Curriculum Overview

Art

Year 10

GCSE EDEXCEL Art and Design/ Fine Art

Coursework portfolio 60%

Project 1. Landscape and Structure

Introducing the 4 GCSE Assessment Objectives.

Observational drawing in the landscape at Wimpole Estate, lens-based experimentation leading to working experimentally with media.

Project 2. Identity

Refining portraiture drawing and painting skills, with reference to established and contemporary artists, including acrylic and watercolour painting, ceramics and mixed media artwork.

Student-directed investigation into themes of identity, supported by a Gallery visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum and structured learning activities leading to year 10 exam (10 hours)

Business

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Introduction to Business

  • Identify potential customers and build a customer profile
  • Market segmentation

Autumn Term 2: Market research (Primary and secondary)

  • Use appropriate market research tools (physical or digital) for a business challenge
  • Sampling methods
  • Review the results of market research

Spring Term 1:

  • Produce product designs for a business challenge
  • Review product designs

Spring Term 2:

  • Calculate the costs involved in a business challenge
  • Apply an appropriate pricing strategy
  • Break Even
  • Review the likely success of a business

Summer Term 1:

  • Review the likely success of a business
  • Identify the challenges when launching a new product
  • Complete coursework

Summer Term 2:

  • Appropriate forms of ownership for business start-ups
  • Revision on:
    • Customer segmentation
    • Customer profiling
    • Market Research
    • Break even

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1:

  • The product life cycle
  • Extension strategies 
  • Product differentiation
  • Source(s) of capital for business start-ups
  • The Importance of a business plan

Autumn Term 2:

  • Functions of a Business
    • Human Resources
    • Marketing
    • Operations
    • Finance
  • Revision - external exam Jan

Spring Term 1: What is a brand? 

  • Why branding is used
  • Branding methods and techniques
  • Plan brand ideas for a business challenge
  • Formulate brand designs for a proposal

Spring Term 2: Promotion

  • Methods of promotion
  • Select and justify appropriate promotional methods
  • Plan a pitch
  • Establish objectives of pitch
  • Structure a pitch
  • Deliver practice presentations and review

Summer Term:

  • Final presentation to external audience
  • Review a professional pitch to an external audience
  • Review a business proposal
  • Review proposal, using a range of sources of evidence

Computer Science - Computing

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Introduction to programming with python
    • Variables/data types
    • input/output
    • Selection
    • loops

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Hardware
    • System architecture (inc binary)
    • Memory
    • Storage

Spring Term 1:

  • Next steps in python
    • String handling (ASCII Unicode)
    • Lists
    • Functions

Spring Term 2:

  • Networking
  • Wired networks
    • File Handling
    • SQL

Summer Term 1:

  • Wireless networking
    • Layers 
    • Packet switching

Summer Term 2:

  • Security  
  • NEA practice

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1:

  • Computing and society
  • Unit 2 topics prep for NEA
    • Algorithms
    • Testing
    • Programming practice

Autumn Term 2:

  • NEA (20 hours)

Spring Term 1:

  • Computational logic
  • Translators
  • Data representation

Spring Term 2:

  • Unit 1 revision

Summer Term:

  • Unit 2 revision

Design Technology

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Benchmark testing and mini design and make project for a music festival.
  • CAD drawing
  • Woodwork H&S and skills passport.
  • Wooden Desk tidy - Focused practical task.

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Wooden Desk tidy - Focused practical task continued.
  • Production log.
  • Unit 3 and 5b - Timber theory and assessment and review/gap analysis.
  • Begin  Unit 1 - New and emerging technology theory

Spring Term 1: 

  • Complete  Unit 1 - New and emerging technology theory and assessment.
  • Practice NEA - Design and modelling project with themes from AQA June 2018.

Spring Term 2: 

  • Continue Practice NEA - Design and modelling project with themes from AQA June 2018.
  • Solidworks CAD mini tasks.
  • Begin Unit 2 - Energy, materials, systems and devices.

Summer Term 1: 

  • Complete Unit 2 - Energy, materials, systems and devices.
  • Unit 2 - Assessment and review.
  • Complete other material areas of Unit 3 - materials and their working properties.
  • Unit 3 assessment and review.
  • Begin Unit 4 - Common specialist technical principles. 
  • Unit 4 assessment and review.

Summer Term 2: 

  • Introduce AQA June 2019 themes for NEA major project.
  • Begin to research and make choices.
  • Find a Client. 
  • Begin to complete research stages (Product analysis and Client/user group) of NEA

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: DT - NEA  Major Project

  • Completing Research stages and detailed

Autumn Term 2: DT NEA project

  • Developing Ideas and modelling

Spring Term 1: 

  • DT Mocks exams - Review mocks
  • DT NEA

Spring Term 2: DT NEA project

  • Complete Making and photo diary

Summer Term: 

  • Re-cap all theory and prepare and practice for real DT exam

Drama

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Scripted mock unit

Autumn Term 2: Devising mock unit

Spring Term 1: Exam mock unit - set text

Spring Term 2: Devising - introduction and development

Summer Term 1: Devising - complete unit.

Summer Term 2: Live theatre - visit and exam preparation

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Scripted

Autumn Term 2: Scripted - Mock to parents before Christmas

Spring Term 1: Live theatre visit

Spring Term 2: Exam preparation

Summer Term: Exam preparation

English

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: An Inspector Calls

Autumn Term 2: English Language Paper 1

Spring Term 1: Macbeth revision and development

Spring Term 2: Poetry: Power and Conflict

Summer Term 1: Unseen poetry

Summer Term 2: English Language Paper 2

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: A Christmas Carol

Autumn Term 2: Revision of English Literature Paper 2

Spring Term 1: Revision of English Language Paper 2

Spring Term 2: Revision

Summer Term: Revision

French

[nothing available for 10-11]

Geography

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Changing Climate & Global weather hazards

Autumn Term 2: Urban Futures

Spring Term 1: UK in the 21st Century

Spring Term 2: Distinctive Landscapes: Rivers

Summer Term 1: Distinctive Landscapes: Coasts

Summer Term 2: Fieldwork & Tectonic Hazards

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Sustaining Ecosystems

Autumn Term 2: Dynamic development

Spring Term 1: Resource security

Spring Term 2: Revision & Consolidation

Summer Term: Revision & Consolidation

History

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: The People’s Health

Autumn Term 2: The People’s Health

Spring Term 1: Norman Conquest

Spring Term 2: Norman Conquest

Summer Term 1: History Around Us

Summer Term 2: History Around Us

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: America 1789-1900

Autumn Term 2: America 1789-1900

Spring Term 1: Nazi Germany

Spring Term 2: Nazi Germany

Summer Term: Revision

Maths

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Four operations with fractions
  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
  • Real-life graphs
  • Straight-line graphs
  • Probability

Higher:

  • Four operations with fractions
  • Probability 
  • Linear graphs & coordinate geometry 
  • Polygons, angles and parallel lines

Autumn Term 2: 

Foundation:

  • Expanding and factorising single brackets
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
  • Real-life graphs
  • Probability tree diagrams
  • Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

Higher:

  • Standard form and surds 
  • Graphs - the basics and real life graphs 
  • Linear graphs & coordinate geometry 
  • Transformations
  • Multiplicative reasoning

Spring Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Scatter graphs
  • Inequalities
  • Properties of shapes, parallel lines and angle facts
  • Straight-line graphs
  • Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

Higher:

  • Standard form and surds 
  • Forming, rearranging and solving equations
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem & Trigonometry
  • Solving quadratic & simultaneous equations
  • Inequalities

Spring Term 2: 

Foundation:

  • Rearranging equations, 
  • Fractions decimals and percentages
  • graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations
  • Ratio and proportion

Higher:

  • Cosine and sine rule
  • 3D trigonometry
  • Algebraic fractions
  • Trigonometric graphs
  • Transformations of functions
  • Function notation

Summer Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Transformations
  • Vectors

Higher:

  • Constructions, loci and bearings
  • Cumulative frequency, boxplots and histograms

Summer Term 2: 

  • Revision for end of year test

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Transformations II: enlargements and combinations
  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising 
  • Indices and standard form

Higher:

  • Quadratic, cubic and other graphs
  • Multiplicative reasoning 
  • Circle theorems 
  • Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms (REVISION)

Autumn Term 2: 

Foundation:

  • Interior and exterior angles of polygons
  • Constructions, loci and bearings
  • Quadratic equations: graphs 
  • Fractions and reciprocals 
  • Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

Higher:

  • Sequences
  • Linear graphs and coordinate geometry
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D
  • Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics
  • Direct and inverse proportion

Spring Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres
  • Similarity and congruence in 2D
  • Vectors

Higher:

  • Graphs of trigonometric functions
  • Further trigonometry
  • Circle geometry
  • Changing the subject of formulae (more complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof
  • Vectors and geometric proof
  • Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

Spring Term 2: 

  • Revision (target work based on mock results)

Summer Term: Revision

Music

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Edexcel Set Works & ‘My Instrument’

  • Set Works 5 & 6
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study of first choice instrument (technique, capability)

Autumn Term 2: Edexcel Set Works & ‘Free’ Composition

  • Set Works 1 & 2
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study compositional tools.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities.

Spring Term 1: Edexcel Set Works, ‘Free’ Composition & Aural Analysis

  • Set Works 7 & 8
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study compositional tools.
  • Notation & related exam style exercises.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities.

Spring Term 2: Edexcel Set Works, ‘Free’ Composition & Aural Analysis

  • Set Works 3 & 4
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study compositional tools.
  • Notation & related exam style exercises.

Summer Term 1: Edexcel Set Works, ‘Free’ Composition, Solo Performance & Ensemble Skills

  • Revise all AoS.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities.
  • Develop performance techniques.

Summer Term 2: Edexcel Set Works, ‘Free’ Composition, Solo Performance & Ensemble Skills

  • Revise all AoS.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities.
  • Develop performance techniques (both solo and group playing).

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Edexcel Set Works & ‘Free’ Composition

  • Set Works 1, 2 & 3 (Area of Study 1 & 2).
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study compositional tools.

Autumn Term 2: Edexcel Set Works, ‘Free’ Composition & Solo Performance

  • Set Works 4, 5 & 6 (Area of Study 2 & 3).
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Study compositional tools.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities.
  • Notation & related exam style exercises.

Spring Term 1: Edexcel Set Works, Solo Performance & Set Brief Composition

  • Set Works 7 & 8 (Area of Study 4).
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Develop performance techniques.
  • Study/select appropriate compositional tools related to a brief.

Spring Term 2: Edexcel Set Works, Ensemble Performance & Set Brief Composition

  • Revise all AoS.
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Develop performance techniques.
  • Study/select appropriate compositional tools related to a brief.
  • Wider listening pieces & comparison activities

Summer Term 1: Edexcel Set Works, Ensemble Performance & Set Brief Composition

  • Revise all AoS.
  • Develop analysis skills.
  • Develop performance techniques.
  • Study/select appropriate compositional tools related to a brief.
  • Update and improve any coursework.

Summer Term 2: Revision & Mop Up Coursework

Physical Education (Core)

Year 10

Autumn/Spring Terms (3 of the following per term):

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Table-Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

Summer Term:

  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Softball

 

Year 11

Autumn/Spring Terms (Choices of the following):

  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Table-Tennis
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Health Related Fitness
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

Summer Term (choices of the following):

  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Softball

Physical Education (GCSE)

Year 10

Autumn/Spring Terms:

Practical Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Multi Gym
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Table-Tennis
  • Athletics

Theory: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Summer Term:

Practical Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Multi Gym
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Table-Tennis
  • Athletics

Theory: Physical Factors affecting performance

Year 11

Autumn/Spring Terms:

Practical Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Multi Gym
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Table-Tennis
  • Athletics

Theory: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology

Summer Term:

Practical Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Multi Gym
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Table-Tennis
  • Athletics

Theory: Physical Factors affecting performance

 

Year 11 - Sport Science

The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training nutrition and application of training principles and sports performance.

  • Unit R042: Applying principles of training
  • Unit R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries

 

PSHE

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Economic wellbeing

  • START careers programme
  • Credit
  • Debt
  • Tax Facts
  • Savings

Autumn Term 2: Citizenship

  • Public spending
  • LGBT rights
  • Parliament
  • Refugees
  • Terrorism

Spring Term 1: SRE

  • Relationships
  • Contraception
  • Parenting issues
  • Consent

Spring Term 2: Health & Wellbeing

  • Alcohol
  • First Aid
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Disability rights
  • Drugs & county lines

Summer Term: WEX and WRL

  • Post-16 options
  • Health & safety
  • Equal Ops
  • Hired not fired
  • What have I got to offer

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: 

  • CVs
  • Start programme
  • Law and order
  • Crime and punishment

Autumn Term 2:

  • Mock Interviews
  • SRE
  • Relationship abuse
  • Insurance

Religious Studies

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Christian beliefs

Autumn Term 2: Christian practices

Spring Term 1: Muslim beliefs

Spring Term 2: Muslim practices

Summer Term 1: Relationships

Summer Term 2: Relationships

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Life and death

Autumn Term 2: Good and evil

Spring Term 1: Human Rights

Spring Term 2: Revision

Summer Term: Revision

Science

Biology

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Organisation

Autumn Term 2: Organisation

Spring Term 1: Infection and Response

Spring Term 2: Bioenergetics

Summer Term 1: Ecology

Summer Term 2: Ecology

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Homeostasis and Response

Autumn Term 2: Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Spring Term 1: Inheritance, Variation and Evolution

Spring Term 2: Required practical revision

Summer Term: Revision

 

Chemistry

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Bonding, structure and properties of matter

Autumn Term 2: Bonding, structure and properties of matter / Quantitative chemistry

Spring Term 1: Quantitative chemistry / Chemical changes

Spring Term 2: Chemical changes

Summer Term 1: Energy Changes

Summer Term 2: The rate and extent of chemical change

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: The rate and extent of chemical change / Organic chemistry

Autumn Term 2: Chemical analysis / Chemistry of the atmosphere

Spring Term 1: Chemistry of the atmosphere / Using resources

Spring Term 2: Using resources / Required practical revision

Summer Term: Revision

 

Physics

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Electricity

Autumn Term 2: Electricity

Spring Term 1: Particle model of matter

Spring Term 2: Atomic Structure

Summer Term 1: Forces

Summer Term 2: Forces

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: Forces

Autumn Term 2: Waves

Spring Term 1: Magnetism and electromagnetism

Spring Term 2: Required practical revision

Summer Term: Revision

Spanish

Year 10

Autumn Term 1: Holidays and holiday activities

Autumn Term 2: Holidays and holiday activities, School

Spring Term 1: School, My family and friends

Spring Term 2: My family and friends, Freetime activities

Summer Term 1: Freetime activities, My town and where I live

Summer Term 2: My town and where I live, Revision/exams/feedback

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1: My routines

Autumn Term 2: My routines, Jobs and Careers

Spring Term 1: Jobs and Careers

Spring Term 2: Revision

Summer Term: Revision

Computer Science - iMedia

Year 10

Autumn Term 1:

Introduction to 

  • Moodboards
  • Mind Maps
  • Storyboards
  • VIsualisation Diagrams
  • Scripts
  • Gantt Charts
  • Assets

Autumn Term 2:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Legislations
  • File Formats
  • Photoshop
  • Fireworks

Spring Term 1: Digital Graphics R082 (practice) -  Concert poster

  • Properties
  • Preproduction
  • Creation
  • Review

Spring Term 2: Digital Graphics R082 (real) - Magazine cover

  • Properties
  • Preproduction
  • Creation
  • Review

Summer Term 1: Interactive multimedia product R087 (practice) -  Escape room game prototype

  • Multimedia skills: Powerpoint and Openshot

Summer Term 2: Interactive multimedia product R087 (real) -  Health and Fitness Multimedia product

 

Year 11

Autumn Term 1:

  • Recap
    • Moodboards
    • Mind Maps
    • Storyboards
    • VIsualisation Diagrams
    • Scripts
  • Camera angles
  • Client needs

Autumn Term 2:

  • Research skills -  Primary and Secondary
  • Target Audience
  • Properties and limitations of file formats
  • Conventions
  • Revision - external exam Jan

Spring Term 1:

  • Properties and features of a multimedia website
  • Navigation links
  • Folder structure
  • Connectivity
  • Dreamweaver

Spring Term 2: Multimedia Website R085 (practice) - Local Attraction website

  • Properties
  • Preproduction
  • Creation
  • Review

Summer Term: Multimedia Website R085 (real) - Review of Digital games

  • Properties
  • Preproduction
  • Creation
  • Review
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