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Year 10 Subject Information

For further information about all Key Stage 4 courses please contact Mr A. Edwards (Deputy Headteacher) or Mr J. Sanderson (KS4 Co-ordinator) on 0151 235 1430
English Language and English Literature

Subject Leader: C Wright

Year 10 English teachers: H Moffat, J Fenton, S Griffiths, A Gould, J Stone-Hindle, C Woods, L Fabia, S.Palmer, C.Wright

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSEs in English language and English literature. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • English Language Paper 1 Q1-4: Reading and Writing fiction
  • English Literature: Unit 1 ‘A Christmas Carol’
  • Key Words: ‘A Christmas Carol’: Thomas Malthus, laissez-faire, Dickensian, Christmas, allegory, juxtaposition, nuclear family, humanity, metamorphosis, antithesis, circle of depravation / cycle of poverty, Emotionally stagnated, motif, pathetic fallacy, disabled, social injustice, empathy, Victorian Class system, philanthropist / philanthropic, plight of the poor

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • English Language Paper 1 Q5: Writing to Describe / Narrate
  • English Literature: Unit 1- Macbeth
  • Macbeth: hamartia, peripeteia, catharsis, hubris, rhyming couplet, regicide, laissez-faire, soliloquy, Divine Right of kings, tragic hero, disturbance to the natural world, juxtaposition, hallucinations, Machiavellian, antithesis, motif, assonance, dramatic irony, prophecy, ambition, pathetic fallacy, tragedy

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • English Language Paper 2 Q1-4: Response to pre and post 1914 non-fiction
  • English Language Paper 2 Q5: Writing to Persuade skills

Assessments will take place 3 times a year and results will be reported to parents.

Mathematics

Subject Leader: C. Roche                                          

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: O McNally

Year 10 Mathematics teachers:

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Mathematics and will be entered for either Higher or Foundation Tier, in accordance with their mathematical ability. The examination board is Edexcel.

Term 1 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Real-life graphs

Straight-line graphs

Transformations

Ratio

Proportion

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

Term 1 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Transformations

Constructions, loci and bearings

Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations

Inequalities

Probability

Multiplicative reasoning

Term 2 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Probability

Multiplicative reasoning

Plans and elevations

Constructions, loci and bearings

Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

Quadratic equations: graphs

Term 2 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Similarity and congruence in 2D and 3D

Graphs of trigonometric functions

Further trigonometry

Collecting data

Cumulative frequency, box plots and histograms

Quadratics, expanding more than two brackets, sketching graphs, graphs of circles, cubes and quadratics

Term 3 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Circles, cylinders, cones and spheres

Fractions and reciprocals

Indices and standard form

Similarity and congruence in 2D

Vectors

Rearranging equations, graphs of cubic and reciprocal functions and simultaneous equations

Term 3 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Circle theorems

Changing the subject of formulae (complex), algebraic fractions, solving equations arising from algebraic fractions, rationalising surds, proof

Vectors and geometric proofOK

Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

Direct and inverse proportion

Extra Reading/Research Pupils are expected to use MathsWatch

  • (Pupil’s own school log-in)@cardinal-heenan
  • Password

Revision guides and workbooks are also available to purchase from the maths office

Assessments will take place 3 times a year and results will be reported to par

Science

Subject Leader: J Prior

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: D Boyle

Year 10 teachers: J. Prior, D. Boyle, J. Lyons, A. Hughes, M. Crawford, M.Boyle, K.McGunigle, T.Granby, D.Lewis

Examination Board: AQA

All boys in Year 10 will study the following topics during the academic year:

Biology

  • Chapter B14 - Variation and evolution
  • Chapter B15 - Genetics and evolution

Topic 5 - Ecology

  • Chapter B16 - Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Chapter B17 - Organising an ecosystem
 

Chemistry

  • Chapter C7 - Energy changes

Topic 3 - Rates, equilibrium, and organic chemistry

  • Chapter C8 - Rates and equilibrium
  • Chapter C13 - The Earth's atmosphere
  • Chapter C14 - The earth's resources
 

Physics

Topic 2 - Particles at work

  • Chapter P4 - Electric circuits
  • Chapter P5 - Electricity in the home
  • Chapter P6 - Molecules and matter

Topic 3 - Forces in action

  • Chapter P8 - Forces in balance
  • Chapter P9 - Motion
  • Chapter P10 - Force and motion

Extra Reading/Research

Each student in year 10 will have the opportunity to purchase a Science revision guide which contains all the content for the trilogy GCSE qualification.

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
www.my-gcsescience.com
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/steps-to-success-in-science/revision-materials
www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience
revisionworld.com/gcse-revision
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science

Keywords

  • Photosynthesis
  • Chloroplasts
  • Plant minerals
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic respiration
  • Enzymes
  • Mitochondria
  • Osmosis
  • Neurone
  • Biomass
  • Amino acid
  • Double blind trial
  • Heterozygous
  • Homozygous
  • Isomerase
  • Proton
  • Neutron
  • Electron
  • Atomic Number
  • Exothermic
  • Endothermic
  • Activation energy
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Chromatography
  • Covalent bond
  • Ionic bond
  • Metallic bond
  • Neutralisation
  • Isotope
  • Giant lattice
  • Nanoscience
  • PH scale
  • Acceleration
  • Alpha radiation
  • Alternating current
  • Beta radiation
  • Chain reaction
  • Collision theory
  • Diode
  • Drag force
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Filament bulb
  • Force
  • Friction
  • Half life
  • Kinetic energy
  • Gravitational field strength
  • Neutron star
  • Hooke’s Law

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents. 

Science Triple Award

Subject Leader: J Prior

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: D Boyle

Year 10 teachers: M.Boyle and A.Hughes

Examination Board: AQA

Those students following the triple award science route will follow the same programme of study as the rest of their peers in Year 10, with the addition of the following units:

Biology - Biodiversity and ecosystems

B14.5 Cloning

B14.6 Adult cell cloning

B15.1 The history of genetics

B15.2 Theories of evolution

B15.3 Accepting Darwin's ideas

B15.4 Evolution and Speciation

B13.3 The best of both worlds

B13.5 DNA structure and protein synthesis

B13.6 Gene expression and mutation

B18.7 Maintaining biodiversity

B18.8 Trophic levels and biomass

B18.9 Biomass transfers

B18.10 Factors affecting food security

B18.11 Making food production efficient

B18.12 Sustainable food production

Chemistry

C7.5 Chemical cells and batteries

C7.6 Fuel cells

C12.4 Tests for positive ions

C12.5 Tests for negative ions

C12.6 Instrumental analysis

Physics

P8.4 Moments at work

P8.5 More about levers and gears

P8.7 Moments and equilibrium

P10.5 Using conservation of momentum

P10.6 Impact forces

P10.7 Safety first

P11.1 Pressure and surfaces

P11.2 Pressure in a liquid at rest

P11.3 Atmospheric pressure

P11.4 Upthrust and flotation

P4.1 Electrical charges and fields

P6.7 Gas pressure and volume

P15.3 Electromagnetics in devices

P15.4 The motor effect

P15.5 The generator effect

P15.6 The alternating-current generator

P15.7 Transformers

P15.8 Transformers in action

In addition to this, all boys will have the opportunity to purchase an individual revision book for each GCSE they will sit.

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zrkw2hv
www.my-gcsescience.com
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/steps-to-success-in-science/revision-materials www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience
revisionworld.com/gcse-revision
www.cgpbooks.co.uk/interactive_gcse_science

Keywords

  • Photosynthesis
  • Chloroplasts
  • Plant minerals
  • Aerobic respiration
  • Anaerobic respiration
  • Enzymes
  • Mitochondria
  • Osmosis
  • Neurone
  • Biomass
  • Amino acid
  • Double blind trial
  • Heterozygous
  • Homozygous
  • Isomerase
  • Proton
  • Neutron
  • Electron
  • Atomic Number
  • Exothermic
  • Endothermic
  • Activation energy
  • Calcium Carbonate
  • Chromatography
  • Covalent bond
  • Ionic bond
  • Metallic bond
  • Neutralisation
  • Isotope
  • Giant lattice
  • Nanoscience
  • PH scale
  • Acceleration
  • Alpha radiation
  • Alternating current
  • Beta radiation
  • Chain reaction
  • Collision theory
  • Diode
  • Drag force
  • Elastic potential energy
  • Filament bulb
  • Force
  • Friction
  • Half life
  • Kinetic energy
  • Gravitational field strength
  • Neutron star
  • Hooke’s Law

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents. 

Religious Education

Subject Leader: S Miller

Year 10 RE teachers: T Harrison, S Miller, B Kelly-Ince, A Kennedy, R McCrink, R Campbell

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in R.E. The examination board is AQA Religious Studies B.

Subject Content

  1. Catholic Christianity
  2. Perspectives on faith

Paper 1: Catholic Christianity:

What is assessed?

Catholic beliefs, teachings, practices, sources of authority and forms of expression in relation to six topics:

  • Creation
  • Incarnation
  • The Triune God
  • Redemption
  • Church
  • Eschatology.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Perspectives on faith:

What is assessed?

Judaism

  • Beliefs and teachings
  • Practices 

Two religious themes:

  • Theme A – Religion, relationship and families
  • Theme B – Religion, Peace and Conflict
  • Theme C – Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 96 marks (plus 5 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • 50% of GCSE

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

PE

PE Subject Leader: N O’Hare

Year 10 PE teachers: I Forgie, T Phipps, P Aspinall, P Sellwood, W Townson, N O’Hare, L Johnson, D Hanwell.

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in PE. The examination board is AQA. Below is an outline of the course.

Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

What’s assessed

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

What’s assessed

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

What’s assessed

  • Students are assessed as a player/performer in three different activities.
  • Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total: 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Total: 78 marks
  • 30% of GCSE

How it’s assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • Total: 100 marks 40% of GCSE

At Key Stage 4, during core PE, students have the opportunity to choose a more personalised pathway of participation that suits their needs and interests. In all pathways, students take part in health activities and leadership in football, handball badminton, cricket, athletics

Throughout the remainder of the pathway, students either build on or further develop their abilities in activities following on from Key Stage 3.

A continuous programme of extracurricular activities runs throughout the year in a range of sports. The programme changes to suit the seasons and is available to all pupils.

Activities for Intra and Inter Form competitions include: football (11 aside and 5 aside), rugby (union and league), cricket, athletics, basketball, handball, cross country, table tennis and badminton. Students also have access to the Lifestyle gymnasium each night between 3pm and 4pm to look at improving their own physical fitness and strength conditioning.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Art

Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 10 Art teacher: P Dougan

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Art.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Pupils begin their second piece of coursework. This is a graphics project and will evolve around the promotion of a commodity. This may be a band or aftershave/ perfume. They will research current product, explore typeface and build on the Photoshop skills learnt so far.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Pupils generate ideas and develop prototypes for media products such as posters, packaging design, web sites, posters and adverts, t-shirt designs. They will take inspiration for colour, types and layout from existing artist and graphic designer

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Pupils will move on to consolidating their ideas to produce a series of clever and high end graphical products, display stands and promotional materials.

Extra Reading/Research

Graphic artists Neville Brody, David Carson

Anything else?

In KS4 the art rooms are available before and after school each night to further extend the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Design Technology

Subject leader: P Dougan

Year 10 Design Technology teachers: P Melia, J Donegan, S Williams

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in Design Technology.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will continue to extend research, development and making skills in their second making project: Housing for a tea light

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates begin their controlled assessment (NEA). This will last for 45 hours.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates continue their controlled assessment (NEA).

Anything else?

In KS4 the DT rooms are available before and after school each night to further extend the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Food preparation and Nutrition

Subject Leader: J Mortimore

Year 10 teachers: J Mortimore, S Williams

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in Food Preparation and Nutrition. The examination board is Eduqas.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Cereals, looking at:
    • Provenance of cereals
    • Milling
    • Primary & secondary processing
    • Storage
    • Classification of cereals
    • Nutritional value
    • Dietary considerations
  • Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, looking at:
    • Geographical areas where meat, fish, poultry & eggs are reared
    • Local vs imported
    • Animal welfare
    • Primary & secondary processing
    • Animal types
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Implications of excess or deficiency
    • Chemical and physical structure of meat

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered;

  • Butter, oils, margarine, sugar & syrup, looking at:
    • Food miles
    • Organic
    • Primary & secondary processing
    • Fortification
    • Nutrient requirements
    • Implications of a diet high in saturated fat
  • Soya, tofu, beans, nuts & seeds, looking at:
    • Climate
    • Organic
    • Primary & secondary processing
    • Storage
    • Allergies

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • NEA Assessment 1 (mock)
  • NEA Assessment 2 (mock)

Key Words:

roux, gelatinisation, starch, nutrients, function, source, excess, deficiency, vitamins, minerals, provenance, primary, secondary, food miles, carbon footprint, homogenisation, pasteurisation, globules, quenelle, milling, protein, wheat

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Geography

Subject Leader: P Melanaphy

Year 10 Geography teachers: P Melanaphy, A Slaughter

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in Geography. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Physical Geography Field Trip – Residential to Colomendy, North Wales, to study the distinctive fluvial landforms resulting from different physical processes. Students will be expected to:

  1. Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate information and issues related to geographical enquiry.
  2. Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings in relation to geographical enquiry.

Natural Hazards

Natural hazards pose major risks to people and property. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are the result of physical processes. The effects of, and responses to, a tectonic hazard vary between areas of contrasting levels of wealth. Management can reduce the effects of a tectonic hazard.

Term 2

Urban issues and challenges

A growing percentage of the world’s population lives in urban areas.

Urban growth creates opportunities and challenges for cities in LICs and NEEs. Urban change in cities in the UK leads to a variety of social, economic and environmental opportunities and challenges. Urban sustainability requires management of resources and transport.

Term 3

Cold environments

Cold environments (polar and tundra) have a range of distinctive characteristics. Development of cold environments creates opportunities and challenges. Cold environments are at risk from economic development.

Glacial landscapes in the UK

Ice was a powerful force in shaping the physical landscape of the UK. Distinctive glacial landforms result from different physical processes. Glaciated upland areas provide opportunities for different economic activities, and management strategies can be used to reduce land use conflicts.

Skills Covered

Students are required to develop and demonstrate a range of geographical skills, including cartographic, graphical, numerical and statistical skills, throughout their study of the specification.

Skills will be assessed in all three written exams. Ordnance Survey (OS) maps or other map extracts may be used in any of the three exams.

Students should demonstrate the ability to identify questions and sequences of enquiry, write descriptively, analytically and critically communicate their ideas effectively develop an extended written argument draw well-evidenced and informed conclusions about geographical questions and issues. Most communication is through the written word, raising the importance of good literacy skills. Students should be able to communicate information in ways suitable for a range of target audiences.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

History

Subject Leader: Mr Duffy                  

Key Stage 4 subject co-ordinator: Mr Duffy

Year 10 teachers: Mr Duffy, Miss Rushe, Mr O’Toole

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in History. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-1975
  • Escalation of Conflict in Vietnam
  • The Ending of Conflict in Vietnam
  • The end of French colonial rule: Dien Bien Phu and its consequences; Geneva Agreement, 1954; civil war in South Vietnam; opposition to Diem; the Vietcong – aims, support, leadership and guerrilla tactics and Ho Chi Minh.
  • The US involvement: the Domino Theory; intervention under Eisenhower and Kennedy; Strategic Hamlets programme.
  • Johnson’s War: the Gulf of Tonkin; the US response to Vietcong tactics; the mass bombing campaign; demands for peace and growing student protests in the USA; My Lai and its public impact; Search and Destroy tactics and impact; the Tet Offensive and its consequences for the war.
  • Nixon’s War: Vietnamisation; chemical warfare; bombing campaign of 1970–1972; relations with China; widening of the war into Laos and Cambodia.
  • Opposition to war: Kent State University; the importance of the media and TV in influencing public opinion; the context of the Watergate affair.
  • The end of the war: the Paris Peace talks; the role of Kissinger; the US withdrawal; fall of Saigon; the price of conflict; problems of Vietnam in 1975.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how the identity of the people of Britain has been shaped by their interaction with the wider world. It will consider invasions and conquests. It will also study the country's relationship with Europe and the wider world. It will consider the ebb and flow of peoples into and out of Britain and evaluate their motives and achievements. It considers the causes, impact and legacy of Empire upon the ruled and the ruling in the context of Britain’s acquisition and retreat from Empire.

Conquered and Conquerors

  • Invasion: Vikings and Anglo-Saxons; reasons for Viking invasions; creation of the Danelaw; Alfred and Wessex; King Cnut, Emma of Normandy and the North Sea Empire.
  • A Norman Kingdom and ‘Angevin’ Empire: relationship between England and France; Henry II; invasion of Ireland; losses under King John.
  • The birth of English identity: the Hundred Years’ War and its impact for England’s future development.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Looking West

Sugar and the Caribbean: piracy and plunder; the development of the slave trade, including John Hawkins; settlements in Barbados and West Indies; the economic and social impact of the slave trade on Britain.

  • Colonisation in North America: causes and consequences of British colonisation; Raleigh; Jamestown; contact and relations with indigenous peoples; commodities; Pilgrim Fathers; indentured servants; the War of Independence, loss of American colonies.
  • Migrants to and from Britain: Huguenot migration; Highland clearances; the Ulster plantations.

Extra Reading/Research: Oxford AQA GCSE History Thematic Studies

Key Words: empire, immigrant, hunter-gatherer, Viking, Danelaw, Danegeld, Witan, baron, crusade, Magna Carta, colonise, plunder, privateer, piracy, New World, plantation, indigenous

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Computer Science

Subject Leader: J Mitchard

Year 10 Computer Science teachers: C Kewley

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Computer Science.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
  • Algorithms
  • Programming techniques
  • Python Programming

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computational thinking, algorithms and programming
  • Producing robust programs
  • Computational logic
  • Translators and facilities of languages
  • Data representation

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computer systems
  • Systems Architecture
  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Wired and wireless networks
  • Network topologies, protocols and layers

 Extra Reading/Research

www.codecademy.com
www.python.org/downloads

ICT

Subject Leader: J Mitchard

Year 10 teachers: C Kewley

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in ICT.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Unit 2: Using Digital Tools (Controlled Assessment)

This is a practical unit. Students broaden and enhance their ICT skills and capability. They work with a range of digital tools and techniques to produce effective ICT solutions in a range of contexts. They learn to reflect critically on their own and others’ use of ICT and to adopt safe, secure and responsible practice.

Topic 1. Research and information gathering

  • Differentiate between data and information
  • Use secondary sources
  • Use primary sources
  • Use databases

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Topic 2. Modelling

  • Adapt and enhance spreadsheet models
  • Use models to explore ideas

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Topic 3. Digital publishing

  • Design digital products which are fit for purpose and audience
  • Prepare and organise different types of digital content
  • Develop digital products which are fit for purpose and audience

Extra Reading/Research

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
www.teach-ict.com

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: A Bower

Year 10 Spanish teachers: A Bower, C Murphy, C McConville

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in Spanish.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Family and Relationships
  • Regular –ar verbs in the in the present tense; adjectival agreement; possessive adjectives; using ‘que’ to extend sentences; tener/ser/estar in the present tense; comparative structures.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Home town and local area.
  • ser vs. estar; using hay; naming places in the town; using unos/unas; present tense of IR; adverbs of frequence; using se puede(n); demonstrative pronouns; los/las que+verb; gustar.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • School/Free-time and leisure
  • Tener que / deber / hay que; the perfect tense of regular verbs; using two verbs together; comparatives and superlatives.
  • Consolidation of present tense including irregulars; simple future tense introduced; using adverbs; talking about music, cinema and sport.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Music

Subject Leader: J Sanderson

Year 10 Music teacher: L.Quirk

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Music. The examination board is OCR.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Film music - long answer questions using the elements of music and key musical vocabulary to explain the music and its relation to film.
  • Solo and ensemble performance.
  • Composition – pupils will begin writing their first composition.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Rhythms around the world – music from India, Africa, central and south America and the middle east.
  • Composition – continuation of composition one.
  • Solo and ensemble performance.  

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:           

  • Conventions of pop – rock n roll, roll anthems, solo artists, ballads.
  • Use of musical technology in popular music over time.
  • Development of instruments over time.
  • Instrumental techniques.
  • Finish composition one.
  • Solo and Ensemble performances.

Extra Reading/Research: Each pupil will receive instrumental lessons on the instrument of their choice. It is expected that they will practice between 5 and 7 days per week.

Key Words: rhythmic notation, polyrhythm, time signatures, accompaniment styles, riffs, chord sequences, melodic movement, cadences, harmony, tonality, ornaments, key signatures.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Drama

Subject Leader: D Jones

Year 10 Drama teachers: D Jones, E Charlton

Year 10 pupils will be in the second year of their GCSE in Drama. The examination board is AQA.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Component 1 - Understanding texts

  • Introduction to Blood Brothers
  • Performance conventions
  • Use of performance space and spatial relationships on stage
  • Actor and audience configuration relationships between performers and audience
  • Design fundamentals such as scale, shape, colour, texture
  • The design of props and the design of sets
  • Pyrotechnics, smoke machines, flying
  • The design of costume including hair and make-up
  • The design of lighting such as direction, colour, intensity, special effects
  • The design of sound such as direction, amplification,
  • Music, sound effects both live and recorded
  • Performers' vocal interpretation of character such as accent, volume, pitch, timing, pace, intonation, phrasing, emotional range, delivery of lines
  • Performers' physical interpretation of character such as build, age, height, facial features,
  • Movement, posture, gesture, facial expression.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Component 3 Texts in practice

  • Genre
  • Style and Form
  • Developing and sustaining a role
  • Multi role
  • Dramatic intentions
  • Brecht
  • Character objectives
  • Linear /non linear
  • Anti-climax
  • Abstract

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Component 2 Devising Drama

(Your son will sit 40% of his GCSE during a controlled test this term.)

  • Recording evidence
  • Responding to stimulus
  • Creative thinking
  • Symbolism
  • Themes
  • Plot/narrative
  • Narration
  • Storytelling techniques
  • Puppetry
  • Workshopping ideas
  • Rehearsing for performance
  • Performing to an audience

Extra Reading/Research: www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Key Words: Imagery, theme, message, subtext, creativity, intended dramatic effect, audience engagement, staging, traverse, promenade, in the round, direct address, emotive language, sequence, synchronisation, scene transition

Anything else?

  • Attend extra-curricular activities such as workshops, masterclasses and theatre trips
  • Participate in school productions

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Sociology

Subject Leader: K White

Year 10 Sociology teachers: K White

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Sociology. The GCSE Sociology examination board is OCR.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Social differentiation and stratification

  • Sociological theories of stratification: conflict versus consensus debate on stratification.
  • Different forms and sources of power and authority: formal and informal sources of power
  • Equality/inequality in relation to class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality: evidence and examples should be used to demonstrate equality/inequality in contemporary UK
  • Factors which may influence access to life chances and power: factors which may influence class, gender, ethnicity, age, disability and sexuality
  • Poverty as a social issue: absolute and relative poverty.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Crime and deviance

  • Social construction of concepts of crime and deviance: what is crime? What is deviance? Historical and cultural variations. Social construction of crime and deviance.
  • Social control: informal and formal social control and unwritten rules; agencies of informal social control: family, peer group, education, religion and media; sanctions; formal social control - role of the police and courts.
  • Patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour: patterns of criminal behaviour by: social class, ethnicity, age and gender
  • Sociological theories and explanations of deviance and criminal behaviour (structural, subcultural, interactionist and feminist): conflict versus consensus debate
  • Sources of data on crime: patterns and trends of criminal behaviour

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Education

  • Sociological theories of the role of education: conflict versus consensus debate on the role of education.
  • Processes inside schools: processes within schools affecting educational achievement, e.g. labelling.
  • Patterns of educational achievement: patterns of attainment by gender, social class and ethnicity.
  • Factors affecting educational achievement: social class and the contribution of material factors.
  • Factors affecting educational achievement: gender, more employment opportunities for females. Feminisation of schools, the crisis of masculinity, peer pressure and sub cultures.

Applied methods of sociological enquiry

  • The process of research design: choosing a research area; establishing an aim and/or hypothesis; choosing a method; use of pilot study; selection of sampling techniques; analysis of data; usefulness of mixed methods approach.
  • Interpreting data: how to interpret graphs, diagrams, charts and tables in order to discern patterns and trends

Extra Reading/Research

Researching the impact of media and globalisation to crime and deviance. To identify contemporary moral panics. Researching the success of new strategies put in place by the government within schools, e.g. OFSTED, league tables etc.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Business Studies

Subject Leader: L Fox-Ford

Year 10 teacher: L McGee

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Business Studies.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  1. The Purpose of Communication
  2. The Process of Communication
  3. Barriers to good communication
  4. The effects of good business communication
  5. The effects of bad business communication

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: 4.2 Communication with stakeholders of a business

  1. Stakeholders
  2. Methods of communication with stakeholders
  3. Types of written communication
  4. Types of electronic communication
  5. Types of oral communication
  6. Images used in business communication

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: 4.3 Business Communication tools

  1. The principles of using word processing skills
  2. The value of presentations in business
  3. The use of Desk Top Publishing in Businesses
  4. The use of video and teleconferencing
  5. Organisational Charts and their purpose
  6. The Value of email systems

Key Words: word processing, video conferencing, OHP, Fax, DTP, teleconferencing, organisational chart, stakeholders, electronic, visual, audio

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Business Studies (London Institute of Banking and Finance - Cefe)

Subject Leader: L Fox-Ford

Year 10 Business Studies teachers: L Fox-Ford

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of the Business Studies course. They have covered Units 1 and 3 in Year 9. The examination board is Edexcel.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Unit 2

  • Topic 1: Understand the concept of financial planning
  • Topic 2: Understand the features of a balanced personal budget
  • Topic 3: Understand the link between a personal financial budget and spending choices
  • Topic 4: Understand the tools used in managing money
  • Topic 5: Understand documentation for pay and pay calculations
  • Topic 6: Understand the true cost of spending
  • Topic 7: Understand borrowing products

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Unit 2

  • Topics 1 – 7 Revision
  • Unit 2 External Exam

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Units 1,2, 3

  • Revision Units 1 -3 and resits of all 3 units

Extra Reading/Research Watch TV: Alvin Hall “Your Money or your Life” and “Money saving expert”, IFS “myifslearning” website

Key Words/Phrases: saving, borrowing, rate of interest, inflation, types of tax, Boom and Bust, economic systems, personal allowance

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Media Studies

Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 10 Media Studies teachers: P Dougan, A Murphy

Year 10 pupils are in the second year of their GCSE in Media Studies. The examination board for GCSE Media Studies is WJEC.

Term 1

Pupils will start their final coursework unit. They will produce a media artefact from a series of briefs. The brief is to create a typical Teaser trailer in the genre of horror, which lasts between 2 and 2 1/2 minutes. Candidates will start the process by analysing existing trailers such as ‘The Ring’ and The Blair Witch Project’. Pupils will plan and construct media products using appropriate technical and creative skills

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will begin pre-production, investigating a wide breadth of media processes, techniques and technologies.

They will work as part of a small production company with class mates to consolidate their ideas and begin filming.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will move on to consolidating their ideas in the form of a Teaser trailer. They will use the editing software ‘Sony Vegas’ to construct a final piece which matches the codes and conventions of those media texts previously explored. Candidates will finally analyse their work in terms of how successfully it meets the brief and how successfully it meets the target audience’s expectation.

Extra Reading/Research

Analyse further horror Teaser trailers to extend understanding of this genre.

Anything else?

In KS4 the Media rooms are available before and after school each night to further extend the quality of coursework.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.