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16/04/19

Entries are rolling in for our Easter Reading competition. Send in your photo of you reading a library book in an unusual place to enter. https://t.co/rNQq7WJOk5

15/04/19

Last week we welcomed Year 4 and 5 students to our Musical Theatre Workshops. They learnt different routines from all our favourite musicals! We hope you had as much fun as us, and we can't wait to see you all again. https://t.co/Z23NLCJ5Fv

05/04/19

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We're delighted that Invicta Grammar School has been recognised nationally for its excellent results in 2018 based on data from the Department for Education and Ofsted, analysed by SSAT, the Schools, Students and Teachers network. https://t.co/XpWwnNqa9q

05/04/19

Congratulations to our competition winners from the 2019 Big Bang Fair! https://t.co/GLvuCLaGzR

05/04/19

Well done to our girls involved in the netball match against . With 6 winning results it was an evening to be celebrated! A special mention to our Year 9 and 10 sports leaders who took the lead in umpiring and scoring the matches! https://t.co/DZZjQaABpP

03/04/19

Yesterday we welcomed Year 5 students for our 'Easter Marketing' Business Workshop. The girls looked at the packaging of some of our favourite Easter chocolates, as well as their favourite part, the taste test!! 🍫 https://t.co/WMr064o88n

03/04/19

FIGS QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 11 May 2019, get your tickets now! https://t.co/JsvYMHAtxY

02/04/19

This breaktime Nightingale House held a charity Bake Sale for the whole school to enjoy some yummy Easter Bakes and what a treat it was!🎂 https://t.co/grA2tBTC8L

02/04/19

Well done and thank you to all our students for supporting yesterdays non-uniform day. We are pleased to announce that together we raised an amazing... £1,173.78 This will be added to our ongoing developing RAG fund for our chosen charities this year! https://t.co/U9PH78CV1B

01/04/19

Students are sharing messages of unity today on their clothing and on display boards in reception. They are taking an opportunity to show each other how much they enjoy and appreciate being part of such a diverse and multi-cultural community. https://t.co/GdKS6XRicd

01/04/19

Calling all our talented bakers! What a great opportunity to show off your outstanding baking skills! Ready, set, BAKE!!! https://t.co/t1qJCl8zV3

29/03/19

Today we welcomed our over 60's back for some Easter Cupcake Baking. We hope you had as much fun as we did, see you next time! https://t.co/Ll59MhP8Nv

29/03/19

On Tuesday 4 students attended the Salters Chemistry Festival . They had a great day of experiments and demonstrations. A massive well done to the girl’s for their hard work and engagement during the day! https://t.co/9BW8nejm6w

28/03/19

What a fantastic evening we had at . The evening consisted of author talks from Sita Bramanchari and Matt Killeen along with a Q&A where we were able to quiz them further. Thank you for having us, we can't for next year! https://t.co/iwOJxQmpN4

28/03/19

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Another successful Train to Teach Day yesterday with visitors keen to train as teachers 🙂 Thank you to: for hosting our visitors.

28/03/19

Congratulations to Lexie in Year 8 for her review of the book 'Moxie' that was printed in the programme for last nights South East Schools Themed Book Awards. https://t.co/d5MpWKC8q3

27/03/19

It was incredible to welcome lots of our excited new Year 7's to the first stage of their induction to Invicta, on Monday 25 March. It was lovely to see the smiles from both the girls and parents, whilst we recognised so many familiar faces! https://t.co/ndxRNsYChm

27/03/19

Congratulations to our Year 7 netball team who are the Maidstone District Champions for this year. They won the tournament scoring 30 goals against the other teams and not a single shot was scored against them. What an achievement! https://t.co/osE0zuAxC2

26/03/19

What better way to say well done to our Year 9 students who have achieved 100% attendance than with hot chocolate and cookies, not forgetting the cream and marshmallows! 🎊 https://t.co/XP2hiqKgnH

26/03/19

Year 7 have been getting their director hats on in BEN today as they film trailers for the products they have been designing! https://t.co/83KxmTCx5E

26/03/19

We are so glad to have with us today. Kicking the day off with an outstanding performance to Year 9! https://t.co/X6H4oUby9T

25/03/19

Tonight we look forward to welcoming our new Year 7’s for our New Entrants’ Evening!

25/03/19

Well done to our staff members who ran the London Landmarks Half yesterday for . A special well done to Mr Ehren and Paul who ran together, with Mr Ehren guiding Paul in replacement of his guide dog! They completed the marathon in a great time of 2hr 48mins! https://t.co/liePfzqxmP

22/03/19

The Year 4 girls attending our all day Musical Theatre Workshop today, joined in with the Year 9 PE student to show off their Just Dance Moves! 💃 https://t.co/zzMmF2a35Z

22/03/19

Well done to the Year 8 Netball Teams who won the Maidstone District Netball on Monday, 18 March! https://t.co/4NtglS7Tmz

22/03/19

Here at Invicta we support and encourage our students to explore all their post 18 options, we feel US Universities are especially great opportunities! https://t.co/EftwsxDhGz

21/03/19

Today we welcome our Italian Exchange Students from ITC Tosi-Busto Arsizio. https://t.co/2imSkbFlNA

21/03/19

Year 7 have been working hard on their cases today! Some beautiful creations coming along... https://t.co/nnJtUF8V43

21/03/19

Last night we held our Annual Spring Concert, with outstanding performances from our House Bands, Orchestra's and Choir's. We are so proud of all our students for their hard work in the build up to last night! https://t.co/fWEwDfFENI

21/03/19

Our IGS Runners are looking forward to the London Landmarks Half this coming Sunday in support of the Guide Dogs Association. Thank you to everyone who has donated. There is still time to donate via: https://t.co/tdQI1Zv5f2

20/03/19

Yesterday lunchtime our 'Mini House Spirit Day' fun continued! With a sponsored run from Austen House and sponsored hola hooping from Roddick House along with Frank House selling Popcorn and Candy Floss. All in the name of charity! https://t.co/XvpSOL35Jf

20/03/19

Good luck to our Year 7 Team, who are competing in the Kent County Netball Tournament today!

19/03/19

Congratulations to Angel in 9N, winner of the FIGS Amazing Chcolate Hamper Raffle! https://t.co/uJNI1zAscO

19/03/19

The Colvin House Bake Sale has gone down a treat - cake's enjoyed by all!🎂 https://t.co/dvMcPzNiQQ

19/03/19

Today is 'Mini-House Spirit Day'. All year groups are dressed and looking fabulous in their House Colours! We are all looking forward to the house events later today. https://t.co/mdrztBWkXd

18/03/19

On Saturday we welcomed Year 5's for an 'Introduction to Filmmaking'. Where they planned, directed and then filmed their own mini movies.📽️ We loved seeing you all and cannot wait to see you again! https://t.co/JwD8DeozKm

15/03/19

Thank you to everyone for attending our Young Chamber business lunch, with special thanks to the events sponsor and our guest speaker . Also a very big well done to the Young Chamber team for all their hard work in preparation for this event! https://t.co/WTximOsWnM

15/03/19

The girls have got their accessories on and have donated to this morning! Don't they look fabulous? https://t.co/MMzT6Av7Dp

14/03/19

Today we welcomed Year 5 students for our annual 'Primary STEM Challenge'. Well done to you all for your hard work! https://t.co/EHVRMz8vU2

14/03/19

A Level Art and Photograph have been getting creative by responding to the artist Yves Klien as part of their A Level exam unit. https://t.co/d4hxSY9AEG

Key Stage 4 Curriculum: 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.

Please click here to view the Year 9 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 Mathematics 7
English Lit and Lang 7
Biology 4
Chemistry 4
Physics 4
MFL 5
Humanities (Options) Geography 5
History 5
Religious Studies 5
Classical Civilisations 5

Business and ICT related

subjects (Options)

Business Studies 5
Economics 5
Computer Science 5
Art and DT (Options) Food and Nutrition 5
Art 5
Photography 5
DT 5
Art Textiles 5
Performing Arts and PE (Options) Dance 5
Drama 5
Music 5
PE 5
Personal Opportunities Program (POP) Choice of over 50 clubs and societies 2

 

Core - Mathematics

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)

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)

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner

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.

 

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)

 

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)

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner

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.

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)

 

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)

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner

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.

 

Core - English Literature and Language

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

 

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

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

 

Core - 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

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

 

Core - 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

  • C5 Chemical Changes

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

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

  • C6 Electrolysis

  • C7 Energy Changes

  • C8 Rates and Equilibrium

  • C9 Crude Oil and fuels

  • C10 Organic reactions

  • C11 Polymers

  • C12 Chemical Analysis

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

Subject: Chemistry

Year 11 – 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

  • C13 The Earth’s Atmosphere
  • C14 The Earth’s Resources
  • C15 Using Our Resources

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

 

 

Core - 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

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

 

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

 

Core - MFL (French)

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.

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.

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

 

 

Core - MFL (German)

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…)

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…)

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…)

 

 

Core - MFL (Spanish)

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

  • Desconectate
  • Mi vide en el insti
  • Mi gente

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)
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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.

 

 

Option - Geography

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Option - History

Subject: History

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board (8145)
  • 2 papers x 120 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.

 

Subject: History

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA (8145)
  • 2 papers x 120 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.

Subject: History

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 2 papers x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Power and the People 1170 to the present

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.

 

Option - Religious Education

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.

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.

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.

Option - 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

 

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

 

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

Option - Business Studies

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

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

 

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

 

Option - Computer Science

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 start of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Computer Systems (Systems architecture, memory, storage).
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (algorithms, programming techniques, computational logic, data representation)
  • Programming projects

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.

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 start of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Computer Systems (System security, system software).
  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming (producing robust programs, translators and facilities of languages)
  • Programming projects

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.

Subject: Computer Science

Year 11 – 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 start of Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Computer Systems (Networks, network topologies, protocols and layers, ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns).
  • Controlled assessment (NEA)

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.

 

 

Option - Art

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.

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.

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.

 

 

Option - 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.

 

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.

 

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.

Option - Resistant Materials (DT)

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

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.

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.

 

 

Option - Food Preparation and Nutrition

Subject: Food Preparation and Nutrition

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
  • Food safety
  • The science of food
  • Where food comes from
  • Cooking and food preparation skill development
  • Sensory analysis

Summer holiday project to develop cooking skills and knowledge of food in different cultures for Young Cooks Competition

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides:

  • Illuminate publishing: Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition: Revision Guide Paperback  by Jayne Hill (Author)
  • Collins publishing: WJEC Eduqas GCSE 9-1 Food Preparation and Nutrition All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision) Paperback 
  • CGP publishing: New Grade 9-1 GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition - WJEC Eduqas Revision Guide (CGP GCSE Food 9-1 Revision) Paperback 

Recommended Websites:

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.

Subject: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 10 – 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
  • Deeper focus on food science
  • Sensory analysis
  • Development of high skill level cooking
  • Technological developments
  • Cultural food
  • Special diets
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Food provenance and waste
  • Food poverty

 

Practice for Non-Examined Assessments (NEA):

NEA Assessment 1: Food Science Investigation

NEA Assessment 2: Food Preparation Assessment

Summer holiday project to develop cooking skills for NEA tasks in year 11

Practice for Non-Examined Assessments:

  • Assessment 1: The Food Investigation Assessment
  • Assessment 2: The Food Preparation Assessment
  • Developing further theoretical knowledge and understanding
  • Creating revision notes in preparation for written exam
  • Cooking and preparation of food and use of technical equipment.
  • Presentation techniques

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision guides:

  • Illuminate publishing: Eduqas GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition: Revision Guide Paperback  by Jayne Hill (Author)
  • Collins publishing: WJEC Eduqas GCSE 9-1 Food Preparation and Nutrition All-in-One Revision and Practice (Collins GCSE 9-1 Revision) Paperback 
  • CGP publishing: New Grade 9-1 GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition - WJEC Eduqas Revision Guide (CGP GCSE Food 9-1 Revision) Paperback 

Websites:

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.

Subject: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 11 – 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

Non Examined Assessment (NEA) Year.

Component 1: 50%

  • Principles and Food Preparation and Nutrition – written examination. Exam to be sat during exam period (end of year 11).

Component 2: 50% Practical & Coursework –

  • NEA Assessment 1: Food Science Investigation Tasks to be released by exam board on September 1st (academic year of award; year 11).
  • NEA Assessment 2: Food Preparation Tasks to be released by exam board November 1st (academic year of award; year 11)

Revision for theory examination

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides:

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.

 

 

Option - Textiles (DT)

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

 

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

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

 

Option - Dance

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.

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.

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.

Option - Drama

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.

 

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.

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.

 

Option - PE

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.

 

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.

Option - Music

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.

 

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

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