Maths

Students in year 10 will go really in depth when learning about ratio and proportion, they will learn how to manipulate skills to solve complex problems and they will even begin to see algebra mix in with these skills. All students will encounter trigonometry this year at varying levels and will also learn how to apply their skills to solve complex problems in 2D and 3D shapes. Multiplicative reasoning will become a large focus without them even realising and they will see it with compound interest, growth, decay, direct proportion and inverse proportion. Quadratics will form a large part of algebra work, whether its factorising, solving, graphing or rearranging. Students will encounter circles in a new light and will have to use some complex skills to find the area and circumference of and apply circle theorems.

English

GCSE study

Drawing on all of the knowledge from key stage 3, the year 10 curriculum develops students’ understanding of power and conflict in a range of British Literature. Starting with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol alongside GCSE English Language Paper 2 - Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives, students explore the power of the written word as a tool of expression and a vehicle for change. This is continued with the study of the AQA Power and Conflict Poetry Anthology and Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Students will also practice the skills needed for both GCSE English Language papers through a range of fiction and nonfiction materials from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The spoken language element of the English language GCSE will be completed during year 10. Throughout the year, students are encouraged to engage with a range of linked reading to explore these ideas further and deepen their knowledge.

Science

BIOLOGY:

Disease and Bioenergetics will explore the impact of lifestyle and pathogens on animal and plant health. We will interpret data on non-communicable disease at local, national and global levels and measure the rate of photosynthesis and discuss oxygen debt. Biological Responses will help you understand how animals and plants control and coordinate their movement and reproduction. Homeostasis is all about balancing conditions inside our bodies so that they may work efficiently.

CHEMISTRY:

Chemical reactions and energy changes will teach you how to represent different types of reaction as equations and diagrams, interpret displacement reactions and decide if a reaction involves oxidation or reduction. We will explain the difference between metals and non-metals in terms of their atomic structures and bonding.

PHYSICS:

Find out why unstable nuclei change and the difference between fission and fusion in radioactivity. Forces in action will look at vectors and scalars, resultant forces and speed, velocity and acceleration. We will calculate weight, explore elasticity and discuss momentum.

Computer Science

Students explore Data Types and Structures and how computers store and manage different types of data in different ways. Arithmetic, Relational and Boolean Operations are used within programs to carry out calculations and decision making with programming. Computational Thinking Inc. Decomposition, Pattern recognition, Abstraction, Algorithm Design. Teach students to think in a logical way to problem solve. Complete a Programming Project

IT

Students in year 10 ICT will begin the year looking at different methods of representing and presenting data, they will need to know how to make data interesting. Students will then move onto looking at different ways of Collecting and Using data, this will then lead to the students Manipulating Data for different scenarios by creating effect data models.

History

Students complete a study of Elizabethan England, considering the impact of the recent religious upheavals by the Tudor dynasty and the challenges that Elizabeth faced during her reign. Some time is dedicated to a site study which is set annually by the exam board.

Students also complete a study of Britain: Health and the people. In this thousand-year study students focus on themes such as public health, developments in surgery and disease in four time periods. Students will trace themes across the 1000 years to study periods of change and continuity.

Geography

We explore two key topics; Urban Issues and Challenges and Economic Development, whilst interleaving revision strategies to assist students’ recall. Urban Issues and Challenges looks into comparing megacities, with a focus on how rapid development can present both opportunities and challenges. The topic of economic development explores wealth of different countries and how this can impact quality of life. Lagos and London are used as two contrasting case studies throughout this year. Our final half term focuses on completing our human fieldwork in preparation for paper three.

Religious Education

In Year 10, students will begin to explore more of the themes. These include looking at the meaning of marriage, the role of parents in raising a child, the issues of sexuality/gender that can arise in different religions. Students will reflect on religious and non-religious views on each of the themes covered. Students will then go onto look at crime and punishment, where beliefs around theories of punishment, types of punishment i.e. corporal and capital punishment, will be evaluated and discussed in debate format. Students will be given assessments at the end of each unit. There will also be key term and quote tests to secure student knowledge each term.

Physical Education

In Year 10 PE, students will study for the online examination unit, titled Fitness for Sport and Exercise. Practical lessons will continue covering a range of sports, selected by the class, to allow students to continue to build their expertise and confidence in a practical setting, whilst appreciating the benefits of participation. Students will learn how sports performers train to be the best they can be and will gain an understanding of the different fitness components, training principles, training methods and fitness tests which can be incorporated into a training regime to improve sports performance.

Drama

We start the year with an introduction to component 3 and the written paper. Students learn to review and critic DNA by Deniis Kelly. As the year progresses students learn to perform a short script from any given play set by the exam board. Students finish the year by completing their comp 1 exam of a performance, portfolio and evaluation.

Dance

In Year 10, students will look at three set works throughout the year, exploring them practically and through research tasks. Students will gain a knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles. They will look into the different roles and responsibilities within the performing arts and take on the role of a dancer, choreographer and experience costume design, directing and producing. All students will get the experience of taking part in at least two performances throughout the year, one of which will be in front of a large audience.

Food Technology

Food science

Building on skills from year 9 – creating own experiments. Experimenting with ingredients and properties. Cookery skills. Sauce making skills – Pastry making skills – Presentation skills. Enzyme discolouration, Gelatinisation in sauces, dextrinization .

Masterworks

Creation of own dishes – Marriage of ingredients. Modifying recipes to meet customer needs. Building a portfolio of evidence

Art

Year 10 Art is all about students learning to take creative risks, deliver messages and meaning in Art and begin to find their own emerging style. It begins with Dada & Surrealism; exploring the absurd and unexpected through collage, sculpture, etching and painting. Propaganda Art; looking at the work of Shepard Fairey, Barbara Kruger and Grayson Perry to create a 2D and 3D piece that expresses personal views and opinions. A Sense of Place; learning how artists have been inspired by the world around them and developing landscape drawing and painting skills.

Music

During year ten pupils deepen their composition, listening and performance skills ready to complete coursework. We explore different musical periods, musical devices and elements. We examine the set pieces, using our existing knowledge to identify forms and structure, instruments, styles and texture. We also look at music theory in more detail, covering aspects like keys, modulation, intervals and harmony. We set time aside to perform in groups, and individually so pupils have choices when they choose their ensemble and solo pieces.

Product Design

Art & Design Practice – investigation into pop artists and recreating their work as a pop art themed storage solution. Students investigate past student’s and existing products, completing analysis. Student’s complete primary research, gathering anthropometric data. Students explore and experiment with practical methods such as block printing, poly printing and stencilling. Isometric drawing, orthographic drawing and 3D modelling through Goggle Sketch up lead to their final design. All work is presented in a portfolio.

French

GCSE Study

Present, Past and Future Tenses are developed even further, whilst including the Conditional Tense. Complex structured sentences continue to progress through the use of idioms and uncommon language (e.g ‘je suis aux anges’), all within the four disciplines of language learning. Translating skills are actively encouraged via all four disciplines, particularly within writing, which logically leads to literary texts and the development of French culture. Topic related vocabulary is included throughout.

Spanish

GCSE Study

The Present, Past and Future Tenses continue to be developed, and complex structured sentences (e.g. ‘me gusta escuchar la música pop porque es muy divertida pero no me gusta escuchar la música clásica porque es aburrida’) are progressed through the use of uncommon language. Translation skills will be developed in the same way, with the inclusion of connectives, intensifiers, negation and questioning, all within the vocabulary topics which are being learned (Modules 4-6). Inferring meaning in a literary text is introduced at this stage, as are Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense (e.g. ‘me duché’/ ‘me vestí’).

Business Studies

During this year the students will commence the exam unit, this being Component 3 - Promotion and Finance for Enterprise.

Here the students will consider the different aspects of the promotional mix, such as sales promotions and public relations, will consider the different types of each, including their associated advantages and disadvantages of each. This theme will continue with looking at different types of market, such as B2B and B2C as well as Market Segmentation, including Demographic, Geographic, Psychographic and behavioural segmentation methods. This theory will be taught through case study and learning will be applied to different enterprise contexts.

Moving on from promotion, the students will develop skills in finance. This will include learning about the different sources of finance, methods of payment as well as being introduced to the concept of accounting, such as through Statements of Financial position and Statements of Comprehensive Income as well as Cash Flow Forecasting. In addition the students will be introduced to the concept of Break Even, how to calculate this and how to construct and analyse Break Even charts. Finally the students will consider how businesses can improve their financial position and the different types of action that can be taken. Again this learning will be applied through case study and practice exam questions.

Students will complete topic tests for each promotion and financial topic and will complete a mock exam at the relevant time before sitting their first take on the actual component 3 exam.

Media

BTEC Award in Creative Media Production

After spending some time gaining an overview of the media industry, students will refine their knowledge and skills through a series of two coursework modules and will begin preparations for one timed exam piece. Subjects studied will include the film, music, TV and advertising industries. Students will use set briefs to develop their own pieces of media and will follow the pre-production, production and post-production processes.

Child Development

Year 10 students will study the process of reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood. They will look at standard and specialised antenatal care and how a family prepares for the birth of a child. They will also study how postnatal care is delivered including the postnatal checks of the mother and postnatal provision and conditions for development for the child. They will learn how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses at home and when children have to go into hospital. They will also learn about child safety in the home and outside.

Health & Social Care

Students will learn about the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and the digestive system. They will compare collected data from practical sessions for each of the physiological systems and then compare how their client to the general public normal levels. They will also look at one medical condition for each of the body systems focussing on the symptoms and how they are diagnosed.

Students will study for an exam unit which looks at how individuals in care settings maintain their rights and the importance of care values and legislation. They will learn how to explain the need for health, safety and security in care settings.