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Year 10

Curriculum Information

Note: If you are not sure who your child’s teacher is for certain subjects or what option subjects your child is studying then please contact your child's form tutor for more information.


English (Mr Roberts and Mr Sullivan): 

In English this half term, students will look at the introduction to the course and start to develop their diagnostic reading and writing skills further. They will explore purpose, audience and form and how we can communicate in a variety of formal and informal settings. After half term, students will revisit Macbeth to build on year 8 knowledge and study in greater depth, considering context, plot, staging and character (Entry Level and Functional Skills preparation).


English (Ms Csengei):

In this term, my group will be starting their preparation for the Reading component of the Cambridge iGCSE (paper 1). Students will learn to answer the three main questions in this paper, which are writing a summary, identifying and describing the author's language use and transforming a text into a different genre. Along the way, they will also be practising and fine-tuning their skills of reading comprehension.


Maths (Mr Williams):

In maths this term, we will start by learning about gradients and lines before looking at non linear graphs. Next, we will focus on multiplicative reasoning, geometric reasoning, algebraic reasoning, fractions, ratios and proportions. Later on in the term, we will learn about expanding and factorising in terms of algebra.


Maths (Mr Stephen):

This term we will start learning about fractions and integers as well as percentages. Next, we will move onto linear equations and algebraic manipulation. We will also learn about sequences, factors and multiples as well as symmetry, circle theorems, coordinates and ratio. 


Maths (Mrs Tonkin): 

This term in maths, we will be focusing on ‘Using numbers and the Number System’ including whole numbers, decimals and fractions. We will be concentrating on using number to solve practical situations. After half term we will be looking at measurement, shape and space.

PSHE (Mr Watkins):

Topics covered this term will include managing tough times: change, grief and bereavement. We will also look together at why some people may choose to end their life as well as identifying the warning signs that may lead to this decision. Next, we will discuss how to manage social anxiety, the impact social media can have on our self esteem as well as internet safety, focusing on the dangers of excessive screen time, fake news and why you may need your critical thinking skills. 


Careers (Mr Battersby): 

In Careers this term, students will be completing the ‘Exploring Careers’ unit of the Level 2 ASDAN employability award. This will include researching careers that students may wish to pursue, discussing why students may want to pursue these careers and the skills that are required for these careers. 


PE (Mr Lee and Mr Green):

Students will learn to use different tactics, skills and techniques to outwit an opponent within invasion sports alongside understanding rules of a match. These sports include football, basketball, benchball, netball and rugby.


Option Subjects


Biology GCSE (Mr Gamble):

We are covering the topics of cells and control, this covers the areas of growth, the brain and nervous system and how the eye works. The topic of genetics and inheritance follows which leads seamlessly into natural selection and the evidence for evolution.


Chemistry GCSE (Mr Gamble and Mrs McCran):

This term we will be learning about the structure of the atom and how we can use the periodic table to further this understanding. We will investigate how a molecule's bonding and properties are linked and the different types of substances that exist.


Physics GCSE (Mr Doza):

Conservation of energy and energy efficiency are looked at during the beginning of this term, leading to an understanding in the production of energy and renewable and non-renewable resources. Investigations into waves and wave action such as reflection and refraction are covered. Finally, we find out what infrasound and ultrasound are.


Entry Level Science (Mr Doza and Mrs McCran): 

The topics covered will be both biology topics in cells, genetics, inheritance and modification.  Plants and ecosystems will have us looking at how plants make their food and the inter-relationships within an ecosystem.


History GCSE (Mr Miller): 

In History this term, we will start by practising the skill of evaluating sources about the historic environment of Whitechapel, c1870-c1900. We will then be looking at Anglo-Saxon England, the last years of Edward the Confessor and the Norman invasion of 1066. We will then examine how William secured power and how the Anglo-Saxons resisted their Norman conquerors.


Computer Science GCSE (Mr Arnold):

Along with continuing to progress our Python programming skills, the group will spend a substantial amount of lesson time looking at how computers work at a fundamental level. This will cover processor architecture, aspects that affect the performance of a computer, different features of specialised systems, types of primary and secondary storage and how they work.


Design Technology (DT - Mrs Norris):

This term students are working on a light box project. The theme is based on colour and shape and the focus is to work on developing creative ideas around this project. Students are asked to design four sides for the light box and they use different materials to enhance their design and produce a specification.  Students will make the project and evaluate it with suggestions for improvement. 


Creative Digital Media (CDM - Mr Rowntree):

This term, Creative Digital Media, students will be introduced to the theory unit of the course, Digital Media Sectors and Audiences. This will form the basis of some of the practical units as well as the topics that will be examined in the second year of their course. Students will work on small projects around the different sectors of Media and learn about different demographic groups and issues around how to produce media products that target different audiences.


Year 10 BTEC Music (Mrs Beardmore):

The learners on the BTEC Music course will be focusing on the content for the unit 1 exam this term, with the hope to be to take the exam in January. This will involve learning about all the jobs in the music industry and other areas such as unions, taxes, working conditions, contracts and pay. Students can have two attempts at the exam so we hope to have the first attempt in January 2024. 


Art (Mrs Easton):

Students are creating abstract compositions based on their chosen country. They are fusing images of a famous building, traditional food and other elements that their chosen country is famous for. These will then be painted and the designs extended onto the frames. 


Psychology (Ms Allouis): 

For Psychology this term we will cover the topics of Memory and Perception including key research studies and investigations. In memory, we are learning about the structures and processes of memory: how memories are encoded and stored, the different types of memory, and how memories can be altered and changed. During the second half of the term, we will be studying how we perceive the world around us through our senses, the nature of cues and direct perception, visual illusions and factors affecting our perception.


Food Technology (Mr Carter):

This term students will continue to work on their Level 1 BTEC portfolio in order for it to be submitted in December. This will include planning a one course meal that needs to be a balanced meal as well as identifying the skills and processes needed to produce the dish, working on costing of ingredients and keeping waste to a minimum. Students will also be asked to analyse their own meal as well as the meals of their peers. 

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