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KS4 Curriculum Overviews

 

English

English KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

19th century novel:
A Christmas Carol 

 

Continuation of A Christmas Carol

A selection of poems (five) from the Power and Conflict cluster

Language skills

Modern Prose: 
An Inspector Calls

Continuation of An Inspector Calls

Language skills

Unseen Poetry

Another selection from the Power and Conflict cluster (five poems)

Unseen Poetry

Language skills

Another selection from the Power and Conflict cluster (five poems)

Unseen poetry

Language skills

SPOKEN LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT

Year
11

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Spoken Language Endorsement

Continuation of Macbeth

Language paper skills

Spoken Language Endorsement

Revision of all set texts

Unseen Poetry skills

Language skills

Revision of all set texts

Unseen Poetry skills

Language skills

Revision

Revision

Maths

Maths KS4 Curriculum Topics
   

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10
Foundation

Finish Year 9 Units (1-8):

Unit 9: Graphs 

 

Unit 10: Transformations

Unit 11:Ratio & Proportion

Unit 12: Right-angled Triangles

Unit 13: Probability

Unit 14: Multiplicative Reasoning

Unit 15: Constructions, Loci & Bearings       

Unit 16: Quadratic Equations & Graphs     

Unit 17: Perimeter, Area & Volume 2

Revision

Year
11

Finish Year 10 work

Unit 18: Fractions, Indices & Standard Form

Unit 19: Congruence, similarity and vectors:

Unit 20: More Algebra:

GCSE Exam Prep/ Revision

GCSE Exam Prep/ Revision

N/A

 
Year 10 Higher

Finish Year 9 Units (1-8)

Unit 9: Equations & Inequalities

Unit 10: Probability 

Unit 11: Multiplicative Reasoning

Unit 12: Similarity and Congruence   

Unit 13: More Trigonometry

Unit 14: Further Statistics  

Unit 15: Equations and Graphs

Unit 16 (A): Circle Theorems 

Unit 16 (B): Circle Geometry

Unit 17: More Algebra

Revision

Year
11

Finish Year 10 work

Unit 18: Vectors and Geometric Proof

Unit 19: Proportion and Graphs: GCSE Exam Prep/Revision GCSE Exam Prep/Revision GCSE Exam Prep/ Revision N/A

Science

Science KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10
Biology

Communicable disease

Non-communicable disease

Homeostasis

Reproduction

Adaptation and inter -dependence

Biodiversity

Year 11 Cell biology and organisation Health and bioenergetics

Homeostaisis, inheritance and evolution 

Ecology

Revision N/A
Year 10 Chemistry Chemical Reactions and Calculations Rates of reaction Organic chemistry Chemical Analysis Earth and atmosphere Qualitiative chemistry
Year 11 Chemical analysis 
Earth's atmosphere
Water
Recycling / environmental impact Organic chemistry
Polymers
Atomic structure and calculations Revision  
Year 10  Physics Electricity and energy Energy resources Forces in balance/motion Forces and motion Waves Electro-
magnetism
Year 11  Energy and electricity Matter and radioactivity Forces and motion and waves Electro-
magnetism and
Electro-
magnetic waves
Revision  

German

German KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Topic  - School

Theme - School

Language skills - Using past, present and future time frames. Asking and answering questions

 

Topic  - Continuation of school

Theme - School

Language skills - Giving opinions with reasons, using modal verbs.

Topic  - Leisure/ Freetime  activities

Theme - Identity and Culture

Language skills - Expressing preferences, using adverbs.

Topic  - Friends and Family relationships

Theme - Identity and Culture

Language skills - Using adjectives, prepositions and pronouns.

Topic  - Describing house and home

Theme - Identity and Culture

Language skills - Expressing complex opinions, using reflexive and seperable verbs.

Topic  - Holidays

Theme - Local area, holiday and travel

Language skills - Describing problems, using comparatives and superlatives,  using more complex sentences.

Year
11

Topic  -  Continuation of Holidays

Theme - Local area, holiday and travel

Language skills - Discussing holiday experiences, advantages and disadvantages.

 

Topic  -  Work

Theme - Future aspirations, study and work

Language skills - Using conjunctions, intensifiers and sequencers. Using a variety of tenses.

Topic  -  The World around us

Theme - International and Global dimension

Language skills - Understanding texts about global events and issues. Developing awareness of adjectival nouns and the passive.

Revision of all 5 themes in all 4 skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing with focus on speaking exam.

Revision continued.

Examination technique.

N/A

History

History KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Crime and Punishment 

Medieval England
Early Modern England c1500-1750 
The Gunpowder Plot 
The Witch-hunts of 1645-47. 

 

Crime and Punishment. 

18th and 19th Century Britain. 
Pentonville Prison, the development of the Met Police Force and the changing views on the purpose of punishment.  
Crime and Punishment in Modern Britain and the abolition of the death penalty.  

Whitechapel. 

Living conditions in Whitechapel. 
Tensions and immigration into Whitechapel. 
Organisation of policing and investigative policing in Whitechapel. 
The crimes of Jack the Ripper. 

Anglo-Saxons and Normans. 

Role of the king, government, economy and social system in Anglo-Saxon England. 
The death of Edward the Confessor and rival claimants to the throne. 
The Battles of 1066. 

Anglo Saxons and Normans.
 
Normans establishing control and rebellions against them. 
Social and religious systems in Norman England. 
The Domesday book, the death of William and consequences of it.

 

Year
11

Germany 1919-39. 

Nazi control and dictatorship 1933-39. 
Life in Nazi Germany 1933-1939.

 

Superpower relations and the Cold War. 

The Conferences at the end war. 
Containment, the first crisis over Berlin, the arms race and Hungarian uprising. 

Superpower relations and the Cold War. 

The Second Berlin Crisis, Cuban Missile Crisis and Czechoslovakian uprising.  

Superpower relations and the Cold War. 

Detente, the new Cold War, peace talks and the end of the Cold War. 

Revision

N/A

Geography

Geography KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Physical Environment 

Changing Landscapes of the UK and Coasts

 

Geographical Investigations            

Coastal Fieldwork

Physical Environment 

Rivers

Physical Environment 

Weather Hazards and Climate Change

Physical Environment 

Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management

Geographical Investigations             

Urban Fieldwork

Year
11

Human Environment 

Changing Cities

 

Human Environment 

Global Development

Human Environment 

Resource Management

Geographical Investigations                

UK Challenges

Revision

N/A

Art

Art KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Project 1 - (Coursework)

Structures Independent project using a range of artists, images and media.

 

Project 1 - (Coursework)

Structures Independent project using a range of artists, images and media.

Project 1 - (Coursework)

Structures Independent project using a range of artists, images and media.

Project 1 - (Coursework)

Structures - Final piece.

Project 2 - (Coursework)

Past exam paper Independent project using a range of artists, images and media. 

Students choose one of seven titles.

Project 2 - (Coursework)

Past exam paper Independent project using a range of artists, images and media. 

Students choose one of seven titles.

Year
11

Project 2 - (Coursework)

Past exam paper Independent project using a range of artists, images and media. 

Students choose one of seven titles.

 

Project 2 - (Coursework)

Past exam paper Independent project using a range of artists, images and media. 

Students choose one of seven titles.

Exam Paper - AQA exam paper: 
independent project - choose one of seven titles

Exam Paper - AQA exam paper: 
independent project - choose one of seven titles

Exam Paper - AQA exam paper: 
independent project - choose one of seven titles

Exam - 
Final piece for project produced in 10 hour exam.

ASDAN

ASDAN KS4 Curriculum Topics

The Personal Development Programmes feature means students must work from their own student book and compile a portfolio of evidence to show what they have done.  

Students gain 1 or 2 credits for each section completed, with each credit representing about 10 hours of activity. 
      6 credits are needed to achieve Bronze
      12 credits for Silver 
      18 credits for Gold. 
Internally-moderated Bronze Credit certificates are available for any learner that completes less than 60 hours work.  

Students are required to plan and review their work at key points, explaining how they have developed their skills in six areas. There are pro forma recording documents (Skills Sheets) to guide them. 
      Teamwork
      Learning
      Coping with problems
      Use of Maths
      Use of English 
      Use of IT

The student book contains the following modules: 
      Combined Studies
      Beliefs and Values 
      Expressive Arts
      The Wider World
      Science and Technology
      World of Work
      Health and Survival
      Number Handling
      The Environment
      Home Management
      Sport and Leisure
      The Community
      Communication

 

 

Drama

Drama KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Blood Brothers

Steven Berkoff

Set text - Hard to Swallow

Devising

Bang Out of Order & physical theatre

 

Year
11

Component 1 Devising

 

Component 1 Portfolio & evaluation

Component 2 preperation

Component 2 exam

Component 3 revision

Component 3 revision

N/A

Design Technology

Design Technology KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Making Skills

Making Skills

Making Skills

Design and make project: 
Papers and boards

Design and make project

NEA starts

NEA

Year
11

NEA

 

GCSE Project

GCSE Project

Exam  Prep-Theory

Exam  Prep-Theory

Exam  Prep-Theory

Food Technology

Food Technology KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Food styling, Nutrition & Health

 

Food Safety

NEA1 Mocks

Food Provenance

NEA2 Mock Assessment with Advanced cooking skills throughout.

NEA2 Mock Assessment with Advanced cooking skills throughout.

Year
11

Bridging the gap - The principles of Food & Nutrition

 

NEA2

NEA2

Complete NEA2

Revision Summer 1 Revision

 

 

Health and Social Care

Health and Social Care KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

R022 
Communication

 

R022 
Communication

R022 
Communication

R023
Body Systems

R023 
Body Systems

R023 
Body Systems

R021
Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.

Year
11

R021: Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings

Revision

 

 

iMedia

iMedia KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

R082 
Creating Digital Graphics - How and why digital graphics are used. 

Types of digital graphics and their file formats. Properties including resolution and compression. Ability to interpret client requirements and identify target audiences. Work plans, project planning and resource creating. Along with copyright and legislation. Photoshop skills including sourcing, creating and exporting digital graphics.

 

R082 
Creating Digital Graphics

Reviewing digital graphics against a specific brief and identifying areas of improvement. Followed by practical examination worth 25% of final grade.

R081 
Pre-production Skills - purpose and use of moodboards, mind maps, visualisation diagrams, storyboards and scripts. 

Ability to interpret client briefs and identify time scales based on specific briefs. Conducting and analysing research, work plans and production schedules. Importance of identifying target audiences and how they can be categorised.

R081 
Pre-production Skills - Hardware and software. 

Health and safety and legislation, to include data protection, privacy, certification, copyright, intellectual property. Properties and limitations of file formats, naming conventions.

R081 
Pre-production Skills - reviewing pre-production documents, including suitability, content, format and style. 

Identify areas for improvements. External assessment written exam.

 

Year
11

R087 
Creating Interactive Multimedia Products - Identifying interactive multimedia products (IMP), their uses and purposes. 

Key elements for IMP design, hardware, software and peripherals. Types and limitations of connections, bandwidth and data transfer. File formats supported by different platforms. The ability to interpret client requirements based on a specific brief. Planning structure and features of IMPs including non-linear navigation and GUI. Creating test plans for use during production. 

 

R087 
Creating Interactive Multimedia Products - Sourcing, creating and repurposing assets for IMPs. 

Setting up interaction and playback controls. Use of version control. Exporting IMPs. Reviewing IMPs against a specific brief and identifying areas for improvement and further development. Followed by practical examination worth 25% of final grade

R085 
Creating Multi Page Websites

Understand purpose and component features of multi page websites, devices used to access web pages and methods of internet connection - to include wired, LANs, HSDPA, LTE, 5G etc. Interpreting client requirements, work plans, planning to include site maps and identifying and preparing assets for use on webpages. Legislation.

R085 
Creating Multi Page Websites 

creating a multipage website, using web authoring software (Dreamweaver) including folder structures, importing assets and navigation systems. Reviewing multi page websites against a specific brief and identifying areas of improvement and development. Followed by practical examination worth 25% of final grade.

R085 and R087

completion of any outstanding practical exam work.

N/A

Music

Music KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Musical Knowledge Coursework - 

completing a comparison of two contemporary and contrasting musical genres as as an analysis of a music as to how certain elements fit into a song.

 

Musical Knowledge Coursework - 

completing a comparison of two contemporary and contrasting musical genres as as an analysis of a music as to how certain elements fit into a song

Musical Knowledge Coursework - 

completing a comparison of two contemporary and contrasting musical genres as as an analysis of a music as to how certain elements fit into a song

Instrumental Study Coursework - 

Look at the maintenance and health and safety in regards to your chosen instrument.  Then set goals and a practice plan to improve your playing and musicianship.  
Evaluate what you have done.

Instrumental Study Coursework - 

Look at the maintenance and health and safety in regards to your chosen instrument.  Then set  goals and a practice plan to improve your playing and musicianship.  Evaluate what you have done.

Live Performance - 

Work towards setting up and performing a live performance.  Look at helath and safety, presentation, rehearsal and analysis of the performance.

Year
11

Musical Knowledge Coursework - 

completing a comparison of two contemporary and contrasting musical genres as as an analysis of a music as to how certain elements fit into a song.

 

Instrumental Study Coursework - 

Look at the maintenance and health and safety in regards to your chosen instrument.  Then set  goals and a practice plan to improve your playing and musicianship.  Evaluate what you have done.

Live Performance - 

Work towards setting up and performing a live performance. Look at helath and safety, presentation, rehearsal and analysis of the performance.

Live Performance - 

Work towards setting up and performing a live performance.  Look at helath and safety, presentation, rehearsal and analysis of the performance.

Instrumental Study Coursework - 

Look at the maintenance and health and safety in regards to your chosen instrument.  Then set  goals and a practice plan to improve your playing and musicianship.  Evaluate what you have done.

N/A

GCSE PE

GCSE PE KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Components of fitness, methods of training and principles of training

 

NEA element - Personalised exercise programme. 
Planning of and completing the fitness sessions needed in the PEP

NEA element - Personalised exercise programme. 
Completion of the practical element and fitness retesting and evaluation section. 

Physical training - warm ups, cool donws, injury and PEDS

Anatomy and physiology - The skeletal system 

Anatomy and physiology - The muscular system 

Year
11

Movement analysis - levers, planes and axes

 

Anatomy and phsyiology - The respiratory system 

Aerobic and Anaerobic exercise 
Complete GCSE PE NEA - Personal Exercise Programme. 

Paper 2 Revision
Helath, fitness and well-being, Sport Psychology and socio-cultural influences 

Paper 1 Revision 
Anatomy and Physiology, Movement Analysis and Physical Training. 

N/A

Core PE

Core PE KS4 Curriculum Topics
   

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10
Core PE
Boys

Tennis, Athletics

Leadership, Fitness, Football

Netball, OAA, Leadership

Football, Badminton, 
Table tennis

Tennis, Basketball, Table Tennis, Softball, Cricket

Softball, Cricket, athletics, basketball

Core PE
Girls
Athletics, Rounders
 
Leadership, fitness Dance, OAA Netball, badminton Rounders, Table tennis Badminton, Basketball
Year
11
Core PE
Boys

Tennis, Athletics

Football, Badminton

Handball, Fitness

Table tennis, Basketball, 

Tennis, Athletics

Fitness

Core PE
Girls
Athletics, Rounders
 
Netball, Dance Badminton, fitness Handball, Netball Basketball, Atheltics Fitness

RE

RE KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
Year
10

Christianity: 
Beliefs and teachings 
The Nature of God, the 
Trinity, Creation, 
the incarnation and Jesus,
the crucifixion, 
the resurrection and 
ascension.

 

Christianity: 
Beliefs and teachings 
Life after death, the 
afterlife and judgement,
Heaven and hell, 
Sin and salvation,
the role of Christ in 
salvation.

Christianity: 
Practices
Worship, Prayer, the 
sacraments, Baptism,
Holy Communion, 
Pilgrimage, celebrating 
festivals.

Christianity: 
Practices
The role of the Church in
the local community: Food
Banks and street Pastors,
the place of mission and 
evangelism, Church 
growth, the importance of
the worldwide Church, 
Christian persecution, the 
Church's response to 
world poverty.

slam: 
Beliefs and teachings
The oneness of God and 
the supremacy of God's
will, key beliefs of Sunni 
and Shi'a Islam, the nature
of God, angels, 
Predestination, life after 
death, Prophethood and 
Adam, Ibrahim and 
Muhammad, the Imamate, 
Holy Books. 

Islam: 
Practices
The Five Pillars, the Ten
Obligatory Acts, 
Jihad, the festivals of 
Id ul - Fitr, Id ul - Adha and 
Ashura

Year
11

Theme A
Relationships and families
Human sexuality, 
Sexual relationships before
and outside mariage, 
Contraception and family
planning, marriage, 
divorce and remarriage, 
the nature and purpose
of families, gender equality.

 

Theme B: 
Religion and life
Origins of the universe, 
value of the world,
use and abuse of the 
environment, pollution,
the use and abuse of 
animals.
The origins of  human life, 
abortion, euthanasia,
Death and the afterlife. 
                

Theme E: 
Religion,crime and 
punishment
Reasons for crime, 
attitudes to law breakers, 
different types of crime, 
Aims of punishment, 
religious attitudes to 
suffering, the 
treatment of criminals,
prison, corporal punishment, 
community service, 
forgiveness, 
religious attitudes to the 
death penalty.

Theme F: 
Religion, human rights and social justice
Social justice, prejudice and discrimination, 
religious freedom, racism, the status and role of women, 
teachings about wealth, explotiation of the poor

Revision

N/A