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Year 10

Curriculum Information for Year 10

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): 

During the spring term, learners will be upskilling their descriptive writing using the techniques and devices they explore in lessons. These include “zooming in” on the details of pictures and photographs, then self assessing to make any edits to improve the work. In addition to this, learners will be practising and preparing for Functional Skills exams, so they will revisit formal writing such as articles and letters. 


English (Dr Csengei): 

In the spring term, the group will prepare their narrative writing coursework piece for the Cambridge International GCSE assessment. In preparation for this, learners will develop their story writing skills by learning about genre, story openings, plot structure, character development, as well as creating tension and suspense through the use of verbs and sentence structure. 


Maths (Mr Stephen):

This term's curriculum encompasses a diverse range of mathematical concepts, providing learners with a robust foundation in various areas. Beginning with proportion, learners will explore the principles of comparing quantities and understanding the relationships between them. Next, learners will learn about transformations and geometry followed by linear and quadratic equations. We will then move onto probability, gaining insights into the likelihood of events and developing statistical reasoning skills. Towards the end of the term, we will study trigonometry, vectors and histograms.

Maths (Mrs Tonkin): 

In maths this half term we are working with statistics, interpreting and drawing bar charts, line graphs, pictograms and data tables. After the half term break, we will continue with metric conversions and begin working through exam style questions. We will practise understanding what the question is asking for and how to present the answer to ensure maximum marks.

PSHE (Mr Watkins): 

Topics this term are from within the living in the wider world strand of PSHE. They include how the justice system works, County Lines, finding a suitable career, creating their CVs and how to prepare for work experience. For further information, please visit our school website.


PE (Mr Lee and Mr Green):

This term we are studying health related fitness in which we will test the learners on their different components of fitness; strength, power, speed, reaction time, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, strength and balance. Learners will test in weeks 1 and week 7 and in between they will look at different health related fitness sessions they are able to use to show improvement on their component of fitness. We will be completing circuit training, FIIT class, continuous training and Fartlek training to provide knowledge of exercises students can use to lead a healthy active lifestyle before retesting. 



This term, learners will be completing the applying for jobs unit of the ASDAN qualification, this will include learning about and writing CV’s as well as discussing interviews. Learners will also be using the schools new careers software Xello to create profiles and begin to explore and research potential future careers.

Option Subjects.

Biology GCSE (Mr Gamble):

Within biology, the extensive topic of ‘Health, Disease and dDevelopment of Medicines’ is being covered this term.


Chemistry GCSE (Mr Gamble and Mrs McCran):

This term the learners will be covering acids and alkalis with several core practicals in the laboratory.  The mathematics of Chemistry is looked into with calculations involving masses and we finish off with electrolytic processes and how electricity can be used to separate substances.

Physics GCSE (Mr Doza):

Within physics, light and the electromagnetic spectrum leads into a discovery of radioactivity and all its uses and dangers.

Entry Level Science (Mr Doza and Mrs McCran): 

There are two entry level courses running both covering chemistry topics this term - 

atoms and compounds and states of matter with Mrs McCran and chemical reactions: patterns, energy and rates of reactions with Mr Doza.

History GCSE (Mr Miller): 

In History this term, we will be looking at Norman England, 1066 to 1088, and finding out about the feudal system, Norman Church reforms, how the Normans governed England and what happened in England when William the Conqueror died. After half term, we will be starting our topic on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39, and looking at the origins of the Weimar Republic, the challenges it faced, its recovery from near collapse and the effect it had on German society.

Computer Science GCSE (Mr Arnold):

We will gain an understanding of the equipment that forms the networks we use in school, home and the workplace and how devices and the applications hosted on them communicate. We will revisit coding, with a focus on ensuring our code can defend against deliberate and non-deliberate attack. As each individual becomes ready, their coding will be the form of a project. This will require analysis, design and eventually an evaluation, in addition to the coding itself.

Design Technology (DT - Miss Norris):

Learners will choose either a textiles or woodwork project by which they demonstrate the full design process. This includes research, design & development, making and evaluation.  The focus will be on developing independent skills and making independent decisions around tool and technique choices as well as problem solving and decision making.  Students will also be supported in understanding how to build and present a portfolio of work in preparation for year 11.

Creative Digital Media (CDM - Mr Rowntree):

In spring term 1, learners will be learning about different audio recording technology and the devices that might be used in different situations. They will use this knowledge to help record their own projects towards the Digital Audio Products unit for their BTEC Course. They will add sound effects and music to their recordings and learn how to mix sounds for their products using Adobe Audition.


In spring term 2, learners will continue with their audio products and then resume their development of theory knowledge which will be required for their Digital Moving Images unit. They will be learning about codes and conventions used in different themes and look towards the use of camera technology to create different impressions on the audience.


Year 10 BTEC Music (Mrs Beardmore):

This term we will be sitting the Unit 1 exam and then moving onto work on either the composing unit or sequencing unit. Both these require knowledge of the music software, Logic Pro, so will be spending some time working on developing and extending our use of the programme before creating compositions and cover versions.  

Art (Mrs Easton): Art:

In the spring term, learners are looking at Roy Litchenstein, the Pop Artist, and creating large 3D letters to be decorated with comic book style onomatopoeia words and images. Once complete they will design and construct a horizontal dragon marionette puppet with wings.


Photography (Ms Soskova):

Over the spring term, learners will continue completing their course using the DSLR camera and accessories. They were introduced to the following: basic terms in photography, composition techniques, lighting fundamentals, and they completed short exercises. In the spring term they will focus on individual short projects, post-processing basics (using Adobe Photoshop), storytelling through photography, showcase and reflection. 

Food Technology (Mr Carter):

This term, learners will be completing their Level 1 BTEC portfolio in order for it to be submitted. 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. Learners will also be asked to analyse their own meal as well as the meals of their peers. Once learners have completed this we will be moving onto the Level 2 BTEC in Home Cooking Skills.

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