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    Changes to the national curriculum, effective September 2014 are outlined on each relevant subject section, below:

    Year 7

    SubjectMathsScienceEnglish LanguagesPEGeogHistRETechDance/DramaComputingMusicArtTotal
    Lessons666 64 3 3 24 232 250

    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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
    • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
    • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
    • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


    Computing

    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Computing curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Levels have been converted to new QEGS Points.
    A more iterative approach to the design process. Savoury dishes for Food Technology.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Topics Include:

    • The Spy Who Learnt English
    • Non Fiction Creative Writing Unit: Inspired by the new author studied in Literature
    • New author in depth: Character study of new author’s work (Similar to Of Mice and Men language essay at GCSE)
    • Knowledge about Language


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • The removal of levels to the new QEGS grades / points system.
    • The inclusion of new possible areas of study to the curriculum.
    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.
    • New levels designed in accordance with the school framework, using current GCSE criteria to develop the levels to allow consistency through into GCSE.
    • A new Key Stage 3 curriculum map was developed, looking at creating a chronological and engaging curriculum covering a range of topic areas.
    • A new Scheme of Work template has been implemented to increase the depth of planning, focussing in on skills taught and attainment.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Maths curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • KS3 to build on skills from KS2.
    • Increased emphasis on accurate transcription and translation from the English into the foreign language.
    • More concern with acquisition of skills that will build up over time to produce a fully rounded linguist.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on RE. Although we have just adopted the new Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Schemes of work have been re-written in line with the new National Curriculum. Assessments have all been written into topics with a numeracy, literacy or working scientifically focus. Activate resources have been bought in as a teaching and learning resource for staff and students, and can be accessed online.


    Year 8

    Subject Maths Science English Languages PE Geog Hist RE Tech Dance/Drama Computing Music Art Total
    Sets 1-3 6 6 7 6 4 3 3 2 4 2 3 2 2 50
    Sets 4-5 6 6 7 4 4 4 4 2 4 2 3 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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
    • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
    • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
    • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


    Computing

    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Computing curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Levels have been converted to new QEGS Points.
    Mechanisms and 3D printing added


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Topics Include:

    • New author in depth: Character study of new author’s work (Similar to Of Mice and Men language essay at GCSE)
    • Debating Skills with a focus on ‘Poetry: What is it good for?’
    • Teaching research skills online and in reference books: Does Richard III have anything to do with Richard III?
    • Knowledge about Language.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • The removal of levels to the new QEGS grades / points system.
    • The inclusion of new possible areas of study to the curriculum.
    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.
    • New levels designed in accordance with the school framework, using current GCSE criteria to develop the levels to allow consistency through into GCSE.
    • A new Key Stage 3 curriculum map was developed, looking at creating a chronological and engaging curriculum covering a range of topic areas.
    • A new Scheme of Work template has been implemented to increase the depth of planning, focussing in on skills taught and attainment.


    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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Maths curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • KS3 to build on skills from KS2.
    • Increased emphasis on accurate transcription and translation from the English into the foreign language.
    • More concern with acquisition of skills that will build up over time to produce a fully rounded linguist.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on RE. Although we have just adopted the new Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Schemes of work have been re-written in line with the new National Curriculum. Assessments have all been written into topics with a numeracy, literacy or working scientifically focus. Activate resources have been bought in as a teaching and learning resource for staff and students, and can be accessed online.


    Year 9

    Subject Maths Scienc English Languages PE Geog Hist RE Tech Dance/Drama Computing Music Art Total
    Sets 1-3 7 7 7 8 4 3 3 2 3 2 1 1 2 50
    Set 4 7 7 7 6 4 4 4 2 3 2 1 1 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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
    • To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
    • To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
    • To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


    Computing

    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Computing curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Levels have been converted to new QEGS Points.
    Programming PIC controllers


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Topics Include:

    • Non Fiction and Media based study on ‘Dark Matter’
    • ‘Animal Farm’ study of novel and use of rhetoric
    • Teaching research skills online and in reference books: WW1 contextual research linked to poetry studied in Literature
    • Newspaper Publishing Company
    • Knowledge about Language


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • The removal of levels to the new QEGS grades / points system.
    • The inclusion of new possible areas of study to the curriculum.
    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • A greater freedom to choose topics and design an engaging and cohesive curriculum.
    • New levels designed in accordance with the school framework, using current GCSE criteria to develop the levels to allow consistency through into GCSE.
    • A new Key Stage 3 curriculum map was developed, looking at creating a chronological and engaging curriculum covering a range of topic areas.
    • A new Scheme of Work template has been implemented to increase the depth of planning, focussing in on skills taught and attainment.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    New Maths curriculum (see above)


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:

    • KS3 to build on skills from KS2.
    • Increased emphasis on accurate transcription and translation from the English into the foreign language.
    • More concern with acquisition of skills that will build up over time to produce a fully rounded linguist.


    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

    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on RE. Although we have just adopted the new Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    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.

    2014 National Curriculum Changes:
    Schemes of work have been re-written in line with the new National Curriculum. Assessments have all been written into topics with a numeracy, literacy or working scientifically focus. Activate resources have been bought in as a teaching and learning resource for staff and students, and can be accessed online.


    Key Stage 4 – Year 10 and 11

    Subject Maths Science English PE RE Option+Enrichment Total
    Lessons 7 12 7 3 2 19 50

    For more details of the KS4 Pathways please see the KS4 Prospectus

    KS4 Enrichment Details

    Subject Description of Course Department
    Cooking This will be an entirely practical course that will give you the skills to feed yourself and your family. Each week you will prepare, cook and serve 1 or 2 dishes depending on time and the skill level of each dish. We shall cover a whole range of dishes, sweet, savoury, mains, desserts and snacks. Alongside these practical skills you will learn about budgeting, shopping for food and making healthy food choices. Technology
    DIY On this course students will have the opportunity to develop their design skills further, learn how to make products and how to complete common DIY tasks. Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of materials and techniques including wood turning, metals and plastics. There will be the opportunity to use CAD/CAM when designing and making products and produce craft based products. Technology
    Textiles If you like making things from fabric, then this is the enrichment activity for you. You will have the opportunity to make garments, accessories such as jewellery, bags and belts, soft furnishings including cushions and bean bags, toys, wall hangings, gifts, greetings cards, in fact all manner of items made from fabric. We may even try some knitting, crochet, macramé, bobbin lace and felt making. You can learn how to adapt, alter and repair textile products too. The activities will be planned around the interests of those who opt to do it. If you would like further information, see Mrs March. Technology
    GSCE PE For well motivated and high achieving PE students - an opportunity to gain an additional GCSE. PE
    Sports Leadership Students will have the opportunity to organise and lead sporting activities in and out of school gaining sports leadership qualifications. PE
    MFL Students will be working towards the language leaders' award. They will be actively involved in supporting younger learners at KS3 and primary level with their language learning. This involves helping to run lessons and preparing resources for the younger learners in all languages offered. MFL
    Music We will be offering the Music GCSE as part of the enrichment programme Music
    Photography Discover the creative possibilities of photography and explore basic digital camera settings to produce your own, individual, portfolio of photographic imagery. Develop your own style and experiment with your interests and ideas to create a personal range of exciting photographs. You will experiment with different types of photography, such as, studio, landscape, portrait, fashion, street etc. You will explore image manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator digital software and investigate different approaches to composition, lighting, colour, focus and experimental photography effects. Art
    Film Studies The film enrichment programme will cover the following: Constructing a shot; Recording sound; Writing a screenplay; Analysis of short films; Begin filming; Showcase work. English
    D of E Students will be undertaking the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, this will provide them with a challenge, a range of skills and help them unlock their potential. It also looks good on College and University applications as it shows tremendous team building skills. Students will be achieving a First Aid qualification and two weekends in the year will be spent on a camping and walking expedition. There will be a charge for undertaking this Award that will contribute towards camping and assessment costs. D of E
    Organising an Event You will work in a team to plan, prepare and deliver an event of your choice (i.e. fundraising, promoting a sports club or competition). This is a good opportunity to have some fun and gain some new skills that will be relevant for your future careers. Careers

     

     

    Key Stage 5

    Key Features of KS5 2014-15

    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. We are pleased to broaden our curriculum offer with Level 3 BTEC qualifications in Sport, Business, and IT, as well as the Cambridge Technical as a vocational route in Art. It is possible to study an AS/A-level subject alongside this route. We also offer a BTEC in Applied Science for those who wish to continue their study of Science alongside other A-level subjects. The entrance requirements for admission to the Sixth Form reflect the largely traditional curriculum. These are currently under review and are likely to be amended to reflect the different pathways we now offer. If a student doesn’t have a C grade in English Language or Maths, but otherwise meets the entry requirement, it is possible to join the sixth form. However, resitting that qualification will be an important part of their programme.

    QEGS Sixth Form Entrance Requirements

    • 5 GCSEs at grade C or higher (normally including English Language and Maths)
    • 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 and then usually focus on 3 subjects at A2. All students undertake our Extended Studies programme, which has been designed to broaden our students’ curriculum and help them develop essential independent learning skills. All students will then have the opportunity to take AS General Studies and the vast majority do so, many also continue it to full A-level. All students in Year 12 also have Supervised Study sessions to help them make the transition to a more independent programme of study. These continue throughout the sixth form, as needed.

    All students are offered the opportunity to take an enrichment option of their choosing. A diverse range of options are on offer, ranging from essential skills such as cooking and DIY, sporting activities, volunteering, to qualification based option such as Spanish, Philosophy and The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

    For more details see the KS5 Prospectus

    Wellbeing


    Year 7

    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

    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

    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’.


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