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, 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. For others, statistical language is the focus alongside conversions with measurement (time, length, weight etc). 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. End of year official Functional Skills assessments will take place in the latter part of the Summer term.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Preparing for the future – In this unit, pupils will be able to teach younger pupils in Year 7 about medicines, alcohol and tobacco. Pupils will also access the Relationships and Sex Education and Drugs Education programmes for leavers and those going into Post-16. They will revise all previous learning, including the facts about illegal drugs, HIV, AIDs and STIs.
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.