Curriculum

The aim of the curriculum is to ensure that all students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of learning experiences that allow them to develop their breadth of knowledge and raise their aspirations. We want to encourage our students to develop their ability to think deeply and become increasingly independent thereby developing their communication, literacy and numeracy skills.

We recognise that motivation, positive engagement and high challenge are fundamental in creating confident, successful learners who are able to fulfil their aspirations and goals. Our curriculum aims to recognise that all of our students are individuals with differing needs and interests and therefore a variety of pathways and bespoke interventions are offered within Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.

Year 7 and Year 8

Students follow a balanced and inclusive curriculum. All students study:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • French (*supported route)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Morals and Ethics (including Religious Education)
  • Technology
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Art
  • PE

* A supported route allows students who join Poltair School with below average Key stage 2 attainment, to study additional literacy and numeracy lessons. This develops their reading, writing and numeracy skills, which gives them access to a broader curriculum.

At the start of Year 7, students are placed into classes based on their KS2 attainment.

In English, Humanities and French Year 7 students are set as according to ability:

  • Bronte (set one)
  • Shackleton (set two)
  • Pasteur (set three)
  • Attenborough (set four)
  • Zephaniah (set five)

In Mathematics and Science Year 7 students are set as follows:

  • Hawking (set one)
  • Turing, Franklin and Winston (mixed ability)
  • Nobel (set five)

In all other subjects, students are taught within their mixed ability tutor groups.

The setting of students is reviewed regularly and if a student requires further challenge or additional support, set changes can be made at any time during the academic year in consultation with Curriculum Team Leaders.

In Year 8, students are placed into classes based on their KS2 attainment and progress made during Year 7.

In English, Humanities and French Year 8 students are set as according to ability:

  • Hugo (set one)
  • Shackleton (set two)
  • Hardy (set three)
  • Chanel (set four)
  • Drake (set five)

In Mathematics and Science Year 8 students are set as follows:

  • Einstein (set one)
  • Newton, Cune, and Darwin (mixed ability)
  • Hubble (set five)
Year 7
Subject Number of Periods per fortnight Notes
English 7 Including Drama within English lessons
Maths 7
Science 5
History 3
Geography 3
Technology 3
ICT 1
Music 1
Art 2
PE 4
Moral and Ethics (including RE) 1
French 3 Some students have fewer French lessons in favour of lessons focussing on developing literacy.
Year 8
Subject Number of Periods per fortnight Notes
English 7 Including Drama within English lessons
Maths 7
Science 5
History 3
Geography 3
Technology 3
ICT 1
Music 1
Art 2
PE 4
Morals and Ethics (including RE) 1
French 3 Some students have fewer French lessons in favour of lessons focussing on developing literacy.

During the spring term of year 8, students will select their option subjects; KS4 will cover three years (9 - 11) with year 9 as a Foundation year; the emphasis on the acquisition of skills and knowledge that are required for GCSE courses.

KS4 (present years 9 – 10)

The curriculum in Key Stage 4 is personalised; 3 pathways have been created to ensure that the needs of all students are fully met and enables access to a wide variety of post 16 courses and training.

English Baccalaureate Route (EBACC)

The English Baccalaureate route is aimed at students who have the potential to study A levels and who may wish to enter Higher education. The curriculum ensures breadth and balance by including a range of creative and expressive art courses. Students following this pathway have access to the following subjects:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Combined Science
  • Triple Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Resistant Materials
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism
Level Two Route

This route is aimed at students who wish to study a mixture of GCSE and vocational courses, again it is important to ensure that our students are given every opportunity to achieve and exceed their potential therefore breadth and balance is very important.

Students following this pathway have access to the following courses:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Combined Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Resistant Materials
  • Creative iMedia
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism
Vocational Route

The vocational route is aimed at learners who benefit from learning in more practical 'hands-on' courses and will suit students who may be more likely to study Level 2 – 3 BTECs and vocational courses post 16.

Students following this pathway have access to the following courses:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Combined Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Food Technology
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Resistant Materials
  • NCFE Craft
  • Creative iMedia
  • BTEC Sport
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Acting)
  • BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)
  • BTEC Hospitality
  • BTEC Travel and Tourism

A structured guidance programme ensures that option choices meet the needs of every individual student; therefore it is important to fully involve teachers, students and parents. This includes a careers fayre, parent and carer information evening and one to one meetings with senior members of staff.

Year 9, 10 and 11

Subject Number of Periods per fortnight Notes
English 7
Maths 7
Science 7
PE 2
Option A 4 Courses start in Year 9 and continue until the end of Year 11
Option B 4
Option C 4
Option D 4
Morals and Ethics (including RE) 1

Poltair +

We believe that all students should have access to enrichment opportunities beyond the traditional timing of the school day. Every term, a Poltair + programme is published to all students

Poltair + Timetable Summer 2017
Day Club Information Staff/Room
Mon to Fri Both Breaks Maths Homework support All years Run by prefects - S18
Chess/board games & Construction Games All Years Library
3.10 - 4.10 Maths Homework Club All Years Maths Department - S18
Science Revision & Intervention Year 11 (invite only) Science Department
Spelling Club All Years Mrs Pomeroy - Student Services
Table Tennis All Years PE Department
Tues Break 2 Computing Catch Up All Years Mr Renshaw - E7
Elite Choir Invite Only Music Department
3.10 - 4.10 GCSE Computing Revision/Catch up Years 9 - 11 Mr Renshaw - E7
Design Technology -Robotics Club Years 8 & 9 Mr Turpin - Design Technology Department
Maths Revision Year 11 only (pupils to go to their Maths Teacher) Maths Department
Controlled Assessment Clinique Year 11 (invite only) Miss Obet - E4
Fitness/Circuits Years 7 - 8 PE Department
Fitness/Circuits Years 9 - 11 Miss Waters
Football Years 7 & 8 Mr Adams
Football Year 9 Mr Marshall
WED Break 2 Ukulele Club All Years welcome Mr Jones - Music
3.10- 4.10 Netball Years 7 - 8 invite only (up to 10 March 2017) PE Department
GCSE Revision Workshops (Art & Photography) Years 10 & 11 Mrs Pearson/Mrs Whitbread-Abrutat - T11
THURS Break 2 Choir All Years Music Department
3.05 - 5.00 Ten Tors Years 9 & 10 (commencing 9 February) Miss Blackburn - T1
3.10 - 4.10 English Language Intervention Year 11 (selected pupils) English Department
Knitting & Sewing Club All Years Mrs Pomeroy - Library
Fitness Suite All Years Mr Foster
Hockey Mixed Years 7 - 9 PE Department
GCSE Revision Workshops (Art & Photography) Years 10 & 11 Mrs Pearson/Mrs Whitbread-Abrutat - T11
FRI Break 2 Computing Catch Up All Years Mr Renshaw - E7
3.10 - 4.10 GCSE Statistics High Starters (invite only) Mrs Kellow - S17
Humanities Revision Open to all Year 11 History and Geography students Humanities Department W2, W3, W4 & W5
Media Revision & Controlled Assessment All Years Miss Sullivan - E8
Fitness Suite All Years PE Department
Hockey Mixed Years 10 & 11 Miss Owens
Please see the music department board for the Poltair+ activities
Please see the PE staff for Autumn term fixtures
Enhancement buses - run on Monday to Friday at 4.30 pm (from the front of school)
Don't forget your Orange bus slip (Remember that you get 10 Vivos for attending an after school club from the teacher who runs the club.)

In addition to extra-curricular opportunities at the end of the school day, students are given the chance to participate in field study and enrichment visits to broaden our students’ experiences. In the last academic year, this has included:

  • History visit to Berlin to learn about World War Two
  • Art visit to London to visit the National Portrait Gallery and Tate Modern
  • PE visit to watch high level sport at Plymouth Raiders
  • Geography visit to Bristol to learn about urban regeneration
  • English and Art visit to Wheal Martyn to complete an enrichment programme called, Pit, Paper and Porcelain for gifted and talented students
  • PE and DT visit to Marjons University to visit the Sports Science Lab

If you require further information about the curriculum, please contact Miss C White, Deputy Headteacher at cwhite@poltair.cornwall.sch.uk


Art

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs E Pearson
Aim of the Curriculum:

To provide pupils with the opportunity to explore and generate ideas through research, observation, perception and aspiration. Art encourages learners to demonstrate knowledge that reflects greater depth, context and understanding through experimenting with a range of materials, techniques and processes that inform final outcomes. In addition, learners are supported to evaluate and reflect on their work and the work of others to create independence.

Year 7

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Observational drawing test. Baseline. Mark Making. Line, tone, texture & pattern. Using a range of media to create an imaginative response.
Autumn Two Mark Making. Line, tone, texture & pattern. Using a range of media to create an imaginative response.
Spring One Observational drawing test. Colour. Colour wheel knowledge, Painting skills & technique, composition development, imagination.
Spring Two Colour. Colour wheel knowledge, Painting skills & technique, composition development, imagination.
Summer One Observational drawing test. Composition Fundamental principles of composition to create a personal response / imaginative.
Summer Two Composition Fundamental principles of composition to create a personal response / imaginative.

Year 8

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Observational Drawing test. WW1 Using WW1 as the source you will investigate and generate ideas to create an original and personal response.
Autumn Two WW1 Using WW1 as the source you will investigate and generate ideas to create an original and personal response.
Spring One Observational drawing test. Form / Space Perspective. Colour, depth, form, shape. Close Observation.
Spring Two Form / Space Perspective. Colour, depth, form, shape. Close Observation.
Summer One Observational drawing test. Team Work Co-operative interaction to create large scale or individual work.
Summer Two Team Work Co-operative interaction to create large scale or individual work.

Year 9

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Observational drawing test. Observation. Continue to develop drawing skills using a range of materials and techniques.
Autumn Two Observation. Continue to develop drawing skills using a range of materials and techniques.
Spring One Observational drawing test. GCSE Project. Develop resource, research and experimentation of materials skills. Presentation in sketchbook.
Spring Two GCSE Project. Develop resource, research and experimentation of materials skills. Presentation in sketchbook.
Summer One Observational drawing test. Team Work Co-operative interaction to create large scale or individual work.
Summer Two Team Work Co-operative interaction to create large scale or individual work.

Year 10

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Observational drawing test. Detailed drawing with traditional approach- looking at textures, form and heavy artist link. Emphasis on A01-A04
Autumn Two Detailed drawing with traditional approach- looking at textures, form and heavy artist link. Emphasis on A01-A04
Spring One Observational drawing test. Detailed Research, Artists, Materials and Techniques and Process. Self- image/experiences representing, 3D, print, clay, painting photography
Spring Two Detailed Research, Artists, Materials and Techniques and Process. Self- image/experiences representing, 3D, print, clay, painting photography
Summer One Observational drawing test. Completion of design project.
Summer Two GCSE 2017 EXAM QUESTION Ass 5 Imaginative study

Year 11

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Observational drawing test Coursework review. Each Year 11 will review all work with EP and JM to identify areas for improvement.
Autumn Two Mock Exam Hand out paper and start to research Mock exam responses. Develop ideas, Experiment with materials.
Spring One Final Exam Paper Hand out and prepare for final exam. Using AO1-4
Spring Two Exam Preparation and Coursework completion deadline.
Summer One Final Exam.
Summer Two

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • St Austell Torch Light Carnival (Year 7 & 10)
  • KS3 London Visit
  • KS4 London Visit (overnight)
  • Eden Visit for Mock Exam prep Year 11
  • Art department open doors every night till 4. Year 11 focus on Monday and Friday.
  • KS3 Art club with JM in January 2018.

Computing, ICT & Digital Media

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr C Renshaw

Aim of Curriculum

To equip pupils with the skills to be able to use Computational Thinking, Programming and Applications Software to work safely, efficiently and solve problems in this digital age. Our KS3 Scheme of Learning includes Computing, Digital Literacy and Information & Communication Technology, preparing for two distinct KS4 options: GCSE Computer Science and OCR National in Creative iMedia.

Year 7

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Network Introduction, Validity & Bias, Spreadsheet Modelling
Autumn Two Scratch Game Design, Multi-media Advent Calendar
Spring One DTP & Mail Merge
Spring Two Data Handling: ICT Survey
Summer One eSafety, RSI
Summer Two Coding with Python and HTML

Year 8

Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One HTML Web Design
Autumn Two Programming the BBC Micro:Bit
Spring One GCSE Tasters Binary Numbers
Spring Two Data Representation
Summer One DVD Database
Summer Two Coding with Python

KS 4 Computer Science

Year 10
Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Data Representation
Autumn Two Logic & Languages, Computer Systems
Spring One Networks & Security
Spring Two Practice NEA Programming Project
Summer One Practice NEA Programming Project
Summer Two Theory Revision & Exam Preparation
Year 11
Autumn One Data Representation, NEA Project
Autumn Two Logic & Languages, NEA Project
Spring One Computer Systems, NEA Project
Spring Two Networks & Security, Environmental, Legal & Ethical Concerns
Summer One heory Revison & Exam Preparation
Summer Two Exams: 14 May
17 May

KS iMedia

Year 9
Term Scheme of Work
Autumn One Course Intro, Digital Brochure
Autumn Two New Biome Team Project, Corporate ID & Planning Docs
Spring One Web Design Skills, Web Campaigning & Graphics
Spring Two Copyright, Graphics (Paint.net, Photoshop & Inkscape)
Summer One Graphics Practice Project
Summer Two Theory Exam Revision and Prep
Year 10
Autumn One Comic Strip Skills & Project
Autumn Two Comic Strip Project
Spring One Graphics Skills & Project
Spring Two Graphics Project
Summer One Graphics Project & Exam Theory
Summer Two Theory Exam, Graphics Project
Year 11
Autumn One Graphics Project, Comic Strip Skills
Autumn Two Comic Strip Project, Theory Revision
Spring One Web Design Project
Spring Two Web Design Project
Summer One Web Design Project
Summer Two Project Deadline 18 May

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Lunchtime open access Computing Club – come along to E7 any lunchtime to catch-up, complete homework, or work on your own computer-based projects.
  • After-school Computing / iMedia support & intervention

DesignTechnology

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr M Turpin

Aim of the Curriculum

The aim of our curriculum is to provide students with a range of knowledge and experiences in which the skills for designing, making and exploring ideas are the key. We provide an opportunity to for students to investigate how we live in a world which is designed, engineered and manufactured using a huge range of materials, components, systems and ingredients. We want our students to become competent in a range of creative and technical skills so that they can be active participants and adapt to the technological world in which they will live and work.

Year 7

Design Technology
Mini Torch (intro to circuits) (CAD)- Autodesk Inventor- basic skills- Introduction to materials and workshop processes. Introduction to communicating design ideas. Textile toy- Materials and construction techniques- Smart and modern materials. Different uses of textile materials…Sails, armour, protection etc. Alternative joining techniques, sources of materials. Environmental considerations
Food & Nutrition
Basic food prep skills and Eat well guide , nutrition. Food prep skills, Sensory analysis. Intro to food science. Conducting experiments and adapting recipes for different people Food prep skills, Commodities, Provenance and sensory techniques. Food safety during storage preparation and serving.

Year 8

Design Technology
Lighting - wood, metal and plastic. Introduction to design for others- Design process- card modelling leading to CAD modelling. Electronics components- Electronic values and modelling using computers. Storage project - wood core material. Students develop own design criteria. User centred design so specific investigation into form developed from function. Graphics project - branding/vinyl cutting. CAD
Food and Nutrition
Hazards and dietary requirements, Macro and micro nutrients Food science - gelatinisation and raising agents. Nutrition and food skills. Food prep skills, Commodities, Provenance and sensory techniques. Food safety- meat cookery

Year 9

Design Tecnology
Shelving storage Including 3D skills (including Computer aided design- CAD Inventor). Focus on accuracy of measurement and communicating design details. F1 car (CAD) iterative process- demonstrate testing strategy linked to improvements. Presentation of results. Microcontroller programming -Input/output and context students own brief- Actuators where possible. Casting project- (CAD focus) Lathe and milling machine- Application of CNC for creation of Mold
Hospitality
Communication Skills in Hospitality - Team working and job roles. Basic food service skills Hospitality legislation and food hygiene. Systems for managing food and commodities. Basic food preparation techniques. Food preparation skills. Working in the hospitality industry- job roles and careers. Communication skills and customer service. Basic food preparation techniques.
Food and Nutrition
Meat eggs and poultry - food function - eg denaturing / coagulation Cereals - provenance, Starches, energy, Processing methods and staple foods. Allergies Dairy foods - Provenance, processing, Food miles. HACCP. Traceability Fats and Oils, Food provenance, Fairtrade. Dietary requirements. Food related illnesses. The effects of cooking on foods Sugars and syrups Dextrinization and caramelisation. Ethical production. Food related illness. Sugar alternatives Proteins and processing. Ethical sourcing. Food miles. The effects of cooking on food. Nutrition and Dietary requirements.

Year 10

Design Technology
Mini Lighting (Design and designers)- Electronics. Designing for others- CAD design. Understanding Polymers- Properties of materials. 3D Nature (Bug hotels etc . Including inventor 3D modelling) . Technical drawing and graphic communication.,/td> F1 Car including effective modelling and prototyping. Forces and measurement. Application of mathematical concepts. Iterative design. Design for Early years - Ergonomics and human factors. Investigation of design context.
Food and Nutrition
Fruit and Vegetables commodities. Ethics in food- Food banks, fair trade etc Milk cheese and yoghurt - Sugar investigation. Caramelisation Cereals, flour, bread and pasta. Carbohydrates, energy requirements. Baking Meat, Fish, Poultry and Eggs- Protein, Denaturing . Sources nutritional contribution. Cooking processes. Butter oils, margarine. Saturated/unsaturated fats. Frying techniques Soya, tofu, beans, nuts, seeds. Alternative food sources. Fruit and Vegetables commodities. Ethics in food- Food banks, fair trade etc
Design Technology
Human factors , ergonomics, design influences and sustainability. Materials, manufacturing, joining and production techniques, Including material properties. Health and safety. Quality assurance, ICT and manufacturing control systems. CAD- CAM. Systems and Control Industrial practices- design process including market, client requirements and design processes Review of revision materials and focus on areas that need reinforcing. Exam techniques.
Food and Nutrition
Commodities, effects of cooking on Food. Nutrition Ethical food. Fair trade. Food miles, Sources of food. Primary and secondary processing. Commodities. Nutritional contributions of ingredients. Healthy lifestyles, special diets, dietary requirements. Food related illness Food science terminology. Cooking processes. Adapting recipes and techniques. Alternative food sources. Exam preparation and revision.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Enrichment activities.
  • Weekly robotics club at lunch time taking part In the Tomorrows Engineers Robotics Challenge.
  • Weekly Green power racing, designing, building and racing a Green power electric car in regional and national competitions.
  • Future chef competition taking part in the Regional and national cooking competition.
  • Regular drop in and open workshop sessions for students to complete their own projects.

English Language & English Literature

Curriculum Team Leader:Ms L Chamberlain

Aim of the Curriculum:

English Language

Through the study of English Language students will develop their spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary, which is an integral component of all subjects studied. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Students will learn how to identify and interpret explicit and implicit information and ideas. Alongside this students will learn how to critically evaluate texts through their ability to explain, comment, and analyse how writers use language and structure effectively.

Students will also develop their ability to communicate accurately, effectively and imaginatively adapting their tone and style for an intended audience and employing a range of vocabulary and sentences for effect.

English Literature

Through the study of English Literature students will be given the opportunity to read, understand and respond to a wide range of texts. Students will develop their ability to analyse the language, form and structure employed by a writer using relevant subject terminology. Alongside this students will explore the relationship between texts and their contexts.

Year 7

Autumn One We Shall Remember Them
Students will study the text Private Peaceful and a selection of War Poetry allowing them to develop their comprehension and analytical skills. Students will also read a range of non-fiction texts. Students will also complete a range of creative and non-fiction written work. Students will also develop their verbal communication skills through a number of speaking and listening activities.
Autumn Two
Spring One Tales from Other Times
Students will study a number Pre-1914 texts to develop their confidence and ability to read challenging fiction texts from writers such as: Dickens. Students will also develop their narrative writing abilities through the opportunity to construct their own stories and descriptions.
Spring Two
Summer One Gods & Goblins
Students will study Shakespeare’s masterpiece ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and develop their understanding of the wider world of literature through an investigation into Myths and Legends. Students will continue to develop their written work through the production of creative and non-fiction texts.
Summer Two

Year 8

Autumn One The Gothic
Students will study the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle whilst developing an understanding of literature in Victorian England. Students will strengthen their analytical skills whilst also developing their ability to produce creative texts with a focus on character and atmosphere.
Autumn Two
Spring One Shocking Shakespeare
Students will continue their study of Shakespeare through the exploration of a selection of Shakespearian classics. Students will consider these texts in context and explore related issues. Students will also continue to develop their creative writing skills.
Spring Two
Summer One The Big Issues
Students will read ‘Stone Cold’ and explore social issues such as homelessness. Students will investigate this and similar issues through exposure to a range of non-fiction texts that deal with ‘Big Issues.’ Students will also write a number of non-fiction texts such as speeches, articles and leaflets.
Summer Two

Year 9

English Language
Autumn One Creating Worlds
Students will read ‘Of Mice and Men’ and explore the issues covered in the text. Students will continue to develop their analytical skills whilst also developing empathy skills. Students will continue to develop essential skills required for success in their GCSEs. Students will also continue to develop their writing skills through the production of a range of texts. This unit also allows students to develop their skills of debate and oracy.
Autumn Two
Spring One Battles & Leaders
Students will study Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ in full and will investigate famous speeches delivered by leaders in a variety of contexts. Students will continue to develop their own oracy through the writing and delivery of their own speeches.
Spring Two
English Literature
Summer One Vile Victorians
In preparation for their GCSE Literature examination students will complete and in-depth study of Stevenson’s novella: ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’. Students will learn how to respond to exam style questions and begin to develop a critical understanding of literature. Students will also study the context behind the novella through an exploration of Victorian England.
Summer Two

Year 10

English Language
Autumn One Non-Fiction Reading:
Students will study a range of short, non-fiction texts from different times and contexts whilst developing their ability to understand explicit and implicit meaning; analyse writers’ techniques and critically compare texts.
Autumn Two Transactional Writing:
Students will apply techniques studied in previous units to construct engaging transactional texts.
Spring One Creative Worlds:
Students will study a range of short, fictional texts around the theme of power and conflict whilst developing their ability to understand explicit and implicit meaning; analyse writers’ techniques and critically evaluate opinions.
Summer One Creative Writing:
Students will apply techniques studied in previous units to construct engaging narratives and descriptions.
Summer Two Creative Texts:
Students will consolidate their understanding of effectively reading and writing fictional texts.
English Literature
Autumn One An Inspector Calls:
Students will study Priestley’s classic text – exploring the themes of responsibility and the social context whilst continuing to develop their analytical skills.
Autumn Two An Inspector Calls:
Students will study Priestley’s classic text – exploring the themes of responsibility and the social context whilst continuing to develop their analytical skills.
Spring One Poetry Anthology:
Power & Conflict: Students will study a range of poems concerned with the theme of power whilst continuing to develop their ability to critically evaluate and compare texts and writers’ methods.
Summer One Romeo & Juliet:
Students will complete and in-depth study of Shakespeare’s play. Continuing to develop a critical understanding of literature and the methods writers employ to convey meaning.
Summer Two Romeo & Juliet:
Students will complete and in-depth study of Shakespeare’s play. Continuing to develop a critical understanding of literature and the methods writers employ to convey meaning.

Year 11

English Language
Autumn One Reviewing Reading Skills - Fiction
Autumn Two Reviewing Creative Writing Techniques
Spring One Reviewing Reading Skills – Non-Fiction
Spring Two Reviewing Transactional Writing Techniques
Summer One Exam Preparation
Summer Two
English Literature
Autumn One Romeo & Juliet Review & Revision
Autumn Two Jekyll & Hyde Review & Revision
Spring One An Inspector Calls Review & Revision
Spring Two Poetry Anthology Review & Revision
Summer One Unseen Poetry Review & Revision
Summer Two External Examinations

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • KS3 Homework Club
  • Opportunity to participate (in YR9) in a reading mentor programme
  • KS4 Intervention Classes
  • Opportunity to participate in the ST Austell Spoken Language Festival; assorted creative writing competitions.
  • KYBA Book Awards Reading Club

French

Curriculum Team Leaders

Aim of the Curriculunm

A Modern Foreign Language prepares pupils to participate in a rapidly changing world in which work and other activities are often carried out in languages other than English. The rise of international commerce means that pupils need to be equipped with the skills needed by the international workplace. It also provides students with opportunities to reflect upon their own culture and open up to new ones. Increased capability in the use of MFL promotes initiative, confidence and independent learning and encourages diversity within society.

Year 7

Autumn One Meeting and greeting people. Saying how old we are. Saying when our birthday is. Saying what there is in our schoolbag and classroom. Saying what we like
Autumn Two Talking about animals. Talking about family. Saying where you live. Saying what you eat and drink. Talking about nationalities and countries. Talking about the weather.
Spring One Talking about likes and dislikes. Talking about your survival kit. Describing yourself (understanding adjective agreement). Talking about other people (using the 3rd person). Describing a musician.
Spring Two Talking about school subjects. Giving opinions. Describing our timetable. Describing our school day. Talking about what you eat in school.
Summer One Talking about computers and mobiles. Talking about sports. Talking about activities. Describing what other people do.
Summer Two Talking about our town/village. Giving directions. Talking about where we go. Inviting someone to go somewhere. Saying what you can do in your town.

Year 8

Autumn One Talking about TV programmes. Talking about films. Talking about books. Talking about what we do online.
Autumn Two Talking about what we can do in Paris. Asking tourist information. Talking about what we did in Paris.
Spring One Talking about personality. Talking about friends. Talking about music. Talking about clothes. Talking about last weekend.
Spring Two Talking about where we live. Talking about our home. Talking about meals. Talking about organising food for a party. Talking about a forthcoming event.
Summer One Talking about talent and ambition. Saying what you must and can do. Telling someone what to do. Describing people’s personality.
Summer Two Research projects:
French speaking countries in the world. The French Revolution. Science in French.

Year 9

Autumn One Talking about Facebook. Giving an opinion about someone. Arranging to go out. Describing a date. Describing a music event.
Autumn Two Learning parts of the body. Talking about sports. Talking about healthy eating. Making plans to get fit. Describing levels of fitness.
Spring One Describing jobs. Discussing learning languages. Saying what you used to do. Discussing your future and past. Talking about your job.
Spring Two Discussing holidays. Imagining an adventure holiday. Talking about what you take on holiday.
Summer One Describing what happened on holiday. Visiting a tourist attraction. Describing an ideal holiday.
Summer Two Discussing what you are allowed to do. Explaining what is important to you. Talking about things you buy. Describing what makes you happy.

Year 10

Autumn One Revising family members and describing people. Talking about what makes a good friend. Taking about family relationships. Talking about going out.
Autumn Two Talking about a night out. Talking about when you were younger. Discussing role models.
Spring One Revising music and technology. Talking about sports. Talking about life online. Talking about reading
Spring Two Talking about TV programmes. Talking about films and actors. Talking about food and meals. Talking about daily life.
Summer One Talking about meals. Describing family celebrations. Describing festivals and celebrations.
Summer Two Describing a region. Talking about our town. Describing what to see and do. Discussing plans.

Year 11

Autumn One Revising what you normally do on holiday. Talking about an ideal holiday. Booking a hotel. Ordering in a restaurant.
Autumn Two Talking about travelling. Talking about buying souvenirs. Talking about holiday disaster.
Spring One Revising school subjects. Talking about your school. Comparing schools in UK and France. Discussing school rules.
Spring Two Discussing career choices. Discussing plans. Applying for jobs.
Summer One Discussing problems facing the world. Talking about the environment. Talking about volunteering.
Summer Two Revision. Exams.

Geography

Curriculum Team Leader: Ms C Willis

Aim of the Curriculum:

Poltair's geography team aim to ensure that students leave us with the skills necessary to become global citizens. Students are taught to enquire and question issues facing the world today as well as understand the fundamental cartographic and statistical skills that form the basis of geography.

At Key Stage 3 we are ambitious about knowledge and cover the following skills:

  • Develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places – both terrestrial and marine – including their defining physical and human characteristics and how these provide a geographical context for understanding the actions of processes.
  • Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time.
  • Are competent in the geographical skills needed to:
    • Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes.
    • Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
    • Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.

Geography is a very popular choice for students at key stage. At Key stage 4, GCSE students study the new AQA specification. This consists of 3 exams:

  • Paper 1-Living with the physical environment-1hr 30mins exam- 35% of GCSE
  • Paper 2- Challenges in the human environment -1hr 30 mins exam-35% of GCSE
  • Paper3 – Geographical applications-1hr 15mins-30% of GCSE

As part of this course there are two compulsory fieldtrips; one human and one physical.

Year 7

Autumn One Exploring wild China
Autumn Two Map skills and settlements
Spring One Rivers and glaciation
Spring Two Extreme climates
Summer One Development in Africa
Summer Two Ecology and ecosystems

Year 8

Autumn One Tourism and the middle east
Autumn Two India and international development
Spring One Tectonic hazards
Spring Two Tectonic hazards
Summer One The coastal environment
Summer Two Global environment issues

Year 9

Autumn One Migration and global conflict
Autumn Two Core GCSE and fieldwork skills
Spring One The energy gap and sustainable energy
Spring Two Geography of the UK
Summer One AQA GCSE Coastal environments
Summer Two AQA GCSE Coastal environments

Year 10

Autumn One Ecosystems and the tropical rainforest
Autumn Two Cold environments
Spring One UK physical landscapes
Spring Two Natural hazards
Summer One Urban challenges in LICS
Summer Two Urban challenges in HICS

Year 11

Autumn One Weather Hazards
Autumn Two Resource management
Spring One Changing economic world
Spring Two Changing economic world
Summer One AQA Issue evaluation
Summer Two

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Year 7 - Visit to Newquay Zoo to explore ecosystems (cross-curricular with French)
  • Year 8 - Visit to a coastal area to collect primary data (cross-curricular with Mathematics)
  • Year 9 - Visit to The Eden Project to explore the impacts of climate change.
  • GCSE –Two compulsory fieldtrips
  • Human fieldwork to Bristol City Centre
  • Physical fieldwork to Marazion beach
  • Autumn 2: Geography Leaders open to KS3

History

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs C Price

Aim of the Curriculum:

The Poltair history department aims to provide a thought-provoking and well-rounded study of local, national and international history. Teaching will give students the tools to ask questions about the past and the present, and to critically evaluate information through different perspectives and starting points. History lessons at Poltair School help students to understand the lives of the peoples that they study, as well as their own identity and the challenges of the 21st Century. We look at what changes over time and what stays the same, focusing on the lives of Kings and lives of peasants as equally important in our understanding of the world.

Year 7

Autumn One Study of Cornish History
Autumn Two The Celts and the Romans
Spring One 1066-1509 The Medieval Period
Spring Two
Summer One 1509- 1745 The Early Modern Period
Summer Two

Year 8

Autumn One The impact of Empire
Autumn Two The Industrial Revolution
Spring One World War One
Spring Two World War Two
Summer One The Holocaust
Summer Two The Cold War

Year 9

Autumn One Politics and History
Autumn Two Highlights of History
Spring One GCSE Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany
Spring Two
Summer One
Summer Two

Year 10

Autumn One GCSE Paper Two Superpower Relations and the Cold War
Autumn Two
Spring One
Spring Two GCSE Paper One Crime and Punishment
Summer One
Summer Two

Year 11

Autumn One GCSE Paper One Crime and Punishment: Whitechapel
Autumn Two GCSE Paper Two Early Elizabethan England
Spring One
Spring Two Revision for GCSE Examinations
Summer One Examintations
Summer Two

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We offer a variety of revision sessions, and aim to run trips to different sites of Historical Interests. In 2017, this included a visit to Berlin to study the sites of World War Two.


Mathematics

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs J Kellow

Aim of the Curriculum:

The Mathematics faculty aim to bring to life mathematics across the curriculum, equipping the pupils with a maths knowledge and understanding that makes sense to them, is relevant for all their studies and enhances their life chances. The curriculum aims are to ensure all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
  • make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects

Year 7

Autumn One
  • Using numbers
  • Sequences
  • Perimeter, area and volume
Autumn Two
  • Decimal numbers
  • Working with numbers
  • Statistics
Spring One
  • Algebra
  • Fractions
  • Angles
Spring Two
  • Coordinates and graphs
  • Percentages
  • Probability
Summer One
  • Symmetry
  • Equations
  • Interpreting data
Summer Two
  • 3D shapes
  • Ratio

Year 8

Autumn One
  • Working with number
  • Geometry
  • Probability
Autumn Two
  • Percentages
  • Sequences
  • Area
Spring One
  • Graphs
  • Simplifying numbers
  • Interpreting data
Spring Two
  • Algebra
  • Congruence and scaling
Summer One
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Proportion
  • Circles
Summer Two
  • Equations and formula
  • Comparing data

Year 9

Autumn One
  • Percentages
  • Equations and formulae
  • Polygons
Autumn Two
  • Using data
  • Application of graphs
  • Pythagoras
Spring One
  • Fractions
  • Algebra
  • Decimal numbers
Spring Two
  • Prisms and cylinders
  • Solving equations graphically
Summer One
  • Compound units
  • Right angled triangles
Summer Two
  • GCSE preparation

Year 10

Autumn One Foundation
  • Basic number
  • Measures & scale
  • Charts, tables & averages
Higher
  • Basic number
  • Fractions, ratio & proportion
  • Statisitcal diagrams & averages
  • Number & sequences
Autumn Two Foundation
  • Charts, tables & averages
  • Angles
  • Number properties
Higher
  • Number & sequences
  • Ratio & proportion
  • Angles
  • Transformations, constructions & loci
Spring One Foundation
  • Approximation
  • Decimals & fractions
  • Linear graphs
Higher
  • Transformations, constructions & loci
  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Length, area & volume
Spring Two Foundation
  • Linear graphs
  • Expressions & formulae
  • Ratio, speed & proportion
Higher
  • Length, area & volume
  • Linear graphs
  • Right angled triangles
Summer One Foundation
  • Perimeter & area
  • Transformations
  • Probability
Higher
  • Similarity
  • Exploring & applying probability
  • Powers & SI form
Summer Two Foundation
  • Probability
  • Volume & surface area of prisms
  • Linear equations
Higher
  • Equations & inequalities
  • Counting, accuracy, powers & surds

Year 11

Autumn One Foundation
  • Percentages & compound measures
  • Percentages & variation
  • Representation and interpretation
Higher
  • Counting, accuracy, powers & surds
  • Quadratic equations
Autumn Two Foundation
  • Constructions & loci
  • Curved shapes & pyramids
  • Revision & Review
Higher
  • Quadratic equations
  • Sampling & complex diagrams
  • Revision & Review
Spring One Foundation
  • Number & sequences
  • Right angled triangles
Higher
  • Combined events
  • Properties of circles
Spring Two Foundation
  • Congruence & similarity
  • Probability
  • Powers & SI form
Higher
  • Variation
  • Triangles
  • Graphs
Summer One Foundation
  • Simultaneous equations & linear inequalities
  • Non-linear graphs
  • Revision
Higher
  • Graphs
  • Algebraic fractions & functions
  • Vector geometry
  • Revision

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Year 7 & 8 Breakfast club to catch up to expected level
  • Years 7 - 10 UKMT Mathematics challenge
  • Year 9 Mathematics Master classes
  • Year 10 Exeter School of Mathematics Easter school
  • Homework club
  • Year 10 GCSE Statistics
  • Year 11 Further Maths

Media Studies

Curriculum Team Leader: Ms L Chamberlain

Aim of the Curriculum:

Year 9 & 10

GCSE Media Studies seeks to develop students understanding of four key concepts:

  • Media language
  • Media representations
  • Media industries
  • Media audiences

Together these four key concepts help students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework and media contexts and their influence on media products and processes.

Students also develop their ability to analyse media products using the theoretical framework of media, in relation to their contexts, in order to make judgements and draw conclusions.

Media Studies students will also create a range of media products for an intended audience, by applying knowledge and understanding of the theoretical framework of media to communicate meaning.

Year 11 (this year only)

GCSE Media Studies uses four major concepts which form the basis of the subject content:

  • Media Language: forms and conventions
  • Institutions
  • Audience
  • Representation

Through the study of GCSE Media Studies students develop skills of recall, select and develop their ability to communicate their knowledge and understanding of media products and the contexts in which they are produced and consumed.

Students are also required to demonstrate research, planning and presentation skills. As well as constructing and evaluating their own products using creative and technical skills.

Year 9: Foundation Year

Autumn One An introduction to the four key Media Concepts through the exploration of the medium of FILM.
Autumn Two
Spring One A theoretical and practical exploration into Action Adventure Film.
Spring Two
Summer One A theoretical and practical exploration into Crime Drama.
Summer Two

Year 10: Year One

Autumn One A theoretical and practical exploration of all four Media Concepts through the theme of PRINT - specifically newspapers and magazines.
Autumn Two A theoretical and practical exploration of the MUSIC INDUSTRY; considering the concepts of language, audience and, social, cultural and political contexts.
Spring One A theoretical and practical exploration of ADVERTISING and MARKETING; considering the specific conventions of language, representation and, social, historical, cultural and political contexts.
Spring Two A theoretical and practical exploration of all four Media Concepts through the medium of TELEVISION. Opportunity for students to complete a ‘mock’ NEA Project (formally Controlled Assessment)
Summer One
Summer Two A theoretical and practical exploration of all four Media Concepts through the theme of ONLINE and SOCIAL Media (inc. VIDEO GAMES)

Year 11: Year Two

Autumn One Planning and completion of the NEA Project (formally Controlled Assessment) Subject and Topic determined by the examination board.
Autumn Two
Spring One A theoretical and practical exploration of all four Media Concepts through the theme of FILM.
Spring Two A theoretical and practical exploration of all four Media Concepts through the theme of RADIO.
Summer One Examination Pre-Release is made available to students. Students embark on supervised individual research and preparation before the completion of the exam. Exam Topic: Serial TV Drama
Summer Two

Year 11: This Academic Year Only

Autumn One Controlled Assessment – Brief 3: The Practical Production. Students apply their understanding of the four key concepts through the creation and promotion of a Music Video. Mock Examination: The Music Industry.
Autumn Two
Spring One The study of the four key Media Concepts centred around the examination topic for 2018: Serial TV Drama.
Spring Two
Summer One Examination Pre-Release is made available to students. Students embark on supervised individual research and preparation before the completion of the exam. Exam Topic: Serial TV Drama
Summer Two

Moral & Ethics

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs C Willis (KS3) & Mrs C Price (KS4)

Aim of the Curriculum:

This is a non-examined subject which students study once every fortnight. The key focus is on the Fundamental British Values, which are:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

This is combined with Religious Education to provide students with a thought provoking, relevant and challenging morals and ethics curriculum.

Lessons provide opportunity for discussion and project based learning, and allow students to explore controversial interesting topics that support and extend their learning in their other subjects.

Year 7

Autumn One World Religions and Beliefs
Autumn Two Human rights and democracy
Spring One Christianity in the UK
Spring Two Sikhism in the UK
Summer One Equal opportunities
Summer Two Cornish Religion and culture

Year 8

Autumn One Judaism in the UK
Autumn Two Animal rights and religion
Spring One Finance in the future
Spring Two Christianity in the UK
Summer One Islam in the UK
Summer Two Health and Wellbeing

Year 9

Autumn One Capital Punishment
Autumn Two Christianity in the UK- the big questions
Spring One Impact of conflict on children
Spring Two Poverty in the UK
Summer One Euthanasia
Summer Two Finance

Year 10

Autumn One Politics
Autumn Two Extremism
Spring One Human trafficking
Spring Two Health and Wellbeing
Summer One Resilience
Summer Two Christianity in the UK

Year 11

Autumn One Identity
Autumn Two Christianity and big questions
Spring One Sexuality and the law
Spring Two Independent revision
Summer One Examinations
Summer Two

PE and BTEC Performing Arts (Dance)

Curriculum Team Leader: Mr P Marshall

Aim of the Curriculum:

Within Physical education and Sport we have four key aims with which the curriculum is designed around:

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lives.

Year 7 & 8

Lessons in Key Stage 3 follow a course which emphasises three main areas:

  • Practical ability (AF1)
  • Health and fitness (AF2)
  • Evaluating and improving (AF3)

The three key areas form the bases from which the students at Poltair will be taught. Activities will be picked depending on the class and abilities of the pupils.

Activities that could be taught:

  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Multi skills
  • Dance
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Athletics
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Dodgeball
  • Trampolining
  • Circuits
  • Badminton
  • Handball
  • Softball

Year 9-11 Entry Level Core PE

All students, regardless of whether they select PE as an option subject, will have at least 2 hours per week of Core PE. These lessons will give students the opportunity to continue to engage in physical education and sport over a wide range of different sports. They will all be entered for an accredited physical education award. (OCR entry level PE – R462) This is 90% practical with a 10% element of analysing and improving. This qualification is externally assessed but build upon the skills learnt in year 7 and 8.

Key Stage Four BTEC Sport

Options that can be chosen in years 9-11:

Level 2 Btec First Award in Sport – 120GLH

Designed to provide a specialist qualification in the Sport and Leisure industry, and allows students to develop the skills, experiences and knowledge in this field. The main sections covered will be:

  • Practical Sports Performance
  • Training for Personal Fitness
  • Health and Fitness for Sport
  • Leading Sports Activities
  • The Mind and Sports Performance
  • The Sports Performer in Action

Students will take various combinations depending on the pathway of the class. Students will be completing written assignments as assessments and also an online exam (25% of final grade)

Level 2 Btec First Award in Performing Arts – Dance – 120GLH

The course is designed to build upon learning that has taken place at Key Stage 3. It has been developed to give an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of Performing Arts. It also provides an excellent base on which to build upon for learners as they move into post 16 education. The main sections covered will be:

  • Individual showcase
  • Preparation, performance and production
  • Dance Skills

Pupils will be completing written assignments as well as an online exam (between 10%-25% of final grade)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Details of this can be found within the Poltair+ calendar


Performing Arts (Acting)

Curriculum Team Leader: Ms L Chamberlain

Aim of the curriculum:

The BTEC Tech Award for Performing Arts gives all learners the opportunity to develop specific skills and knowledge in a vocational and practical learning environment. Students are given the opportunity to:

  • Develop key skills that prove their aptitude in performing arts such as reproducing repertoire or responding to stimuli
  • Develop an effective understanding of ways of working in the performing arts, such as the development of ideas, rehearsal and performance
  • Develop essential personal management and communication skills
  • Develop a detailed knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, process and attitudes in the Performing Arts sector, such as roles, responsibilities, performance disciplines and styles

Year 9: Foundation Year

Autumn One An Introduction to BTEC Performing Arts:
During this unit students will begin to develop the skills required of an actor through exploring and responding to given stimulus material.
Autumn Two
Spring One Acting Skills:
During this unit students will continue to develop the skills required of an actor through participating in workshops and rehearsals.
Spring Two
Summer One Professional Practitioners:
During this unit students will begin to investigate and explore the work of existing theatre practitioners.
Summer Two

Year 10: Year One

Autumn One An Introduction to BTEC Performing Arts:
During this unit students will begin to develop the skills required of an actor through exploring and responding to given stimulus material.
Autumn Two
Spring One
Spring Two Developing Skills & Techniques in the Performing Arts:
During this component students will develop skills and techniques for performance; apply skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance; alongside this students will also review their own development and performance. During this component students will take part in a performance.
Summer One
Summer Two

Year 11: Year Two

Autumn One Performing to a Brief:
During this component students will consider how practitioners adapt their skills for different contexts and implement this into a performance. They will participate in classes and workshops to build on their rehearsal and performance skills. Students will also be encouraged to develop their ability to reflect and evaluate their performance skills.
Autumn Two
Spring One
Spring Two Release of external assessment set task. The set task will ask students to develop creative ideas and rehearse for a workshop performance. Students will work in groups of between 3 and 7 to develop a performance based on this brief.
Summer One
Summer Two External Assessment

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

  • Opportunities to attend live theatre performances.
  • Opportunities to participate in the School Musical: FAME

Photography

Curriculum Team Leader: Mrs E Pearson

Aim of the Curriculum:

Photography provides students with the opportunity to explore and generate ideas through research, observation, perception and aspiration. Students are expected to demonstrate knowledge that reflects greater depth, context and understanding throughout the course. They have opportunities to experiment with a range of materials, techniques and processes that inform final outcomes. Throughout the course, learners are supported to evaluate and reflect on their work and the work of others to create independence.

Year 9

Autumn One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Intro into photography Practical & quick skills. Intro into composition view points Developing process of research investigation Technique/style
Autumn Two Animation project. Photo shop development and recording documenting work/investigation
Spring One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Animation project.
Spring Two Textures. Exploration of objects through lens Links to creative photography through perspective, scale view points
Summer One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Summer Sun project
Summer Two Year 9 exam Distortion & Reflection.

Year 10

Autumn One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Collections.Building foundation skills to explore KS4 collections and imaginative study. Extending A01-A04 understanding. Investigation of photographers. Extending Pandora’s Box Ass3
Autumn Two Urban Landscape GCSE project 1. KS4 exam questioning- breaking down project identifying research-investigation- practical and personal response through to final investigation
Spring One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Shadows.
Spring Two Shadows & Reflections.
Summer One Analyse & Evaluate Image test.
Summer Two Year 10 exam – Reflections. Landscape and Street photography Ass5 Environments

Year 11

Autumn One Analyse & Evaluate Image test. Coursework Review.
Autumn Two Mock exam prep
Spring One Coursework Completion.
Spring Two Final exam prep
Summer One Exam

Science

Curriculum Team Leader: Ms J Westley

Aim of the curriculum:

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, as such, all pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They are encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

At KS3 (Years 7 - 8):

The principal focus of science teaching in key stage 3 is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Pupils should begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the big ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding.

Pupils should understand that science is about working objectively, modifying explanations to take account of new evidence and ideas and subjecting results to peer review. Pupils should decide on the appropriate type of scientific enquiry to undertake to answer their own questions and develop a deeper understanding of factors to be taken into account when collecting, recording and processing data. They should evaluate their results and identify further questions arising from them.

At KS4 (Years 9-11):

Sciences during key stage 4 continue with the process of building upon and deepening scientific knowledge and the understanding of ideas developed in earlier key stages in the subject disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

For some students, studying the sciences in key stage 4 provides the platform for more advanced studies, establishing the basis for a wide range of careers. For others, it will be their last formal study of subjects that provide the foundations for understanding the natural world and will enhance their lives in an increasingly technological society.

Year 7

Autumn One
  • Organisms – Cells and Body systems
  • Forces – Speed and Gravity
  • Matter – Particle model and separating mixtures
Autumn Two
Spring One
  • Reactions – Metals and non-metals, acids and alkalis
  • Electromagnets – voltage, current and resistance
  • Ecosystems – Interdependence and plant reproduction
Spring Two
Summer One
  • Energy – Costs and transfers
  • Earth – Earths structure and the Universe
  • Genes – Variation and human reproduction
Summer Two

Year 8

Autumn One
  • Contact Forces and Pressure
  • Matter - Periodic table and Elements
  • Organisms - Breathing and Digestion
Autumn Two
Spring One
  • Electromagnets and Magnetism
  • Reactions - Chemical Energy and Types of Reaction
  • Ecosystems - Respiration and Photosynthesis
Spring Two
Summer One
  • Energy - Work and Heating and Cooling
  • Earth - Climate and Resources
  • Waves - Wave effects and Wave Properties
  • Genes - Evolution and Inheritance
Summer Two

Year 9

Autumn One
  • Particle model of matter
  • Cell biology
  • Periodic table and atomic structure
Autumn Two
Spring One
  • Energy stores and transformations
  • Organisation and classification of organisms
  • Bonding
Spring Two
Summer One
  • Electricity
  • Infection and response
  • Chemical changes
Summer Two

Year 10

Autumn One
  • Atomic structure and nuclear radiation
  • Bioenergetics
  • Quantitative chemistry and energy changes
Autumn Two
Spring One
  • Waves and communications
  • Homeostasis
  • Rate and extent of chemical change
Spring Two
Summer One
  • Observing and recording motion
  • Inheritance, variation and evolution
  • Organic chemistry
Summer Two

Year 11

Autumn One
  • Magnetism and electromagnetism
  • Adaptations, interdependence and competition
  • Chemical analysis of the atmosphere and using resources
Autumn Two
Spring One Review, revisit, revise, and further develop knowledge, skills, and understanding in preparation for GCSE exams
Spring Two
Summer One Review, revisit, revise, and further develop knowledge, skills, and understanding in preparation for GCSE exams
Summer Two

More detailed information on the National Curriculum for Secondary Science can be accessed via the links below:

KS3 science National curriculum
KS4 science National curriculum