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English

Language & Literature

Keystage 3

In each of these Units of work we look at aspects of writing, reading and speaking and listening that relate directly to the KS4 programme of study and the Entry Level, Functional Skills and GCSE Examinations all pupils will sit during KS4. In addition, every unit of work will also include a focus on basic literacy skills to ensure pupils ‘catch up’ and can read and communicate as best they can, in English and all other subject areas.

In Year 7 we will use our baseline assessments during the Autumn term to identify particular areas of strengths and weaknesses and on this basis we ‘set’ our English groups so that pupils have the best chance of a curriculum and content that matches their needs.

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Year 7

Autumn - Identity, Cultures and Festivals

Spring - Fiction, Texts in the 21st Century

Summer - Heroes & Villains, Our World

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Year 8

Autumn - Media & Moving Image, Writing for Living

Spring - Fiction, Texts from History

Summer - Dangerous Games, Men and Women

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Year 9

Autumn - Fiction,  Christmas Carol

Spring - War, Media & News

Summer - Ann Frank, Gaming

Keystage 4

We know that Years 10 and 11 can bring many changes and it is even possible that pupils will be attending alternative provision that best suits them before the end of Year 11. Therefore, we start in Year 10 with Entry Level qualifications and build up to Functional Skills if appropriate.

For some of our students we will also be offering GCSE English qualifications – which will end in June of Year 11 when they sit the 2 GCSE English exam papers and receive their results like any other school in the country during August.

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Autumn

Transactional Writing

Non Fiction Texts

Short Stories

Language & Structure

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Spring

Comparison & Evaluation

Jekyll & Hyde, Frankenstein

Transactional Writing

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Summer

Texts from History

Revision

 
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Mathematics

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The purpose of mathematics at Hunters Hill is to develop:

  • a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world,
  • confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills,
  • an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately,
  • initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others,
  • an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life,
  • an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

 

Breadth of Study

Through careful planning and preparation we aim to ensure that throughout the school our students are given opportunities for:

  • practical activities and mathematical games,
  • problem solving,
  • individual, group and whole class discussions and activities,
  • open and closed tasks,
  • a range of methods of calculating eg. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator,
  • working with computers as a mathematical tool.

Through our creative curriculum approach we also seek to explore and utilise further opportunities to use and apply mathematics across all subject areas.

Student’s class work is assessed continually through;

  • regular marking
  • analysing
  • questioning
  • discussion
  • plenaries

This is used to inform future planning and teaching. Lessons are adapted readily and short term planning is evaluated.

In Key Stage 4 we offer every student the opportunity to sit 3 Functional Skills exams per academic year, from Entry Level 1 through to Functional Skills Level 2. With the aspiration that some students will then continue to work towards attaining GCSE qualifications.

 
 
 
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Science

Biology, Chemistry & Physics

 We consider the Science department to be forward thinking, cohesive and dynamic and we are committed to raising standards and streamlining practice. We recognise the need to prepare young people for the world of work and so strive to make our teaching styles relevant and accessible.

 Aim

The aim of the Science Department is to encourage inquisitive minds to investigate the world and beyond; to broaden horizons and inspire creativity; to encourage development of ideas and through hands on experience, enable students to acquire knowledge and a range of skills which are real and relevant to take through life and support future careers.

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Key Stage 3 

  All students will focus on science skills, known as both “How Science Works” and “Working Scientifically”. The curriculum is based on the English National Curriculum, however, sometimes we will focus on some topics in more detail. This will help to support students to achieve accreditation in science during KS4.  Our curriculum is linked to the whole school theme and we use the theme as one way of scaffolding our learning as well as allowing us to put science into to some real world contexts.

Some of the topics taught include:

  • Cells, Tissues, Organs and Systems
  • Acids and Alkalis
  • Energy and Fuels
  • Ecosystems
  • The Periodic Table
  • Earth and Space

Key Stage 4

In years 9, 10 and 11 all students are aiming to achieve an accreditation in Science.  From September 2017 students will embark on the AQA Entry Level Certificate with students working towards the double award. 

The course comprises of six components:

  • The human body
  • Environment, evolution and inheritance
  • Elements, mixtures and compounds
  • Chemistry in our world
  • Energy, forces and the structure of matter
  • Electricity, magnetism and waves

Each component is assessed by a short written test and a short piece of practical task.

In year 11 students have the option of completing a single Science GCSE award.