In year 11 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:

Number of lessons per subject

Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.

Year 11 students on the red pathway study English, maths, science, physical education, personal development, French and either history or geography, they also choose to pursue two further subjects.

Students on the blue pathway study the same core subjects as above with the exception of French, students therefore have three additional subjects to choose.

For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link for the subject page.

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of our curriculum please get in touch.

Core subjects

Students study a combination of the options below, depending on the pathway they have chosen.

English

Autumn term 1

Literature paper two modern texts and poetry: anthology/unseen poetry

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written

Language paper two writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: section A – reading

  • Identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas
  • Explain, comment on and analyse how writers’ use language and structure to achieve effects and influence readers, using relevant subject terminology to support their views
  • Compare writers’ ideas and perspectives, as well as how these are conveyed, across two or more texts

Autumn term 2 

Literature paper two modern texts and poetry: anthology/unseen poetry

  • Read, understand and respond to texts. Maintain a critical style and develop a personal response, use textual references, including quotations, to support and illustrate interpretations
  • Analyse the language, form and structure used by a writer to create meanings and effects, using relevant subject terminology
  • Show understanding of the relationships between texts and contexts in which they were written

Language paper two writers’ viewpoints and perspectives: section B – writing

  • Communicate clearly, effectively and imaginatively, selecting and adapting tone, style and register for different forms, purposes and audiences
  • Organise information and ideas, using structural and grammatical features to support coherence and cohesion of texts
  • Use a range of vocabulary and sentence structures for clarity, purpose and effect, with accurate spelling and punctuation

Revision – Literature paper two modern texts and poetry: J. B. Priestley – An Inspector Calls

Spring term 1

Revision – Literature paper one Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel

Revision – Language paper one explorations in creative reading and writing

Spring term 2 

Revision – Literature paper two modern texts and poetry

Revision – Language paper two writers’ viewpoints and perspectives

 

Summer term 1
Revision for the summer exams

AQA GCSE English Language

AQA GCSE English literature

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French

Autumn Term

Theme: local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment

Holidays and travel

  • Describe holiday destinations
  • Talk about favourite holidays and activities
  • Talk about different places in French (cultural capital)
  • Discuss the importance of holidays

Life at school and college

  • Describe holiday destinations
  • Describe a day at school
  • Compare school life in France and Britain
  • Talk about school rules and uniform

Mock exam preparation

Spring Term

Theme: current and future study and employment

  • Talk about future studies
  • Talk about future options
  • Talk about jobs and part time work
  • Discussing how to get a job

Summer Term

Exam preparation for listening, reading, writing with a focus on speaking

AQA GCSE French

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Geography

  • Autumn term
    • Coasts
    • Economic world – UK and NigeriaSpring term
    • Food
    • Hazards
    • Decision making

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History

Half term 1 of the autumn term

American West [period study] – students look at how the United States of America was formed between 1835-1895. Thinking in particular about migration and settlement, removal and destruction of the Native American people, and development of transportation and industry. Anglo-Saxon and Norman England combined with American West completes paper 2.
• Early settlement of the Plains
• Development of the Plains
• Conflict and conquest

Half term 2 of the autumn term and spring term

Weimar and Nazi Germany [modern depth study] – starts with the armistice agreement and the setting up of the Weimar Republic through to the rise of Adolf Hitler to the creation of the Nazi state. This completes paper 3.
• The Weimar Republic
• Hitler’s rise to power
• Nazi control and dictatorship
• Life in Nazi Germany

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Maths

Autumn term
Graphs and algebra

  • Gradients and lines
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Using graphs
  • Expanding and factorising
  • Changing the subject
  • Functions

Spring term
Reasoning and revision

  • Multiplicative reasoning
  • Geometric reasoning
  • Algebraic reasoning
  • Transforming and constructing
  • Revision

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Personal development

Autumn term
Careers and post 16 transition

  • Presenting personal information
  • Writing a personal statement
  • How to apply
  • Application forms
  • Mock interview applications
  • How to ace an interview
  • Review interview skills and target set

Spring term
GCSE revision skills and managing stress

  • Study skills
  • Revision techniques
  • Trade unions
  • Sexual harassment
  • Marriage
  • Self-examination and screening
  • Issue based topics chosen by the class

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Physical education

 

Girls Boys
Trampolining Football
Table tennis Rugby
Dance Handball
Handball Boxercise
Boxercise Trampolining
Netball Table tennis
Rounders Rounders
Athletics Athletics
Fitness Fitness

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Science (combined)

Autumn term

  • Homeostasis and response
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Rates of reaction, equilibrium and organic chemistry
  • Waves

Spring term

  • Ecology
  • Chemical analysis
  • The Earth
  • Forces and motion

Summer term

  • Electromagnetism

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Optional subjects

Additionally students choose to study two/three of the subjects listed below.

Art

Autumn term
Final project (independent)

  • Selecting appropriate starting points
  • Selecting appropriate artist/source materials
  • Developing initial ideas
  • Presentation skills
  • Experimentation
  • Recording skills

Spring term
Component 2 (NEA) controlled assessment

  • Student will be given the starting points as selected by the exam board.
  • Students will begin the preparation process which will involve the following:
    • selecting appropriate starting point
    • developing initial ideas through written and visual presentation
    • artist research and source selection
    • visual analysis of both primary and secondary research
    • material experimentation
    • ideas refinement
    • record refinements
  • Final idea plan for 10 hour assessment

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Business and enterprise

Unit 2 understanding resources for business and enterprise planning

Autumn term

  • Research, resource planning and growth for business
  • Human resource requirements for a business start-up

Spring term

  • Sources of enterprise funding and business finance
  • Business and enterprise planning.

NCFE level 1/2 technical award in business and enterprise

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Child development and care

Autumn, spring and summer terms
Coursework 2 – working in child care setting

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Computer science

Autumn term
• System architecture
• Memory
• Computational thinking

Spring term
• Storage
• Networks
• Programming techniques

Summer term
• Wireless connections
• Network topologies, layers and protocols
• Producing robust programs

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Creative i-Media

Autumn term
• Types of digital animation
• Uses of digital animation
• Animation file types
• Analysing a brief

Spring term
• Storyboarding an animation
• Using animation software
• Evaluating an animation
• Types and uses of digital video
• Designing a digital video

Summer term
• Shooting a video
• Editing and cutting
• Evaluating a digital video project

Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia Level 1/2

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Dance

Term 1

Unit 2: preparation, performance and production

Assessment type: internal assignment marked by your teacher.

In this unit you will learn how to develop a performance piece as a member of a fictional performance company and then present your performance to an audience.

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

  • take part in the preparations for a live performance
  • demonstrate performance skills and techniques in a performance.

Term 2

Unit 1: individual showcase

Assessment type: external.
Learners will complete a letter of application and an audition in response to a progression opportunity. The audition will be two solo performances based on a given theme. All will take place under controlled conditions.

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

  • understand the skills required for the progression opportunity
  • present a self-promoting response to the progression opportunity.

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Drama

Autumn term
Component 2: Developing skills and techniques in the performing arts

Spring term
Component 3: Responding to a brief

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Film studies

Autumn term
Paper 2 section A – Let The Right One In and paper 2 section B An Education

  • Representation study
  • Narrative study
  • Key scenes analysis
  • Exam questions

Spring term
Paper 2 section C – Submarine and paper 1 section A, Singin’ in the Rain

  • Aesthetics study
  • Context study
  • Key scenes analysis
  • Exam questions

Summer term
Paper 2 section B Grease and paper 2 section C Whiplash

  • Critical analysis excerpts
  • Context study
  • Key scenes analysis
  • Exam questions

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French

Autumn Term

Theme: local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment

Holidays and travel

  • Describe holiday destinations
  • Talk about favourite holidays and activities
  • Talk about different places in French (cultural capital)
  • Discuss the importance of holidays

Life at school and college

  • Describe holiday destinations
  • Describe a day at school
  • Compare school life in France and Britain
  • Talk about school rules and uniform

Mock exam preparation

Spring Term

Theme: current and future study and employment

  • Talk about future studies
  • Talk about future options
  • Talk about jobs and part time work
  • Discussing how to get a job

Summer Term

Exam preparation for listening, reading, writing with a focus on speaking

AQA GCSE French

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Graphic communication

Autumn term

  • Continue with sustained phase
  • Preparation for exam

Spring term

  • Preparation for controlled assessment
  • Seven starting points are provided on the paper and the student selects and responds to one of these

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Hospitality and catering

Autumn term

  • Investigating specific nutrients and their importance in different age groups including people with medical conditions
  • Investigating how different cooking methods will affect the nutritional value of certain foods
  • What characteristics people show if they are deficient in certain nutrients
  • Careers focus in the industry – menu planning for a customer base
    Preparation for food presentation

Spring term

  • Completion of food presentation involving taste testing
  • Revision for written exam

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Music

Autumn term 

BTEC unit 2 –Managing a music product

GCSE- Music theory basics and compositional developments

Spring term 

BTEC unit 2- Managing a music product continued

BTEC unit 4-Introdudtion to composition

GCSE- Purcell analysis developments, Beethoven Analysis Developments and composition 1 completion

Summer term

BTEC unit 4 Introduction to composition

BTEC unit 1-The Music Industry Exam

GCSE- Purcell Analysis, Queen analysis

Performance development

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PE BTEC

Component 1: preparing participants to take part in sport and physical activity
Component 2: taking part and improving other participants sporting performance
Component 3: developing fitness to improve other participants performance in sport and physical activity

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Photography

Autumn term
Skills

  • Aperture
  • Force Perspective
  • Angles
  • Framing
  • Rule of thirds
  • Editing – spot colour, contrast, filters.
  • Multiplicity
  • Blending
  • Slow shutter speed
  • Fast shutter speed

Spring term
Colour photography/ Independent topic

Students will start their first independent topic based on ‘Colour’, this will enable them to develop an understanding of how a coursework project is put together and build upon the skills learnt in term one with a bit more freedom to experiment. This will run during the first half of the term, the second half students will receive a series of starting points to develop out.

  • Researching photographers
  • Analysis of work
  • Planning of photo-shoots
  • Independent development of ideas
  • Photo-shoot exploration and creativity.
  • Editing experimentation.

Summer term
Mini mock

  • Students will be given various starting points to develop a personal response
  • Exploring appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.

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Product design

Autumn term

  • Preparation for NEA
  • Outcomes for assessment of NEA

Spring term

  • Revision for written exam

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Religious education

Issue-based lessons

  • Sanctity of human life
  • Death penalty
  • Medical interventions
  • Forced and arranged marriages
  • Right wing extremism
  • Community cohesions
  • Terrorism and holy war
  • Suicide
  • IVF
  • Cloning
  • Euthanasia

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Science (separate)

Autumn term

  • Biology: homeostasis and response
  • Chemistry: rates of reaction, equilibrium and organic chemistry; organic reactions and polymers
  • Physics: waves

Spring term

  • Biology: inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Chemistry: chemical analysis
  • Physics: forces and motion; electromagnetism

Summer term

  • Biology: ecology
  • Chemistry: the Earth
  • Physics: space

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Statistics

Autumn term
Scatter diagrams and correlation:

  • Scatter diagrams
  • Relationships between data
  • Spearman’s rank coefficient
  • Pearson’s product moment correlation

Spring term
Time series:

  • Time series
  • Moving averages
  • Trends

Summer term
Probability

  • Experimental probability
  • Probability diagrams
  • Mutually exclusive and exhaustive events
  • Independent events
  • Probability distributions

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