The Key Stage Four curriculum is designed to ensure that all students gain the necessary knowledge, experiences and skills to become curious, reflective and resilient learners who are ready to reach their potential in a complex, rapidly changing world. Our options process enables students to choose subjects according to their interests while remaining broad and balanced with the EBacc at the heart. Through our curriculum we take pride in all that we do, respect the thoughts, beliefs and personal qualities of others and seek to be the best we can be both personally and academically.

The Year 10 curriculum for 2021-22 will be as follows:

English Maths Science PE Option A Option B Option C Option D
5 5 6 2 3 3 3 3

The Year 10 curriculum is broad and ambitious and maintains students’ choices for further study or employment. Given the year group’s superb engagement with our “live lesson” remote education offer in 2021, and subsequent progress upon their return to Year 9, we have made the decision to return to a curriculum with four options subjects available to all students. All students will study either history or geography and French or Spanish. A very small number of students will receive additional lessons in English, maths and science in place of a modern foreign language. 

More detail about what students will learn in each subject can be found below. Through the “recall and recap” section of our REMARKable learning framework, all teachers will ensure that they address any gaps in essential knowledge and skills from the KS3 curriculum that were caused due to periods of school closures in Year 8 and 9.

The Year 11 curriculum for 2021-22 will be as follows:

 

English Maths Science PE Option A Option B Option C
6 6 7 2 3 3 3

The Year 11 curriculum reflects the disruption to education that students experienced in Year 9 and 10, with students taking three options subjects rather than four. All students will take either history or geography and all were encouraged to take French or Spanish. The additional curriculum time was given to options subjects in Year 10 and is being given to core subjects in Year 11. 

More detail about what students will learn in each subject can be found below. All teachers, using this additional curriculum time, will ensure that they address any gaps in essential knowledge and skills from the KS3 and KS4 curriculum that were caused due to periods of school closures in Year 9 and 10. Where a topic is in italics it will not be taught to Year 11 in 2021-22 because the exam board has removed it from the specification as part of the modifications to GCSE examinations in 2022. 

What will all students learn in Year 10 and 11?

English

Year 10

  • English Literature Paper 1: 19th Century Novel – A Christmas Carol or Frankenstein
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – literary fiction
  • English Language Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives using source material for comparison
  • English Literature Paper 2 : Modern poetry – Study of 15 poems from the Power & Conflict AQA anthology as well as a range of unseen material

Year 11

  • Speaking and listening assessments
  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing – literary fiction
  • English Literature Paper 2 : unseen poetry and Macbeth
  • English Literature Paper 2: An Inspector Calls revision

 

Post Easter holidays, classes will follow a bespoke programme of study to ensure revision is tailored to individual needs.

me to support their GCSE studies.

Maths

Topics taught will be based on your child’s maths set:

Year 10 

  • Higher (Sets 1&2)
    • Equations and Inequalities; Probability; Similarity and Congruence: Further Trigonometry; Further Statistics; Equations and Graphs; Circle Theorems; Further Algebra.
  • Foundation (Sets 3&4)
    • Graphs;Transformations; Ratio and Proportion; Right-Angled Triangles; Probability; Multiplicative Reasoning; Constructions, Loci and Bearings; Quadratic Equations and Graphs; Perimeter, Area and Volume 2

Year 11

  • Higher (Sets 1&2)

Vectors and Geometric Proof; Proportion and Graphs.

  • Foundation (Set 3)
    • Fractions, Indices and Standard Form; Congruence, Similarity and Vectors; Further Algebra.

From Half Term 3 (January) all Year 11 sets will follow a personalised curriculum determined by detailed analysis.

Science

Students in Set 1 will take separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. All other students will take the Trilogy Science qualification; worth two GCSEs, this course includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics units. As the two courses share significant content, students will be placed into science pathways at DC2 of Year 10 (1st April 2022) and from that point onwards, students on the separate science pathway will work at an accelerated pace.

Trilogy Science – Year 10

  • Bioenergetics: factors affecting respiration and photosynthesis
  • Atomic structure and radioactivity
  • Chemical energy changes: exothermic and endothermic reactions
  • Chemical changes: what happens to a chemical during a chemical reaction?
  • Electricity: current, voltage and resistance
  • Homeostasis: the control of internal conditions through the nervous system and hormonal systems
  • Measuring and calculating the rate of chemical reactions
  • Properties of waves and the electromagnetic spectrum
  • Forces and motion: how and why do objects speed up, slow down or change direction?
  • Infectious disease: how do we stop the spread of disease and respond to infections in the body?
  • Organic chemistry: the structure of fuels and their uses 

Trilogy Science – Year 11

  • Chemical changes: what happens to a chemical during a chemical reaction?
  • Forces and motion: how and why do objects speed up, slow down or change direction?
  • Infectious disease: how do we stop the spread of disease and respond to infections in the body?
  • Forces and motion: investigating Newton’s laws of motion
  • Measuring and calculating the rate of chemical reactions
  • Chemical analysis: how can we test for specific chemicals?
  • Inheritance: how do cells replicate and how can we predict patterns of inheritance?
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere: how has the Earth’s atmosphere changed over time?
  • Evolution: How has life changed over time?
  • Magnetism: how do we use magnetic forces in motors electromagnets?
  • Using resources: where do we get our useful elements such as copper from?
  • Ecology studies: how can we estimate the sizes of populations of plants and animals?

Additional content for separate science students (covered across Year 10 and 11)

  • Biology: Culturing microorganisms; monoclonal antibodies; plant disease; the brain; the eye; control of body temperature; maintaining water and nitrogen balance in the body; plant hormones; cloning; theory of evolution; speciation; genetics; decomposition; impact of environmental change; trophic levels; food production.
  • Chemistry: Properties of transition metals; bulk and surface properties of matter including nanoparticles; yield and atom economy of chemical reactions; Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3; use of amount of substance in relation to volumes of gases; titration; chemical cells and fuel cells; reactions and alkenes and alcohols; synthetic and naturally occurring polymers; identification of ions by chemical and spectroscopic means; using materials; the Haber process and the use of NPK fertilisers.
  • Physics: Pressure in gases; increasing the pressure of a gas; hazards and uses of radioactive emissions and background radiation; nuclear fission and fusion; moments, levers and gears; pressure and pressure differences in fluids; changes in momentum; reflection of waves; sound waves; waves for detection and exploration; lenses; visible light; black body radiation; loud speakers; induced potential, transformers and the national grid; space physics (the solar system, stars, satellites and red shift)

For details of all options courses please see the Options Guide: p16 onwards