The Howard School | Year 8 Options Booklet

The Howard School Key Stage 4 Curriculum Guide (2022-2025)

Table of

Contents

Message to Parents Message to Students

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Important Dates & Deadlines

Your Timetable

Types of Qualification

The Option Process

The Howard Sixth Form

Page 10

Core Subjects English Language & English Literature

Page 11 Page 13 Page 15 Page 17 Page 19 Page 21 Page 23 Page 25 Page 27 Page 29 Page 31 Page 33 Page 35 Page 37 Page 39

Mathematics

Science

Geography

History

Optional Choices - GCSE Fine Art

Business Studies Computer Science

Drama French Spanish

3D Design Photography

Religious Education

Food Preparation & Nutrition

Optional Choices - BTEC Cambridge Nationals in Creative iMedia BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music

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BTEC First in Sport

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Message

to Parents

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now at that important time in your son’s school career when a choice has to be made about the subjects he is to study throughout Key Stage 4.

This booklet is designed to help you and your son make an informed decision about the nature of the courses he will follow.

We are committed to providing a curriculum which will: • meet individual needs and aspirations • be broad, challenging and motivating • offer progression to study Post 16 • prepare students for a positive role in the future

Some considerations to discuss with your son:

• Some students say they like a subject when they are really motivated by a belief that it won’t involve much work. However, your son will have to work hard in all subjects to achieve his potential and gain a good grade. • Some students choose a subject to stay in the same class as their friends. Timetabling to meet everyone’s needs is a complex process, and your son may find himself in a different class from friends. • Some students think they like a subject because they like the teachers. Again, timetabling (and the possibility of staff changes) can place them with a different teacher. Students should be confident that they will enjoy the subject no matter who teaches it.

We will endeavour to ensure that each student can access the option subjects they choose.

The information in this booklet is correct at the time of going to print and we are committed to the structure and courses described. However, if after analysing the information from students, we find that some courses are not viable due to small numbers or problems with staffing, we may have to offer students their reserve choice. If this happens, you will be fully informed.

Monday 24th January 2022 Subject Information videos posted on the school website.

Thursday 10th February 2022 Options Evening - a brief introduction to the options process. Bookable subject Q&A sessions with subject leaders. Tuesday 22nd February 2022: Extra Advice From 3.30pm to 5pm key staff will be available via virtual appointments to discuss any concerns with students/parents that remain undecided.

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Friday 25th February 2022 All options need to be entered onto the ‘TOOLS’ system.

Message

to Students

Dear Student,

In your first two years at The Howard School, you have followed a general course of education covering all the National Curriculum subjects. The curriculum you have followed has hopefully provided you with a broad and interesting range of subjects and provided a solid foundation for Key Stage 4 studies. In September 2022 you will start your Key Stage 4 courses which last until June 2025. These will end in either taking GCSE examinations or vocational qualifications and lead on to courses you will take in the Sixth Form. Students stay in the Sixth Form for two years. During your remaining time at The Howard School, you will be able to gain a vast range of qualifications, including GCSEs, A-Levels and vocational qualifications. Your success at Key Stage 4 will depend, more than anything else, on how much work you put into your studies. We will provide the opportunities, but you must produce the results. We hope you enjoy your new courses and wish you every success with your Key Stage 4 studies.

Getting What You Want

We will endeavour to ensure that each student can access the option subjects they choose. The information in this booklet is correct at the time of going to print and we are committed to the structure and courses described. However, if after analysing the information from students, we find that some courses are not viable due to small numbers or problems with staffing, we may have to offer students their reserve choice. If this happens, you will be fully informed.

How to make your choices:

For each choice carefully consider, in this order: 1. How good are you at a subject? 2. What future career might you want to follow? 3. What subjects do you most enjoy? 4. Does the assessment method best suit how you learn and achieve well?

Plan Ahead

DON’T just choose a course because you like the teacher! That teacher may not be teaching you next year.

DON’T just follow your friend’s choice. You may not have the same interests or needs and you may not be in the same classes next year anyway.

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Important

Dates and Deadlines

Month / Year

Event

Monday 24th January 2022 Option booklet and option subject videos posted on THS website.

Options Evening This will be held at the school in person, unless prevented by government restrictions Additional Guidance (Optional) Virtual appointments available with key staff for students/ parents who are undecided about their option choices and need further guidance.

Thursday 10th February 2022

Tuesday 22nd February 2022

Friday 25th February 2022

Deadline for submission of options on ‘TOOLS’.

The curriculum will be arranged using the choices you have given us. Some students may be informed that it is necessary to study their reserve choice. Once the curriculum is completed, parents and students will be given confirmation of their choices. What To Do

During Terms 4 & 5

• Read this booklet carefully. Look at the content of each course, for example is the era of History covered of interest to you? • What future careers and post sixteen education might the course link to? • Ask subject teachers for more information about specific courses when they present their subject video to you during lessons. • Ask your teachers if they think you would cope well with the course content and assessment methods. • If you have a particular career in mind are there any specific subjects you must have studied at GCSE or A-Level? • Attend the virtual Options Evening with your parents if you want further advice. • Discuss your choices with your parents and family members.

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Your

Timetable

Core Subjects - These must be studied

Core Subjects

Notes

The English course leads to two GCSEs, English Language and English Literature. English Literature will be examined in the summer of Year 10 (2024). English Language will be examined in the summer of Year 11 (2025). All students complete the three year course and are examined in the summer of Year 11.

GCSE English

GCSE Maths

GCSE Science All students complete GCSE Combined Science (2 GCSEs). Selected students may be invited to study separate Sciences.

Games

Practical games lessons.

Students must choose at least one of these subjects. If you wish to take both, you can add the other subject to Choice 1, 2 or 3 below.

GCSE Geography or GCSE History

Your Option Choices

You can choose any other subjects from the booklet. You can only choose a subject once.

Choice 1

You can choose any other subjects from the booklet. You can only choose a subject once.

Choice 2

You can choose any other subjects from the booklet. You can only choose a subject once.

Choice 3

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Types of

Qualification All the subjects you study lead to level two qualifications, but there are different types of courses available to you. When choosing subjects, you should also consider how the course is assessed. Some students are happy to study courses where all the assessment takes place at the end of Year 11 via written examination. Other students may prefer courses where there is an opportunity to complete coursework as well as written examinations that count towards your final grade during the three years of study rather than being assessed only at the end of the three years.

Course Type

Subject

Assessment Arrangements

English Language English Literature Mathematics Sciences (all) Business Studies Computer Science French Geography History Religious Education Spanish

GCSE

Multiple written examination papers all at the end of Year 11

Fine Art 3D Design Photography

Mainly coursework Practical examination at the end of Year 11

GCSE

An element of coursework Practical examination (performance) Written examination at the end of Year 11 Mainly coursework 1 external assessment (1 resit available) Mainly coursework 1 external assessment (1 resit available)

Drama

GCSE

Music Sport Science

BTEC

OCR Cambridge National

Creative iMedia

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The Op

20th January (3:15pm - 7pm) Parents Consultation Evening

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Year 8 Information booklet Year 8 student virtual as proc

An opportunity to discuss progress with class teachers and your potential to study the subject at Key Stage 4.

22nd February (3:30pm - 6:30pm)

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Invitation to make a virtual appointment for anyone still unsure of option choices and needing support via Schoolcloud.

‘TOOLS’ opens for submi

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25th February

Internal curriculum modelli timeta

Deadline for submission of Option choices.

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7th February

Parental option process video guide published. ‘TOOLS’ username and passwords issued for submission of option choices.

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10th February (5pm - 7pm) Options Information Evening

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Invitation to join meetings for open Q&A with option subject leads. Invitation to join a meeting for open Q&A on process and core subjects queries.

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Option choices confirmed to students.

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The Howard

Sixth Form It may seem bizarre that you are being asked to think about Sixth Form courses as you select your GCSE options, but it’s important to remember that your secondary education is a seven year journey, not just to the end of GCSEs. You will have to stay in some form of education until you are 18 years of age and we hope that destination is The Howard School Sixth Form. The subjects that you choose at GCSE may have an impact on the options that are available to you post 16, whether that be staying on at The Howard School to study A-Levels, attending college or applying for an apprenticeship, so it’s important to spend time selecting the right GCSEs for you. If you are lucky enough to have a career in mind already, then choosing those subjects you wish to study will be more straightforward. For the majority, this will not be the case and it’s important to select subjects that you enjoy, those which you are good at and which will teach you skills that employers see as most valuable (Team Work, Problem Solving, Communication, Initiative, Strong Work Ethic and ICT Skills). It’s no easy decision, but as a school we are on hand to support you with any advice you require. To assist you in your choices at GCSE, the table below highlights the current entry requirements for courses at Post 16 (A-Level / Level 3 BTEC).

Courses

Course Entry Requirements

Art & Design – Fine Art or 3D Design

Grade 5 Fine Art or Art & Design

Photographic & Graphic Communication

Grade 5 Photography, Art & Design or Fine Art

Business Studies

Grade 6 Business & Grade 5 Maths & English

Criminology

Grade 5 English Language or Literature

English Language

Grade 6 English Language or English Literature

English Literature & Language

Grade 6 at English Literature & Grade 5 in English Language

Film Studies

Grade 5 English Language or Literature

Geography

Grade 6 Geography & Grade 5 English & Maths

History

Grade 6 History & Grade 5 English

Mathematics – Mechanics

Grade 7 Maths

Philosophy & Ethics

Grade 5 English

Grade 6 in chosen science or Grade 6-6 Combined Science, Grade 4 Maths & Grade 4 English (preferable)

Biology, Chemistry or Physics

Science – Applied Science with Forensics

Grade 5-5 Combined Science

Sociology

Grade 5 English

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English GCSEs

https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-literature-gcse/#tab_overview https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language-gcse/#tab_overview

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE English Literature

Eduqas

601/5246/1

Miss Mulrooney

601/4505/5

Miss Mulrooney

GCSE English Language

Eduqas

Course Information

In the English Department, we have a saying that is, ‘English is information – obtaining it and bequeathing it’ and that ‘English is communication’. We communicate all the time, to so many people through so many different mediums: for that very reason, everything we do in English must be vital for life! The skills you have already gained in reading for meaning; explaining meaning; analysing and evaluating texts plus the ability to produce texts for different audiences, purposes and genres. Plus An open mind; a willingness to give everything a go; the ability to take on constructive advice and criticism to become ever better readers and writers.

Skills/Aptitude Required

Next Steps The chance to read a wide variety of texts for meaning; explore the world from past to present and to use language to express one’s own opinion and ideas is invaluable to both the A-Levels we offer in English at The Howard School – 1. A-Level Language and 2. A-Level Literature & Language.

The skills of communication, analysis and evaluation at GCSE will aid all subjects at A-Level.

Future Careers As English is communication, the subject will aid any future career where you will be communicating with people through speech or through writing.

More specifically, English can lead to careers in advertising, media, retail and marketing, proof-reading & editing, policing and law, education, social care, web content, research and interpreting. Just to name a few…

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The Courses in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

• Poems from our ‘Poetry Anthology’ • ‘Lord of the Flies’ • A 19th Century text – ‘A Christmas Carol’ or ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde’ • A range of unseen poems

Year 10 Topics Covered

• Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ • Poems from our ‘Poetry Anthology’ • Revision of all the texts studies

Year 11 Topics Covered

This 1 year course focuses on the core skills of reading and writing. We will study a range of short stories and learn how to effectively explain, analyse and evaluate meaning within them and we will do the same with a range of non-fiction texts.

We will also further develop our skills in writing – focusing on producing our own engaging fictional anecdotes and composing a range of biased, often persuasive non-fiction texts.

Internal Assessment

GCSE English Language is 100% exam PLUS there is a separate component (Spoken Language) which is internally examined and receives its own certificate.

External Assessment

GCSE English Literature (taken at the end of Year 10) GCSE English Literature is 100% exam

Component 1: Shakespeare and Poetry Anthology – 40% (2 hours)

Component 2: Post-1914 Prose/Drama, 19th Century Prose and Unseen Poetry – 60% (2 hours 30 minutes)

GCSE English Language (taken at the end of Year 11)

Component 1: 20th Century Fiction Reading and Creative Prose - 40% (1 hour 45 minutes)

Component 2: 19th and 21st Century Non-fiction Reading andTransactional/PersuasiveWriting – 60% (2 hours)

Component 3: Spoken Language

“English is Communication and we communicate all the time.”

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Maths GCSE

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE Mathematics

Edexcel

1MA1

Mr B Harman

Course Information

Mathematics has its place in many industries and subjects. It may be unlikely that you will need to use trigonometry if you plan to become a chef, but learning basic maths skills at GCSE level helps to build up other essential skills that are used on a daily basis. Skills such as problem solving, data analysis, communication, logical thinking, attention to detail and accuracy. Simple maths skills are used every single day in the form of shopping, budgeting, baking, planning and driving.

Skills/Aptitude Required

• Strong number foundations • Problem analysis and available solutions • Data, statistics and presentations skills • Logical thinking and realistic evaluation • Time management skills

Next Steps A-Level Maths (Grade 7 minimum requirement) A-Level Physics, Chemistry and Biology A-Level Business or Computing

Future Careers • Teaching • Science

• Medicine • Statistics • Finance

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

Numbers Factors, primes, multiples, squares, cubes and index notation.

Algebra Simplifying, substitution, expanding and factorising.

Graphs Reading and representing data, tables, times series, pie charts and line of best fit.

Year 10 Topics Covered

Angles How to find interior and exterior angles.

Averages Mean, median, mode and range.

Ratio Using, writing and comparing ratios.

Trigonometry Pythagoras’ theorem, sine and cosine.

Year 11 Topics Covered

• Constructions, loci and bearings. • Quadratics – Graphs and equations. • Perimeter, area and volume – Circles. • Fractions, indices and standard form.

Internal Assessment

An end of unit assessment is done when each unit has been completed. These assessments let both teachers and students know which areas need to be revised and revisited so that progress and mastery can be your focus.

There are also mock examinations carried out throughout the GCSE course to let students and parents know what grade they are currently working at.

External Assessment

The entire mathematics curriculum is externally assessed at the end of Year 11. There are three exam papers, each 90 minutes long:

• Paper 1 – Non Calculator • Paper 2 – Calculator • Paper 3 – Calculator

“Pure mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas.”

Albert Einstein

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Science GCSE

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/sciences-2016.html

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

Combined Science 9-1

Edexcel

1SC0

Mr K Woolmer

Course Information

If there was a time where the understanding of Science has never been more important it would be now. Our understanding of vaccines, disease transmission, ecology, pollution, and the respiratory system to name a few have been tested continuously throughout the year.

An understanding of the mechanics of the world we live in is a vital skill for any citizen in any part of the world if they are looking to be successful.

Skills/Aptitude Required

Science demonstrates a wide variety of skills that are highly sought after by employers in industries you probably wouldn’t expect. It requires organisation, logical problem solving, analytical skills, and dealing with lots of information at once.

Next Steps This course has good links with other Sciences such as Geography, PE and Computing. We offer all three individual science at A-Level as well as a Level 3 Applied Science with Forensics.

Future Careers As well as obvious careers such as pharmaceuticals, environmentalism, engineers etc, Science is often sought after as a qualification in areas that are less obvious such as HR, Law, Statistics, and recruitment to name a few.

“Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity.”

Louis Pasteur

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

Biology Cells and Systems, Health and Disease, Ecosystems, and Enzymes and Transport.

Chemistry Acids, Trends and Rates, Elements and Compounds, and Fuels.

Physics Forces, Energy, Electricity, and Materials.

Year 10 Topics Covered

Biology Health and Disease, Genetics, Natural Selection, Cell Biology, Control, Exchange andTransport.

Chemistry States and Separation, Atomic Structure, Fuels, Atmosphere, Groups, Bonding, Quantitative Chemistry.

Physics Motion, Waves, EM Spectrum, Energy, Electricity.

Year 11 Topics Covered

Biology Plants, Hormones, Ecosystems, Genetics and Natural Selection.

Chemistry Acids, Electrolysis, Metals, Bonding.

Physics Waves, Radioactivity, Magnetism, Particle Theory, Forces.

Internal Assessment

End of topic tests roughly one per discipline per term. End of Year 9 and 10 exams. Year 11 mocks at Christmas (Paper 1s) and Easter (Paper 2s).

External Assessment

6 x 70 minute (60 mark) exams – 2 x Biology, 2 x Chemistry, and 2 x Physics. For Separate (triple) Scientists – each exam is 120 minutes and worth 100 marks.

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Geography GCSE https://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/geography-gcse-a/ Course Title Exam Board Specification Code Head of Department Geography Eduqas A 601/8152/7 Mr S Dunn

Course Information

Geography is an extremely popular GCSE at the Howard School. Our course looks at Geography through a unique balance of physical and human topics. Students will learn in an enquiry-based approach which encourages questioning, investigation and critical thinking about issues affecting our planet. This course aims to instil a thirst for knowledge and a desire to understand, prompting questions about our complex and dynamic world. They will enhance their knowledge and develop their understanding of specialised geographical concepts and current geographical issues. Students will gain an appreciation of the importance of location of places and environments from local to global scales.

Skills/Aptitude Required

• Communication • Teamwork • Debate and social skills • Fieldwork • Questioning and critical thinking • Map skills • Problem solving • Data analysis and statistical analysis • Empathy • Research and report writing

Next Steps Geography is a facilitating subject and works well with most subjects! Physical Geography goes well with the Sciences and Maths whilst Human Geography goes well with English, Business and other Humanities. Geography is required at GCSE to study A-Level Geography and it is commonly studied with subjects like English, Business and Biology at A-Level.

Future Career • Specific careers (volcanologist, meteorologist, etc.) • Law and politics • Journalism and marketing • Town planning • Travel and tourism • Teaching

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

We start our GCSE by looking at the physical and human landscapes that exist on our planet. Topics studied includes: • River landscapes and flooding • Coastal landscapes

• UK population and rural change • UK population and urban change • Global cities • Tectonic processes

Year 10 Topics Covered

Year 10 introduces students to the environmental challenges we are currently facing. Students also complete their compulsory fieldwork in two contrasting locations. Topics studied include:

• Tectonic hazards • Climate change • Weather and weather hazards • Ecosystems • Fieldwork

Year 11 Topics Covered

Students complete the course by looking at the development issues we face now and in the future. Topics include: • Global inequality • Global tourism • Regional inequality • Water resources • Social development issues

Internal Assessment

Students are assessed formatively: • Daily (lesson by lesson) through retrieval quizzes • Weekly with exam question walk-throughs and homework • Termly with knowledge quizzes

Student are tested summatively: • End of Theme Assessments • Mock exams

External Assessment

Component 1: Changing Physical and Human Landscapes Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of qualification

Component 2: Environmental and Development Issues Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 35% of qualification

Component 3: Applied Fieldwork Enquiry Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes, 30% of qualification

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History GCSE

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html

Course Title Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE History Edexcel

1HI0/11, 1HI0/2B4, 1HI0/2P3, 1HI0/31

Mrs M Watts

Course Information

Never has studying the events of the past been more important and relevant to everyday life, with such monumental events having occurred over the last year. We have been able to live through huge historic events that will be discussed and studied for years to come. This experience helps us to link current events around the world back to events in the past, helping us to make sense of the present. Learning about the past and individuals who have influenced history helps us to understand how, and why the world got to the point it’s at now. Not only does it aid our understanding of the present but it also better prepares us for the future, as we continue to adapt to the changing situations of society. Studying history enables you to develop a wide range of valuable skills such as: • Analysis of sources • Research and problem solving skills

Skills/Aptitude Required

• Explanation of events/causes/consequences • Evaluation of the importance of events/factors • Communication and Essay Writing skills

Next Steps A GCSE in History is essential to study History at A-Level. The skills developed when studying GCSE History has good links to other A-Levels such as English, Law, Sociology and Philosophy and Ethics.

Future Careers Studying History can lead to a large range of career options such as: • Armed forces/police (£22k+) • Journalist (£25K+) • Lawyer (£50k+) • Business Manager (£37k+) • Politician (£32k+) • Archaeologist (£20k+)

• Marketing (£34k+) • Teaching (£24k+)

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

Students will spend the first half of Year 9 studying The American West (1835-1890). In this section of the course students will look at the ever-changing lives of Plains Indians, the impact the development of America had on them and the conflict it caused. This will include the growing tension between Plains Indians and White Americans which resulted in numerous conflicts. Pupils will then spend the second half of Year 9 learning about Early Elizabethan England (1558-1588). Students will study the key events and challenges Elizabeth faced such as the plots and revolts against Elizabeth as well as the attempted invasion of the Spanish Armada. Throughout Year 10, students will learn about the development of medicine in Britain from the Middle Ages (1250) up to present day. Pupils will investigate the roles that factors such as war, science, technology and individuals played in the development of medical breakthroughs. Students will learn about the Black Death (1348), the discovery of germs, medical treatment during the First World War and the discovery of DNA. This is then followed with a case study, in which students will learn about medicine on the Western Front during World War One. The case study will enable pupils to get a wider understanding of illness, injuries and the battles of the First World which led to later medical discoveries. Students will continue to develop their historic skills as well as study Germany from 1918 to 1939. For the start of Year 11, pupils will have the opportunity to study the political and economic impact of the First World War in Germany, focusing on the Treaty of Versailles, Hyperinflation and the Wall Street Crash. This is followed by the events that led to Hitler and the Nazi Party’s rise to power, with pupils looking in detail at how Hitler was able to turn a democratic country into a dictatorship so quickly. Continuing to build on their knowledge, pupils will then study life inside Nazi Germany, by assessing the use of propaganda and fear as a means of control. This will lead pupils to their final area of study; the treatment and persecution of Jews and other ethnic groups inside Germany. Students will practice exam answers throughout their History GCSE within lessons to enable opportunities for staff to give feedback, enabling pupils to make good progress and be fully prepared for their exams in Year 11. Pupils will also have an assessment at the end of every topic. This will inform students and staff where improvements can be made to ensure they continue to make good progress. The internal assessment does not contribute to your final grade. Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, 1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914– 1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches. Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes

Year 10 Topics Covered

Year 11 Topics Covered

Internal Assessment

External Assessment

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588 and The American West, 1830-1890. Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939. Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes

“We are not the makers of History. We are made by History.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Fine Art GCSE

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206/subject-content/fine-art

Course Title Exam Board

Specification Code

Department Teachers

Fine Art

AQA

8202

Heads of Department: L. Bassant & S. Williams

Course Information

Fine Art is a very popular choice at GCSE; with our students being extremely successful in the subject and consistently out-performing national averages. FineArt is always in demand because as well as being counted as an ‘academic’ GCSE, it is coursework based and is the foundation for all careers in the creative industries and specialist degrees ranging from Computer Game Design to Film or Architecture. On the course, you will experience a range of disciplines used in the Creative Industries and quickly develop your skills to become adept at manipulating a variety of media under the guidance of highly skilled professionals. If you are considering a career in one of the very many Creative Industries in the UK or simply enjoy Art and you are a creative individual, this is the option for you.

Skills/Aptitude Required

Next Steps Howard School Art students are in the top 10% of the Country year on year. If you opt for Fine Art GCSE, you can continue to develop any of the Creative Pathway options in the Sixth Form. Choose from: Fine Art, Three Dimensional Design, Photography or Graphic communication. Future Careers There are many and varied careers in the Creative Industries which begin with studying Fine Art. Careers such as:

• Fashion/textile design • Branding • Computer game designer • Packaging design • Font design • Editorial interactive design • Muralist • Skatepark/play design

• Advertising • 3D design

• Architect • Illustrator • Multimedia artist • Town planner • TV/Film/Theatre set design • Interior architect • Museum/gallery curator • Web & app developer

• Product design • Film/animator • Art therapist • Art valuer • Model making • Graphic designer

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

In Year 9 we cover a range of topics and techniques. You will plan and develop personal and creative ideas from conception to realisation; develop technical skills; manipulate a wide range of media (from wet, dry, 3D & digital) using many different tools and techniques; develop creative thinking and observational skills, drawing accurately in a variety of styles. Fine Art entitles you to be expressive and independent and you will have the opportunity to produce large scale pieces using different techniques such as etching, mono-printing and use of photography.

• Drawing systems - Still life • Painting - Abstract • Photography/Collage - Landscape • Printmaking - Portraiture • Collage/3D/Relief Tile

Year 10 Topics Covered

This will depend on your teacher but might be based on portraiture/still life or landscape. Coursework is produced every lesson throughout Key Stage 4 with classwork and independent study work included in each submission. The course is taught in a thematic way, with sustained projects allowing students to plan thoroughly and to produce high-quality outcomes. There is an integrated approach to the critical, practical and theoretical study of Artists, Craftsman & Designers. The great majority of the course is practical with an element of written analysis and annotation. In Year 11 you complete the coursework or NEA (Non-Exam Assessment) and in January you will receive your exam paper. You will get to choose ONE of the questions and develop your ideas culminating in a 10-hour exam. Don’t panic - this is done over several days.

Year 11 Topics Covered

Internal Assessment

Coursework is 60% and the Exam is 40% of the marks for the final grade. The exam and coursework will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives:

AO1: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources. AO2: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials techniques and processes. AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses. AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language.

External Assessment

In Year 11 you will have a 10-hour timed assessment.

The Exam paper is issued to students well in advance of the examination to allow students to prepare their ideas fully and this preparation work is a considerable part of the final examination grade.

“The Creative Industries sector is growing more than five times faster than the national economy.” Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

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Business Studies GCSE

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/business/gcse/business-8132

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE 9-1 Business Studies

AQA

8132

Ms E Ashbee

Course Information

Business Studies is a popular option at this level; it gives students an insight into how a business is run on a daily basis and all of the skills and qualities needed to be successful in business.

During Year 9 we focus on learning key skills and terminology. At the end of this, students will have the basic knowledge they need to study the more complex topics of Business.

Skills/Aptitude Required

Students will need to have a passion for business and the enthusiasm to develop new and innovative ideas. Students will need to have the desire to work hard and apply their learned knowledge to business in the real world. They will need to be able to analyse and evaluate business decisions and the effects on these along with constructing reports/essays.

Next Steps There is an opportunity for students to take A-Level Business Studies. This builds on from the skills developed at GCSE and looks at studied topics at a more in-depth level. We also offer Financial Studies at Level 3 which also links to some business concepts studied during GCSE.

Future Careers • Business Administration • Business Management • Entrepreneur • Human Resources

• Marketing Assistant/Manager

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

Walt Disney

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Business in the Real World Business Planning, Ownership, Location, Stakeholders and Expansion. The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

Human Resources Motivation, Recruitment, Training and Organisation Structure.

Projects Levi Roots Project, Monopoly Board Creation and Dragon’s Den Challenge.

Year 10 Topics Covered

Influences on Business Globalisation, Technology, Economic Climate, Ethics and the Environmental Climate.

Marketing Market Research, Marketing Mix and Segmentation.

Projects Coca Cola Flavour Creation and Lego Segmenting. Operations Production Methods, Logistics and Procurement.

Year 11 Topics Covered

Finance Sources of Finance, Financial Calculations and Ratios.

Projects Paper Aeroplane Production.

Internal Assessment

Students will be continually assessed throughout this course. This will take place through case studies and questions at the end of each topic to ensure that knowledge has been learned and understood. At the end of each term, there is also a summative assessment which will test all of the topics students have learned in that term. There will be two externally assessed exams taken at the end of Year 11 focusing on different functional areas. Each paper is worth 50% of the GCSE.

External Assessment

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Computer Science GCSE

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/computer-science-j277-from-2020/

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE Computer Science

OCR

J277

Ms Akuffo-Kelly

Course Information

The GCSE in Computer Science encourages learners to be inspired, moved and challenged in the rigorous subject of Computer Science. Topics covered include: Systems Architecture, Memory, Storage, Wired and Wireless Networks, Network Topologies, Protocols and Layers, and System Security. There has never been a better time to study this subject; cyber security is a growth area and commands high salaries. • Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts, including abstraction, decomposition, logic, algorithms, and data representation. • Analyse problems in computational terms through practical experience of solving such problems, including designing, writing and debugging programs. • Think creatively, innovatively, analytically, logically and critically. • Understand the components that make up digital systems, and how they communicate with one another and with other systems. • Understand the impacts of digital technology to the individual and to wider society. • Apply mathematical skills relevant to Computer Science.

Skills/Aptitude Required

Next Steps At The Howard School you can progress to OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT, but this qualification also has links with A-Level Computer Science.

Future Careers • Computer Scientist (Research): £25k – £70k • Teacher: £25k – 32K • Cyber Security Expert: £35k – £70K+ • Network Security: £57k • Software Engineer: £25k – £50k

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

We start with the foundation concepts including looking at how data is stored in computer systems including, units of storage, binary and hexadecimal numbers, images, sound, characters and compression. We also cover Boolean logic. We cover computational thinking terms such as abstraction, decomposition and algorithmic thinking.

We then learn about the architecture of the CPU including the Von Neumann architecture and the Fetch-Decode-Execute cycle.

Year 10 Topics Covered

At this stage we gain some practical programming skills including string and file manipulation and handling, SQL and databases etc. All of this is linked to the theory, which includes Defensive design methods, Identify syntax and logic errors and Languages & IDE.

Year 11 Topics Covered

The main focus of this year will be on networks ranging form Networks and topologies, Networks, protocols and layers, Networks threats and prevention methods. We will finish with looking at different types of software and the ethical and legal implication of computer use.

Internal Assessment

Internal assessment does not contribute to final grade.

Students have a test at the end of every topic within each unit.

The tests inform students and staff where improvements can be made to ensure they continue to make good progress.

External Assessment

All components are externally assessed at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1: Computer Systems

Written paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of total GCSE 80 marks

Paper 2: Computational Thinking, Algorithms and Programming

Written paper: 1 hour and 30 minutes 50% of total GCSE 80 marks

“Everyone should learn how to code, it teaches you how to think.”

Steve Jobs

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Drama GCSE

www.aqa.co.uk/subjects/drama

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE Drama

AQA

8261

Miss Cordell

Course Information

Drama GCSE is an academic subject but includes plenty of practical work, making it a great option. 60% of the GCSE grade is based on practical performances and written coursework which really eases the pressure of those last few terms of Year 11.

Drama is a great subject for developing essential study and life skills which can be used across your school career – and beyond!

Skills/Aptitude Required

We’re looking for pupils who are willing to explore new ideas, are creative, good team players and keen to develop performance skills. There is a fair amount of writing involved (including a 2 hour written exam) so a good level of literacy is important.

Internal Assessment

Component 3 (40%) A devised piece performed & recorded in school with a written portfolio of coursework.

External Assessment

Component 1 (40%) Written Exam (1 hour 45 mins) taken at the end of Year 11.

Component 2 (20%) Scripted scenes. Performed to a visiting AQA examiner.

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

Year 9 builds skills and knowledge through two very practical projects: 1. A whole class production performed to an invited audience of family and friends. 2. A group Devising Theatre project, creating an original performance.

Year 10 Topics Covered

Year 10 begins with an introduction to 3 styles of theatre: • Naturalism • Epic • Physical Theatre

These are taught through a series of practical workshops. In the second half of the year we work on our first exam component – Devising Theatre worth 40% of the GCSE.

Year 11 Topics Covered

There are 2 exam components to cover in Year 11:

2 Scripted Scenes Performed to a visiting examiner.

The Written Exam This is based on exploration of a set text (currently Blood Brothers) and a live theatre production we have watched.

Next Steps Drama GCSE is the perfect preparation for further study on our BTEC National Diploma programme, but is also a good basis for any subject or pathway requiring research, essay writing or ‘real life’ skills.

Future Careers “The UK’s Creative Industries contribute almost £13 million to the UK economy every hour” Gov.uk (Feb 2020).

Studying Drama isn’t just about wanting to be an actor or director, it prepares students for a whole host of career opportunities by equipping them with the skills and aptitude to succeed. Past students have gone on to successful careers in:

• Teaching • Law • Journalism • Film • Media Design • PR • Retail

• Museums • Photography • Therapy • Psychology • Events Management • Theatre

”Arts education isn’t something we add on after we’ve achieved other priorities, it’s actually critical for achieving those priorities in the first place.”

First Lady Michelle Obama

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French GCSE https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE French

AQA

8658

Mr P Henry

Course Information

Learning a language opens doors to many opportunities such as travel, work and further study. Learning a GCSE language gives students the opportunity to progress quickly and gain the confidence to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.

Skills/Aptitude Required

The course is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop their French language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

Successful linguists are good communicators, problem solvers and intelligent thinkers.

Future Careers • Law

• Hotel Management • Travel and Tourism

• Translating • Interpreting • Journalism • Teaching • Sales and Marketing • Banking • Public Relations • Exporting/Importing • Construction and Engineering

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

• Hobbies and echnology • Sports and Lifestyle • Holidays • Jobs and Careers • Family and Relationships • Free time Activities • French Culture • Town and Local Area • Holidays • School

Year 10 Topics Covered

Year 11 Topics Covered

• Jobs and Work Experience • Future Career • Environment • GCSE SRLW examination preparation through targeted vocabulary and grammar revision.

Internal Assessment

Students have a test at the end of every term within each unit.

The tests inform students and staff where improvements can be made to ensure they continue to make good progress.

External Assessment

All components are externally assessed at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1: Listening (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

Paper 2: Speaking (25%)

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

Paper 3: Reading (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

Paper 4: Writing (25%)

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

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Spanish GCSE https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

Course Title

Exam Board

Specification Code

Head of Department

GCSE Spanish

AQA

8698

Mr P Henry

Course Information

Learning a language opens doors to many opportunities such as travel, work and further study. Learning a GCSE language gives students the opportunity to progress quickly and gain the confidence to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.

Skills/Aptitude Required

The course is designed to enable students of all abilities to develop their Spanish language skills to their full potential, equipping them with the knowledge to communicate in a variety of contexts with confidence.

Successful linguists are good communicators, problem solvers and intelligent thinkers.

Future Careers • Law

• Hotel Management • Travel and Tourism

• Translating • Interpreting • Journalism • Teaching • Sales and Marketing • Banking • Public Relations • Exporting/Importing • Construction and Engineering

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The Course in Depth

Year 9 Topics Covered

• Hobbies • Films and cinema • Jobs and careers • Holidays • Sports and lifestyle

Year 10 Topics Covered

• School • Family and relationships • Free time activities • Town and local area • Spanish culture

Year 11 Topics Covered

• Jobs and work experience • Future careers • Environment • GCSE SRLW examination preparation through targeted vocabulary and grammar revision.

Internal Assessment

Students have a test at the end of every term within each unit.

The tests inform students and staff where improvements can be made to ensure they continue to make good progress.

External Assessment

All components are externally assessed at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1: Listening (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of spoken language.

Paper 2: Speaking (25%)

Communicating and interacting effectively in speech for a variety of purposes.

Paper 3: Reading (25%)

Understanding and responding to different types of written language.

Paper 4: Writing (25%)

Communicating effectively in writing for a variety of purposes.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Nelson Mandela

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