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25/02/21

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

Know someone who is passionate about the and interested in how construction can be made more sustainable? This , are offering a opportunity for students aged 14+. Applications close on March 6th: https://t.co/wmEYM08YVu. https://t.co/vLEcJUVzQI

25/02/21

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It's now 37 weeks to so here's another climate change tile to print off and collect. Are you up to speed on the ? Released every Wednesday! https://t.co/IcI6n173cK

25/02/21

Here are some examples of Year 11 students work on extending paragraphs using opinions in different tenses. This is very important to maximise marks in Speaking and Writing assessments. https://t.co/gOEEPyXX89

25/02/21

In 7V pupils are making full use of in it’s a wonderful digital exercise book (feedback is immediate),and recordings are excellent to work on tasks. https://t.co/hhBgfoPf8e

24/02/21

Thank you for another fantastic parent guide. 'What parents need to know about TikTok' https://t.co/DhjZ4xV8c7

23/02/21

Have you signed up yet for our 'Morning ' Every Mon/Wed/Fri with Miss Gulvin on . Students/Staff/Parents are all welcome, those already joined are learning valuable skills. https://t.co/jd8dOZQET0

22/02/21

Did you know has a range of brilliant Quizzes for the grammar points that we study in class? Here’s the one that Year 11 have been getting to grips with today https://t.co/OBo9BKc5tn as they revise Direct Object. https://t.co/yMDzHJfvfe

22/02/21

Our Year 8 students have been taking part in GCSE Taster lessons here is Art & Photography with 8S - Students got the chance to try out tactile .Students were asked to not look at their page and draw by feeling their face. https://t.co/rPtROPg8Mp

22/02/21

This week see's the first of our 'Women in Leadership' articles. Click the link below to read more about Amy - Assistant producer in TV. https://t.co/pC2FT3tShc https://t.co/XDGreFMGii

22/02/21

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The Resilience Awards are to celebrate young people’s achievements throughout this past challenging year and beyond. Find out more at https://t.co/1LhV5z6LBv https://t.co/crCJYo2ySd

22/02/21

Welcome back to all our students and staff this morning, we hope you had a half term! https://t.co/lf3M8NXKAF

19/02/21

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19/02/21

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18/02/21

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17/02/21

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our Jan-u-Fit . https://t.co/l1bl1BRAUT

16/02/21

Our Year 9 students were asked to write a paragraph to say how long they have been doing a particular sport, give an interesting and complex opinion and mention a benefit of doing this . Listen to these amazing audios! https://t.co/UEb0GaOzst

16/02/21

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We have heard from that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. Young people are the ones fighting for their future and the future of our planet. This we want to introduce young people to careers in green industries. Get involved! https://t.co/eQ1e2s9VVZ

16/02/21

Happy Pancake Day! We are looking forward to seeing your creations... https://t.co/qen9ZmC8Zx

15/02/21

For all students 11-18 can be difficult for some. https://t.co/83y4qEAvsJ

15/02/21

For anyone with little ones at home looking for something to do in this weather ... look no further! have some daily great craft ideas. https://t.co/BzxUw1ltbI

15/02/21

Calling all Y12 & 13 A Level English students, Miss Sayer is encouraging you to all get involved with this one. https://t.co/rLkHsZOUXt

12/02/21

We got there - you have all been amazing demonstrating and with your approach to work and engaging in activities. NO homework, it's a halfterm Parents we couldn't do what we do without your support Thankyou https://t.co/GT2RRU4N3a

12/02/21

Looking for a creative challenge next week - why not enter our Challenge. https://t.co/EUFhfSG5uN

12/02/21

Encouraging your creativity next week is back this half term . We are excited to see what our students will create, please share your entries with us. https://t.co/GZKAo5qCvm

12/02/21

Calling all fairy tale writers - introducing the 'Fractured Fairy Tales Competition'. We look forward to seeing our students entries https://t.co/gB0dga5SUS

12/02/21

Really pleased to see you managed to enjoy the screenfree time as a family making memories!

12/02/21

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12/02/21

Introducing an extract from Year 13 Film student Hannah’s short film – a dark and experimental exploration of astral projection. Please use the link below to view https://t.co/I6VoJ9F9YS via

12/02/21

Celebrating Chinese New Year! Keep following our feed today, Dumplings video to follow later! https://t.co/7TnHhMemVU

11/02/21

We are looking forward to seeing 35 of our Year 5 students on late this afternoon for a Classics - ‘Explore fascinating myths and legends from around the world and learn more about your favourite Mythological heroes.’ https://t.co/Wa3uDNDPsw

11/02/21

Lots of great photos coming in, we are glad to hear you are all enjoying another snow afternoon https://t.co/YSz6hKaq3i

11/02/21

Year 12 Film students have been learning about Meadows’ anti-Thatcher views in This is England. Deindustrialisation, North and South divide and a lot of political unrest! https://t.co/Nsk1WATTsJ

11/02/21

Wow this is amazing look at your WDYW images from yesterdays 'Valentines' theme. https://t.co/W99bSZusyV

11/02/21

Our Bronze participants have been busy collaborating with one another to come up with their team names and logos! Take a look at some of their creative designs https://t.co/6niwKBgA78

11/02/21

We've had an update on 'Willow' another of our sponsor . Watch the video below to see how she is getting on - well done Willow! https://t.co/MHS5ceWsfV

10/02/21

We are glad to see so many of you enjoyed your free lesson yesterday, got outside and enjoyed the fresh air and snow! ❄️☃️ https://t.co/xohATKTViC

10/02/21

Recently our Year 11 PE had fun drawing the , system and any other details they could think of on an old t-shirt to help with their . Fantastic to see different types of revision being used! https://t.co/EbdlvkEhrP

10/02/21

Star Feature Alert: Introducing Ameena one of our Y9 photographers. https://t.co/MuIHqEdhxj

The Mid Years

In Years 9, 10 and 11, 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.

In addition, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the school-wide Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) every week.

The table below summarises the subjects studied by students in Years 9, 10 and 11, 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 Civilisation 5

Business and ICT related

subjects (Options)

Business 5
Economics 5
Computer Science 5
Art and DT (Options) Art 5
Art Textiles 5
Design and Technology 5
Food and Nutrition 5
Photography 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 for English Language; AQA    Exam Board for English Literature

• Two separate GCSEs – Language and Literature

• English Language - 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11. Students will also complete a Spoken Language assessment in Year 10.

• English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 15 mins at the end of Year 11

Topics Covered

• Cultural Poetry

• Crime and Punishment

• Text Study: 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell

• Text Study: 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck

• GCSE English Literature modern drama text (2 Terms)

Recommended Extra Resources

• GCSE revision guide for modern drama text – this is not compulsory but many students find these helpful

• If they wish to purchase a revision guide, students should choose the publication which best suits their style of learning – there is not one preferred publisher

Recommended Reading List

• See reading list on the IGS website; students will also be given a booklet at the start of the year in which they can find a recommended reading list

• Students should also access the Visual Search area of the Library site (available through the Student Portal) as this has termly reading lists which tie in with the topics studied in class

Useful Tips

• Be confident in offering your opinions and reactions to the texts you read 

• 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 for English Language; AQA Exam Board for English Literature

• Two separate GCSEs – Language and Literature

• English Language - 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11. Students will also complete a Spoken Language assessment in Year 10.

• English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 15 mins at the end of Year 11.

Topics Covered

• Short Stories

• Human Rights

• GCSE 19th century prose text (2 Terms)

• GCSE anthology poetry & unseen poetry (2 Terms)

• Speaking + listening

Recommended Extra Resources

• GCSE revision guides for 19th century prose text and anthology poetry - this is not compulsory but many students find these helpful

• If they wish to purchase a revision guide, students should choose the publication which best suits their style of learning – there is not one preferred publisher

Recommended Reading List

• See reading list on the IGS website; students will also be given a booklet at the start of the year in which they can find a recommended reading list

• Students should also access the Visual Search area of the Library site (available through the Student Portal) as this has termly reading lists which tie in with the topics studied in class

Useful Tips

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

• Be confident in offering your opinions and reactions to the texts you read

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 for English Language; AQA Exam Board for English Literature

• Two separate GCSEs – Language and Literature

• English Language - 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 5 mins at the end of Year 11. Students will also complete a Spoken Language assessment in Year 10.

• English Literature – 1 paper: 1hr 45 mins, 1 paper: 2hr 15 mins at the end of Year 11.

Topics Covered

• Shakespeare

• Revision of all GCSE texts and skills required for GCSE English Language

Recommended Extra Resources

• GCSE revision guides for Shakespeare text - this is not compulsory but many students find these helpful

• If they wish to purchase a revision guide, students should choose the publication which best suits their style of learning – there is not one preferred publisher

Recommended Reading List

• See reading list on the IGS website; students will also be given a booklet at the start of the year in which they can find a recommended reading list

• Students could also access the A Level reading list on the IGS website to challenge themselves

Useful Tips

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

• Be confident in offering your opinions and reactions to the texts you read

Extra and Super Curricular
  • Aspire lectures
  • Theatre trips
  • Writing competitions
  • Globe Players
  • 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

  • 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
  • P6 Matter and Molecules

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

  • P7 Radioactivity
  • 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  
  • Personal relationships

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German Higher Textbook, Pearson


AQA GCSE German & Translation Grammar Workbook, Jon Meier


AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson


The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

https://uk.language-gym.com/

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
  • Home life
  • Holidays

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt! AQA GCSE German Higher Textbook, Pearson


AQA GCSE German & Translation Grammar Workbook, Jon Meier


AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson


The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

https://uk.language-gym.com/

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 & Translation Grammar Workbook, Jon Meier


AQA GCSE German Revision Guide, Pearson


The essentials of GCSE AQA German, Sue Smart

https://uk.language-gym.com/

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

  • Me, my family and friends
  • Technology in everyday life
  • Free-time activities
  • Customs and festivals
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region
  • Social issues

Recommended Extra Resources

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 you prepare an extended piece of writing to ensure that you include a range of complex structures.
Extra and Super Curricular
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Opportunity to contribute to in-house Spanish magazine

 

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 costumbr

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 you prepare an extended piece of writing to ensure that you include a range of complex structures.
Extra and Super Curricular
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Opportunity to contribute to in-house Spanish magazine

 

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
  • Mentoring opportunities for KS3-4
  • 1-to-1 speaking practice with native speakers
  • UKLO
  • Opportunity to contribute to in-house Spanish magazine

 

 

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 Studies

Subject: RE

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board Route A.
  • 1x paper 2hrs – Philosophical and Ethical Studies. 
  • 2x Paper 1hr – Study of Christianity / Study of Islam.

Topics Covered

  • Issues of Relationships
  • Issues of Life and Death
  • Study of Islam: Beliefs and Practices

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • My Sister’s Keeper
  • The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • The Fault In Our Stars

Useful Tips

Practice thinking analytically and forming opinions. Be aware of current affairs and events in the news and around the world. Link what you have learned in class to issues in the world today. Be ready to think and write in greater depth. Be ready to engage with ideas and beliefs which are unusual to you.

Subject: RE

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board Route A.
  • 1x paper 2hrs – Philosophical and Ethical Studies. 
  • 2x Paper 1hr – Study of Christianity / Study of Islam.

Topics Covered

  • Issues of Good and Evil
  • Issues of Human Rights
  • Study of Christianity: Beliefs and Practices

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Life of Pi
  • Humanism: A Short Course
  • The Chronicles of Narnia

Useful Tips

Practice thinking analytically and forming opinions. Be aware of current affairs and events in the news and around the world. Link what you have learned in class to issues in the world today. Be ready to think and write in greater depth. Be ready to engage with ideas and beliefs which are unusual to you.

Subject: RE

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • Eduqas Exam Board Route A.
  • 1x paper 2hrs – Philosophical and Ethical Studies. 
  • 2x Paper 1hr – Study of Christianity / Study of Islam.

Topics Covered

  • Study of World Religions: Islam and Christianity
  • Developing links between units
  • How to revise.

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

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

Useful Tips

Practice thinking analytically and forming opinions. Be aware of current affairs and events in the news and around the world. Link what you have learned in class to issues in the world today. Be ready to think and write in greater depth. Be ready to engage with ideas and beliefs which are unusual to you.

Option - Classical Civilisation

Subject: Classical Civilisation

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • OCR examination board
  • 100% examination
  • There will be two externally assessed written examinations both 90 minutes in length.
  • Each examination is worth 50% of the course.
  • There is no coursework.

Topics Covered

Women in the Ancient World

  • Introduction to the Classical World
  • Mythology
  • Greek Gods and Goddesses
  • Women in Legend
  • Young Women
  • Women in the Home
  • Warrior Women
  • Cleopatra
  • The Trojan War Project

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the 
  • Omnibus magazines available in A26
  • Blundell, S. (1998) Women in Classical Athens. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. Blundell’s account of the lives of women in Classical Athens is engaging and accessible. Women of various social classes are considered, and some ancient sources are included and discussed to support conclusions. This book is an excellent source of information and also models a good way of writing about ancient sources and experiences. 
  • MacLachlan, B. (2012) Women in Ancient Greece: A Sourcebook. London: Bloomsbury. An excellent repository of ancient Greek sources with some commentary.

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 examination board
  • 100% examination
  • There will be two externally assessed written examinations both 90 minutes in length.
  • Each examination is worth 50% of the course.
  • There is no coursework.

Topics Covered

War and Warfare

  • The concept of the ancient hero
  • Homer’s Iliad
  • Ancient Sparta
  • Athens at War
  • Virgil’s Aeneid
  • The Romans

We will also look at the later Emperor, Trajan’s campaign to conquer modern day Romania (you can tell by the name that he succeeded).

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section. 
  • Omnibus magazines available in A26
  • Culture: 
    • ​​Breeze, David (2016) The Roman Army. London: Bloomsbury. A detailed analysis of the Roman army for the newcomer
    • Cartledge, Paul (2013) Thermopylae, the Battle that Changed the World. London: Pan. An exciting and scholarly account of the battle from a leading Greek historian
    • Connolly, Peter (2016) Greece and Rome at War. Barnsley: Frontline. An excellent book for students, with superb images to back up the text. 
    • Lepper, Frank and Sheppard Frere (1988) Trajan’s Column. Stroud: Sutton. A scholarly masterpiece, the definitive academic work on Trajan’s Column.
    • Strauss, Barry (2005) The Battle of Salamis. London: Simon & Schuster. An exciting account of the battle for the general reader.
  • Literature:
    • Camps, W. A. (1979) An Introduction to Virgil’s Aeneid. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The classic introduction to the poem.
    • Owen, E. T. (1994) The Story of the Iliad. London: Bloomsbury. A book which gives an accessible running commentary on each book of the poem.
    • Powell, Barry B. (2007) Homer. London: Blackwell Introductions to the Ancient World. A very accessible introduction to reading Homer, using key passages from both poems.
    • West, M. L. (2008) Greek Lyric Poetry. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The classic translation of Greek lyric poetry, including Tyrtaeus, with a helpful introduction and notes.
    • Williams, R. D. (2009) The Aeneid. London: Bloomsbury. An excellent work on the poem for newcomers.

 

 

 

  • 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 examination board
  • 100% examination
  • There will be two externally assessed written examinations both 90 minutes in length.
  • Each examination is worth 50% of the course.
  • There is no coursework.

Topics Covered

We return to the Women in the Ancient World unit to study :

  • Ancient Athenian Tragedy
  • ‘Improper’ Women
  • Women in Power:  
  • Women in Religion

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Range of fiction and non-fiction texts in the Reading Room in the Classical Civilisation section.
  • Omnibus magazines available in A26
  • Chrystal, P. (2015) Roman Women: The Women Who Influenced the History of Rome. Stroud: Fonthill Media. This book provides biographical accounts of some famous and infamous Roman women. Ancient sources are used as the basis of the accounts, but they contain their fair share of scandalous anecdotes. A particular strength of this book is that it considers the role that particular women (for example Lucretia) played in Roman culture and values 
  • Haward, A. (2006) Penelope to Poppaea. Bristol: Bristol Classical Press. This excellent and accessible book takes a chronological look at the lives of women in the ancient world, starting with the Homeric epics and finishing with Imperial Rome. Literary as well as visual/material sources are included as subjects for discussion, and the commentary draws-out some key differences between Greek and Roman cultures.
  • MacLachlan, B. (2012) Women in Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook. London: Bloomsbur. An excellent repository of ancient Roman sources with some commentary.

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

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 - Economics

Subject : Economics

Year 9 - GCSE Course                            

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • How markets work:
    • Economic foundations
    • Resource allocation
    • How prices are determined
    • Production, costs, revenue and profit
    • OCR (9-1) Economics

Recommended Extra Resources

  • OCR (9-1) Economics
  • OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics My Revision Notes
  • Tutor2u GCSE Economics Knowledge Booklet

Recommended Reading List

  • Economics Review
  • The Economist
  • Economic news

Useful Tips

Gap analysis
Flashcards for learning key terms.
Practise exam style questions frequently
Staying up to date with news on the economy.

Subject : Economics

Year 10 - GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Topics Covered

  • How markets work:
    • Competitive and concentrated markets.
    • Market failure
  • How the economy works:
    • Introduction to the national economy
    • Government objectives
    • How the government manages the economy

Recommended Extra Resources

  • OCR (9-1) Economics
  • OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics My Revision Notes
  • Tutor2u GCSE Economics Knowledge Booklet

Recommended Reading List

  • Economics Review
  • The Economist
  • Economic news

Useful Tips

Gap analysis
Flashcards for learning key terms.
Practise exam style questions frequently
Staying up to date with news on the economy.

Subject : Economics

Year 11 - GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board - 2 papers at the end of Year 11
  • How markets work:
    • 1 hour 45 minutes
    • 50% of qualification
  • How the economy works:
    • 1 hour 45 minutes
    • 50% of qualification

Topics Covered

  • How the economy works:
    • International trade and the global economy
    • The role of money and financial markets
  • Revision

Recommended Extra Resources

  • OCR (9-1) Economics
  • OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics My Revision Notes
  • Tutor2u GCSE Economics Knowledge Booklet

Recommended Reading List

  • OCR (9-1) Economics
  • OCR GCSE (9-1) Economics My Revision Notes
  • Tutor2u GCSE Economics Knowledge Booklet

Useful Tips

  • Economics Review
  • The Economist
  • Economic news

 

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 (architecture of the CPU, CPU performance, memory, secondary storage)
  • Data representation (units and binary numbers, binary arithmetic and hexadecimal, characters, images, sound, compression)

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming:

  • Programming (programming fundamentals, sequence and selection, iteration, arrays, procedures and functions, records and files, SQL)
  • Algorithms (computational thinking, searching algorithms, sorting algorithms, developing algorithms using flowcharts and pseudocode, interpret, correct and complete algorithms)

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:

  • Networks (the internet and WANs, LANs, client-server and P2P networks, standards, protocols and layers)
  • Network security and system software (network threats, preventing vulnerabilities, operating systems, utility software)

Computational thinking, algorithms and programming:

  • Logic (logic diagrams and truth tables, defensive design, errors and testing, 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:

  • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns (ethical and cultural issues, computers in the modern world, legislation and privacy)

Programming projects

Revision

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 - Art Textiles

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

  • Conceptual development
  • Artist and cultural research
  • Written analysis skills
  • Creative drawing and recording techniques
  • Photography
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Surface decoration techniques; printing, dying, felting, weaving, stitching, embellishment
  • 3D paper and fabric manipulation
  • Pattern drafting and modelling
  • Creative fashion illustration
  • Digital recording techniques
  • Outcome development

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Textile artist: Layered Cloth: The Art of Fabric Manipulation, Ann Small, Search Press 2017
  • 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
  • Pattern Magic, Tomoko Nakamichi, Laurence King Publishing, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you.
  • Engage in Art and Culture - visit museums and galleries. 
  • Keep a mini sketchbook.
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, sketches, it all counts.

 

Subject: Art Textiles 

Year 10 – 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

  • Conceptual development
  • Artist and cultural research
  • Written analysis skills
  • Recording skills
  • Photography
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Surface decoration techniques; print development, dyeing, stitching, embellishment, fabric and heat manipulation.
  • Constructed textile techniques; weaving, knitting, felting.
  • 3D Manipulation; creative pattern cutting and draping, garment development, sculptural textiles.
  • Creative fashion illustration
  • Digital recording techniques
  • Refinement through experimentation
  • Outcome development

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Textile artist: Layered Cloth: The Art of Fabric Manipulation, Ann Small, Search Press 2017
  • 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
  • Pattern Magic, Tomoko Nakamichi, Laurence King Publishing, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you.
  • Engage in Art and Culture - visit museums and galleries. 
  • Keep a mini sketchbook.
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, sketches, it all counts.

Subject: Art Textiles 

Year 11 – 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

  • Conceptual development
  • Artist and cultural research
  • Written analysis skills
  • Recording skills
  • Photography
  • Computer Aided Design 
  • Surface decoration techniques; print development, dyeing, stitching, embellishment, fabric and heat manipulation.
  • Constructed textile techniques; weaving, knitting, felting.
  • 3D Manipulation; creative pattern cutting and draping, garment development, sculptural textiles.
  • Creative fashion illustration
  • Digital recording techniques
  • Refinement through experimentation
  • Developing and presenting a personal outcome
  • Portfolio presentation

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Textile artist: Layered Cloth: The Art of Fabric Manipulation, Ann Small, Search Press 2017
  • 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
  • Pattern Magic, Tomoko Nakamichi, Laurence King Publishing, 2010

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from everything around you.
  • Engage in Art and Culture - visit museums and galleries. 
  • Keep a mini sketchbook.
  • Record in a wide variety of ways – your own photography, collage, sketches, it all counts.

 

Option - Design Technology

Subject: Design Technology 

Year 9 – GCSE course (NEW)

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Non-Examination based assessment to be completed Year 10 into Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Design Ventura competition
  • Project 1- Lamp
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Tolerances
  • Project 2- Recycling
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Theory 
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Developments in new materials 
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties (timbers, polymers, metals, smart and modern materials) 
  • Forces and stresses
  • Sources and origins (timbers, polymers, metals, smart and modern materials)
  • Using and working with materials (timbers, polymers, metals, smart and modern materials)
  • Stock forms, types and sizes (timbers, polymers, metals, smart and modern materials)
  • Environmental, social, and economic challenge
  • Surface treatments and finishes 
  • The work of others

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Bitesize
  • Technology Student – Website
  • New designers – Website
  • Houzz – Website

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Hodder
  • Which – MagazineDesigning – Magazine
  • Dezeen– Magazine
  • 50 Product Designs: Process - Jennifer Hudson 
  • Making IT Manufacturing Techniques For Product Design - Chris Lefteri 
  • Drawing For Designers - Alan Pipes 

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: Design Technology

Year 10 – GCSE

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Non-Examination based assessment to be completed Year 10 into Year 11

Topics Covered

  • Mock NEA project
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Tolerances
  • Start NEA
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Tolerances
  • Theory
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Developments in new materials 
  • Ecological and social footprint
  • Materials and their working properties (papers and boards, textiles) 
  • Sources and origins (papers and boards, textiles)
  • Using and working with materials (papers and boards, textiles)
  • Stock forms, types and sizes (papers and boards, textiles)
  • Scales of production 
  • Specialist techniques and processes 
  • Surface treatments and finishes

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Bitesize
  • Technology Student – Website
  • New designers – Website
  • Houzz – Website

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Hodder
  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Dezeen– Magazine
  • 50 Product Designs: Process - Jennifer Hudson 
  • Making IT Manufacturing Techniques For Product Design - Chris Lefteri 
  • Drawing For Designers - Alan Pipes 

Useful Tips

Link theory knowledge to practical tasks.

Subject: Design Technology

Year 11 – GCSE

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board
  • 1 paper x 120 minutes at the end of Year 11
  • Non-Examination based assessment to be completed Year 10 into Year 11

Topics Covered

  • NEA
  • Design strategies
  • Communication of design ideas
  • Prototype development
  • Selection of materials and components
  • Tolerances
  • Revise all topics
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Energy generation and storage
  • Developments in new materials 
  • Systems approach to designing
  • Mechanical devices
  • Materials and their working properties
  • Forces and stresses
  • Ecological and social footprint
  • Sources and origins
  • Using and working with materials 
  • Stock forms, types and sizes 
  • Scales of production 
  • Specialist techniques and processes 
  • Surface treatments and finishes 
  • Environmental, social, and economic challenge
  • The work of others

Recommended Extra Resources

  • GCSE Bitesize
  • Technology Student – Website
  • New designers – Website
  • Houzz – Website

Recommended Reading List

  • AQA GCSE Design and Technology – Hodder
  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Dezeen– Magazine
  • 50 Product Designs: Process - Jennifer Hudson 
  • Making IT Manufacturing Techniques For Product Design - Chris Lefteri 
  • Drawing For Designers - Alan Pipes 

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 - 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 - Dance

Subject: Dance

Year 9 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Written aspects of the course:

  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11 (40% of GCSE grade)

Practical aspects of the course:

  • Performance of 2 set phrases (10%) of GCSE grade
  • Group performance (20% of GCSE grade)
  • Choreographic project (30% of GCSE grade)

Topics Covered

GCSE Dance focuses on the 3 core elements of the subject; performance, choreography and appreciation. Each of these elements are studied simultaneously and are explored through practical and theory lessons. 


Practical

  • Introduction to Contemporary Dance Technique
  • Professional Work 1: practical exploration of A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili
  • Choreographic Project 1: response to a stimulus
  • Set Phrase Performance 1: 30 second solo performance
  • Professional Work 3: creating a screen dance project in the style of Within Her Eyes by James Cousins

Theory

  • Dance Performer: introduction to performance skills and safe dace practices
  • Professional Work 1: A Linha Curva by Itzik Galili
  • Choreographic Practices
  • Professional Work 2: Emancipation of Expressionism by Kenrick H2O Sandy
  • Professional Work 3: Within Her Eyes by James Cousins

Recommended Extra Resources

AQA website

Professional Works:

Revision Guides:

Additional Dance Classes:
Online dance lessons for young people delivered by:

Recommended Reading List

  • A range of dance of articles about Dance in education and career opportunities in dance: https://www.onedanceuk.org/
  • Dancing Times, available in the school library

Useful Tips

  • This is a subject where being able to make, articulate and persuade others of your own opinions and interpretations is important. Be bold, and believe in your own ideas. 
  • Watch as much live or filmed dance performances as you can, practice making your own interpretations of the performance and choreography. 
  • Take part in an as many dance opportunities as possible, such as the RAG Dance Show, School Production and volunteering to be a dancer in older students’ choreographic projects. 

Subject: Dance

Year 10 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Written aspects of the course:

  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11 (40% of GCSE grade)

Practical aspects of the course:

  • Performance of 2 set phrases (10%) of GCSE grade
  • Group performance (20% of GCSE grade)
  • Choreographic project (30% of GCSE grade)

Topics Covered

GCSE Dance focuses on the 3 core elements of the subject; performance, choreography and appreciation. Each of these elements are studied simultaneously and are explored through practical and theory lessons. 


Practical

  • Set Phrase Performance 1: 30 second solo performance
  • Professional Work 4: practical exploration of Infra by Wayne McGregor
  • Professional Work 5: creating a group performance in the style of Shadows by Christopher Bruce – formal group performance mock exam
  • Choreographic Project 2: response to a stimulus – formal choreography mock exam

​Theory

  • Professional Work 4: Infra by Wayne McGregor
  • Professional Work 5: Shadows by Christopher Bruce
  • Professional Work 6: Artificial Things by Lucy Bennet
  • Reflection on Own Practice: performance and choreography
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Recommended Extra Resources

AQA website

Professional Works:

Revision Guides:

Additional Dance Classes:
Online dance lessons for young people delivered by:

Recommended Reading List

  • A range of dance of articles about Dance in education and career opportunities in dance: https://www.onedanceuk.org/
  • Dancing Times, available in the school library

Useful Tips

  • This is a subject where being able to make, articulate and persuade others of your own opinions and interpretations is important. Be bold, and believe in your own ideas. 
  • Watch as much live or filmed dance performances as you can, practice making your own interpretations of the performance and choreography. 
  • Take part in an as many dance opportunities as possible, such as the RAG Dance Show, School Production and volunteering to be a dancer in older students’ choreographic projects. 
  • Start a choreography/creative journal to start documenting all your creative ideas in preparation for your final choreography project in Year 11. 

Subject: Dance

Year 11 – GCSE Course

Examination Information

  • AQA Exam Board

Written aspects of the course:

  • 1 written paper x 90 minutes at the end of Year 11 (40% of GCSE grade)

Practical aspects of the course:

  • Performance of 2 set phrases (10%) of GCSE grade
  • Group performance (20% of GCSE grade)
  • Choreographic project (30% of GCSE grade)

Topics Covered

GCSE Dance focuses on the 3 core elements of the subject; performance, choreography and appreciation. Each of these elements are studied simultaneously and are explored through practical and theory lessons. 

Practical

  • Recap of Set Phrases: completing solo performance assessment of 2 30 second solos. Live performance formally assessed in October.
  • Final Choreographic Project: Complete a solo or group choreography in response to a given stimulus. Live performance formally assessed in March/April.
  • Professional Performer: preparation of group dance (duet or trio) performance piece. Live performance formally assessed in March/April.
  • Revision for written paper through practical sessions.

Theory

  • Continuation of Reflection of Own Practice: performance and choreography.
  • The first part of year 11 is mostly dedicated to preparing your practical work for assessment. 
  • The remaining theory lessons will be devoted to revision of the theoretical course content.

Recommended Extra Resources

Professional Works:

Revision Guides:

Additional Dance Classes:

Online dance lessons for young people delivered by:

Recommended Reading List

  • A range of dance of articles about Dance in education and career opportunities in dance: https://www.onedanceuk.org/
  • Dancing Times, available in the school library

Useful Tips

  • This is a subject where being able to make, articulate and persuade others of your own opinions and interpretations is important. Be bold, and believe in your own ideas. 
  • Watch as much live or filmed dance performances as you can, practice making your own interpretations of the performance and choreography. 
  • Take part in an as many dance opportunities as possible, such as the RAG Dance Show, School Production and volunteering to be a dancer in older students’ choreographic projects. 
  • Continue your choreography/creative journal to document your creative ideas to support the production of your final choreography project. 

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 - 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 11

Topics Covered

  • Keyboard Skills and harmonic development developed from years 7&8
  • Sight reading skills developed from years 7&8
  • Composition skills developed on Sibelius and Garageband/Logic
  • Wider listening examples studied

Recommended Extra Resources

  •    BBC Bitesize

Recommended Reading List

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

Useful Tips

  • Keep up your instrumental practice!

 

Subject: Music

Year 10 – 11 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 11

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

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

 

Useful Tips

  • Keep up your instrumental practice!

 

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.