Upper School

The Academy is embarking on a new curriculum across all subjects during the academic year 2019/2020. We will update this curriculum page by September 2020.

For additional information for each subject please contact the Head of School - Upper: Mr. Durkin.

All Year 10 students study English Literature, English Language, Maths, Combined Science, RE and PE.

All Year 11 students study English Literature, English Language, Maths, Science, Additional Science, RE and PE.

In addition to these subjects, Year 10 and 11 students have option choices.

Art

Year 10

BTEC Lv1/2

Unit 3: Street festivals

  • Explore 2D visual language and working practices

  • Investigate how artists, craftspeople and designers communicate in 2D

  • Communicate ideas using 2D knowledge and skills in response to a brief

Unit 6: Urban environment

  • Investigate historical and contemporary art, craft and design practice

  • Explore art, craft and design examples relevant to your own work

Year 11

BTEC Lv1/2

Unit 3 / 6 Review and refinements: Improving and completing work from the two units.

External Exam: Creative Project in Art and Design

  • develop creative ideas, skills and intentions in response to a project brief

  • produce final outcomes that meet the requirements of the brief

10 Hour exam

Computing

Year 10

GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel 2016)

  • Unit 1 ‐ Principles of Computer Science

  • Unit 2 ‐ Application of Computational Thinking

Year 11

GCSE Computer Science (Edexcel 2016)

  • Unit 3 – Project

ICT

Year 10

CiDA (Edexcel)

  • DA201 ‐ Developing Web Products (Exam)

  • DA202 ‐ Creative Multimedia

Year 11

BTEC ICT (Edexcel)

  • Unit 1 ‐ Online World

  • Unit 3 – Integrated Digital Technology

  • Unit 4 ‐ Digital Animation

  • Unit 6 ‐ Digital Graphics

Geography

Year 10

  • Half term 1 – AQA Hot Deserts

  • Half term 2 – AQA Weather Hazards

  • Half term 3 – AQA Urban Issues and Challenges

  • Half term 4 – AQA Resource Management

  • Half term 5 – AQA Fieldwork

  • Half term 6 – AQA Fieldwork/Issue Evaluation

Year 11

  • Half term 1 – AQA The Changing Economic World

  • Half term 2 – AQA Resource Management

  • Half term 3 – AQA Food

  • Half term 4 – AQA Weather Hazards

  • Half term 5 – AQA Climate Change

  • Half term 6 ‐ Revision

Health & Social Care

Year 10

Unit 1 – Human Lifespan Development

  • Development of Year 9 work

  • Application to example assessment and coursework

Unit 3 – Factors Influencing our Health and Wellbeing

  • What influences our health and wellbeing?

  • How can we improve our health and wellbeing?

  • How do I know how healthy I am?

  • How to interpret data and nutritional information

  • How can I improve an individual’s health and wellbeing?

  • What are the barriers to improving health and wellbeing?

Year 11

Unit 3 ‐ Factors Influencing our Health and Wellbeing

  • Exam preparation

Unit 2 – Care Values

  • How do you look after different individuals?

  • What values do you need in Health and Social Care?

  • How can you demonstrate these values?

  • How can you empower individuals ?

  • Why is it important to treat people as individuals?

  • How would you plan care and look after someone?

  • What are the rules and regulations in health and social care environments?

  • What are the consequences of poor care?

History

Year 10

Theme: Conflict

  • Half term 1 – Nazi Germany

  • Half term 2 – Nazi Germany

  • Half term 3 – USA

  • Half term 4 – USA

  • Half term 5 – Revision: Crime & Punishment

  • Half term 6 – Revision: Elizabeth 1

Year 11

Theme: Conflict

  • Half term 1 – Local Study

  • Half term 2 – Local Study

  • Half term 3 – USA

  • Half term 4 – USA

  • Half term 5 – Revision

  • Half term 6 ‐ Revision

Maths (Foundation)

Year 10

  • Half Term 1 - Graphs, Transformations, Ratio and Proportion

  • Half Term 2 - Pythagoras, Trigonometry, Probability, Percentages

  • Half Term 3 - 3D Shapes, Plans and Elevations, Constructions and Loci

  • Half Term 4 - Algebra Basics, Quadratics, Area and Volume, Circles and Cones

  • Half Term 5 - Fractions, Indices and Standard Form, Similarity, Vectors

  • Half Term 6 - Rearranging, Graphs, Simultaneous Equations

Year 11

  • Half Term 1 - Number Revision

  • Half Term 2 - Algebra Revision

  • Half Term 3 - Shape and Space Revision

  • Half Term 4 - Data Revision and Exam Techniques

  • Half Term 5 - Past Papers and Exam Techniques

Maths (Higher)

Year 10

  • Half Term 1 - 3D Forms, Volume/Surface Area, Accuracy and Bounds, Transformations

  • Half Term 2 - Constructions and Loci, Quadratics, Simultaneous Equations, Inequalities

  • Half Term 3 - Probability, Proportion, Compound Measures, Similarity, Functions

  • Half Term 4 - Congruence, Graphs of Trigonometric Functions, Further Trigonometry

  • Half Term 5 - Collecting Data, Cumulative Frequency, Histograms, Graphs, Circle Theorem

  • Half Term 6 - Surds, Algebraic Fractions, Rearranging Formulae, Vectors

Year 11

  • Half Term 1 - Number Revision

  • Half Term 2 - Algebra Revision

  • Half Term 3 - Shape and Space Revision

  • Half Term 4 - Data Revision and Exam Techniques

  • Half Term 5 - Past Papers and Exam Techniques

English

Year 10

  • Autumn 1: Power and Conflict Poetry

  • Autumn 2: Power and Conflict ‐ Language paper 1 Fiction focus

  • Spring 1 and 2: Pre‐1900 Prose (Either: A Christmas Carol, Jane Eyre, Sign of Four, Frankenstein)

  • Summer 1: Journeys ‐ Language Paper 2 Non‐fiction focus

  • Summer 2: Shakespeare Revision

Year 11

  • Autumn 1: Pre‐1900 Prose

  • Autumn 2: Literature Paper 2 Revision - Modern Text and Poetry

  • From Spring Term there will be key revision for all exam papers

Modern Foreign Languages

Year 10

Year 10 is the second year of the GCSE course and the key areas covered are:

  • Festivals and customs in French speaking countries /communities

  • Travel and Tourism

  • Social Issues: Healthy Living

  • Education Post‐16 and future career choices and ambitions

Year 11

Year 11 is the final year of the GCSE course and the key areas covered are:

  • Technology in everyday life

  • The environment

  • Charity/voluntary work

  • Homelessness/poverty

  • Exam preparation

Drama

Year 10 & 11

In Year 10 and 11 students will continue to study a BTEC level 2 Tech Award in Drama. The qualification is for those looking to further their career in Drama or study Drama in a higher education course. The course encourages them to grow in confidence and develop as an actor. The BTEC Tech award consists of 3 units:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts

  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

  • Performing to a Brief

Dance

Year 10 & 11

Btec Level 2 Tech Award Dance. The qualification is for learners who are interested and have a passion for dance with a view to a further career in this or progressing to a higher education course. You study Dance through both theory and practical contexts and are assessed on 3 units:

  • Exploring the Performing Arts

  • Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts

  • Performing to a Brief

RE

Year 10

Foundational Catholic Theology: Origins and Meaning / Good and Evil.

Exploring Catholic teaching on how the world was created, how they should look after the environment. Non‐religious views are also explored with reference to Humanism. Students will also question the existence of Good and Evil and why God allows it to take place if he is omni‐benevolent.

Year 11

Applied Catholic Theology: Life and Death, Sin and Forgiveness.

Students will explore the Catholic teaching on Life After Death using religious sources to support their understanding. They will also look at the Seven Sacraments and the impact they have on individuals as well as Crime and punishment and the Church teaching on forgiveness and sin.

Music

Year 10

GCSE content AoS 1‐5 in depth

  • Music theory

  • Trial recording for coursework

  • Composition 1

  • Listening skills

Year 11

GCSE content AoS 1‐5 revision

  • Music theory

  • Solo and ensemble coursework recordings

  • Composition 2 Listening skills