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DEPARTMENT CONTEXT

STAFF CODE

NAME

RESPONSIBILITIES

GIK Kat Gillett Director of Learning Science
MOP Paula Monaghan Teacher of Science and Assistant Headteacher
FAC Candice Falconer Teacher of Science
KMA Kurtt Martin Head of Food and Head of Years 8 & 9
ESL Lucille Esson Science Technician
WIN Nicky Williams Head of Dance and Assistant Headteacher
BAR Ricky Ball Head of PE
GRP Phil Gridelet Head Football Coach

Facilities:

2 foods rooms both with water access points and smart boards

1 food storage room

7 Specialist Science classrooms well equipped with gas and water access points, smartboards

2 Physics rooms (blackout blinds)

5 Fume cupboards

Technicians’ rooms with various Physics, Chemistry and Biology resources

Sports Hall – Full size Basketball Court Sports Hall with three storage cupboards to store a range of different sports equipment.

Multi-Use Hall – Teaching area designed for dance and gymnastics. It has mirrors on one side with ballet bars, a sound system and two storage cupboards.

4G Astro – Full size 11-a-side football pitch with two full size goals and 6 smaller training goals. This is used by Sixth Form training and matches, KS3-4 lessons and football matches.

Sports Field – There are both an 9v9 & 11-a-side football pitch with goals. During the autumn and spring terms there is a 9-a-side and two 11-a-side pitches marked out. During the summer there is a six lane 400m track, two rounder’s pitches marked out, and a long jump pit.

DTF – Indoor 9-a-side 3G Astro. Six goals and storage areas behind the caged facility. Benches and pegs for some changing.

MUGA – This is a tarmacked multi-use area that has four tennis courts and three netball courts marked out. There are six movable netball posts and six permanent basketball posts.

         CURRICULUM PLANS

 

 

Years 7 - 9 (KS3)

 

 

Food and Nutrition: In year 7 – 9 Students will be introduced to food preparation and production, including food preparation skills, food nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choices and food provenance and how these can lead to future employment opportunities within the hospitality/catering industry. Students will be encouraged to experiment with food to help develop their individual skills and senses. The aim of the course is to develop individual life skills to help each student to be more independent, also allowing them to be more nutritionally aware helping them as they grow and develop.

PE: Students will be taught in mixed groups and will be introduced to a range of strands from the Performing Arts including Dance and Drama. Students will have the opportunity to perform, devise and choreograph group pieces and analyse their own, others and professional works while working in a group and independently. Students will consider Performing Arts from a range of styles, genres and narratives.  Teamwork and enthusiasm will ensure success within this area and students should have gained various skills and techniques to choose a Performing Arts option at GCSE. In Year 9 Students will be taught Performing Arts through the mediums of Dance and Drama in a practical, engaging and creative way. Students will have the opportunity to research different performing arts disciplines and show/reveal their creativity when developing ideas through performance and development of their own practical skills and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to specialise and focus on two performing arts disciplines one of which is based upon performance (Dance, Acting, Musical and Physical Theatre) and one production role (Directing, Choreography, Costume, Set design and Lighting).  Sharing ideas, performing and evaluation are key skills that students will develop through this year.

Performing Arts: In Year 7 and 8 Students will be taught in mixed groups and will be introduced to a range of strands from the Performing Arts including Dance and Drama. Students will have the opportunity to perform, devise and choreograph group pieces and analyse their own, others and professional works while working in a group and independently. Students will consider Performing Arts from a range of styles, genres and narratives.  Teamwork and enthusiasm will ensure success within this area and students should have gained various skills and techniques to choose a Performing Arts option at GCSE. In Year 9 Students will be taught Performing Arts through the mediums of Dance and Drama in a practical, engaging and creative way. Students will have the opportunity to research different performing arts disciplines and show/reveal their creativity when developing ideas through performance and development of their own practical skills and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to specialise and focus on two performing arts disciplines one of which is based upon performance (Dance, Acting, Musical and Physical Theatre) and one production role (Directing, Choreography, Costume, Set design and Lighting).  Sharing ideas, performing and evaluation are key skills that students will develop through this year.

Science

All students study science and cover biology, chemistry, physics and earth science topics. Our curriculum from year 7 to 9 is part of a five year spiral Curriculum where we prepare students for their future by providing them with skills and knowledge but also a curiosity about the world and a confidence in practical problem solving and exploration. We will do this by providing lots of opportunity for practical work in small groups, focusing on the core knowledge and skills that underpins all future understanding of Scientific study.

For the 2020-2021 academic year we are continuing to update the KS3 schemes of work and resources using the AQA framework which follows on from our total rewrite of the year 7 provision this year. This is still based broadly on the DfE national curriculum learning objectives that provides our students with a varied diet of theoretical and where possible and safe, practical learning. Learning outcomes and resources build on and extend KS2 learning and begin to develop skills and knowledge for GCSE and beyond such as fundamental science ideas as well as maths and literacy skills.

As well as building a strong foundation of skills and knowledge for KS4 our curriculum is designed to develop students’ interest and curiosity in the world around them. Practical work and exploration has always been at the heart of our science teaching in order to anchor learning in a deep and long term way as well as to build on the natural inquisitiveness and joy that students come to secondary school with. In the light of Covid-19 practical work will need to be undertaken when safely assessed for new impacts. Projects will be utilised for independent learning and be set as homework tasks for some topics and in lesson activities for others.

All KS3 students will be assessed in linear style assessments every second half term that will cover the content covered in the course so far. Students are in mixed ability groupings for Years 7 and 8.

Year 10 and 11 (KS4)

Food Preparation and Nutrition: (AQA GCSE 8585) The GCSE re-enforces and build upon previous learning on food preparation skills, food nutrition and health, food science, food safety, food choices and food provenance. Giving students a deeper understanding of these topics and allowing them to be more independent into higher education and adulthood. The course is made up of NEA 1 (15% GCSE grade practical investigation) NEA 2 (35% GCSE grade Practical cooking assessment) Final exam (50% of final grade), all of which are completed in year 11. For students wanting to further their career in Hospitality/Catering the AQA GCSE gives them an excellent foundation to build upon. As in Key stage3 students are encouraged to experiment at home to help further develop their knowledge and skills.

Dance: (AQA GCSE 8236). Year 10 will be run as an extracurricular lesson after school. The Dance GCSE course is a powerful and expressive option which encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity.  Students will study a range of dance styles and style fusions. Students will continue to study the three strands of Dance, Performance, Choreography and Appreciation.  The course is made up of Component 1 (practical, 60% of the GCSE), which includes a solo performance, duet/trio performance and solo/group choreography. The remaining Component 2 (exam, 40% of the GCSE), consisting of 1-and-a-half-hour paper based on students understanding of their own, others and professional work.

BTEC Sport: (Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Award) – Year 10 & 11  This is assessed through three units of coursework and one online examination. During the first full term Year 10 students cover the exam content and prepare themselves for the online exam through practice questions. During the spring and summer terms they study the content for ‘Leading Sports Activities’ and complete three assignments based on this unit. Year 11 students complete the final unit Applying the Principles of Personal Training. They then have time to catch up on any units or assignments they have missing from the first core Unit ‘Practical Sports Performance’ from their Yr9 learning. Lessons are coursework based with the focus on completing all units to get an overall grade. Students who have not yet passed the online examination component have the opportunity to re-sit this exam. For students who want to pursue a career within the sports industry, this qualification gives practical first-hand experience in participating in sport or leading sports session. Alternatively, they can use this qualification and advance their skills and knowledge gained on the Level 2 course and apply them to  the Level 3 BTEC Sport qualification. 

PE: The PE curriculum follows on from KS3. They take part in a range of different sports and the curriculum is designed for each individual group. Lessons are focused on improving engagement, participation in extra-curricular activities, knowing and applying rules, leadership and tactical performance. Classes are mixed gender and split into ability so that the curriculum can be adapted to the group.

Science:  Our curriculum at key stage four builds on foundations of key enquiry skills and scientific knowledge from earlier years. It is aimed at preparing students to have a skills and knowledge of science and to be able to problem solve and think critically within and outside of school. This is supported by a strong programme of essential practical science work when and where this has been safely planned for. These factors also prepare students to succeed in their science qualification in order to have options for their future education and work lives.

We offer combined and separate sciences at Key Stage Four following the AQA specifications:

Separate Biology AQA 8461

Separate Chemistry AQA 8462

Separate Physics AQA 8463

Combined Science AQA 8464

Separate science will be offered as an option for those interested. Extra sessions will be put on for these students in order to cover the extra material. Curriculum planning for all key stages has been revisited to update it for this year. The Curriculum is modelled to allow time for revisiting and revising topics throughout the course to ensure that they are fully prepared for the final examinations. All students are assessed in an ongoing manner using standardised teacher marked tests.

 

Year 12 and 13 (KS5)

BTEC Sport: Students follow the NQF Pearson Level 3 Extended Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport. Both year groups will be taught together following 7 units. Two units are externally assessed exams and the remaining 5 are coursework based. Teaching is a mixture of classroom based and practical activities giving students a hands-on approach to learning. Students may wish to use this qualification in a variety of different way to further their pursuit of a career within the sports industry. With the student studying up to 14 different units including; Sports Psychology; Coaching; Officiating; Fitness Training and Programming for Health and Wellbeing, Anatomy & Physiology and Sports Development to name a few. Students could use this qualification to enter into employment at ground level, choose to work and study by doing one of many Sports and Fitness apprenticeships or alternatively specialise in one of the many units studied at Further Education level or University.  

Sports: Training groups have a football coach and dedicated training and fixtures.

Science: At A level we follow AQA for all three sciences.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION - In School

Food Preparation and Nutrition – After school interventions, 1 to 1 intervention for SEN and PP students. Half term NEA 2 practice of the final cooking assessment.

Dance workshop GCSE Dance – Contemporary dance workshop to lead on developing performance with external visiting artist.

Dance - Lunchtime club offered for GCSE Dance students to develop technique and increase rehearsal opportunities for choreography component.

PE - For students in Years 7 – 11 which is opened to all and run by a member PE or other teachers: Football (Boys & Girls), Trampolining, Boxercise, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Table Tennis, Off Ice Skating.

Use of the ‘Gym’ limited to Yr11 & Sixth form. 

Science – STEM activities will be planned and delivered where feasible.  

KS3: A lunchtime science club driven by practical activities is planned to be offered to those in KS3. These will have a range of biology, chemistry and physics activities in order to share the joy of exploring the world around us and carry out their own investigations outside of the national curriculum.

KS4: Intervention will be run on a timetable throughout the year.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR PROVISION - External Trips

Performing Arts: Theatre trip: Visit to the theatre to observe Dance/Musical performance alongside theatre tour – this can happen virtually including performance and tour for increasing understanding of production roles and theatre design.

Boys’ Football: Students in Years 7-11 have one training session a week which is opened to all and run by PE teachers. They are entered into the Borough, Middlesex and English Schools’ Competitions.

Girls’ Football: Students in Years 7-11 have one training session a week which is opened to all and run by PE teachers. They are entered into the Borough competitions for Futsal.

Athletics: Students in Years 7-10 have 1 training session a week which are open to all and run by PE teachers. They are entered into the Borough Athletics Championships and if they qualify can represent Hillingdon at the Middlesex Championship.

Sixth form football team have a school tour ‘out of term time’ (Normally 1st week in the Easter Holidays) to a European city, where they train, play matches, watch a football game and ‘site see’.  

Useful Links

General for all key stages

https://www.senecalearning.com/

https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/

https://www.khanacademy.org/

KS4 science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zrkw2hv

http://www.gcsescience.com/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/user/myGCSEscience

https://www.primrosekitten.com/‚Äč

KS3 science

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zng4d2p