Key Stage 4 Curriculum

A broad and balanced curriculum is offered to all of our students: underpinned by the academic core of subjects (English, Maths, Science, Humanities and Languages), learning is enhanced by the study of the Arts, computing, technology and physical education, offering our students a course of study in which academic rigour fully prepares them for further education and university.

 
In Key Stage 4 (years 10 & 11), all pupils follow an academic core GCSE pathway and then have an enrichment of a choice of subjects from the Arts and Media field. 98% of our pupils go onto further education stuyding A-level at college.

Department for Education GCSE Parent Factsheet


CORE AND COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

The following subjects are studied by all students in years 10 & 11:

GCSE Subjects

  • English Language and English Literature 
  • Mathematics
  • Science (Science teachers will advise students on the options; Trilogy or Combined Science)
  • Physical Education (This is non-examined CORE PE. Students can also choose GCSE P.E.)

KS4 Curriculum by term: Autumn Term 2019-20

 Year 10 Year 11 
KS4 SubjectsAutumn 1Autumn 2Autumn 1Autumn 2
EnglishShakespeare's MacbethShakespeare's MacbethEdexcel Poetry Anthology: relationshipsEdexcel Poetry Anthology: relationships
Maths - HigherNumber/ Algebra/ Interpreting and representing dataFractions, ratio and percentages/ Angles and trigonometryCalculations - roots/indices/standard form
Graphs, plotting/finding the equation
Probability
Sequences
Proportionality
Maths - FoundationNumber/ Algebra/ Graphs, table and chartsFractions and percentages/ Equations, inequalities and sequencesNumber - fractions/decimals/percentages/negative numbers. Shape - Pythagoras and Trigonometry, area and perimeter.Algebra - expressions and equations, simultaneous equations, inequalities. Probability - tree diagrams and basic probability.
Science - TripleBio-Cell structure, Cell division,Transport in Cells ChemAtoms, Elements,Compounds and Mixtures- Phy-Energy TrasnfersBio-Transport in Cells,Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems Chem-The Periodic Table,Bonding and Structure- Phy-Energy Resources, CircuitsBiology-The Nervous System, The Endocrine System, Animal and Plant Hormones Chemistry-The Rate & Extent of Chemical Change- Physics-Forces Basics, Forces and Their effectsBiology- Animal and Plant Hormones, DNA and Reproduction,Genetics Chemistry-Hydrocarbons and Crude oil, Organic Compounds- Physics-Forces and Motion,Car Safety and Momentum, Properties of Waves
Science - CombinedBio-Enzymes and Digestion, ChemAtoms, Elements,Compounds and Mixtures- Phy-Energy TrasnfersBio-Transport in Cells,Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems Chem-The Periodic Table,Bonding and Structure- Phy-Energy Resources, CircuitsBiology-The Nervous System, The Endocrine System,Chemistry -Rates of Reaction, Reversible Reactions- Physics-Forces Basics,Biology-The Endocrine System, DNA and Reproduction,Genetics, Evolution and Classification Chem-Organic Chemistry, Chemical Analysis, Chemistry of the Atmosphere- Physics-Forces and Motion,Car Safety and Momentum
ArtSurfaces. Core Knowledge Picture Research
Artist Research
Writing about artists work, style and mood
Peter Randall Page
Carol Wyss
Karl Blossfeldt
Albrecht Durer
Ernst Haeckel Key Skills
Mark-making
Pen & Ink
Brush and ink
Enlarging
Experimenting
Mixed Media
Collage
Print-making
Surfaces Core Knowledge Picture Research
Artist Research
Writing about artists work, style and mood
To know how to researxch artists work
To know how to find artworks online
To know how to picture research
Peter Randall Page
Carol Wyss
Karl Blossfeldt
Albrecht Durer
Rob Kesseler
Key Skills Mark-making
Pen & Ink
Brush and ink
Enlarging
Experimenting
Mixed Media
Collage
Print-making
Objects Core Knowledge knowledge of artists work
To know how to develop an idea
To kow how to respond to the work of an artist
Symbolism - watches, candles, skulls, clocks, flowers, books, skies, flowers, leaves, animals,
Psychoanalysis
Reasearching artworks - comparing and contasting artworks from different times and eras
Reasearching artworks, looking for issues in artists works
Developing ideas looking for stories, sayings, poems,
Vanitas paintings
Psychoanalysis
Key Skills 3D drawing skills, including perspective
Composition skills
The ability to be able to use paint to fill shapes accuartely and consistently, as well as render 3D shapes with blended colours
The ability to be abe to use paint as washes
The knowledge of a wide range of artists and artists practices
Computer ScienceComponent 1 - Computer Systems 1.1 System Architecture 1.2 Memory + StorageComponent 1 - Computer Systems 1.3 Wired + Wireless networksControlled assessment NEA 3.1 Programming techniques 3.2 Analysis 3.3 DesignControlled assessment NEA 3.4 Development 3.5 Testing and evaluation and
conclusions
DanceSet Phrase 1 Dance AnthologySet phrase 2 Dance AnthologyChoreographyChreography
DramaBlood Brothers
Drama Skills
and Practicioners
Blood Brothers
Devisng Mock
Blood Brothers
Devsing
Blood Brothers
Devising
DTGCSE Therory (Designer influences)GCSE Therory,GCSE Practical content (Development of product)GCSE Practical content (Development of product)
FrenchIntroducing Yourself and FamilyLeisure Time. Talking about hobbies and activitiesHoliday. Talking about past eventsHoliday. Talking about present past and future events
GeographyThe Challenge of Natural HazardsThe Living WorldThe Challenge of Natural Hazards and the living world.Coasts and Rivers
HistoryBritish Migration, Peoples & EmpireBritish Migration, Peoples & EmpireThe Cold War (AMI) & Norman England (AKN)The Cold War (AMI) & Norman England (AKN)
MusicBach Brandenburg 5 Mvt 3 Edexcel Set Work 1Beethoven Sonata No8 in C minor "Pathetique"Afro Celt Soundsystem "Release" COMPOSITION 1Esperanza Spalding "Samba Em Preludio" COMPOSITION 1 (cont'd)
PSHEHealth & WellbeingLiving In The Wider World
REMuslim BeliefsCrime and Punishment (Islam)Muslim Belief / Crime and Punishment RevisionLiving the Muslim Life / Peace and Conflict Revision
MediaIntroduction to Media Studies Key Concepts: Media Audiences and Media InstitutionsIntroduction to Media Studies Key Concepts: Media Language and Media RepresentationsNEA Coursework Create three print film posters and a synopsis for a streaming site for a low budget social realism film, partly set in a school or college.

The posters will promote the film at different points in the run up to its release on the streaming site.

The target audience is 16 to 25 year olds.

Four products in total, including at least 4 original images.
NEA Coursework Create three print film posters and a synopsis for a streaming site for a low budget social realism film, partly set in a school or college.

The posters will promote the film at different points in the run up to its release on the streaming site.

The target audience is 16 to 25 year olds.

Four products in total, including at least 4 original images.
SpanishHolidays; travel and tourist transactionsWhat school is like; school activitiesFuture aspirations, study and work.Describing features of your local area: places in town, shopping, urban problems and making plans
Sport & NutritionUnit 1: Introduction to body systems and principles of trainingUnit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training
PE GCSESkeletal & Muscular system and movement analysisCardiovascular & respiratory system and effects of exercise on the body
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Timetable: Week 1 - Mon 18th-22nd Nov

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