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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Key Stage 4

Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. We incorporate the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

GCSE options are chosen during Year 9 and begin in Y10.  In addition to the compulsory subjects of English, Maths, Science and PSHEE,  all students study RE and at least one foreign language, reflecting the inclusive ethos of the school and the global community of Notre Dame Schools and universities around the world.

Art 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 ‘Time’ coursework project:
-Tonal drawing
-Mark Making
-Line
-Print making
-Texture
-Acrylic painting techniques
-How to annotate
-Presentation skills
‘Order and Disorder’ coursework project
-How to develop a personal theme
-How to experiment with media and techniques
-How to refine outcomes
Aut.2 ‘Time’ coursework project:
-How to mind map a theme
-How to research an artist
-How to develop and   make a pastiche
-How to evaluate outcomes
-How to take successful photographs
‘Order and Disorder’ coursework project
-Producing a successful final outcome
-Evaluating final outcomes
Spr.1 ‘Time’ coursework project:
-How to develop a personal theme
-How to experiment
-How to refine outcomes
Exam project
-Mind Map
-Artists research
-Pastiche
Spr.2 ‘Time’ coursework project:
-Producing a successful final outcome
-Evaluating final outcomes
Exam project
-Experiment
-Refine
 
Sum.1 ‘Order and Disorder’ coursework project:
-Collage layering techniques
-Applying an artists style to own outcomes
Exam project
- Produce final exam
10 hours
Sum.2 ‘Order and Disorder’ coursework project:
-Techniques to distort images
-Mixed media techniques
-Pen and ink
 

Biology 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Organisation
GCSE Topic 2
Homeostasis
GCSE Topic 5
Aut.2 Immunity
GCSE Topic 3
Homeostasis
GCSE Topic 5
Spr.1 Bioenergetics
GCSE Topic 4
Inheritance
GCSE Topic 6
Spr.2 Bioenergetics
GCSE Topic 4
Ecology
GCSE Topic 7
Sum.1 Homeostasis
GCSE Topic 5
Ecology
GCSE Topic 7
Sum.2 Homeostasis
GCSE Topic 5
 

Business 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Growing the Business
Making business decisions
Aut.2 Spotting a Business Opportunity 
Putting a Business Idea into Practice
Making business decisions 
Making financial decisions
Spr.1 Putting a Business Idea into Practice
Making the Business Effective
Making financial decisions
Making operational decisions
Spr.2 Making the Business Effective 
Understanding External Influence
Making operational decisions
Making people decisions 
Sum.1 Understanding External Influences Making people decisions 
Revision 
Sum.2 Reflection & Assessment of Theme 1 
Growing the Business
 

Chemistry 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Structure and Bonding Quantitative Chemistry
Aut.2 Structure and Bonding
Chemical Changes
Electrolysis
Equilibria
Spr.1 Chemical Changes
Energy Changes
Equilibria
Organic Chemistry
Spr.2 Energy Changes Organic Chemistry
Sum.1 Chemistry of The Atmosphere Revision
Sum.2 Chemistry of The Atmosphere  

Computing 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Networking  Data types
Computational logic
Aut.2 Systems Architecture
Systems security
Systems software
Assessment
Spr.1 Mock assessment Assessment
Spr.2 Mock assessment Computational thinking
The internet and the WWW
Sum.1 Algorithms
Legislation
Databases
Data representation
Revision
Sum.2 Memory  

Design and Technology 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 2 hours contextual challenge skill based projects
3 hours theory
4 hours contextual challenge
1 hour theory
Aut.2 2 hours contextual challenge skill based projects
3 hours theory
4 hours contextual challenge
1 hour theory
Spr.1 2 hours contextual challenge skill based projects
3 hours theory
4 hours contextual challenge
1 hour theory
Spr.2 2 hours contextual challenge skill based projects
3 hours theory
Contextual challenge ends
Sum.1 2 hours preparation for contextual challenge
3 hours theory
Preparation for exam
Sum.2 Contextual challenge begins
Mocks
 

Drama 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Devising Skills
DNA
Component Two
DNA
Aut.2 Practitioners
DNA
Component Two
DNA
Spr.1 Component One
DNA
Component Two
DNA
Spr.2 Component One
DNA
Component Two
DNA
Sum.1 Component One
DNA
Component Three
DNA/Theatre review
Sum.2 DNA/Theatre Review  

English
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Language Paper 1 Shakespeare  (Literature)
Aut.2 19th-century novel (Literature) Spoken Language
Spr.1 Power & Conflict poetry (Literature) Language Paper 2 
Spr.2 Modern Text (Literature) Revision
Sum.1 Unseen Poetry (Literature) Revision
Sum.2 Spoken Language  

Food Preparation and Nutrition 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 3 hours practical skills
2 hours theory
Food Investigation Task begins
Aut.2 3 hours practical skills
2 hours theory
Food Investigation Task ends
Spr.1 3 hours practical skills
2 hours theory
Food Preparation Task begins
Spr.2 3 hours practical skills
2 hours theory
Food Preparation Task ends
Sum.1 3 hours individual practical tasks with reference to NEA
2 hours theory
Preparation for exam
Sum.2 3 hours individual practical tasks with reference to NEA
2 hours theory - mocks
 

 

French 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 KS3 Revision – Three Tenses, numbers & vocab School and Study in France
Aut.2 Identity and family Jobs and Future Plans
Applying for work experience
Spr.1 Leisure and technology Holidays & Holiday Health 
Spr.2 Festivals and Celebrations Global sustainability 
Sum.1 Where you live /Regional advantages and disadvantages Oral Exams and L, R and W exams and Revision 
Sum.2 Finish Summer 1 
Mock exam planning, feedback and consolidation
 

Geography
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 1.C – River Landscapes UK 1.A – The Challenge of Natural Hazards (revisited). Tectonic and climatic Hazards.
Aut.2 1.B – The Living World  1.A – The Challenge of Natural Hazards (revisited). Climatic hazards and Climate Change.
Spr.1 2.A – Urban Issues and Challenges 2.B – The Changing Economic World
Spr.2 3.B – Human Fieldwork. Norwich Riverside. 2.C – The Challenge of Resource Management
Sum.1 1.C – Coastal Landscapes UK 3.A – Issue Evaluation and Revision
Sum.2 3.B – Physical Fieldwork. Southwold  

German 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Theme 3: School
Main grammar areas:
verbs in the present tense, cases including adjective endings, word order
Theme 2: Local area, holiday and travel
Holidays,
Town, region, country
Aut.2 Theme 3: School
Main grammar areas:
3 tenses
Theme 4: Future aspirations, study and work
Mock exam preparation
Spr.1 Theme 1: Identity and culture
family and personal relationships, free time activities, sport, celebrations
Theme 5: International and global dimension:
Festivals, global problems
Exam preparation
Spr.2 Theme 1: Identity and culture
tv, cinema, daily routine, media
mock exam preparation
Exam preparation
Sum.1 Mock exam preparation
Theme 5: International and global dimension
environment
Exam preparation
Sum.2 Mock exam preparation
Theme 1: Identity and culture
Healthy eating and lifestyle
 

History
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Medicine in Britain c1250-2000 Germany 1918-1939
Aut.2 Medicine in Britain c1250-2000 Germany 1918-1939
Spr.1 Medicine on the Western Front Finish Germany
Start the American West
Spr.2 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88 The American West
Sum.1 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88 The American West
Sum.2 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88  

Japanese
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Identity and culture:
Who am I?
Local area, holiday and travel
Aut.2 Identity and culture:
Daily life
Local area, holiday and travel
Spr.1 School:
What school is like
Subjects
International and global dimension
Spr.2 School: 
Timetable and school day; teachers etc
International and global dimension
Sum.1 Future aspirations, study and work Orals and revision
Sum.2 Future aspirations, study and work  

Maths (Foundation)
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Angles, Scale diagrams, HCF/LCM, Algebra Probability, Shapes in 2D & 3D, Scatter graphs
Aut.2 Linear Graphs, Sequences, Circles Simultaneous equations, Graph sketching
Spr.1 Real life graphs, Equations, Indices & SIF Proportion, Pythagoras and Trigonometry
Spr.2 Probability, Measures, Transformations Quadratics, quadratic graphs, vectors
Sum.1 Percentages, Pythagoras, Loci Revision
Sum.2 2D representations, Statistical analysis  

Maths (Higher) 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Angles, Algebra, Linear Graphs Algebra, Probability
Aut.2 Approximation, Sequences, Circles, Compound shapes Graph sketching, proportion, Inequalities
Spr.1 Real life graphs, Equations, Indices & SIF, Surds Vectors, Transformation of functions, Eqn of circle
Spr.2 Standard Index form, Measures, Transformations Circle theorems, Algebraic fractions, Non RAT trig
Sum.1 Percentages, Loci, Congruence Pre-Calculus and Revision
Sum.2 Statistical Analysis and Algebra  

Music 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 The Elements of Music, Solo Performance Workshops and Melody Writing Area of Study 1: Bach ‘Brandenburg No:5, mvmt. III’ , Solo Performance Workshops and selecting and planning for the Brief Composition
Aut.2 Area of Study 2: Purcell ‘Music for A While’ and Ground Bass Composition Area of Study 3:        J. Williams ‘Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars Episode IV a New Hope’, Mock examination and finalising Brief Compositions
Spr.1 Area of Study 3: Defying Gravity from Wicked, Solo Performance Workshops and Composing for Voice Area of Study 4: Afro Celt Sound System and Esperanza Spalding and selecting and planning for the Free Composition 
Spr.2 Area of Study 2: Queen ‘Killer Queen’ and Song Writing Retrieval and Revision: Set works from AS1 and 2, Wider Listening, finalising Free Compositions and formal recordings of Solo and Ensemble Performances  
Sum.1 Area of Study 1: Beethoven ‘Pathetique Sonata, mvmt:III’, Ensemble Performance Skills and Composing in Ternary Form Retrieval and Revision: Set works from AS3 and 4, Wider Listening, dictation, refining essay writing
Sum.2 Wider listening of unfamiliar music, Mock examination preparation, Ensemble Performance Workshops and finalising Ternary Form Compositions Exam Season: Retrieval and Revision in preparation for Listening and Appraising Paper 3

PE
 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Paper 2: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Paper 1: The Cardio-respiratory system
Aut.2 Paper 2: Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Paper 1: Movement Analysis
Spr.1 Paper 2: Sport Psychology Paper 1: Physical training
Spr.2 Paper 2: Socio-Cultural Influences Paper 1: Physical training
Sum.1 Paper 2: Socio-Cultural Influences  
Sum.2 Paper 1:- The Musculo-Skeletal System  

Physics 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Forces & motion - 1 Forces & motion - 2
Aut.2 Electricity The particle model of matter
Spr.1 Electricity Magnetism and electromagnetism
Spr.2 Domestic electricity Waves – 2 (Triple Science only)
Sum.1 Waves Space (Triple Science only)
Sum.2 Waves  

PSHEE 

  Year 10
Aut.1 Coping with Life and positive wellbeing
Aut.2 Parliamentary Democracy. Extremism
Spr.1 Careers Advice including creating a CV
Spr.2 Risk and Drug Awareness
Sum.1 Relationships and Sex Education
Sum.2 Relationships and Sex Education

RE 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 GCSE retrieval  of 
Paper 1: Section 1 from Year 9 Summer Term
GCSE Paper 1: Section 2 Practices
RE GCSE Paper 2: Section 2 Judaism
Practices
Aut.2 RE GCSE Paper 1: Section 3
Sources of Wisdom and Authority
RE GCSE Paper 2: Section 2 Judaism
Practices
Spr.1 RE GCSE Paper 1: Section 4
Forms of Expression and Ways of Life
RE GCSE Paper 3:
Philosophy and Ethics Section 1
Arguments for the existence of God
Spr.2 RE GCSE Paper 2: Judaism
An Introduction to key concepts, Tier 3 vocabulary and sources of wisdom and authority
RE GCSE paper 3:
Philosophy and Ethics Section 2
Religious teachings on relationships and families in 21st century
Sum.1 RE GCSE Paper 2: Section 1: Judaism
Beliefs and Teachings
Retrieval and revision: Papers 1, 2 and 3
Sum.2 RE GCSE Paper 2: Section 1 Judaism
Beliefs and Teachings
Exam Season: Retrieval and revision: Papers 1, 2 and 3

Spanish 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Core text 10.1
Holidays
(GCSE Theme 2)
Local Area and the environment
Exam skills
Aut.2 Core text 10.1
Holidays
(GCSE Theme 2)
Local Area and the environment
Mock exams
Spr.1 Core text 10.2
School
(GCSE Theme 3)
Sporting events, music events
Spr.2 Core text 10.2
School
(GCSE Theme 3)
Global dimension
Sum.1 Review of Themes 1, 2 & 3 Review of all 5 themes
Sum.2 Mock Exams Exams