In the Summer term Year 11 will focus on the themes of change. In the first half of the term they will study the film Up. They will consider themes of aging and leaving home. The emotions presented by both characters and viewers will be discussed. In the second part of the term, students will reflect on their time in school by revisiting work they have put in a Memory Box when they were younger. They will look at interview skills and transferable skills going forward into Post 16 at Alfriston or another setting.
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.
The students will also have a second attempt at a Functional Skills qualification assessment should the previous result in the Spring term, not be as desired.
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 genetics and reproduction, interdependence and evolution.
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.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – HUMANITIES
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.
Pupils will look at how children are affected around the world by conflict. They will be investigating the lives of children in different countries and comparing our lives to them. They will be thinking about the effect of conflict on children and considering how they feel about such issues.
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.
Preparing for the future – In this unit, pupils will look at some of the religious rituals and practices in the world religions. There will be the opportunity to revise some issues as well as discovering new ones. Pupils will complete individual research into each of the religions that we have covered and share their ideas and opinions. The focus will be around the main beliefs and philosophies of each faith group. This unit will bring together all their previous learning on the different religions and enable pupils to secure their understanding of the knowledge of beliefs, practices and sources of authority within Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.
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 during this term is preparation for participation in physical activity within the wider community and life after Alfriston, competing in a range of non-mainstream sports and team challenges.
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD
The school runs the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme over a two-year period in Year 10 and 11. During Year 11 the students will be training for their expeditions and completing the volunteering section. Volunteering must be completed in their own time so most of the students will use clubs they support as Sports Leaders or Prefect duties during lunch or break times.
The lessons will be spent training for the expeditions that take place in the Summer Term. This will be a practical year and will include cooking on a Trangia, walking proficiency, using a tent and navigational skills along with other necessary skills.
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 difference, Rights and responsibilities, Managing online information, Grooming, Taking care of the environment and Preparing for adulthood and Managing finances.
WORK RELATED LEARNING
Year 11 now get the opportunity to apply their understanding of the work place and work place expectations in practical settings. With the opportunity to rotate termly they have the opportunity to access Social Enterprise, work experience at a local food bank or work experience at a local community café. Where it is possible to widen or vary these opportunities we do so for example also including internships with the Site Caretaker and the School Office Team.
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.