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    Curriculum

    Curriculum Developments for 2012/-13

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

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

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

    Year 7

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

    Key Features of Year 7 2012-13

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

    SubjectMathsScienceEnglish LanguagesPEGeogHistRE/PSHETechExpArtsICTMusicArtTotal
    Lessons66644442+14032450

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    The visual elements: line, tone, colour, pattern, shape, form, texture, composition. 2D and 3D skills, presentation, artist research, idea/design development, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Project themes : Heroes and Villains, Me, Myself and I, Contemporary Culture.

    How students will be assessed:
    Initial drawing test, interim and final project levels and feedback. Students will be assessed against KS3 curriculum levels.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Weighing and measuring. Use of tools Using the cooker 2D design. Safety and hygiene.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Intro to Food Technology. Make a picture frame and a memory stick using computer aided design. Cushion project. Wooden patience game.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on NC levels.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Basics of spelling, punctuation and grammar. Autobiographical writing; creative writing; poetry analysis and performance; understanding how to argue; persuade and advise; understanding drama and dramatic technique.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1 – Introduction to grammar and Punctuation. Autumn 2 – Autobiography
    Spring 1 – The Writer’s Craft. Spring 2 – Poetry
    Summer 1 – Non-fiction and Media. Summer 2 – ‘The Roses of Eyam’

    How students will be assessed:
    Initial written assessment at the beginning of Year 7 then half-termly assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Internal end of year exam.


    Geography

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

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

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


    History

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

    Topics and Content for year:
    What is History? Ordinary lives in The Middle Ages. The Black Death. Religion in The Middle Ages. The Norman Conquest. Power Rights in The Middle Ages.

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


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Research, presentation and discussion skills. Tips for keeping safe online.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online safety, graphics, presentation skills, spread sheets, databases, email and research skills.

    How students will be assessed:
    A mixture of teacher assessment, practical work and examinations.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year 7 which covers Levels 3-6. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into Year 7 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Algebra, Handling Data and Shape and Space.

    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 a current working level is generated from this information. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Grammar & understanding.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Personal information, home and family, school life, free time and weather.

    How students will be assessed:
    Summative tests in writing, speaking, reading. Formative assessment during course in all skill areas including listening.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Individual & group performance, composition, music software, self and peer assessment, research.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn – notation and listening, building blocks of music, writing music down, write down given a tune using the keyboards, using the Sibelius music software.
    Spring – Folk music and different types of scale, using Audacity, Film music 1 – creating a story board and recording music, instruments of the orchestra.
    Summer – The music of Indonesia – Gamelan, minimalism, exam preparation, end of Year 7 exam.

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


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Core skills for each particular activity. Some knowledge of tactics and rules.

    Topics and Content for year:
    1. Games – rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rounders, tennis.
    2. Gymnastics
    3. Athletics – track, field, cross country.
    4. Health and fitness

    How students will be assessed:
    After each particular activity is completed (normally 9 sessions)


    PSHE/Citizenship

    Skills to be covered:
    Focus on developing thought and communication skills

    Topics and Content for year:
    A range of SRE, PSHE and Citizenship topics including alcohol awareness, positive relationships and community cohesion.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 in-class assessments


    RE

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

    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:
    6 in-class assessments


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Planning experiments, presenting data and interpreting data.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Acids and alkalis. Bubbles, bangs and burning. Classified. Ecological matters. Energy and electricity. Particles. Sex and science. Tissues and transplants. Solar system. Sound and forces.

    How students will be assessed:
    Termly written tests on topic content. Half termly assessments on skills.


    Year 8

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

    Key Features of Year 8 2012-13

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

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

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    The development and refinement of skills acquired in year 7.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Project themes : Narrative, Alice In Wonderland, Interiors and Exteriors.

    How students will be assessed:
    Initial drawing test, interim and final project levels and feedback. Students will be assessed against KS3 curriculum levels.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Build on the skills learnt in Year 7 and introducing pro-engineer, soldering and electron circuits.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Cooking around the world. Making a jigsaw using computer aided design. Wooden box. Frisbee using an electronic circuit. Introduction to pro-engineer. Making juggling balls.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on NC levels.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Understanding of how charity campaigns work; research projects; literary analysis of Victorian texts; essay writing; poetry analysis and comparison; media and non- fiction.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1 – Non Fiction and Media (Charity Campaign). Autumn 2 – ‘A Christmas Carol’
    Spring 1 – Sherlock Holmes study. Spring 2 – Seamus Heaney Poetry
    Summer 1 & 2 – ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher.

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


    Expressive Arts

    Skills to be covered:
    Characterisation, mime, creating dialogue, learning new dance styles.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Street dance, Olympic Sports dance, improvised drama.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly. Learning and reciting text, creating and performaing dance, choreography. Evaluation and written feedback skills.


    Geography

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

    Topics and Content for year:
    Tourism, sustainable places, fragile environments, migration, rivers.

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


    History

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

    Topics and Content for year:
    Living and working conditions in industrial towns 1800-1900. Religious change in Tudor times. Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth 1, Spanish Armada. English Civil War. Immigration.

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


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Research, presentation and discussion skills. Tips for keeping safe online. Analysis skills and basic programming.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online safety, spread sheets, programming, desk top publishing, web design.

    How students will be assessed:
    A mixture of teacher assessment, practical work and examinations.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year 8 which covers Levels 3-7. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into the Year 8 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Algebra, Handling data and Shape and Space.

    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 a current working level is generated from this information. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Grammar & cultural understanding.

    Topics and Content for year:
    French – House and home, food & drink, fashion, holidays.
    German – Personal information, school, family and friends, free time.

    How students will be assessed:
    Summative tests in writing, speaking, reading.
    Formative assessment during course in all skill areas including listening.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Individual & group performance, composition, music software, self and peer assessment, research.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn – Rhythm topic, notation & listening test 2a, using the Sibelius music software Assessment 2, Latin music topic.
    Spring – Making connectionsbetween different styles of music, improvisation using the pentatonic scale leading to a group performance assessing structure as well as performance skills. Using the Audacity sequencing software – Assessment 1.
    Summer – Film music 2, pentatonics and how the scale is used in Chinese music. Exam preparation.

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


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Improvement of skills started in Year 7. Establishing sound knowledge of tactics and rules.

    Topics and Content for year:
    1 Games – rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rounders, tennis.
    2 Gymnastics
    3 Athletics – track, field, cross country.
    4 Health and fitness
    5 Orienteering, badminton, softball

    How students will be assessed:
    After each particular activity is completed (normally 9 sessions)


    PSHE/Citizenship

    Skills to be covered:
    Focus on developing thought and communication skills.

    Topics and Content for year:
    A range of SRE, PSHE and Citizenship topics including Class C drugs, puberty, body image and political awareness.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 in-class assessments


    RE

    Skills to be covered:
    In addition to Year 7 coverage, we begin to focus more on explanation and interpretation of materials.

    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:
    6 in-class assessments.


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Planning experiments, presenting data and interpreting data.

    Topics and Content for year:
    All that glitters. Doctors and diseases. Elements and compounds. Food glorious food. Forces 2. Going for gold. Light. Metal reactivity. Secret life of plants. Water. Speed and acceleration. Space and satellites.

    How students will be assessed:
    Termly written tests on topic content. Half termly assessments on skills.


    Year 9

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

    Key Features of Year 9 2012-13

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

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

    Art

    Skills to be covered:
    The development and refinement of skills acquired in year 7 and 8

    Topics and Content for year:
    Project themes ; Create Your Own World/ Urban Decay.

    How students will be assessed:
    Initial drawing test, interim and final project levels and feedback. Students will be assessed against KS3 curriculum levels.


    Design and Technology

    Skills to be covered:
    Build and consolidate the skills used in Year 8. Introducing food for a PC. Working with pastry and preparation of vegetables. Research skills. Machine embroidery. Using pic chips to design and control a safety light.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Electronic safety light. Clock project using CAD/CAM. A drawstring bag. Exploring new power generation. Making a name plate. Design, make and fill a snack box. Recipe cards.

    How students will be assessed:
    Teacher assessment based on NC levels.


    English

    Skills to be covered:
    Writing triplets; creative writing; poetry analysis; essay writing; understanding drama and dramatic technique; understanding aspects of spoken language.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn 1 – Non Fiction and Media with a focus on ‘Animal Farm’. Autumn 3 – Creative Writing
    Spring 1 – War poetry (WW1) Spring 2 – Spoken language study.
    Summer 1 – Study of Shakespeare play, exam preparation. Summer 2 – Media Studies: analysing film language.

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


    Expressive Arts

    Skills to be covered:
    Development of dance choreography utilising devices such as levels, dynamics & space. Creating characters & text for performances.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Car Man ‘ Matthew Bourne’. Trust work. Homelessness.

    How students will be assessed:
    Half termly. Speaking and listening/monologue presentation. Practical performances/peer assessment. Written evaluations.


    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, fantastic places, extreme climates.

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


    History

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

    Topics and Content for year:
    Empire and Slavery. First World War. Inter war years. Second World War, Homefront, Nazi Germany. Civil Rights in Britain and America.

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


    ICT

    Skills to be covered:
    Research, presentation and discussion skills. Tips for keeping safe on line. Analysis skills and basic programming. Critical analysis.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Online safety, programming, spread sheets, audio and video editing, databases and animation.

    How students will be assessed:
    A mixture of teacher assessment, practical work and examinations.


    Mathematics

    Skills to be covered:
    Objectives are taken from the Key Stage 3 Framework for Year 9 which covers Levels 3-8. Using and Applying Mathematics is covered by problem solving tasks embedded into the Year 9 Scheme of Work.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Number, Algebra, Handling data and Shape and Space.

    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 a current working level is generated from this information. This means that every student has a document tailored to their own specific needs.


    MFL

    Skills to be covered:
    Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Grammar & cultural understanding.

    Topics and Content for year:
    French – Healthy living, television, environment, future plans.
    German – House and home, holidays, pocket money, shopping.

    How students will be assessed:
    Summative tests in writing, speaking, reading.
    Formative assessment during course in all skill areas including listening.


    Music

    Skills to be covered:
    Individual & group performance, composition, music software, self and peer assessment, research.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Autumn – polyrhythm into Minimalism using African music, notation and listening Test 3a, Chords into Jazz
    Spring – Sibelius Assessment 3, Audacity Assessment 2, Film music 3
    Summer – Caribbean music, Music for a purpose – creating a radio show. Exam preparation and revision.

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


    PE

    Skills to be covered:
    Consolidating skills and game knowledge. Understand the game/activity in its recognisable/traditional form.

    Topics and Content for year:
    1 Games – rugby, football, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket, rounders, tennis.
    2 Gymnastics
    3 Athletics – track, field, cross country.
    4 Health and fitness
    5 Orienteering, badminton, softball
    6 Volleyball, golf and trampoline (gymnastics)

    How students will be assessed:
    After each particular activity is completed (normally 9 sessions)


    PSHE/Citizenship

    Skills to be covered:
    Focus on developing thought and communication skills.

    Topics and Content for year:
    A range of SRE, PSHE and Citizenship topics including STI awareness, class A & B drugs and the UK Justice System.

    How students will be assessed:
    3 in-class assessments


    RE

    Skills to be covered:
    In addition to Year 8 coverage, we begin to focus on interpretation and analysis.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Buddhism as a world faith. An explanation of the impact of holocausts. Key Christian and Islamic beliefs.

    How students will be assessed:
    5 in-class assessments and 1 formal internal exam.


    Science

    Skills to be covered:
    Planning experiments, presenting data and interpreting data.

    Topics and Content for year:
    Students will begin to study KS4/GCSE topics.

    How students will be assessed:
    Written tests and practice CAU/ISAs


    Key Stage 4 – Year 10

    Key Features of Year 10 for 2012-13

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

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

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

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

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

    For more details see the KS4 Prospectus

    Key Stage 5

    Key Features of KS5 2012-13

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

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

    QEGS Sixth Form Entrance Requirements 2012-13

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

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

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

    For more details see the KS5 Prospectus

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