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17/11/17

Don't miss out. Tickets are still available for the second Broadening Horizons Production to see 'An American in Paris' at The London Palladium next Friday, 24 November. Tickets available via Wisepay. https://t.co/To7vpyIF4O

17/11/17

Good luck to Bryony in 7T who is busy training hard to complete an Iron Man later this month. (2.4mile swim/112 mile bike ride/26 mile run.) Raising funds for as her Nanny has cancer. If you would like to donate visit . https://t.co/30OVaRvuVa

17/11/17

Some Year 6's had fun this week at the Team Invicta Games Workshop. Thank you to Miss Abbott for taking the session. https://t.co/TNxCxyN9uf

17/11/17

There are lots of spots in school today. Thank you for all your donations . https://t.co/n1iww1Vcej

16/11/17

Thank you for the training! https://t.co/YvN1y12iXX

16/11/17

Thank you to everyone who created a gift box for 2017 Operation Christmas Child, we are sure the children who receive the boxes will be extremely grateful. https://t.co/Rn9HD3ShIW

16/11/17

Invicta students attended the Pretty Curious Event and Detling Showground run by . They had to create electronic circuits and drones using clip together electronics called little bits. There were about 20 teams and our teams did extremely well. https://t.co/HsGaavzArT

16/11/17

On 15 November the Junior Interact and Junior Young Chamber POP groups invited the Invicta Over 60s group to a Barn Dance. The students made decorations of bunting and paper chains, as well as homemade cup cakes for the afternoon tea. Everyone showed off their dancing skills! https://t.co/1sP9YgYy7d

16/11/17

Year 8 students in POP creating Beautiful Words. Creating art based on our favourite books! Mono printing, drawing, sculptures etc. Madison, Year 8, Digital Leader https://t.co/GjKQdlH0Yg

15/11/17

Invicta’s bees are doing well and we had a good honey harvest, which the girls enjoyed collecting. We are selling the honey to raise money to buy some new bee suits. Beekeeping continues to help girls towards their D of E award, either as a skill or as community service. https://t.co/8JhFMpPimb

15/11/17

Would you be interested in volunteering to help here at Invicta or at one of the VIAT primary schools? We are looking for parents or grandparents to volunteer to help with Art or read with our children in all phases of primary; from the youngest children in Y1 to the oldest in Y6 https://t.co/2PQ4q0G7jQ

15/11/17

If you have any old Invicta School Uniform that is still fit for purpose and no longer required, please consider donating this back to school. Please hand any items into the Main Reception. https://t.co/Z4AnZsSsnH

15/11/17

On Saturday, 4 November, 20 eager Year 5 students joined Mrs Billingham and Mrs Moore for a Food Technology Workshop. The girls had a fabulous time, making and decorating their ‘Christmas-themed’ cupcakes. Each student left the workshop with a tub full of goodies and a big smile! https://t.co/NqgPO2JktL

15/11/17

Congratulations to those involved in Invicta’s first ever MAMMOTH all school . This event was spread over six lunchtimes in the Reading Room, not including the Form time preliminary rounds. Congratulations to all those who participated in the Spelling Bee. https://t.co/LdeGVnJINs

15/11/17

June 2016, Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 8 entered ’s ‘Treasures from Trash Competition’. The aim was to design and build a chair using only recycled materials. They won! Their chair featured in the exhibit in the museum and we received a bench with a plaque https://t.co/p2FHqmk2Ae

15/11/17

We are very proud to receive acknowledgement from KCC congratulating us on the schools Progress 8 2017. Also, that it was very positive to see that this is well above the National Average, meaning that learners do well compared with their peers from the same KS2 starting points.

14/11/17

8G food students have been coming to school at 8am to start making their bread. The results have been amazing! https://t.co/4uVfq1spaq

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Park School

Good luck to our a capella choir, who are performing at the Albert Hall tonight.

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

It's nearly here - 14 November! Unable to join us during our Train to Teach Day then join us at The Hilton, Maidstone at 6.30pm to find out more about training to be a teacher through School Direct with VITSA https://t.co/2qbTsSq88R

14/11/17

Retweeted From Valley Invicta TSA

Thinking of teaching? Try School Direct, you have a choice of training provider with us! Choose from the universities of Brighton, Sussex, Greenwich or Canterbury Christ Church.

14/11/17

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Looking forward to welcoming everyone to another tonight. 'Teaching with Media' at https://t.co/XCFvFDhlZH

14/11/17

Retweeted From The Lenham School

Save the date for our 6th Form Open Evening! https://t.co/JVQ2IHE7f2

14/11/17

Are you or anyone you know interested in considering a career change and would like to consider training to teach? As a teaching school, Valley Invicta Teaching School Alliance, offers the opportunity to train to teach through salaried and non-salaried School Direct courses. https://t.co/04xrxzmJIF

14/11/17

We are very proud to report that Eloise in 9I recently competed at the European Kimura Shukokai Karate Championships in Estonia. Eloise achieved Silver for her individual fighting and together with her team they won Gold for the Junior Team Kata. https://t.co/tIKNPe9NTS

14/11/17

Maddy Hill in 11N and Lottie Hill in 7G are both competing in a National Squash Competition in Pontefract on Friday, 24 November, a competition that is only open to top players in the Country! Well done and good luck to you both.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lauren Kirby in 10C who has won an amazing competition to attend the 2018 dance convention in London next March as a VIP guest! Lauren will be participating in dance classes with teachers from top performing arts colleges across the U.K.

14/11/17

Congratulations to Lara Gough in 10I, she has received confirmation that, as a result of her performance in the regionals in October, she has qualified for the British Modern Biathlon Championship in Solihull in December.

13/11/17

The Year 8’s working on their key-rings in Resistant Materials after giving amazing presentations about Smart Materials. https://t.co/QR6htuwc3t

13/11/17

Everyone is enjoying playing the quick quiz game in French in 7T. Rachel, Digital Leader. https://t.co/4f8XnKoRU9

13/11/17

Watching a video clip, and taking notes, in Year 8 Geography lesson, to help us understand more about the effects of tourism in Antarctica. Madison https://t.co/QcJCWn5hZE

13/11/17

Invicta will be supporting Children in Need day on Friday encouraging staff and students to wear something spotty as an accessory to their usual uniform or work outfit eg. socks, beanie boppers, hats, scarves, hair accessories. Donations will be collected on the door. https://t.co/2hKo75gz3m

13/11/17

The Invicta Aspiring Einsteins academic hub has begun with the discussion of the news story "The star that would not die.. the Supernova discovery that challenges known theories of the death of stars". Thank you Charlotte in Year 9 for organising. https://t.co/G38haGyAdt

13/11/17

The Theme of the Week: Be Principled about Internationalism, Religion and Culture. Assemblies and Tutor Times will be based on the theme.

13/11/17

Retweeted From Dami Salako

Make sure your voice is heard in this years’ Kent Youth County Council elections! https://t.co/i9UJrmN1Wl

13/11/17

Retweeted From Ellen R Kent Music

Want to learn an instrument? Join Maidstone Music Centre Not just for kids! https://t.co/VNHJBLmSFN

10/11/17

Congratulations to Tihana in 8V who recently participated in a Trampolining Competition. Her efforts were rewarded with a Silver Medal and qualification for the next stage! Well done Tihana. https://t.co/CTVuRXxe8A

10/11/17

Congratulations to Daisy, Melissa and Megan in Year 10 who won a competition to design and build a chair using recycled materials! Can you find their prize at school? https://t.co/0Kgkxk6zNT

09/11/17

Dr Kathryn Harkup will be delivering the next Broadening Horizons lecture to students today. Exciting!! https://t.co/vb2Q2d9jUD

09/11/17

Excellent advice from the Anti Bullying Alliance. https://t.co/72wleRBHWf

09/11/17

Retweeted From AntiBullyingAlliance

Positivity and kindness looks good on you! 🙂 https://t.co/zzydH2h4J1

An Individualised Curriculum

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An Individualised Curriculum at Invicta

At Invicta, we build our curriculum with an ‘individualised’ approach whilst seeking to develop growth mindsets, thinking skills and habits for success to nurture life-long learners and prepare our students for their lives in the modern world. 

The Curriculum

We seek to challenge and stimulate the minds of our students through outstanding teaching, excellent opportunities to learn beyond the classrooms and a rich and balanced curriculum. We are proud of our curriculum as it provides challenge, pace, and variety at all levels to suit individual students. 

We adopt a two year Key Stage 3 and three year Key Stage 4 programme, in addition to almost thirty courses offered at A level in Key Stage 5. We believe our academic curriculum is challenging, exciting and designed specifically for our highly motivated and able students.

Transition from Year 6 to Year 7

For the majority of students, their school career at Invicta starts whilst they are still at primary school. The wide range of transition workshops, competitions, festivals and challenges that we organise in partnership with local primary schools offer students a flavour of secondary school life when they are in Year 4 or 5. 

Once students have received their confirmed places at Invicta in Year 6, they are invited to a series of familiarisation workshops in different subjects and take part in various exciting team building and taster sessions. 

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8

The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to ease transition into secondary education and is largely based around the compulsory National Curriculum subjects. Students study the core subjects, i.e. English, Maths, Science in 6 lessons per fortnight and MFL in 5 lessons. The school recognises the importance of self-expression and believes that the performing arts subjects contribute towards increasing the students’ confidence hence all students study dance, drama and music in 4 lessons. We encourage all students to become enterprising young adults; the Business and Enterprise course teaches our students about the world of business.

The Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) is a unique feature of our curriculum which embed enrichment in school life for every Invicta students. Fifty clubs and societies run by teachers from Musical Theatre to Creative Photography, from Bee Keeping and Gardening to Boxing and Self Defence are enjoyed by students and teachers alike.

The table below summarises the subjects studied by students in Year 7, and the number of lessons per fortnight.

English 6 lessons
Mathematics  6 lessons
Science 6 lessons
MFL (French) 5 lessons
MFL (German) 5 lessons
MFL (Spanish) 5 lessons
History 3 lessons
Geography 3 lessons
Art 2 lessons

Design and Technology (rotation of Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food)

Design and Technology (rotation of Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food)

Design and Technology (rotation of Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food)

4 lessons
Business and Enterprise 2 lessons
Computing 2 lessons
Religious Education 2 lessons
Performing Arts (rotation of Dance and Drama) Dance 2 lessons
Performing Arts (rotation of Dance and Drama) Drama 2 lessons
Music 2 lessons
Physical Education 3 lessons
Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) 2 lessons


Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11

At Key Stage 4, our curriculum consists of core and a very wide range of optional subjects, leading to GCSE qualifications in the four areas – Humanities, Business and ICT related, Art and DT and Performing Arts. Click here for the latest GCSE Course Directory.

In addition, students in Key Stage 4 follow the school-wide Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) every week. Click here for the Personal Opportunities Programme Booklet.

The table below summarises the subjects studied by students in Key Stage 4, and the number of lessons per fortnight.

Core subject

Core Subject

Mathematics  6 lessons
English Literature and Language 7 lessons
Biology 4 lessons
Chemistry 4 lessons
Physics 4 lessons
MFL -  French,  German,  Spanish 5 lessons
MFL -  French,  German,  Spanish 5 lessons
MFL -  French,  German,  Spanish 5 lessons

 

Options

Geography 5 lessons
History 5 lessons
Religious Studies 5 lessons
Classical Civilisation 5 lessons
Business Studies 5 lessons
Applied Business Studies 5 lessons
Computing 5 lessons
ICT 5 lessons
Art 5 lessons
Photography 5 lessons
DT RM 5 lessons
DT Hospitality 5 lessons
DT Textiles 5 lessons
Dance 5 lessons
Drama 5 lessons
Music 5 lessons
PE 5 lessons


Personal Opportunities Programme (POP)

Choice of over 50 clubs and societies 2 lessons


Key Stage 5: Year 12 and 13

A Personalised and Academic Sixth Form Curriculum 

We design an academic Sixth Form curriculum to prepare our students for higher education - including study at Oxford, Cambridge, the Russell Group and other world class universities - and high quality employment. We offer a wide choice of 28 A level subjects, from Art and Design to Further Mathematics, from Music to Product Design 3D and many more. Click here for the latest Sixth Form Course Directory.

In addition, a large number of our Sixth Formers pursue the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification. 

A level subjects offer at Invicta Grammar School

1 Art and Design
2 Textiles
3 Biology
4 Business Studies
5 Chemistry
6 Classical Civilisation
7 Computer Science
8 Dance
9 Drama and Theatre Studies
10 Economics
11 English Literature
12 French
13 Geography
14 German
15 Government and Politics
16 History
17 Further Mathematics
18 Mathematics
19 Media Studies
20 Music
21 Photography
22 Physical Education
23 Physics
24 Product Design – 3D
25 Product Design – Textiles
26 Psychology
27 Religious Studies
28 Spanish

 


 

ART

Subject: Art

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Mono printing
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic
  • Written analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide on Student Portal.

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

Practice observational drawing by looking at the object for 80% of the time.

Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

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Subject: Art

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide on Student Portal.

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

Practice observational drawing by looking at the object for 80% of the time.

Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

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Subject: Art

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

Enhance observational drawing and painting by looking at the object for 80% of the time. Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

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Subject: Art

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful tips

Enhance observational drawing and painting by looking at the object for 80% of the time. Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

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Subject: Art

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful tips

Enhance observational drawing and painting by looking at the object for 80% of the time. Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

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Subject: Art

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development
  • Life Drawing and anatomy

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk
  • Story of Art By E.H Gombrich – Phaidon
  • The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes
  • The 20th Century Art book By Phaidon Press Ltd
  • The Art Book By Phaidon

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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Subject: Art

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Printing – monoprinting, lino printing
  • Photography
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development
  • Life Drawing and anatomy

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk
  • Story of Art By E.H Gombrich – Phaidon
  • The Shock of the New: Art and the Century of Change by Robert Hughes
  • The 20th Century Art book By Phaidon Press Ltd
  • The Art Book By Phaidon

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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BEN AND BUSINESS AND ENTERPRISE

Subject: BEN and Business and Enterprise

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Creating business ideas
  • Demand
  • Market research
  • Business aims and objectives
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Customer service

Recommended Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize Website
  • Stay up to date with news.

Recommended Reading List

  • The Impact of Big Business, M Jarman
  • How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions, Rachel Bridge
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson

Useful Tips

Flashcards

Learn key terms early on

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Subject: BEN and Business and Enterprise

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Skills and qualities
  • Recruitment process
  • Employment legislation
  • Job description and person specification
  • Application documents
  • Interviews

Recommended Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize Website
  • Stay up to date with news.

Recommended Reading List

  • The Impact of Big Business, M Jarman
  • How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions, Rachel Bridge
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson

Useful Tips

Flashcards

Learn key terms early on

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Subject: Business

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • WJEC Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • Business activity
  • Influences on business
  • Business operations

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website

Recommended Reading List

  • Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • When Corporations Rule the World, David C. Korten
  • The economist (magazine)
  • Business Review (magazine)
  • Guardian Business (newspaper)
  • No Logo, Naomi Klein

Useful Tips

Gap analysis

Flashcards

Practise exam style questions frequently

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Subject: Business

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • WJEC Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website

Recommended Reading List

  • Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • When Corporations Rule the World, David C. Korten
  • The economist (magazine)
  • Business Review (magazine)
  • Guardian Business (newspaper)
  • No Logo, Naomi Klein

Useful Tips

Gap analysis

Flashcards

Practise exam style questions frequently

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Subject: Business

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • WJEC Exam Board
  • 2 papers at the end of Year 11
    • Unit 1: Business world (2 hours) – 62.5% of qualification
    • Unit 2: Business perceptions (1 hour 30 minutes) – 37.5% of the qualification

Topics Covered

  • Finance
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website

Recommended Reading List

  • Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World, Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler
  • When Corporations Rule the World, David C. Korten
  • The economist (magazine)
  • Business Review (magazine)
  • Guardian Business (newspaper)
  • No Logo, Naomi Klein

Useful Tips

Gap analysis

Flashcards

Practise exam style questions frequently

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Subject: Business

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • What is business?
  • Managers, leadership and decision making
  • Decision making to improve marketing performance
  • Decision making to improve operational performance
  • Decision making to improve financial performance
  • Decision making to improve human resource performance

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website
  • Business Review
  • Keep up to date with news

Recommended Reading List

  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com, Richard L. Brandt
  • Capital, Thomas Piketty
  • Positive thinking, Paul Ormerod
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, Jeffrey Liker

Useful Tips

Flashcards for knowledge revision.

Practise exam style questions frequently

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Subject: Business

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13  - each paper is 33.3% of qualification.

Topics Covered

  • Analysing the strategic position of a business
  • Choosing strategic direction
  • Strategic methods: how to pursue strategies
  • Managing strategic change

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CPG Revision Guide
  • Tutor2u Website
  • Business Review
  • Keep up to date with news

Recommended Reading List

  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com, Richard L. Brandt
  • Capital, Thomas Piketty
  • Positive thinking, Paul Ormerod
  • The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer, Jeffrey Liker

Useful Tips

Flashcards for knowledge revision.

Practise exam style questions frequently

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BIOLOGY

Subject: Biology

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Biology (8461)
  • 2 papers x 1 hour 45 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • B1 Cell Biology
  • B2 Organisation
  • B3 Infection and Response

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP AQA Biology 9-1 Revision guide and workbook
  • BBC bitesize
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • Junk DNA
  • The Red Queen
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Hen’s teeth and horses toes
  • Frankenstein’s cat
  • The Big Picture (Journal) http://bigpictureeducation.com

Useful Tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old AQA papers and resources provided on student portal

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Subject: Biology

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Biology (8461)
  • 2 papers x 1 hour 45 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • B4 Bioenergetics
  • B5 Homeostasis and Control
  • B6 Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP AQA Biology 9-1 Revision guide and workbook
  • BBC bitesize
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • Junk DNA
  • The Red Queen
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Hen’s teeth and horses toes
  • Frankenstein’s cat
  • The Big Picture (Journal) http://bigpictureeducation.com

Useful Tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old AQA papers and resources provided on student portal

Subject: Biology

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Gateway Biology B Exam Board
  • 2 papers at the end of Year 11
  • Paper 1 – 1hr 15 minutes B123 (35%)
  • Paper 2 – 1hr 30 minutes B456 (40%)
  • Controlled assessment to be completed in Year 11 (25%)

Topics Covered

  • Module B1: Understanding Organisms
  • Module B2: Understanding Our Environment
  • Module B3: Living And Growing
  • Module B4: It’s A Green World
  • Module B5: The Living Body
  • Module B6: Beyond The Microscope

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP AQA Biology 9-1 Revision guide and workbook
  • BBC bitesize
  • Tassomai
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • Junk DNA
  • The Red Queen
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Hen’s teeth and horses toes
  • Frankenstein’s cat
  • The Big Picture (Journal) http://bigpictureeducation.com

Useful Tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old OCR papers and resources provided on student portal

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Subject: Biology

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel SNAB Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Paper 1 – Topics 1-6
  • Paper 2 – Topics 1-4 and 7 & 8
  • Paper 3 – Topics 1-8 and pre release article

Topics Covered

  • Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
  • Topic 2: Genes and Health
  • Topic 3: Voice of the Genome
  • Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP SNAB Revision guide and workbook
  • Active Learn online
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Blind Watchmaker.
  • Unweaving the Rainbow Climbing Mount Improbable
  • The Ancestor’s Tale
  • Y: The Descent of Men
  • In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
  • Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated
  • The Language of the genes
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  • The Language of Genes
  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
  • Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
  • DNA: The Secret of Life
  • The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
  • What A Plant Knows

Useful Tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old past papers and resources provided on student portal

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Subject: Biology

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel SNAB Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Paper 1 – Topics 1-6
  • Paper 2 – Topics 1-4 and 7 & 8
  • Paper 3 – Topics 1-8 and pre release article

Topics Covered

  • Topic 5: On the Wild Side
  • Topic 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics
  • Topic 7: Run for your Life
  • Topic 8: Grey Matter

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP SNAB Revision guide and workbook
  • Active Learn online
  • TED talks

Recommended Reading List

  • The Selfish Gene
  • The Blind Watchmaker.
  • Unweaving the Rainbow Climbing Mount Improbable
  • The Ancestor’s Tale
  • Y: The Descent of Men
  • In the Blood: God, Genes and Destiny
  • Almost Like a Whale: The 'Origin of Species' Updated
  • The Language of the genes
  • Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
  • The Language of Genes
  • Francis Crick: Discoverer of the Genetic Code
  • Nature Via Nurture: Genes, Experience and What Makes Us Human
  • DNA: The Secret of Life
  • The Double Helix: Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA
  • This Is Biology: The Science of the Living World
  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
  • What A Plant Knows

Useful tips

Complete examination practice on topics using old past papers and resources provided on student portal

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CHEMISTRY

Subject: Chemistry

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • GCSE (9-1) AQA Chemistry

  • Two papers at the end of Year 11 (both have 100 marks – 1 hr 45 mins)

  • 8 Required Practicals

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

Topics Covered

  • C1 Atomic Structure

  • C2 The Periodic Table

  • C3 Structure and Bonding

  • C4 Chemical Calculations

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • Hodder Education – My Revision Notes

  • GCP – Complete Revision and Practice

  • Recommended Websites

  • Kerboodle.com

  • GCSEscience.com

  • BBC Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

  • Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

  • Hugh Aldersey-Williams

  • The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table 

  • Sam Kean

Useful Tips

  • Use Kerboodle for topic study guides and end of topic questions

  • At the start of each homework, read through your notes and online textbook before completing the questions

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Subject: Chemistry

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • GCSE (9-1) AQA Chemistry

  • Two papers at the end of Year 11 (both have 100 marks – 1 hr 45 mins)

  • 8 Required Practicals

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

Topics Covered

  • C5 Chemical Changes

  • C6 Electrolysis

  • C7 Energy Changes

  • C8 Rates and Equilibrium

  • C9 Crude Oil and fuels

  • C10 Organic reactions

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • Hodder Education – My Revision Notes

  • GCP – Complete Revision and Practice

  • Recommended Websites

  • Kerboodle.com

  • GCSEscience.com

  • BBC Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

  • Periodic Tales: The Curious Lives of the Elements

  • Hugh Aldersey-Williams

  • The Disappearing Spoon...and other true tales from the Periodic Table 

  • Sam Kean 

  • The Periodic Table (Penguin Modern Classics) 

  • Primo Levi

Useful Tips

  • Use Kerboodle for topic study guides and end of topic questions

  • At the start of each homework, read through your notes and online textbook before completing the questions

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Subject: Chemistry

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • GCSE Chemistry - OCR B Gateway

  • 2 papers (75 and 90 minutes at the end of Year 11)

  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 10 (20%)

Topics Covered

  • C5 How Much – Quantitative Analysis

  • C6 Chemistry Out There

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • Collins – Revision

  • GCP – Complete Revision and Practice

  • Tassomai

  • Recommended Websites

  • GCSEscience.com

  • BBC Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Aim to complete at least 80% of the Tassomai course

  • Visit student portal for plenty of revision resources

  • Complete the past paper questions with focus on A* and A grade questions

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Subject: Chemistry

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR A Chemistry

  • 2 papers at end of Year 12

  • Breath in Chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • Depth in Chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 15% of marks based on practical work

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in Chemistry

  • Module 2: Foundations in Chemistry

  • Module 3: Periodic Table and Energy

  • Module 4: Core Organic Chemistry

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • GCP Revision Books

  • Hodder – My Revision Notes

  • Workbooks

  • Pearson – Revision workbooks (AS and A2)

  • Hodder – Module Workbooks

  • Recommended Websites

  • Knockhard.org.uk

  • Kerboodle.com

  • Chemguide.co.uk

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Review your work after each lesson, by reading through the class notes and textbook

  • Use Kerboodle for study guides for each topic (chapter) and complete the end of topic questions.

  • Practice and practice questions – use workbooks, end of topic questions and past papers.

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Subject: Chemistry

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR A Chemistry

  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13  

  • Periodic table, elements and physical chemistry(100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Synthesis and analytical techniques (100 marks) 2 hours 15 minutes

  • Unified chemistry (70 marks) 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 15% of marks based on practical work

  • 20% Mathematical requirement

  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Module 1: Development of Practical skills in Chemistry

  • Module 5: Physical Chemistry and Transition Elements

  • Module 6: Organic Chemistry and Analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guides

  • GCP Revision Books

  • Hodder – My Revision Notes

  • Workbooks

  • Pearson – Revision workbooks (AS and A2)

  • Hodder – Module Workbooks

  • Recommended Websites

  • Knockhard.org.uk

  • Kerboodle.com

  • Chemguide.co.uk

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Review your work after each lesson, by reading through the class notes and textbook

  • Use Kerboodle for study guides for each topic (chapter) and complete the end of topic questions.

  • Practice and practice questions – use workbooks, end of topic questions and past papers.

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CLASSICAL CIVILISATION

Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Greek Mythology: Theseus and the Minotaur
  • Gods and Goddesses
  • Women in Ancient Greece
  • The Trojan War

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

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Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Mycenaean Archaeology
  • Homer’s Odyssey
  • Women in Ancient Rome

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

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Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Women in the world: a synoptic overview
  • Archaeological investigations
  • Ancient Heroes and Heroines
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

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Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 3 Papers sat  at the end of Year 13:
  • World of the Hero 2 hours 30 mins. 40%
  • Greek Theatre 1 hour 45 mins 30%
  • Love and Relationships 1 hour 45 mins. 30%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Homer’s Iliad/Odyssey
  • Love and desire in Plato’s philosophy
  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • Athenian Dramatic Festivals
  • Sophocles’ Oedipus the King

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

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Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • 3 Papers sat at the end of Year 13:
  • World of the Hero 2 hours 30 mins. 40%
  • Greek Theatre 1 hour 45 mins 30%
  • Love and Relationships 1 hour 45 mins. 30%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Seneca and Stoic Philosophy
  • Bacchae and Frogs: a study in ancient Comedy and Tragedy
  • The love poetry of Sappho
  • The Ars Amatoria of Ovid
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. (see Mr Giles for recommendations according to interests of student.)
  • Omnibus magazines available in I14

Useful Tips

  • Wider Reading: wider viewing: ancient Rome and Greece have inspired artists, poets, novelists and film makers, so do a little research in the library, on the internet or and even on Youtube to find the living legacies of the classical world.
  • Visit the British Museum. Their website has many tips on trails and routes to follow around the museum
  • Go to the theatre

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COMPUTER SCIENCE

Subject: Computer Science

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Use of computers at IGS (including iPads)
  • E-Safety
  • Fundamentals of computer science – hardware, software components, input, output and storage devices
  • Representation of data
  • Binary conversions, units
  • Algorithms
  • Design, write and debug programs using Scratch and Small Basic
  • Computational thinking
  • Foundations of computing
  • Computer networks (internet)
  • Spreadsheet software

Recommended Extra Resources

Compute-IT (web-based resource)

Website: BBC Bitesize KS3 Computer Science

Website: W3 schools

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • Computational fairy tales, Best Practices in Spell Design, CS Detective (al written by Jeremy Kubika)
  • Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmar
  • Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman
  • Who was Ada Lovelace? By Lucy Lethbridge

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Implementation of algorithms (flow diagrams)
  • Design, write and debug efficient programs using Scratch, using sub-routines and procedures
  • Foundations of computing
  • Create webpages using HTML for a given audience
  • Spreadsheet software

Recommended Extra Resources

Compute-IT (web-based resource)

Website: BBC Bitesize KS3 Computer Science

Website: W3 schools

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • Computational fairy tales, Best Practices in Spell Design, CS Detective (al written by Jeremy Kubika)
  • Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmar
  • Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman
  • Who was Ada Lovelace? By Lucy Lethbridge

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Computer Science (J276)
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Computer Systems (Systems architecture, memory, storage).
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (algorithms, programming techniques, robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages, data representation)
  • Programming projects

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • New Scientist magazine
  • Alan Turing: The Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game. by Andrew Hodges

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alan-Turing-Enigma-Inspired-Imitation/dp/1784700088/ref=pd_cp_b_2

  • The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets. by Simon Singh

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Simpsons-Their-Mathematical-Secrets/dp/1408842815/ref=pd_cp_b_0

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Computer Science (J276
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 10

Topics Covered

  • Computer Systems (Networks, network topologies, prototcols and layers, system security, system software, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns).
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (algorithms, programming techniques, robust programs, computational logic, translators and facilities of languages, data representation)
  • Programming project

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Algorithmic Puzzles by Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin
  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • New Scientist magazine
  • New Turing Omnibus. by A. K. Dewdney

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0805071660/
ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=569136327&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=1477550291&pf_rd_m=
A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=1WBKKZYSVMWJXQQ37A4M
#customerReviews

  • The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking. by Simon Singh

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Code-Book-History-Code-breaking/dp/1857028899/ref=pd_cp_b_3

  • The Annotated Turing: A Guided Tour Through Alan Turing's Historic Paper on Computability and the Turing Machine (Paperback). by Charles Petzold (Author)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Annotated-Turing-Historic-Computability/dp/0470229055

Useful Tips

Eg: Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR ICT Full Course (J461)
  • 2 papers x 60 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • 2 controlled assessments to be completed at the end of Year 10 and in Year 11

Topics Covered

  • ICT systems
  • Exchanging information
  • Presenting information
  • Manipulating data
  • Keeping data safe and secure
  • Legal, social, ethical and environmental issues
  • Using ICT systems
  • Monitoring, measurement and control technology
  • ICT and modern living
  • Networks
  • Information knowledge based systems
  • Project planning
  • Current and emerging technologies

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Zigzag B061 Revision Guide
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Student Portal
  • OCR website for past papers and mark schemes
  • Website: W3 Schools
  • Essectial GCSE ICT for OCR by Stephen Doyle (Oxford)
  • Revision Guide: My Revision Notes OCR ICT for GCSE (Hodder)
  • GCSE ICT Complete Revision and Practise (CGP)

Recommended Reading List

  • Essential GCSE ICT for OCR by Stephen Doyle (Oxford)
  • GCSE ICT The Revision Guide (CGP)

Useful tips

Eg: Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 11 – GCSE course

Examination Information

  • OCR Computing (J275)
  • 1 paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • 2 controlled assessments to be completed at the end of Year 10 and in Year 11.

Topics Covered

  • Software
  • Databases
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Programming

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Textbook: OCR Computing for GCSE (Hodder)
  • Revision Guide: My Revision Notes OCR Computing for GCSE (Hodder)
  • Recommended Websites
  • Cambridge GCSE Computer Science MOOC: http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/
  • Student Portal
  • OCR website for past papers and mark schemes
  • Website: W3 Schools

Recommended Reading List

  • Textbook: OCR Computing for GCSE (Hodder)
  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • New Scientist magazine
  • Problem Solving with Flowcharts & a little flavour of Programming with Python Written by Achla Agarwal, Krishna Agarwal, Laura Gladrich, Mark Gladrich
  • CodeAcademy.com/courses/learn-sql
  • Understanding Computation: From Simple Machines to Impossible Programs by Tom Stuart

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Understanding-Computation-Machines-Impossible-Programs/dp/1449329276/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1479217955&sr=8-1&keywords=understanding+computation

Useful tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR ICT Short Course(J061)
  • 1 paper x 60 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 10

Topics Covered

  • Manipulating data
  • Keeping data safe and secure
  • Legal, social, ethical and environmental issues
  • Using ICT systems
  • Monitoring, measurement and control technology
  • ICT and modern living

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Zigzag B061 Revision Guide
  • BBC Bitesize
  • Student Portal
  • OCR website for past papers and mark schemes
  • Essential GCSE ICT for OCR by Stephen Doyle (Oxford)
  • Revision Guide: My Revision Notes OCR ICT for GCSE (Hodder)

Recommended Reading List

  • Essential GCSE ICT for OCR by Stephen Doyle (Oxford)

Useful tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Computer Science
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 40%
  • Portfolio of work – 60%

Topics Covered

  • Fundamentals of programming
  • Problem solving and theory of computation
  • Data Representation
  • Hardware and Software
  • Computer organisation and architecture
  • Communication technology and consequences

Recommended Extra Resources

  • AQA AS Level Computer Science textbook (PG Online)
  • AQA A Level textbook (Hodder)
  • AQA A Level Computer Science My Revision Notes (Hodder)
  • PG Online resources (on Student Portal)
  • Website: Computer Science Unplugged
  • Website: cs4fn

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M28
  • New Scientist magazine
  • Computational Thinking, by Jeannette M. Wing
  • The New Turing Omnibus by A Kee Dewdney
  • Algorithmic Puzzles by Anany Levitin and Maria Levitin
  • Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age by Steve Levy
  • Computers Ltd : What They REALLY Can't Do: What They REALLY Can't Do by David Harel
  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
  • Out of their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists by Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere
  • Algorithms Unlocked Paperback – 26 Mar 2013 by Thomas H. Cormen (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0262518805/
ref=pd_sim_14_15?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=710S5TGVNGW61EJY88DJ

  • But How Do It Know? - The Basic Principles of Computers for Everyone Paperback – 4 Jul 2009

by J Clark Scott (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0615303765/ref
=pd_sim_14_5?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=H0A40RNE8XB06CZWWRVP

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Computer Science
  • 2 papers x 2.5 hours at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • NEA – 20%

Topics Covered

Fundamentals of programming

Fundamentals of data structures

Fundamentals of algorithms

Theory of computation

Fundamentals of data representation

Fundamentals of computer systems

Fundamentals of computer organisation and architecture

Consequences of uses of computing

Fundamentals of communication and networking

Fundamentals of databases

Big Data

Fundamentals of functional programming

Systematic approach to problem solving

Non-exam assessment – the computing practical project

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Computing with Quantum Cats: From Colossus to Qubits Paperback – 2 Jul 2015 by John Gribbin (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0552779318/
ref=pd_sim_14_21?e=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=
JXP99HBZZ0AWYBSN0W49

·         Quantum Computing since Democritus Paperback – 14 Mar 2013 by Scott Aaronson (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0521199565/ref=
pd_sim_14_7?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=
WZGBTCZZKE2ZCPVJ2BCA

  • The GCHQ Puzzle Book Paperback – 20 Oct 2016 by GCHQ (Author)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0718185544/ref=
pd_sim_14_8?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=DA8HK7J280PG3KWVFQXK

  • Computers Ltd : What They REALLY Can't Do: What They REALLY Can't Do by David Harel
  • Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Charles Petzold
  • Out of their Minds: The Lives and Discoveries of 15 Great Computer Scientists by Dennis Shasha and Cathy Lazere
  • Algorithms Unlocked Paperback – 26 Mar 2013 by Thomas H. Cormen

Useful tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

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Subject: Computer Science

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA ICT
  • 1 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 60%
  • Coursework – 40%

Topics Covered

  • Future developments
  • Information and systems
  • Managing ICT
  • ICT strategy
  • ICT policies
  • Legislation
  • Developing ICT solutions
  • Development methods
  • Techniques and tools for system development
  • Introducing large ICT systems into organisations
  • Training and supporting users
  • External and internal resources
  • Coursework: Practical issues involved in the use of ICT in the digital world

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

Learn the pre-release material thouroughly and apply theory topics to the given situation (releaed in March)

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DANCE

Subject: Dance

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • 5 Basic Body Actions
  • Chance Choreography
  • Professional Work – Rooster Christopher Bruce

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

Definition sheets and reading materials provided.

Hope in a Ballet Shoe – Michaela DePrince

The Body Can Speak – Annelise Mertz

Dancer and Dance – Merce Cunningham

Useful Tips

Keep an open mind about what Dance is as you will explore a variety of styles.

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Subject: Dance

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Technical Performance piece – (Contemporary style).
  • Professional Work – Swansong Christopher Bruce
  • Guernica

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

Handouts supplied

Hope in a Ballet Shoe – Michaela DePrince

The Body Can Speak – Annelise Mertz

Dancer and Dance- Merce Cunningham

Useful tips

Researching topics around Swansong such as the novel titled ‘A Man’ Oriana Fallaci can aid your understanding of the themes.

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Subject: Dance

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Practical Coursework – Performance of set phrases, Group performance, Choreography – at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Dance health and safety
  • Safe practise
  • Warm up /cool down
  • Nutrition
  • Choreographic practice and approaches
  • Performance Skills
  • 6 Professional works

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA Dance Nelson Thornes

Useful Tips

Revise topics as you go through the course. At the end of each topic make a revision resource such as a bubble map or revision card.

Keep a choreographic journal going or record and store your performance/choreographic work. You may want to come back it in Year 11.

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Subject: Dance

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Practical Coursework – Performance of set phrases, Group performance, Choreography – at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Dance health and safety
  • Safe practise
  • Warm up /cool down
  • Nutrition
  • Choreographic practice and approaches
  • Performance Skills

6 Professional works.

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA Dance Nelson Thornes
  • Choreography  Sandra Minton

Useful Tips

Think about the detail you give in your answers  - give a detailed description always referring to action, space and dynamics and always link back to the theme of the dance.

Remember original choreography is what is required to gain the top band for practical assessment.

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Subject: Dance

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11

Practical Coursework – Performance of set phrases, Group performance, Choreography – at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Dance health and safety
  • Safe practise
  • Warm up /cool down
  • Nutrition
  • Choreographic practice and approaches
  • Performance Skills
  • 6 Professional works

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA Dance Nelson Thornes
  • Choreography Sandra Minton

Useful Tips

The number of marks relates to the number of points you need to make in your answer.

Read the questions on the exam paper and decide which works best fit before you commit pen to paper.

Give yourself 5 minutes to re-read through your answers. Use pencil to mark it as if you were the examiner to see what you have missed.

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Subject: Dance

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA  Exam Board
  • 1 Written paper  2 hours at the end of Year 13 – 50%
  • Practical Performance Work  – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Solo performance
  • Group performance skills
  • Group composition
  • Set work – Rooster & Sutra
  • Set area of study – Rambert
  • Area of study (The independent contemporary dance scene in Britain)

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Essential guide to Dance – Linda Ashley
  • Reviews online
  • The Intimate Act of Choreography Linda Blom
  • Akram Khan Dancing New Interculturalism
  • Sixteen years of Ballet Rambert Lionel Bradley
  • Matthew Bourne and his Adventures in Dance – in conversation with Alastair Macauley
  • Ballet and Modern Dance Susan Au
  • Dance, Modernity and Culture Helen Thomas

Useful Tips

Revise topics as you go through the course. Do not leave it to last minute.

There is never any homework – re-read your notes, annotate them and highlight areas for recapping.

A level requires extra research and reading around the subject. You will not learn everything in the lesson – be prepared to put in some extra work yourself!

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Subject: Dance

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • 1hr 30 written paper at end of Year 13.
  • 1 solo performance in style of practitioner
  • Group Choreography

Topics Covered

  • AAADT – Alvin Ailey, Jamison, Battle.
  • Zero Degrees
  • Akram Khan
  • Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
  • Solo Performance
  • Group composition

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Alvin Ailey Autobiography
  • Research papers available on Khans website
  • Revelations resource pack (Library)
  • Reviews from professional works found online and in journals in school library

Useful Tips

Think PEEL – Point, Evidence, Explain and Link! Every time you make a point, explain it and give examples from professional works – then link it back to the question.

Choose your dancers for your choreography carefully – ensure they can perform to your requirements.

Select a solo that suits your style – ensure you research your practitioner so you have a full understanding on how their piece should be performed.

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DRAMA

Subject: Drama

Year 7

 

Topics Covered

  • Mime
  • Script
  • Physical theatre
  • Devising from different stimuli
  • Shakespearean language
  • Pair work
  • Group work
  • Performance skills and related vocabulary
  • Whole School Production related work
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (AMSND) – William Shakespeare

 

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Playful Plays:Vol.1 David Farmer

 

Useful Tips

  • Observe! Professional actors often inform their performances by observing other people who are different from themselves. Consider the different pace of an older person or a very young child. The gestures and facial expressions people use when they experience different emotions.
  • Try to see live theatre – local amateur productions are a good place to start!
  • Join a theatre group.
  • Check the portal for support materials and discussions

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Subject: Drama

Year 8

 

Topics Covered

  • Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
  • Physical theatre
  • Commedia dell Arte
  • Stock characters
  • Scripted work
  • Devising from different stimuli
  • Shakespearean text
  • Pair work
  • Group work
  • Performance skills and related vocabulary
  • Whole School Production related work

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Support materials posted on the portal

 

Recommended Reading List

 

Useful Tips

  • Access the new OCR specification that we follow at GCSE. Have a look and see if the course suits you, if you have any questions your Drama teacher will always available to answer any questions.

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Subject: Drama

Year 9 – GCSE Course

 

Examination Information

  • OCR Examination Board – 3 components
  • Component 1 – Devising = 30% of total GCSE
  • Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts = 30%
  • Component 3 – Performance and Response (Written paper – I hour 30 minutes)  = 40%
  • Skills will be taught cyclically, layering knowledge and understanding for all three components, building familiarity with the structure of assessment.
  • Examination board exemplar will be used to model good practice
  • Devising Component 1 to be to be completed at the end of Year 10

Knowledge and Understanding of;

  • Style
  • Genre
  • Structure
  • Staging terms
  • Performance terminology
  • Light/sound/costume/set terminology
  • Rehearsal or preparation strategies for building character

Development of Skill in;

  • Use of vocal and physical skills
  • Use of a range of theatrical conventions
  • Designing for lights/sound/costume/set
  • Performance analysis
  • Evaluation of performance (performers and design elements)
  • Research and application
  • Reflection

 

Topics Covered

  • Teambuilding – creating an ensemble approach
  • Performance skills – vocal and physical
  • Devising from various stimuli
  • Approaches to text from different genre through textual analysis and performance
  • Introduction to practitioners – Stanislavski and Brecht
  • Live theatre review
  • Development of Component 1leading to mock paper
  • Section B examination paper preparation and mock

 

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Kindertransport – Diane Samuels
  • Starting with Scripts – Andy Kempe and Lionel Warner
  • OCR Study guide not yet available
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • Building a character – Constantin Stanislavski
  • The Director’s craft – Katie Mitchell
  • The Measures Taken and Other Lehrstucke Bertolt Brecht

 

Useful Tips

  • Build fluency in vocabulary through revision of the language for learning, available in the OCR specification
  • Watch podcasts and bitesize tutorials on the National theatre website about performance and practical elements of performance.

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Subject: Drama

Year 10 – GCSE Course

 

Examination Information

  • OCR Examination Board – 3 components
  • Component 1 – Devising = 30% of total GCSE
  • Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts = 30%
  • Component 3 – Performance and Response (Written paper – I hour 30 minutes)  = 40%
  • Skills will be taught cyclically, layering knowledge and understanding for all three components, building familiarity with the structure of assessment.
  • Examination board exemplar will be used to model good practice
  • Devising Component 1 to be to be completed at the end of year 10

Knowledge and Understanding of;

  • Style
  • Genre
  • Structure
  • Staging terms
  • Performance terminology
  • Light/sound/costume/set terminology
  • Rehearsal or preparation strategies for building character

Development of Skill in;

  • Use of vocal and physical skills
  • Use of a range of theatrical conventions
  • Designing for lights/sound/costume/set
  • Performance analysis
  • Evaluation of performance (performers and design elements)
  • Research and application
  • Reflection

 

Topics Covered

  • Component 1 to be developed and completed
  • Exploration of Examination paper Section A
  • Revision for Section B
  • Mock of Sections A and B
  • Development for Component 2

 

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Kindertransport – Diane Samuel
  • Starting with Scripts – Andy Kempe and Lionel Warner
  • OCR Study guide not yet available
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • Building a character – Constantin Stanislavski
  • The Director’s craft – Katie Mitchell
  • The Measures Taken and Other Lehrstucke - Bertolt Brecht

 

Useful Tips

  • When devising with your group build in moments to reflect and make notes of ideas and how, when and why changes in direction took place.
  • Note all ideas – even those that are rejected – an idea that is rejected work in your current work, maybe ideal to revisit in future projects.
  • Use a rehearsal schedule and determine the focus of each rehearsal to keep your devised work moving forward, on track.

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Subject: Drama

Year 11 – GCSE Course

 

Examination Information

  • OCR Examination Board – 3 components
  • Component 1 – Devising = 30% of total GCSE
  • Component 2 – Presenting and Performing Texts = 30%
  • Component 3 – Performance and Response (Written paper – I hour 30 minutes)  = 40%
  • Skills will be taught cyclically, layering knowledge and understanding for all three components, building familiarity with the structure of assessment.
  • Examination board exemplar will be used to model good practice
  • Devising Component 1 to be to be completed at the end of year 10

Knowledge and Understanding of;

  • Style
  • Genre
  • Structure
  • Staging terms
  • Performance terminology
  • Light/sound/costume/set terminology
  • Rehearsal or preparation strategies for building character

Development of Skill in;

  • Use of vocal and physical skills
  • Use of a range of theatrical conventions
  • Designing for lights/sound/costume/set
  • Performance analysis
  • Evaluation of performance (performers and design elements)
  • Research and application
  • Reflection

 

Topics Covered

  • Development and completion of Component 2 - Presenting and Performing Texts
  • Examination workshops and essay preparation for Sections A and B
  • Summer examination – Component 3 – Performance and Response

 

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Kindertransport – Diane Samuel
  • Starting with Scripts – Andy Kempe and Lionel Warner
  • OCR Study guide not yet available
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • Building a character – Constantin Stanislavski
  • The Director’s craft – Katie Mitchell
  • The Measures Taken and Other Lehrstucke Bertolt Brecht

 

Useful Tips

  • Use gap analysis data to inform areas of revision that need closer attention
  • Create a schedule for all practical work so you can manage your time and keep calm.

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Subject: Drama

Year 12 – A Level

 

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
     
  • Practitioners in Practice

             120 marks

             40% of total A Level

             Written portfolio and performance

  • Preparation for Paper A: Analysing Performance

60 marks

20% of total A Level

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

  • Preparation for Paper B: Deconstructing Texts

for Performance

60 marks

            20% of total A Level

            1 hour 45 minutes

            Written paper

  • Introduction to Drama and Theatre and Skills development work
  • Practitioner Study Complete research report
  • Devising workshops and work on devised project
  • Devised project rehearsals and performance
  • Introduction to semiotics and themes .
  • Read and workshop text 1 for Analysing performance. Approaching live theatre analysis
  • Read and workshop text 2 for Analysing performance
  • Read and workshop text for Exploring texts for performance

Topics Covered

  • Practitioner studies including Artaud /Brecht /Stanislavski and Frantic Assembly
  • Research and practical exploration of practitioners
  • Devise and perform original theatre
  • Evaluate and analyse live theatre
  • Study play texts from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. 

Recommended Extra Resources

The National Theatre offers an Entry pass for young people between 16-21 entitles you to £5 tickets 

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Katie Mitchell -  The Directors Craft
  • Frantic Assembly -  Book of Devising Theatre
  • Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares/ Building a Character/ Creating a Role
  • Jean Benedetti – Stanislavski: An Introduction
  • Augusto Boal - Games for Actor and Non Actors
  • Peter Brook – The Empty Space
  • Jean Benedetti- The Art of the Actor
  • Patsy Rosenberg - The Actor Speaks
  • Le Coq - The Moving Body
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • OCR Drama and Theatre Studies Specification
  • Antigone – Sophocles (Jean Anouilh)
  • Cloud Nine – Caryl Churchill
  • Earthquakes in London – Mike Bartlett
  • Stockholm – Bryony Lavery
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Patrick Quentin/Stephen Sondheim
  • The Crucible – Arthur Miller
  • The Visit – Friedrich Durrenmatt
  • Woza Albert! – Percy Mtwa/Mbongeni Ngema/Barney Simon

 

Useful Tips

  • Keep an ‘ideas journal’ to build up interesting images and articles. This can be invaluable for devising.
  • Theatre reacts to the world around it so, make sure you do wider reading to understand the social, cultural, and historic events surrounding the lives of practitioners, the time period of plays studied and theatre movements.

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Subject: Drama

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Unit 2: Exploring and Performing Texts

                                 60 marks

                                 20% of total A Level

  • Unit 3: Paper A: Analysing Performance

60 marks

20% of total A Level

2 hours 15 minutes

Written paper

  • Unit 4: Paper B: Deconstructing Texts for Performance

          60 marks

                    20% of total A Level

                    1 hour 45 minutes

           Written paper

  • Text performance workshops and rehearsals
  • Text performance rehearsals and performance
  • Read text for Deconstructing texts for performance
  • Approaches to directing and the book
  • Deconstructing texts for performance workshops
  • Re-read texts for Analysing performance
  • Workshops on exam texts and informal performances
  • Exam preparation Papers 1 & 2
  • See live theatre performance for Section B Paper 1
  • Summer Exam

 

Topics Covered

  • Evaluate and analyse live theatre
  • Study play texts from the point of view of a director, designer, performer and critic. 
  • Text analysis
  • Analysis of Live theatre production
  • Revision – structuring written examination answers

 

Recommended Extra Resources

The National Theatre offers an Entry pass for young people between 16-21 entitles you to £5 tickets 

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Katie Mitchell -  The Directors Craft
  • Frantic Assembly -  Book of Devising Theatre
  • Stanislavski - An Actor Prepares/ Building a Character/ Creating a Role
  • Jean Benedetti – Stanislavski: An Introduction
  • Augusto Boal - Games for Actor and Non Actors
  • Peter Brook – The Empty Space
  • Jean Benedetti- The Art of the Actor
  • Patsy Rosenberg - The Actor Speaks
  • Le Coq - The Moving Body
  • The Complete Brecht Toolkit – Stephen Unwin
  • The Complete Stanislavsky Toolkit – Bella Merlin
  • OCR Drama and Theatre Studies Specification
  • A Day in the Death of Joe Egg – Peter Nichols
  • Caucasian Chalk Circle – Bertolt Brecht
  • The House of Bernarda Alba – Federico Garcia Lorca
  • King Lear – William Shakespeare

 

Useful Tips

  • Use Stanislavski’s relaxation techniques to help alleviate the build-up of tension, during revision.
  • Prepare a detailed revision schedule, that reflects an appropriate ratio of marks available to time spent revising.

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ECONOMICS

Subject: Economics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

 

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 13:
  1. Markets and business behaviour (microeconomics themes 1 and 3)
  2. The national and global economy (macroeconomics themes 2 and 4)
  3. Micro and macroeconomics (all four themes)

 

Topics Covered

Theme 1: Introduction to markets and market failure

Provides an introduction to microeconomics and the nature of economics, examining how the price mechanism allocates resources in markets and why market failure arises

  • Economics as a social science
  • The economic problem
  • Production possibility frontiers
  • Specialisation and division of labour
  • Types of economy
  • Rational decision making and alternative views of consumer behaviour
  • Demand, supply and the price mechanism
  • Elasticities
  • Indirect taxes and subsidies
  • Types of market failure: externalities, public goods and information gaps
  • Government intervention in markets
  • Government failure

Theme 2: The UK Economy – performance and policies

Provides an introduction to macroeconomics assessing the key measures of economic performance and the main objectives and instruments of UK economic policy

  • Measures of economic performance
  • Aggregate demand and aggregate supply
  • National income
  • Economic growth
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment
  • Balance of payments
  • Macroeconomic objectives
  • Government policies
  • Conflicts of policies

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision guides

  • Student Guide Theme 1 - Edexcel Economics A - Introduction to markets and market failure (Hodder Education 2015) ISBN 9781471843365
  • Student Guide Theme 2 - Edexcel Economics A - The UK economy, performance and policies (Hodder Education 2015) ISBN 9781471844089
  • Brewer Q and Cole R - My Revision notes Edexcel AS/A level year 1 Economics A (Hodder Education 2015)
  • Cramp P – Revision guide to A level year 1 and AS Economics (Anforme 2016)

Web sites:

  • pajholden videos
  • tutor2u.com
  • s-cool.co.uk
  • bankofengland.co.uk
  • hm-treasury.gov.uk
  • ons.gov.uk (office for national statistics)
  • budgetresposibility.org (office for budget responsibility)

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Anderton A - Economics – 6th edition (Pearson 2015)
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 1 (Hodder Education 2015)
  • Sloman J - Economics 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2006)
  • Fyfe N and Threadgould A - The UK Economy 2005-2015 (Anforme 2015)
  • Threadgould A and Meachen A -Microeconomics for A level year 1 and AS (Anforme 2015)
  • Threadgould A-Macroeconomics for A level Year 1 and AS (Anforme 2015)
  • Davis P and Joad T - Essential Maths Skills for AS/A-level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Lawrence J - Maths Skills for A Level Economics (Oxford 2014)

Periodicals

  • Economist
  • Economic Review
  • Economics Today

 

Useful Tips

 

Use the revision materials and past papers on the student portal

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Subject: Economics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

 

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 papers x 2 hours:
  1. Markets and business behaviour (microeconomics themes 1 and 3)
  2. The national and global economy (macroeconomics themes 2 and 4)
  3. Micro and macroeconomics (all four themes)

 

Topics Covered

Theme 3: Business behaviour and the labour market (Year 2)

Develops microeconomics from year 1 evaluating the nature of competition between companies, different market structures and government intervention to promote competition in markets

  • Business growth
  • Production
  • Costs, revenue and profit
  • Perfect competition
  • Monopolistic competition
  • Oligopoly
  • Game theory
  • Monopoly
  • Contestability
  • Business objectives
  • Efficiency
  • Competition policy
  • Government regulation

Theme 4: The global economy (Year 2)

Develops macroeconomics from year 1 evaluating the causes and effects of the rise in globalisation, international trade and development economics

  • Globalisation
  • International trade
  • Trading blocs, common markets and monetary unions
  • The World Trade Organisation
  • Balance of payments
  • Exchange rates
  • International competitiveness
  • Inequality and poverty
  • Growth and development
  • Financial markets and their regulation
  • Government spending and  taxation
  • Macroeconomic policies in a global context

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision guides:

  • Student Guide Edexcel Economics A, Theme 3 Business Behaviour and the Labour Market (Hodder Education)
  • Student Guide Edexcel Economics A, Theme 4 A Global Perspective (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Brewer Q - My Revision notes Edexcel A level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • Camp P and Keefe J - Revision guide to A Level Year 2 Economics - (Anforme, 2016)

Websites:

  • pajholden videos (economics lessons on YouTube)
  • tutor2u.com
  • Competition and Markets Authority (theme 3)
  • United Nations (theme 4)
  • World Bank (theme 4)
  • International Monetary Fund (theme 4)
  • World Trade Organisation (theme 4)
  • Bank of England (theme 4)
  • Treasury (theme 4 and has list of PFI agreements for theme 3)
  • European Central Bank (theme 4)
  • Country profiles and data:  indexmundi.com (theme 4)
  • Free video reports:  ft.com (theme 4)

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Anderton A - Economics – 6th edition (Pearson 2015)
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 1 (Hodder Education 2015) themes 1 and 2
  • Smith P - Edexcel A Level Economics A Book 2 (Hodder Education 2015) themes 3 and 4
  • Sloman J - Economics 6th edition (Prentice Hall 2006)
  • Fyfe N and Threadgould A - The UK Economy 2005-2015 (Anforme 2015)
  • Nutter R - Microeconomics for A level year 2 (Anforme 2016) theme 3
  • Threadgould A - Macroeconomics for A level year 2 (Anforme 2016) theme 4
  • Cramp P - Labour Markets 5th edition (Anforme 2012) theme 3
  • Cramp P - Economic Development 6th edition (Anforme 2014) theme 4
  • Smith C - International trade and globalisation 5th edition (Anforme 2012) theme 4
  • P. Davis and T. Joad - Essential Maths Skills for AS/A-level Economics (Hodder Education 2016)
  • J. Lawrence - Maths Skills for A Level Economics (Oxford 2014)

Periodicals:

  • Economist
  • Economic Review
  • Economics Today

Useful Tips

Use the revision materials and past papers on the student portal

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ENGLISH

Subject: English

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Journeys
  • Shakespeare
  • Narrative voice in prose
  • Aspects of the Natural World
  • History of English Language/Myths and Legends

Recommended Extra Resources

Visit the theatre to see a live performance; read as much variety of fiction and non-fiction as possible

Recommended Reading List

  • See Year 7 reading list on the IGS website and the student portal

Useful Tips

Use your opinions and always justify your ideas from the text

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Subject: English

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Detective fiction/crime and punishment
  • Media unit – linked to BBC Schools’ Report
  • Dystopian/science fiction prose study
  • Childhood
  • Modern drama and poetry

Recommended Extra Resources

Read the newspapers (online or in print) – local and national and watch the news

Recommended Reading List

  • See Year 8 reading list on the IGS website and the student portal

Useful tips

Always be aware of the world around you – your local community, national and international current affairs

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Subject: English

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Two GCSEs – Language and Literature
  • English Language - 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11
  • English Literature – 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Shakespeare
  • Debating cultural issues
  • Gothic prose study
  • War and conflict
  • 19th century texts: prose, poetry and drama

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE revision guides to be announced - tbc

Recommended Reading List

  • See Year 9 & 10 reading list on IGS website and the student portal

Useful Tips

Read extensively choosing a wider selection of fiction, non-fiction texts together with some classics from 19th century

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Subject: English

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Two GCSEs – Language and Literature
  • English Language - 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11
  • English Literature – 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Unseen 20/21st century non-fiction texts
  • Post-1914 British drama
  • Unseen 19th century fiction
  • 19th century prose
  • Imaginative writing
  • Transactional writing

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE revision guides to be announced - tbc

Recommended Reading List

  • See IGS website and student portal for GCSE reading list and A Level suitable reading

Useful Tips

Read plenty of non-fiction and fiction including the classics; re-read set texts and other novels by the same author

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Subject: English

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Two GCSEs – Language and Literature
  • English Language - 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11
  • English Literature – 2 papers x 2 hours at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Shakespeare
  • Poetry Anthology
  • Unseen poetry
  • Speaking & Listening
  • Revision of post-1914 British drama, unseen 20/21st century non-fiction, unseen 19th century fiction, writing tasks

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE revision guides to be announced - tbc

Recommended Reading List

  • See IGS website and student portal for GCSE reading list and A Level suitable reading

Useful Tips

Read plenty of non-fiction and fiction including the classics; re-read set texts and other novels by the same author

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Subject: English

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 2 ¼ hours, 1 paper x 1 hour at the end of Year 13 – 80%
  • 2500-3000 words coursework – 20% at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Other drama
  • Prose comparison – two texts

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Websites linked to individual texts; university websites; Poetry Foundation; Poetry Society

Recommended Reading List

  • See KS5 reading list on the IGS website and on student portal

Useful Tips

Read widely around the subject of the texts; research historical, political, philosophical contexts and literary traditions linked to studied authors

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Subject: English

Year 12 – AS Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 2 hours and 1 hour at the end of Year 12 – 100%

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Other drama
  • Modern and 19th century prose comparison

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Websites linked to individual texts; university websites; Poetry Foundation; Poetry Society

Recommended Reading List

  • See KS5 reading list on the IGS website and on student portal

Useful Tips

Read widely around the subject of the texts; research historical, political, philosophical contexts and literary traditions linked to studied authors

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Subject: English

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 2 ¼ hours, 1 paper x 1 hour at the end of Year 13 – 80%
  • 2500-3000 words coursework – 20% at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Contemporary poetry
  • Other drama
  • Modern and 19th century prose comparison
  • Named poet/poetry movement
  • Shakespeare
  • Coursework
  • Contemporary poetry and unseen poetry
  • Other drama revision
  • Prose revision

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Websites linked to individual texts; university websites; Poetry Foundation; Poetry Society

Recommended Reading List

  • See KS5 reading list on the IGS website and on student portal

Useful Tips

Read widely around the subject of the texts; research historical, political, philosophical contexts and literary traditions linked to studied authors

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DT FOOD TECHNOLOGY

Subject:  DT Food Technology

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Personal Hygiene
  • Food Hygiene and Food Poisoning
  • Storing Food
  • Cooking Safely
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Healthy Eating – The Eatwell Guide
  • Dietary Allergies and Intolerances
  • Food Science
  • Shopping Wisely
  • Types of Fish
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • Designing a seasonal dish
  • Knife skills
  • Weighing and Measuring
  • Safe use of; Kettle, Hob, Grill and Oven

Recommended Extra Resources

Online:

British Nutrition Foundation

Foodafactoflife.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Mary Berry Foolproof Cooking – Mary Berry
  • Range of other cooking books (can borrow ones from Food – with permission)

Useful Tips

  • Use your Food booklet and the resources on the Portal to help you when revising.

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Subject: DT Food Technology

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Food Hygiene and Food Poisoning
  • Risk Assessment
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Healthy Eating – The Eatwell Guide
  • Dietary Allergies and Intolerances
  • Function of Ingredients
  • Food Science
  • Fairtrade
  • Nutritional Analysis
  • Sensory Testing
  • Designing a dish to be batch cooked for a cafe
  • Knife skills
  • Weighing and Measuring
  • Safe use of; Kettle, Hob, Grill and Oven

Recommended Extra Resources

Online:

British Nutrition Foundation

Foodafactoflife.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Mary Berry Foolproof Cooking – Mary Berry
  • Range of other cooking books (can borrow ones from Food – with permission)

Useful Tips

  • Use your Food booklet and the resources on the Portal to help you when revising.

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Subject: DT Food Technology

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board
  • 1 paper, 1;45mins at the end of year 11, worth 50%
  • Non Examination Assessment’s (NEA) to be completed in year 11, there will be 2 that will make up the other 50%

Tasks set by exam board. 1 Food Investigation Assessment (15%). 2 Food Preparation Assessment (35%).

Topics Covered

  • Food commodities
  • Principles of nutrition
  • Diet and good health
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and preparing food

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide (tbc) – use online textbook resources.

Recommended Websites:

  • Online textbook
  • food a fact of life
  • British Nutrition Foundation
  • Jenny Ridgewell – Nutritional Analysis

Recommended Reading List

  • The Good Food Magazine
  • Molecular Gastronomy – by Molecule-R
  • Cooking Explained – by Jill Davies
  • The Food Lab – by Kenji Lopez-Alt
  • Range of Recipe/Cooking Books

Useful Tips

  • Cook at home as well as at school to further develop practical skills.
  • Use the online textbook to complete additional revision tasks to deepen understanding of topics.

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Subject: DT Food Technology

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • WJEC Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 75 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 10

Topics Covered

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Types of Service
  • Job Roles
  • Menu Planning, Preparation and Presentation
  • Planning for Functions and Events
  • Costing Menus and Events
  • Customer Care
  • Standards of Service
  • Communication and Teamwork.
  • Environmental Considerations
  • ICT
  • Risk Assessment, Health, Safety and Hygiene
  • Legislation
  • Corporate Identity
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Recommended Extra Resources

  • WJEC Revision Guide: WJEC GCSE Hospitality and Catering, Judy Gardiner, Hodder Education, 2011
  • BBC Good Food
  • Cooking Blogs
  • WJEC student section
  • Jenny Ridgewell – Nutritional Analysis

Recommended Reading List

  • The Good Food Magazine
  • Range of recipe books

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the markscheme – similar questions appear yearly.

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Subject: DT Food Technology

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • WJEC Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 75 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • The Hospitality Industry
  • Types of Service
  • Job Roles
  • Menu Planning, Preparation and Presentation
  • Planning for Functions and Events
  • Costing Menus and Events
  • Customer Care
  • Standards of Service
  • Communication and Teamwork.
  • Environmental Considerations
  • ICT
  • Risk Assessment, Health, Safety and Hygiene
  • Legislation
  • Corporate Identity
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control

Recommended Extra Resources

  • WJEC Revision Guide: WJEC GCSE Hospitality and Catering, Judy Gardiner, Hodder Education, 2011
  • BBC Good Food
  • Food Blogs
  • WJEC student section
  • Jenny Ridgewell – Nutritional Analysis

Recommended Reading List

  • The Good Food Magazine
  • A range of recipe books

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the mark scheme – similar questions appear yearly.

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FRENCH

 

Subject: French

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • C’est perso – my family, my friends and me.
  • Mon collège – My school
  • Mes passe-temps –Hobbies (sports/ activities)
  • Ma zone – where I live
  • 3,2,1 Partez - Holidays
  • revision and research project (poetry / art )

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Cahier d’exercice A/B – Studio 1 – ISBN 978-0-435-02777-3    -  Workbook based on our textbook to reinforce what it is taught in lessons.

Websites :

https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours ( before 9 am and after 4pm)

http://www.lepetitquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques
(6-10 years old)

An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English-

You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French toddlers : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library! Here is a sample of what you can find.

A story about a little boy who discover the world at night. 

The story of Little Brown bear who plays in the sand.

  • Martine

A French classic! A series of books that follow Martine’s adventures.

  • La petite poule rousse

Another classic for children.

Useful Tips

Eg: Make sure you learn your vocabulary regularly, using a variety of memorising techniques- a little bit everyday, is better than two hours the night before the spelling test !!

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Subject: French

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • T’es branché ? Hobbies (tv/internet/reading, etc.)
  • Paris je t’adore -Describing a recent visit using past tense
  • Mon identité – Likes and dislikes, style, music, friendships)
  • Chez toi/ chez moi – where I live
  • Quel talent!  Talents and ambitions

Recommended Extra Resources

-Cahier d’exercice  – Studio 2 rouge  – ISBN 9780435041090

Workbook based on our textbook to reinforce and challenge what it is taught in lessons.

Websites :

https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours ( before 9 am and after 4pm)

http://www.lepetitquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques (6-10 years old)

An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English-

You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French toddlers : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library ! Here is a sample of what you can find.

A story about a little boy who discover the world at night. 

The story of Little Brown bear who plays in the sand.

  • Martine

A French classic!

A series of books that follow Martine’s adventures.

  • La petite poule rousse

Another classic for children.

Useful Tips

  • Take the time to reflect on your mistakes to understand what went wrong and what you can learn by correcting them.
  • Act upon feedback.

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Subject: French

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Final examination at the end of y11.
  • 4 papers : listening, reading( including translation into English), writing (including translation into French) and speaking (role play, picture based discussion and general conversation).

Topics Covered

  • Ma vie sociale d’ado ( the life of a teenager)
  • Bien dans sa peau – Healthy lifestyle
  • A l’horizon – jobs and future plans
  • Spécial vacances – Holidays
  • Moi dans le monde – Discussing rights and what matters……

Recommended Extra Resources

-Cahier d’exercice  – Studio 3 rouge  – ISBN 9780435030759

Workbook based on our textbook to reinforce and challenge what it is taught in lessons.

Websites :

https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours ( before 9 am and after 4pm)

http://www.monquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques/tous-les-themes/    (10-14years old)

An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English-

You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French toddlers : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library! Here is a sample of what you can find.

A series of book designed for French children starting to read.

ISBN 9782070600915

Useful Tips

  • Always refer to the grammar checklist to use a variety of high standard structures.

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Subject: French

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Final examination at the end of y11.
  • 4 papers : listening, reading( including translation into English), writing (including translation into French) and speaking (role play, picture based discussion and general conversation).

Topics Covered

  • Qui suis-je ? - Who am I ?
  • Les temps des loisirs – Leisure activities
  • Jours ordinaires, jours de fete –festivals & traditions
  • De la ville à la campagne – My region / local environment
  • Le grand large - Holidays

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Studio AQA GCSE French Grammar & Translation workbook  - Stuart Glover- ISBN 978129213288

Recommended Websites:

https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours (before 9 am and after 4pm)

http://www.monquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques/tous-les-themes/  (10-14years old)

An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English-

You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French children : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library! Here is a sample of what you can find.

  • Tintin -  A world famous comic strip about Tintin, a reporter always ready for adventures.
  • Le petit prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry ISBN 9782070600915

Useful Tips

  • Go over the listening done in class in your own time at home , using the transcript so you can read and listen at the same time.

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Subject: French

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Final examination at the end of y11.
  • 4 papers : listening, reading( including translation into English), writing (including translation into French) and speaking (role play, picture based discussion and general conversation).

Topics Covered

  • Au college – School
  • Bon travail – Current and future study, and employment
  • Un oeil sur le monde – Global issues (poverty/ environment, etc.)
  • Revision and exam preparation

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Studio AQA GCSE French Grammar & Translation workbook  - Stuart Glover- ISBN 978129213288

Recommended Websites

https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.

http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours (before 9 am and after 4pm)

http://www.monquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques/tous-les-themes/  (10-14years old)

http://www.l-actu.fr (14-17 years old)

Authentic newspapers for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

Youtube :

You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English-

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library! Here is a sample of what you can find.

  • Phospore magazine
  • Geo Ados

Full of reports on what’s happening in the world. If you like wildlife, travels and science, among others, this is for you!

Useful Tips

  • Watch French films with English subtitles to develop your listening skill.
  • If you are considering doing a French A-level, start reading books from the y12 reading lists, such as :
  1. Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse
  2. Joseph Joffo, un sac de billes
  3. Delphine de Vigan, No et moi

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Subject: French

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Final exam at the end of the two year course  (Year 13)
  • Paper 1 : listening, reading and writing – 2 hours 30 – 50% of A-level
  • Paper 2 : writing – 2 hours – 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3 : speaking – 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 30 % of A-level

Topics Covered

  • La famille - family
  • Le patrimoine - heritage
  • La cyber-société – cyber-society
  • La musique - music
  • Le bénévolat - volunteering
  • Le cinema - cinema

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended websites: http://www.psychologies.com/Famille http://www.restosducoeur.org/

http://www.service-civique.gouv.fr/

http://www.histoire-immigration.fr/

http://www.france-terre-asile.org/

www.sos-racisme.org

http://www.fondation-abbe-pierre.fr/

http://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2013/02/14/
contre-la-recidive-des-alternatives-a-la-prison_1832640_3232.html

http://www.peinedemort.org/peinedemort.php

http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/histoire/peinedemort/

http://patrimoine-de-france.com/

http://www.musique2france.com/

http://musique.ados.fr/

http://www.festival-cannes.com/fr.html

http://www.ados.fr/

http://www.europe1.fr/

https://www.franceinter.fr/

http://www.rfi.fr/

http://www.franceinfo.fr/

http://www.feteducinema.com/

http://www.toutmoliere.net/

http://www.lemonde.fr/

http://www.lefigaro.fr/

Recommended Reading List

  • Molière, Le Tartuffe
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif et autres contes de guerre
  • Albert Camus, L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli, Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo, un sac de billes
  • Faiza Guene, Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert, Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan, No et moi

Useful Tips

Listen to the radio and read the newspaper on a weekly basis.

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Subject: French

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Final exam at the end of the two year course  (Year13)
  • Paper 1 : listening, reading and writing – 2 hours 30 – 50% of A-level
  • Paper 2 : writing – 2 hours – 20% of A-level
  • Paper 3 : speaking – 21-23 minutes (including 5 minutes preparation time) – 30 % of A-level

Topics Covered

  • Une société diverse – Positive features of a diverse society
  • Quelle vie pour les marginalisés? Life for the marginalised
  • La criminalité – How criminals are treated.
  • La politique – Politics
  • À qui le pouvoir? Who holds power?
  • La politique et l’immigration – Politics and immigration
  • Individual research project
  • Revision from Year 1

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites

 Authentic newspapers for French teenage readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world.

  • Open Yale course lecture : France since 1871

Recommended Reading List

  • Marcel Pagnol - La Gloire de mon père
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, Les raisins de la galère
  • Vercors, Le Silence de la mer
  • David Bellos , Is that a fish in your ear ?
  • Molière, Le Tartuffe
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif et autres contes de guerre
  • Albert Camus, L’étranger
  • Françoise Sagan, Bonjour tristesse
  • Claire Etcherelli, Elise ou la vraie vie
  • Joseph Joffo, un sac de billes
  • Faiza Guene, Kiffe kiffe demain
  • Philippe Grimbert, Un secret
  • Delphine de Vigan, No et moi

Useful Tips

  • Listen to the radio and keep reading the newspaper on a weekly basis.
  • Read other books from the set list published by the exam board
  • Find out how you can get more involved with the Department and become our Academic Subject Hub Leader.

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GEOGRAPHY

Subject: Geography

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Global knowledge – human/physical geography, atlas skills and China
  • Map skills – grid references, direction, scale and reading contour lines
  • Globalisation – global connections, trade, working conditions along supply chains, fair trade.
  • Migration – global migration patterns, international migration from Mexico to the USA.
  • Weather Around the World – weather and climate, climate graphs, climate zones and biomes, extreme weather.
  • Fieldwork in St. Omer and Boxley

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Malala Yousafzai (2013) ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’
  • David Attenborough (2009) ‘Life Stories’
  • Robert M Sapolsky (2002) ‘A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa’
  • Alastair Bonnett (2014) ‘Unrult Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities and Other Inscrutable Geographies’
  • Khaled Hosseini (2013) ‘The Kite Runner’
  • Stay up-to-date and aware of current news events related to topics studied.

Useful Tps

  • Allow time to make revision resources from the start of the course, particularly for more challenging topics.
  • Complete quizzes online to regularly recap learning.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to review your targets and how to improve.

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Subject: Geography

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Environmental protection- calculate ecological footprints, waste diaries, wind farm and GIS
  • Antarctica- climate change, impacts of tourism and scientific research, wildlife and resources, DME
  • Tectonic hazards- plate boundaries, earthquakes, volcanoes, supervolcano
  • Development- development indicators, Kenya, Tourism and eco-tourism, sustainable development

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Malala Yousafzai (2013) ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’
  • David Attenborough (2009) ‘Life Stories’
  • Robert M Sapolsky (2002) ‘A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa’
  • Alastair Bonnett (2014) ‘Unrult Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities and Other Inscrutable Geographies’
  • Khaled Hosseini (2013) ‘The Kite Runner’
  • Stay up-to-date and aware of current news events related to topics studied

Useful Tips

  • Allow time to make revision resources from the start of the course, particularly for more challenging topics.
  • Complete quizzes online to regularly recap learning e.g.: mapzone to practice map skills and BBC bitesize for tectonics.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to review your targets and how to improve.

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Subject: Geography

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board  8035
  • 3 examination papers at the end of Year 11

Living with the Physical Environment 90 minutes

Challenges in the Human Environment 90 minutes

Geographical Applications 75 minutes

Topics Covered

Living with the Physical environment

  • Challenge of Natural Hazards – tectonic hazards , weather hazards and climate change.
  • The Living World – ecosystems, tropical rainforests and hot deserts.
  • Physical Landscapes in the UK – coastal landscapes and glacial landscapes

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Cool Geography textbook on student portal
  • CGP revision guide will be provided but can be purchased
  • CGP workbooks
  • Cool Geography website
  • BBC bitesize website

Recommended Reading List

  • Be aware of current news events related to topics studied.
  • John Bowes (2010) ‘The Fair Trade Revolution’
  • Phil Mullan (2002) ‘The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is Not a Social Problem’
  • Paul Collier (2008) ‘The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It’
  • Mike Davis (2007) ‘Planet of Slums’

Useful Tips

  • Start making revision resources from the start of the course.
  • Experiment with different revision strategies.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to see the type of questions and how you could improve your answers.

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Subject: Geography

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board 8035
  • 3 examination papers at the end of Year 11

Living with the Physical Environment 90 minutes

Challenges in the Human Environment 90 minutes

Geographical Applications 75 minutes

Topics Covered

Challenges in the Human Environment

  • Urban Challenges- global pattern of urban change, urban growth in Nigeria and urban challenges in London.
  • The Changing Economic World –economic development /quality of life, reducing the development gap , economic development in Nigeria and economic change in the UK.
  • The Challenge of Resource Management –global resource management and food resources in detail.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Cool Geography textbook on student portal
  • CGP revision guide will be provided but can be purchased
  • CGP workbooks
  • Cool Geography website
  • BBC bitesize website

Recommended Reading List

  •  Be aware of current news events related to topics studied .
  • John Bowes (2010) ‘The Fair Trade Revolution’
  • Phil Mullan (2002) ‘The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is Not a Social Problem’
  • Paul Collier (2008) ‘The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It’
  • Mike Davis (2007) ‘Planet of Slums’

Useful Tips

  • Start making revision resources from the start of the course.
  • Experiment with different revision strategies.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to see the type of questions and how you could improve your answers.

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Subject: Geography

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board 8035
  • 3 examination papers at the end of Year 11

Living with the Physical Environment 90 minutes

Challenges in the Human Environment 90 minutes

Geographical Applications 75 minutes

Topics Covered

  • Fieldwork skills
  • Issue evaluation
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP revision guide provided
  • Cool Geography website
  • BBC bitesize website

Recommended Reading List

  • Be aware of current news events related to topics studied.
  • John Bowes (2010) ‘The Fair Trade Revolution’
  • Phil Mullan (2002) ‘The Imaginary Time Bomb: Why an Ageing Population is Not a Social Problem’
  • Paul Collier (2008) ‘The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It’
  • Mike Davis (2007) ‘Planet of Slums’

Useful Tips

  • Experiment with different revision strategies.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods in order to make revision resources where this is appropriate.
  • Use the learning checklists to help you work through and create your gap analysis.
  • Look back at previous assessments to see the type of questions and how you could improve your answers.
  • Practice examination questions.

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Subject: Geography

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 examination papers at the end of year 13

Paper 1 - Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 2- Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation 135 minutes – 20%

  • Non – Examined Assessment ( coursework ) – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Dynamic Landscapes – Tectonic Hazards and Coastal Landscapes.
  • Dynamic Places – Globalisation and Regenerating Places.
  • Fieldwork in Snowdonia

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP Revision Guide
  • Hodder Education Student Guides

Recommended Reading List

  • BBC News (or other news website/broadsheet)
  • Geography Review journal
  • New Scientist
  • The Economist
  • RGS website
  • National Geographic website
  • Tim Marshall (2016) “Prisoners of Geography”
  • Danny Dorling (2015) “Inequality and the 1%”
  • Danny Dorling and Carl Lee ( 2016)  “Geography : ideas in profile”

Useful Tips

  • Keep up to date with current events building up a store of small examples that will help justify or illustrate  the points made in your answers.

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Subject: Geography

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 examination papers at the end of Year 13

Paper 1 - Dynamic Landscapes, Physical Systems and Sustainability 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 2- Dynamic Places, Human Systems and Geopolitics 135 minutes- 30%

Paper 3 – Synoptic Investigation 135 minutes – 20%

  • Non – Examined Assessment ( coursework ) – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Physical Systems and Sustainability – water security, energy provision and climate change.
  • Human Systems and Geopolitics – Superpowers, the development gap and human rights.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • CGP Revision Guide
  • Hodder Education Student Guides

Recommended Reading List

  • BBC News (or other news website/broadsheet)
  • Geography Review journal
  • New Scientist
  • The Economist
  • RGS website
  • National Geographic website
  • Tim Marshall  (2016) “Prisoners of Geography”
  • Danny Dorling  (2015) “Inequality and the 1%”
  • Danny Dorling and Carl Lee ( 2016)  “Geography : ideas in profile”

Useful Tips

  • Keep up to date with current events building up a store of small examples that will help justify or illustrate  the points made in your answers.

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GERMAN

Subject: German

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Greetings and introductions
  • School
  • Family and friends
  • Freetime
  • Home
  • Town and country

Recommended Extra Resources

Echo Express 1 Workbook by Oliver Gray

German Grammar 11-14 by Oliver Gray and Trevor Stevens

Key Stage Three German CGP Revision Guide

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Aschenputtel, ELI German Easy Readers
  • Der Hase mit der roten Nase, Helme Heine
  • Oh wie schön ist Panama, Janosch
  • Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
  • Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, Otfried Preußler

Useful Tps

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

When revising for a speaking assessment, practice asking and answering questions with a friend without looking at your answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…).

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Subject: German

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Holidays
  • Food and shopping
  • After school
  • Health
  • Going out
  • Going on an exchange

Recommended Extra Resources

Echo Express 2 Workbook by Oliver Gray  

German Grammar 11-14 by Oliver Gray and Trevor Stevens

Key Stage Three German CGP Revision Guide

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Aschenputtel, ELI German Easy Readers
  • Der Hase mit der roten Nase, Helme Heine
  • Oh wie schön ist Panama, Janosch
  • Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
  • Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, Otfried Preußler

Useful Tips

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

When revising for a speaking assessment, practice asking and answering questions with a friend without looking at your answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…)

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Subject: German

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening exam: 45 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 2 Speaking exam: 12 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 3 Reading exam: 1 hour (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 4 Writing exam: 1 hour 15 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • All exams to be completed at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • School life and the school system in Germany
  • Hobbies and free-time  
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Personal relationships

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German Higher Textbook, Pearson

AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson German Grammar 11-14 by Oliver Gray and Trevor Stevens

The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

AQA GCSE German Grammar Workbook, Michal Spencer

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Momo, Michael Ende
  • Das kleine Gespenst, Otfried Preußler
  • Emil und die Detektiv, Erich Kästner
  • Tintenherz, Cornella Funke

Useful Tips

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

When revising for a speaking assessment, practice asking and answering questions with a friend without looking at your answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…)

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Subject: German

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening exam: 45 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 2 Speaking exam: 12 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 3 Reading exam: 1 hour (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 4 Writing exam: 1 hour 15 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • All exams to be completed at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • School life
  • Hobbies and free-time
  • Personal relationships
  • Technology
  • Home life
  • Holidays

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German Higher Textbook, Pearson

AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson

The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

AQA GCSE German Grammar Workbook, Michal Spencer

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Momo, Michael Ende
  • Das kleine Gespenst, Otfried Preußler
  • Emil und die Detektiv, Erich Kästner
  • Tintenherz, Cornella Funke

Useful Tips

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

Practice answering typical speaking questions regularly with a friend without looking at previously prepared answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…)

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Subject: German

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening exam: 45 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 2 Speaking exam: 12 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 3 Reading exam: 1 hour (25% of GCSE)
  • Paper 4 Writing exam: 1 hour 15 minutes (25% of GCSE)
  • All exams to be completed at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Future study and employment
  • National and international festivals, events and campaigns
  • Environment and global issues

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German Higher Textbook, Pearson

AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson

The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

AQA GCSE German Grammar Workbook, Michal Spencer

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Momo, Michael Ende
  • Das kleine Gespenst, Otfried Preußler
  • Emil und die Detektiv, Erich Kästner
  • Tintenherz, Cornella Funke

Useful Tips

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

Practice answering typical speaking questions regularly with a friend without looking at previously prepared answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…)

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Subject: German

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)
  • Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours (20% of A-level)
  • Paper 3 Speaking: 21-23 minutes (30% of A-level)  
  • Individual research project (included in speaking exam)
  • All papers completed at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Changing state of the family
  • The digital world
  • Youth culture: Fashion, music and television
  • Festivals and traditions
  • Art and architecture
  • Cultural life in Berlin
  • Analysis of a German Novel

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink
  • Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, Bertolt Brecht
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Andorra, Max Frisch
  • Gedichte – Buch der Lieder, Heinrich Heine
  • Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel
  • Die Verwandlung, Franz Kafka
  • Russendisko, Wladimir Kaminer
  • Fundbüro, Siegfried Lenz
  • A Concise History of Germany, Mary Fulbrook

Useful Tips

Regularly read the news in both German and English to gain and understanding of current affairs and issues.

Listen and watch German films and/or podcasts outside of the classroom to improve listening skills and broaden vocabulary.

Learn vocabulary little and often to ensure it is being stored in your long-term memory, not forgetting to keep revisiting previous vocabulary lists.

Always look up and make a note of new words you may have come across in classwork or at home.

Try to attend various events and exhibitions relating to German-speaking countries to help broaden your knowledge of the countries where German is spoken.

Regularly practice typical speaking questions outside of the classroom with a friend without relying on pre-learnt answers

Ensure you maintain well-organised notes on all the different topic areas.

Create revision mind-maps or notes by topic as you go along the year.

Try to take part in an exchange or trip to Germany or other German-speaking countries where possible.

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Subject: German

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • Paper 1 Listening, Reading and Writing: 2 hours and 30 minutes (50% of A-level)
  • Paper 2 Writing: 2 hours (20% of A-level)
  • Paper 3 Speaking: 21-23 minutes (30% of A-level) 
  • Individual research project (included in speaking exam)
  • All papers completed at the end of Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Immigration
  • Integration
  • Racism
  • Germany and the EU
  • Politics and the youth
  • The Reunification of Germany and its consequences
  • Analysis of a German Novel

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Der Vorleser, Bernhard Schlink
  • Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum, Heinrich Böll
  • Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder, Bertolt Brecht
  • Der Besuch der alten Dame, Friedrich Dürrenmatt
  • Andorra, Max Frisch
  • Gedichte – Buch der Lieder, Heinrich Heine
  • Zonenkinder, Jana Hensel
  • Die Verwandlung, Franz Kafka
  • Russendisko, Wladimir Kaminer
  • Fundbüro, Siegfried Lenz
  • A Concise History of Germany, Mary Fulbrook

Useful Tips

Regularly read the news in both German and English to gain and understanding of current affairs and issues.

Listen and watch German films and/or podcasts outside of the classroom to improve listening skills and broaden vocabulary.

Learn vocabulary little and often to ensure it is being stored in your long-term memory, not forgetting to keep revisiting previous vocabulary lists.

Always look up and make a note of new words you may have come across in classwork or at home.

Try to attend various events and exhibitions relating to German-speaking countries to help broaden your knowledge of the countries where German is spoken.

Regularly practice typical speaking questions outside of the classroom with a friend without relying on pre-learnt answers

Ensure you maintain well-organised notes on all the different topic areas.

Create revision mind-maps or notes by topic as you go along the year.

Try to take part in an exchange or trip to Germany or other German-speaking countries where possible.

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HISTORY

Subject: History

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Castles, the feudal system, the church
  • Life in Medieval Britain
  • Henry VIII and the Reformation
  • Aspects of life in early modern England

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/middle_ages/

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions-and-resources/?time-period=medieval

Recommended Reading List

  • The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England, Ian Mortimer
  • Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor,Kathryn Lasky
  • The Tudor Court novels of Phillipa Gregory

Useful Tips

  • Never take any one single source of historical information at face value- always cross-check and compare with other sources.
  • Remember that all sources are useful in history – it just depends on what questions you ask.
  • Remember to ask the five key questions when using sources: who wrote it, when, where, what does it tell us and why?

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Subject: History

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • The Slave trade
  • The industrial revolution
  • Causes of World War One
  • The events and experience of World War One
  • Causes and events of World War Two

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
sessions-and-resources/?time-period=empire-and-industry

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
sessions-and-resources/?time-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4crd2pperiod=
early-20th-century

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/20th_century/
second_world_war/revision/2/

Recommended Reading List

  • Behind the Bedroom Wall, Laura Williams
  • A Respectable Trade, Phillipa Gregory
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • War Horse, Michael Murpurgo
  • Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
  • All Quite on the Western Front, Erich Remaraque
  • Regeneration, Pat Barker

Useful Tips

  • Never take any one single source of historical information at face value- always cross-check and compare with other sources.
  • All sources are useful in history – it just depends what questions you ask.
  • Remember to ask the five key questions when using sources: who wrote it, when, where, what does it tell us and why?

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Subject: History

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (8145)
  • 2 papers x 105 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Russia 1894-1945
  • International Relations 1945-1972

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • The Russian Revolution, Daniel Turner
  • Animal Farm, Geroge Orwell
  • One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Cold War, Daniel Turner

Useful Tips

  • Read the source captions to help understand the provenance of a source.
  • For higher mark questions always give several reasons or factors when answering causation type questions.
  • Always ensure you have a range of for and against reasons when answering ‘how far do you agree’ evaluation type questions.

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Subject: History

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA (8145)
  • 2 papers x 105 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • International Relations 1945-1972 (continued)
  • Elizabethan England 1558-1603
  • Power and the People 1170 to the present

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Wolf Hall, Hillary Mantel
  • The Tudor court novels of Phillipa Gregory
  • The Time Travellers Guide to Elizabethan England, Ian Mortimer
  • How to be a Tudor, Ruth Goodman

Useful Tips

  • Read the source captions to help understand the provenance of a source.
  • For higher mark questions always give several reasons or factors when answering causation type questions.
  • Always ensure you have a range of for and against reasons when answering ‘how far do you agree’ evaluation type questions.
  • In essay type questions ensure that your conclusion summarises the main arguments.

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Subject: History

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (legacy course for 2017 only)
  • 2 papers x 105 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Unit 1: International Relations 1945-2000
  • Unit 2: Russia 1914-24, Stalin’s USSR 1924-1941, Germany 1929-45, Vietnam 1954-1975

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites

Recommended Reading List

  • The Russian Revolution, Daniel Turner
  • Animal Farm, Geroge Orwell
  • One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Cold War, Daniel Turner
  • Winter, Len Deighton
  • Two Brothers, Ben Elton
  • My Lai, Seymour Hersh

Useful Tips

  • Read the source captions to help understand the provenance of a source.
  • For higher mark questions always give several reasons or factors when answering causation type questions.
  • Always ensure you have a range of for and against reasons when answering ‘how far do you agree’ evaluation type questions.
  • In essay type questions ensure that your conclusion summarises the main arguments.
  • Plan you revision by topic, theme and chronology.
  • Learn key dates, individuals, events and themes and try to make links between them.

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Subject: History

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (7042)
  • 2 papers x 150 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Coursework – one 3,500 essay by January of Year 13 – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Germany 1871-1929
  • Britain 1951-1979
  • Slavery and emancipation in the USA 1800-1900

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South. Knopf, 1956
  • James Oakes, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998
  • Stanley Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institution and Intellectual Life. University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  • David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770- 1823. Cornell
  • University Press, 1975.
  • Matthew Mason, Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic. The University of North,Carolina Press, 2008
  • Eric Foner. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reprint. Vintage, 2006.
  • Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from
  • Slavery to the Great Migration, Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Susan Eva O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South. Harvard University Press, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Question the tone, context and provenance of historical sources.
  • Apply contextual own knowledge to source analysis questions.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in historical essays.

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Subject: History

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (7042)
  • 2 papers x 150 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 40% each
  • Coursework – one 3,500 essay by January of Year 13 – 20%

Topics Covered

  • Germany 1929-1991
  • Britain 1979-2007
  • Slavery and emancipation in the USA 1800-1900

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Kenneth M. Stampp, The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Antebellum South. Knopf, 1956
  • James Oakes, Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998
  • Stanley Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institution and Intellectual Life. University of Chicago Press, 1959.
  • David Brion Davis, The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770- 1823. Cornell
  • University Press, 1975.
  • Matthew Mason, Slavery and Politics in the Early American Republic. The University of North,Carolina Press, 2008
  • Eric Foner. Forever Free: The Story of Emancipation and Reconstruction. Reprint. Vintage, 2006.
  • Stephen Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from
  • Slavery to the Great Migration, Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Susan Eva O’Donovan, Becoming Free in the Cotton South. Harvard University Press, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Question the tone, context and provenance of historical sources.
  • Apply contextual own knowledge to source analysis questions.
  • Ensure balance, accuracy and depth in historical essays.
  • Use a wide range of academic historical publications for the coursework essay.

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MATHEMATICS

Subject: Maths

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Factors, multiples, decimal calculations, negative numbers
  • Simplifying expressions and substitution
  • Calculating averages and displaying data
  • Powers, BIDMAS and estimation
  • Expanding brackets and factorising expressions
  • Solving problems with fraction calculations
  • Scatter graphs
  • Probability
  • Angles and shapes
  • Decimals
  • Solving equations
  • Transformations
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Constructions
  • Circles

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides

CGP KS3 Maths Study Guide – Higher (ISBN: 978 1 84146 030 7)

CGP KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4)

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

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Subject: Maths

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Round and estimation
  • Angles and Polygons
  • Single brackets and equations
  • Scatter graphs and frequency tables
  • Error and bounds
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Inequalities
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Probability
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Fractions and ratio
  • Constructions and measure
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Negative numbers, substitution into formulae and rearranging formulae.
  • Circles
  • Forming equations
  • FOIL and factorising
  • Volume and surface area
  • Straight line graphs
  • Enlargement and similarity
  • Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides

CGP KS3 Maths Study Guide – Higher (ISBN: 978 1 84146 030 7)

CGP KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4)

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

Recommended Reading List

  • How Many Socks Make a Pair?: Surprisingly Interesting Everyday Maths Rob Eastaway
  • Singh, S (2002) The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking
  • Singh, S. (2014) The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

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Subject: Maths

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board (9-1 specification)
  • 3 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • 1 Non-calculator and 2 calculator papers

Topics Covered

  • Estimation, directed numbers and order of operations
  • Expanding brackets
  • Angles and circle theorems
  • Indices
  • Formulae
  • Units of measure
  • Enlargement and similarity
  • Probability
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Standard form
  • Factorising quadratic expressions
  • Scatter graphs
  • Fractions
  • Circles
  • Straight line graphs
  • Direct proportion
  • Tree diagrams
  • Constructions, loci and bearings
  • Solving linear equations and inequalities
  • Percentages
  • Trigonometry in 2D shapes
  • Graphs of quadratic functions
  • Cumulative frequency and box plots
  • Vectors

Recommended Extra Resources

Edexcel GCSE Textbook on Student Portal with answers

Revision Guides

CGP GCSE Maths Complete Study & Practice Higher
9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 405 8)

CGP GCSE Maths Revision Guide Higher 9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 404 1)

PiXL Maths App

School ID: VN3046

Username: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Password: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book and quizzes)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

www.onmaths.com (interactive exam questions)

Recommended Reading List

  • Singh, S (2002) The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking
  • Singh, S (1997) Fermat’s last theorem
  • Bellos, A. (2011) Alex’s Adventures in Numberland

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

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Subject: Maths

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board (9-1 specification)
  • 3 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • 1 Non-calculator and 2 calculator papers

Topics Covered

  • Indices
  • Factorising quadratic expressions
  • Trigonometry 1
  • Venn diagrams
  • Graphs
  • Lengths of arcs and area of sectors of circles
  • Solving two linear simultaneous equations
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Surds
  • Straight line graphs 1
  • Shortest distances
  • Solving quadratic equations
  • Proportion
  • Trigonometry 2
  • Tree diagrams
  • Sequences
  • Functions
  • Pie charts
  • Formulae
  • Congruency
  • Exchange rates
  • Straight line graphs 2
  • Vectors
  • Solving linear and quadratic simultaneous equations
  • Histograms
  • Proofs using circle theorems
  • Algebraic fractions
  • Trigonometric graphs
  • Similar shapes
  • Inequalities
  • Analysing data
  • Surface area and volume
  • Kinematics

Recommended Extra Resources

Edexcel GCSE Textbook on Student Portal with answers

Revision Guides

CGP GCSE Maths Complete Study & Practice Higher 9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 405 8)

CGP GCSE Maths Revision Guide Higher 9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 404 1)

PiXL Maths App

School ID: VN3046

Username: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Password: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book and quizzes)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

www.onmaths.com (interactive exam questions)

Recommended Reading List

  • Singh, S (1997) Fermat’s last theorem
  • Bellos, A. (2011) Alex’s Adventures in Numberland
  • Barrow, J D (2000) The Book of Nothing

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

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Subject: Maths

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board (9-1 specification)
  • 3 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • 1 Non-calculator and 2 calculator papers

Topics Covered

  • Surface area and volume
  • Solving linear and quadratic inequalities
  • Trigonometric graphs
  • Similar shapes
  • Solving inequalities
  • Histograms
  • Iteration
  • Kinematics
  • Non linear graphs
  • Growth and decay
  • Function transformations
  • Proof using circle theorems
  • Sequences
  • Bounds
  • Probability
  • Quadratic expressions and equations
  • Vectors
  • Proof
  • Analysing data

Recommended Extra Resources

Edexcel GCSE Textbook on Student Portal with answers

Revision Guides

CGP GCSE Maths Complete Study & Practice Higher 9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 405 8)

CGP GCSE Maths Revision Guide Higher 9-1 (ISBN: 978 1 78294 404 1)

PiXL Maths App

School ID: VN3046

Username: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Password: Surname and first letter of first name e.g. SMITHJ

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book and quizzes)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

www.onmaths.com (interactive exam questions)

Recommended Reading List

  • Barrow, J D (2000) The Book of Nothing
  • Bellos, A. (2015) Alex through the Looking Glass
  • Stewart, I. (2010) Professor Stewart’s Hoard of Mathematical Treasures

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

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Subject: Maths

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 x 60 minutes papers at the end of Year 13
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Algebra and functions
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Further algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors (2D)
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distribution
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics – constant and variable acceleration
  • Force’s and Newton’s laws

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Solomon worksheets on the portal
  • http://mathswebsite.com/ online tutorials
  • CPG new A level revision guide (2017)
  • Review and mixed exercises in the textbook.
  • Past exam questions

Recommended Reading List

  • Du Sautoy, M. (2003) The Music of the Primes : Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters.
  • Frankel, L. (1997) Numbers: The Universal Language.
  • Hodges, A. (1992) Alan Turing: The Enigma

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

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Subject: Maths

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Further Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 4 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13.
  • 100 % exam

Topics Covered

  • Proof
  • Complex numbers
  • Matrices
  • Further algebra and functions
  • Further calculus
  • Further Vectors
  • Polar coordinates
  • Hyperbolic functions
  • Differential equations

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Solomon worksheets on the portal
  • http://mathswebsite.com/ online tutorials
  • CPG new A level revision guide (2017)
  • Review and mixed exercises in the textbook.
  • Past exam questions

Recommended Reading List

  • Du Sautoy, M. (2003) The Music of the Primes : Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters.
  • Frankel, L. (1997) Numbers: The Universal Language.
  • Hodges, A. (1992) Alan Turing: The Enigma
  • Enzensberger, H. (2008) The Number Devil

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

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Subject: Maths

Year 12 – AS Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel
  • 1 x 120 minute paper and 1 x 60 minute paper
  • 100% exam at the end of Year 12

Topics Covered

  • Algebra and functions
  • Co-ordinate geometry
  • Further algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Vectors (2D)
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Exponentials and logarithms
  • Statistical sampling
  • Data presentation and interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical distribution
  • Statistical hypothesis testing
  • Quantities and units in mechanics
  • Kinematics – constant and variable acceleration
  • Force’s and Newton’s laws

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Solomon worksheets on the portal
  • http://mathswebsite.com/ online tutorials
  • CPG new A level revision guide (2017)
  • Review and mixed exercises in the textbook.
  • Past exam questions

Recommended Reading List

  • Du Sautoy, M. (2003) The Music of the Primes : Why an Unsolved Problem in Mathematics Matters.
  • Frankel, L. (1997) Numbers: The Universal Language.
  • Hodges, A. (1992) Alan Turing: The Enigma

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

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Subject: Maths

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 3 x 2 hours papers at the end of Year 13
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Proof
  • Functions and modelling
  • Series and sequences
  • The Binomial theorem
  • Trigonometry
  • Parametric equations
  • Differentiation
  • Numerical methods
  • Integration
  • Vectors (3D)
  • Regression and correlation
  • Probability
  • The normal distribution
  • Application of kinematics
  • Moments
  • Forces at any angle
  • Applications of forces
  • Further kinematics

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Solomon worksheets on the portal
  • http://mathswebsite.com/ online tutorials
  • CPG new A level revision guide (2017)
  • Review and mixed exercises in the textbook.
  • Past exam questions

Recommended Reading List

  • Stewart, I. 17 Equations that Changed the World.
  • Nasar, S. (2002) A Beautiful Mind
  • Hoffman, P. (1999) The Man who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth.

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – don’t just learn the formulae.

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Subject: Maths

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Further Mathematics Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • 4 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13.
  • 100% exam

Topics Covered

  • Further Calculus
  • Further differential equations
  • Coordinate systems
  • Further vectors
  • Further numerical methods
  • Inequalities
  • Algorithms and graph theory
  • Algorithms on graphs
  • Critical path analysis
  • Linear programming

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Solomon worksheets on the portal
  • http://mathswebsite.com/ online tutorials
  • CPG new A level revision guide (2017)
  • Review and mixed exercises in the textbook.
  • Past exam questions

Recommended Reading List

  • Stewart, I. 17 Equations that Changed the World.
  • Nasar, S. (2002) A Beautiful Mind
  • Hoffman, P. (1999) The Man who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth.
  • Clegg, A. (2003) A Brief History of Infinity

Useful Tips

  • Show all steps of your calculation as you can gain marks for your method.
  • Review your revision homework’s
  • Use the Solomon worksheets to practice any areas that you are unsure on.
  • Make sure you understand the key concepts – do not just learn the formulae.

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MEDIA STUDIES

Subject:  Media Studies

Year 12 – AS

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • Coursework – 50%
  • 1 x 2 hour examination – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Coursework
    • Research & Planning on blog
    • 2 minute film opening
    • Evaluation presentation
  • Examination
    • Representation: TV Drama
    • Institutions: The Music Industry

Recommended Extra Resources

  • One Day

Recommended Reading List

  • The IFPI report
  • The Media Magazine
  • TV Dramas from BBC1/ITV/Channel 4 from within the last 5 years

Useful Tips

Practice identifying camera angles, editing techniques, sound and mise-en-scene from 1 minute You Tube videos (soaps/TV drama/films)

 

Subject: Media Studies

Year 13 – A2

Examination Information

  • OCR Exam Board
  • Coursework – 50%
  • 1 x 2 hour examination – 50%

Topics Covered

  • Coursework
    • Research & Planning on blog
    • Promotional package: teaser trailer, website and poster
    • Evaluation presentation
  • Examination
    • Collective identity
    • Theoretical concepts

Recommended Extra Resources

  • One Day

Recommended Reading List

  • The Media Magazine
  • Undergraduate reading list: available from department

Useful Tips

Visit the BFI for film screenings or film making workshops

Watch films from university ‘reading lists’ with accompanying critical essays

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MUSIC

Subject: Music

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Musical Elements, incl Pitch, Tempo, Dynamics, Structure, Rhythm & Melody
  • Songs of the British Isles
  • Keyboard Chords
  • Ukulele chords
  • 12 Bar Blues

Recommended Extra Resources

BBC Radio 3

teoria.com (for aural skills)

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

Become involved in practical music-making, as a singer or instrumentalist. There’s no shortage of opportunities!

 

Subject: Music

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Extended Chords
  • Tritones
  • Song-writing
  • Orchestral instruments – tuned percussion

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide

Recommended Websites

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

Keep your ears open to ALL kinds of music (not just your Spotify list)

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Subject: Music

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Listening Paper at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 10

Topics Covered

  • 8 Set Works in a variety of genres and periods
  • Composing skills
  • Performing skills

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Eg: Revision Guide (Edexcel)
  • Recommended Websites (BBC Bitesize etc)

Recommended Reading List

  • A Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

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Subject: Music

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • Various Areas of Study
  • Composing 2 pieces (to Briefs)
  • 2 Performances (Solo & Ensemble)

Topics Covered

  • Manifold and varied from Baroque to Reggae

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Rhinegold Revision Guide
  • Past Papers (online)

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

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Subject: Music

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • Various Areas of Study
  • Composing 2 pieces (to Briefs)
  • 2 Performances (Solo & Ensemble)

Topics Covered

  • Manifold and varied from Baroque to Reggae

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Rhinegold Revision Guide
  • Past Papers (on line)

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

BBC Four’s Music Documentaries

Useful Tips

Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

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Subject: Music

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course is AS

Examination Information

  • OCR
  • 1 written paper (unheard) plus set works topics
  • Recital (solo)
  • 2 compositions (min time 4’30”)

 

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites: Music on the Wen =b International; Slipped Disc Lebrecht

Recommended Reading List

  • Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

Useful Tips

Practice for at least 20 mins per day per instrument

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Subject: Music

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA
  • Solo Recital (12 mins)
  • Composition/Harmony Exercises
  • Historical Topic
  • Set Work (essays)
  • Aural tests (unheard)

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Rhinegold  Revision Guide
  • BBC Radio 3

Useful Tips

Eg: Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

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PE

Subject: PE

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tag Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Capture the Flag
  • Orienteering
  • Lacrosse
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness

Recommended Extra Resources

www.kentnetball.co.uk - Netball

http://www.kcaa.org.uk - Athletics

http://www.suttonvalencehockey.com - Hockey

http://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk - Athletics

Recommended Reading List

  • Jessica Ennis Autobiography – Unbelievable
  • Alex Morgan - Breakaway: Beyond the Goal
  • Finishing Kick – Paul Duffau
  • Grace, Gold and Glory – My Leap of Faith – Gabrielle Douglas

Useful Tips

  • Research the rules of the sports you are playing by looking on the relevant Governing Body websites. This would be useful to complete before you start the lesson.
  • Watch YouTube clips of the sports you are playing so you get an idea about how to play the sports.

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Subject: PE

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tag Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Capture the Flag
  • Orienteering
  • Lacrosse
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics

Recommended Extra Resources

www.kentnetball.co.uk - Netball

http://www.kcaa.org.uk - Athletics

http://www.suttonvalencehockey.com - Hockey

http://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk - Athletics

Recommended Reading List

  • Jessica Ennis Autobiography – Unbelievable
  • Alex Morgan - Breakaway: Beyond the Goal
  • Finishing Kick – Paul Duffau
  • Grace, Gold and Glory – My Leap of Faith – Gabrielle Douglas

Useful Tips

  • Research the rules of the sports you are playing by looking on the relevant Governing Body websites. This would be useful to complete before you start the lesson.
  • Watch YouTube clips of the sports you are playing
  • so you get an idea about how to play the sports.

 

Subject: PE

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 75 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Practical performance assessed out of 100 for 3 sports along with a written analysis and evaluation of performance in a chosen sport.

Topics Covered

Paper 1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Bounce – Matthew Syed
  • Chrissie Wellington – Autobiography – A Life without Limits

Useful Tips

  • Have 3 sports that you are interested in or currently play so that you have options for your practical assessment.
  • Complete past paper questions for the theoretical aspect of the paper so that you gain a better understanding about what the questions are asking.
  • Make sure you are revising throughout the year so that you are constantly recapping information.

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Subject: PE

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 75 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Practical performance assessed out of 100 for 3 sports along with a written analysis and evaluation of performance in a chosen sport.

Topics Covered

Paper 2

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data
  • Written analysis and evaluation of performance of a chosen sport. 

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Bounce – Matthew Syed
  • Chrissie Wellington – Autobiography – A Life without Limits

Useful Tips

  • Have 3 sports that you are interested in or currently play so that you have options for your practical assessment.
  • Complete past paper questions for the theoretical aspect of the paper so that you gain a better understanding about what the questions are asking.
  • Make sure you are revising throughout the year so that you are constantly recapping information.

Subject: PE

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 75 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Practical performance assessed out of 100 for 3 sports along with a written an analysis and evaluation of performance in a chosen sport.

Topics Covered

Paper 1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

Paper 2

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data
  • Written analysis and evaluation of performance of a chosen sport. 
  • Moderation for your practical assessment.

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Bounce – Matthew Syed
  • Chrissie Wellington – Autobiography – A Life without Limits

Useful Tips

  • Make sure you are confident in all the sports you are being assessed in so that you are ready for your practical moderation.
  • Complete past paper questions for the theoretical aspect of the paper so that you gain a better understanding about what the questions are asking.
  • Make sure you are revising throughout the year so that you are constantly recapping information.

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Subject: PE

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 70%
  • Written analysis and evaluation on a sporting performance as well as an assessment as a performer or coach in a full sided version of one activity – 30%

Topics Covered

Paper 1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Written analysis and evaluation of weaknesses of defensive skills and tactics and strategies of a sport of their choice.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Watch “Panorama” programmes for topics such as Hooliganism in sport and Drugs in Sport.
  • Watch the athlete profile documentaries that were based on the Olympic Athletes.

Recommended Reading List

  • Getting into physiotherapy course – James Barton
  • Running Like A Girl – Alexandra Heminsley
  • Your Pace or Mine? – Lisa Jackson

Useful Tips

  • Students should expose themselves to as much current sporting news and articles as possible in order to develop breadth in their knowledge.
  • Students should consolidate their learning after everything lesson to ensure they are confident with the content.

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Subject: PE

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 70%
  • Written analysis and evaluation on a sporting performance as well as an assessment as a performer or coach in a full sided version of one activity – 30%

Topics Covered

Paper 2

  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and technology in sport
  • Written analysis and evaluation of weaknesses of defensive skills and tactics and strategies of a sport of their choice.
  • Practical moderation on one sport that the individual currently plays.

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Watch “Panorama” programmes for topics such as Hooliganism in sport and Drugs in Sport.
  • Watch the athlete profile documentaries that were based on the Olympic Athletes.

Recommended Reading List

  • Getting into physiotherapy course – James Barton
  • Running Like A Girl – Alexandra Heminsley
  • Your Pace or Mine? – Lisa Jackson

Useful Tips

  • Students should expose themselves to as much current sporting news and articles as possible in order to develop breadth in their knowledge.
  • Students should consolidate their learning after everything lesson to ensure they are confident with the content.

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PHOTOGRAPHY

Subject: Photography

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • thephotographersgallery.org.uk
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

  • Enhance written analysis by using PEE
  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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Subject: Photography

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • thephotographersgallery.org.uk
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

  • Enhance written analysis by using PEE
  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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Subject: Photography

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 11. 10 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Conceptual development

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Survival guide.

Recommended Reading List

  • Nelson Thornes GCSE Art & Design Handbook
  • thephotographersgallery.org.uk
  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

  • Enhance written analysis by using PEE
  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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Subject: Photography

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hrs.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Film development (wet)
  • Print development (wet)
  • Photograms
  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Black light

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Ehrlich, R (1990) Tony Ray-Jones: A Retrospective View, Manchester, Cornerhouse Publications
  • Parr, M & Walker, I (1997) The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, London, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
  • Beaumont, N & Sobieszek, R (1974) One Mind's Eye: The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R Godine Publishers.
  • Evans, W (1985) Walker Evans at Work, London, Harper Collins
  • Eggleston, W (1992) William Eggleston: Ancient and Modern, New York, Random House.
  • Kruger, M (2003) Candida Hofer: A Monograph, London, Thames and Hudson

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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Subject: Photography

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 units. Coursework 60%. Exam project 40%.
  • Controlled assessment to be completed at the end of Year 13. 15 hours.

Topics Covered

  • Composition
  • Shutterspeed
  • ISO
  • Aperture
  • Digital manipulation
  • Manual manipulation
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis
  • Artist research
  • Film development (wet)
  • Print development (wet)
  • Photograms
  • Studio lighting
  • Location photography
  • Black light

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Nelson Thornes GCE Art & Design Handbook

Recommended Reading List

  • Ehrlich, R (1990) Tony Ray-Jones: A Retrospective View, Manchester, Cornerhouse Publications
  • Parr, M & Walker, I (1997) The Last Resort: Photographs of New Brighton, London, Dewi Lewis Publishing.
  • Beaumont, N & Sobieszek, R (1974) One Mind's Eye: The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R Godine Publishers.
  • Evans, W (1985) Walker Evans at Work, London, Harper Collins
  • Eggleston, W (1992) William Eggleston: Ancient and Modern, New York, Random House.
  • Kruger, M (2003) Candida Hofer: A Monograph, London, Thames and Hudson

Useful Tips

  • Ensure that ideas connect to your artist research.
  • Produce your own reference imagery
  • Develop your ideas thoroughly by exploring and experimenting with artist techniques.
  • Ensure that all evidence is recorded within your portfolio.

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PHYSICS

Subject: Physics

Year 9 – GCSE Physics

Examination Information

  • AQA Physics 9-1
  • 2 papers x 1 hour and 45 mins at the end of Year 11
  • No controlled assessment
  • Each paper is 50% of the GCSE
  • 10 Required practicals during the course of the 3 Years
  • Maths content is 30% of the marks
  • Practical skills are 15% of the marks

Topics Covered

  • P1 Conservation and dissipation of energy
  • P2 Energy transfer by heating
  • P3 Energy Resources
  • P4 Electrical Circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P7 Radioactivity

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Physics Student Book (Third Edition), by Jim Breithaupt (Author), Lawrie Ryan ISBN-10: 019835939X
  • New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: AQA Exam Practice Workbook, CGP Books, ISBN-10: 1782944842
  • New GCSE Physics: AQA Answers (for Exam Practice Workbook), CGP Books, ISBN-10: 1782944893

Useful Tips

Learn your Physics equations, you do not get given them all in the exam

Review your practical skills, you will be tested on these in the final exams

Practice equation rearrangement

Revise actively by trying practice questions from past papers

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Subject: Physics

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Physics 9-1
  • 2 papers x 1 hour and 45 mins at the end of Year 11
  • No controlled assessment
  • Each paper is 50% of the GCSE
  • 10 Required practicals during the course of the 3 Years
  • Maths content is 30% of the marks
  • Practical skills are 15% of the marks

Topics Covered

  • P3 Energy Resources
  • P4 Electrical Circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P7 Radioactivity
  • P11 Pressure and surfaces
  • P12 Wave properties
  • P13 Electromagnetic waves

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Physics Student Book (Third Edition), by Jim Breithaupt (Author), Lawrie Ryan ISBN-10: 019835939X
  • New Grade 9-1 GCSE Physics: AQA Exam Practice Workbook, CGP Books, ISBN-10: 1782944842
  • New GCSE Physics: AQA Answers (for Exam Practice Workbook), CGP Books, ISBN-10: 1782944893

Useful Tips

Learn your Physics equations, you do not get given them all in the exam

Practice equation rearrangement

Review your practical skills, you will be tested on these in the final exams

Revise actively by trying practice questions from past paper

Focus on expert knowledge of harder topics and extended responses

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Subject: Physics

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR Gateway, GCSE Physics B
  • 2 papers at the End of Year 11
  • Unit 1 75 marks P1, P2 and P3, 1 hour and 15 mins and 35% of the GSCE
  • Unit 2 85 marks, P4, P5 and P6 1 hour and 30 mins and 40% of the GCSE includes 10 marks of data analysis
  • Controlled assessment completed 25% of the overall mark

Topics Covered

  • P1 Energy for the Home (Year 9)
  • P2 Living for the Future (Year 9)
  • P3 Forces for Transport (Year 10)
  • P4 Radiation for Life (Year 10)
  • P5 Space for Reflection (Year 11)
  • P6 Electricity for Gadgets (Year 11)

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • GCSE Physics OCR Gateway Revision Guide (with online edition) (A*-G course) ISBN-10: 1847626335 £5.95, CGP books
  • Collins GCSE Science 2011 - Separate Sciences Student Book: OCR Gateway by Chris Sherry ISBN-10: 0007415346 £14.99 (covers all three sciences)

Useful Tips

  • Revise actively by printing off past papers and complete in the right time. Review errors very carefully
  • Focus on expert knowledge of harder topics and QWC responses (longer answers)
  • Practice equation rearrangement, you do get the equations in the exams

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Subject: Physics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Exam Board; OCR
  • 1 x Modelling Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Exploring Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Unified Physics – 90 minutes – 26%
  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Section 1 – Forces and Motion
    • Module 1 – Introduction to A Level Physics
    • Module 2 – Motion
    • Module 3 – Forces
    • Module 4 – Energy
    • Module 5 – Behaviour of Material
    • Module 6 – Momentum
  • Section 2 – Electricity and Magnetism
    • Module 1 – Electricity and Circuits
  • Section 3 – Waves and Particles
    • Module 1 – Properties of Waves
    • Module 2 – Standing Waves
    • Module 4 – Particle and Nuclear Physics Pt. 1

Recommended Extra Resources

  • New A-Level Physics: OCR A Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
  • The Kahn Academy

Recommended Reading List

  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli;  Pengiun, 2016
  • The Universe in Your Hand; A Journey Through Space, Time and Beyond – Christophe Galfard;  Macmillan, 2015
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson;  Black Swan, 2016
  • Classical Mechanics; The Theoretical Minimum – Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky;  Penguin, 2014
  • It’s Not Rocket Science – Ben Millar;  Sphere, 2012
  • Big Bang; The Most Important Scientific Discovery of All Time and Why You Need to Know About It – Simon Singh;  Harper Perennial, 2005

Useful Tips

  • Redo the assessed homework questions without looking at the solutions when revising.
  • Review the class tests and any previous mock tests regularly.
  • Review the Kerboodle resources and the questions from the online text books.
  • Make use of youtube and the Kahn Academy website to review topics which you struggle with.

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Subject: Physics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Exam Board; OCR
  • 1 x Modelling Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Exploring Physics – 135 minutes – 37%
  • 1 x Unified Physics – 90 minutes – 26%
  • Practical Endorsement

Topics Covered

  • Section 2 – Electricity and Magnetism
    • Module 2 – Electric Fields
    • Module 3 – Capacitors
    • Module 4 – Electromagnetism
  • Section 3 – Waves and Particles
    • Module 3 – Simple Harmonic Motion
    • Module 4 – Particle and Nuclear Physics Part 2
    • Module 5 – Medical Physics
  • Section 4 – The Newtonian World and Astrophysics
    • Module 1 – Ideal Gases
    • Module 2 – Gravity
    • Module 3 – Astrophysics
    • Module 4 – Cosmology

Recommended Extra Resources

  • New A-Level Physics: OCR A Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice
  • The Kahn Academy

Recommended Reading List

  • Professor Povey’s Perplexing Problems; Pre-University Physics and Maths Problems with Solutions – Thomas Povey;  Oneworld Publications, 2015
  • Quantum; A Guide for the Perplexed – Jim Al-Khalili;  Weidenfield and Nicholson, 2012
  • Why Does E=mc2 – Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw;  Pengiun, 2012
  • A Brief History of Time; From Big Bang to Black Holes – Stephen Hawking;  Bantam, 2011
  • The Particle at the End of The Universe – Sean Carroll;  Oneworld, 2012
  • Just Six Numbers; The Deep Forces that Shape our Universe – Martin Rees;  Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1999
  • The 4-Percent Universe; Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and The Race to Discover the Rest of Reality – Richard Panek;  Oneworld, 2012

Useful Tips

  • Redo the assessed homework questions without looking at the solutions when revising.
  • Review the class tests and any previous mock tests regularly.
  • Review the Kerboodle resources and the questions from the online text books.
  • Make use of Youtube and the Kahn Academy website to review topics which you struggle with.

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POLITICS

Subject: Government and Politics

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 12 – 50% each

Topics Covered

  • Political Parties
  • Pressure Groups
  • Voting systems and voting behaviour
  • Parliament
  • The British constitution and judiciary
  • The core executive
  • Local, devolved and EU-level government

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites

www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics

www.politico.eu

www.guardian.co.uk

www.politics.co.uk

www.telegraph.co.uk

www.totalpolitics.com

Recommended Reading List

Hodder Politics Review

AQA Government and Politics

Peter Hennessey, the Prime Minister

British prime Ministers, Robert Parker

Who Governs Britain?, Anthony King

The Trouble with Europe, Roger Bootle

Essentails of UK Politics, Anthony Heywood

The End of the Party, Andrew Rawnsley

A Journey, Tony Blair

Useful Tips

  • Read news websites, blogs and broadsheet newspapers on a daily basis
  • Avoid personal opinion in essay writing but strive for objectivity and balance.
  • Follow us on Twitter

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Subject: Government and Politics

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 90 minutes at the end of Year 13 – 50% each

Topics Covered

  • US Political parties
  • US Pressure groups
  • US elections
  • The US constitution and Supreme Court
  • The US Congress and President

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Recommended Websites

www.politico.com

www.washingtonpost.com

www.nytimes.com

www.whitehouse.gov

www.house.gov

www.senate.gov

www.scotus.gov

www.270towin.com

www.realclearpolitics.com

Recommended Reading List

  • American Caesars, Nigel Hamilton
  • American Politics, Richard Valelley
  • US Presidential elections, Roddy Keenan
  • Who Rules the World?, Noam Chomsky
  • The Nine, the US Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin
  • Supremely Partisan, the US Supreme Court, James Zirin

Useful Tips

  • Read news websites, blogs and broadsheet newspapers on a daily basis
  • Avoid personal opinion in essay writing but strive for objectivity and balance.
  • Follow us on Twitter

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PSYCHOLOGY

Subject: Psychology

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

All examinations are set in the second year of the course.

  • AQA Psychology A
  • 3 papers x 120 minute at the end of Year 13 – 100%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Biopsychology
  • Approaches
  • Research methods

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Psychlotron.org.uk
  • Simplypsychology.org
  • AQA Psychology (Nelson Thorne)

Recommended Reading List

  • David Levitin – The organized mind
  • Oliver Sacks – The man who mistook his wife for a hat
  • Steven Pinker - How the mind works
  • The Psychology book - DK
  • Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
  • The Lucifer effect – Phillip Zimbardo
  • Opening skinners box – Lauren Slater

Useful Tips

Review video lectures and guide notes, make revision cards as you go, consistently engage in wider reading, and question everything.

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Subject: Psychology

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Psychology A
  • 3 papers x 120 minute at the end of Year 13 – 100%
  • No coursework

Topics Covered

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Issues and debates
  • Biopsychology continued
  • Research methods, mathematics and statistics

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Youtube and Blendspace

Recommended Reading List

  • Adrian Raine – Anatomy of Violence (Highly recommended)
  • Suspicious Minds – Rob Brotherton
  • How to win friends and influence people – Dale Carnegie
  • Steven Pinker – The blank slate
  • The Righteous Mind – Jonathan Haidt
  • Freakonomics – Steven Dubner and Steven Levitt
  • Radio 4 All in the mind

Useful Tips

Review video lectures and guide notes, make revision cards as you go, consistently engage in wider reading, and question everything.

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Subject: RE

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to World Religion
  • Christianity through The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • Abrahamic Faiths
  • Judaism
  • Islam

Recommended Extra Resources

https://www.biblegateway.com

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

Recommended Reading List

  • Narnia Chronicles – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • I am Malala

Useful Tips

Read and be aware of current affairs which influence religious beliefs.

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Subject: RE

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Buddhism
  • Pilgrimage
  • Philosophy and Ethics

Recommended Extra Resources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/buddhism/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
practices/hajj_1.shtml

Recommended Reading List

  • Sophie’s World
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Diary of Anne Frank

Useful tips

Rewrite previous answers using the prompt guidance from teachers.

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Subject: RE

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board
  • 1 X paper 2 hours – Philosophical and Ethical Studies
  • 2 x 1 hour – Study of Christianity / Study of a World Religion: Judaism

Topics Covered

  • Issues of Human Rights
  • Issues of Good and Evil
  • Issues of Life and Death

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Life of Pi
  • Strength to Love – Martin Luther King

Useful Tips

Complete the self-evaluation forms to pinpoint errors and rewrite answers based on this information.

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Subject: RE

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board
  • 1 X paper 2 hours – Philosophical and Ethical Studies
  • 2 x 1 hour – Study of Christianity / Study of a World Religion: Judaism

Topics Covered

  • Issues of Relationships
  • Study of Christianity
  • Study of a World Religion: Judaism

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Life of Pi
  • Humanism: A Short Course Book

Useful Tips

Complete the self-evaluation forms to pinpoint errors and rewrite based on this information.

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Subject: RE

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board
  • 1 X paper 2 hours – Philosophical and Ethical Studies
  • 2 x 1 hour – Study of Christianity / Study of a World Religion: Judaism

Topics Covered

  • Study of a World Religion: Judaism
  • Revision of Topics
  • Revision of Exam techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins
  • Mere Christianity- C.S. Lewis

Useful Tips

Complete the self-evaluation forms to pinpoint errors and rewrite based on this information.

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Subject: RE

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Exam in Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Christianity
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion
  • Introduction to Religion and Ethics

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide
  • Recommended Websites

Recommended Reading List

  • Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
  • Situation Ethics by Peter Singer
  • The Pig that wants to be eaten.

Useful Tips

Follow exam technique guidance on feedback forms.

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Subject: RE

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Examination Board
  • 3 x 2 hour exams – A Study of Christianity / Philosophy of Religion / Religion and Ethics

Topics Covered

  • A Study of Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion and Ethics

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Think (www.royalinstitutephilosophy.org/think/index.php)
  • The Philosopher’s Magazine (www.philosophersnet.com)
  • Philosophy Now (www.philosophynow.org)
  • Dialogue (www.dialogue.org.uk): for Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
  • Philosophy Compass (http://philosophy-compass.com): more in-depth survey articles

Useful Tips

Follow exam technique guidance on feedback forms.

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RESISTANT MATERIALS DT

Subject: Resistant Materials DT

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Mechanisms (levers, linkages, gears, belts & pulleys, cam and follower)
  • Motion
  • Basic wood theory
  • Basic electronics theory
  • Evaluation

Recommended Extra Resources

www.technologystudent.com

Student Portal departmental teacher PowerPoints

Recommended Reading List

  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

Revise booklet as it holds all work covered.

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Subject: Resistant Materials DT

Year 8 

Topics Covered

  • Resistant materials (wood, metal and plastics)
  • Pewter casting
  • Vacuum forming
  • Packaging
  • Evaluation

Recommended Extra Resources

www.technologystudent.com

Student Portal departmental teacher PowerPoints

Recommended Reading List

  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

Revise booklet as it holds all work covered.

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Subject: Resistant Materials DT

Year 9 – GCSE course (NEW)

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed Year 10 into Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Modern and smart materials
  • Mechanisms
  • Computer Aided Design & Computer Aided Manufacture
  • Wood theory
  • Plastic theory
  • Electronic systems
  • Shaping and forming
  • Finishing
  • Commercial processes
  • Health and Safety
  • Analysing a task
  • Paper and Board
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Basic drawing techniques
  • Construction methods including wood joints
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance/ control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation made outcomes

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Resistant materials, Electronics, Graphics.
  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

Keep a folder for theory notes.

Use information on student portal to support revision notes.

Make use of any specimen exam materials available

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Subject: Resistant Materials DT

Year 10 – GCSE

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper, 120 mins exam at the end of year 11 
  • Controlled assessment to be completed over year 10 and 11

Topics Covered

  • Metals Theory
  • CAD/CAM
  • Resistant Materials (woods, metals, plastics)
  • Smart Materials
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Health and Safety
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Coursework

Recommended Extra Resources

www.technologystudent.com

Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

Link theory knowledge to practical tasks.

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Subject: Resistant Materials DT

Year 11 – GCSE

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper, 120 mins exam at the end of Year 11 
  • Controlled assessment to be completed over Year 10 and 11

Topics Covered

  • Theory Tasks
  • CAD/CAM
  • Resistant Materials (woods, metals, plastics)
  • Smart Materials
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Health and Safety
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques
  • Commercial Processes
  • Sustainability
  • Social, Moral, Cultural, Environmental and Economic Issues
  • Coursework
  • Examination Preparation

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide AQA
  • Bitesize
  • Technology Student

Recommended Reading List

  • Against the Odds: An Autobiography – by James Dyson
  • James Dyson History of Great Inventions – by James Dyson
  • Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design – Chris Lefteri
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things – by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Useful Tips

Revision of past papers and mark schemes. Familiarise yourself with the key terminology for the examination.

Have an organised theory folder.

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Subject: Product Design 3D legacy)

Year 12 

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam board
  • Unit 1: 2 hour written paper, 50% of AS, 25% of A-level (80 marks)
  • Unit 2: coursework, approx. 50 hours, 50% of AS and 25% of A-level. (80 marks)

Topics Covered

  • Natural Woods
  • Man-made Boards
  • Laminates and Veneers
  • Ferrous Metals
  • Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Alloys
  • Polymers
  • Bio-degradable polymers
  • Elastomers
  • Compliant Materials
  • Smart Materials
  • Modern Materials
  • Product Components
  • Adhesives

Fabrication Methods:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Plastics​

Forming Methods:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Composites
  • Redistribution Methods 
  • Metals
  • Cements
  • Polymers
  • Wasting Processes
  • CAM processing

Finishing Materials and Processes:

  • Woods
  • Metals
  • Polymers
  • Health and Safety
  • Quality Control
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide
  • AQA Design and Technology Product Design 3D AS/A2
  • Visit museums
  • Go to design shows/galleries
  • Recommended Websites:
  • Watch tutorials on Youtube

Recommended Reading List

  • Against the Odds: An Autobiography – by James Dyson
  • James Dyson History of Great Inventions – by James Dyson
  • Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design – Chris Lefteri
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things – by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Useful Tips

Look at past papers and mark schemes, familiarise yourself with the key terminology expected in an A-level examination.

Use the resources on the portal to support theory knowledge.

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Subject: Product Design 3D (legacy)

Year 13

Examination Information

  • AQA exam board
  • Unit 3: 2 hour written paper 25% of A-level (84 marks)
  • Unit 4: coursework, approx. 60 hours 25% of A-level (85 marks)

Topics Covered

  • Major Developments in Technology
  • A study of Manufactured Products and Systems
  • Product Life Cycle
  • The Influence of Design and Technology in Society
  • Role of the Designer
  • The Marketing Function
  • Design Methods
  • Design Process
  • Safety
  • Safety Legislation
  • Communication Methods
  • Illustration, Selection and use of Appropriate 2D/3D Techniques
  • Enhancement
  • Information Drawing
  • Modelling
  • Use of ICT in Design
  • Development
  • Human Needs
  • Human Factors
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • The work of Past and Present Designers
  • Copyright Protection
  • Design Methods
  • The Influence of Design and Technology in Society
  • Product Development and Improvement
  • Communication Methods
  • Design and Human Context
  • ICT applications
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Product Development/Improvement
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Safety
  • Systems and Control
  • Design Specifications
  • Developing Designs
  • Model making
  • Product Analysis
  • Practical Skills
  • Finishing Techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Revision Guide
  • AQA Design and Technology Product Design 3D AS/A2
  • Visit museums
  • Go to design shows/galleries
  • Recommended Websites:
    Watch tutorials on Youtube

Recommended Reading List

  • Against the Odds: An Autobiography – by James Dyson
  • James Dyson History of Great Inventions – by James Dyson
  • Making It – Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design – Chris Lefteri
  • Cradle to Cradle. Remaking the Way we Make Things – by Michael Braungart and William McDonough

Useful Tips

Use theory topic tasks on Portal and do further research outside of lessons.

Do plenty of past papers and look at mark schemes. Exams are very different to Year 11 and 12 exams.

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SCIENCE

Subject: Science

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to science
  • Waves
  • Particles and matter 1  
  • Electromagnets
  • Ecosystems
  • Reactions
  • Energy 1
  • Life and living processes 1
  • Earth science
  • Forces 1

Recommended Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
  • Use the homework, revision and extension resources that have been uploaded onto the student portal.
  • Download the ebooks onto your iPad – ask your teacher if you are unsure how to do this.

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

Revise little and often – you need to recap your science work each fortnight, in order to prepare for end of topic assessments, and to revise topics studied.

Come to science clubs – ask science staff for dates and times.

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Subject: â€‹Science

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Interdependence 1
  • Forces 2
  • Life and living processes 2 
  • Particles and matter 2
  • Energy 2

Recommended Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
  • Use the homework, revision and extension resources that have been uploaded onto the student portal.
  • Download the ebooks onto your iPad – ask your teacher if you are unsure how to do this.

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

Revise little and often – you need to recap your science work each fortnight, in order to prepare for end of topic assessments, and to revise topics studied.

Come to science clubs – ask science staff for dates and times.

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SOCIOLOGY

Subject: Sociology

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Examination Board
  • 3 papers x 2 hours at end of Year 13 – 100%

Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods – 33.3% of A level 80 marks

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Beliefs in Society – 33.3%  of A level 80 marks

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory & Methods – 33.3% of A level 80 marks

Topics Covered

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Revision of Education with theory and Methods
  • All topics covered in the context of contemporary UK society

Recommended Extra Resources

  • AQA A Level Sociology Student Book 1 (AQA A Level Sociology): Edition. Pub Feb 2016 – by Collins Learning
  • New A-Level Sociology: AQA Year 1 & 2 Complete Revision & Practice – CGP – 2015 edition
  • Recommended Podcasts –

AQA - Globalisation in Society and An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion.https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/sociology/
id1087295857?mt=2

There are also a wide range of other podcasts available by searching through a Podcast App on a smart phone or computer.

  • Recommended Websites -
  • is a useful site which will lead you to a range of other useful places online.

Recommended Reading List

  • Religion in Modern Britain, Bruce,S Oxford University Press 1995
  • God Is Dead: Secularisation in the West , Bruce,S Blackwell publishers 2002
  • Revising A Level Sociology of Crime and Deviance, Blundell,J Lindisfarne Press 2001

Useful Tips

  • Read widely around the subject and refer to the most up to date information that you can.
  • Ensure that written tasks, particularly essays reference the question regularly.
  • Question assumptions of theories.
  • Evaluate and analyse.

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SPANISH

Subject: Spanish

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Vamos
  • En el instituto
  • Mi familia
  • En casa
  • El tiempo libre
  • En la ciudad

Recommended Extra Resources

Mira 1 Workbook

Quizlet (application or website, ideal for vocabulary revision)

studyspanish.com (ideal for practising your pronunciation)

Recommended Reading List

  • Lola en la biblioteca (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Abiela (Arthur Dorros)
  • El Cuento de Ferdinando (Munro Leaf)
  • Días de clase (Daniel Nesquens)
  • La y Lolo (Carmen Gómez Ojea)

Useful Tips

Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling

Read back through your notes on a regular basis, paying particular attention to any corrections made to ensure that you are revising accurate information

In class we learn through using pictures, sounds and movements: ensure that you do the same in your revision to make it more effective.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • La gente
  • ¿Vamos a salir?
  • Mis vacaciones
  • La comida
  • De moda
  • Barcelona

Recommended Extra Resources

Mira 2 Workbook

Quizlet (application or website, ideal for vocabulary revision)

wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)

Recommended Reading List

  • Lola en la biblioteca (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Abiela (Arthur Dorros)
  • El Cuento de Ferdinando (Munro Leaf)
  • Días de clase (Daniel Nesquens)
  • La y Lolo (Carmen Gómez Ojea)

Useful Tips

Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling

Try to complete a ‘Verb of the Day’ on days when you do not have a Spanish lesson: as we learn more tenses this will help you get to grips with them quicker and feel confident using them.

Act on corrections and feedback as soon as your book as marked: this will improve the accuracy of the notes from which you are revising and give you next steps for moving forward.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 4 equally weighted papers at the end of Year 11: 1 x listening (45 minutes), 1 x reading including translation into English (1 hour), 1 x writing paper including translation into Spanish (1 hour 15 minutes) and 1 x speaking exam conducted by your class teacher
  • No controlled assessment

Topics Covered

  • Los medios de comunicación
  • El instituto
  • La salud
  • Ganarse la vida
  • Hispanoamérica
  • Mi casa es tu casa

Recommended Extra Resources

Mira 3 Workbook

Quizlet (application or website, ideal for vocabulary revision)

wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)

Recommended Reading List

  • Corriendo tras el viento (Manuel Luis Alonso Gómez)
  • El laboratorio secreto (Lluía Prats Martínez, Enric Roig Tió)
  • Una muñeca para el Día de Reyes (Esmeralda Sánchez Santiago)
  • 20minutos.es

Useful Tips

Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling

Try to complete a ‘Verb of the Day’ on days when you do not have a Spanish lesson: as we learn more tenses this will help you get to grips with them quicker and feel confident using them.

Act on corrections and feedback as soon as your book as marked: this will improve the accuracy of the notes from which you are revising and give you next steps for moving forward.

Make use of your grammar checklist every time your prepare an extended piece of writing to ensure that you include a range of complex structures.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 4 equally weighted papers at the end of Year 11: 1 x listening (45 minutes), 1 x reading including translation into English (1 hour), 1 x writing paper including translation into Spanish (1 hour 15 minutes) and 1 x speaking exam conducted by your class teacher
  • No controlled assessment

Topics Covered

  • Desconéctate
  • Mi vida en el insti
  • Mi gente
  • Intereses e influencias
  • Ciudades
  • De costumbre

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Viva AQA Grammar and Translation Workbook
  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)

Recommended Reading List

  • Corriendo tras el viento (Manuel Luis Alonso Gómez)
  • El laboratorio secreto (Lluía Prats Martínez, Enric Roig Tió)
  • Una muñeca para el Día de Reyes (Esmeralda Sánchez Santiago)
  • The New Spaniards (John Hooper)
  • 20minutos.es

Useful Tips

Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling

Complete a ‘Verb of the Day’ on days when you do not have a Spanish lesson: as we learn more tenses this will help you get to grips with them quicker and feel confident using them.

Act on corrections and feedback as soon as your book as marked: this will improve the accuracy of the notes from which you are revising and give you next steps for moving forward.

Make use of your grammar checklist every time your prepare an extended piece of writing to ensure that you include a range of complex structures.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 4 equally weighted papers at the end of Year 11: 1 x listening (45 minutes), 1 x reading including translation into English (1 hour), 1 x writing paper including translation into Spanish (1 hour 15 minutes) and 1 x speaking exam conducted by your class teacher
  • No controlled assessment

Topics Covered

  • A currar
  • Hacia un mundo mejor
  • Revision of all topics

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Viva AQA Grammar and Translation Workbook
  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)

Recommended Reading List

  • Corriendo tras el viento (Manuel Luis Alonso Gómez)
  • El laboratorio secreto (Lluía Prats Martínez, Enric Roig Tió)
  • Una muñeca para el Día de Reyes (Esmeralda Sánchez Santiago)
  • The New Spaniards (John Hooper)
  • El País (newspaper)
  • 20minutos.es (newspaper)

Useful Tips

Look back of vocabulary from previous years on a regular basis to refresh your memory.

Start all revision sessions with a  ‘Verb of the Day’: verb conjugation should be automatic like a reflex.

Act on corrections and feedback as soon as your book as marked: this will improve the accuracy of the notes from which you are revising and give you next steps for moving forward.

Use your grammar checklist to help generate a revision timetable, allocating time to revising all point with priority given to those areas that you find more challenging.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13
  • Paper One (2 hours 30 minutes): Listening, Reading, Translation into English and Translation into target language
  • Paper Two (2 hours): Writing, two essays on set texts/films
  • Paper 3 (21-23 minutes): oral exam, discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card and presentation/discussion of individual research project)

Topics Covered

  • Aspects of Hispanic society: modern and traditional values, cyberpace, equal rights
  • Artistic culture in the Hispanic world: modern day idols, Spanish regional identity, cultural heritage
  • Set text or film

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Kerboodle (online access to the set textbook with additional interactive resources)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)
  • El País (newspaper)

Recommended Reading List

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Useful Tips

Keep a note of all new vocabulary by family: can you deduce the noun and adjective from a verb, and vice versa?

Stay informed: you will be required to have and show knowledge of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Read newspapers and blogs and watch the Spanish news to stay up-to-date.

Attend all sessions with the Foreign Language Assistant.

Make use of the activities available on Kerboodle to extend your learning outside of the classroom.

Remember to plan and check back through your written work just as you would for other essay-based subjects.

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Subject: Spanish

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 3 papers at the end of Year 13
  • Paper One (2 hours 30 minutes): Listening, Reading, Translation into English and Translation into target language
  • Paper Two (2 hours): Writing, two essays on set texts/films
  • Paper 3 (21-23 minutes): oral exam, discussion of a sub-theme based on a stimulus card and presentation/discussion of individual research project)

Topics Covered

  • Multiculturalism in Hispanic society: immigration, racism, integration
  • Aspects of political life in the Hispanic world: today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens; monarchies and dictatorships; popular movements
  • Set text

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Quizlet (application or website ideal for vocabulary revision)
  • Kerboodle (online access to the set textbook with additional interactive resources)
  • Wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)
  • El País (newspaper)

Recommended Reading List

  • Federico García Lorca La casa de Bernarda Alba
  • Gabriel García Márquez Crónica de una muerte anunciada
  • Laura Esquivel Como agua para chocolate
  • Ramón J. Sender Réquiem por un campesino español
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafón La sombra del viento
  • Isabel Allende La casa de los espíritus
  • Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer Rimas
  • Fernando Fernán-Gómez Las bicicletas son para el verano
  • Luis de Castresana El otro árbol de Guernica
  • Gabriel García Márquez El coronel no tiene quien le escriba

Useful Tips

Keep a note of all new vocabulary by family: can you deduce the noun and adjective from a verb, and vice versa?

Stay informed: you will be required to have and show knowledge of the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Read newspapers and blogs and watch the Spanish news to stay up-to-date.

Attend all sessions with the Foreign Language Assistant.

Make use of the activities available on Kerboodle to extend your learning outside of the classroom.

Remember to plan and check back through your written work just as you would for other essay-based subjects.

Practise writing essays to time in preparation for the final exam.

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DT Textiles

Subject:  DT Textiles

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Hand embroidery and appliqué techniques
  • Product construction using a sewing machine
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of hand embroidery and appliqué techniques
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize – Product analysis and evaluation

Recommended Reading List

  • Design and Make it: Textiles Technology for Key Stage 3

Useful Tips

When completing design annotation give your work to someone who has no knowledge of your design ideas at all and ask them if they have all of the information that they would need to produce your product

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Subject: DT Textiles

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Modern and smart textile materials
  • Hand printing techniques
  • E-Textiles
  • Product construction using a sewing machine
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of hand printing techniques
  • Kitroniks - E-Textiles and Wearables Tutorials
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize – Product analysis and evaluation

Recommended Reading List

  • Design and Make it: Textiles Technology for Key Stage 3

Useful Tips

When completing design annotation give your work to someone who has no knowledge of your design ideas at all and ask them if they have all of the information that they would need to produce your product

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Subject: Art Textiles

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 10 hour practical exam at the end of Year 11
  • Portfolio to be completed Year 10 into Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Exploration of surface decoration techniques; printing, dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, embellishment, fabric manipulation and digital processes
  • Drawing skills; experimentation considering visual and tactile elements such as colour, line, texture, shape and pattern
  • Fashion Illustration techniques
  • Use of contextual sources to inspire the development of ideas including: the work of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures
  • Written annotation skills 

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of textile and art techniques
  • Vogue.com

Recommended Reading List

  • Experimental Textiles, Kim Thittichai, Batsford Ltd 2009
  • Stitching the Textured Surface, Lynda Monk, D4daisy books 2009
  • Raising the surface with machine embroidery, Maggie Grey, London: Batsford 2004
  • Fabric textures and patterns, Elisabetta Drudi, The Peplin Press 2008
  • Connecting Art To Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford 2009
  • Pattern sourcebook: around the World: 250 patterns for projects and designs, Shigeki Nakamura, Rockport Publishers 2008

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, Computer Aided Design – it all counts

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Subject: Textiles Technology

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed throughout Year 10

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Primary and secondary research methods
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product & fashion illustration
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fabric testing
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Design & Technology Textiles AQA Revision Guide, CGP Books, 1 Sep 2009
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the mark scheme
  • Prepare for the design question of the paper and get a member of the Textiles department staff to look over it for you as feedback that you receive will be invaluable

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Subject: Textiles Technology

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Controlled assessment to be completed in the Spring term of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods
  • Lay planning
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance / control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Recapping;

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Product Analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Production Planning
  • ICT

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Design & Technology Textiles AQA Revision Guide, CGP Books, 1 Sep 2009
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the markscheme
  • Prepare for the design question of the paper and get a member of the Textiles department staff to look over it for you as feedback that you receive will be invaluable

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Subject: Art Textiles

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 15 hour practical exam at the end of Year 13
  • Portfolio to be completed Year 12 into Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Exploration of surface decoration techniques; printing, dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, embellishment, fabric manipulation and digital processes
  • Drawing skills; experimentation considering visual and tactile elements such as colour, line, texture, shape and pattern
  • Fashion Illustration techniques
  • Use of contextual sources to inspire the development of ideas including: the work of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures 

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of textile and art techniques
  • Vogue.com

Recommended Reading List

  • Experimental Textiles, Kim Thittichai, Batsford Ltd 2009
  • Stitching the Textured Surface, Lynda Monk, D4daisy books 2009
  • Raising the surface with machine embroidery, Maggie Grey, London: Batsford 2004
  • Fabric textures and patterns, Elisabetta Drudi, The Peplin Press 2008
  • Connecting Art To Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford 2009
  • Pattern sourcebook: around the World: 250 patterns for projects and designs, Shigeki Nakamura, Rockport Publishers 2008

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, Computer Aided Design – it all counts

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Subject: Product Design Textiles

Year 12 – Year 1 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 12
  • Project portfolio to be completed throughout Year 12

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Primary and secondary research methods
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product & fashion illustration
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fabric testing
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Lay planning
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance / control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Theory knowledge on;

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Yarns
  • Fabric manufacture
  • Development of design
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Product Analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Production Planning
  • ICT

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – videos for textile decorative techniques
  • Drapers Record

Recommended Reading List

  • Clothing Technology: from Fibre to Fashion, 21 Nov 2008, Hannelore, Hermeling, Hornberger & Kilgus
  • Technology of Textile Properties, 1991, Taylor
  • Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, 1999, Braddock & O’Mahony
  • The Fashion Book, 2001, Buttolph, Braun & Chapius

Useful Tiips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the markscheme

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Subject: Art Textiles

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 15 hour practical exam at the end of Year 13
  • Portfolio to be completed by January of Year 13, including one extended piece of written work

Topics Covered

  • Exploration of surface decoration techniques; printing, dyeing, weaving, knitting, stitching, embellishment, fabric manipulation and digital processes
  • Drawing skills; experimentation considering visual and tactile elements such as colour, line, texture, shape and pattern
  • Fashion Illustration techniques
  • Use of contextual sources to inspire the development of ideas including: the work of artists, craftspeople or designers from contemporary and/or historical contexts, periods, societies and cultures 
  • Extended writing skills

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – video clips of textile and art techniques
  • Vogue.com

Recommended Reading List

  • Experimental Textiles, Kim Thittichai, Batsford Ltd 2009
  • Stitching the Textured Surface, Lynda Monk, D4daisy books 2009
  • Raising the surface with machine embroidery, Maggie Grey, London: Batsford 2004
  • Fabric textures and patterns, Elisabetta Drudi, The Peplin Press 2008
  • Connecting Art To Stitch, Sandra Meech, Batsford 2009
  • Pattern sourcebook: around the World: 250 patterns for projects and designs, Shigeki Nakamura, Rockport Publishers 2008

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, Computer Aided Design – it all counts

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Subject: Product Design Textiles

Year 13 – Year 2 of A Level Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 13
  • Project portfolio to be completed throughout Year 13

Topics Covered

  • Analysing a task
  • Primary and secondary research methods
  • Product analysis
  • Design specifications
  • Designing a textile product & fashion illustration
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Fabric testing
  • Pattern drafting
  • Risk assessment
  • Decorative textile techniques
  • Construction methods
  • Computer Aided Manufacturing
  • Lay planning
  • Planning for multiple production
  • Quality assurance / control
  • Testing made outcomes
  • Evaluation of made outcomes

Theory knowledge on;

  • Fibres and Fabrics
  • Yarns
  • Fabric manufacture
  • Development of design
  • Design in practice – roles within the fashion industry
  • Finishing Processes
  • Components
  • Product Analysis
  • Social, Cultural, Moral, Health and Safety and Environment Issues
  • Processes and Manufacture
  • Quality Assurance and Control
  • Production Planning
  • ICT

Recommended Extra Resources

  • You Tube – videos for textile decorative techniques
  • Drapers Record

Recommended Reading List

  • Clothing Technology: from Fibre to Fashion, 21 Nov 2008, Hannelore, Hermeling, Hornberger & Kilgus
  • Technology of Textile Properties, 1991, Taylor
  • Techno Textiles: Revolutionary Fabrics for Fashion and Design, 1999, Braddock & O’Mahony
  • The Fashion Book, 2001, Buttolph, Braun & Chapius

Useful Tips

  • Practise as many past paper questions as possible and ensure to assess them to gain an understanding of the mark scheme

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