Year 10 Curriculum Map – April- May half term 

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: 

 

Right angled triangles  

  • Pythagoras Theorem 

  • Introduction to trigonometry 

 

Probability 

  • Listing systematically 

  • Two-way tables and probability trees 

  • Expected frequency 

  • Venn diagrams 

  • Independent and combined events 

Higher: 

 

Similarity and congruence 

  • Similarity and congruence in 2D 

  • Similarity and congruence in 3D 

 

Further trigonometry 

  • Graphs of trigonometric functions 

  • Exact trigonometric values 

  • Sine rule 

  • Cosine rule 

  • Area of a triangle formula 

 

English 

Due to a review of the breadth of study in Year 9, a period of transition between curriculum models will be required.     

From 2021 Year 10 will study nature poetry and build on their skills of comparison. 

Science 

Students following the Combined Science Trilogy Pathway will be studying the three Unit 4 topics; Biology – Bioenergetics, Chemistry – Chemical Changes and P4 – Atomic Structure.  These three topics will be studied in rotation, so each set will study them in differing orders.  

Students following the Separate Sciences pathway will be finishing the final lessons of the Unit 4 topics and also covering the C5 – Energy Changes topic.  Students will then begin revising to sit a Paper 1 mock in the final half term.  

Geog 

Living World – Students will study the AQA Living world unit and as such will study the structure of ecosystems at a small and large scale. The unit of study will then develop into two case studies - tropical rainforests and hot deserts. Within each study unit students will investigate location, characteristics, plant, and animal adaptations together with how these areas offer both opportunities and challenges for development. 

Hist 

Students will study the AQA Elizabethan England exam unit.  This unit is a depth study and allows the students to study Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign, the challenges she faced and what life was like for people during the Elizabethan period.   

HSC 

Students will explore and practise applying the different care values that are key to the delivery of effective health and social care services. These practises include  

  • empowering and promoting independence   

  • maintaining confidentiality   

  • preserving the dignity of individuals   

  • effective communication   

  • safeguarding and duty of care,   

  • promoting anti-discriminatory practice   

 

Psych 

Research methods, unit 3: Problems in Psychology and paper 1 revision. 

Homework set at least once a week. 

RS 

Students will start the ‘Religion and life unit’, Ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia, medical ethics, animal rights will be reviewed from year 9. Philosophical arguments about life after death, the origins of the universe will also be analysed and evaluated.  Students will complete the Islam beliefs and Practices Unit.  

DT - Graphics 

This term students will develop skills in Photoshop by developing a series of portrait stencils. They will combine digital skills with more traditional ‘hand craft’ skills by preparing their stencils to be used for spray painting and screen printing. They will create a production journal which will help to prepare them for their GCSE coursework task. Theory lessons will look at industrial printing processes as well as further investigation into industry and enterprise, sustainability and the environment and production techniques. 

DT - Materials 

Theory lessons cover topics in Unit 1 of our PG online resources. These topics include industry and enterprise, sustainability and the environment and production techniques. 

In their practical and CAD CAM lessons students will complete a design and make ‘trophy project’ as preparation for their GCSE design and make project. This gives students a trial run through some NEA (none examined assessment) pages of their GCSE design portfolio as well as blending traditional practical skills with CAD CAM in one project. 

Homeworks will be a mix of worksheets and research activities that relate to the theoretical knowledge or practical skills covered in recent lessons. 

Food 

Students will be looking at ‘Factors affecting food choice,’ what influences our food choice, cost of food, eating habits, availability of food and seasonality, enjoyment, celebrations, preferences, occasions, and social aspects of food. Food Choices, with a focus on religions and different cultures.  Ethical and moral beliefs, intolerances and allergies, food intolerance. Students will carry on making a variety of both sweet and savoury products. Time permitting, we will start to look at ‘Food labelling and marketing influences. 

French 

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

  

They complete study of topics related to: 

  

  • Food 

  • Meals 

  • Clothes and what to wear 

  • Clothes shopping 

  • Daily routine 

  • Festivals and traditions 

  • Shopping for a special meal 

  • Family celebrations 

  

They move on to 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 and they apply imperfect tense where appropriate.  They develop their knowledge and use of interrogative forms and a range of pronouns. 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.  

German  

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

  

They complete their study of topics related to:  

  • Social weekend activities 

  • Childhood experiences compared with the present 

 

They then move on to study topics related to: 

  • House and home 

  • Food and drink 

  • Meeting and greeting 

  • Daily routine 

  • Traditional German meals 

  • Staying fit and healthy 

  • Use of digital technology 

  • Social media 

 

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.  They also extend their use of irregular verbs in the present tense, separable verbs in the present tense, use of correct register: “du” or “Sie”, use of “seit” with the present tense, prepositions with the accusative and dative, past tense opinions, reflexive verbs, range of subject pronouns, object pronouns, relative pronouns, development of “wenn” clauses and the use of “daß” with word order. 

Perf 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  

Students will use their own photographs to create portraits in the style of their chosen artist. This will involve using the grid technique, which they have already practised, to produce accurate drawings/paintings. They will then be challenged to take this concept further by adapting the style to make it much more personal to them. They will start to explore a variety of media and techniques in order for them to find a way of working that suits their style and approach.  

Main aims  

For this Half-Term student learning will focus on becoming adept at using the grid technique to efficiently produce accurate portraits from their own photographs and show their ability to display a clear understanding of visual language. 

 

GCSE PE 

Theory - Learners will start to explore sports psychology by looking at skilful movement, skill classification, goal setting, mental preparation and types of guidance/feedback.  

  

Practical - Learners are assessed in their ability to select and perform appropriate skills consistently, precisely and with control and fluency in conditioned, competitive environments, adapting their performance to suit a variety of situations. 

RSW &RHU  

Theory 

Paper 1 Physical Factors affecting Performance - Students will explore the long- term effects of exercise on the body systems. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the components of fitness required for physical activities and sports and how each can be measured. 

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. 

 

Practical - 

Learners are assessed in their ability to select and perform appropriate skills consistently, precisely and with control and fluency in conditioned, competitive environments, adapting their performance to suit a variety of situations. Starting with Athletics 

Enterprise 

Students will spend this half term studying Component 3 – Promotion and Finance For Enterprises which is the examination 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 units 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. Lessons are available from Office 365, your class Team – Notebook or Office 365 – Class Notebook. 

 

 

Comp Sci 

Students will spend this half term studying Data Representation and exam technique which are areas 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. 

DIT 

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.