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, the focus is on data and statistics. For some students, this will be reading charts and graphs with whole numbers. For others, they will learn about calculating different intervals on graphs with decimal numbers. Understanding the language is highly important for this topic, so time is given so the students can have opportunities to learn the same topic, in different ways. Full Functional Skills practice assessments will also be taken.
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.
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)
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.
Pregnancy and birth – Pupils will have the opportunity to talk about all aspects of friendships and relationships as well as the sexual development of young people. They will consider information concerning family planning, contraception, conception and the signs and stages of pregnancy. The care of the mother is an important part of this course, considering the effects of smoking, drinking and drugs during pregnancy as well as the importance of a healthy diet. Choice and care of maternity clothes will be investigated, essential equipment needed for a new baby and pupils will be able to design a nursery!
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.