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    Curriculum

    Curriculum Developments for 2013/14

    The move to Linear: GCSEs from 2013 will only be examined in the summer examination session (either end of Year 10 or Year 11). At the present time at least 40% of the course must be examined in the summer of Year 11. This effectively limits resits to one per Year 10 component.

    Vocational Courses: QEGS will continue to offer vocational courses that are accredited by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). There continues to be significant demand for Engineering and for 2012 we have offered BTEC Engineering for your 10 students. We have both the expertise and equipment ‘in-house’ to be able to offer this course for 2012.

    The EBACC (English Baccalaureate): This has grown in popularity and consists of GCSE grade C or higher in English Language, Maths, Science (x2), a Foreign Language and a Humanity (Geography or History). The KS4 curriculum at QEGS already meets the needs and demands created by the EBACC so we are able to offer this option to our students. We have a clear and flexible Options Process, we convey clear pathway advice, and offer counselling and interviewing sessions for Year 9 students.

    Year 7

    Year 7 marks the start of the Key Stage 3 (KS3) Programme of Study. Student data in the form of KS2 SAT levels are transferred to QEGS and the school carries out its own Cognitive Ability Tests (CATs) for the whole year group. This data helps identify where support and/or setting provision is needed. Upon entrance into the school, students are placed into mixed ability Form Groups decided by the Progress Leader for Year 7.

    Key Features of Year 7 2012-13

    • 50 x 1 hour lessons across two weeks
    • There will be two half year populations (A and B side) with 3 teaching groups on the A side side (7A 7S 7H) and 4 teaching groups on the B side (7B 7U 7R 7N). Students will generally be taught in these groupings throughout Year 7.
    • Each Year 7 Form will have x1 lesson a fortnight in English to focus on Literacy skills.
    • Technology will be taught in smaller groupings.
    • Students study one foreign language: French
    • Students will experience 4 hours of PE across two weeks
    • There is no formal setting in Year7
    • Assessments and tests are carried out throughout the year and some departments have a common end of year assessment.

    SubjectMathsScienceEnglish LanguagesPEGeogHistRE/PSHETechExpArtsICTMusicArtTotal
    Lessons66644442+14032450

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    Drawing, painting, 3D design/sculpture, printing textiles, graphics, mixed media, artist analysis, literacy and numeracy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Baseline project – assessment of existing skills across a range of techniques
    Culture project – exploring another culture through Art and Design the through a range of media
    Me, myself, I – self-portraits, including line and tone emphasis.

    How students will be assessed:
    Regular SWAN assessment including peer and self-assessment
    Half-termly assessments using QEGS points, including literacy
    Y7 exams


    Dance

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in composition, performance and appreciation; learning how to create dances building on dance technique for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will study a range of dance techniques and styles, such as, Contemporary dance, Street dance and Asian dance. They will focus on different topics and stimuli to produce performances.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of compositional and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Food preparation using tools and equipment. Introduction to CAD/CAM (2D design) Health and Safety. The design cycle and analysis of products

    Topics and Content for year:
    Metal monsters, introduction to food technology, pyramid patience, PPod storage, photo frame, textile cushions.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on QEGS points. Examination


    Drama

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in devising, performance and appreciation; learning how to create plays building on drama techniques for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will follow similar topics to English to develop their knowledge and understanding of texts. They will cover a range of basic drama techniques exploring set texts such as Private Peaceful and different Radio Plays as part of a digital communications project.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of devising and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar; Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1 – "The Spy Who Learnt English" (Lang); "The Chinese Cinderella" (Lit);
    Autumn 2 – "Private Peaceful" (Lang); poetry (Lit);
    Spring 1- Creative writing (Lang); "The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas" (Lit);
    Spring 2- As above;
    Summer 1 and 2: Knowledge about language (Lang); play (Lit.)

    How students will be assessed:
    Half-termly assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Internal end of year exam.


    Geography

    Skills to be covered:
    Map reading presentations, place, scale, knowledge, evaluation, physical & human processes.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Making connections, weather, tectonics, rich & poor country study, atlas skills, industry.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and research activity.


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    Knowledge and understanding. Analysis. Communication. Source evaluation synthesis.

    Topics and Content for year:
    The Norman Conquest and Medieval Life, Religion: Daily life, the Crusades and the Church and Crown, Magna Carta and parliament, Black Death, the Peasants revolt, the Wars of the Roses, Renaissance and Reformation in Europe.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and written assessments.


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Tools and tips for keeping safe in the online world, a range of graphics editing techniques, how to effectively create multiple pathways through a product and use a range of multimedia including audio and video, how to use basic formulae in spreadsheets, such as SUM, MAX, MIN and AVERAGE, logical thinking, sequencing, loops, variables and algorithms.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online Safety, Graphics, Multimedia Products, Spreadsheets and Introduction to Computer Science. In addition to this, students will have a structured program of homework.

    How students will be assessed:
    In addition to a mixture of teacher assessment and online tests, students are actively encouraged to become involved in evaluating their own and other’s work and acting upon advice received. They will receive regular feedback from their teacher detailing their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into Year 7 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Ratio and Proportion, Rates of Change, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Geometry and Measures.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 assessments each term; a test covering the objectives taught and 2 rich tasks which assess problem solving skills. The results are recorded by specifying which of the assessment criteria a student has now achieved and this information generates a QEGS points score. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will learn how to understand and express themselves in a foreign language building up language through words, sentences and paragraphs. They will work predominantly in the present tense and start to work in another tense towards the end of the year.

    Topics and Content for year:
    French: Introductions, personal information, family and friends, school, hobbies and weather.
    German: Introductions, school, family, hobbies.
    Spanish: Introductions, personal information, family and friends, school, hobbies and weather.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment is in speaking and/or writing at the end of each unit of work. Listening and reading are assessed throughout the course.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Staying in time, performing in groups (including singing), manipulating musical elements, aural recognition of elements. Notation, pattern recognition, melodic/rhythmic dictation. composing patterns/motifs, performing individually, following set patterns, rhythmic accuracy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Elements, Pitch & Duration (Notation) Melody Writing
    Descriptive Music & Instruments of the Orchestra Repeating Patterns
    Accuracy of Performance (assessment of performance skills)

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly recorded compositions & performances, written tasks incl self/peer assessments & research topics, theoretical tests on music notation, music software tasks, listening tasks incl recognition of styles, instruments & rhythmic dictation.


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Games skills, tactics, and knowledge of rules in all areas. Basic movement and technique. Aspects of personal fitness to aid improvement.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn and Winter Terms. Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, Basketball, Netball (Girls Only), Rugby (BoysOnly), Fitness(including Cross Country), Table Tennis.
    Summer Term, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Cricket (Boys Only)

    How students will be assessed:
    Each topic is assessed in a number of areas including skill, game skills, organisation, and leadership. These scores are averaged to produce a level.


    RE

    Skills to be covered:
    Focus on descriptive and exploratory development and evidencing opinion.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Founders of western religions. Sikhism as a world faith. Comparative study of places of worship.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly formal assessment (including mock examinations and homework) and regular peer and self-assessment


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Literacy, Numeracy and Working Scientifically.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Introductory unit, Cells, Reproduction, Gas exchange systems, Interactions and Interdependences, Particles and behaviour, Acids and alkalis, Elements, atoms and compounds, Separation techniques, Forces, Solar system and beyond, Sound and Light.

    How students will be assessed:
    Each unit will have an assessed task with a literacy, numeracy or working scientifically focus. There will be up to five other assessments throughout the year to test knowledge and understanding over a variety of topics.


    Wellbeing

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, discussion, description, explanation, comparison, analysis, reflection, interpretation, as well as the potential to develop skills relating to character traits such as compassion, diligence, and empathy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Each topic covers a range of inter-related material [for example dealing with bullying appears in several topics] but broadly we explore: what we mean by wellbeing in terms of PSHE & Citizenship; where we find support for our wellbeing; basic first aid; ambition; saving for the future; having patience; helping others; being determined; having courage; working together; thinking creatively.

    How students will be assessed:
    There is a survey which you will take at the end of the current school year which asks you about areas we cover in the following year. You will then retake the survey twice to see how much your understanding has improved. Your Tutor will be reporting on your involvement in the lesson at six points during the year and you will be self/peer assessing your work in the ‘My Character Notebook’.


    Year 8

    The structure of Form Groups and half year group populations remain largely the same.

    Key Features of Year 8 2012-13

    • 50 x 1 hour lessons across two weeks
    • In Year 8 there will be 8 Form Groups: A Side 8A 8S 8H 8E and the B Side 8B 8U 8R 8N
    • Setting arrangements: Maths, Science and ICT will set together. Languages, History and Geography will set together.
    • One Maths ‘Express Set’ on the A side
    • Students will experience 4 hours of PE across two weeks
    • Technology will be organised in half year groups.
    • Students will commence their Expressive Arts course in Year 8.
    • Most students (sets 1-3) have lessons in 2 foreign languages, French and German; lower sets (set 4) study 1 language supplemented by an additional History and Geography lesson*.
      (* 6 foreign language lessons, 3 Geography and 3 History)

    Subject Maths Science English Languages PE Geog Hist RE/PSHE Tech ExpArts ICT Music Art Total
    Lessons 6 6 6 8* 4 2* 2* 3+1 4 2 2 2 2 50

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    Drawing, painting, 3D design/sculpture, printing textiles, graphics, mixed media, artist analysis, literacy and numeracy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Narrative – Wizard of Oz – workshops exploring the visual elements across a range of techniques
    Surface pattern – workshops exploring the visual elements across a range of art techniques

    How students will be assessed:
    Regular SWAN assessment including peer and self-assessment
    Half-termly assessments using QEGS points, including literacy
    Y8 exams


    Dance

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in composition, performance and appreciation; learning how to create dances building on dance technique for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will study a range of dance techniques and styles, such as, Jazz, Musical theatre, Contemporary dance and Physical Theatre. They will focus on different topics and stimuli to produce performances.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of compositional and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Building upon skills learned in years including Pro-engineer and PC microcontrollers. Further hand skills and appreciation of the design process.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Bug hotel, Singing Frisbees, designing games controllers, food from around the world, juggling balls and rocket powered cars.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on QEGS points. Examination.


    Drama

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in devising, performance and appreciation; learning how to create plays building on drama techniques for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will follow similar topics to English to develop their knowledge and understanding of texts. They will cover basic drama techniques: story-telling and narration from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a character study of Shakespeare’s Richard III and realism theatre through the topic of Homelessness.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of devising and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1and 2: "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time" (Lang); "A Christmas Carol" (Lit);
    Spring 1 and 2: – An Introduction to Shakespeare (Lit); "Richard III" (Lit); Research skills (Lang);
    Summer 1 & 2 – Knowledge about language (Lang); debating skills (Lang); pre- and post-1914 poetry (Lit).

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Internal end of year exam.


    Geography

    Skills to be covered:
    Knowledge, analysis, presentations, evaluation, sustainable development, sense of place, scale, physical and human processes.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Fragile environments, rich and poor, country study, rivers and coast.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and research activity.


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    Analysis and synthesis. Source evaluation. Knowledge and understanding. Communication.

    Topics and Content for year:
    English Reformation: Henry VIII- Mary I, Elizabethan England, Change in culture and society 1509-1901, Industrial Revolution, India and the Empire, Franchise: Peterloo to Women’s suffrage.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and written assessments.


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Enhanced skills for keeping safe online, logical thinking, sequencing, loops, variables, arrays and algorithms, further spreadsheet functions such as COUNT and IF formulae and an introduction to programming using Python and Visual Basic.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online safety, Introduction to Computer Science, Spreadsheets 2 and Introduction to Programming. In addition to this, students will have a structured program of homework.

    How students will be assessed:
    In addition to a mixture of teacher assessment and online tests, students are actively encouraged to become involved in evaluating their own and other’s work and acting upon advice received. They will receive regular feedback from their teacher detailing their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into the Year 8 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Ratio and Proportion, Rates of Change, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Geometry and Measures.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 assessments each term; a test covering the objectives taught and 2 rich tasks which assess problem solving skills. The results are recorded by specifying which of the assessment criteria a student has now achieved and this information generates a QEGS points score. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Students build on their knowledge and skills acquired in year 7.They learn how to express themselves in two tenses and use more complex language. They start to learn a third tense towards the end of the year.

    Topics and Content for year:
    French: House and home, food and drink, clothes and fashion, holidays.
    German: House and home, the town, holidays, money and shopping
    Spanish: Food, Holiday, Past Holidays and Activities, The Media

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment is in speaking and/or writing at the end of each unit of work. Listening and reading are assessed throughout the course.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Rhythmic accuracy, creating patterns, performing in groups, maintaining an independent part, recognising instruments, recognising musical styles, performing set patterns, instrumental dexterity, developing a melody, creating a structured piece, manipulating the elements, creating music for a purpose/effect, recognising mood/genre, commenting on musical devices.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Rhythm 2 Latin American Music Melody Writing 2 Mood/Genre Music Pentatonics Performance 2.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly recorded compositions & performances, written tasks incl self/peer assessments & research topics, theoretical tests on music notation, music software tasks, listening tasks incl recognition of styles, instruments & rhythmic dictation.


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Development of the above mentioned skills. Also officiating and organising games lessons.
    Developing choreography and performance skills

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn and Winter Terms. Hockey, Football, Gymnastics/Trampoline, Badminton, Netball(GirlsOnly).Rugby(BoysOnly),Fitness(includingCrossCountry), Orienteering/OAAProblemSolving.
    Summer Term, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Cricket (Boys Only), Softball

    How students will be assessed:
    Each topic is assessed in a number of areas including skill, game skills, organisation, and leadership. These scores are averaged to produce a level.


    RE

    Skills to be covered:
    Focus on descriptive and exploratory development and evidencing opinion.

    Topics and Content for year:
    An explanation of whether religion is a benefit to society. Islam as a world faith. Religion and identity.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly formal assessment (including mock examinations and homework) and regular peer and self-assessment.


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Literacy, Numeracy and Working Scientifically.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Photosynthesis, Nutrition and Digestion, Cellular Respiration, Skeletal and Muscular systems, Reactions, The Periodic Table, The Earth, Materials from Earth, Electricity, Magnets and electromagnets, Energy, Generating and paying for electricity.

    How students will be assessed:
    Each unit will have an assessed task with a literacy, numeracy or working scientifically focus. There will be up to five other assessments throughout the year to test knowledge and understanding over a variety of topics.


    Wellbeing

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, discussion, description, explanation, comparison, analysis, reflection, interpretation, as well as the potential to develop skills relating to character traits such as compassion, diligence, and empathy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Each topic covers a range of inter-related material [for example dealing with bullying appears in several topics] but broadly we explore: how do we decide the value of a person; dealing positively with issues of self-image; challenging unacceptable language and behaviours; issues of intimacy; friendship and gang culture; our national health; drugs education; emotions; loss and bereavement; parenting; conflict resolution.

    How students will be assessed:
    There is a survey which you will take at the end of the current school year which asks you about areas we cover in the following year. You will then retake the survey twice to see how much your understanding has improved. Your Tutor will be reporting on your involvement in the lesson at six points during the year and you will be self/peer assessing your work in the ‘My Character Notebook’.


    Year 9

    Year 9 is the final year of the KS3 Programme of Study. Teacher assessments and end of year exams are used to measure progress throughout the year. Fisher Family Trust (FFT) Targets (based on KS2 SATs results in core subjects) provide a measure of progress and attainment across this Key Stage.

    Key Features of Year 9 2012-13

    • 50 x 1 hour lessons across two weeks
    • The year group is divided into two half year populations (A and B side) with 4 teaching groups on each side (5 on B side in Maths, English and Science)
    • There will be a Maths ‘Express Set’ on the B side
    • Setting arrangements: Maths will set independently. Science and ICT will set together; English and RE/PSHE together; Geography, History and Languages together. All other subjects will have mixed ability.
    • In Science, students commence their KS4 course (Triple, Core or BTEC) towards the end of the Year
    • Students will experience 4 hours of PE across two weeks
    • All students will continue to experience a range of Technology subjects helping to inform their choice for KS4
    • Most students (sets 1-3) have lessons in 2 foreign languages, French and German; lower sets (set 4) study 1 language supplemented by an additional History and Geography lesson*.
      (* 6 foreign language lessons, 3 Geography and 3 History)
    • Options evening will be in January with students making final choices by February
    • RS GCSE course will commence in Year 9

    Subject Maths Scienc English Languages PE Geog Hist RE/PSHE Tech ExpArts ICT Music Art Total
    Lessons 6 6 8 6* 4 2* 2* 3+1 4 2 2 2 2 50

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    Drawing, painting, 3D design/sculpture, printing textiles, graphics, mixed media, artist analysis, literacy and numeracy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Create your own world – workshops exploring the visual elements across a range of art techniques
    Cities – GCSE style project format with artist analysis, observational drawing/photography, experimentation and final outcome.

    How students will be assessed:
    Regular SWAN assessment including peer and self-assessment
    Half-termly assessments using QEGS points, including literacy
    Year 9 Exams


    Dance

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in composition, performance and appreciation; learning how to create dances building on dance technique for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will develop their skills through Jazz and Contemporary technique in preparation for GCSE Dance. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of composition through the analysis of professional repertoire and apply to expand upon their own skills.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of compositional and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Further development of the design cycle including use of nutritional, data and designing and making more complex products. How to program a PIC micro controller.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Recipe cards, Bauhaus clock, name plate, ECO bag, safety light, new power generation.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on QEGS points.
    Examination


    Drama

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will develop skills in devising, performance and appreciation; learning how to create plays building on drama techniques for performance.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of devising and performance in preparation for GCSE Drama. Students will explore themes and develop their acting skills and techniques before devising their own work in response to exploring texts and practitioners. They will also perform and analyse a scripted play.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment will be based on application of devising and performance skills. Students will also be assessed on their speaking and listening skills in response to analysing their own, and others work. Assessment will take place at the end of every term with a mid-way assessment to monitor progress.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Spelling, punctuation and grammar. Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1 – "Journey’s End" (Lit); contextual research (Lang);
    Autumn 2 – World War One poetry (Lit); newspaper publishing (Lang);
    Spring 1 and 2 – "Dark Matter" (Lit); "Touching The Void" (Lang);
    Summer 1 – "Animal Farm" (Lang); "The Tempest" (Lit).

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Internal end of year exam.


    Geography

    Skills to be covered:
    Knowledge, analysis, presentations, evaluation, interdependence, sense of place, cultural understanding, physical & human processes.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Globalisation, flooding, crime and conflict, fantastic places, climate and change.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and research activity.


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    Analysis and synthesis. Source evaluation. Knowledge and understanding. Communication.

    Topics and Content for year:
    First World War, Interwar Years, Second World War, Holocaust and genocide.

    How students will be assessed:
    End of unit tests and written assessments.


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Further skills for keeping safe online, further experience of applying logical thinking, sequencing, loops, variables, arrays and algorithms and developing programming skills using Python and Visual Basic.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online safety, Introduction to Computer Science and Introduction to Programming.

    How students will be assessed:
    In addition to a mixture of teacher assessment and online tests, students are actively encouraged to become involved in evaluating their own and other’s work and acting upon advice received. They will receive regular feedback from their teacher detailing their strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into the Year 9 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Ratio and Proportion, Rates of Change, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Geometry and Measures.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 assessments each term; a test covering the objectives taught and 2 rich tasks which assess problem solving skills. The results are recorded by specifying which of the assessment criteria a student has now achieved and this information generates a QEGS points score. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Students deepen their knowledge of language. They work across 3 tenses and learn how to use more complex structures. Students will develop move independent study skills in preparation for study at GCSE level.

    Topics and Content for year:
    French: Education and jobs, town versus country, TV and cinema, holidays, pocket money, healthy living.
    German:Freetime, health, going out, trips and exchanges
    Spanish: Food, Health, Exercise, Holiday, Media, Relationships, Fashion, Future Plans.

    How students will be assessed:
    Assessment in speaking and/or writing at the end of each unit of work. Listening and reading are assessed throughout the course.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Rhythmic accuracy, creating patterns, performing in groups, maintaining an independent part, instrumental dexterity, directing an ensemble, rhythmic dictation, recognising patterns. Improvising, performing an independent part, instrumental dexterity, following a chord structure, recognising style/genre, recognition of instruments. Representing a concept, manipulating the elements, performing in a group, creating music for a purpose/effect, recognising mood/genre, commenting on musical devices.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Rhythm 3 Minimalism Jazz, Blues & Chords Music for Film & Television/p>

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly recorded compositions & performances, written tasks incl self/peer assessments & research topics, theoretical tests on music notation, music software tasks, listening tasks incl recognition of styles, instruments & rhythmic dictation.


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Individual skills and tactics, strategies and the application of rules and regulations

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn and Winter Terms. Hockey, Football, Trampoline,Volleyball, Netball(GirlsOnly).Rugby(BoysOnly),Fitness(includingCrossCountry), Orienteering/OAAProblemSolving.
    Summer Term, Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Cricket (Boys Only), Softball, Golf

    How students will be assessed:
    Each topic is assessed in a number of areas including skill, game skills, organisation, and leadership. These scores are averaged to produce a level.


    RE

    Skills to be covered:
    Evidencing, analysis and evaluating opinion.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Buddhism as a world faith. Key Christian and Islamic beliefs. Examining holocaust and genocide and their relation to evil and suffering.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly formal assessment (including mock examinations and homework) and regular peer and self-assessment.


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Literacy, Numeracy and Working Scientifically.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Genetics and Evolution, Metal Reactions, Forces, Speed.

    How students will be assessed:
    Each unit will have an assessed task with a literacy, numeracy or working scientifically focus. There will be end of key stage tests at the end of the autumn term. Then KS4 science curriculum will start.


    Wellbeing

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, discussion, description, explanation, comparison, analysis, reflection, interpretation, as well as the potential to develop skills relating to character traits such as compassion, diligence, and empathy.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Each topic covers a range of inter-related material [for example dealing with bullying appears in several topics] but broadly we explore: thinking around ‘talent’; voting and political systems; our welfare and the welfare of others; resilience; building mental health; contraception; contra-infection.

    How students will be assessed:
    There is a survey which you will take at the end of the current school year which asks you about areas we cover in the following year. You will then retake the survey twice to see how much your understanding has improved. Your Tutor will be reporting on your involvement in the lesson at six points during the year and you will be self/peer assessing your work in the ‘My Character Notebook’.


    Key Stage 4 – Year 10

    Key Features of Year 10 for 2012-13

    The KS4 curriculum is largely a traditional 11 GCSE structure with all students following accredited courses in Maths, English (up to 2 GCSEs), Science (Up to 3 GCSEs), RE, a Technology and 3 additional option choices. Students will also participate in 4 hours of PE over 2 weeks and a PSHE lesson.

    In recent years, to broaden our provision we have introduced elements of vocational study into KS4. QEGS offer a Childcare course, an ICT course, Level 2 BTEC courses in Science and PE, and new for 2012 the Level 2 Engineering BTEC.

    In liaison with other educational providers we collaborate and offer BTEC Level 2 Construction via the National Stone Centre, Level 1 and 2 Agriculture with Level 1 Engineering (placements via DART). The timetable is structured to facilitate both half and full day offsite courses.

    Subject Maths Science English PE RE/PSHE Tech Option Option Option Total
    Lessons 6 10 7 4 2+1 5 5 5 5 50

    The compulsory part of the curriculum is organised in half year groups as in KS3 (A and B side) and the core subjects are setted on each side of the year. The optional subjects are accessed by the whole year group and tend to have mixed ability groupings. An Express Set for Maths may be offered.

    For more details see the KS4 Prospectus

    Key Stage 5

    Key Features of KS5 2012-13

    QEGS offers a range of traditional AS and A2 courses and performance in these courses has been sustained at a very high level for a number of years. As local colleges are well placed and resourced to compete in the post-16 vocational and Level 2 courses, we have focused on a traditional A level curriculum. However, we realise that with the Raising of the School Leaving Age we need to look to build on the success of strong teaching and departmental success and broaden our post-16 offer with the possibility of BTECs, appropriate Level 2 qualifications and other accredited courses.

    The entrance requirements for admission to the Sixth Form reflect the largely traditional curriculum. These are reviewed annually and amended where necessary.

    QEGS Sixth Form Entrance Requirements 2012-13

    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher
    • To study A Level Science it is necessary to have a B grade in the appropriate GCSE separate Science; or grade BB in any of the GCSE courses in Science. In addition, to study A Level Physics it is necessary to have a B grade at GCSE Mathematics.
    • To study A Level Mathematics it is necessary to have a B grade at GCSE Mathematics.
    • C grades at GCSE in any subject to be pursued at AS Level (a GCSE in the relevant subject is not always required for some courses)

    Most students opt for 4 subjects at AS Level (though some do choose 5) and then usually focus on 3 subjects at A2. This results in students receiving some study time; 4 hours a week at AS and 9 hours a week at A2. All students take General Studies at AS Level and some take it on to A2.

    The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) is also available to students at QEGS. It offers students the opportunity to develop vital, independent skills either for University or Employment. A number of leading Universities have responded positively to the introduction of this qualification and many are giving it consideration in their selection process.

    For more details see the KS5 Prospectus

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