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10/12/19

Stars in their eyes 2019!🎤 https://t.co/PFt8FBfPDu

10/12/19

have been messing around on the gym bars today! https://t.co/ljJk1RmuHz

10/12/19

Today's RAG theme - First Initial! Can you guess their names? https://t.co/fENG7w4GAG

09/12/19

o, Romeo, Romeo https://t.co/8LeQO2x5FI

09/12/19

It's RAG Week! Today's theme - Movies vs Musicals 🎬 https://t.co/pe3vhoogI5

07/12/19

Retweeted From Maidstone Borough Council

Students from have been at today planting 11,000 bulbs including daffodils and bluebells! They were helped by Mote Park Officer Alan Frith and Nicola Toulson who looks after the Go Green Go Wild scheme 🌷 The bulbs will flower March to April time! https://t.co/y96cSAHvJz

06/12/19

Students enjoyed the Christmas Fair this lunchtime, especially the visit for the puppies! Raising £350! https://t.co/imX15RVWAH

06/12/19

The elves have been to our Christmas Fair today! https://t.co/hgIgo9UUPx

06/12/19

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Invicta Grammar School planting 11,000 bulbs in Mote Park ... Story by >> https://t.co/3TKbzkXxEO and via https://t.co/Lq25HBFHcs | | https://t.co/PlI5QnYs4M

06/12/19

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Grateful for students from years 12 & 13 who are with us today as past of their community project work. https://t.co/vMDwT39Nym

05/12/19

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Don't forget you can hire our fantastic school facilities for your own events at very competitive prices. See what we have to offer across our secondary schools here: https://t.co/YYkug5Af1I

05/12/19

Well done to the Year 8 Netball Teams who played against last night. It was a great team effort with the 2 teams alternating each quarter to take on our opponents. After taking an early lead, MGGS fought hard to catch us but Invicta held on for a 19-16 win! https://t.co/O49lXvkXYT

05/12/19

Yesterday we held our first Power Day! Aptly named in order to empower students to make good decisions, be more knowledgeable, be tolerant and respect society. We were also lucky enough to have several external speakers in, creating a real buzz throughout the day. https://t.co/Q76xztAuFz

05/12/19

The elves have been up to their old tricks this morning at the Carol Concert rehearsal! https://t.co/sQKm85xYtP

04/12/19

The naughty elves are making a Christmas brew! https://t.co/cganyNd6Ng

04/12/19

Preparations for tomorrow’s Carol Service are well underway with our technicians are hard at work! https://t.co/5Yzv9D7ASV

03/12/19

The Christmas Tree is up and decorated! 🎄🎅🏻 https://t.co/LeKQ1a5Qwz

03/12/19

The elves creating havoc at the book fair today. Open to all year groups this week! https://t.co/AUnyOwnTV2

02/12/19

Let’s see what Invicta’s naughty elf’s have been up to today, check in everyday to see what they’ve been doing! https://t.co/3DxvvICEDj

02/12/19

A very warm welcome to Mr Sullivan and the Hong Kong Exchange students from the G.T. College! We hope you enjoy your stay. https://t.co/u9v6dE8EAC

29/11/19

Thank you to everyone who has joined in our fun - so far we have raised £345! If you would like to donate further to charities that are striving to tackle male mental health issue, then please visit our Just Giving Page: https://t.co/9u7rBHKb0K https://t.co/bTfMRwMASj

29/11/19

Today's Non Uniform Theme - Pajamas!❄️ https://t.co/EwlUUnmXsi

28/11/19

Not forgetting one student was lucky enough to give Mr Ehren a new hair cut! All in the name of charity... https://t.co/wKgkJy9Bbh

28/11/19

The MoShow was a success! Students thoroughly enjoyed face painting and waxing our male members of staff and sixth form this lunchtime! https://t.co/oq3xOAKzaR

28/11/19

A great day for the A Level Computer Science students! https://t.co/Gps9JZSqg0

27/11/19

18 of our A Level Maths students enjoyed a highly influential and inspiring day at on Tuesday! https://t.co/S9BoYrcG8W

26/11/19

Thank you to everyone that attended the 16+ Open Evening last night. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to sharing the next step of your academic journey with you!

26/11/19

This afternoon 10G have been using 'Speed Text Dating' to compare and analyse non-fiction texts. After writing a 'lonely heart' for their text they went on three first dates before finally deciding which text they were most suited to for the second date! Great fun was had by all! https://t.co/U3YNBQYvgt

25/11/19

Wednesday night saw the annual Autumn Concert, that as always did not disappoint! https://t.co/meOnsjNFZw

25/11/19

The Whitstable is done, Mr Ryder and Mr Ehren took part finishing 4th and 10th! https://t.co/8sXzaAjQHg

22/11/19

Well done to Amber in 11I who has recently been awarded a BTEC Level 2 in Aviation Studies from the RAF Air Cadets. Congratulations Amber! https://t.co/UwbDxml3Op

21/11/19

is back and lots of our staff are getting involved! We have plenty of moustaches on display, all being grown with the aim of raising awareness. If anyone would like to support us please visit: https://t.co/9u7rBHKb0K https://t.co/GUwrtatRzz

21/11/19

The Year 9 Classical Civilisation students have performed a Greek Sacrifice. The mantis read the entrails of the sacrificed beast (teddy bear) and the gifts were received favorably by the Greek Gods. Fun was had by all! https://t.co/4OdDD6HOGp

20/11/19

The Year 5 girls enjoyed designing their own sustainability bags last night at the Business Workshop. Visit our website to book your daughter onto one of our Transition Workshops! https://t.co/OsWbtuTPRl

19/11/19

Every student in Year 7 and 8 will receive their BookBuzz books this week courtesy of our wonderful FIGS. https://t.co/42ueoAbH25

18/11/19

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising day we've raised £691! Well done to Year 7 for organising the cake sale, and also to the 59 students and 23 staff who cycled continuously from 7.30 til 16.00pm. The total distance covered was 397km! https://t.co/9are9y23D2

15/11/19

At the beginning of lunch we have reached 273 miles on our Invicta Bikeathon! The staff and students are doing a fantastic job - keep it up! https://t.co/18yXfES2qr

15/11/19

We all enjoyed the cake sale organised by our Year 7's this breaktime!🧁 https://t.co/YMfxwTcjN0

15/11/19

We are an hour and a half into our Invicta Bikeathon for with 82 miles already cycled! https://t.co/BcXRTdphVP

14/11/19

The Year 7 Computer Science students have been putting their and skills to the test this morning with the . https://t.co/6XSjROXtHr

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 -  1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.
  • English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.

Topics Covered

  • Text Study: 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell
  • Text Study: 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck
  • Cultural Poetry
  • Cultural Literature
  • GCSE modern drama text

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE revision guide for modern drama text.

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

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • Theatre trips
  • Writing competitions
  • Globe Players
  • Screenings of GCSE texts.

 

Subject: English

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Two GCSEs – Language and Literature
  • English Language -  1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.
  • English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.

Topics Covered

  • Cpllection of short stories
  • Human Rights extracts
  • GCSE 19th century prose text
  • GCSE anthology poetry + unseen poetry
  • Imaginative + transactional writing
  • Unsee 20/21st century non-fiction texts.
  • Speaking + listening

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

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • Theatre trips
  • Writing competitions
  • Globe Players
  • Screenings of GCSE texts.

 

Subject: English

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Edexcel Exam Board
  • Two GCSEs – Language and Literature
  • English Language -  1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.
  • English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11.

Topics Covered

  • Shakespeare
  • Revision of all GCSE texts

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

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • Theatre trips
  • Writing competitions
  • Screenings of GCSE texts.

 

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
  • Kerboodle
  • SENCA
  • Educake

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
  • SENECA
  • Educake

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

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

Topics Covered

  • Module B7: Ecology - & review of previous topics

Recommended Extra Resources

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

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

Use Student Portal resources such as Learning Grids, practice Qs, checklists and revision broadsheets throughout the course - not just at the end!

 

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

  • Visit Student Portal - there are plenty of revision resources which can be found there.

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

  • Visit Student Portal - there are plenty of revision resources which can be found there.

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

  • 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
  • P4 Electrical Circuits
  • P5 Electricity in the home
  • 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

  • P6 Molecules and matter
  • P8 Forces in balance
  • P10 Forces and Motion
  • P11 Pressure and forces
  • P12 Wave properties

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

  • 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

  • P13 Electromagnetic spectrum
  • P14 Light waves
  • P15 Electromagnetism
  • P16 Space

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

 

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

  1. Qui suis-je? (family, friends, role modelsm going out)
  2. Le temps des loisirs (Leisure)
    • Sports
    • Your life online
    • Reading
    • Television
    • Cinema
  3. Jours ordinaires, jours de fête
    • Daily Routine
    • Food for special occasions
    • Family celebrations
    • Festivals and traditions

Recommended Extra Resources

Studio - AQA GCSE French Higher

Studio - Grammar and Translation workbook ISBN 978129213288-4

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.
  • Complete a lot of listening practice at home using transcripts.
Extra / Super Curricular
  • Lunchtime revision session
  • Listening club - Discover French culture/society through the study of songs wirtten in French. There will be the opportunity to sing to!
  • Film club - Tuesday after school

 

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

  • De la ville à la campagne – My region / local environment
  • Le grand large - Holidays
  • Au collége - School

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.
  • Attend film club on Tuesdays, after school.
Extra / Super Curricular
  • Lunchtime revision session
  • Listening club - Discover French culture/society through the study of songs wirtten in French. There will be the opportunity to sing to!
  • Film club - Tuesday after school

 

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

  • 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
Extra / Super Curricular
  • Lunchtime revision session
  • Listening club - Discover French culture/society through the study of songs wirtten in French. There will be the opportunity to sing to!
  • Film club - Tuesday after school

 

 

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 Detektive, 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 try different strategies to help you practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and also do the extra activities under the "exercises" tab.

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

  • Healthy Living
  • 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 Detektive, 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 try different strategies to help you help you practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and also do the extra activities under the "exercises" tab.

Practise 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 try different strategies to help you practise all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and and also do the extra activities under the "exercises" tab.

Practise 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.

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Spanish exchange.
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Club 9

 

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.

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Spanish exchange.
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Club 9

 

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.

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Spanish exchange.
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Club 9

 

 

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.

 

Extra Curricular / Trips
  • Vinters Valley Nature Reserve

 

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.
Extra Curricular / Trips
  • Field Work - Maidstone (Human Geography)

 

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.
Extra Curricular / Trips
  • Field work - Isle of Sheppey (Physical Geography)

 

Additonal Opportunities:

  • Field Trips - Iceland, Sicily and Sorento Italy
  • Eco Schools Club
  • Regular lunchtime sessions to watch/discuss recent documentaries.

 

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

  • Eduqas 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

  • Eduqas 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

  • Eduqas 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.

Extra Curricular
  • Visit to Bletchley Park to explore the story of Alan Turing and the team at Bletchley Park.
  • Bebras computational thinking competition.
  • GCHQ's Cyber First competition.
  • Subject Hub.
  • POP Code club.
  • The Alan Turing cryptography competition.

 

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, networks, network topologies, protocols and layers).
  • 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.

Extra Curricular
  • Visit to the National Museum of Computing.
  • Bebras computational thinking competition.
  • GCHQ's Cyber Discovery competition.
  • Subject hub.
  • Attend a careers opportunity conference.
  • The Alan Turing cryptography competition.
  • POP code club.

 

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 (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.
  • Use techniques from revision lessons - topic on a page, power hour, quick quiz, stick to revision schedule
  • Use Pixl resources - Pixl Independence practical and theory paper booklets. Know it, grasp it, think it questions.
Extra Curricular
  • Bebras computational thinking competition.
  • Subject hub.
  • GCHQ's Cyber Discovery competition.
  • POP code club.

 

 

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.
  • Rock climbing is complusory unless evidence of a sport outside of school is handed in in Year 9.

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.
  • Rock climbing is complusory unless evidence of a sport outside of school is handed in in Year 9.

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.
Super-curricular
  • Opportunity to attend University of Kent to find out about relevant sport courses and gain practical experience.

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