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Year 11 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 11 English teachers H Moffat, J Fenton, S Griffiths, A Gould, J Stone-Hindle, C Woods, L Fabia, S.Palmer, C.Wright

Year 11 will complete their GCSEs in English Language and English Literature, with a focus on revising and refining the skills and texts taught in years 9 and 10.

Examination Board: AQA

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revising ‘Macbeth’ (GCSE English Literature Paper 1)
  • Revising Units 1 and 2 (Writing) (GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2)
  • Revising ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Blood Brothers’/’An Inspector Calls’ (GCSE English Literature Papers 1 and 2)

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revising Poetry Cluster ‘Power & Conflict’ (GCSE English Literature Paper 2)
  • Revising Units 1 and 2 (GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2)
  • General revision and preparation for ‘Mock’ examinations

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • General revision and preparation for ‘Mock’ examinations

Key words:

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

Blood Brothers: laissez-faire, implode/ implodes, nurture vs. nature, nuclear family, colloquialisms, dialect/vernacular, Machiavellian, literal/metaphorical, fatalistic, circle of depravation/cycle of poverty, superstition, facsimile, emotionally stagnated, motif, dramatic irony, tragedy, Recession, proof

A Christmas Carol: Thomas Malthus, Poor Laws, laissez-faire, Dickensian, Christmas, allegory/allegorically, 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

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

Mathematics

Subject Leader: C. Roche                                          

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: O McNally

Year 11 Mathematics teachers: Miss A. McCabe, Ms C. Roche, Mr L. Hughes, Mr A. Edwards, Mr M. Craig, Mr M. Waterhouse, Ms L. Marnell, Ms S. Whitehead.

Year 11 pupils are in the final 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.

How it's assessed

  • 1 Non-calculator paper - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 2 Calculator papers – 1 hour 30 minutes each
  • 240 marks in total

Term 1 Foundation

Topics/Skills covered:

Real-life graphs

Transformations

Ratio

Proportion

Right-angled triangles: Pythagoras and trigonometry

Multiplicative reasoning

Plans and elevations

Constructions, loci and bearings

Quadratic equations: expanding and factorising

Quadratic equations: graphs

Term 1 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Perimeter, area and circles

3D forms and volume, cylinders, cones and spheres

Accuracy and bounds

Multiplicative reasoning

Solving quadratic and simultaneous equations

Inequalities

Graphs of trigonometric functions

Further trigonometry

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

Term 2 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 2 Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

Circle theorems

Similarity in 2D and 3D shapes

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

Vectors and geometric proof

Reciprocal and exponential graphs; Gradient and area under graphs

Direct and inverse proportion

Term 3 Foundation/Higher

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revision of the key elements of the course
    • Number
    • Algebra
    • Shape
    • Ratio and proportion
    • Data and statistics
  • Problem solving practice
  • Past papers and exam technique

Anything else?

Students are given revision plans in January and are expected to follow the revision timetable with Mathswatch.

  • (pupil’s own school log-in)@cardinal-heenan.org.uk
  • password

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

Assessments will take place 3 times a year (including 2 Mock exams) and results will be reported to parents.

Science

Subject Leader: J Prior

Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator: D Boyle

Year 11 teachers: J. Prior, D. Boyle, N. Ashton, J. Lyons, A. Hughes, M. Crawford and M Boyle

Examination Board: AQA

Biology

Chapter B2 - Cell Division

Chapter B3 - Organisation and the digestive system

Chapter B4 - Organising plants and animals

Topic 2 - Disease and Bioenergetics

Chapter B5 - Communicable diseases

Chapter B6 - Preventing and treating disease

Chapter B7 - Non-communicable diseases

Chapter B8 - Photosynthesis

Chapter B9 - Respiration

Topic 3 - Biological responses

Chapter B10 - The human nervous system

Chapter B11 - Hormonal coordination

Chapter B12 - Homeostasis in action

 

Chemistry

Chapter C4 - Chemical calculations

Chapter C11 - Polymers

Chapter C15 - Using our resources

 

Physics

Chapter P14 – Light

Chapter P7 - Radioactivity

Chapter P16 - Space

Extra Reading/Research

Each student in year 11 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 11 teachers: D Boyle and A Hughes

Examination Board: AQA

Students will complete all the units within the combined GCSE course as well as the triple units listed below.

Biology

B10.4 The brain

B10.5 The eye

B10.6 Common problems of the eye

B11.9 Plant hormones and responses

B11.10 Using plant hormones

B12.2 Removing waste products

B12.3 The human kidney

B12.4 Dialysis - an artificial kidney

B12.5 Kidney transplants

B5.3 Growing bacteria in the lab

B5.4 Preventing bacterial growth

B5.5 Preventing infections

B5.6 Viral Diseases

B5.7 Bacterial diseases

B5.8 Diseases caused by fungi and protists

B5.9 Human defence responses

B5.10 More about plant diseases

B5.11 Plant defence responses

 

Chemistry

C3.11 Nanoparticles

C3.12 Applications of nanoparticles

C4.1 Relative masses and moles

C4.2 Equations and calculations

C4.3 From masses to balanced equations

C4.4 The yield of chemical reactions

C4.5 Atom economy

C4.6 Expressing concentrations

C4.7 Titrations

C4.8 Titration calculations

C4.9 Volume of gases

C10.1 Reactions of the alkenes

C10.2 Structures of alcohols, carboxylic acids and esters

C10.3 Reactions and uses of alcohols

C10.4 Carboxylic acids and esters

C11.1 Addition polyermisation

C11.2 Condensation polymerisation

C11.3 Natural polymers

C11.4 DNA

C15.1 Rusting

C15.2 Useful alloys

C15.3 The properties of polymers

C15.4 Glass, ceramics and composites

C15.5 Making ammonia - the Haber process

C15.6 The economics of the Haber process

C15.7 Making fertilisers in the lab

C15.8 Making fertilisers in industry

Chapter C15 - Using our resources

 

Physics

P7.6 Nuclear radiation in medicine

P7.7 Nuclear fission

P7.8 Nuclear fusion

P7.9 Nuclear issues

P14.1 Reflection of light

P14.2 Refraction of light

P14.3 Light and colour

P14.4 Lenses

P14.5 Using lenses

P16.1 Formation of the Solar System

P16.2 The life history of the star

P16.3 Planets, satellites, and orbits

P16.4 The expanding universe

P16.5 The beginning and future of the Universe

 
Extra Reading/Research

Each student in the class will have the opportunity to purchase Biology, Chemistry and Physics revision guides for each of the three qualifications.

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

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

Religious Education

Subject Leader: S Miller

Year 11 teachers: R Campbell, R McCrink, S Saleh, A Kennedy, K Smyth, B Kelly-Ince, T Harrison

Examination Board: AQA and Edexcel

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

Year11 PE teachers: I Forgie, T Phipps, P Aspinall, P Sellwood, W Townson, N O’Hare, L Johnson, D Hanwell.

Examination Board: AQA

Course Outline

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 11 teachers: C Gillmore, A Murphy

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will revisit both units of course work (from Year 10. They will develop further artist links and influences, apply a wider range of materials, develop ideas further and strengthen final outcomes.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Students will begin a 6 week preparation period for a practical exam, which will take place over 10 hours in late February. They choose from 7 themes as a starting points for a ‘mini project’. They will research the theme, take inspiration from relevant artists and cultures, and develop ideas in a range of materials before sitting a final exam where they will produce a creative practical outcome.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Students will present all work for moderation, selecting carefully and ensuring that the portfolio of work is a true representation of their artistic ability.

Extra Reading/Research

There will be suggested artists to research both on the exam paper and in discussion with art staff as work develops.

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 11 teachers: P Melia, S Williams,

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates finish their controlled assessment (NEA).

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates concentrate on exam preparation, building on the knowledge and understanding touched on in discreet theory lessons.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates concentrate on exam preparation, building on the knowledge and understanding touched on in discreet theory lessons.

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 11 Hospitality and Catering teachers: J Mortimore, S Williams

Examination Board: Eduqas

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • NEA Assessment 1
    • Research methods
    • Hypothesis
    • Experiment
    • Analysis
    • Conclusions
  • NEA Assessment 1
  • Planning diets
  • Nutritional requirements
  • Cultural foods

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • NEA Assessment 2
    • Analysis of brief
    • Plan of action
    • Recipe trials
    • Time plan
    • Evaluation of NEA Assessment 2

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Exam revision (practical & theory based)

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

Geography

Subject Leader: P Melanaphy

Year 11 teachers: P Melanaphy, A Slaughter

Examination Board: AQA

Term 1

Topics covered:

Ecosystems and Tropical rainforests

Ecosystems exist at a range of scales and involve the interaction between biotic and abiotic components. Tropical rainforest ecosystems have a range of distinctive characteristics. Deforestation has economic and environmental impacts. Tropical rainforests need to be managed to be sustainable.

Climate change

Climate change is the result of natural and human factors, and has a range of effects. Managing climate change involves both mitigation (reducing causes) and adaptation (responding to change).

The changing economic world

Major changes in the economy of the UK have affected, and will continue to affect, employment patterns and regional growth.

Term 2

Topics covered:

The challenge of resource management

Food, water and energy are fundamental to human development. The changing demand and provision of resources in the UK create opportunities and challenges.

Energy

Demand for energy resources is rising globally but supply can be insecure, which may lead to conflict. Different strategies can be used to increase energy supply.

Geographical applications: Issue evaluation

This section contributes a critical thinking and problem-solving element to the assessment structure. The assessment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate geographical skills and applied knowledge and understanding by looking at a particular issue(s) derived from the specification using secondary sources. A resource booklet will be available twelve weeks before the date of the exam so that students have the opportunity to work through the resources, enabling them to become familiar with the material. Students will not be allowed to take the original resource booklet into the examination room but will be issued with a clean copy in the exam. Sources could include maps at different scales, diagrams, graphs, statistics, photographs, satellite images, sketches, extracts from published materials, and quotes from different interest groups.

Term 3

Topics covered:

Revision

This term focuses on honing geographical skills covered in Years 9 and 10 and revising the topics of Restless earth, Water on the Land, Coastal Zone, Population Studies, Changing Urban Environments and Tourism.

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.

Extra Reading/Research

  • AQA GCSE Geography by Simon Ross
  • GCSE Geography AQA-A Revision Guide by CGP Books
  • GCSE Geography AQA-A By Catherine Hurst
  • Understanding GCSE Geography by Ann Bowen & John Pallister

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

History

Subject Leader: C Duffy

Key Stage 4 subject co-ordinator: C Duffy

Year 11 teachers: N Davies, C Duffy, J Leech

Examination Board: AQA

Term 1

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.

Expansion and empire

  • Expansion in India: causes and impact of British control; East India Company; Robert Clive; Warren Hastings; Indian Rebellion (1857); the social, political, cultural and economic impact of empire on Britain and India.
  • Expansion in Africa: causes and impact of British involvement; trade and missionary activity; South Africa; Egypt; the Scramble for Africa; Cecil Rhodes; the Boer War (1899–1902); imperial propaganda.
  • Migrants to, from and within Britain: Irish migration to Britain; Jewish migration to Britain; transportation; migration to and within the Empire, including migration of Asians to Africa; migration from rural to urban settings.

Britain in the 20th century

  • The end of Empire: the impact of the First and Second World Wars; the impact of Suez; nationalism and independence in India and Africa, including the role of Gandhi, Nkrumrah and Kenyatta.
  • The legacy of Empire: ‘Windrush’ and the Caribbean migrants; the work of Claudia Jones in the UK; migration from Asia and Africa, including the role of Amin in Uganda; the Commonwealth; the Falklands War.
  • Britain’s relationship with Europe and its impact: the impact of the Second World War; economic, social and cultural interaction; the end of the Cold War and membership of European Union; European and non-European migration.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

Elizabeth's court and Parliament

  • Elizabeth I and her court: background and character of Elizabeth I; court life, including patronage; key ministers.
  • The difficulties of a female ruler: relations with Parliament; the problem of marriage and the succession; the strength of Elizabeth’s authority at the end of her reign, including Essex’s rebellion in 1601.

Life in Elizabethan times

  • A ‘Golden Age’: living standards and fashions; growing prosperity and the rise of the gentry; the Elizabethan theatre and its achievements; attitudes to the theatre.
  • The poor: reasons for the increase in poverty; attitudes and responses to poverty; the reasons for government action and the seriousness of the problem.
  • English sailors: Hawkins and Drake; circumnavigation 1577–1580, voyages and trade; the role of Raleigh.

Troubles at home and abroad

  • Religious matters: the question of religion, English Catholicism and Protestantism; the Northern Rebellion; Elizabeth's excommunication; the missionaries; Catholic plots and the threat to the Elizabethan settlement; the nature and ideas of the Puritans and Puritanism; Elizabeth and her government's responses and policies towards religious matters.
  • Mary Queen of Scots: background; Elizabeth and Parliament’s treatment of Mary; the challenge posed by Mary; plots; execution and its impact.
  • Conflict with Spain: reasons; events; naval warfare, including tactics and technology; the defeat of the Spanish Armada.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

The historic environment of Elizabethan England

  • Students will be examined on a specific site in depth. The study of the historic environment will focus on a particular site in its historical context and should examine the relationship between a specific place and associated historical events and developments.
  • The remainder of the term is devoted to exam technique and revision of all the GCSE content covered in years 9, 10 and 11.

Extra Reading/Research: Pupils have access to In-school produced bespoke revision guides

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

Computing

Subject Leader: J Mitchard

Year 11 teachers: C Kewley and J Wharmby

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Unit A453: Programming Project

Students will need to:

  • Understand standard programming techniques
  • Be able to design a coded solution to a problem including the ability to:
  • Develop suitable algorithms
  • Design suitable input and output formats
  • Identify suitable variables and structures
  • Identify test procedures.
  • Create a coded solution fully annotating the developed code to explain its function
  • Test their solution:
  • To show functionality
  • To show how it matches the design criteria
  • Identifying successes and any limitations.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Unit A451 – Computer systems and programming

  • Fundamentals of computer systems
  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Representation of data in computer systems
  • Databases
  • Computer communications and networking
  • Programming

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Exam Revision

Extra Reading/Research

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z34k7ty
www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/register-as-a-learner
www.teach-ict.com

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

ICT

Subject Leader: J Mitchard

Year 11 teachers: J Mitchard

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
  • Topic 2. Modelling
  • Topic 3. Digital publishing
  • Unit 2: Using Digital Tools
  • Topic 5. Working efficiently and safely

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

In this unit students explore how digital technology impacts on the lives of individuals, organisations and society. They learn about current and emerging digital technologies and the issues raised by their use in a range of contexts (learning and earning, leisure, shopping and money management, health and wellbeing and on the move). They develop awareness of the risks that are inherent in using ICT and the features of safe, secure and responsible practice. The digital world is a rapidly changing one, with developments in both the technology and the way in which it is used. The content of this unit is specified using generic categories, avoiding the use of specific terms that will date.

Topic 6. Issues

  • Security
  • Privacy
  • Health and safety
  • Legal and ethical
  • Environmental

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Exam Revision

Extra Reading/Research

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

Anything else?

Students should be encouraged to keep up-to-date with emerging technology as part of their learning experience. Technology updates will be provided on the Edexcel website.

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

Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Leader: A Bower

Term 1

Holidays, Jobs & future plans

Using tener que + infinitive; using SOLER + infinitive; the preterit tense of regular and common irregular verbs; using the imperfect tense to describe past routine and to say what something was like; using a range of tenses together; using the conditional tense and quisiera to talk about future plans; making complaints; reserving a hotel room; narrating past events; using the simple future and near future tenses as well as other future marker phrases e.g. tener la intención de…, quisiera…,.

Term 2

Healthy Living, free-time and modern technology

Using tener que, hay que, and se debe to give advice; using the present subjunctive with verbs of recommendation; using lo + adjective; the perfect tense to talk about lifestyle and choices; verbs guastar/chiflar/encantar/molar to express a range of opinions; using cuando and donde as conjuntives; weather expressions in the past and present; impersonal structures such as se pude to talk about the uses, advantages and disadvantages of modern technology.

Term 3

The environment, poverty and charity work

Using the present subjunctive; giving commands; understanding larger numbers and statistics; consolidation of the main tenses; talking about modern and global affairs; understanding ways to protect the environment and understanding others talking about environmental issues.

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

Music

Subject Leader: J Sanderson

Year 11 teachers: J Sanderson

Examination Board: AQA

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Concerto through time – The baroque, classical and romantic concerto and the key
  • characteristics of each period.
  • The concerto grosso.
  • Relationship between the solo instruments and the orchestra and the development of
  • instruments over time.
  • Solo and ensemble performances.
  • Composition 2 started.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Completion of composition one and two.
  • Completion of final solo and ensemble performances.
  • Revision of all areas of study in preparation for the listening exam.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revision and past papers in preparation for the listening and appraising exam.

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

Key Words: instruments and timbre; pitch and melody; rhythm and metre; tempo; dynamics, expression and articulation; texture; structure, phrasing and cadences; harmony and tonality; repetition, sequence and imitation; ornamentation.

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

Drama

Subject Leader: D Jones

Year 11 teachers: D Jones, E Charlton

Examination Board: Edexcel

Term 1

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

Term 2

Your son will sit 20% of his GCSE during a performance to a visiting examiner this term.

Topics/Skills covered: Component 3 Texts in practice

  • Polishing a performance
  • Using rehearsal techniques
  • Characterisation
  • Production Arts
  • Interpreting a text
  • Scene transitions

Topics/Skills covered: Component 1 Understanding Texts

  • The social, cultural and historical context in which the performance texts studied are set
  • The theatrical conventions of the period in which the performance texts studied were created.
  • How to construct an exam answer
  • Live theatre evaluation

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Component 1 Understanding Texts

  • The social, cultural and historical context in which the performance texts studied are set
  • The theatrical conventions of the period in which the performance texts studied were created.
  • How to construct an exam answer
  • Live theatre evaluation
  • Exam questions
  • Revision of texts
  • Character analysis
  • Quotes and plot structure
  • Production Arts and the text
  • Evaluating live theatre

Extra Reading/Research

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zbckjxs

Key Words:

Proscenium Arch, Gobo, SFX, LX , montage, annotate, research, zeitgeist, inner character, conflict, mise - en - scene

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 11 teachers: K White

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revisit units from Years 9 and 10 (Key concepts and processes of cultural transmission and
  • Sociological research methods) with emphasis on exam technique.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revisit units from Years 9 and 10 (Education and the Family) with emphasis on exam technique.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Revisit units from Years 9 and 10 (Crime and Deviance and Social Differentiation and Stratification) with emphasis on exam technique.

Extra Reading/Research:

Pupils are expected to work through bespoke workbooks and complete exercises.

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

Business Studies (GCSE)

Subject Leader: L Fox-Ford

Year 11 teachers: L Fox-Ford

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Unit 1: Revision
  • Unit 1: Mock exam

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • IFS Level 2: Full Unit 1 and 2 delivery
  • IFS External Exams Units 1 and 2
  • GCSE Unit 4: Full Revision
  • Unit 4: Mock Exam

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • IFS Unit 3: Full Unit delivery
  • IFS Unit 3: External exam
  • IFS Units 1-3: resits
  • GCSE External Exams Units 1 and 4

Extra Reading/Research:

IFS “myifslearning” website Key Words: entrepreneur, budgeting, profit, environmental issues, ethical, impact, 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 11 Media Studies teachers: P Dougan, A Murphy

Year 11 pupils are in the final year of their GCSE in Media Studies. The examination board for GCSE Media Studies is AQA.

Term 1

  • Candidates will spend the first term completing coursework and producing a final evaluation for unit 3.
  • They will begin to research key concepts around the media area of ‘serialised TV drama’.

Term 2 and 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Candidates will spend the remainder of the year preparing for the exam topic ‘serialised TV drama’ in which they will be required to demonstrate their understanding of narrative, representation, media language and institution. They will be required to demonstrate their creative ability in the exam to respond to an unseen media brief.

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