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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

Shakespeare: Macbeth

Continuation of Macbeth

Language skills

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

Unseen Poetry

Language skills

Modern Prose: An Inspector Calls

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

Sept 2021: Finish Year 9 work
Topic 1:
Tables 
Topic 2: Statistics & Sampling
Topic 3:
The Averages
Topic 4:
Charts & Graphs
Topic 5:
Pie Charts  

 

Topic 6:
Scatter Graphs Topic 7: Properties of Shapes, Parallel Lines & Angle Facts
Topic 8:
Interior & Exterior Angles of Polygons
Topic 9: Quadratic Equations
Topic 10: Quadratic Graphs

Topic 11: Pythagoras' Theorem
Topic 12: Area & Perimeter 1   

Topic 13:
3D Solids & Volume Topic 14: Probability Topic 15: Compound Measures    

Topic 16: Constructions, Loci & Bearings Topic 17: Perimeter, Area and Volume 2: (Circles, Cylinders, Cones, Pyramids and Spheres)      

Topic 18: Similarity & Congruence in 2D (Revision) PPE 1  

Year
11

Sept 2021:  Finish Year 10 work

Unit 18: Fractions, Indices & Standard Form

Unit 19: Congruence, Similarity and Vectors
PPE 2

Unit 20: More Algebra:               Graphs of Cubic/Reciprocal functions
Solve Sim Equations:
Algebraically
Graphically
Rearrange formulae
Proof 

GCSE Exam Prep/ Revision

GCSE Exam Prep/ Revision

N/A

 
Year 10 Higher

Sept 2021: Finish Year 9 work
Topic 1: Indices/Roots Topic 2: Fractions
Topic 3: Algebra - The Basics Topic 4: Linear Equations
Topic 5: Linear Graphs & Coordinate Geometry 

Topic 6: Surds     Topic 7: Solving Quadratics Topic 8: Simultaneous Equations
Topic 9: Direct & Inverse Proportion            

Topic 10: Collecting Data Topic 11: Averages & Range Topic 12: Representing & Interpreting Data Topic 13: Scatter Graphs Topic 14: Polygons, Angles & Parallel Lines  

Topic 15: Pythagoras & Trigonometry in Right-Angled Triangles Topic 16: Perimeter, Area & Circles 

Topic 17:
3D Forms & Volume
Topic 18:
Accuracy & Bounds
Topic 19: Construction, Loci & Bearings Topic 20: Probability Topic 21: Compound Measures Topic 22:
Similarity & Congruence in 2D & 3D Topic 23:
CF Curves & Box Plots    

Topic 24: Further Trigonometry  Topic 25: Vectors & Geometric Proof
Topic 26:
Quadratic Inequalities Topic 27: Quadratic Sequences (Revision)
PPE 1 

Year
11

Sept 2021: Finish Year 10 work

Unit 18: Vectors and Geometric Proof

Unit 19: Proportion and Graphs
PPE 2 

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

Cell biology

Organisation

Organisation
Infection and Response

Reproduction

Bioenergetics

Ecology and Food Production
Homeostasis

Year 11 Homeostasis
Exam Prep
Inheritance
Revision and Exam Prep
Revision and Exam Prep N/A
Year 10 Chemistry States of Matter and Separation Techniques
Oxidation and Reduction
Ionic Structures and Properties
Masses in Reactions
Masses in Reactions
Exo and Endothermic
Year 11 Collusion Theory
Crude Oil
Pure Substances
Earth Resources
Exam and Revision Prep
Year 10  Physics Forces Atomic Structure Atomic Structure 
Energy
Electricity  Particle Model of Matter
Year 11  Waves
Magnetism and Electromagnets
Magnetism and Electromagnets
TRIPLE STUDENTS ONLY - Space
Revision and Exam Prep  

German

German KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

Autumn
Term 2
Spring
Term 
1
Spring
Term 2
Summer
Term 1
Summer
Term 2
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

French 

French KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

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

Family relationships - revising vocabulary and using reflexive verbs. Going out - revising the near future tense and the perfect tense. 

 

People we admire - using a range of tenses together. Online actvities and TV -  using the comparative. 

Food, meals and daily life - using irregular verbs and modal verbs. 

Family celebrations, traditions and festivals - using time phrases, dates, negatives and a combination of tenses. My region -  describing where we live and what it is like

My region (cont.) - talking about likes and dislikes, including the weather and using the superlative. Using adjectives. Making plans for the future. 

Holidays - using a range of tenses. Making hotel reservations and eating out (including as role play). Talking about holiday disasters using the pluperfect tense. 

Year
11

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

rime 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. 

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. 

Germany 1919-39. 

The origins of the Weimar Republic, the early challenges to the Weimar Republic 1919-23. 
The recovery of the republic and the changes to German Society.  
Hitler's rise to power 1919-33.

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

Component 2 mock

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
Theory plus designing and making skills - Metals Theory plus designing and making skills - Woods Theory plus designing and making skills - Plastics Theory plus designing and making skills - Papers and Boards Core Theory NEA project starts
Year
11

NEA

 

NEA

NEA

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
11

Bridging the gap - The principles of Food & Nutrition

 

NEA2

NEA2

Complete NEA2

Revision Summer 1 Revision

 

 

Catering and Hospitality 

Catering and Hospitality KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

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

LO1 - Understand the enviroment in which the hospitality and catering providers operate including job requirements. Practical skills - vegetable preparation, sauce making and piping using these skills to make whole dishes. 

 

LO1 - Understand the enviroment in which the hospitality and catering providers operate  including working conditions and Factors affecting the success if provider. Practical skills - vegetable preparation, sauce making and piping using these skills to make whole dishes.  L02 - Understand how hospitality and catering provison operates includes operations of the kitchen and front of house. Practical skills - Dough making, pasta and bread. L03 - Understand how hospitalityand catering provisions meetshealth and safety requirements.  Practical skills - Dough making, pastry.  L04 - Know how food can cause ill health. The role of the enviromental health officer and food legislation.  Practical skills - using high risk food L05 - Be able to propose a hospitality
and catering provision to meet
specific requirements, review and recommend.  Practical skills - creating whole dishes which include accompaniments
Year
11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.
R021  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings.
R022 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.
R021  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
R022 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.
R021  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
R022 Communicating and working with individuals in health, social care and early years settings.
R021  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings
R021  Essential values of care for use with individuals in care settings. R031 Using Basic first aid Procedures 
Year
11

R031 Using Basic first aid Procedures.

R031 Using Basic first aid Procedures.

R023: Understanding body systems and disorders.

R023: Understanding body systems and disorders.

R023: Understanding body systems and disorders

 

 

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.

R082 
Creating Digital Graphics

completion of examination work

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 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 health and safety, presentation, rehearsal and analysis of the performance.

Year
11

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 health and safety, presentation, rehearsal and analysis of the performance.

Live Performance - 

Work towards setting up and performing a live performance.  Look at health 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
Paper 1 
Anatomy and Physiology 
Musculo-Skeletal System
Paper 1 
Anatomy and Physiology 
 Cardio-respiratory system 
 Paper 1 
 Anatomy and Aerobic and 
Anaerobic exercise
Paper 1 
Physical training 
 Components of fitness, methods of training, 
principles of training, 
 Paper 2 
Sport Psychology 
Goal Setting
NEA Element 
Personal Exercise Programme
Planning, carrying out and evaluation.
Paper 1 
Physical Training 
 Warm ups and Cool downs, 
Injuries, 
Performance enhancing drugs
Paper 1 
Movement analysis
Levers, Planes and Axes
  Badminton Table Tennis Basketball Personal Exercise Programme Athletics Tennis
Year
11
Paper 2 
Health, fitness and well-being
Paper 2 
Sport Psychology

Paper 2
Socio Cultural influences 

Revision 
Refining exam skills 
and application
Revision 
Refining exam skills 
and application

Exam Season 

  Handball Lacrosse Moderation Preparation Moderation Preparation Rounders Exam Season

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
Handball
 Football
Rugby
Badminton
Leadership
Football 
Rugby 
Leadership
Basketball 
Fitness
Tennis 
Athletics
Cricket 
 Softball
Core PE
Girls
Netball 
Badminton
Football 
Netball 
Leadership
Handball 
Football
Leadership
Rugby 
Fitness
Basketball 
Rounders
Rounders
Tennis
Athletics
Year
11
Core PE
Boys

Football

Rugby 
Handball

Rugby
Handball

Basketball 
Table Tennis

 Athletics

Fitness

Core PE
Girls
Netball
Basketball
 
Football
Table Tennis
Badminton, Fitness Basketball 
Table Tennis
Athletics
Rounders
Athletics 
Rounders

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 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 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 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, exploitation of the poor

Revision

N/A

Business 

Business KS4 Curriculum Topics
 

Autumn
Term 1

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

Business activity

The role of business enterprise and

Entrepreneurship

Business planning

Business ownership

 

Business activity

Stakeholders in business

Business growth

Marketing

The role of marketing

Market research

Market segmentation

Marketing

The marketing mix

People

The role of human resources

Organisational structures

Communication in business

People

Recruitment and selection

Motivation and retention

Training and development

Employment law

People

Employment law

Operations

Production processes

Quality of goods and services

Operations

The sales process and customer service

Consumer law

Business location

Working with suppliers
Year
11

Finance

The role of the finance function

Sources of finance

Revenues, costs, profit, and loss

Finance

Break-even

Cash and cash-flow

Influences on business

Ethical and environmental considerations

The economic climate

Influences on business

Globalisation

The interdependent nature of business

Revision

Revision

N/A