Key Stage 3

Ensuring effective education

The Leigh UTC is an IB World School delivering the Middle Years Programme (MYP). IB World Schools are those that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the Leigh UTC believes is important for our students.

IB Learner Profile

The MYP focuses on developing 10 qualities (the IB learner profile) in our students. These attributes are: inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced and reflective.

IB Learner Profile Cogs

Key Stage 3 Subject Information

Language & Literature (English)

Module 1

Transition: Short Stories

  • Writing creatively
  • Study of characters in literature
  • What makes an engaging character?

Writing Mastery

ATL: Thinking – Creative Thinking

Assessment Criteria: BCD

Module 2

Frankenstein

  • Victorian Literature
  • Debate – morality of actions
  • Character analysis
  • Creating settings
  • Creating characters
  • Debate

Writing Mastery

ATL: Communication Skills

Assessment Criteria: D

Module 3

Novel Study: Soldier Dog

  • WW1 context
  • Propaganda
  • Critical analysis of characters and their narrative.
  • Debate

Writing Mastery

ATL: Thinking Skills

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 4

Novel Study: Soldier Dog

  • WW1 context
  • Propaganda
  • Critical analysis of characters and their narrative.
  • Debate

Writing Mastery

ATL: Thinking Skills

Assessment Criteria: AC

Module 5

Poetry Study: Culture

  • What is culture? 
  • Exploring poetic techniques. 
  • Considering the impacts of different contexts on meaning. 
  • Debate

Writing Mastery

ATL: Social Skills

Assessment Criteria: BD

Module 6

Spoken Language:

  • Study of famous and engaging speeches
  • What makes a speech effective
  • Persuasive language
  • Debate

Writing Mastery

ATL Communication

Assessment Criteria: CD

Mathematics

Module 1

Making generalisations about the number system: the grammar of written calculations

  • Place value
  • Axiom & Arrays
  • Factors & Multiples
  • Order of Operations

ATL: Self-management – Organisation

Assessment Criteria: A

Module 2

Making generalisations about the number system: how positive negative number

  • Positive and Negative numbers
  • Expressions, Equations & Inequalities

ATL: Thinking skills – Critical thinking 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C

Module 3

2D Geometry – Classifying and constructing 2D shapes

  • Angles
  • Classifying 2D Shapes
  • Constructing triangles and quadrilaterals

ATL: Thinking skills – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: D

Module 4

Cartesian Planes

  • Coordinates
  • Area & Perimeter of 2D shapes
  • Transforming 2D figures

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: A

Module 5

Fractions

  • Prime factor decomposition
  • Conceptualising & Comparing Fractions

ATL: Communication; Research – Information Literacy

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C

Module 6

Ratio and Proportion

  • Ratio
  • Percentages

ATL: Thinking skills – Creative thinking

Assessment Criteria: D

Sciences

Module 1

Unit 1: Cells, structure & functions of body systems & reproduction

  • Cells, tissues & organs
  • Organ systems
  • Reproductive system

ATL: Self-management – reflection.

Assessment criteria: D

Module 2

Unit 2: Elements, atoms & compounds

  • Atomic structure
  • Particle models
  • Compound properties

ATL: Thinking skills – creative thinking.

Assessment criteria: A, B & C

Module 3

Unit 3: Forces

  • Effects of forces on objects
  • Contact & non-contact forces
  • Balanced forces

ATL:Communication skills

Assessment criteria: D

Module 4

Unit 4: Acids and Alkalis and Chemical Reactions

  • Chemical reaction vs physical change
  • Word equations
  • Endothermic & exothermic
  • Acids & alkalis: indicators
  • Neutralisation

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: A, B & C

Module 5

Unit 4: Acids and Alkalis and Chemical Reactions (continued)

  • Chemical reaction vs physical change
  • Word equations
  • Endothermic & exothermic
  • Acids & alkalis: indicators
  • Neutralisation

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: A, B & C

Module 6

Unit 5: Sound and Light

  • Waves
  • Loudness & pitch
  • Refraction
  • Colour

ATL: Research – information literacy

Assessment criteria: N/A

Individuals & Societies (Geography)

Modules 1-3

Where is our place in the world?

  • Understanding local and international geography including continents and exploration of Dartford. 
  • Understanding of population changes and analysis of these changes and the demographics within society. 
  • Understanding of the factors around migration and its consequences. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

What are the threats to our global landscapes?

  • Understanding of what a biome is and where the different biomes are in the world. 
  • Analysis of different biomes including deserts and rainforests. 
  • Examining their features and the threats posed against them. 
  • Exploring the potential solutions to those threats. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Individuals & Societies (History)

Modules 1-3

How much did England change after the Norman Conquest?

  • Overall understanding of what is History and its key concepts. 
  • Contextual history of England and its creation including Alfred the Great and the unification of the seven earldoms. 
  • Understanding of the events surrounding the Battle of Hastings. 
  • Understanding of the consequences of the Norman Conquest including key aspects such as the Feudal System, Religion and Castles. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

Was the Holy Land worth dying for?

  • Introduction to the Crusades
  • Understanding of key aspects of the two major faiths involved Christianity and Islam
  • Understanding of the reasons why people went on Crusade. 
  • Understanding of some of the key events surrounding the Crusade. 
  • Understanding of the consequences of the Crusades in the short term and the long term. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Language Acquisition (German)

Module 1

 Unit 1: My world and I

  • Introductions
  • Counting
  • Alphabet
  • Personality & characteristics

ATL: Critical thinking, Literacy, media literacy 

Assessment criteria:A, B

Module 2

Unit 2: Family and pets/animals

  • Introducing pets 
  • Describing family members
  • Talking about birthdays using ordinal numbers (first, twentieth, and so on)

ATL: Self-management – Affective, Communication

Assessment criteria: C, D

Module 3

Unit 3: Free time

  • Introducing sports activities 
  • Talking about leisure activities 
  • Talking about mobiles and computers 
  • Developing prediction strategies

ATL:  Self-management – Affective

Assessment criteria: B

Module 4

Unit 4: School

  • Introducing school subjects 
  • Talking about days and times 
  • Describing your teachers 
  • Talking about school facilities and rules 

ATL: Organisation

Assessment criteria: D

Module 5

Unit 5: My town / Holidays

  • Introducing places/things in my town
  • Saying what there is/isn’t in my town
  • Shopping (buying souvenirs)
  • Buying snacks and drinks 
  • Talking about holiday plans

ATL: Communication, Self-management Affective  

Assessment criteria: A,B, 

Module 6

Unit 6: 

  • Researching German-Speaking places 
  • Creating a tourist brochure 

ATL: Communication

Assessment criteria: C

Design (Digital Design & Product)

Module 1

Unit 1: Safety

Digital Design

  • E Safety
  • Digital Literacy
  • How to be safe online
  • Personal & Private information 
  • Data protection
  • Data collection

Product Design

  • H&S in workshop, 
  • Material theory 
    • Polymer theory
  • Manufacturing theory and application
  • Common Vacuum problems

ATL: Research skills (media literacy)

Assessment Criteria: A, B

Module 2

Unit 2: Networks

Digital Design

  • Keeping data secure and simple encryption techniques
  • The Internet
  • Connectivity
  • Topology
  • Computer network
  • Hardware for connecting devices to network
  • Wired & wireless connections
  • Bandwidth

Product Design

  • Paper theory
  • Six areas of packaging 
  • Graphics communication

ATL: Thinking skills (critical thinking)

Assessment Criteria: C & D

Module 3

Unit 3: Graphics

Digital Design

  • Manipulating graphics
  • Integration of graphics
  • Understanding house style colours
  • Creating storyboards
  • Moodboards

Product Design

  • Aerodynamics
  • Understanding Timber theory
  • Timber manufacturing
  • 2D freehand sketching
  • Foam modelling

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 4

Unit 4 – Mobile application

Digital Design

  • Intro to App Design
  • Home screen and navigation
  • Code the app using Javascript programming environment
  • How to store information (variables)

Product Design

  • Timber manufacturing
  • isometric drawing 
  • Finishing techniques on timber
  • Product Testing 

ATL: Thinking skills (creativity and innovation)

Assessment Criteria: C&D

Module 5

Unit 5 – Computational Thinking

Digital Design

  • Logical thinking
  • Abstractions
  • Decomposition
  • Algorithms
  • Flowchart and Pseudocode

Product Design

  • Designer research/analysis 
  • Tessellation
  • Scale of site
  • Modelling techniques with a range of materials  
  • Google sketch up
  • assembling components, finishing, 

ATL: Self-management skills (organisation)

Assessment Criteria: A & B

Module 6

Unit 6 – Coding Music with Scratch & Microbits

Digital Design

  • Coding Music with Scratch
  • Sequencing & selection
  • Iteration & loops
  • Create background music loop, play sounds over the background track in a loop
  • Create simple song using code
  • Create a short code with animation and original music

Product Design

  • Measuring and marking out, cutting, abrading, 
  • Google sketch-up
  • 3rd angle orthographic

ATL: Research skills (information literacy)

Assessment Criteria: C&D

Arts

Module 1-2

Project 1: Mark Making

  • The basics of Mark Making. 
  • Van Gogh’s Mark Making and drawings. 
  • Ink Drawings. 
  • Perspective Drawings and Vanishing Points. 
  • Collagraph. 
  • Monoprinting

ATL: Social – Collaboration

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 3-4

Project 2: Colour Theory

  • The colour wheel. 
  • Painting and mixing colours. 
  • Sonia Delaunay painting. 
  • Kandinsky music and colour. 
  • Range of media

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 5-6

Project 3: Tone and Form

  • What is Tone?
  • What is Form?
  • Still Life Drawings and Observational Drawings. 
  • Colour as Tone.
  • Lisa Morales Tonal Colour Collage.
  • Range of media

ATL: Research – information literacy

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Physical & Health Education

Module 1

Unit 1: Health and Fitness

  • Fitness testing 
  • Components of fitness
  • Training methods
  • Warm up and cool down 

ATL: Self- management- organisation & social- collaboration

Assessment criteria: A

Module 2

Unit  2: Winter Sports

  • Handball 
  • Basketball
  • Basic skills e.g. passing
  • Offensive and defensive movements

ATL: Social skills- collaboration

Assessment criteria: C

Module 3

Unit 3: Dance and Gymnastics 

  • Travel
  • Rotation
  • Balance

ATL: Social skills- collaboration and communication

Assessment criteria: B&D

Module 4

Unit 4: Outdoor and adventurous activity (OAA)

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership skills 

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: B&C

Module 5

Unit 5: Skills and techniques 

  • Volleyball (wet weather)
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Communication

ATL: Communication and thinking skills

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 6

Unit 6: Summer sports

  • Athletics
  • Cricket 
  • Rounders

ATL: Communication and thinking skills  

Assessment criteria: A

PSHE/Tutor Healthy Minds

Module 1

Being a UTC Learner

  • Learning Skills
  • Making Friends
  • Role Models
  • Target Setting

ATL: Self Management: Organisation – setting goals, manage materials.

Module 2

Having UTC Values

  • Learning Skills
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Communicating ideas

ATL: Social: Collaboration – listen to others, show empathy, respect and support, demonstrate leadership.

Module 3

Being part of a Community

  • Community: prejudice, discrimination and anti-bullying
  • Respectful relationships – respect and friendship
  • Peer pressure
  • Consent

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible, build consensus and resolve conflict

Module 4

My Future

  • The World of Work
  • Careers
  • Skills for Work

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible, build consensus and resolve conflict

Module 5

Being Balanced

  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Health Services
  • Drugs awareness (pharmaceutical drugs)
  • Families

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible and advocate for yourself.

Module 6

Staying Safe

  • Avoiding Risky Situations
  • Managing Peer Pressure
  • Puberty and Wellbeing
  • What is crime? 

ATL: Critical Thinking Skills – evaluate risks

Modules 1-3

Healthy Minds: Resilience Skills

  • Resilience and Positive Emotions
  • The Brain, Emotions and Thoughts
  • Introducing Gremlin Beliefs
  • Optimism and Evidence
  • WoBbLe
  • Resilience Planning

ATL: Self Management: Affective Skills – manage emotions, think positively, show resilience, be mindful.

Modules 4-6

Healthy Minds: Social Media Investigated (Media Navigator)

  • Introduction to Media Literacy and Social Media
  • Fantasy and Reality
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Social Media: Benefits
  • Identity

ATL: Self Management: Affective Skills – manage emotions, think positively, show resilience, be mindful. Research – Media Literacy Skills – be aware of media interpretation, choose personal viewing wisely

Language & Literature (English)

Module 1

Dystopian Writing

  • Creating setting conventions of dystopian fiction.
  • Dystopian writing as a means to challenge inequality.

Writing Mastery 

ATL: Research-Information Literacy

Assessment criteria: B,C,D

Modules 2-3

Novel Study: Bone Talk 

  • Conventions of historical fiction. 
  • Pre-Victorian era historical and social context- gender performance and consequences of empire. 
  • Using fact to create fiction.
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Communication Skills

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 4

Poetry study: Joy 

  • How poets use language to evoke a reader’s feelings. 
  • How poets use structure to create meaning. 
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Social skills

Assessment Criteria: A, C

Module 5

Drama Study: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Conventions of Shakespearean comedy. 
  • Elizabethan historical context: social hierarchy, gender performance and nobility.
  • Exploring how Shakespeare uses language to create imagery, characters and themes.
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery 

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: A, C (mod 5) & B, C (mod 6)

Module 6

Classic Literature Study: The Odyssey

  • Conventions of Classical Tragedy
  • Classical context: gender expectations, religious and cultural norms and heroism.
  • Debate. 

Writing Mastery

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: B, C (mod 6)

Mathematics

Module 1

Equations and inequalities

  • Sequences
  • Forming and solving equations
  • Forming and solving inequalities

ATL: Thinking Skills – Critical thinking

Assessment Criteria: A

Module 2

Graphical representations

  • Linear graphs
  • Accuracy and estimation

ATL: Thinking Skills – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: B, C

Module 3

Proportional reasoning

  • Ratio review
  • Real life graphs and rate of change
  • Direct and inverse proportion

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: D

Module 4

Representations and reasoning with data

  • Univariate data
  • Bivariate data

ATL: Communication; Research – information Literacy

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C

Module 5

Angles

  • Angles in polygons
  • Bearings

ATL: Thinking Skills – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: D

Module 6

Area, volume and surface area

  • Circles
  • Volume and surface area of prisms

ATL: Thinking skills – Creative thinking

Assessment Criteria: A, D

Sciences

Module 1

Unit 6: Electricity, magnetism and Energy

  • Current, potential difference, series and parallel circuits
  • Magnets, magnetic fields and electromagnets
  • Energy transfers – movement of heat

ATL: Thinking – Creative thinking; Research – Information literacy

Assessment criteria: D

Module 2

Unit 7: Periodic table, metals and acids

  • Metals, nonmetals, Groups, periods, Group 1, 7 and 0
  • Reactions of metals with oxygen and acid
  • Metal extraction
  • Types of materials, ceramics and polymers

ATL: Communication; self management – reflection

Assessment criteria: A

Module 3

Unit 8: Health and Lifestyle

  • Nutrients, food tests, being healthy/unhealthy and the digestive system
  • Drugs, alcohol and smoking.

ATL: Research; Thinking – Creative thinking

Assessment criteria: B & C

Module 4

Unit 9 : Separation techniques

  • Mixtures, solutions and solubility
  • Filtration, distillation, evaporation and Chromatography

ATL: Communication; Research

Assessment criteria: D

Module 5

Unit 10: Adaptations and Ecosystems

  • Photosynthesis and leaves
  • Respiration
  • Foodchains
  • Ecosystems
  • Plant life cycle

ATL: Self management – Organisational

Assessment criteria: A, B & C

Module 6

Unit 11: The Earth

  • Structure of the Earth
  • Atmosphere
  • Rocky Cycle
  • Carbon cycle
  • Climate change
  • Recycling

ATL: Communication; Self management

Assessment criteria: N/A

Individuals & Societies (Geography)

Modules 1-3

Where will our future energy supplies come from?

  • Understanding of plate tectonics including volcanoes and earthquakes. 
  • Exploring the responses to these different disasters.
  • Analysing the opportunities for energy resources as well as the challenges facing global energy at the moment. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

What causes flooding and how can we prevent it?

  • Understanding of the water cycle and the formation of rivers. 
  • Causes of flooding and its consequences
  • Analysis of the UK coastline and the threats posed to those areas. 
  • Understanding of the different strategies used to combat coastline flooding. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Individuals & Societies (History)

Modules 1-3

Why are the Tudors the most studied family in English Royal History?

  • Understanding of the origin of the Tudor family. 
  • Exploration of Henry VIII’s reign in particular his changes to the English Church
  • Analysis of his children and the impact they had on England at the times of their reign. 
  • Exploration of Tudor society and early modern life outside of the royal household. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

How revolutionary was the Industrial Revolution?

  • Understand what the Industrial Revolution was and the evidence for it. 
  • Exploration of the different causes of the Industrial Revolution. 
  • Exploration of the consequences of the Industrial Revolution. 
  • Evaluation of the changes such as working conditions and the right to vote. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Language Acquisition (German)

Module 1

Unit 1: Ferien / Holidays

  • Talking about what you did on holiday
  • Talking about how you travelled
  • Talking about the weather 
  • Talking about problems on holiday

ATL: Thinking – Critical thinking; Research – Media literacy

Assessment criteria: A, B

Module 2

Unit 2: Media 

  • Talking about films preferences 
  • Discussing screen times 
  • Understanding opinions and media reviews 

ATL: Self-management – Affective; Communication

Assessment criteria: C, D

Module 3

Unit 3: Health

  • Talking about typical breakfast 
  • Discussing traditional German food 
  • Understanding and using recipes 
  • Talking about healthy lifestyle 

ATL: Self-management – Affective

Assessment criteria: B

Module 4

Unit 4: School trips 

  • Understanding rules 
  • Discussing daily routines 
  • Understanding and giving directions 
  • Describing a festival 
  • Learning and writing about festivals in Switzerland 

ATL: Self-management – Organisation

Assessment criteria: D

Module 5

Unit 5: We are going out

  • Discussing clothing and style
  • Talking about plans for a date 
  • Talking about getting ready to go out 
  • Talking about how the date went 

ATL: Communication; Self management – Affective

Assessment criteria: A, B

Module 6

Unit 6: Project

  • Learning about a famous German brand 
  • Preparing a short presentation 

ATL: Communication

Assessment criteria: C

Design (Digital Design & Product)

Module 1

Unit 1: Intro to Python

Digital Design

  • Python as programming language
  • Input in Python
  • Strings and variables

Product Design

  • Polymer theory
  • Metal theory
  • Electronics theory
  • Mould and jig understanding
  • Vacuum forming
  • Production systems/manufacturing

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 2

Unit 2: Python 2

Digital Design

  • Numbers and arithmetic
  • Selection
  • Iteration 
  • While loops

Product Design

  • Understanding metal manufacturing 
  • Plastic manufacturing
  • CAD 2D design 
  • Modern manufacturing
  • Manufacturing circuits 
  • Market feedback

ATL: Social skills

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 3

Unit 3: Data Representation

Digital Design

  • Representations used to store, communicate, and 
  • Introducing units and conversion of units, kilo to mega.
  • Explain what binary digits (bits) are, in terms of familiar symbols such as digits or letters
  • Decimal to binary conversion

Product Design

  • Properties and characteristics of metal
  • Basic metal theory 
  • Stock forms
  • Metal hand tools
  • Metal machines 

ATL: Self-management (organisation)

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 4

Unit 4: Image and Sound representation

Digital Design

  • Understanding Pixels 
  • Program microbit using  selection to show dots on the display to represent the numbers, looking like the dots on each face of real dice, depending on which random number was generated.
  • Program a watch, converting decimal into binary

Product Design

  • Manufacturing techniques 
  • Metal finishing 
  • Metal turning  lathe 
  • Tap and die process
  • Marking out on metal
  • Dip coating finishing

ATL: Research skills (information literacy)

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 5

Unit 5: Spreadsheet Modelling

Digital Design

  • Data manipulation methods
  • Importing data, e.g. from other files, the internet
  • Formulae, e.g. add, divide, subtract, multiply
  • Decision-making functions, e.g. IF, WHATIF, SUMIF
  • Big data

Product Design

  • Mechanisms 
  • Timber joining methods
  • Client identification
  • Designing for a client

ATL: Research skills (media)

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 6

Unit 6: Financial Dashboards on Spreadsheet

Digital Design

  • Dashboards
  • Collecting, presenting & interpreting data
  • Drawing conclusions based on the data
  • Appropriate presentation methods
  • Graphs/charts, including dynamic charts/graphs
  • Use appropriate presentation features

Product Design

  • Card modelling 
  • Timber manufacturing )
  • Marking out tools

ATL: Thinking skills (creativity and innovation)

Assessment criteria: C&D

Arts

Module 1-2

Project 1: Pattern

  • Cultural patterns.
  • Mandalas patterns. 
  • William Morris
  • Day of the dead textiles. 

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 3-4

Project 2: Comic Books

  • Proportions of the body. 
  • Proportions of the face. 
  • Expressions and emotions. 
  • Visually communicating a story. 
  • Drawing a comic book! 

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 5-6

Project 3: Typography

  • Words in Art. 
  • Bob and Roberta Smith.
  • Communicating a message visually.
  • Promoting your point of view. 
  • Effective Posters. 

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Physical & Health Education

Module 1

Unit 1: Health and Fitness

  • Fitness testing 
  • Components of fitness
  • Training methods
  • Body systems 

ATL: Research – information literacy; social – collaboration skills 

Assessment criteria: A

Module 2

Unit  2: Winter Sports

  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Perspectives
  • Transferable skills

ATL: Thinking – critical thinking

Assessment criteria:  C

Module 3

Unit 3: Dance and Gymnastics 

  • Movement patterns
  • Formations
  • Timing

ATL: Social – collaboration; communication

Assessment criteria: B&D

Module 4

Unit 4: Outdoor and adventurous activity (OAA)

  • Problem solving
  • Democracy
  • Reflection
  • Orienteering

ATL: Communication; self management – reflection

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 5

Unit 5: Skills and techniques

  • Volleyball (wet weather)
  • Rugby
  • Football 
  • Roles in a team

ATL: Social – collaboration

Assessment criteria: B&C

Module 6

Unit 6: Summer sports

  • Athletics
  • Cricket 
  • Rounders
  • Judging

ATL: Social – collaboration

Assessment criteria: A

PSHE/Tutor Healthy Minds

Module 1

Citizenship

  • What is citizenship? 
  • Active citizens
  • Why do we need rules?
  • What does fairness mean? 
  • Democracy

ATL: Social: Collaboration – listen to others, show empathy, respect and support others

Module 2

My Connections

  • Respectful Relationships: stereotypes and bullying
  • Families: stable relationships

ATL: Social: Collaboration – build consensus and resolve conflict

Modules 3-4

The Wider World

  • Finance Awareness
  • Careers
  • Children’s Rights
  • What can we do about global problems? 

ATL: Thinking: Transfer – inquire, Critical Thinking – problem solve

Modules 4-5

Making Responsible Choices

  • Personal Safety
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Tobacco and Alcohol
  • First Aid
  • Mental Wellbeing: recognising concerns
  • Vaccinations

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible and advocate for yourself

Module 6

Managing Risk

  • Online safety
  • Peer Pressure
  • Puberty
  • Evaluating 
  • Summer safety (including sun safety)

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible and advocate for yourself

Modules 1-2

Healthy Minds: Bounce Forward Resilience Revisited

  • Coping Strategies
  • Managing Change
  • Building Resilience

ATL: Self Management: Affective Skills –  manage emotions, think positively, show resilience, be mindful.

Module 2-3

Healthy Minds: From School to Life

  • Good Role Models
  • Visualising Adult Self
  • Future Pathways
  • Problem Solving

ATL: Self Management: Organisation Skills – plan, set goals, identify strategies and take action

Modules 4-5

Healthy Minds: Social Media Investigated (Media Influence)

  • Media Literacy
  • Media and Gender
  • Media and Health
  • Media and Body Image

ATL: Research – Media Literacy Skills – be aware of media interpretation, choose personal viewing wisely

Modules 5-6

Healthy Minds: Sex Ed Sorted (Part 1)

  • Gender identity
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Expectations within/around Healthy Relationships
  • Recognising Unhealthy Relationships
  • Consent

ATL: Self Management: Affective Skills: manage emotions, be mindful. Social Skills: Collaboration – be responsible

Language & Literature (English)

Module 1

Play Study: 

A View From The Bridge

  • Conventions of modern tragedy. 
  • Characteristics of a tragic hero and foil characters.
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: A,

Module 2

Play Study:  A View From The Bridge

  • Conventions of modern tragedy. 
  • Characteristics of a tragic hero and foil characters.

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: Ai, ii, iii

Creative Writing: 

  • Writing to describe setting,character and action. 
  • Conventions of structuring for engagement. 
  • Sensory writing to describe. 
  • Creating tension in fiction. 
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Communication

Assessment Criteria: B, C, D

Module 3

Language Study: Unseen Non-Fiction

  • Reading to summarise. 
  • Analysis of non fiction text forms. 
  • Identification of non fiction form, audience and purpose.
  • Comparing non fiction texts.
  • Methods used by writers on non fiction to persuade, instruct and inform. 
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Research – Information Literacy

Assessment Criteria: A

Modules 4-5

Shakespeare Study: Othello

  • Modern interpretations of ‘Othello’. 
  • Differences between verse and prose. 
  • Jacobean social and historical context. 
  • Exploring equality of class, race and gender. 
  • Analysing Shakespeare’s presentation of character and themes. 
  • Exploring social construction. 
  • Debate.

Writing Mastery

ATL: Thinking -Critical Thinking

Assessment criteria: A, B, C & D (mod 4), A & C (mod 5)

Module 6

Poetry Study: Conflict

  • Comparing poems. 
  • Considering how poets present their views on their context. 
  • Analysing poetry: form, structure and language. 
  • Debate

ATL: Social – collaboration

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, 

Poetry Study: Sonnets

  • Acclamation to Shakespeare’s language. 
  • Structure of a Sonnet. 
  • Creative writing. 

Writing Mastery

ATL: Thinking – creative thinking.

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Mathematics

Module 1

Probability

  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Review
  • Probability
  • Sets, Venns and sample space diagrams

ATL: Thinking Skills – Critical thinking

Assessment Criteria: A

Module 2

Linear simultaneous equations

  • Solving algebraically
  • Solving graphically

ATL: Thinking Skills – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: B, C

Module 3

Geometry of triangles

  • Constructions, congruence and loci
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem

ATL: Thinking Skills – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: D

Module 4

Ratio and proportion

  • Ratio review
  • Similarity and enlargement
  • Surds and trigonometry

ATL: Thinking skills – Creative thinking

Assessment Criteria: A

Module 5

Quadratics

  • Quadratic expressions
  • Quadratic equations

ATL: Thinking skills – Creative, Self-management skills – organisation

Assessment Criteria: B, C

Module 6

Reasoning with number

  • Indices and standard form
  • Growth and decay

ATL: Thinking skills – critical

Assessment Criteria: D

Sciences

Modules 1-2

Unit 9A:

  • Biology: Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes; Specialised cells; Microscopy and Organisation
  • Physics: Kinetic theory: Density and Gas pressure
  • Chemistry: States of matter; Mixtures and separation; Structure of the atom; Electronic structure

ATL: Research; 

Assessment criteria: A, B & C

Modules 2-3

Unit 9B:

  • Biology:Health; Communicable and noncommunicable diseases
  • Chemistry: Periodic Table; Ionic and metallic bonding
  • Physics: Scalars and vectors; Acceleration and velocity; Contact and noncontact forces

ATL: Thinking – creative thinking

Assessment criteria: A and D

Modules 4-6

Unit 9C:

  • Biology: Diffusion and active transport; Plant tissues, organs and organ systems; Nervous system
  • Chemistry: Groups 1, 7 and 0; Covalent bonding
  • Physics: Energy stores and transfers; Work done and Power; Energy efficiency; Energy resources

ATL: Communication; self management – organisation

Assessment criteria: B & C

Module 5-6

Unit 9D:

  • BIology: Human defences to disease; Vaccinations; Ecosystems; Adaptations and interdependence
  • Chemistry: Evolution of earth’s atmosphere; Gas tests
  • Physics: Newton’s Laws; Circular motion; Terminal velocity; Forces and Elasticity

ATL: Self management – reflection; Research – media literacy

Assessment criteria: A & D

Individuals & Societies (Geography)

Modules 1-3

Is the weather getting worse?

  • Exploring different types of extreme weather 
  • Evaluating the impact of climate change and to what extent this is affecting the weather. 
  • What are the challenges facing the UK with increased bad weather incidents? 
  • What strategies are there to deal with the increased bad weather incidents?

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

How has India developed?

  • Case study exploration of development in Mumbai and in India. 
  • Exploring different settlements within India
  • Understanding the impact of industry in India
  • Analysing the future of India’s development and where they will go. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Individuals & Societies (History)

Modules 1-3

Why do nations go to war?

  • Exploration of the causes of WW1
  • Understanding of some of the key events of WW1
  • Understanding of why WW1 came to an end and an analysis of the Treaty of Versailles. 
  • Exploration of the causes of WW2
  • Understanding of some of the key events of WW2 including Hitler’s rise to power. 
  • Lessons exploring the Holocaust in Nazi Germany. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Modules 4-6

Does Protest really work?

  • Exploring a history of protest within the United Kingdom. 
  • Analysing what sort of protest they used and how effective it was. 
  • Exploring other significant protests around the world – why they were protesting and the consequences of their protests. Such as Tiananmen Square, the Stonewall Riots and the Berlin Wall. 

Assessment Criteria: A, B, C, D

Language Acquisition (German)

Module 1

Unit 1: Musik

  • Talking about types of music 
  • Talking about playing and singing in a band 
  • Discussing different bands 
  • Describe a music festival 
  • Interviewing at a music festival 

ATL: Thinking – Critical thinking; Research – Media literacy

Assessment criteria: A, B

Module 2

Unit 2: Vorbilder / Role model 

  • Learning parts of the body 
  • Talking about role models 
  • Talking about experiences 
  • Discussing future plans and aspirations 

ATL: Self-management – Affective; Communication

Assessment criteria: C, D

Module 3

Unit 3: Meine Ambitionen / My ambitions 

  • Discussing crazy ambitions 
  • Talking about part-time jobs 
  • Discussing what you would like to be or do 
  • Talking about working in a ski resort 

ATL: Self-management – Affective

Assessment criteria: B

Module 4

Unit 4: Die Kindheit / The childhood 

  • Talking about your childhood 
  • Talking about childhood activities 
  • Comparing secondary school and primary school 
  • Talking about primary school friends 

ATL: Organisation

Assessment criteria: D

Module 5

Unit 5: Rechte und Pflichten / Rights and duties 

  • Talking about age limits 
  • Discussing what is most important to us 
  • Comparing life now and in the past 
  • Discussing how we can raise money for good causes 
  • Discussing small changes that make a big difference 

ATL: Communication; Self management – Affective

Assessment criteria: AB

Module 6

Unit 6: Project: Exploring countries in detail 

  • Researching, exploring finding facts about countries in detail
  • Creating your perfect country 

ATL: Communication

Assessment criteria: C

Design (Digital Design & Product)

Module 1

Unit 1: Cybersecurity 

Digital Design:

  • Social engineering
  • Types of hacking
  • Malware attacks
  • Cloud security and storage

Product Design:

  • Metal theory 
  • Metal manufacturing
  • Stock forms
  • Motion theory
  • Advanced metal manufacturing

ATL: Thinking skills (critical)

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 2

Unit 2: Computer Systems

Digital Design:

  • Elements of a computer system
  • The CPU
  • Understanding binary
  • Binary addition
  • Storage devices
  • Convergence and emerging technologies

Product Design:

  • Identify and master the technical skills needed to produce design solutions.
  • Produce a functioning prototype that could solve a relevant problem.
  • Metal turning lathes
  • Spot welding 
  • Sand blasting 

ATL: Communication skills

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 3

Unit 3: Algorithms

Digital Design:

  • Writing algorithms
  • Converting algorithms into Python code
  • Binary logic
  • Decomposition

Product Design:

  • Sustainability
  • Upcycling
  • 2 point perspective drawing techniques
  • Compare and contrast other work

ATL: Social skills

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 4

Unit 4: Python – Next steps with Music

Digital Design:

  • The basics
  • Loops
  • Lists
  • Procedures
  • Functions
  • Intro to EarSketch
  • Message in the Music

Product Design:

  • Understand how to use real design techniques to solve real problems.
  • Analyse and apply iterative design processes.
  • Product design development

ATL: Self-management (organisation)

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 5

Unit 5: User Interface

Digital Design:

  • Types of interface
  • Factors affecting the choice of user interface
  • Hardware and software influences
  • Design principles

Product Design:

  • Develop a design brief
  • Research design responses in different cultures
  • Smart and modern materials
  • Production methods and material properties 

ATL: Research skills (information)

Assessment criteria: A&B

Module 6

Unit 6: HTML and website Development

Digital Design:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Design
  • Development
  • Creating a web form

Product Design:

  • Modern manufacturing
  • Produce a  functioning prototype that could solve a relevant problem.
  • Design development
  • Rendering communication skills
  • Prototype development 

ATL: Research skills (literacy)

Assessment criteria:  C&D

Arts

Module 1-2

Project 1: Icons

  • Jewish Micrography.
  • Influential People. 
  • Portraits and grid methods. 
  • Posterised portraits with collage
  • Photoshop. 

ATL: Thinking –  Creative-thinking

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 3-4

Project 2: Identity

  • Fingerprint Identity Mindmap
  • Sarah Beetson Artist Analysis
  • Typography
  • Sellotape Transfers
  • Planning Composition
  • Final collage 

ATL: Self Management – Reflective

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Module 5-6

Project 3: Personal Project

  • GCSE Structure. 
  • Independent learning and decisions on use of materials. 
  • Choice of topics. 
  • Independent final pieces. 

ATL: Thinking – Transfer

Assessment Criteria: ABCD

Physical & Health Education

Module 1

Unit 1: Health and Fitness

  • Fitness testing 
  • Components of fitness
  • Training methods
  • Goal Setting

Assessment criteria: A

Module 2

Unit  2: Winter Sports

  • Handball
  • Basketball
  • Different roles in sport
  • How skills and techniques can impact performance

Assessment criteria: C

Module 3

Unit 3: Dance and Gymnastics 

  • Creating an effective performance
  • Creating a routine

Assessment criteria: B & D

Module 4

Unit 4: Outdoor and adventurous activity (OAA)

  • Leadership Styles

Assessment criteria: C&D

Module 5

Unit 5: Skills and techniques

  • Volleyball (wet weather)
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • How tactica and performance can influence game play

Assessment criteria: B & C

Module 6

Unit 6: Summer sports

  • Athletics
  • Cricket 
  • Rounders
  • Fitness components and training methods relevant

Assessment criteria: A

PSHE/Tutor Healthy Minds

Modules 1-2

Equality

  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Equality vs Equity
  • Discrimination
  • Equality in the UK
  • A fairer society
  • Why do people move around the world?

ATL: Thinking: Creative Thinking – connect ideas

Modules 2-3

PSHE: Making Safe Choices

  • Mental Wellbeing: common types of ill health
  • Drugs education
  • Illegal drugs
  • Managing influence
  • Dependence and addiction
  • Risk taking
  • Financial Literacy (gambling awareness)
  • Gangs

ATL: Research: Media Literacy – seek multiple perspectives, Self Management – consider implications of choices

Module 4

PSHE: My Future Pathways

  • Goals and Aspirations
  • Careers
  • GCSE Options
  • Enterprise
  • Service

ATL: Self Management: Organisation – plan, set goals, identify strategies, take action

Module 5-6

PSHE: Community Project

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Exploring community needs
  • Planning and designing a project
  • Implementing ideas
  • Reflection and evaluation

ATL: Thinking: Creative Thinking –  problem solve, Research – evaluate and select information, sources and digital tools, Self Management – be self motivated.

Modules 1-2

Healthy Minds: Resilient Relationships

  • Beliefs
  • Communication
  • Challenging Beliefs

ATL: Self Management: Affective skills – manage emotions, show resilience

Modules 3-4

Safe Relationships

  • Safe family relationships
  • Recognising unsafe relationships
  • Criminal behaviours within relationships
  • Controlling behaviour
  • Sexual harassment

ATL: Social: Collaboration – be responsible and advocate for yourself, share responsibility and roles with others, build consensus and resolve conflict.

Modules 5-6

Healthy Minds: Sex Ed Sorted (Part 2)

  • FGM
  • STIs and sexual activity
  • Sex in the media and social media
  • Consent
  • Contraception
  • Risks related to unprotected sex

ATL: Self management – Affective – manage emotions, show resilience, Thinking: Critical Thinking – evaluate risks