientific views, such as the Big Bang theory, and religious views.

*Religious teachings about the value of the world and the duty of human beings to protect it, including stewardship, dominion, responsibility, awe and wonder.

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the use and abuse of the environment, including the use of natural resources, pollution.

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the use and abuse of animals, including animal experimentation and the use of animals for food.

The origins and value of human life

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the origins of human life, including different interpretations of these.

*The relationship between scientific views, such as evolution, and religious views.

*The concepts of sanctity of life and the quality of life.

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about abortion, including situations when the mother’s life is at risk.

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about euthanasia.

*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about about death and an afterlife.

  1. b) Religion, crime and punishment.

Religion, crime and the causes of crime
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about:
• good and evil actions
• good and evil people.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the reasons for crime including poverty, upbringing, mental illness, addiction, greed, hate,opposition to a ‘bad’/unjust law.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about those who break the law for these reasons.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about different types of crime including hate crimes, theft and murder.
Religion and punishment
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the aims of punishment including: retribution, deterrence, reformation.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about suffering including causing suffering to others.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the treatment of criminals including prison, corporal punishment, community service.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about forgiveness.
*Religious teachings, beliefs and attitudes about the death penalty.

Specification: AQA GCSE Religious Studies A (8062)

Citizenship and PSHE

Year Group: 7

Topics covered: Understanding how democracy works, safety around the railways, understanding the harmful effects of smoking and volatile substance.

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:  Human rights, local and national democracy, taxes, elections, understanding the harmful effects of illegal drug abuse.

A Level Citizenship

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: What does it mean to be British?, How socially diverse is Britain?, Are we all equal citizens?, What are right and what do I have?, How are my rights protected and supported, how do courts support rights?  Who can make a difference?, Who hold power in the UK, the citizen and political power in the UK? How can a citizen get involved in making a difference? Working together to bring about change.

Specification: AQA Citizenship (2100)

Longfield Learner

Year Group: 7

Topics covered: The Longfield Attributes, Say No to bullying, e-safety and using the iPads, building self-esteem, looking after the environment.

A Level Sociology

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Families and households, education, methods and methods in context.

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Crime and deviance, beliefs in society and sociological theory. In addition students will be revising all the topics from year one.

Specification: AQA Sociology (7192)

Modern Foreign Languages

French

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

Myself

Family and pets

School

House

Daily routine

Free time

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:

Holidays

Clothes and shopping

Jobs

Town

Food and healthy lifestyle

Travel

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Relationships

Education and future plans

Food and drinks

Celebrations

Local area and environment

Leisure and media

Specification: AQA FCSE 5898

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Final exam 25% per skill (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

Specification: AQA GCSE French 8658

Spanish

The Express group also study Spanish and follow the year 7 French scheme of work in terms of topics covered:

Myself

Family and pets

School

House

Daily routine

Free time

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Relationships

Education and future plans

Food and drinks

Celebrations

Local area and environment

Leisure and media

Specification: AQA FCSE 5898

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Identity and culture

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Current and future study and employment

Final exam 25% per skill (listening, reading, writing, speaking)

Specification: AQA GCSE Spanish 8696

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Holidays

Health

Work

Environment

Controlled assessment 60% writing and speaking

Exam 40% listening and reading

Specification: OCR GCSE Spanish J732

ICT

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:  e-safety, databases, spreadsheets and an introduction to programming in both Scratch and Python.

Computing GCSE

Year Group: 9

 Topics covered:  Introduction to Computational Thinking (Algorithms, logic and data representation) and development of programming in Python.

Year Group: 10

Topics covered: Computational Thinking (Advanced algorithms, programming techniques and features of programming languages) and programming in Python to develop robust code.

Specification: OCR GCSE Computer Science J276

Year Group: 11

Topics covered: Programming project; investigation into aspects of Computing; and Computer Systems (hardware, software, databases and networks).

Specification: OCR GCSE Computing J275

ICT Cambridge Nationals

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:  Using ICT to create business solutions (Spreadsheets, databases, presentations and document creation).

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:  Creating digital images (working to a customer brief,  image creation and development)  and understanding computer systems part I.

Year Group: 11

 Topics covered:  Handling data using spreadsheets and understanding computer systems part II.

Specification: OCR Cambridge Nationals ICT Certificate J810

Applied ICT A Level

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: Using ICT to communicate; How organisations use ICT; and ICT solutions for individuals and organisations.

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: Working to a brief; Interactive multimedia products; and Developing and creating websites.

Specification: OCR Applied ICT H515

Expressive Arts

Drama

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

Term 1 – Introduction to Drama: Freeze Frame, Mime, Cross-Cutting, Narration, Improvisation

Term 2 – Voice: Projection, Volume, Exaggeration, Expression

Term 3 – Greek Theatre: History and Conventions of Greek Theatre, Masks, Staging, Greek Myth

Term 4 – SMSC (Crime): Thought-tracking, Forum Theatre, Hot seating, Flashback/forward

Term 5 – Shakespeare (script work): Shakespearean Theatre, Structure, Acting from a Script, Plot, Interpretation, How To Evaluate Acting Work

Term 6 – Melodrama & Scriptwriting: Structure & Layout, History of Melodrama, Characters Within Melodrama, Exaggeration, Use of Voice, Plot

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:

Term 1 – Skills Recap: Thought Tracking, Narration, Mime, Improvisation, Freeze-frame, Tableau, Stage Combat

Term 2 – Physical Theatre: Characterisation, Still Image, Gesture, Narration, Sound/SFX, Storytelling, Ensemble Work, Proxemics

Term 3 – States of Tension: Physicality, Exaggeration, Vocal Expression, Risk Taking, Commedia D’ell Arte, Slapstick, Satire

Term 4 – Macbeth: Script work, Characterisation, Vocal Expression, Empathy, The Seven Deadly Sins

Term 5 – SMSC News Stories: Using Multi-Media in Drama

Term 6 – Script Work: Teechers, Blood Brothers, Of Mice And Men, An Inspector Calls, Animal Farm

Music

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

Term 1 – Graphic Scores: Introduction to musical notation; creating music as part of a group

Term 2 – Rhythm & Chant / Group Singing: The musical elements (rhythm, pulse, dynamics, tempo, texture, timbre)

Term 3 – Music For Festivals (Arriba): Music for an occasion; paired performance

Term 4 – Music For Festivals (Arriba): The pentatonic scale; group performance; using improvisation to compose music

Term 5 – Baroque Music (Pachelbel’s Canon): Reading stave notation; structure in music; using music technology in performance and composition

Term 6 – Baroque Music (Pachelbel’s Canon): Group performance skills

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:

Terms 1 & 2 – Solo Instrumental Skills (Jazz & Modes): Scales and modes in music; solo performance skills

Term 3 – Music For Film 1: Using music technology to compose music

Term 4 – Music For Film 2: Composing music to a brief

Term 5 – Investigating Popular Song 1: Applying solo instrumental skills to group performance; using music technology in performance

Term 6 – Investigating Popular Song 2: Group performance skills

Music GCSE

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Term 1: Baseline Assessment – Solo Performance; Music Theory Skills

Term 2: AoS2 – Popular Music; Aural Training; Music Theory Skills; Ensemble Performance

Term 3: AoS3 – Traditional Music; Aural Training; Music Theory Skills; Ensemble Performance

Term 4: Solo Performance; Aural Training; Music Theory Skills

Term 5: Composition Practice; Aural Training; Music Theory Skills

Term 6: Composition Assessment; Aural Training; Music Theory Skills

Specification: AQA GCSE Music 8271

Performing Arts BTEC

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Unit 3: Acting Skills

Unit 6: Music Performance Skills

Unit 1: Individual Showcase (solo performance)

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Unit 2: Preparation, Performance and Production

Unit 1: Individual Showcase (solo performance)

Specification: Edexcel BTEC Level 2 First Award in Performing Arts 600/4785/9

Level 3 Music

Year Group: 12

Topics covered:

Unit 316 – Understanding Musical Styles

Unit 315 – Understanding Musical Influences

Unit 365 – Auditioning For Music

Unit 362 – Lead Performer

Unit 363 – Session Musician

Specification: RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners 601/7691/X

Year Group: 13

Topics covered:

Unit 23 – Music Performance Techniques

Unit 39 – The Sound & Music Industry

Unit 40 – Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

Specification: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music 500/7844/6

Level 3 Music Technology

Year Group: 13

Topics covered:

Unit 32 – Sequencing Systems and Techniques

Unit 39 – The Sound & Music Industry

Unit 9 – Delivering a Music Product

Specification: Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology 500/7872/0

Media Studies

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Unit 1 – Digital Media Sectors and Audiences

Skills-based workshops: Digital Moving Image Production

Skills-based workshops: Digital Publishing Production

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Unit 1 – Digital Media Sectors and Audiences

Unit 5 – Digital Publishing Production: Exploring Digital Publishing; Using Digital Technology and Techniques; Producing a Digital Publishing Product

Unit 3 – Digital Moving Image Production: Understanding The Key Features and Technical Construction of a Digital Moving Image Production

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Unit 1 – Digital Media Sectors and Audiences

Unit 2 – Planning and Pitching a Digital Media Product: Understanding How To Develop Ideas for a Digital Media Product; Pitching Ideas for a Digital Media Product; Produce Planning for a Digital Media Product

Unit 3 – Digital Moving Image Production: Producing and Reviewing a Digital Moving Image Production

Specification: BTEC Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production 600/6831/0

Level 3 BTEC

Year Group 12:

Topics Covered:

Unit 1 – Media Representations: Media Terminology, Semiotics, Theories, Concepts and Messages

Unit 4 – Pre-production Portfolio: Requirements of pre-production of a digital media product; Conducting pre-production for a digital media product

Unit 10 – Film Production (Fiction): Codes and conventions of fictional film production; producing material for film production; post-production techniques.

Specification: BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production (NQF) 601/7467/5

Year Group 13:

Topics covered:

Unit 3 – Research Techniques for the Creative Media Industries: Purposes, application and presentation of research techniques and methods

Unit 27 – Factual Programme Production Techniques for Television: Issues, codes and conventions of factual television programmes; planning and researching a factual programme for television

Unit 31 – Social Action and Community Media Production: Purposes and impact of social action and community media production; Research for social action and community media production; produce and reflect on a social action and community media production

Specification: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Creative Media Production (QCF) 500/7842/2

Art

Year Group: 7

Topics covered:

Colour Theory and Water Colour painting; Drawing – essential skills;

Portraiture – using colour and pattern to explore identity;

Multicultural Art – Exploring symbolism and meaning within Art

Subject: Art and Design

Year Group: 8

Topics covered:

Superheroes – Figure drawing and claymation; Natural Forms: Observation drawing and painting

Portraiture: Julian Opie digital painting.

Year Group: 9

Topics covered:

Natural Forms observational drawing

Portraiture: Icons.

Perspective Landscape

Subject: Please state the exam board, syllabus number and course title where possible.

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Natural Forms Observational drawing Basic skills,

Portraiture: Identity

Mock Exam Questions

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

Subject: Art and Design

Development of chosen project.

GCSE Exam preparation

Specification: AQA Art (unendorsed) 4201

A Level Art

Year Group: 12

Topics covered:

Observational Drawing, Dry and Wet Media, Collage, Dark room techniques,

Inside Outside and Inbetween each student developed their own projects.

Critical Analysis of Artists, Essay Writing

Year Group: 13

Topics covered:

Personal topic chosen theme

Exam set by AQA

Specification: AQA Art 7201

 

A Level Photography

Year Group: 12

Topics covered:

Camera Controls, Darkroom techniques, Composition, Editing techniques Photoshop. Lighting Workshops.

Year Group 13

Topics covered:

Develop Personal project

Exam question set by AQA

Specification: Photography (Endorsed) AQA 7201 – 7206

Business Studies

Business Studies GCSE

Year Group: 9

Topics covered: This course comprises two themes, the first of which considers small businesses and the way they will develop. The second part considers different aspects of business studies that includes marketing, operations, finance and human resource and the decisions each of these functions have on the business.

Specification: Edexcel Business Studies 1BS0

Year Group: 10 & 11

Topics covered: There are three units to this course People in Business which considers different forms of business, recruitment and selection; Marketing which is a Controlled assessment based on one of two scenarios; Production, Finance and the External Environment.

Specification: OCR GCSE Business Studies J253

Enterprise & Marketing Cambridge National

Year Group: 9

Topics covered: This course comprises three units. The first considers the main activities required to support a start-up business and key factors of this. The second unit considers requires students to create a product proposal to meet a specific need. The final unit requires students to create a promotional plan for the product they created the proposal for in unit 2.

Specification: OCR Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing J819

Year Group: 10 & 11

Topics covered: There are three units to this course an Introduction to Business  which considers different forms of business, functional areas and the external environment; Planning for Work involving job roles and participating in the recruitment process; and Setting up and running an enterprise.

Specification: OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Business and Enterprise J814

A Level

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: This is a two year course which is assessed as an AS Level at the end of year 12. In this year the course covers What is a Business?; Managers, leadership and Decision-making; Decision-making to improve Operational, Financial, Marketing, Human Resources performance.

Specification: AQA AS and A Level Business 7131 and 7132

Year Group: 13 (Single Award)

Topics covered: Students are required to complete three units in this year. Business Planning which involves students researching and planning their own Business enterprise. Promotional Activities which involves students developing promotional materials for a specific organisation. The Marketing Environment, which is the externally assessed unit which looks at aspects of marketing environment in terms of the elements, impacts and business responses to these.

Specification: AQA Advanced Level Applied Business (Single Award) 8616

Year Group: 13 (Double Award)

Topics covered: Students are required to complete six units in this year. Business Planning which involves students researching and planning their own Business enterprise. Promotional Activities which involves students developing promotional materials for a specific organisation. The Marketing Environment, which is the externally assessed unit which looks at aspects of marketing environment in terms of the elements, impacts and business responses to these. Marketing Strategy which requires students to produce a marketing plan for a specific business. Managing Change which requires students to work as a team to propose and evaluate an organisational change. Managing People which is the second externally assessed unit which includes organisational structures, types of leadership styles and motivational theories.

Specification: AQA Advanced Level Applied Business (Double Award), 8619

Vocational and Technical Awards

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: This course involves three units this year. Financial Planning and analysis involves calculating various financial aspects and understanding what these will mean to businesses. Business Dynamics involves considering how business resources are managed to improve the performance of businesses and enable them to gain competitive advantages. Entrepreneurial Opportunities involves considering personal enterprise ideas and proposing marketing and operational activities.

Specification: AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business TVQ01027

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: This course comprises four units, two this year. The units this year are Competitive Business Environment which considers how businesses respond to the external environment. They will also look at how businesses innovate and react to competition. In Marketing Principles students consider consumer behaviours and the marketing environment. This looks at the marketing mix and the role of marketing within businesses.

Specification: AQA Level 3 Foundation Technical Level Business: Marketing Communications TVQ01021

Financial Studies

Year Group: 12

Topics covered: This course comprises two units Financial Capability for the Immediate and Short Term which includes the importance of this, looks at the financial services, cash flow to meet financial needs and individuals responsibilities in terms of personal financial considerations. The second unit is Financial Capability for the Medium and Long Term. It considers the need for budgeting, the risks and rewards of managing personal finances and learn about the different financial service products available.

Specification: The London Institute of Banking and Finance, Level 3 Certificate in Financial Studies, 600 / 8537 / X

Year Group: 13

Topics covered: This course comprises two units Sustainability of an Individuals Finance which considers the importance of this, develops skills to do this, external factors which affect this and the importance of creating and monitoring budgets. The second unit is the Sustainability of the Financial Services which explores the financial services system and looks at how financial services providers work and compete with one another, their priorities and responses to external influences in maintaining financial sustainability. They will also look at the marketing techniques used by these financial services.

Specification: The London Institute of Banking and Finance, Level 3 Diploma in Financial Studies, 600 / 8551 / 4

Design & Technology

Year Group: 7

Construction – Bird on a wire project

To make: Puppet on a string (Marionette), knowledge of basic cutting, shaping and smoothing tools and equipment.. Cross halving joint, Balancing the puppet, Working with Pine or MDF, varnish, painting.

Product Design – CAM Toy

To make: Working cam toy, Knowledge of levers, pulleys and cams, knowledge of basic cutting, shaping and smoothing tools and equipment. Working with Pine or MDF, Acrylic, varnish, painting.

Food Technology – Eatwell Plate

Students work their way around the eatwell plate through an understanding of each nutrients and a dish that is high in that nutrients. Giving them knowledge of the main nutrients needed for the body, basic kitchen skills, understanding of hygiene in the kitchen, working in pairs, food packaging knowledge, special diet knowledge. Dishes are currently; fruit salad (vitamins) fish cakes (carbohydrates) chicken curry (protein) carbonara (calcium) shortbread (fats and sugars)

Year Group: 8

Construction – Structures

Emergency shelters & Bridges made from paper rods. Knowledge and understanding of structures and their failings, how to produce designs, developments, working as a team, presenting, Q & A, profit and loss accounts, constructional problems, materials, design innovations, problem solving.

To know and understand how there can be problems prototyping, working in groups, structural failure. Base work on business models

Product Design – Clock Project

To make: Working clock

Knowledge of cutting, shaping and smoothing more complex shapes. Using tools and equipment.

Food Technology – Foods from around the world

Students focus on dishes from around the world giving them a wider cultural understanding. We focus on certain countries over the two modules and theory also includes high risk food, research of the history of foods, religion and food, nutrients, function of ingredients. Dishes are currently; paella (Spain) burrito (Mexico) sushi (Japan) pizza (Italy) moussaka (Greece)

Food & Nutrition GCSE

Year Group: 9 & 10

In Year 9 students complete many mini projects to make sure they improve their skills and give them a deeper understanding of food and the skills needed to make basic food products. They start the year with an entry to Kent Cooks, the other mini projects throughout the year give students’ knowledge of the main nutrients needed for the body, sauce making skills, pastry, packaging, legal requirements in food and the catering industry.

There are two mandatory components within this qualification:

Unit 1: Principles of Food and Nutrition

Written examination: 40% of qualification

The examination paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and contains two sections both containing compulsory questions.

Unit 2: Food and Nutrition in Action

Non-examination assessment: 60% of qualification

As part of Unit 2, assessment 1 and assessment 2 will be moderated by WJEC.

Food and Nutrition GCSE equips learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to cook and apply the principles of food science, nutrition and healthy eating. It encourages learners to cook and enables them to make informed decisions about food and nutrition and allows them to acquire knowledge in order to be able to feed themselves and others affordably and nutritiously, now and later in life.

By studying food preparation and nutrition learners will be able to:

  • demonstrate effective and safe cooking skills by planning, preparing and cooking a variety of food commodities whilst using different cooking techniques and equipment
  • develop knowledge and understanding of the functional properties and chemical characteristics of food as well as a sound knowledge of the nutritional content of food and drinks
  • understand the relationship between diet, nutrition and health, including the physiological and psychological effects of poor diet and health
  • understand the economic, environmental, ethical and socio-cultural influences on food availability, production processes, diet and health choices
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of functional and nutritional properties, sensory qualities and microbiological food safety considerations when preparing, processing, storing, cooking and serving food
  • understand and explore a range of ingredients and processes from different culinary traditions (traditional Welsh, British and international) to inspire new ideas or modify existing recipes.

Specification: WJEC Eduqas Food Preparation and Nutrition 601/8093/6

Catering GCSE

Year Group: 11

UNIT 1: Catering skills related to food preparation and service

Controlled Task 120 marks. Non-examination assessment: 60% of qualification.

Two practical tasks; Year 10 Task (20%) is a task on Afternoon tea, students have to complete research and cook/bake four products for an afternoon tea.

Year 11 Task (40%) is a task on Special Diets, students choose a special diet and complete research around this diet to produce two courses suitable for that diet.

Internally assessed using WJEC set criteria and externally moderated.

UNIT 2: Catering, Food and the customer

Written Paper 1 ¼ hours 80 marks. Written examination: 40% of qualification.

One paper which will be externally set and marked. All questions compulsory and targeted at the full range of GCSE grades. The paper will contain short-answer, structured and free response questions drawn from the catering content.

Specification: WJEC GCSE Catering 4730

Construction BTEC

Year Group: 9, 10 & 11

BTEC Firsts in Construction and the Built Environment can help you take your first steps towards a career in the construction industry. You’ll learn essential skills covering four units.

Unit 1: Construction Technology – this unit covers the different forms of construction that can be used for low-rise offices, retail units and homes. Learners will develop an understanding of the structural performance required for low-rise construction, and explore how substructures and superstructures are constructed. This unit will be externally assessed and is taken in January Year 10.

Unit 2: Construction and Design – in this unit learners will develop a broad understanding of the construction industry, the sort of projects it undertakes and the contribution it makes to wider society. Learners will also look at how client needs can shape the design of a building, and develop their own design ideas to a given brief.

Unit 3: Scientific and Mathematical Applications for Construction – in this unit learners will apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills to practical construction contexts. Learners will develop an understanding of the scientific principles affecting the performance of construction materials and develop skills to perform mathematical calculations in construction contexts.

Unit 6: Exploring Carpentry and Joinery Principles and Techniques – in this unit learner will develop an understanding of carpentry and the aspects. A practical frame using four different joints needs to be produced in the workshop.

Specification: Pearson BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Construction and the Built Environment.

Design & Technology GCSE

Year Group: 9

The new qualification is modern and relevant, so students can learn about contemporary technologies, materials and processes, as well as established practices.

The new GCSE places greater emphasis on understanding and applying iterative design processes. Students will use their creativity and imagination to design and make prototypes that solve real and relevant problems, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values.

Specification: AQA GCSE Design and Technology (8552)

Product Design GCSE

Year Group: 10 & 11

GCSE Design and Technology: Product Design enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of materials and techniques.

Packaging, labelling and instructions are encouraged as part of the complete design proposal and advertising, points of sale can be used to supplement the making experience and help create products which can be evaluated for their commercial viability.

This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

Unit 1: Written Paper (45551)

40% of total marks 2 hours 120 marks

Candidates answer all questions in two sections

Pre-Release material issued

Unit 2: Design and Making Practice (45552)

60% of total marks Approximately 45 hours 90 marks

Consists of a single design and make activity selected from a range of board set tasks

Specification: AQA Product Design GCSE (4557)

Professional Cookery

Year Group: 12 & 13

Level 1

The Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Professional Cookery will suit you if you are new to the industry.

The course will cover food safety, health & hygiene, knife skills, practical cooking skills, and give you insight to your chosen career.

Over the course of the year, level 1 comprises of 5 written assignments, 6 question & answer papers, 6 practical tests & 2 end of year practical tests based on the knowledge learnt throughout the course.

Level 2

The Level 2 Diploma will suit you if you have some basic skills and experience as a chef, probably from a role where you work under supervision. You want to gain a formal qualification and increase your skills so that you can take on a more senior role.

The level 2 course works on the knowledge gained from level 1, building on that & enhancing  skills, initiation & confidence.

The course comprises of 5 written assignments, 10 question & answer papers, 8 practical tests & 2 end of year practical tests based on the knowledge learnt throughout the course.

Level 3

This level is ideal if you’ve worked as a chef for some time – you have plenty of experience, and you may already supervise others or manage resources. You want to develop your skills further, perhaps to work as a senior chef or restaurant manager.

Building on prior learning, level 3 course gives more of an insight into kitchen management, furthering skills & giving a deeper insight into hospitality & catering.

The course comprises of 4 assignments, 9 question & answer papers, 8 practical tests & 2 end of year practical tests based on knowledge learnt throughout the course.

Specification: City & Guilds Professional Cookery 7100

Physical Education

Year Group: 7 and 8

Topics covered:

  • Developing skills, techniques and roles in sport
  • Performing in aesthetic activities
  • Range of tactic and strategies
  • Participating in problem solving challenges
  • Participate in competitive activities

Sports covered within lessons

 

Football Netball Hockey Dance Trampolining Softball
Rugby Handball Basketball Gymnastics Rounders Cricket
Volleyball Badminton Table tennis Tennis Athletics Orienteering

Year Group: 9 & 10

Topics covered:

Health and Fitness

  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Using data and how to present it
  • Training thresholds
  • Considerations to prevent injury
  • High altitude training and seasonal aspects

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Bones and functions of the skeleton
  • Muscles of the body
  • Freely moveable joint and their movements
  • How major muscles work antagonistically on the major joints to affect movement
  • Pathway of air
  • Gaseous exchange
  • Blood vessels
  • Effects of exercise – immediate, short and long term

Skills

  • Ability
  • Classification of skills

Practical sports covered in lessons:

Football Netball Table tennis
Rugby Handball Tennis
Athletics Badminton Trampolining

If students participate in other activities outside of school that are on the approved sports list published by AQA, these can be used as part of their assessment in year 11

Year Group: 10

Topics covered:

Health and Fitness

  • Components of fitness
  • Principles of training
  • Using data and how to present it
  • Training thresholds
  • Considerations to prevent injury
  • High altitude training and seasonal aspects

Sports psychology

  • Skill and ability
  • Classification of skill
  • Definition and types of goal
  • SMART targets
  • Basic information processing model
  • Guidance and feedback
  • Arousal and the inverted-U theory
  • Aggression – direct and indirect
  • Motivation – intrinsic and extrinsic
  • Spectator behaviour and hooliganism

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Recap of bones and muscles
  • Recap of joints and movements
  • Pathway of air
  • Gaseous exchange
  • Blood vessels
  • Effects of exercise – immediate, short and long term

Practical sports covered

Football Netball Table tennis
Rugby Handball Tennis
Athletics Badminton Trampolining

If students participate in other activities outside of school that are on the approved sports list published by AQA, these can be used as part of their assessment in year 11

Specification: AQA Physical Education (8582)

Year Group: 11

Topics covered:

GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can choose from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.

Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement.

Unit 3 (48903): Knowledge and Understanding for the Active Participant (Full Course)

Written Paper – 1 hour 30 mins

80 marks – 40%

Scenario issued to centres in advance of the examination.

Unit 4 (48904): The Active Participant (Full Course)

Controlled Assessment – 90 marks – 60%

4 assessments from at least 2 groups/ways of thinking: at least 2 as player/performer.

Specification: AQA GCSE Physical Education 4892

Extended Project

Year Group: 12 & 13

Students are offered the opportunity to complete the extended project in year 13. The project is introduced after Easter in year 12, and students undertake most of the independent research over the summer. The autumn term of year 13 is spent writing the project up.

Students undertake the EPQ in addition to their other 3 A levels. It carries the same weight as an AS level for UCAS points, and is very popular with universities as it shows a student has the ability to undertake an original piece of research.

The Extended Project will develop and extend from one or more of the student’s study areas and/or from an area of personal interest or activity outside their main programme of study. It will be based on a topic chosen by the student(s) and agreed as appropriate by the teacher.

Delivery of the Extended Project Qualification will involve teaching of the necessary skills through classroom delivery and supervision by the teacher on a one to one basis. This is done every Wednesday morning and attendance at the sessions is mandatory.

Students are required to:

  • choose an area of interest
  • draft a title and aims of the project for formal approval by the teacher
  • plan, research and carry out the project
  • deliver a presentation to a non-specialist audience
  • provide evidence of all stages of project development and production for assessment.

Specification: AQA Extended Project Qualification 7993