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    Changes to the national curriculum, effective September 2016/2017 are outlined on each relevant subject section, below:

    Curriculum Plan

    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.
    Me, myself, I - self-portraits, including line and tone emphasis.
    Culture project - exploring another culture through Art and Design the through a range of media.

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

    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:
    Key Computing concepts such as logical thinking, sequencing, selection, loops, variables and algorithms.

    Topics and content for year:
    Students receive their Computing lessons through an intensive model of delivery as part of our Design and Innovation curriculum. They will undertake a variety of exercises designed to enhance their computational thinking abilities. These include unplugged activities and a variety of programming tasks.

    How students will be assessed:
    In addition to regular feedback from teachers and their peers, students will sit an end of module summative examination in order to measure their progress.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified 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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Design and Innovation

    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, Inftroduction to computing, textile cushions.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on student expected progress. Examination

    National Curriculum Changes:
    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    English Language and Literature

    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/Private Peaceful Autumn 2 - Boy in Striped Pyjamas/ Private Peaceful
    Spring 1 - Boy in Striped Pyjamas/ Introduction to Poetry
    Spring 2 - Creative writing/ Introduction to Shakespeare & Act 1 Richard III
    Summer 1 - Animals with Bad Reputations/ Introduction to Shakespeare & Act 1 Richard III
    Summer 2 - Animals with Bad Reputations/ Dahl & Homes (Lamb to the Slaughter & Speckled Band)

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

    National Curriculum Changes:
    Curriculum changes have been made in line with new requirements for Key stage 2 and the New English Language and Literature GCSE requirements.


    Geography

    Skills to be covered:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts, environments and processes.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information.
    AO4 – Use a variety of geographical skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – Geographical Skills
    Unit 2 – Weather
    Unit 3 – World at Risk
    Unit 4 – Industry
    Unit 5 – Country study

    How students will be assessed:
    How students will be assessed: Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year. There are also two ‘key pieces of work’ for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of events, individuals and time.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts including, change and continuity, importance and significance and similarity and difference.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical sources.
    AO4 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – The Battle of Hastings and Norman England Unit 2 – Medieval Religion: daily life, the crusades, the Church and the Crown Unit 3 – Magna Carta and parliament
    Unit 4 – Black Death
    Unit 5 – Peasants Revolt
    Unit 6 – Wars of the Roses
    Unit 7 - Castles

    How students will be assessed:
    Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year. There is also a key piece of work for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    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 whether a student is on, above, significantly above, below or significantly below target depending on their flightpath. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.

    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: orientation unit- phonics,alphabet, numbers 1-100, personal introductions, likes and dislikes; talking about myself; school life; free time; life at home; holidays.
    German: Orientation unit- phonics,alphabet, numbers 1-100, personal introductions, likes and dislikes; talking about myself; family and pets; free time; school life; holidays
    Spanish: Orientation unit phonics,alphabet, numbers 1-100, personal introductions, likes and dislikes

    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

    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 e.g. spontaneous talk, full understanding of grammar how to apply it.


    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.

    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Religious Studies

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Abraham and the Foundation of Judaism, and Jewish Initiation ceremonies through to Moses and the Jewish Passover.
    Students then link their learning in Judaism to the Messianic Prophecies as we evaluate whether Jesus was the Messiah promised to the Jewish people. We then move on to look at the key Christian beliefs and teaching surrounding Jesus.
    In the Summer Term, student finish with an exploration of Buddhist beliefs and teachings.

    How students will be assessed:
    Regular self and peer assessment with more formal assessments at the end of each half term.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on Religious Studies, although we have adopted the Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    Science

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Biology - Cells, Ecology and Reproduction. Chemistry - Acid and Alkali, Particles, Separation. Physics - Forces, Light and Space

    How students will be assessed:
    There will be a variety of assessment through the year; knowledge based, skills based and practical reporting. There will be a key focus on literacy, numeracy and working scientifically. Each topic will involve one of these assessments.

    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:
    Alice in Wonderland - workshops exploring the visual elements across a range of techniques. Fantastic and STrange- 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 levels, including literacy
    Y8 exams

    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:
    Key Computing concepts such as logical thinking, sequencing, selection, loops, variables and algorithms.

    Topics and content for year:
    Students receive their Computing lessons through an intensive model of delivery as part of our Design and Innovation curriculum. They will undertake a variety of exercises designed to enhance their computational thinking abilities. They will build on skills learnt in Year 7 and develop their experience further by using HTML and Javascript to create their own web pages.

    How students will be assessed:
    In addition to regular feedback from teachers and their peers, students will sit an end of module assessment task in order to measure their progress.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified 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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Design and Innovation

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Bug hotel, night light, designing games controllers, food from around the world, juggling balls and further computing.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on expected student progress.
    Examination.

    National Curriculum Changes:


    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    English Language and Literature

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Autumn 1 - Survival extracts/ Anthropomorphism extracts - both with a combination of 19th,20th & 21st century Autumn 2 - Survival extracts/ Gothic extracts - both with a combination of 19th,20th & 21st century
    Spring 1 - Creative writing/ Much Ado About Nothing
    Spring 2 - Hunger Games or Curious Incident/ Much Ado About Nothing
    Summer 1 - Hunger Games or Curious Incident/ Poetry through the Ages
    Summer 2 - Creative writing/ Poetry through the Ages

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

    National Curriculum Changes:
    Curriculum changes have been made in line with the New English Language and Literature GCSE requirements.


    Geography

    Skills to be covered:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts, environments and processes.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information.
    AO4 – Use a variety of geographical skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – Fragile environments
    Unit 2 – Rich and Poor
    Unit 3 – Russia
    Unit 4 – Rivers and Coasts
    Unit 5 – Africa v Asia

    How students will be assessed:
    Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year. There are also two ‘key pieces of work’ for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of events, individuals and time.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts including, change and continuity, importance and significance and similarity and difference.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical sources.
    AO4 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – The English Reformation
    Unit 2 – Elizabethan England
    Unit 3 – Industrial Revolution
    Unit 4 – Crime through time
    Unit 5 – Empire and Slavery
    Unit 6 – The First World War

    How students will be assessed:
    Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year.
    There is also a key piece of work for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    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 whether a student is on, above, significantly above, below or significantly below target depending on their flightpath. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.

    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: Life at home; holidays; TV, films and books; future plans; my identity
    German: Free time; school; the town; holidays; TV, books and films; healthy living
    Spanish: Food, meal times, healthy living; holidays; TV and cinema; relationships with family and friends; clothes and fashion

    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:


    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.

    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Religious Studies

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Students will begin by exploring and comparing different types of Christian Initiation (Believers and Infant Baptism) before progress to a comparison of Christian and Jewish Marriage, including evaluating beliefs surrounding Marriage and Divorce.
    Students will then progress towards exploring the person of Muhammad and evaluating how accurately Muhammad is represented in the Media (alongside Islamic beliefs associated with Muhammad).
    Finally, in the summer term students will being studying their ‘Finding the Divine’ module with involves students exploring and comparing different representations of ‘The Divine’ in Ancient religions such as Paganism and Greek Mythology, through to more modern representations in the Christian Trinity and the Monotheism of Islam/Judaism.

    How students will be assessed:
    Regular self and peer assessment with more formal assessments at the end of each half term.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on Religious Studies, although we have adopted the Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    Science

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Biology - Breathing and Circulatory System, Skeletal and muscular systems, Nutrition and photosynthesis. Chemistry - Materials of the Earth, The Periodic Table and Elements, Limestone and Reaction. Physics - Electricity, Paying for Electricity, Energy and Magnetism.

    How students will be assessed:
    There will be a variety of assessment through the year; knowledge based, skills based and practical reporting. There will be a key focus on literacy, numeracy and working scientifically. Each topic will involve one of these assessments.

    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:
    Urban Decay- workshops exploring the visual elements across a range of art techniques including Photoshop.
    Re-Brand- 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 levels, including literacy
    Year 9 Exams

    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.


    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Design and Innovation

    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 inspired clock, decorative box, ECO bag and safety light.

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

    National Curriculum Changes:


    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    English Language and Literature

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Autumn 1 - Dark Matter or Lord of the Flies/ Journey's End Autumn 2 - Dark Matter or Lord of the Flies/ Of Mice and Men
    Spring 1 - Creative writing/ Of Mice and Men
    Spring 2 - Animal Farm/ WW1 poetry and non-fiction extracts
    Summer 1 - Animal Farm/ Tempest
    Summer 2 - Creative writing/ Tempest

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

    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:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts, environments and processes.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information.
    AO4 – Use a variety of geographical skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – Globalisation Unit 2 – Flooding Unit 3 – Climate and Change
    Unit 4 – Population
    Unit 5 – Extreme Climates
    Unit 6 – Glaciation
    Unit 7 – Geographical skills

    How students will be assessed:
    Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year.
    There are also two ‘key pieces of work’ for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    History

    Skills to be covered:
    AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge of events, individuals and time.
    AO2 – Demonstrate understanding of concepts including, change and continuity, importance and significance and similarity and difference.
    AO3 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical sources.
    AO4 – Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate historical interpretations.

    Topics and content for year:
    Unit 1 – The inter-war years
    Unit 2 – The Second World War
    Unit 3 – The Holocaust
    Unit 4 – GCSE History course: Medieval And Renaissance medicine

    How students will be assessed:
    Students will sit three assessments (one each term), which will test them on all the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have covered so far in the year.
    There is also a key piece of work for each unit, where students will be graded as on/above/below target.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Students will begin the three year GCSE course, focusing in this year on consolidating prior knowledge and deepening understanding through problem solving. Problem solving tasks are embedded in the scheme of work throughout the year.

    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 whether a student is on, above, significantly above, below or significantly below target depending on their flightpath. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    New Maths curriculum (see above)


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Students start the GCSE course. 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/German/Spanish

    Unit 1 Myself and my family; my house and home
    Unit 2 Technology in everyday life
    Unit 3 Music, cinema, TV, food and eating out, sport
    Unit 4 Home, town, neighbourhood and region
    Unit 5 Social issues

    How students will be assessed:
    Internal assessments in speaking and/or writing at the end of each unit of work. Listening and reading are assessed throughout the course. Students will complete a speaking test at the end of the year.

    National Curriculum Changes:


    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.

    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.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    As specified above


    Religious Studies

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Students will begin their GCSE Study. This begins with a detailed exploration of Core Christian and Islamic Beliefs before progressing to ‘Theme D’ which explores Christian and Islamic attitudes to Peace and Conflict.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly formal assessment and regular peer and self-assessment.

    National Curriculum Changes:
    We remain part of the basic curriculum and outside of the national curriculum there have been no changes directly focussed on Religious Studies, although we have adopted the Derbyshire agreed syllabus.


    Science

    This is the first year were in Science Year 9 will begin the new GCSE syllabus, this means they will have 3 separate Science teachers.

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

    Topics and content for year:
    Biology: Cell biology and Organisation (body systems) Chemistry: Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table, Bonding structures and properties of matter, energy changes Physics: Atomic structure, Particles and Energy

    How students will be assessed:
    There will be a variety of assessment through the year; knowledge based, skills based and report writing for required practical work. There will be a key focus on literacy, numeracy and working scientifically. Each topic will involve multiply knowledge, skills and required practical reports.

    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 2017-18

    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 and offer an number of BTEC qualifications. The entrance requirements for admission to the Sixth Form reflect the largely traditional curriculum.

    QEGS Sixth Form Entrance Requirements

    To follow a programme of A-Level subjects, students must have a minimum of 5.5 GCSE points from at least six GCSEs, which must include English and Mathematics (at grade 5). To follow a Vocational programme students should have achieved 5 grade C’s, normally including English and Mathematics (at grade 5). It is possible to re-sit either Mathematics or English GCSE alongside a Level 3 programme. This individual programme will be agreed with Mr Atkins.

    • To study A-Level Mathematics it is necessary to have at least grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
    • To study A-Level Science it is necessary to have a grade B in the appropriate GCSE separate Science or grade BB in any of the GCSE courses in Science; it is also necessary to have a grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
    • In order to study a subject at A-Level that has been studied at GCSE it is necessary to have at least a grade C (grade 5 if English) in that subject.
    • GCSE equivalence grades at C or above, from courses such as BTECs can only be counted as one of the six grades required for entry to the Sixth Form. These will not be sufficient to study Mathematics or Science at AS Level.
    • All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
    • All students must apply for a place in the Sixth Form by completing an application form which sets out their subject choices and career plans. qegs.link/SixthFormApply
    • Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.

    A-level Programme

    All of the A-Level subjects we offer at QEGS have become linear qualifications with the assessment at the end of two years. The majority of students do choose to study 3 A-Levels, but it is possible to study 4. This will form their core programme, but we believe it is vitally important students support this by taking another level 3 qualification alongside. This enables students to broaden their knowledge and understanding, develop vital skills, as well as gaining valuable UCAS points to enhance their applications. This will also be a linear option, taken over the two years to offer balance to a student’s programme. It could be an AS in an additional subject, Core Maths, or an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

    Vocational Programme

    We now offer a number of BTEC Level 3 Nationals here at QEGS. These are equivalent in standard to A-Levels and provide specialist, work-related learning in a number of vocational sectors. They provide a more practical, real-world way of learning and their value is widely recognised by teaching professionals, employers, higher education and students. These too have been reformed for 2016 and now require some external assessment. (See individual subjects for details). It is possible to combine these with A-Level(s).

    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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