Featuring the Strength of the English National Curriculum
The subject will teach students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate effectively with those around them. The course aims to ensure that students read easily, fluently and with good understanding. Students will develop the habit of reading widely and acquire a broad vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language. Students will write clearly, accurately and coherently and they will be competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.
Students study an integrated topic course with specific learning outcomes for the subject areas of Science, Geography and History, Art and Design and Design and Technology.
Science – The unit aims to ensure that students develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics, understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them, and equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
Geography – The unit aims to ensure that students develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes. Students will understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the work, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time. The unit also aims to ensure that students are competent in the geographical skills needed to collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes. Students will interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems. They will also communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
History – The unit will help students to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the wider world. It will inspire students’ curiosity to know more about the past, the nature of ancient civilisations, the expansion and dissolution of empires, characteristic features of past non-European societies, achievements and follies of mankind. Students will understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.
Art and Design – The unit aims to ensure that students produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Design and Technology – The unit aims to ensure that students develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world, build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users, critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others, and understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
The course equips students to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which students are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, students are quipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. The course also ensures that students become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The course aims to ensure that students acquire knowledge and develop understanding of religious beliefs, values and traditions, through the study of Christianity, acquire knowledge and develop understanding of key religious ideas which are not specific to any one religion, and of non-religious beliefs and values and consider the influence of religious beliefs, values and traditions and of non-religious beliefs and values.
The course engages and inspires students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. The course aims to ensure that all students perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Students will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
The course inspires students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. The course aims to ensure that students develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities, are physically active for sustained periods of time, engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy and active lives.
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE curriculum caters for the personal and social development of our students and aims to equip students with the skills to face personal, social and emotional challenges in an ever changing world. The subject enables students to acquire skills and understanding to critically think, be creative, problem solve and make good decisions in both the present and the future.
The course aims to ensure that students understand and respond to spoken and written Spanish from a variety of authentic sources, speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation. Students will also write for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of grammatical structures.