Although many pupils tell their parents all about what they having been studying and doing at school, not every child is so forthcoming. Therefore so that you all know what your child has been up to in the last term and what plans there are for next term, you can now visit this new page providing the latest news from Year 10 & 11. The page will be regularly updated.
If you have any specific queries concerning this class or your child please speak to or email the class leader Nicholas.
Year 10 & 11 February 2017
We are just starting our epic journey into the syllabus by examining the Concerto through time, and working on structured composing, as well as learning how to work with Sibelius Music Scoring software.
This term we will be starting our GCSE coursework by learning about the formal elements of line, shape, pattern, form, tone, texture and colour. We will then be starting a project inspired by ‘The Coast’.
As part of the GCSE course we are reading and studying the classic science-fi novel ‘The War of The Worlds’ by H G Wells. What it lacks in character development it certainly makes up for in in its plot driven action, and despite being written at the end of the 19th century, War of The Worlds is not as dated as one might assume – apart from the Martians bit of course…!
This term we are making our way through nearly 1000 years of British history, incorporating the Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, the Normans, the Plantagenets, the 100 Years War, the Tudors, British Imperialism, the Slave Trade and 19th century immigration. Obviously, given the enormous breadth of the new specification, we are not going in to great detail but are focussing on the history of immigration during these epochs. What becomes increasingly apparent is that multiculturalism is not a modern ‘experiment’ but is deeply rooted in our history and in our genes.
This term we will be exploring a number of different topics, including the psychology of Sex and Gender, Memory, Attachment, Obedience, Atypical Behaviour and Criminal Behaviour.
During the Autumn term we will be continuing with the GCSE syllabus. In chemistry we will study C2 Chemical Patterns, including the history of the atom and the properties of the different groups of elements in the periodic table. In physics we will be studying P3 Electric Circuits including electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction. In biology we will be studying B5 The Human Body and the different processes that keep us alive.
We are beginning with topics that are new to everybody on the new GCSE syllabus – sketching quadratic curves (parabolas) and learning about functions, identities and proofs. They are built upon existing skills of solving equations, substitution and drawing graphs. We will use Mymaths, a textbook and worksheets. We will also solve problems which are numerical everyday problems, such as the cost of a journey based on petrol prices and the petrol consumption of a car.
We shall be exploring the requirements of the GCSE English Language Papers 1 and 2. This is to strengthen understanding of ‘how’ we communicate and articulate skills required over the last study years in a clear, effective manner when under exam conditions.
In English we have been doing workshops on creative writing, which led to some excellent short stories. The class also carried out two major class debates, on Brexit and the Internet. It was great to hear the pupil’s impassioned speeches and ability to engage with both topics.
As the Year 11s prepare to take their English GCSE this year we are now focussing on brushing up on skills and working on past papers.
We completed our epic study of Macbeth and have now moved on to studying the late 19th century text, War of the Worlds by HG Wells.
The class has started to work from a new GCSE textbook, following the new GCSE format of applying skills learnt to solve problems. We started by studying topics which are new to this new style of GCSE: drawing Venn Diagrams to represent Sets and looking at Time Series. Several topics which were in the Higher Tier of study have now appeared in the Foundation level, so we spent time looking at Compound Interest, Growth & Decay, reverse percentages and the area and arc length of sectors of circles. Students enjoyed using chocolate to look at loci, before using the skills to draw constructions with a ruler and compasses.
We finished the term revising non-calculator methods to solve problems. This term we are currently revising negative numbers to help us factorise quadratic equations.
Science Dual Award
During the Autumn term we studied P3 Sustainable Energy, B4 Processes of Life, C4 Chemical Patterns, and P4 Explaining Motion. We are currently studying B5 Growth and Development. The students completed the Case study coursework.
In the Spring term we have completed B5. We are studying C6 Chemical Synthesis and have completed the Additional Science Practical Investigation. We will then study P5 Electric Circuits, C5 Chemicals and the Natural Environment.
Science Triple Award
During the Autumn term we studied the Universe in P7, looking at telescopes and images. We completed the Biology Practical Investigation Coursework. We learnt how to make our systems more sustainable by copying nature in B7, and we looked at energy changes and reversible reactions in C7.
In the Spring term we have done the Chemistry Practical Investigation, and are studying the rest of P7 – Mapping the Universe and Stars. We will do the Physics Practical Investigation.
When we first started to study the Cold War back in September, I couldn’t help but wonder how relevant the Cold War would feel to this generation. As the jaw dropping political developments in America unfolded in real time and the ‘relationship’ between the new Trump administration and Russia’s Putin became apparent, the class realised that the Cold War was not some distant historical period and that recent events represent a bizarre sequel. History is as relevant and important today as it has ever been, because it provides us with context, something that seems to be sorely lacking in modern political discourse.
We are currently looking at the Vietnam War (also see Iraq, Afghanistan wars etc…) and will complete the Year 11 course by studying the Red Scare in the USA in the 1950s. Yesterday Communists and nuclear doomsday; today Islamic fundamentalism and terrorist attacks.
Controlled Assessment is finally coming to an end as is the course itself. We only have one more topic to cover – Natural Hazards. We aim to finish this by Easter so that we can start to focus on revision in the lead up to the final exam in June.
Last term we studied criminal behaviour, which led to some great sociological debates. We also studied perception, which inspired some fascinating philosophical discussions.
We are currently studying cognitive development, before completing the course with non-verbal communication and the psychology of the self.
We will be starting the GCSE Set Task for Art and Design. Each student will choose either a written or visual starting point from the given exam paper and will be using this term to produce preparatory work. This should include observations – drawing and photography, artist’s research, test pieces/ samples and developmental ideas of a final piece.
Congratulations to our Year 9 and 10 pupils who passed every single one of their GCSEs this year! An outstanding achievement. Also a standing ovation to those who took part in an excellent production of An Inspector Calls – you were all exceptional! Here’s an overview of what they studied last term and an insight into next school year’s syllabus.
Last term we embarked on three themes: Invasion, Marriage and Dual Identity.
We considered these themes in a range of texts, as always, from the 19th century onwards… comparing, contrasting and writing our own!
In extra English support classes we continued to work on functional skills and their application in written work and understanding of text. This course is set up to work independently of other English work but the skill based learning is meant to strengthen success in any subject area requiring written submissions.
Next term Nicholas will be taking over English Language teaching and will be providing creative writing and non-fiction workshops to help develop the pupil’s writing skills.
We spent the first part of the term studying a selection of poems based on the theme of ‘Conflict’, including works by Wilfred Owen, Seamus Heaney, William Wordsworth, Lord Byron and Thomas Hardy. The second half of the term was devoted to the pupil’s amazing performances in An Inspector Calls. To see a full version of our production click on the following link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4Pqf5C4uOc
Over the Summer Term the class looked at area & perimeter, number sequences, solving equations, and statistics. Applications to real life included using standard form as a way to write very large and very small numbers, foreign exchange between currencies, conversion between metric measurements, reading timetables and using compound measures such as time, distance and speed. Some students sat their GCSE maths at the end of their Year 9 and achieved excellent results. Well done!
Science – Dual Award
Year 10 completed B3 on Life on Earth, and C3 on Chemicals in our lives. The students completed the Practical Data Analysis coursework. We went on a Science and Geography field trip to the Purbecks.
Next term we will study P3 on Sustainable Energy, energy sources and energy efficiency. Then B4 on Processes of Life, enzymes, photosynthesis and respiration. Next C4 Chemical Patterns on elements and their properties, and P4 Explaining Motion about forces and motion. We will complete the Case Study coursework.
Science – Triple Award
We studied C7 including organic / carbon chemistry and energy in reactions. Next term we will study Physics 7 Studying the Universe, including eclipses, telescopes, mapping the universe. Then more B7 Further Biology, learning from nature. We will complete a coursework Practical Investigation.
During the summer term we studied the ever topical issue of immigration to Britain, focusing on the years 1939 to 1975. The pupils were struck by the degree to which how little has changed with regard to our reactions to immigrants and refugees, and also how much immigration has contributed to the diversity and development of Britain as a nation.
For the new school year we will be switching our attention to the Cold War and considering who is to ‘blame’ for this remarkable and bizarre period in our recent history.
Last term we were working hard on our Controlled Assessment / Coursework which is all about the management of our coasts. This work is nearly finished which is excellent news as it counts for 25% of the final GCSE grade! This term we have been completing the Economic Development topic which includes the interesting topics of globalisation, multi-national companies and environmental pollution.
We completed our work on the psychology of Obedience and then moved onto Atypical Behaviour where the focus was upon phobias and classical conditioning. As always many great and thoughtful discussions ensued.
Next school year we will be studying Criminal Behaviour and Cognitive Development.
See English Literature.
We enjoyed the theme of ‘Journey’ across many texts last term… most notably Stephen Fry’s travel journal through Maine.
This term we embark on three themes:
Invasion, Marriage and Dual Identity.
This will be across a range of texts, as always, from the 19th century onwards… we shall be comparing, contrasting and writing our own… a busy term ahead!
In extra English support classes we will continue to work on functional skills and their application in written work and understanding of text. This course is set up to work independently of other English work but the skill based learning is meant to strengthen success in any subject area requiring written submissions.
For the first part of the Spring term we completed our study of An Inspector Calls. Rehearsals for a production of the play were put on hold and are to be continued in the last half of the Summer term with performances in the last week of the academic year.
We have now moved onto studying the OCR GCSE poetry anthology and we are looking at the theme of Conflict. We have been enjoying and dissecting the work of poets such as William Blake, Thomas Hardy and Wilfred Owen – in fact we spent 3 weeks marvelling at the richness of Owen’s imagery and language in his seminal poem Anthem for Doomed Youth.
Students preparing for their GCSE in a few weeks’ time have been busy working on past papers. All students have been working on converting currencies using exchange rates, questionnaires, metric and imperial measures, probability, angles and nets and surface areas of cuboids. The class has been looking at using mathematical skills to solve problems in functional maths questions on an exam paper. Next term we will continue to look at topics and then practise GCSE questions from past papers on those topics. Students are seeing the relevance of our work, both in everyday applications and as preparation for GCSE.
Science – Dual Award
We studied Chemistry 7 including chemistry calculations, green and sustainable Chemistry, covalent bonding, carbon/organic chemistry – alkanes, alkenes, alcohols.
We will complete organic Chemistry, then start Physics 7 on Astronomy. This includes mapping the sky, how planets move, eclipses, types of telescope, how lenses and mirrors work and how they are used in telescopes. Analysis of electromagnetic radiation received from space.
Science – Triple Award
In the Spring term we completed Biology 2, studying drug trials, heart and circulation, lifestyle diseases. We designed a clinical trials study to assess the effect of saturated fat on blood pressure. We looked at the body’s control of water levels. We completed Chemistry 2 about Materials. The students did some practice coursework testing the tensile strength and stretchiness of fibres. They prepared and gave presentations on the uses of nanoparticles.
We will study Physics 2 – Radiation and Life. We will look at the electromagnetic spectrum, UV radiation and the skin, climate change, digital information. We will do some assessed coursework. The year 10’s will submit the assessed work, the year 9’s will need the skills acquired for their exam papers. In June the students will go on a combined Geography and Science field trip to the Purbecks. This includes looking at biodiversity, adaptations of plants and animals, how crude oil is extracted, and geology including rock types and formations in the area.
In the first part of the term we completed our GCSE work on Germany 1918-1945, focusing on the war years and the horrors of the extermination camps. In the second part of the term we moved onto a new topic, Britain 1939 to 1975, studying Britain during the war with an especial focus on immigration, the role of women and impact of war on children.
Next term we will be seeing how immigration, women’s rights and the emergence of ‘teenagers’ began to change our country forever and create a more democratic and equal nation – although of course there is still a way to go!
Last term we finished our first topic on the GCSE syllabus of Settlement. We also completed the Rivers topic and the theory part of the Coasts topic. This has led us straight into our Controlled Assessment which is worth 25% of the final GCSE result. We went to Highcliffe and Avon Beach for the day to collect primary data. I am encouraging pupils to return to the study location to collect additional information during a busier time when they should endeavour to speak to as many stakeholders with an interest in coastal management as possible. It is a really contentious issue and opinions on how to manage eroding coastlines differ greatly!
We are looking forward to going on our first residential trip in June to the Isle of Purbeck staying in Swanage Youth Hostel. This will support the Science curriculum as well as enhance our Geographical studies too.
We have looked in detail at two topics – Attachment and Obedience. For ‘attachment’ we studied the theories of Bowlby and an alternative theory based on Behaviourism. We also looked at Hazen and Shaver’s ‘Love Quiz’ study and then created our own quiz to see of there are any links between our infant attachments and the attachments we form in later life with friends and partners. For ‘obedience’ we studied Milgram’s famous ‘electric shock’ experiment as well as the theory of situational factors.
Next term we will be completing our work on ‘obedience’ and then moving onto the psychology behind atypical behaviour and criminal behaviour.
This term we will be finishing our Indian culture study by exploring the final printing techniques of stencil, collagraph, block and screen. After half term we will be starting a new project which looks at organic and natural forms. We are planning a trip to the beach to record observations through drawing and photography and we will be researching a series of artists/designers who take their inspiration from nature.
See English Literature section.
Our first term of the new GCSE syllabus is complete! We have enjoyed some new ideas and ways of studying texts from the 20th and 21st Century, from Orwell’s ‘1984’ to Online News feeds to ‘My Life’ by Bill Clinton!
In our second term, we shall be thinking contextually on works – both fiction and non-fiction – from the 19th Century, including Bronte and Austin.
We have started the English Literature GCSE course with the ever relevant ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley. The pupils enjoyed the play so much that they pleaded to put on a production of the play at school. So we have spent the term both discussing and rehearsing the play.
Next term we plan to perform the play to an audience of parents and friends before half term. After half term we will be studying the classic novel ‘Lord of the Flies’ by William Golding.
The class has been continuing their preparation for GCSE. Some students will be taking GCSE exams in the summer, next year. They have been working on past papers, and have been seeing the relevance of our lessons. It is great to see their confidence grow as progress is being made. We have worked on topics such as fractions, angles, sequences, graphs and algebra.
Next we will look at probability and shapes.
Science – Dual Award
This year we have commenced covering the material for GCSE Science. We are using the OCR exam board. The first topic was B1 You and Your Genes. This looks at genetics and the influence of the environment on our characteristics. We studied some genetically inherited conditions and thought about cloning, stem cells and gene editing. This involves ethics about changing the genes of an individual, and we held a debate. Following this we looked at C1 Air Quality. This includes air pollution and developed their skills of dealing with data. We balanced equations of combustion (burning), and studied hay fever, asthma, and ways of reducing air pollution. Next was P1 The Earth in the Universe. We found how we estimate the vast distances in space, evidence supporting the Big Bang Theory, plate tectonics, how mountain chains are formed, how volcanoes and earthquakes are caused, and measuring seismic waves. Most recently we have studied B2 Keeping Healthy, pathogens, the Immune System, vaccinations, and antibiotic resistant bacteria. The students have answered exam questions and extended their research skills during homework.
Next term we will consider medical drug trials, the circulatory system, lifestyle diseases and homeostasis. Followed by C2 Material Choices, looking at the properties of materials, and how to test them, polymers, crude oil, and nanoparticles. The students will write a Case Study which will be the first piece of coursework for Year 10.
Science – Triple Award
We started the course with B7 Peak Performance. We looked at the skeletal system, including joints and muscles. We studied fitness, calculated BMIs, and looked at joint injuries and the circulatory system. We learnt about homeostasis including temperature control in the body, controlling blood sugar levels and diabetes. We followed this with C7 Sustainable Chemistry. We have looked at the chemical industry and pollution caused by it, past and present. We looked at renewable resources for the chemical industry. We revised the structure of atoms, and found the masses of atoms and molecules. We used these to calculate the masses of chemicals in reactions, and to consider atom economy. The students have been answering exam questions for homework, and have extended their research and reporting skills in topics.
Next term we will consider avoiding the use of or production of hazardous chemicals, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Followed by organic/carbon chemistry, including alkanes, alkenes, alcohols, carboxylic acids, esters, fats and oils. We will consider energy changes in reactions including exothermic and endothermic reactions, catalysts, reversible reactions and equilibria. Following this we will start P7 Studying the Universe. We will investigate astronomy, eclipses, and types of telescope.
We began the Modern History GCSE course by studying Germany from 1918 to 1945. This carries on from the end of the last school year when the students studied World War One. It is of course one of the most dramatic and traumatic periods in all of world history, from the insanity of hyperinflation when the price of bread rose from the equivalent of 75p to £200 billion in just two years, to the disturbing rise of the Nazis. We have watched episodes from the classic World At War documentary series to support our studies. We have had numerous excellent discussions in class about the nature of democracy and totalitarianism.
Next term we will be looking at the murderous regime of the Nazis, the epic Nazi-Soviet conflict in World War Two and the Holocaust. We will then begin studying British history from 1945 to 1975, focusing on immigration, women and children.
This term we have embarked on the syllabus for the Geography GCSE course. We continued with the Population topic which we started last year and went onto look at Settlement. We are now halfway through our Rivers & Coasts topic which will lead us straight into Controlled Assessment worth 25% of the final GCSE grade.
We will be going on a fieldtrip to Barton-on-Sea in order to collect data for this work next term.
This term we have started the GCSE art syllabus by looking at the formal elements of line, tone, shape, form, texture pattern and colour. We have also begun a cultural study/ printmaking project looking at India.
We will be continuing with this project throughout the spring term.
We began the Psychology GCSE course by studying the topic of ‘Sex and Gender’, exploring whether masculinity and femininity are biologically fixed or determined by our cultural environment. To this end we looked at the gender stereotypes that litter the pages of women’s and men’s magazines. Some brilliant class discussions were had as we also looked at key studies and theories. We then studied the topic of ‘Memory’ where we considered different theories, memory techniques and carried out a series of our own studies where we came up with some very interesting results.
Next term we will be studying ‘Attachment’ and ‘Obedience’.