Year 10s will begin their coursework for OCR Entry Level English. The first term will be spent looking at non-fiction work. Written work focuses on letter-writing, opinion pieces and reports. Reading comprehensions are based on reports and biographies and students will be looking at how to extract relevant information. Students will be given the opportunity to practise formal discussions and to make short presentations.
We will be working on the curriculum for the Entry Level Maths qualification. There are awards at Entry 1,2 and 3. There is regular teaching of number skills, place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills, money and time skills will continue to be developed. Some pupils will also start tackling topics at a greater depth to prepare for GCSE in year 11.
Also, this term there will be topics on shape, measures, patterns, sorting data, fractions, area, capacity and mass.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – SCIENCE
Pupils in Years 10 and 11 work towards gaining an Entry Level qualification in science. This term pupils will be completing work from units that explore aspects of human biology. This includes work about circulation, breathing, digestion and the nervous system.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – HUMANITIES
Pupils will be focusing on who runs the country and what is has to do with their lives. They will be looking at the people in power, what voting means and how it can affect our lives. Pupils will be looking at the major political issues and thinking about how they feel about them.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – RELIGION AND ETHICS (R AND E)
Opening up Judaism – This unit looks at the synagogue, thinking about some of the features that are symbolic for Jewish people. Pupils will discover how the building helps people to worship and how it is used for community purposes as well as investigating some of the other aspects of this religion. There will be opportunities for offering personal opinions and collating evidence, using pupils’ spoken and written skills.
PERFORMING ARTS – DANCE
Elements of dance – This term, pupils will be focussing on the four key elements of dance, Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships. Pupils will need to bring their PE kit to lesson as they attend lessons exploring these key words, studying and taking inspiration from professional work and choreographing their own routines.
All Year 10 students will follow the BTEC Sport and Active Leisure programme. Students will be given the opportunity to choose activities in order to make optimum progress and enjoy learning. Through taking part in a wide range of practical activities, students will develop leadership skills and will apply these during organised festivals. All activities are continually assessed so it is expected that students maintain a high standard throughout.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
The school run the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award over a two-year period in Year 10 and 11. Year 10 is split into two sections – Physical and Skill. The girls will choose their own activities which they will participate in for three months each. By the end of the school year they will have completed half the award.
The family – This unit focuses on the family, considering the roles, functions and responsibilities of different types of families. Pupils will think about difficulties that some families face as well as social skills and behaviours that children need to learn from a young age. There will also be the opportunity to think about looking after disabled children in the home.
WORK RELATED LEARNING
The theme for the term is ‘How others see me’. Girls will find out things about yourself and look at their likes and dislikes. They will also meet the Connexions Personal Adviser for Careers Guidance attached to the school.
In Years 10, 11 and Post 16 students are timetabled together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. During this time, they work on a range of termly or half termly activities for which they can express a preference. Some of these activities are accredited and some are unaccredited. For the accredited units the specifications used include BTEC Vocational studies (Entry 3 and Level 1), BTEC Skills for Independence and Work (Level 2) and GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography. The units cover subjects including Home Ec, Art and design, Performing Arts, PE (including sports leadership), outdoor activities, Caring for Children, Land Based Studies, Travel and Tourism, Creative Media Production and History.