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English

At St Mary’s the English curriculum has been designed in the belief that all the skills of language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are essential to participating fully as a member of society. Therefore, from Year 6 to Year 11 our aim is to teach students to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them.

The development and enjoyment of reading (fiction and non-fiction) is of particular importance as students have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Students study a variety of texts through the following topics:  World Literature, Modern Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Non-Fiction and Media.

 

Year 6

In Year 6 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • traditional fairy tales
  • ‘The Butterfly Lion’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl
  • limericks
  • haikus
  • ‘A Christmas Carol’ as a play – adapted by David Holman
  • Media – TV programmes
  • Non- fiction – instructions

Year 7

In Year 7 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • myths and legends
  • ‘Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom’ by Louis Sachar
  • ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘War Horse’ by Michael Morpurgo
  • ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ by Jeff Kinney
  • narrative poems, ballads
  • Media – magazines
  • non-fiction - biographies
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

Year 8

In Year 8 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • poems and short stories from different cultures
  • ‘Skellig’ by David Almond
  • ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar
  • poetry of nature – 18th century to the modern day
  • Media – newspapers and advertising
  • non–fiction -  famous speeches
  • ‘Frankenstein’ as a play adapted by Phillip Pullman
  • ‘A Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty’ by David Calcutt

Year 9

In Year 9 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • ‘of Mice and Men’ by John Steinbeck
  • ‘Stormbreaker’ by Anthony Horowitz
  • ‘Stone Cold’ by Robert Swindells
  • Romantic poets
  • Media- film studies
  • non-fiction – travel writing
  • ‘Macbeth’ by William Shakespeare

Year 10

In preparation for the English Language GCSE exam, Year 10 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • autobiographies
  • short stories from 19th, 20th, 21st centuries
  • ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J B Priestly
  • discursive essays
  • war poetry
  • newspaper reporting and articles

Year 11

In preparation for their English GCSE exam, Year 11 students practise and develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through a selection of topics including:

  • extracts from fiction and non-fiction texts from 19th, 20th, 21st centuries
  • ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • ‘1984’ by George Orwell
  • exam preparation and past papers

 

Maths

At St Mary’s we believe that mathematics is a life skill which provides a foundation for understanding and coping with everyday life and the wider world. Mathematics can be viewed as comprising of four distinct domains, these being number, geometry and measure, algebra and finally statistics and probability and our curriculum aims to encourage our students to learn how each of these areas of study are interrelated. We do thi by supporting all of our students in mastering the fundamentals of the subject and then further developing their conceptual understanding through reasoning and problem solving.

Year 6

In year 6 the focus is on mastery of the fundamentals of mathematics through knowledge and skills development across each distinct domain.

  • Number
  • Geometry
  • Measure
  • Algebra
  • Statistics

Year 7

In year 7 students practise and develop their skills in the following areas with opportunities to investigate, use and apply their knowledge and solve problems.

Autumn term

  • N1 Working with whole numbers
  • GM1 Measuring
  • Problem solving
  • GM2 Coordinates and translation
  • N2 Working with decimal numbers
  • SP1 Using data
  • GM3 Properties and translation of 2 D shapes

Spring term

  • 7N3 Negative numbers
  • 7S2 A survey about us
  • 7A1 Generalising using letters
  • N4 Parts of a whole
  • GM4 Angle facts
  • A2 Exploring sequences

Summer term

  • N5 Percentages
  • 7S2 Introducing probability
  • 7GM5 Angles
  • N6 Exact or just accurate
  • A6 Real life graphs
  • GM6 Area and Perimeter

 

Year 8

In year 8 students practise and develop their skills in the following areas with opportunities to investigate, use and apply their knowledge and solve problems.

Autumn term

  • N1 About Calculation
  • A1 Sequences
  • GM1 Properties of shape
  • A2 Starting Algebra
  • S1 Investigating statistics
  • N2 Fractions
  • GM2 Forming shapes

Spring term

  • A3 Algebra
  • N3 Calculating
  • GM3 Measures
  • A4 Manipulating Algebra
  • S2 Probability
  • N4 Proportion
  • GM4 Transformations

Summer term

  • N5 Indices
  • A5 Sequences
  • GM5 2 Dimensions and beyond
  • A6 Equations
  • S3 A statistical survey
  • N6 Percentages
  • GM6 3-Dimensions

 

Year 9

In year 9 students practise and develop their skills in the following areas with opportunities to investigate, use and apply their knowledge and solve problems.

Autumn term

  • A1 Graphs
  • SP1 Doing a survey
  • GM1 Measuring shapes
  • N1 Decimals
  • Problem solving
  • A2 Brackets in algebra
  • GM2 Measures with shapes
  • N2 Percentages

Spring term

  • A3 More on equations
  • GM3 Angles
  • N3 Powers
  • S2 A statistical survey
  • A4 Sequences and graphs
  • GM4 3 Dimensions
  • N4 Parts of a whole

Summer term

  • A5 Functions and equations
  • N5 Accuracy
  • GM5 Construction
  • N6 Ratio and Proportion
  • A6 Harder Algebra
  • GM6 Using transformations
  • S3 Probability

 

Year 10

In year 10 students practise and develop their skills in the following areas with opportunities to investigate, use and apply their knowledge and solve problems.

Autumn term

  • N1 Powers and place values
  • A1 Algebra and graphs
  • GM1 Transform and Measure
  • NA1 Multiplicative relationships
  • GM2 Triangles and angles
  • SP1 Statistical diagrams
  • GM3 3D into 2D
  • Review

Spring term

  • A2 Functions
  • GM1 Units
  • NA2 Manipulation
  • GM3 Area and volume
  • SP2 Probability
  • GM4 Transformations
  • NA3 Indices
  • NA4 Graphs + Formulae

Summer term

  • N2 squares and circles
  • GM5 Transformations
  • A4 Sequences
  • N4 Place value and powers
  • GM7 Angles
  • A5 Lines

 

Year 11

The focus in year 11 is to build student confidence whilst working towards the G.C.S.E. qualification.

Autumn term

  • NA1 Quadratics and fractions
  • GM1 Trigonometry
  • A1 Algebra
  • GM1 More trigonometry
  • NA2 Proportion and algebra
  • GM2 Changing shape
  • SP1 Grouped data

Spring and summer term up to G.C.S.E.

Review and revision of prior learning with a focus on problem solving, investigations and using and applying knowledge in different contexts across all strands.

Science

At St Mary’s we investigate the awe and wonder of the biological, chemical and physical worlds.  An appreciation of this is vital for students’ understanding the significance of natural phenomena and how we, as responsible citizens, can protect and benefit from it.

We aim to get students to develop their understanding of the scientific method and critical thinking skills.  These are transferable skills which will be of use in many areas of life and in their future careers.  We do this by getting students actively engaging in practical work, where they can observe and investigate key concepts first hand.

Years 6 and 7

In the bridge, students follow Key Stage 3 Exploring Science scheme of work.  This covers key areas of biology, chemistry and physics which will support students into GCSE.

Year 8 to 11

Students in years 8 to 11 are working towards their GCSE.  Students are studying the Edexcel Gateway Science Suite Combined Science A (9-1).  This is qualification is worth two GCSEs and replaces the former double science awards. 

At St Mary’s science is taught with a practical context so students can see phenomena in action and learn with a hands-on approach.

Some of the topics students will cover include:

Biology

  • Cells
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Nervous system
  • Ecosystems
  • Inheritance
  • Evolution

Chemistry

  • Atoms
  • Purity
  • Bonding
  • Reactions
  • Energetics
  • Electrolysis
  • Equilibria

Physics

  • States of matter
  • Forces
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Waves
  • Radiation
  • Energy

Computer Science

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.

Year 7

  • The basics of a computer, hardware, software and input and output devices.
  • Functions of a computer and its role in society.
  • Where are computers used.
  • File and system management and storage.
  • E safety
  • Reliability and bias when using the internet
  • Introduction to coding through Tynker and scratch
  • Spreadsheets and modelling
  • Presentation skills through PowerPoint, publisher and as an extension Prezi.
  • Stop frame animation - Pivot stick figure
  • Sound project Audacity

Year 8

Students in year 8 will be developing their Computer science skills and be introduced to various programming concepts.

They will cover key topics such as:

  • The foundations of computing
  • Under the hood of a computer
  • E-safety
  • Representing images
  • Drawing and manipulating shapes using different programming languages
  • Computational thinking
  • Game creation in Kodu
  • Animation Project
  • Grand Designs
  • Google Earth Project
  • Microsoft Office Products

Year 9

Students in year 9 will be developing their ICT skills further and use their skills from previous year to improve their programming concepts and skills.

They will cover key topics such as:

  • E-safety
  • Operating Systems
  • Binary numbers
  • Cryptography
  • Impact of ICT on society
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Programming in textual language
  • Computing Crazy (Hardware, Software and Processing)

Year 10 - TBC

Level 1/2 Technical Award in Digital Literacy

We are considering this qualification that is currently with the DfE for consideration in the Technical Award category of the 2019 KS4 performance tables. This qualification should be approved in time for teaching in September 2017.

Unit 1: IT Productivity Skills (ppt, word, excel)

Unit 2: Online Collaboration and Communication

Unit 3: Digital Safety

Unit 4: Digital Information

Year 11

The Computing Department run the OCR Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 Course.  The OCR Cambridge Nationals are vocationally related qualifications that take an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. Cambridge Nationals in ICT provides students with a solid understanding of the subject which they can use in their working lives.

Cambridge Nationals in ICT are targeted at 14-16 year olds in a school environment. They’re available as an Award, Certificate and Diploma, with the Certificate being the same size as a GCSE, and they use both internal and external assessment.

All students will start on the National Award, and progress to the National Certificate.

The National Award in ICT course consists of two mandatory units of “Understanding computer systems” and “Using ICT to create business solution”.

The National Certificate in ICT consists of two mandatory units and two optional units.

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals-ict-level-1-2-j800-j810-j820/