Year 10 will study an older text eg The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They will look at the context in which it was written and the setting. They will later consider the use of language, particularly descriptive writing and themes within the story. They will use their spoken language skills to present information. They will use a variety of reading devices to understand the whole story, including individual, paired and group reading.
In the Summer term, our focus will be on position and direction in the first half where the students will learn about compass points and positional language. This half term will also incorporate the shapes topic where a variety of activities to recognise 2D and 3D will take place including on the different features of both.
In the second half of the term, students will learn about data and statistics. Within these lessons, students will learn about reading and creating bar charts, line graphs, tally charts and tables of information to name a few. The ability of the student will determine what type of numbers are being used and may include decimal numbers and scales varying in interval.
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 a range of topics including how we get our electricity, the atmosphere, heat transfer and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Home learning activities that include a summary of the ideas covered in each of the themes that are part of the OCR Entry Level Science course are emailed to pupils each week. The activities include links to relevant video clips and online quizzes.
Environmental Studies incorporates work from History, Geography and practical outdoor learning. This outdoor learning provides the students with opportunities to learn and enhance their horticultural and animal care skills.
This term the student will explore if people are treated equally in UK society. We will look at the Equality Act and definitions of discrimination and prejudice. This will be consolidated by understanding the laws of equality in the UK.
This term, the students will learn about how UK society has diversified over time. Is there mutual respect and understanding between diverse groups?
RELIGION AND ETHICS (R AND E)
The Religion and Ethics balanced curriculum is designed to help pupils begin to explore and engage with the six main religions from a spiritual and ethical perspective to stimulate their interest and understanding. The subject naturally is geared towards discussion, debate and a variety of opinions when exploring a range of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate and respect the British values of tolerance and freedom of speech when exploring their own beliefs and that of others.
Pupils will focus on Opening up Prayer – This unit looks at all aspects of prayer. Pupils will think about where, how and why prayer is part of worship for different faith groups. Pupils will be able to find out about special things that are used and consider ways in which prayer is important in the lives of these believers. Thinking skills, research and other strategies will be useful tools in pupils’ learning during this unit.
Dance through the movies – This term, pupils will learn a variety of different dance styles such as street and contemporary. Taking inspiration from the movies, pupils will recreate what they see on screen and choreography their own routines.
A large focus will be on developing pupils’ collaboration and co-operation skills, using a range of Racket Sports and Striking and Fielding activities. An emphasis on team formations, strategies and game play will also feature prominently during competitive matches. Preparation for Alfriston School Sports Day will also take place, with all athletics events frequently being developed.
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.
PSHE at all key stages aims to promote positive well-being and mental health enabling pupils to take responsibility for their learning and future life choices.
Pupils will have opportunities to understand and reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally, emotionally and socially, encompassing many of the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and health issues in their lives and that of others in wider society. This will enable them to be have a deeper understanding of themselves, others and the world they live in while building meaningful relationships. It will also enable pupils to develop leadership of themselves and others and develop personal and transferable skills related to the Learning for Living skills such as confidence and resilience.
There will be opportunities for pupils to find out what the school is like, how it functions as well as its rules. They will then think about friendships and relationships and begin to consider their future challenges and choices.
Summer 1: Pupils will look at the Elements of a healthy lifestyle, Healthy Eating, Mental Wellbeing, Physical Activity, Body Image, Medicinal drugs and vaccinations, Drugs, Alcohol and tobacco.
Summer 2: Pupils will explore the world we live in and focus on diversity. Pupils will discuss and examine differences between people and understanding cultural differences, Rights and responsibilities, Managing online information, Grooming, Taking care of the environment and Preparing for adulthood and Managing finances.
WORK RELATED LEARNING
The theme for the term is ‘Learning how to plan ahead’. Students will take a closer look at jobs and be learning how to plan ahead. They will be looking at different application forms and practice completing them. They will also be developing their interview skills.
Pupils from Y10,11 and post 16 will work in mixed groups for a full morning (Lessons 1-4). Pupils are able to choose from a range of activities that they will complete over the course of a full term. All activities are designed to develop key employability skills and are aligned to our Learning for Living goals.
Summer: SHOW (Easter to Summer). Focus on working towards a summer showcase where pupils will have the opportunity to plan a project for the Alfriston Open Days. These open days will provide an opportunity for prospective/ new and existing parents to visit the school alongside local community groups to see a flavour of what our school is all about through food, art, dance, sport, music and garden projects.
In Years 10, 11 and Post 16 students are timetabled together on Thursday mornings. During this time, they work on a range of half termly units of work or 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 are BTEC Pre-vocational Study (Entry 1 and Entry 2) and BTEC Entry to Vocational Study (Entry 3). These specifications focus on the development of interpersonal, organisational and learning skills. The contexts used to develop these skills and therefore deliver the units include cooking, art, dance, sport and media studies. Non accredited units include collaborative work with other schools, colleges and community organisations.