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Phoenix College

Our Curriculum

CURRICULUM POLICY AND PROVISION

Phoenix College provides students with a broad and balanced curriculum which includes the study of academic and vocational subjects.

Subject 

Qualification

Subject

Qualification

English

GCSE

Functional Skills

Art

GCSE

Mathematics

GCSE

Functional Skills

Food

V Cert / ASDAN short course

Science

GCSE

ICT

 

Geography

GCSE

Business and Enterprise

V Cert

History

GCSE

PE

V Cert / GCSE

Enhancement Activities : Wednesday and Friday afternoon timetable

Students are given a choice of a range of enhancement activities both on and off site

On site provision

Craft

Cooking

Book and Film Club

Pool

Confectionary club

Gardening

Lego club

Table tennis

Offsite provision

Winter sports

Basketball

Football

Fishing

Auto Skills

Horse riding

Diving

Swimming

Kayaking

Climbing

 

 

Intervention / therapy and support

Educational Psychologist

Key worker

School Care Officer

CAMHS (Offsite)

Literacy Intervention

Numeracy Intervention

 

 

Break time and Lunch Structured activities

Pool

Table tennis

Table Football

Football

Quiet room / Board games

X Box room

Toast room

Tuck room

Subject Curriculum Statement for Art – 2017 /18

Year 7 Art 

Year 7 pupils have started developing skills in a variety of media including drawing, colour mixing, painting, three dimensional work and ceramics. They are starting to develop skills in understanding, making and evaluating. They have had an opportunity to work independently and collaboratively.

Year 8 Art 

Year 8 pupils have been starting to develop skills in producing outcomes based on their own ideas, inspired by the work of artists.  They are developing skills in ceramics, 3D work, digital media, drawing and painting.  They have started to understand how the work of craftspeople and artists affect our everyday lives.  The boys have had opportunities to work independently and collaboratively. In terms 5 and 6, they start to prepare for Entry level qualifications, which they continue to work on during year 9.

Year 9 Art 

Year 9 pupils have been using their developed skills in producing outcomes based on their own ideas, inspired by the work of artists towards their Entry level.  They are developing skills in ceramics, 3D work, digital media, drawing and printing.  They have started to understand how the work of craftspeople and artists affect our everyday lives.  The boys have had opportunities to work independently and collaboratively. In terms 5 and 6, they start to prepare for GCSE qualifications, which they continue to work on during year 10.

Year 10 Art 

Year 10 have started to work on their portfolio project, which is 60% of the GCSE Art and Design course marks. They do the examination work, which is 40% of the course marks, in year 11.  They are displaying their abilities in knowledge, skills and understanding of Art and Design. The portfolio project prepares them for the format of the examination in year 11.

Year 11 Art 

Year 11 pupils are studying a GCSE qualification in Art and Design. The course is 60% portfolio and 40% examination, and each student is expected to create two projects showing their abilities in knowledge, skills and understanding. For the examination each pupil is expected to use the skills they have developed to guide them in a self-directed manner through a project.

 It is hoped that beyond year 11, the skills the pupils have learned, particularly self-evaluation, will assist them in their future endeavours.

Subject Curriculum Statement for English - 2017/18

Year 7 

Year 7 are working on conveying information, personal writing, poetry, storytelling, drama, and author studies.  Learners are studying fiction and non-fiction including The Way Home, an Introduction to Shakespeare, Ted Hughes’ Iron Man and Iron Woman, and T S Eliot’s Cats.

Year 8 

Year 8 are working on personal writing, author studies, storytelling and drama, investigating and comparing poetry and media studies.  Learners are studying a range of fiction and non-fiction including autobiographies and biographies, Lemony Snicket, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Poetry, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and a range of newspapers, magazines and news websites.

Year 9 

Year 9 are working on conveying information, writing to inform, reading for meaning, developing arguments, persuading, poetry, storytelling and author studies.  Learners are studying fiction and non-fiction texts including Louis Sacher’s Holes, Robert Swindells’ Stone Cold and Shakespeare’s Macbeth.  In Year 9, learners begin linking their studies to the GCSE curriculum.

Year 10 

Year 10 are developing their familiarity with the new Edexcel GCSE English Language 9-1 exam and Functional English at their appropriate level. 

Learners will develop their use of transactional and imaginative writing, and reinforce their spelling, punctuation and grammar skills.  Learners are studying a range of 19th Century and current unseen short fiction and non-fiction texts.   Learners sit their Functional English exam this year if they are ready.

Year 11 

Year 11 are reinforcing their knowledge of the new Edexcel GCSE English Language 9-1 exam and Functional English exam structures.  Learners continue to develop their use of transactional and imaginative writing, while securing their underpinning spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. 

Learners continue exploring a range of 19th Century and current unseen short fiction and non-fiction texts.  Learners also develop their spoken language skills, as final assessments include a spoken language element for all qualifications.

Subject curriculum statement FOOD TECHNOLOGY 2017/18

YEAR 7 Food Technology 

Year 7 will be undertaking the “Skills for Life” Modules introducing them to food technology, enhancing their knowledge of food properties, ways of preparing, cooking, presenting and evaluating and learning to cook and eat healthily.  They will be learning new skills and trying new ingredients to produce dishes such as Dutch Apple Cake, Thai Green Curry and many more.   Within the modules students will learn a wide range of topics based on food issues.

YEARS 8 & 9 Food Technology 

Years 8 & 9 will be undertaking the ASDAN Foodwise Short Course which is a 2 year course. Students will be able to develop and demonstrate a range of skills through activities and studies as well as developing an understanding of Foodwise issues.

YEAR 10  Food and Cookery 

Year 10 are undertaking the NCFE V Cert Food and Cookery Level 1  / level 2 Certificate.  This qualification is designed for learners with an interest in food and cookery.

It will provide students with experience of using different cooking techniques and methods to enable them to use these within further education or apprenticeships. It will give them a basic understanding of the skills required for a career in food.

YEAR 11 Food Technology 

Year 11 are undertaking the 2nd Year of the ASDAN Foodwise Short course.  Students will be able to develop and demonstrate a range of skills through activities and studies as well as developing an understanding of Foodwise issues.

Subject Curriculum Statement for Humanities- 2017/18

History

Year 7 History 

Year 7 students are looking at an introduction to History through the feudal system, castles, medieval realms, Vikings and the Black Death

Will be aiming to develop:

  • Student understandings of what sources can tell us about the past, content and how sources can be used as evidence.
  • Student understandings that events have consequences.
  • Verbal and written responses to describe impact and consequences.

 

Year 8 History 

Year 8’s are looking at crime and punishment, Black Death and medicine, Vikings and Charles 1st within the civil war.

Will be aiming to develop on top of year 7:

  • Student understanding in differences of interpretations, consequences and changes caused by events.
  • Student responses through verbal and written Explanations, thoughts and theories.
  • Concept of analysis and deployment of sources and identifying key facts.  
  • Students to develop literacy through descriptions of implications and consequences.

Geography

Year 7 Geography 

Year 7 students will be looking at an introduction to Geography through Physical, human and environmental.

Will be aiming to develop:

  • Students geographical base knowledge showing independent thinking.
  • Confidence in both verbal and written descriptions of geographical features using key words.
  • Written explanation to form links between all topics of geography.
  • Student’s confidence in using key words in descriptions of geographical features.

Year 8 Geography 

Year 8’s are also looking at Physical, human and environmental geography through case studies.

Will be aiming to develop on top of year 7:

  • Student’s geographical knowledge and understanding used to explain geographical processes and to describe geographical features.
  • Clear written evidence on consequences  in all geographical topics
  • Very good geographical knowledge showing independent thinking through personalised tasks.
  • Very good description of geographical features using key words correctly.
  • explanation to form links between topics of geography.
  • Accurate recognition of processes and basic explanation.

Year 9 to Year 11 Geography: 

Year 9 students have started their GCSE course a year early to give each student the opportunity to access the full curriculum to the best of their ability. They will focus on Geography following OCRB guidelines and will sit their GCSE’s in Year 11 as the course will run over 3 years focussing on Physical, Human and Environmental Geography with a case study/ field work around Reading.

Aims:

  • To prepare pupils for their GCSE course over the course of 3 years
  • To develop an enjoyment of Geography and develop confidence within technical terminology.
  • Confidence development on sitting exams through consistent mock exams where appropriate.
  • To establish appropriate support for each student to ensure full success

Subject Curriculum Statement for ICT and Business and Enterprise- 2017/18

Year 7 ICT 

In year 7 students study a number of topics which will develop their IT capability and technical understanding.  They will develop skills, knowledge and understanding in animation, the fundamentals of computers and a range of office applications including Excel and Paint.

They will be educated in the wider social aspects of the subject including how to use the Internet and Email safely.  Within each unit, students will be able to further develop their skills in reflection and self-evaluation. 

Year 8 ICT 

Students develop skills and understanding on spreadsheets including using shortcuts and modelling.

Learners look at different network topologies, how they are set up and the hardware required. Students explore the advantages and disadvantages of each system and understand the risks of viruses, worms, and Trojan horses.

They are introduced to MS Access and learn about different types of databases around them and their uses.  They learn the features of the application and create queries and searches to help solve problems. 

Students widen their primary school skills of programming by learning advanced commands to create images, graphics and patterns on MS LOGO.

Year 9 ICT 

In year 9, students use their skills from Year 7 and 8 to build a portfolio for an Entry level qualification to demonstrate a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in ICT.  The focus is on practical skills but within their coursework students still require to demonstrate their understanding of how to be safe, secure and sensible when using ICT.

Year 10 Business Studies 

Students gain a broad understanding of business functions and processes in the modern world.  Topics covered include; economic, environmental, ethical, governmental, legal, social and technological issues.  Learners will have the opportunity to demonstrate and apply their knowledge, skills and understanding through a range of tasks to work towards completing an Entry Level qualification. 

Year 11  Business and Enterprise 

Students in year 11 extend and demonstrate their understanding of the business world from year 10 by completing a number of modules in order to gain a Level 1 qualification in NCFE.  Students are encouraged to work collaboratively in a group as well as independently and to use their own initiative throughout the course.  After leaving Phoenix, students are able to progress to Level 2 at their FE College.   

At Key Stage 4, students use discrete ICT lessons and work collaboratively with the outreach department to use technology to prepare for their post 16 pathways. 

Subject Curriculum Statement for Mathematics – 2017/18

Year 7 Mathematics 

All pupils follow a scheme of work which is in keeping with Key Stage 3 of the new national curriculum (2015).  Areas covered include Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Data Handling.  Great emphasis is placed on mental agility including the quick recall of multiplication tables and regular mental arithmetic sessions.  Pupils are encouraged to work at their own pace and explain methods and reasoning for their answers.  Learning is assessed through questions and answers, teacher observations, written work and a formal internal exam.

Aims:

  • To prepare pupils for their GCSE course and Entry Level Certificate course
  • To develop an enjoyment of mathematics and ward off the frustration of getting something wrong
  • To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by building independence, confidence and perseverance

Year 8 Mathematics 

All pupils follow a scheme of work which is in keeping with Key Stage 3 of the new national curriculum (2015).  Areas covered include Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Data Handling.  Great emphasis is placed on mental agility including the quick recall of multiplication tables and regular mental arithmetic sessions.  Pupils are encouraged to work at their own pace and explain methods and reasoning for their answers.  Learning is assessed through questions and answers, teacher observations, written work and a formal internal exam.

Aims:

  • To consolidate work learnt in Year 7 and prepare pupils for Year 9
  • To prepare pupils for their GCSE course and Entry Level Certificate course
  • To develop an enjoyment of mathematics and ward off the frustration of getting something wrong
  • To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by building independence, confidence and perseverance

Year 9 Mathematics 

All pupils follow a scheme of work which is in keeping with Key Stage 3 of the new national curriculum (2015). This prepares them for their Entry Level Certificate and their GCSE course.

The Year 9 pupils begin their Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics which comprises Coursework and an Exam taken in March.   Areas covered include Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Data Handling.   Pupils are encouraged to work at their own pace and level, to achieve these qualifications for when they leave school. Work is assessed by questions and answers, discussion and observation, written work and marking, practice tests and formal tests.

Aims:

  • To prepare pupils for their GCSE course and Entry Level Certificate course
  • To develop an enjoyment of mathematics and ward off the frustration of getting something wrong
  • To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by building independence, confidence and perseverance

Year 10 Mathematics 

All pupils follow a scheme of work which is in keeping with Key Stage 4 of the new National curriculum.  This prepares them for the Achievement Tests in the GCSE course as time and ability allows.  The GCSE course is done through Edexcel.

  Highlights of the new GCSE Mathematics curriculum (2015): 

  • The volume of the subject content has increased
  • A new grading structure has been introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale
  • Pupils will now sit 3 (previously 2) exam papers of equal weighting with a duration of 1hour and 30 minutes each at the end of the course
  • In the assessments there is a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning
  • Fewer formulae will be provided in the examinations – pupils will be required to memorise formulae

The mathematics curriculum is designed to help students emerge from GCSE Maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.    Areas covered include Number and Algebra, Geometry and measures, Data Handling.  Work is assessed by questions and answers, discussion and observation, written work and Tests.  Pupils are encouraged to work at their own pace and level, to achieve these qualifications for when they leave school.

Aims:

  • To prepare pupils for their tests in Functional Skills, Entry Level Certificate and the GCSE Exam
  • To develop an enjoyment of mathematics and ward off the frustration of getting something wrong
  • To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by building independence, confidence and perseverance

Year 11 Mathematics 

All pupils follow a scheme of work which is in keeping with Key Stage 4 of the National curriculum.  This prepares them for the Achievement Tests in the GCSE course as time and ability allows. The GCSE course is done through Edexcel.

Highlights of the new GCSE Mathematics curriculum (2015):

  • The volume of the subject content has increased
  • A new grading structure has been introduced, from grade 9 to 1, to replace the familiar A* to G grading scale
  • Pupils sit 3 (previously 2) exam papers of equal weighting with a duration of 1hour and 30 minutes each at the end of the course
  • In the assessments there is a greater emphasis on problem solving and mathematical reasoning
  • Fewer formulae will be provided in the examinations – pupils will be required to memorise formulae

The mathematics curriculum is designed to help students emerge from GCSE Maths with a level of confidence and fluency that will provide a genuine foundation for the rest of their learning and working lives.  Areas covered include Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures, Data Handling.  Work is assessed by questions and answers, discussion and observation, written work, tests and the GCSE Exam.  Pupils are encouraged to work at their own pace and level, to achieve these qualifications for when they leave school.

Aims:

  • To prepare pupils for their Mathematics GCSE Exam
  • To develop an enjoyment of mathematics and ward off the frustration of getting something wrong
  • To develop a positive attitude towards mathematics by building independence, confidence and perseverance

Subject Curriculum Statement for Physical Education - 2017/18

Year 7 PE 

This year, students will be given the opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding across the following sports - Football, Netball, Badminton, Table-tennis, Gymnastics, Hockey, Tennis, Rounders, and Athletics. Looking at techniques, strategies, teamwork and personal achievements will be some of the focus points of these lessons.

Year 8 PE 

This year, students will be given the opportunity to further develop last year’s acquired skills, knowledge and understanding across the following sports - Football, Netball, Badminton, Table-tennis, Gymnastics, Hockey, Tennis, Rounders and Athletics. Some of the focal points of the lessons will be looking at improving on techniques, strategies, teamwork and personal achievements.

Year 9 PE 

Throughout the course of the year, students in Y9 will gain the opportunity to develop various sports and activities to an intermediate level. This will be the case for Football, Badminton and Athletics. Furthermore, they will have development lessons in Kayaking (Level 1 Award), Table tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, and Cricket, focusing more on improving the basic techniques and their spatial awareness. Students will be assessed on their abilities to apply the skills and knowledge of these various sports as preparation for their NCFE qualification in Health & Fitness starting next year.

Year 10 PE 

In preparation for their NCFE qualification in Health & Fitness, the students this year will focus on Football, Badminton, Basketball, Health-Related Fitness, Trampolining, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, and Athletics. Fine-tuning their performances and understanding of each sport and their tactics, as well as developing a significant core of knowledge and understanding in preparing, planning and developing a health and fitness programme will be the main focus points through-out the year.

Year 11 PE 

Fine-tuning their performances, knowledge and understanding in Football, Health-Related Fitness, Badminton, Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Tennis and Athletics, as well as building a portfolio of evidence for their NCFE level 2 qualifications in Health & Fitness, will be the main focus points for Y11 this year. Practical revision & Assessment will also be a major focal point, further supported by theory lessons and homework.

Subject Curriculum Statement for Science - 2017/18

Year 7 Science 

In Year 7 students are following the AQA syllabus for the following Sciences:

  • Biology: Cells, Movement, Huma reproduction, Variation, Interdependence, Plan reproduction.
  • Chemistry: Particles, Separating mixtures, Metals and non-metals, Acids and alkalis, Earth structure, The Universe.
  • Physics: Current, Resistance, Light, Sound, Speed, Gravity, Energy transfers and Energy costs.

Year 8 Science 

In Year 8 students are following the AQA syllabus for the following Sciences:

  • Biology: Digestion, Breathing, Inheritance, Evolution, Respiration, Photosynthesis.
  • Chemistry: Climate, Earth resources, Periodic table, Elements, Chemical energy, Type of reactions.
  • Physics: Heating and cooling, Waves effects, Waves properties, Contact forces, Pressure, Magnetism, Electromagnetism, Work.

KS4 Science 

Year 9, 10 and 11

In preparation for their GCSE Year 11 students are following the AQA syllabus for the following Sciences:

Biology

  • Paper 1 (100 marks, 50% of Biology GCSE) – Cell biology; Organisation; Infection and response and Bioenergetics.
  • Paper 2 (100 marks, 50% of Biology GCSE) – Homeostasis and response; Inheritance, variation and evolution and
    Ecology.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/biology-8461

Physics

  • Paper 1 (100 marks, 50% of Physics GCSE) – Energy; Electricity; Particle model of matter; Atomic structure.
  • Paper 2 (100 marks, 50% of Physics GCSE) – Forces; Waves; Magnetism and electromagnetism; Space physics.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/gcse/physics-8463

For any further information on the Curriculum at Phoenix College please contact the school directly following the details in the "Contact Us" section.