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Art & Design

  • Department: Art
  • Head of Department: Mr James Millichamp
  • Team:
    • Mrs Katie Turner
    • Mr Paul Coope
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Edexcel – Fine Art
    • A Level: Edexcel – Fine Art & Textile Design

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Introduction to Art & Design: The formal elements of Art & Design looking at Line, Tone, Shape, Colour, Pattern & Form.
  • Theme set
  • Internal End of year drawing Examination

Year 8 Key topics

  • Continue to develop aspects of the Formal Elements of Art
  • Theme set
  • Internal End of year drawing Examination

Year 9 Key topics

  • Further develop aspects of the Formal Elements of Art
  • Theme set
  • Internal End of year drawing Examination

Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE Art (Fine Art)

  • Students create a personal portfolio of work comprising:
    • supporting studies
    • personal response(s).
  • Take an individual approach to art, craft and design making and develop the skill of selecting their best and most appropriate work for presentation.
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Theme set eg ‘Juxtaposition’
  • Personal portfolio
  • Explore both contemporary and historical sources of art, craft and design first hand.

Year 11 Key topics

  • Personal portfolio (Autumn Term)
  • Externally assessed assignment

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

  • Personal Portfolio (60%)
  • Externally Assessed Assignment (40%) 10 Hours
  • Internally assessed and externally moderated.

Biology

  • Department: Biology
  • Head of Department: Mrs Maria Harding
  • Team:
    • Dr Bethan Stallwood
    • Miss Sarah Jones
    • Mrs Anna Wright
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQ4
    • A Level: AQA

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Cells
  • Structure and Function of Body Systems
  • Reproduction
  • Adaptation and Inheritance

Year 8 Key topics

  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Turning Points in Biology
  • Ecosystem Processes
  • New Technology

Year 9 Key topics

  • Cell Structure & Transport
  • Cell Division
  • Circulation & Breathing
  • Non-communicable Disease
  • Adaptation

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics

Main units/topics/Papers

  • Digestive System & Enzymes
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Preventing Diseases
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • Organising and Ecosystem
  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems

Year 11 Key topics

  • Human Nervous System
  • Hormonal Coordination
  • Homeostasis in Action
  • Reproduction
  • Variation & Evolution
  • Genetics & Evolution

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of papers: 2

Duration of each paper      1h45

Any coursework?                 none

Business Studies

  • Department:Economics and Business
  • Head of Department: Mrs Marion Rumble
  • Team:
    • Mrs Kate Wilde
  • Exam boards:
    • AQA

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics

  • Business in the real world: This topic considers the different forms of business and reasons why different businesses exist. Considers different objectives and the environment in which businesses operate. Sub topics include, the purpose and nature of businesses, business ownership, aims and objectives, stakeholders, business location, business planning and expanding a business.
  • Influences on business: This topic considers a range of external influences that can affect the way businesses operate. This includes technology, changes in the economy, ethical pressures, the impact of globalisation and how businesses can respond to these influences.
  • Human Resources: This topic will consider how businesses organise their employees to supply products in the most efficient ways. The organisational structure is an important influence on jobs. Recruitment and recruitment techniques will be considered and how these staff are motivated. Finally how business performance can be improved through training and methods of training will be analysed.

Year 11 Key topics

  • Operations Management: This topic looks at production and production processes, procurement, customer service and quality. Different methods of production will be examined and the advantages and disadvantages of both assessed. Supply chains are investigated and the concept of quality is examined.
  • Marketing: In this topic the importance of a business understanding and meeting customer needs and wants is examined. Business segmentation, methods of market research and the marketing mix are all covered in this topic.
  • Finance: Finance is an important influence on the activities of a business. This chapter looks at the role of finance within a business, starting with sources of finance and the advantages and disadvantages of different sources. Cash flow forecasts and key financial terms are presented and how to calculate vital financial documents to analyse the performance of a business.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Section A : multiple choice (10 marks)

Section B: short case study with questions (40 marks)

Section C : short case study with questions (40 marks)

Number of  papers 2 X AQA

Duration of each paper: 1 hr 45 mins  x 2

Any coursework? No

Chemistry

  • Department: Chemisty
  • Head of Department: Mrs Claire Tinney
  • Team:
    • Mrs Emily Brick
    • Mr Darren Payne
    • Mr Richard Lefevre
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA
    • A Level: AQA

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Laboratory work and Safety
  • States of matter and Particles
  • Acids, alkalis and indicators
  • The air and gases
  • Fire
  • Separation techniques

Year 8 Key topics

  • Elements, compounds and mixtures
  • Chemical changes
  • Making salts
  • Formulae
  • Food chemistry

Year 9 Key topics

  • Atomic structure
  • Formulae & equations
  • The periodic table
  • Metals
  • Organic chemistry
  • Chemistry of the atmosphere

Key Stage 4 Overview

The GCSE Chemistry course is designed to help pupils explore and understand the material world. The fundamental principles of the subject are investigated and linked to real-world applications, processes and problems. The nature of Chemistry as an experimental science is emphasised and pupils finish the course capable and knowledgeable.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Using resources
  • Bonding and structure
  • Rates of reaction
  • Organic chemistry
  • Acids and salts

Year 11 Key topics

  • Quantitative chemistry
  • Energy changes
  • Reversible reactions and equilibrium
  • Electrolysis
  • Chemical analysis

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

There is no coursework for GCSE Chemistry or Combined Science: Trilogy

For the Chemistry course there are two papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes long

For the Combined Science: Trilogy course there are two Chemistry papers, each 1 hour 15 minutes long

Classical Greek

Greek has been introduced to the Latin classes in Years 8 and 9 for several years since the Latin textbook we use takes us to Egypt where the ruling dynasty was Greek and the influence of classical Greece was profound.  It has proved to be popular and, increasingly in recent years, girls have jumped at the opportunity to take their studies of Greek further.  It is a demanding course but an immensely satisfying one, and it opens the students’ eyes to the immense influence of the Greeks on our modern society.

Head of Classics: Mrs Diane Birt
Examination Board: OCR Classical Greek (J292)

Aims

The aims of the course are to provide a firm linguistic base for candidates and to introduce them to the literature and culture of the Greek world.  It is often taken by those already taking Latin but this is not necessary.  We should warn you that many students who take Greek for GCSE are keen to pursue it to A-Level and beyond!

Course Content

There are three papers in this specification – Language 50%, Literature 25% and Literature and Culture 25%.

The Language paper consists of a continuous story which is divided into passages for comprehension and translation which might include grammar questions or the option to translate from English into Greek.

The Literature set for examination in 2023 will be Homer, Odyssey 7 lines 184-297. These lines are studied in class and will be examined by translation and comprehension questions.

The Literature and Culture paper contains no actual Greek translation, it is all in English and, using prescribed sources it focuses on aspects of Greek life and the literature it has inspired. The topics for 2023 are the Olympic Games and Women in Ancient Greece.

Methods of Study

This course is currently taken after school as an extra-curricular GCSE.  Language will be the main area of study for Year 10; and there is no expectation for potential students to have studied Greek before this. We use the John Taylor Greek to GCSE course which is specifically focused on the linguistic aspects but which also introduces adapted passages from Greek authors.

Method of Assessment

All papers are assessed externally.

Careers

Classical Greek is not an easy or a commonly taught subject, but those who opt to take it are usually determined and self-motivated students who are prepared to work independently. These skills are as much in demand as the ability to think through a linguistic problem or analyse a passage of writing. The skills provided by a language such as Greek are much sought after in today’s world.

Computer Science

  • Department: Computing and ICT
  • Head of Department: Mr Andrew Petford
  • Team: N/A
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Eduqas
    • A Level: Eduqas
    • BTEC Level 3 Information Technology : Pearson

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • E-Safety
  • Computer Networks
  • Data Representation: Binary and Bitmap Images
  • Solving problems using algorithms
  • Programming using Python
  • Computer Hardware
  • Creating Websites using HTML
  • Digital Literacy

Year 8 Key topics

  • E-Safety
  • Operating Systems
  • Data Representation: Binary and Sound files
  • Data Encryption using Ciphers
  • Programming using Python
  • Computer Networks
  • Digital Literacy

Year 9 Key topics

  • Computer Hardware
  • Boolean Logic operations
  • Computer Networks
  • Data Representation: Files
  • Operating Systems
  • Programming in Python
  • Digital Literacy

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics
1. Computer Hardware
2. Logical operations
3. Communication technologies
4. Data representation and data types
5. Operating systems
6. Principles of programming, software engineering, and program construction
7. Computer security, data management and the impacts of digital technology on wider society.

Year 11 Key topics

1. Problem solving and algorithms
2. Programming constructs and programming languages
3. Data structures and data types
4. Data security and authentication.
5. Non-examined-assessment (20 hours): A programmed solution to a problem

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Component 1: Understanding Computer Science Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes  62.5% of the qualification
Component 2: Computational Thinking and Programming On-screen examination: 2 hours 37.5% of the qualification
Component 3: Software Development Non-exam assessment: 20 hours of qualification

Design and Technology

GCSE Design and Technology will prepare students to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world. Students will gain awareness and learn from wider influences on Design and Technology including historical, social, cultural, environmental and economic factors. Students will get the opportunity to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise.

This GCSE allows students to study core technical, designing and making principles, including a broad range of design processes, materials, techniques and equipment. They will also have the opportunity to study specialist technical principles in greater depth.

Head of Creative Arts & Technologies Faculty: Mr James Millichamp

Examination Board and GCSE Title: AQA Design & Technology: 8552

Aims

This is a GCSE course with a strong practical focus, as well as developing understanding of technical, designing and making principles. You will master a variety of technical skills and become proficient in workshop/design processes. In addition, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the key elements of design.

You will also develop transferable skills such as:

  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Communication skills
  • Working independently
  • Time management
  • The ability to work to a brief and meet the needs of a client

Course Content

The GCSE specification should enable students to:

  • Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources.
  • Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes.
  • Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses.
  • Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

Method of Study

Paper 1
Section A – Core technical principles (20 marks)
A mixture of multiple choice and short answer questions assessing a breadth of technical knowledge and understanding.

Section B – Specialist technical principles (30 marks)
Several short answer questions (2–5 marks) and one extended response to assess a more in-depth knowledge of technical principles.

Section C – Designing and making principles (50 marks)
A mixture of short answer and extended response questions.

Substantial design and make task (Non-examined assessment)

  • Identifying and investigating design possibilities
  • Producing a design brief and specification
  • Generating design ideas
  • Developing design ideas
  • Realising design ideas
  • Analysing & evaluating

Contextual challenges to be released annually by AQA on 1 June in the year prior to the submission of the NEA.

Students will produce a prototype and a portfolio of evidence and work will be marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Method of Assessment

Paper 1: Written exam: 2 hours. 100 marks – 50% of GCSE
Substantial design and make task: 30–35 hours approx. 100 marks (non-examined assessment) – 50% of GCSE

Careers

Automotive design, advertising and marketing, architecture, crafts, design (product, graphic, fashion), engineering, film, TV, video, radio and photography, IT, software and computer services (creative tech), publishing, music, performing and visual arts, animation and VFX, video games.

Drama

  • Department: Drama
  • Head of Department: Mrs Paula Tombs
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Eduqas
    • A Level: Eduqas

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

Topics in Year 7 focus upon creating naturalistic drama as a member of a team/ensemble. Fundamental is how cooperation, shared leadership and teamwork can create strong effective drama and thoughtful role-play.   

  • Teamwork
  • Ensemble Work
  • Mime/Dance Drama
  • Role-Play
  • Character building

Year 8 Key topics

Topics in Year 8 focus upon the creation of ideas through dramatic style and form. Everyday subjects such as photographs and other stimuli are used to create drama.

  • Improvisation
  • Using a Stimuli
  • Radio Plays
  • Soap Operas

Year 9 Key topics

Topics in Year 9 focus upon creating theatre. The elements used are, improvisation, play texts, devising from multiple stimuli and skills such as stage combat and the creation of Physical Theatre. 

  • Spontaneous Improvisation
  • Acting
  • Devising
  • Stage Fighting
  • Physical Theatre

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics

  • Two Practice Component 1 Topics. One is a Theatre in Education performance.
    • Component 1: Devising Theatre. Devising a piece of Drama/Theatre from a stimuli supported by a written portfolio.
  • Two Practice Component 2
    • Component 2: Acting. Girls perform 2 extracts from a published play in pairs or groups up to 5 in number. Each actor writes up to 4 artistic intentions that must be evident in performance.
    • Exercises
  • Component 3: Studied throughout the course.
    • Component 3: Written. Girls study the set text War Horse, and write both short and longer answers from the perspective of an actor, designer or director. There is also a question on Live Theatre.  

Component 1 end piece started in June of Term 3

Year 11 Key topics

  • Component 1: Performed just before Late Term Break. Portfolio handed in after Late Term Break
  • Component 2: Perform to visiting examiner in March Term 2
  • Component 3: Mock Paper sat in January of Term 2 and Final Paper sat in May of Term 3

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of  papers: 1 Component 3

Duration of each paper: 90 minutes

Coursework: Component 1 Portfolio

Section A: War Horse.

Short and longer answer questions as an actor, director or designer.

Section B: Choice of 2 questions on Live Theatre.

Examples of Stimuli for Component 1

The 4 stimulus materials for 2018 for Component 1 were:

1: Quote, ‘It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen’ ‘1984’, Chapter 1 by George Orwell

2: Song, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’, by Joni Mitchell

3: Picture, The Scream Edvard Munch

4:  Statement, Who Am I?

English Language & English Literature

  • Department: English Language & English Literature
  • Head of Department: Mr Robin Aldridge
  • Team:
    • Ms Jessica Shenton
    • Mr Rory Allen
    • Mrs Amanda Lingen
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA
    • A Level: AQA B

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • HT1: Writing about myself; Poetry of childhood
  • HT2: ‘Trash’ by Andy Mulligan
  • HT3: ‘Warhorse’ play by Michael Morpurgo
  • HT4: Unseen non-fiction – animal issues
  • HT5: Reading and writing skills for Summer exams
  • HT6: Heroes and villains in Shakespeare’s plays

Year 8 Key topics

  • HT1: The Gothic in literature
  • HT2: Poetry of the Romantic period
  • HT3: Shakespearean comedy
  • HT4: Shakespearean comedy
  • HT5:Travel writing
  • HT6: Newspaper project

Year 9 Key topics

  • Term 1: GCSE c.19th novel: A Christmas Carol
  • Term 2: GCSE Shakespeare study: ‘The Merchant of Venice’ or ‘Macbeth’
  • Term 3: GCSE Poetry study – anthology, ‘Power and Conflict’

Key Stage 4 Overview

Girls will study for GCSE English Language and the majority will also study for GCSE English Literature.

The skills of English Language – Reading, comprehension, evaluative analysis, writing across a variety of modes – will underpin all units and be practised regularly within textual study.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Literature modern text: ‘An Inspector Calls’ by J.B. Priestley
  • Literature Shakespeare text: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
  • Literature poetry: AQA Anthology ‘Power and Conflict’

Year 11 Key topics

  • Literature c.19th text: ‘The curious case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ by R.L. Stevenson
  • Examination practice.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

English Language Paper 1:

Explorations in creative reading and writing, 105 minutes

    • Reading: 4 questions responding to an unseen piece of fiction writing;
    • Writing: 1 extended creative writing response

English Language Paper 2:

Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives, 105 minutes

    • Reading: 4 questions responding to two unseen pieces of non-fiction writing, including 1 from c.19th.
    • Writing: 1 extended transactional piece of non-fiction writing

English Literature Paper 1:

Shakespeare and the c.19thnovel, 105 minutes

    • 1 question on ‘Romeo & Juliet’, linking an unseen passage from the play to the play as a whole
    • 1 question on ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, linking an unseen passage from the novel to the text as a whole

English Literature Paper 2:

Modern texts and Poetry, 135 minutes

    • 1 question on ‘An Inspector Calls’, focusing on the whole play
    • 1 question comparing a named poem from the ‘Power and Conflict’ anthology to a second poem from the anthology chosen by the student
    • 1 question on an unseen poem
    • 1 question linking a second unseen poem to the first unseen poem. 

A separate, optional ‘Spoken Language endorsement’ is also available to girls; this comprises a 10-15 assessed presentation to the class. This carries zero marks towards either GCSE qualification but is a separate non-exam assessment.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

The Food Preparation and Nutrition GCSE will help you to develop a greater understanding of nutrition, food provenance and the working characteristics of food materials. You will learn about food from around the world, through the study of British and international culinary traditions as well as developing an understanding of where food comes from (food provenance) and the challenges surrounding food security. You will master culinary skills and appreciate the science behind food and cooking. This is an exciting and creative course which will allow you to demonstrate your practical skills and make connections between theory and practice.

Head of Creative Arts & Technologies Faculty: Mr James Millichamp j.millichamp@shr.gdst.net

Team:  Mrs Julia Viani

Examination Board and GCSE Title: AQA Food Preparation and Nutrition 8585

Aims

This is a GCSE course with a strong practical focus. You will master a variety of technical skills and become proficient in the kitchen. In addition, you will develop an in-depth knowledge of food science, food safety, food choice, nutrition and health. You will also develop transferable skills such as:

  • Analysis
  • Evaluation
  • Communication skills
  • Working independently
  • Time management
  • The ability to interpret information and data.

Course Content

Food preparation skills – these are intended to be integrated into the five sections:

  1. Food, nutrition and health
  2. Food science
  3. Food safety
  4. Food choice
  5. Food provenance

Method of Study

Task 1: Food Investigation
Students demonstrate understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients.
Task 2: Food Preparation Assessment
Students gain knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to the planning, preparation, cooking, presentation of food and application of nutrition related to the chosen task.  Students will prepare, cook and present a final menu of three dishes within a single period of no more than three hours, planning in advance how this will be achieved.                                                                                                                              Paper 1: Theoretical knowledge of food preparation and nutrition from Sections 1 to 5.

Method of Assessment

Task 1: Written or electronic report (1,500–2,000 words) including photographic evidence of the practical investigation. 30 marks (Non-examined assessment) 15% of GCSE.
Task 2: Written or electronic portfolio including photographic evidence. Photographic evidence of the three final dishes must be included. 70 marks (Non-examined assessment) 35% of GCSE.
Paper 1: Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes. 100 marks 50% of GCSE.

Careers

Agricultural engineering, catering, farming, food production and packaging, food scientist, chef, publishing and journalism, service industry (restaurants, hotels, bars, eateries, cafés), nutrition.

 

French

  • Department: French
  • Head of Department: Mrs Geraldine Irvine
  • Team:
    • Mrs Jane Atkins
    • Mrs Jo Orgill
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA
    • A Level: AQA
    • CLB – Institute of Linguists

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Introductions
  • Classroom Language
  • Family and home
  • Dates and birthdays
  • Clothes
  • Describing people
  • Weather
  • Sport and hobbies
  • The Town where you live
  • School

Year 8 Key topics

  • Shops
  • Food
  • Money and prices
  • School (extended)
  • Talking about the past
  • Restaurants and cafés
  • Fashion and colours
  • Parts of the body and illness
  • Making plans to go out
  • Describing an event in the past

Year 9 Key topics

  • Places of interest
  • Tourist and travel information
  • Talking about what you have done
  • Leisure
  • Education and future plans
  • Jobs and employment
  • Healthy living
  • Holidays

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics

Students prepare for AQA GCSE French

Grammar and linguistic structures are included in the scheme of work and are taught through topics

The skills needed for the GCSE exam (listening and reading comprehension, role plays etc. for the speaking test, different types of writing tasks) are covered through the course.

  • Describe yourself and others
  • Countries and nationalities
  • Family life and relationships
  • Festivals and celebrations
  • Town
  • Directions
  • Transport
  • Compare life in the town and countryside
  • Travel and describe a journey
  • Future plans
  • Staying with a family
  • Describe a home and rooms
  • School life
  • Compare the present and the past
  • Interne and technology
  • Food and Drink

Year 11 Key topics

Students have regular small-group conversation lessons with the French assistante.

  • Free time, music, sport, television and cinema
  • Holidays and travel
  • Hotels and tourist information
  • Weather and climate
  • Health
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking
  • Exams and future plans for education
  • Work experience and jobs
  • Further education and career
  • Pocket money and part-time jobs
  • Marriage and future plans
  • World problems and humanitarian work
  • Climate change and natural disasters
  • Pollution
  • Everyday behaviour and the environment
  • Problems in cities
  • Voluntary work and charity

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Four exams:

  • Listening  45 mins
  • Speaking  10-12 mins (with class teacher)
  • Reading    1 hr
  • Writing     1 hr 15 mins

These are the times for Higher level papers, Foundation level papers are slightly shorter.

Each exam is worth 25% of the total grade

Geography

  • Department: Geography
  • Head of Department: Mrs Kimberley Anderson
  • Team:
    • Mr Jon High
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA
    • A Level: AQA

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Maps and Places.
  • Pride Hill Investigation
  • Site and Urban Structure
  • The UK and Weather
  • Tectonics
  • Rivers
  • Examination

Year 8 Key topics

  • Carding Mill Valley Fieldwork Coasts
  • Brazil – A Newly Emerging Economy
  • Population and Resources
  • The Geological Timescale

Year 9 Key topics

  • Development.
  • Ghana – A Low Income Country.
  • GCSE Start.
  • Living with the Physical Environment.
  • Hazards:
  • Tectonics
  • Weather
  • Causes and Impacts of Climate Change

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10 Key topics

Geographical Skills are integrated throughout the course.

  • Living with the Physical Environment (Continued).
  • The Living World. Ecosystems. Tropical Rainforests and deserts.
  • UK Physical Landscapes: Coasts.
  • Physical Fieldwork:
    • Evaluation of effectiveness of Groynes north of Barmouth.
    • UK Physical Landscapes: Rivers
  • Challenges in the Urban Environment:
    • Urban issues

Year 11 Part 1 Key topics

  • Human Fieldwork:
    • Is Shrewsbury a Clone Town?
  • Changes in the Economic world:
    • Economic Development. The Development Gap
  • The Challenge of Resource Management
    • Overview of resources and water specifically.

Year 11 Part 2 Key topics

  • Preparation for Paper 3
  • Issue Evaluation paper pre-release in March.
  • Skills Unit.
  • Examination Preparation

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Four exams:

3 Papers

Paper 1: 90 mins Living with the Physical Environment.

Paper 2: 90 minutes: Challenges in the Human environment.

Paper 3: Geographical Applications and skills.

German

  • Department: French
  • Head of Department: Mrs Geraldine Irvine
  • Team:
    • Mrs Jane Atkins
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA
    • A Level: AQA

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Introducing and giving information about self
  • Introducing and giving information about  family and pets
  • Describing  school and giving opinions
  • Describing  hobbies and interests, including frequency expressions
  • Describing  daily routines

Year 8 Key topics

  • House, rooms and furniture. Describing a dream home
  • Food and drink preferences. Healthy eating
  • Town and region
  • Describing events using past tense
  • Going out
  • Clothes and fashion

Year 9 Key topics

  • Descriptions
  • Festivals
  • Staying with a German family- describing journeys in past tense, discussing household rules and daily routine
  • Illness
  • Lost property

Key Stage 4 Overview

The GCSE course is comprised of three themes:

  • Identity and culture
  • Local, national and global areas of interest
  • Current and future study and employment

The skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking are tested separately.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Family and friendship
  • Marriage and partnership
  • Social media
  • Mobile technology
  • Music
  • Cinema and TV
  • sport
  • Food and health
  • Travel and tourism

Year 11 Key topics

  • House and home
  • Town and neighbourhood
  • Environment
  • Social problems
  • School life
  • Careers
  • Voluntary work

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of  papers    3

Duration of each paper:

  • speaking-12 minutes,
  • writing -1 hour 15 minutes
  • reading – 1 hour
  • listening- 50 minutes

Any coursework? None

History

  • Department: History and Politics
  • Head of Department: Miss Emma Davies
  • Team:
    • Mr Joe Allan
    • Mr Christian McCarthy
    • Ms Jo Sharrock
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Edexcel
    • A Level History: AQA
    • A Level Politics: Edexcel

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Life in Medieval times
  • Thomas Beckett
  • Magna Carta
  • Peasants Revolt
  • Black Death

Year 8 Key topics

  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • The Civil War
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Slavery

Year 9 Key topics

  • The First World War
  • How Women got the vote
  • Nazi Germany
  • The Holocaust
  • The Second World War

Key Stage 4 Overview

Students study a range of topics from medieval to 20th century in order to learn and understand a wide selection of History.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Crime and Punishment 1000-present day
  • Russia 1917-1941.

Year 11 Key topics

  • The Cold War 1941-1991
  • Richard and John 1189-1216.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of  papers 3

Duration of each paper:

  • Paper 1: 1hr 15 min
  • Paper 2: 1hr 45 min
  • Paper 3: 1hr 20 min

Any coursework? No

Latin

  • Department: Latin
  • Head of Department: Mrs Di Birt
  • Team:
    • Dr John Godwin
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Eduqas
    • A Level : OCR

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

The basics of Latin grammar – nominative, accusative and dative cases, present, imperfect and perfect tense verbs are all introduced using the Cambridge Latin Couse. Roman life topics such the house, food, life in Pompeii, entertainment such as the theatre and gladiators, Roman attitudes to life after death.

Year 8 Key topics

Building on what was studied in Y7, and continuing with the Cambridge Latin Course, we add in infinitives, modal verbs, the pluperfect tense, relative clauses, and agreement of adjectives. For the cultural topics we look at Roman baths, education and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius which destroyed Pompeii. We then move onto Roman Britain and look at the way Britons lived, the conquest and life in Roman Britain.

Year 9 Key topics

We continue to use the Cambridge Latin Course which provides engaging stories by which to learn the language and the background. Much of Y9 is consolidation although there is also the genitive and vocatives case, the imperative mood and present participles. This provides a good basis for those who wish to continue with Latin to GCSE. Cultural topics are life in Roman Alexandria which brings in the Greek background. Girls who wish to take up Greek may begin with extra-curricular classes in Y9 or before if an interest is expressed.

Key Stage 4 Overview

The course is comprised of three papers – one language and two literature.

The language work builds on what has been done in Y7-9 as well as adding in more work on participles and learning how to express purpose, results, indirect questions and commands.

The first literature paper is begun round about February half term and is probably the first time the students have read ‘real Latin.’ The current topic for this paper is A Day at the Races, an accessible topic which has a variety of extracts from Latin authors. Once Y10 is completed, the vast majority of grammar has been completed, allowing for plenty of practice and consolidation in Y11.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Component 1- the language paper.
  • Component 2 – Roman literature and sources – A Day at the Races
  • NB Literature examinations are Open Book.

Year 11 Key topics

  • Component 1 – language paper. Component 2 will be completed around the middle of the autumn term.
  • Component 3A – Narratives paper – a continuous narrative from a Roman author.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of  papers    3

Duration of each paper:

  • Component 1 – 90 mins
  • Component 2 – 75 mins
  • Component 3A – 60 mins

Any coursework? None

Mathematics

  • Department: Mathematics
  • Head of Department: Mrs Jacqueline Mills
  • Team:
    • Mrs Clare Read
    • Miss Stacey Everton
    • Ms Jan Cook
    • Mrs Gemma Rumford-Warr
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Edexcel Higher or Foundation
    • A Level : Edexcel

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

A variety of topics covering all aspects of Maths. Examples are:

  • Equations
  • sets
  • angles on parallel lines
  • numeracy
  • probability
  • sequences
  • displaying data

Year 8 Key topics

A variety of topics covering all aspects of Maths.

Examples are:

  • circumference and area of a circle
  • volume of a prism
  • expanding brackets
  • percentages
  • ratio
  • angles in polygons

Year 9 Key topics

We begin the GCSE course.

Topics this year include:

  • Transformations
  • equations
  • averages
  • y=mx+c
  • standard form
  • indices
  • factorising
  • probability
  • quadratic & cubic graphs
  • trigonometry

Key Stage 4 Overview

Continuation of the GCSE course, including all aspects of Maths and also applying topics to questions involving  Maths in unfamiliar contexts. Exam preparation begins, with plenty of past paper style questions & past paper practice. The end of the course involves lots of revision as well as exam practice.

Year 10 Key topics

Topics include:

  • Sequences
  • Loci
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • arc length & sector area
  • probability
  • pyramids cones & spheres
  • quadratic equations
  • proportion

Year 11 Key topics

Topics include:

  • Sine & cosine rule
  • surds
  • transforming graphs
  • histograms
  • circle theorems
  • vectors
  • Venn diagrams
  • proof
  • quadratic inequalities

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

There are three papers, each one and a half hours, the first is non-calculator, whilst the second & third are both calculator.

Most girls take Higher Tier, with some opting to take Foundation.

Music

  • Department: Music
  • Head of Department: Mr Chris Bunn
  • Team:
    • Mr Dominic Neville
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: Edexcel 
    • A Level : Edexcel

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

Music studied in ks3 through practical performing, composing and listening/appraising.

  • Basic literacy
  • Performing in class – singing, keyboards, classroom instruments, orchestral instruments.  Two major concerts and carol service.
  • Elements of music – pitch, rhythm, sonority
  • Composition in pairs and groups.
  • Variation and ostinato structures
  • Genres – fanfare, march, dances
  • Gamelan Music
  • Medieval Music

Year 8 Key topics

  • Performing – singing, further keyboards, classroom orchestra with own instruments
  • Composing with Sibelius software
  • Elements of Music – harmony and chord work, structures.
  • Song writing
  • Blues and Jazz music
  • Wider listening questions over range of differing styles.
  • African drumming
  • World Music
  • Compound time
  • Folk Music and dance

Year 9 Key topics

  • Performing – part singing, further keyboards, classroom orchestra with own instruments.
  • Further wider listening
  • Composition, leading into Edexcel GCSE topic preparation.
  • Programme music, night music
  • Motifs in composition
  • Improvisation
  • 32 bar pop song writing
  • 20th century styles – impressionism, minimalism
  • Film Music
  • Songs from musicals
  • Samba
  • Use of Sibelius software

Key Stage 4 Overview

Performing 30% – one recorded solo and one ensemble, preferably grade 5 +, performed after September 1st in year 11

Composing 30% – two compositions, one to a brief set by Edexcel at the start of year 11.

Listening/Appraising 40% – eight set works in four areas of study: instrumental music, vocal music, stage and screen, fusions.  Study of wider listening pieces related to the set works, chosen by staff and students.

Year 10 Key topics

  • Basic composition techniques and a number of short pieces or extracts.  Summer term, choose and complete most of free composition option.
  • Performing experience, solo and ensemble, inside and mainly outside the class room.
  • Familiarisation of all set works through annotating scores, performing and basic listening questions and comparisons

Year 11 Key topics

  • Complete composition brief set by Edexcel.  Complete, edit and record free composition.
  • Record all solo and ensemble performances.
  • Revisit all set works with practice papers and listening comparisons.  Essay practice.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

One Listening/Appraising Examination 1 hour 45 minutes, with recordings and question paper  40%

Performing Coursework 30%

Composing coursework 30%

Physics

  • Department: Physics
  • Head of Department: Mr Tony Pyle
  • Team:
    • Mrs Sally Gallivan
    • Dr Liz Richardson
    • Mr Stephen Palmer
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA Triple and Double Award 
    • A Level : OCR A

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

  • Energy
  • Forces
  • Magnetism Electromagnetism
  • Space

Year 8 Key topics

  • Circuits
  • Density
  • Pressure
  • Waves and sound
  • The electromagnetic spectrum  and its uses
  • Energy resources

Year 9 Key topics

The GCSE starts in Y9

  • Forces and motion
  • Energy types
  • Energy resources
  • Material properties
  • Circuits
  • Thermal physics

Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE study in physics provides the foundations for understanding the material world. Scientific understanding is changing our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all students should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. They should be helped to appreciate how the complex and diverse phenomena of the natural world can be described in terms of a small number of key ideas relating to the sciences which are both inter-linked, and are of universal application.

Year 10 Key topics

  • As above (Y9) plus
  • Atomic structure and Radioactivity.
  • Wave properties and the electromagnetic spectrum.
  • Electrical circuits and component properties.
  • Moments and stability.
  • The particles model of matter and the gas laws.
  • Thermal physics.

Year 11 Key topics

  • The generator effect, motors and transformers.
  • Domestic electricity.
  • Fission and fusion.
  • Space physics.
  • Momentum, forces and braking.
  • Pressure and gas laws.
  • Lenses and the eye.

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Number of  papers – 2

Duration of each paper double award – 1h 15m

Duration of each paper triple award – 1h 45m

Any coursework? No

Double award – 8 required practical are covered during the course and the knowledge of these is examined in the general exam papers

Triple award – 10 required practical are covered during the course and the knowledge of these is examined in the general exam papers

Physical Education

  • Department: PE
  • Head of Department: Mrs Sian Fenner
  • Team:
    • Mrs Michelle Reece
    • Mrs Ceri Anthony
    • Mrs Rachel Sadd
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key Sports

Autumn/Spring terms

  • Dance
  • Tag rugby
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Swimming

Summer term

  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket

Year 8 Key Sports

Autumn/Spring terms

  • Dance
  • Tag rugby
  • Gymnastics
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Swimming

Summer term

  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket

Year 9 Key Sports

Autumn/Spring terms

  • Lacrosse
  • Tag rugby
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Fitness
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Personal Survival

Summer term

  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket

Key Stage 4 Overview

GCSE Physical Education

60% theory, 40% NEA. 

NEA

3 practical performances: 1 team sport, 1 individual sport and 1 choice of either. 30% of the final grade

1 piece of coursework: Analysis and Evaluation on a performance (written or verbal). 10% of the final grade. 

Theory

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

Paper 1: Human Body and Movement in Physical Activity and Sport

Paper 2: Socio-cultural Influences and Well-being in Physical Activity and Sport

Each paper is worth 30% of final grade

Duration of each paper 75 minutes

Year 10: Main units/topics GCSE PE

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Commercialism of sport
  • Ethical issues
  • Health and fitness
  • Use of data 

Year 11: Main units/topics GCSE PE

  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • Cardio respiratory
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Short and long term effects of exercise
  • Movement analysis
  • Sports injuries
  • Physical Training

Year 10 Key Sports

Autumn/Spring terms

  • Life saving
  • Badminton
  • Hockey
  • Tag rugby
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Fitness
  • Invasion Games

Summer term

  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket

Year 11 Key Sports

Lessons have an element of choice with options including:

  • Anytime Fitness (weekly cost)
  • Rowing (yearly cost)
  • Badminton
  • Fitness
  • Volleyball
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Table tennis
  • Rounders
  • Tennis 

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

  • Department: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics
  • Head of Department: Mrs Carla Tonks
  • Team:
    • Mrs Charlotte Adams
  • Exam boards:
    • GCSE: AQA – Christianity and Buddhism
    • A Level : Edexcel – Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and New Testament Studies

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7 Key topics

3 lessons per fortnight

The theme for this year is “Asking Big Questions”. With a foundation in World Faiths as a transition topic, students will then explore questions about creation beliefs, the figure of Jesus and Messiahship, an investigation into the resurrection before contrasting this with the figure of Guru Nanak in the summer term.

Year 8 Key topics

3 lessons per fortnight

The theme for this year focuses upon “Narrative and Faith”. Introduction to key beliefs and narrative within Judaism, Islam and Hinduism. Students will also work on a project for the Spirited Arts national competition.

Year 9 Key topics

2 lessons per fortnight

This year links to our GCSE studies and also to move towards KS4 themes.

  • Introduction to Ethics –Prejudice and Discrimination.
  • Introduction to Philosophy – Why do people suffer and what do we mean by the term “God”?
  • Introduction to Buddhism.

Key Stage 4 Overview

We study the AQA GCSE with a focus upon Christianity and Buddhism. The GCSE Religious Studies A specification offers a range of faith-specific options and a variety of relevant and contemporary themes, ensuring a diverse choice of intriguing subjects to explore and discuss.

Students will learn how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture, and develop valuable skills that will help prepare them for further study. Exam skills and practice built across both years.

Webpage – http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/religious-studies/gcse/religious-studies-a-8062

Year 10 Key topics

Paper 1 – Study of Religions

  • Christian beliefs and practices
  • Buddhist beliefs

Paper 2 – Thematic Studies

  • Human Relationships
  • Religion and Life

Year 11 Key topics

Paper 1 – Study of Religions

  • Buddhist practices

Paper 2 – Thematic Studies

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Peace and Conflict

Structure of exam paper for GCSE

2 examination papers – no coursework.

Each paper has 50% weighting and same command words/structure.

Paper 1 – Study of Religions: 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 2 – Thematic Studies: 1 hour 45 minutes

Spanish

  • Department: Spanish
  • Head of Department: Mrs Geraldine Irvine
  • Team
    • Miss Elsa Varas Solana
  • Exam boards: GCSE & A Level- AQA

With 500 million speakers worldwide and given that almost every country in South America
has Spanish as its native tongue, it is clear to see why Spanish is such an important language
internationally. The ability to speak Spanish is not only extremely desirable from an
employment point of view, but is valuable when travelling to a number of exotic locations
globally. Through opting to study Spanish at GCSE you will learn about the culture of not
only Spain, but also the Hispanic countries of South America.

Aims

By studying Spanish you will learn to understand a wide range of listening and reading texts and be
able to translate from and into the target language. In addition, you will learn to speak confidently
and to write accurately, both of which are invaluable skills when you travel abroad or work in a field
that requires knowledge of a second language.

Course Content

There are three themes in the GCSE course:

  1. Identity and Culture (self, family, leisure, media, technology).
  2. Local, national and international issues (social and global issues, travel and tourism).
  3. Studying and Employment (school, education, career choices and ambitions).

Method of Study

As at KS3, you will learn to understand the language through listening and reading exercises, and
to write and speak the language by studying its structures and vocabulary. You will also have
conversation practice with our foreign language assistant, so that you will develop confidence when
speaking Spanish.

Method of Assessment

Four tests at the end of Year 11:

1.Listening comprehension (Higher Tier 45 minutes, Foundation Tier 35 minutes).

2. Reading comprehension (Higher Tier 1 hour, Foundation Tier 45 minutes).

3. Speaking test – This test is taken with your class teacher. (Higher Tier 10-12 minutes, Foundation Tier 7-9 minutes).

4. Writing test (Higher Tier 1 hour 15 minutes, Foundation Tier 1 hour).

Students at Shrewsbury High School usually take Higher Tier papers, but some may take Foundation
Tier.

Careers

Whatever you do later in life, knowledge of a foreign language is a valuable skill. You might decide to
work in a field where languages are essential, such as the diplomatic service or interpreting.
Languages are well-respected when you apply to university; languages (modern and classical) are on
the list of “facilitating subjects” for the Russell Group of universities (subjects that these universities
like their applicants to have). Studying a language will open very many doors!

To download the 2022-2024 GSCE subjects document, please click here: SHS GCSE Course 2022-4

Points to consider when making your GCSE option choices:

If you are not sure about your future career or choice of A Levels, keep your options open by choosing a balanced course.

Do what you are good at. Talk to members of staff who teach you about your ability to cope with a particular subject.

It may be possible to take up certain subjects again at A Level without having done them at GCSE, such as Art, Religious Studies, Geography and History, for example. Check with the subject staff concerned.

NB:

  • Students are no longer required to take a language at GCSE.
  • All students will have compulsory PSHE lessons once a fortnight.
  • All students have compulsory PE lessons.