Year 10 Curriculum Map – Half term 4 (February to Easter)  

Maths 

Students continue to study in two separate tiers based on their tier of entry in year 11. Within each tier the topics are further differentiated according to prior attainment so not all topics will be covered by every student.  

 

Foundation: 

 

Ratio and proportion  

  • Ratio 

  • Scale factors and diagrams 

  • Ratio notation 

  • Proportion 

  • Direct and inverse proportion 

  • Comparing lengths, areas and volumes  

Higher: 

 

Multiplicative reasoning 

  • Relationships between operations 

  • Working with units 

  • Direct and inverse proportion 

  • Compound measures 

Transformations and constructions 

  • The four transformations 

  • Constructions 

  • Loci 

  • Bearings 

 

English 

Due to a review of curriculum planning to allow more breadth of study in Year 9, a period of transition between curriculum models will be required.  Current Year 10 (Feb 2019) will study how to approach English Language paper 1.  Students will be required to demonstrate their narrative writing skills and approach to exploring an extract from an unseen literary text.   

From February 2021, students in Year 10 will continue to prepare for their approach to English Language Paper 1, but will also be required to study their modern GCSE text ‘A Taste of Honey’ by Shelagh Delaney.   

Science 

Set 1 students' study separate sciences.  In Biology they will be completing topic 4 Bioenergetics and beginning topic 5 Homeostasis.  In Chemistry they will be completing topic 5 Energy changes and beginning topic 6 Rate and extent of Chemical change.  In Physics they will be completing 4 Atomic structure and moving on to topic 5 Forces.  Work will begin on general revision after this point as we are hoping to run year 10 examinations during the Summer Term, however this may be subject to change.  In the Combined Science course students will be completing topic 4 Bioenergetics in Biology and moving on to topic 5 Homeostasis.  In Chemistry they will be completing topics 4 Chemical changes and 5 Energy changes.  In Physics they will be completing topic 4 Atomic structure and moving on to topic 5 Forces.  Each set will study these topics in a different order but will all complete at the same time. Preparation for the year 10 examinations will commence during this half term at an appropriate juncture with the hope of mock exams taking place in the Summer Term.  

Geography 

Students will study AQA Geography GCSE 9-1. They will continue to study a unit on urban Manchester. Manchester will be the case study to learn about how urban change has created opportunities and challenges. Students will explore the features of urban sustainability and how to manage resources and transport in a sustainable way.  When this unit is completed, they will begin a unit on Rivers. Students will be assessed through regular low stakes knowledge tests and by formal written assessments – the assessments will be cumulative and include topics that have been studied previously in years 9 and 10. 

History 

Students will continue to study AQA History GCSE 9-1. Students will continue to develop their historical skills and second-order concepts such as causation, significance, interpretations and source skills. Students will be focusing on the Civil Rights Movement, President Kennedy’s New Frontier and President Johnson’s Great Society. All the topics will help students to understand and explore the time that they live in by giving them an awareness of political concepts. Students will take part in activities that deepen their ability to make inferences from complex written and visual sources. Students will be assessed through regular low stakes knowledge tests and by formal written assessments. 

Health & Social Care 

Students will explore the health and social care services that are available and why individuals may need to use them including 

  • Different health care services and how they meet service user needs 

  • Different social care services and how they meet service user needs 

Students will explore barriers that can make it difficult to use these services and how these barriers can be overcome. 

The types of barriers include 

  • physical barriers 

  • sensory barriers 

  • social, cultural and psychological barriers 

  • language barriers 

  • geographical barriers 

  • intellectual barriers 

  • resource barriers  

  • financial barriers 

Psychology 

Research methods and unit 3: problems in psychology. 

Homework set at least once a week. 

Religious Studies 

Students will continue to study Islamic beliefs and practices as well as aspects for the War and Conflict Unit. Students will consider key ethical and philosophical questions that relate to the causes and consequences of war and conflict and investigate warzones influenced by religion and cultural difference like Israel, Palestine. Students will consider the concept of peace and analyse religious teachings about Just war and pacifism and conscientious objectors. 

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. This includes lessons using specialist programmes such as CAM software and photoshop. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the GCSE curriculum with practical and IT experiences replaced as appropriate with demonstrations and online materials or delayed unitil students are back in school.  

Students, this half term will create a complex packaging net for an Easter egg. Students will look in detail at the functions of packaging. This will involve researching the properties and origins of papers and boards, the mechanical aspects of packaging as well as exploring the visual design elements. Modelling and experimentation will be a central focus of this project, as will their recording of it. They will experiment with card create models, which they will then develop into a digital 3D model of their design. They will then develop the net for their product and prepare it for manufacture. Theory this term, will complement this by looking social and cultural issues in design and investigating industrial manufacturing processes, particularly those used to make packaging products.  

Design Technology 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. This includes lessons using specialist programmes such as CAM software and photoshop. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the GCSE curriculum with practical and IT experiences replaced as appropriate with demonstrations and online materials or delayed unitil students are back in school.  

Theory lessons will focus on areas including selection of materials and components, tolerances, material management, finishes and origins of materials. 

Practical lessons make a small storage unit / box, drawing on previous skills covered. CAD CAM lessons similarly make a small box using the laser cutter. This allows students to compare and contrast the two methods. Homeworks will be a mix of worksheets and research activities that relate to the theoretical knowledge or practical skills covered in recent lessons. 

Food & Nutrition 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. This includes lessons using specialist programmes such as CAM software and photoshop. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the GCSE curriculum with practical and IT experiences replaced as appropriate with demonstrations and online materials or delayed unitil students are back in school.  

Pupils will carry on with their work on Food Science looking at why food is cooked, heat transfer, cooking methods, changing properties of nutrients and raising agents. They will then move onto the topic of food safety.  This topic covers the following areas food spoilage, storing food safely, preparing food safely, food poisoning, and the uses of microorganisms.    Practical lessons will carry on each week making a variety of both savoury and sweet dishes gaining new skills.  Homeworks are set in relation to the topic studied in lesson.  

French 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.   

 

They study topics related to:  

  

  • Talking about where you live and what you can do there 

  • weather and transport 

  • Describing a town and asking the way 

  • Describing local region and comparing/contrasting life in a city/town with life in the countryside. 

 

They add to their knowledge of French grammar, with a focus on developing confidence and security in using at least three tenses: present, past, future.  They apply the imperfect tense where appropriate and they develop use of the conditional tense. They develop use of modal verbs with “on”, the use of the imperative in the context of giving directions, irregular adjectives in the context of describing a local area, the use of the superlative when making extended comparisons. 

 

Where circumstances allow, they practise specimen papers and past papers in a range of skills at Foundation and Higher tiers, under the guidance of their teacher. 

German 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  

They study topics related to:  

 

  • Family relationships 

  • Friendship 

  • Relationship dynamics 

  • Weddings and formalised partnerships 

  • Social weekend activities 

  • Childhood experiences compared with the present 

  

Pupils add to their knowledge of German grammar, with a focus on developing use of adjectives with nominative and accusative cases, possessive adjectives in the nominative and accusative cases, the preposition “mit” with the dative case, separable verbs in the present and perfect tense, “werden” with a range of infinitives for the future tense, further prepositions with movement (accusative) and no movement (dative), modal verb “wollen” and further development of the imperfect. 

 

Where circumstances allow, they practise specimen papers and past papers in a range of skills at Foundation and Higher tiers, under the guidance of their teacher. 

Performing Arts 

The “Putting on a Show Unit” will allow students to look at all aspects of performing arts.  They will work on a musical theatre script and learn how to work together as a Production Company.  Throughout this process students will understand how to appraise situations, think outside the box and be more confident going into unfamiliar situations. Students learn to trust their ideas and abilities. Confidence gained from learning performing arts skills applies to school, career, and life.  By focusing on this project the students are free to be creative and will learn how to make creative choices to help them think of new ideas, allowing them to view the world around them in new ways. The Theatre is a collaboration of different players and in many cases the quality of any performance reliance on an ensemble performance. Combining the creative ideas and the abilities of all participants is required for the best outcomes. This requires all those taking part to engage in discussions, feedback, rehearsing, and the performance. 

Art 

Component 1 - Portraiture Project  

 

Realistic Self-Portrait 

Students will finish the third and final stage of their realistic self-portrait drawings, which were started before half-term. They will then produce an analysis page of their self-portrait, in which they will evaluate the success of their drawing, identify areas for improvement, and make connections with their knowledge of proportions, values, tonal shading techniques, etc.  

 

Artist Analysis  

Students will produce a double page spread on one of three artists that they have chosen. This will involve overall analysis of the artist’s work in general, as well as in-depth discussion one chosen piece and students forming their personal opinion.  

 

Pastiche 

Students will produce a pastiche of their chosen artist’s work using similar materials and techniques, in order to better understand the artist’s working process.  

 

 

GCSE PE 

Theory - Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the components of fitness, including cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, speed, strength, flexibility and agility. 

Learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of sports psychology theories related to acquiring movement skills and optimising performance.  

Theory 

Paper 1 Physical Factors affecting Performance - Learners will explore the long- and short-term effects of exercise on the body systems.  They will apply the long- and short-term effects to examples from sport and physical activity. 

 

Paper 2 Socio-Cultural Issues & Sports Psychology- Learners will start to explore the socio-cultural influences within physical activity and sport by looking at the current trends in participation, commercialisation and the ethical issues. 

Enterprise 

Students will spend this half term studying Component 1 – Exploring Enterprises which is the coursework component of their Tech Award qualification in Enterprise. The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of business and enhance the student’s enterprise capability. The unit builds upon knowledge of business start-up and financial skills focused on in previous years blending the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities as part of a Key Stage 4 qualification. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons. 

Computer Science 

Students will spend this half term studying Programming with Python which is a topic assessed by the final examination component of their GCSE Computer Science. The skills learned from these programming projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of IT and enhance the student’s digital capability. The unit builds upon knowledge of programming and computer architecture focused on in previous years blending the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities as part of a Key Stage 4 qualification. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform and Office 365 every two lessons. 

Digital Information Technology 

Students will spend this half term studying Component 2 – Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data which is the coursework component of their Tech Award qualification in Digital Information Technology. The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of technology and enhance the student’s digital capability. The unit supplements the more traditional Office and ICT skills focused on in previous years blending the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities as part of a Key Stage 4 qualification. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons.