Key Stage 4
Personal and Social Education has in various forms been part of the National Curriculum for schools in the UK since 2000. Some aspects, but not all, have been compulsory. PSE education is defined as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives.
As a school we are following the AQA Specification which is all course work based. We are currently working on the unit Sex and Relationships Education. This subject is being studied at varying levels to suit the students’ academic ability. With the aim of building the students awareness and understanding of positive and negative relationship in a multitude of contexts.
KS4 and Post-16 Biology
Our Key Stage 4 pupils have been continuing to work through their OCR GCSE programme as they prepare to take their exams this summer. They have been working hard in a range of practical and theory lessons on a wide range of topics including animal adaptations, sustainability and Staying Healthy. All pupils have also been working hard to complete their coursework, which this year has been based on the topic of Osmosis. As pupils begin to make their final preparations for their exams they will be studying Microorganisms and the Human Body.
KS4 and Post-16 Physics
GCSE Physics has been a new addition to the curriculum this year and is proving to be very successful for our older pupils. We are looking to build on their prior knowledge and have been working through topics such as Energy, Exploring our Solar System and Forces. This has been taught using a mixture of practical and theoretical lessons that the pupils are engaging excellently with. The pupils have worked especially hard on their coursework, which this year has been on the topics of braking and momentum in cars. The pupils will now continue working through the GCSE specification and will be looking forward to topics including Radioactivity, Uses of Waves and Optics.