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Subject Overviews

Below you will find our Departmental overviews. We are currently in the process of updating these, so please excuse us if some information is missing. 

Art

Departmental Global Aims:

We aim to engage, inspire and challenge our pupils equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art.

The curriculum builds complexity and combinations of skills so that creativity can thrive. The building blocks of skills and creativity are developed through project work. These building blocks include the knowledge and understanding of the formal elements, line, shape, texture, colour, tone and pattern. These are the basic components from which art work is composed.

Pupils also gain knowledge of how art contributes to culture and its different genres. Throughout the course the aim is for them to become proficient in using a range of techniques and materials including drawing and painting. To produce creative work exploring their ideas creatively and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms and gain a critical understanding of artists work to inform their own.

AIMS

  • Pupils to produce creative work exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Pupils to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Pupils to know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • By the end of key stage3, pupils are expected to know, apply (able to do) and understand (remember) the matters, skills and processes specified in the programme.

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Our Curriculum emphasises the connection between theory and practical skills and is designed to develop further interest, gaining a deeper understanding of the subject. Pupils are taught to develop their creativity and ideas, and increase their proficiency in their execution.

They are taught to use a range of techniques to record their observations in sketchbooks as a basis for exploring their ideas. To use a range of techniques and media, including painting.  To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials.  To analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work. They learn about the history of art, styles and major art movements.

KS3 is designed to give a breadth of understanding within key topics of Art & Design. The strategy for KS3 is to explore and introduce the skills and knowledge required to become successful students and artists that will be essential as they progress through each of the Key Stages and beyond.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

YouTube is a valuable art resource with many how to draw and paint tutorials.

Within the department, the following clubs, activities support groups will support this learning phase: Art catch up club – Mondays.

 

Support & Guidance

Homework

  • Regular homework to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons. HW to be set approx. every two/three weeks not expected every lesson – at teachers discretion
  • Ensure student is fully equipped with two pencils, a sharpener, rubber and ruler for art lesson and colour pencils for homework.
  • Check the quality of work produced, colour   printing can be done in school but please make sure it is stuck flat in their books.

Reading

  • YouTube is a valuable art resource   with many how to draw and paint tutorials.
  • There are many documentaries on Aboriginal   art, how to do the Aboriginal animal dot technique and Australian artists.

Revision Guide

  • We ask pupils to complete an Aboriginal art quiz to recap their knowledge. This is a closing the loop activity that   can be taken three times to improve their score and learning.

Assessment Preparation

  • Skills practice and repetition, revision of key knowledge within HW.

 

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Business Studies 

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Child Development & Care

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Computer Science

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Dance

Departmental Global Aims:

  • Pupils to develop their understanding and reproduction of physical, interpretive and stylistic dance skills in a variety of styles in preparation for their KS4 course.
  • To acquire the skills needed to analyse professional dance works, understanding the constitutional features and how a piece is created.
  • To enhance and develop their performance skills in preparation for their KS4 course, thus improving their confidence on stage
  • To allow students the opportunity to understand choreographic devices and create their own dance material in response to a given stimuli.
  • To develop rounded individuals who are confident, creative, cooperative, collaborative and considerate.
  • Promote a passion and interest in the Performing arts.
  • Where appropriate recruit students to continue study of Dance at GCSE and A-Level

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Our department’s philosophy has always been one of inclusion. Everyone is welcome to dance, no matter your experience. All we ask is students try their hardest, respond to our feedback and have a passion for dance. We create a dance family where students feel safe and secure to learn, make mistakes, try again and improve.

Not only does out subject aim to promote healthy lifestyles and develop practical skills it also has the ability to touch your soul, evoke feelings of pride and euphoria from both watching and performing. Students will always remember how they felt after performing dances, thus creating memories of school which will stay with them for a long time.

Dance allows a freedom of expression, an understanding of how the body can move and tell a story without words. Dancers in our class will take ownership of their learning and creativity; thereby transitioning from learner to producer.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

 

 

Support & Guidance

 

 

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Drama

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Economics

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Engineering & Product Design

Departmental Global Aims:

To provide the opportunity to develop a pupils design and technology capability and in particular to encourage imagination, innovation and flair  To encourage pupils to combine their designing and modelling skills with  knowledge and understanding, in order to produce outcomes capable of  rigorous testing

To promote design and technology capability in candidates through activities which involve a range of contexts, materials, processes and to lead to tangible outcomes

To encourage the development of pupils understanding of the needs and values of a range of users, including spiritual, moral, social, and cultural considerations

To encourage pupils to recognise that the work of past designers can influence the development of design thinking

To encourage pupils to consider the uses and effects of new technologies and modern materials on product design and manufacture

 

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English

Departmental Global Aims:

  • To give all pupils a voice, both orally and in writing, to be able to communicate their ideas and feeling using a wide repertoire appropriate to situation and task
  • For pupils to feel challenged by an ambitious and inclusive curriculum which excites and invigorates their experience of English
  • For all pupils to be able to read and write in English to a level which is appropriate to their ability
  • To enable our pupils to communicate their ideas and emotions clearly and with confidence
  • For all pupils to habitually read for pleasure and information, and through reading broaden their insight and understanding of the diverse world that they are part of
  • To expose our students to texts which develop cultural, emotional and social awareness and through English discuss issues facing them in a modern world openly and with integrity

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

A team of passionate practitioners who are determined to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which will provide our students with the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to develop into well-rounded, informed individuals. The personal, professional and academic development of our students is at the heart of our philosophy and underpins everything we do in the classroom.

Through the exciting and diverse world of Literature we explore the depths of human emotions, opening up the imagination and experience to empathise with and comprehend the world. Through the teaching of Language we show pupils how to articulate their thoughts and opinions in strong and precise manners which helps them to communicate, both orally and in their writing, in a defined and competent way, allowing them to fully express themselves freely.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

 

 

Support & Guidance

Homework: Homework is set on a regular basis to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons. The

students will be set reading homework of the novel to help support and prepare them for their assessment.

Reading: Encourage students to conduct wider research online or in the school library. Read the novel at home with your son/daughter to help prepare them for the assessment.

Extra-Curricular: The students can join the Year 7 Writing Club on Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm.

Enrichment: Students can use the internet to support their learning and teachers will guide them on where to find useful information.

 

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Food Preparation & Nutrition

Departmental Global Aims:

  • Understand the importance of good food safety and hygiene, including knowing how to get ready to cook
  • Gain knowledge and understanding regarding nutrition and healthy eating
  • Develop and apply their cookery skills to enable them to prepare a range of high quality food products for themselves and others
  • Select and use an appropriate range of small hand and electrical equipment, safely and efficiently
  • Examine where and how a variety of ingredients are grown, reared, caught and processed, and consider sustainability and the impact of different food choices on the environment
  • Evaluate and test their ideas and food products and the work of others, including carrying out sensory analysis
  • Consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by working within the subject of food

 

In addition, the Year 9 students who opt for this subject will:

  • Select from and use a wider, more complex range of ingredients, taking into account their functional properties
  • Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday food making tasks confidently
  • Apply current healthy eating advice, and understanding of people’s needs, to develop diets for different individuals
  • Recognise the wide range of factors involved in food and drink choice and how to achieve a healthy, balanced diet
  • Perform nutritional analysis and use the results to plan recipes, meals and diets

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Learning to cook is an essential life skill that everyone should possess. Using knowledge about nutrition and healthy eating and being able to cook meals from scratch will help to contribute to a healthier lifestyle. Cooking for yourself and others is nurturing, it is sustenance, and it is helping keep you alive.

 

During Year 7 students learn how to cook a range of dishes safely and hygienically, using equipment and acquiring practical skills and techniques, such as fruit and vegetable preparation and the rubbing-in method. Students will learn about healthy eating through studying the Eatwell Guide, be encouraged to use the ‘eight tips for healthy eating’ and develop an understanding of the function and sources of the five main nutrients, water and fibre.  Pupils will develop a greater understanding of where their food comes from.

 

In Year 8 students will learn how to cook a range of, predominately savoury, dishes safely and hygienically. The recipes are designed so that pupils can acquire more advanced cookery skills and techniques in food preparation, such as sauce making, pastry making and bread making, with greater emphasis placed on finishing techniques for food presentation.  Pupils will apply their knowledge of nutrition and healthy eating and continue to develop an understanding of where their food comes from. It is hoped that pupils will be able to combine their acquired knowledge and skills to plan, prepare and cook for themselves and others now and in later life.

 

For those students who opt for the Year 9 food course they will deepen their knowledge and understanding of nutrition, healthy eating, energy requirements and the nutritional needs of different groups of people. They will build and apply a repertoire of cookery skills to make high-quality products for a wide range of users. Students will have the opportunity to achieve a qualification in Food Safety and take part in the Rotary Young Chef competition.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

Staff are available at lunch time and after school to assist any student with their work.

 

Students can use the departments’ resources, including the computers, before school, at lunch time or after school.

 

Recipes will be provided for the food products made in school to enable students to make the dishes again at home.

 

Investigating where foods come from, whether it is grown, reared, caught or processed.

 

Support & Guidance

Homework: Parents can check Show My Homework and their child’s books to ensure homework

has been completed.

 

Students should be encouraged to prepare their own ingredients prior to a food practical lesson.

 

Be prepared to taste your child’s food products and provide them with feedback.

 

Encourage your child to cook at home and to experiment with new foods and recipes.

 

Reading: Provision of Reading Materials: newspaper articles, magazine articles – discussions

around where food comes from, healthy eating and diseases linked to diet

 

Provision of Recipes books

 

Revision: CGP Food Preparation & Nutrition for Eduqas – students will be provided with their

own copy during Year 11.

 

Assessment Preparation: Help your child to produce revision notes, revision cards, mind maps and

knowledge organisers and help test their knowledge.

 

Develop cookery skills at home and practise making different food products at home.

 

Watching television programmes together such as ‘Master Chef’, ‘Food Unwrapped’

and other cookery shows.

 

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Geography

Departmental Global Aims:

We seek to develop students as geographers in three key areas:

Geographical knowledge and understanding: Develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics, processes and challenges found in different physical and human environments at a variety of scales and locations

Geographical skills: Students will learn a range of skills to critically analyse different geographical issues and challenges to draw reasoned conclusions

Geographical resourcefulness: Our students will become able to confidently draw upon their knowledge, understanding and skills to discover solutions to the various geographical challenges they will study

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Geography is a journey towards an understanding of our diverse, amazing and complex planet: Earth. Geographers place our understanding of social and physical processes within the context of place; recognising differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world. While geography celebrates differences it also seeks to explore the many links and shared patterns we observe. Geography is about people and processes, understood through patterns found in our environments, and expressed within a sense and recognition of place. Our vision is to deliver a Geography education that empowers all young people to develop an interest and enthusiasm for the study of Geography now and in the future.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

Geography Club

 

Support & Guidance

 

 

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History

Departmental Global Aims:

  • For students to understand their culture, heritage and how they fit into modern day society.
  • To address the mistakes of the past and educate students on how to prevent them in the future.
  • To demonstrate the great progress made by societies, with reference to rights, equality and acquisition of knowledge, and acknowledge the developments still to be made

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Cicero once warned that children would remain “for ever innocent of whence they have come and correspondingly unconcerned or, worse fatalistic about where they might end up.”

It is our aim to ensure that our students get the opportunity to investigate their past through a diverse and varied curriculum.

Our history curriculum seeks to take students on a learning journey through the past, both chronologically and analytically, from the Medieval period to Modern day.

Our vision is to develop key historical skills including:

  • Scrutiny of evidence and ability to decide which interpretation of an event seems most credible.
  • Understanding of change and continuity across time periods.
  • The ability to recognise causes, consequences and significance with reference to specific events.

So that our students, by the end of their learning journey, are able to create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses by making connections, drawing contrasts, analysing trends and frame historically valid questions.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities

Extra-Curricular: Students have the opportunity to join History Movie Club every Wednesday; where they both view and review films that complement their curriculum and extend their understanding of the time periods studied.

Enrichment: Students can use the internet to support their learning and teachers will guide them on where to find useful information. Students could visit Whitechapel and undertake a self-guided tour of Brick Lane or visit the Museum of London or the Tower of London to complement their curriculum.

 

Support & Guidance

Homework: Regular homework to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons. Check the quizzes are being done on Show My Homework and that they are actively trying to improve their result. The quizzes should be done over the course of the week to consolidate learning prior to the next lesson; students should avoid doing them all in one go.

Reading: Encourage students to conduct wider research online or in the school library. They should be looking for specific texts on the Medieval period and the Battle of Hastings.

 

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Mathematics

Departmental Global Aims:

  • Pupils to become fluent in the fundamental of Mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time
  • All pupils to have confidence in their mental and written arithmetic
  • Pupils are given the opportunity to explore all areas of Mathematics (Numeracy, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Proportion, Probability)
  • Pupils to be actively engaged through teaching and learning
  • Pupils have the ability to apply their skills, use reasoning and interpret information to answer problem solving aspects of the curriculum

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Our Philosophy is to encourage and develop our student’s confidence and understanding through an engaging curriculum. The Mathematics Department aims to inspire students to cultivate fluency, reasoning and logical problem solving skills, equipping themselves with the Mathematical skills essential for everyday life.

To ensure all of our students leave West Hatch High School fulfilling their full potential in Mathematics giving them the best opportunity for higher education or employment.

To provide outstanding Maths lessons where all abilities are challenged through an inclusive curriculum.

Our whole curriculum is based around three key aims:

Mathematical Fluency - pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Mathematical Reasoning - develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

Problem-Solving - 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.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

At home or School, MathsWatch, CGP Maths revision workbooks, Youtube Tutorials, Mr Carter Maths, Corbett Maths will support learning more widely around these learning phases.

 

Support & Guidance:

Chess club – 8-8.30 on Wed and Thursday in C2

Board game/strategy games club – 3.20-4.20 on Thursday in S19

KS3 STEM for girls – 3.20-4.20 on Monday in C4

 

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Media Studies

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Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish)

Departmental Global Aims:

- For students to have more understanding and a more confident response (better fluency, accuracy and immediacy of their responses) to spoken and written language from different approaches to using languages.

- speak and write about and express their opinions on a variety of topic areas relevant to their everyday lives.

- develop as responsible and confident global citizens by increasing their understanding of the cultures in the Hispanic world

- Make links between the 4 key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to build their understanding of structures and how language works.

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Learning a foreign language immerses students into entirely new cultures and world perspectives, inviting them to experience a world beyond their own to help them fully appreciate the language. Thereby expanding their horizons, which is the surest way for them to develop into tolerant individuals, with an understanding of life that is open-minded and embraces cultural differences and leads to an appreciation of cultural diversity.

Learning a foreign language provides students with a better understanding of their own native language and culture. Not only cultural customs, but of the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation patterns of their first language.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

Within the department, the following clubs, activities support groups will support this learning phase:

Spanish language club

 

Support & Guidance:

Homework: Regular learning homework to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons. Check the vocab learning is completed on Show My Homework and that they are actively trying to improve. The vocabulary learning should be done in short spells over the course of the week to consolidate learning prior to the next lesson; students should avoid doing it all in one go

Reading: Encourage students to conduct wider research online or in the school library. Students can buy their own copy of the textbook, Viva 1 to follow at home.

 

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Music

Departmental Global Aims:

• Promote enjoyment in music through self-expression, participation and performance in both singing and instrumental activities

• Develop an analytical, creative, and intuitive understanding of the musical elements and appreciation of a wide variety of musical forms

• Promote confidence and skills mastery on a number of different platforms in both composition and performance

• Broaden musical interests and experiences, using their imagination to develop their creativity

• To fully prepare students for the transition between KS3 to GCSE / BTEC Music

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Music has been at the heart of human existence and is intrinsic to all our lives. It provides us with entertainment and a means of escape. It is a reliever of stress and a language of both personal and collective expression.

As composers, performers, and listeners we discover the place of music in history, culture and time so we can appreciate the significant impact of music in all our lives. Music surrounds us, embodies us and encapsulates our soul. It helps spark imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. Music stimulates, challenges, and enriches all our lives.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

Within the department, the choir, and band clubs after school along with use of practice rooms will be offered to all students.

In addition, students can sign up for 1-1 tuition (via parent pay)

Students will have access to backing tracks via School Gateway and SHMW. Free vocal warm up links will be on Gateway from You Tube. Studying similar characters in other Musicals and drawing comparisons.

 

Support & Guidance:

Homework: Regular homework to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons.

Active participation in chosen instrument/voice lessons outside of school.

Check the quality of work produced – completed in their own words?

Reading: Provision of Reading Materials: newspaper articles, magazine articles – discussions around music, soundtracks to films, musical theatre.

More resources will be added throughout the term

 

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Physical Education

Departmental Global Aims:

• Pupils to develop their leadership and teamwork skills through a range of activities

• All pupils to be able to swim by the end of Year 9

• Pupils having the competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities

• Pupils to be physically active for sustained periods of time.

• Pupils to have the knowledge regarding leading a healthy active lifestyle (mainly through fitness unit)

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Physical Education and Sport bring communities together helping them to flourish and grow.

By promoting both healthy minds and healthy bodies, Physical Education and Sport – in tandem with competing, mastery and finally elite sports – improve individual and collectives’ lives.  Through play and practice, students develop character and morality in terms of resilience, discipline respect, leadership and team.

Through repetition and striving for mastery, as well as through an understanding of the science of the body, combined with Sport Psychology, students also develop lifelong habits that support physical and mental well-being.

Our whole curriculum is based around the influence of three people:

Vince Lombardi: Influence on modern day sport with a focus on elitism; Sport science; Commercialism.

Tom Brown: The influence of 19th Century Public Schools on developing games into sport; Foundations build on building character and life skills; Used to manage behaviour and develop well-being.

Baron Pierre De Coubertin: Vision of using sport to educate and bring people together; Founder of the modern Olympic Games which promoted playing or the love the sport

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

 

 

Support & Guidance:

Homework: Active participation in chosen sport outside of school.

Reading: Provision of Reading Materials: newspaper articles, magazine articles – discussions around Sport, fitness, healthy lifestyles.

 

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Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Departmental Global Aims:

• To enable our students to grow in their spiritual, moral and cultural awareness, to develop a deeper understanding of, and respect for, people of different faiths and cultures.

• To encouraged students to reflect upon their own beliefs and values as well as those of other faiths and none.

• To enable pupils to think, reflect and evaluate on those fundamental questions of life, meaning, faith, belief.

• To develop students who can think for themselves, reflect, evaluate, analyse. Students who are rounded in their outlook, aware of their own world view and those of others.

• To contribute to the vision expressed in the Essex Curriculum Statement…. ‘that all, for the benefit of all, are able to shape their destinies and create a better world’

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

“The Unexamined life is a life not worth living”   Socrates

• Religion Philosophy & Ethics is more than simply acquiring knowledge, more than simply learning about – it is learning from – it is about the pursuit of wisdom & understanding.

• We aim to explore, reflect, question, debate, examine, wonder, to stop, to think, to discover.

• Students will have the opportunity to contemplate the phenomena of religious belief & faith, to explore philosophical concepts and arguments and to develop their own understanding and responses to life’s ultimate questions, of meaning, purpose, destiny, morality.

• To that end we are continually reviewing our learning phases – reflecting – evolving & creating schemes which we believe will enable our students to become equipped to live in a constantly changing, dynamic, diverse world in which we live.

• We don’t want to tell out students what to think, but help them to think for themselves.

“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding”   Proverbs 3:13

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

 

 

Support & Guidance:

Homework: Regular homework to consolidate learning or to prepare for lessons.

Provide space and check it has been done

Regularly check SMHW

Reading: Encourage child to read at home – not too long on X-Box/PlayStation etc.

 

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Science

Departmental Global Aims:

We aim to ensure that all pupils are confident, resilient, and ambitious by:

• Developing scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding in all sciences.

• Developing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science questions through scientific enquiries that enable them to answer questions about the world around them.

• Ensuring they are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

Science underpins our understanding of how life on Earth survives in balance with the Earth’s resources, the interactions within and between species and the available resources.

Biology investigates how animal and plant species can survive and reproduce; considering the cell as the basic unit of life. This expands o the functioning of unicellular and multicellular organisms as they interact with the flow of energy and particles within the varied ecosystems of Earth.

Chemistry considers how particles behave, from states of matter to bonding, chemical structure to the relationships between particle behaviour and energy in chemical reactions

Physics explores the Earth’s place in the Universe, considering Earth’s unique nature and how energy can be transferred sustainably to maintain balanced ecosystems with the Earth’s biosphere.

Together, these disciplines help students to see that humans, as the dominant species on Earth, have a duty to move towards a fully sustainable society which ensures that the natural equilibrium within the biosphere is maintained, and that all species can survive and thrive.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

The department hosts a KS3 Science Club and KS4 STEM Club, as well as lunchtime ‘homework help’ drop-in sessions.

British Science Week

The Science Museum

 

Support & Guidance:

Homework: Regular homework (approximately once a week) to consolidate learning or to

prepare for lessons.

Active participation in chosen sport outside of school.

Check the quality of work produced – completed in their own words?

Reading: Provision of Reading Materials: newspaper articles, magazine articles – discussions around science, biology, chemistry, physics and modern advances in all areas.

Revision: KS3 Science Complete Study & Practice (CGP) ISBN-13: 978-1841463858

OCR Gateway GCSE Chemistry ISBN 978-0-19-835982-1

 

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Social Sciences: Psychology & Sociology 

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Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

 

 

Support & Guidance:

 

 

Careers in the Curriculum:

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Textiles

Departmental Global Aims:

During Year 7 students will:

• Develop a basic understanding of fabrics and their properties

• Develop hand sewing and sewing machine skills

• Develop an understanding of how to use tools and equipment safely in Textiles

• Build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to make good quality products for themselves

• Evaluate and test their ideas, products and the work of others

• Consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by working within Textiles

Continuing into Year 8 students will:

• Deepen their knowledge and understanding of fabric and fabric properties

• Understand how fabric is constructed

• Continue to develop hand sewing and sewing machine skills

• Develop the skills and techniques required to embellish fabric

• Develop an understanding of how to use a wider range of tools and equipment safely in Textiles

• Develop their consumer awareness relating to textile products and the environment

• Build on and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality products for a wide range of users

• Develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to produce original products

• Evaluate and test their ideas, products and the work of others

• Consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by working within Textiles

 

Departmental Philosophy & Vision:

In Year 7 students will focus on acquiring the knowledge and skills to enable them to learn about the essential role textile products play in our everyday lives. This will include designing and making products which include a number of techniques and processes such as joining fabric together – seams and inserting a zip. The projects are designed so that students acquire appropriate skills and techniques in order to make high quality functional products for themselves. The students will learn about fabrics and its properties while understanding the function and use of equipment. Health and Safety is taught as an integral part of textiles lessons to ensure individuals take a collective responsibility for maintaining a safe and organised working environment.

In Year 8 students build on their knowledge, skills and understanding from Year 7 Textiles. They will learn about a number of techniques such as tie-dyeing and processes such as neatening seams. The Year 8 projects are more challenging and designed so that students acquire further skills in order to make high quality functional products, such as cushion covers and bags, for themselves and others. The students will apply their knowledge of fabric, materials and equipment to the making tasks. Students will also consider the clothing and textiles industry’s impact on the environment and engage in projects to develop some possible solutions through reusing fabric to make new products. Health and Safety will continue to be an integral part of textiles lessons to ensure individuals take a collective responsibility for maintaining a safe and organised working environment.

 

Extra-Curricular & Enrichment Activities:

 

 

Support & Guidance:

 

 

Careers in the Curriculum:

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