Year 11 - Spring

Year 11 Curriculum overview - Spring term


Some students will explore imaginative writing by using inspiration from the film 'Up' followed by half a term on reading for meaning. They will also continue with spelling intervention in addition to phonics and handwriting support where necessary. They will continue to have dedicated reading time with one to one feedback .

Other students will move into final preparation and revision for their AQA GCSE Language examinations which take place in June.


We will be working on the curriculum for the Entry Level Maths qualification. There are awards at Entry 1,2 and 3. There is a regular diet of developing number skills place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed. Additionally money and time skills will continue to be developed. Some pupils will also start tackling topics at a greater depth to prepare for GCSE in year 11.

Also this term there will be topics on representing and interpreting data, finding fractions of amounts, position, direction, symmetry and decimals and percentages. Some pupils will also continue to prepare GCSE in year 11, they will develop the ability to attempt full GCSE papers.

Understanding Our World – Science

Pupils in years 10 and 11 work towards gaining an Entry Level qualification in science. This term pupils will be completing work from units that explore the reactions of acids and alkalis, rates of reaction and metals and their properties.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

Pupils will be learning about the environment and why it is important that we look after where we live. They will be learning about the major environmental issues around the world and think about how that affects us. They will consider some solutions to the problems that we currently face.

Understanding Our World – Religion and Ethics (R and E)

Opening up Hinduism - Pupils will have the opportunity to find out about some of the beliefs and rituals in the Hindu tradition. They will investigate the sights, sounds and smells of the religion as well as finding out about some of the gods and goddesses important to Hindus. Pupils will research the five daily duties for Hindus and some of the festivals of this way of life.

Performing Arts – Dance

Dance from around the world - This term, pupils will explore different dance styles from around the world such as Gumboot dancing and Bollywood. Building on the key words learnt last term: Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationship, to create and choreography their own routines to perform.


Students will continue with the BTEC Sport and Active Leisure programme and an emphasis is placed on analysis of performance through team and individual activities. Students will develop an understanding of how to recognise strengths and weaknesses during performances. Students will carry out Unit 12 – planning your own fitness programme.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The school run the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award over a two-year period in year 10 and 11. During Year 11 the students will be working towards the expedition and volunteering sections. Most of the students will doing prefect duties in their lunch and break times which will complete the volunteering section of the Award.

The lessons will be spent training for the expeditions that will take place in the summer term. This will include cooking on a Trangia, walking, using a tent and navigational skills along with other necessary skills.


Relationships and Sex Education - Pupils will have the opportunity to revise units around friendships and special relationships, thinking about how they might affect their own lives. They will consider information they have found out around contraception and revise previous work on conception. These topics are addressed sensitively, according to the needs of each pupil and in small groups.

Work Related Learning

Girls will attend work experience each Wednesday morning and keep a Work Experience Log Book. Each week they will feedback on work experience to discuss and solve any problems which may have occurred. They will continue to practice completing application forms and writing letters of application. They will begin to complete their CVs. Pupils may also continue to meet the Connexions Personal Adviser for Careers Guidance attached to the school.

Option blocks

In years 10, 11 and Post 16 students are timetabled together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. During this time, they work on a range of termly or half termly activities for which they can express a preference. Some of these activities are accredited and some are unaccredited. For the accredited units the specifications used include BTEC Vocational studies (Entry 3 and Level 1), BTEC Skills for Independence and Work (Level 2) and GCSE Art and Design. The units cover subjects including Art and design, Performing Arts, PE (including sports leadership), outdoor activities, Caring for Children, Land Based Studies, Travel and Tourism, Creative Media Production and History.