RE Curriculum

The aim of the RE curriculum is to support pupils’ personal search for meaning by engaging enquiry into the question ‘What is it to be human?’ with students exploring answers offered by religion, belief and Philosophy.

The RE learning is based on guidance provided within the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus and also includes extended curriculum aspects from the Welsh Board unit B GCSE. The skills and attitudes are developed and embedded across the full five year curriculum.

All topics include the following concepts: Shared Human Experience [SHE], Living Religious Tradition [LRT], Beliefs and values [B & V], Search for personal meaning [SPM].

 

Staff in RE

Miss Hussain – Lead Subject teacher
Mrs Crawshaw – Teacher

 

The RE Curriculum

  Cycle 1 Cycle 2 Cycle 3 Cycle 4
Year 7 Baseline Assessment – RE Skills analysis

  • What is spirituality?
  • Has Britain Got Talent?
How can I make the world a better place?
Religious Traditions:- All religions
How can spiritual experiences affect a person’s life
Religious Traditions:-Hajj-Islam
Is there life after death?
Religious Traditions:- Christianity/ Islam
Year 8 Can the power of a revelation transcend to religious people today?
Religious Traditions:- Hinduism beliefs
Do actions have consequences? Do we all have a moral responsibility of care towards each other?
Religious Traditions:- Christianity, Islam
How can religious symbols have an impact on people’s lives?
Religious traditions:-Islam. Christianity
Year 9 Philosophy – Can anyone escape suffering?
Religious Traditions:-Buddhism/suffering
Philosophy – Are we playing God?
Religious Traditions:- Islam Christianity
Begin GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and life: Unit 1- Relationships
GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Life: Unit 2- Is it Fair

 

Year 10

GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Life: Unit 3 – God, life & death
GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Life: Unit 4 – Environment 
GCSE RE [Welsh board]
Religion and Human Experience: Unit 1 – Religion & conflict 
GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Human Experience: Unit 2 – Religion & medicine

Year 11

GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Human Experience: Unit 3 – Religious expression

GCSE RE [Welsh Board]
Religion and Human Experience: Unit 4 – Authority, Religion & the state

 

Exam preparation Paper 1 Exam Preparation Paper 2

 

Useful RE links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower school

Upper School

Spanish Curriculum

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 study Spanish and they can then choose Spanish as an option to study at GCSE if they wish to continue learning a language.

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils study the basics of Spanish through a number of different topics which are listed below and they use all 4 skills (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking). Pupils will also learn about the culture of Spain and Spanish speaking countries and how it is different to the culture that we live in.

If a pupil decides to take Spanish as a GCSE they will revisit familiar topics in more detail and with a more extensive range of vocabulary. The GCSE again involves all 4 skills. Writing and speaking are assessed across Year 10 and 11 and are worth 30% each of the final mark, reading and listening are assessed by an external exam at the end of Year 11 and are worth 20% each.

 

Miss Woodcock – Lead Subject Teacher

 

The Spanish Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Hola.
  • Mi Instituto
  • Mi Familia
  • Year 8
  • Mi tiempo Libre
  • En la ciudad
  • La gente
  • Year 9
  • Vamos a Salir
  • Las Vacaciones
  • La comida

 

Year 10

  • Las Vacaciones
  • La Tecnologia
  • Mi familia

Year 11

  • El Medio Ambiente
  • El trabajo
GCSE Exam preparation

  • Speaking and listening

 

Useful Spanish links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

www.linguascope.com – ask Miss Woodcock for the username and password.

BBC bitesize

www.wordreference.com – Online dictionary.

www.oddcast.com – text to speech. Useful for GCSE students to help with their pronunciations for the Speaking exam.

Duolingo – a free app that is available on Android and Apple which tracks language learning.

History Curriculum

The History Department seeks to help students answer the question – How did things get to be this way?

There is nothing in the world more intriguing and mysterious once we realize the complicated events and causes that led to our present day. History encourages our students to analyse the past assessing the complex web of causes to help explain why particular events and phenomena occur and it communicates its findings in a variety of narratives.

 

Staff in History

Mrs Ribchester – Lead Subject Teacher

Mrs Stobbs – Teacher

 

The History Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • The Roman Empire
  • Medieval England – cultural influences
  • Medieval England – community & society

Year 8

  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • Slavery

Year 9

  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Edwardian England
  • The First World War
  • The Great Depression
  • The Second World War

 

Year 10

GCSE

  • Medicine & Treatment – Values & Beliefs
  • Medicine & Treatment – Society
  • Medicine & Treatment – Moral & Ethical issues

Year 11

  • The USA
    Immigration, Prohibition, The Wall Street Crash
  • Germany
    Hitler’s rise to power, Light of the Long Knives, Krystalnacht
  • Germany
    German Society, Control & Fear, Genocide

 

Useful History links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

 

Urdu Curriculum

At Rhyddings, Urdu is part of the options curriculum for students in Yr 10 &11.

In this GCSE students practise their Urdu language skills in a variety of contexts and develop a broad understanding of the culture of countries and communities where Urdu is spoken.

The four units require students to demonstrate their own ability to write and speak in Urdu and to understand Urdu when it is written down or spoken by others. The units encourage an enjoyment of language learning as well as helping students recognise how language skills might enable them to play an important role in a multi-lingual global society.

 

Mrs Ahmed – Lead Subject Teacher

The Urdu Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

Health

  • Healthy and unhealthy lifestyles and their consequences
  • Unit 3 writing

Relationships and choices

  • Relationships with family and friends
  • Future plans regarding: marriage/partnership
  • Social issues and equality
  • Unit 4 speaking
Leisure

  • free time and the media
  • free time activities
  • Shopping, money, fashion and trends
  • advantages and disadvantages of new technology
  • Unit 3 +4+1+2
Holidays

  • Plans, preferences, experiences
  • what to see and getting around
  • Unit 4 writing

Home and environment

  • Home and local area
  • Special occasions celebrated in the home
  • Home, town, neighbourhood and region, where it is and what it is like
  • Unit 3+4

Year 11

Environment

  • Current problems facing the planet
  • Being environmentally friendly within the home and local area.
  • Unit 3 speaking + unit 1 listening

Work and education

  • School/college and future plans
  • What school/college is like
  • Pressures and problems
  •  Unit 4+ unit 2 reading
Future plans

  • Current and future jobs
  • Looking for and getting a job
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different
  • Unit 4+3 +2+1
Revision – year 11Topics, grammar and communication strategies – suggested approach.

  • Pressures and problems solving
  • Past papers

 

Useful Urdu links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

 

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

 

www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/urdu/guide/

www.urducouncil.nic.in/urdu_online.htm

www.ibtada.com

www.urdumaza.com

Business Studies Curriculum

At Rhyddings Business & Enterprise School, Applied Business Studies is part of the options curriculum for students in Yr 10 & 11

This is an Edexcel BTEC qualification and has been chosen as it allows our students to actively engage in business and develop and apply their theoretical knowledge to existing business situations.

Studying Business Studies encourages students to have enquiring minds and become critical and reflective thinkers.

 

Mrs Bancroft – Lead Subject Teacher

 

The Business Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

  • Enterprise Aims & objectives
  • Business ownership
  • Ethical trading
  • Controlled assignment 1.1
  • Organisational structures
  • Functional areas
  • Communication
  • Controlled assignment 1.2
  • Year 11
  • Stakeholders
  • Customers
  • Laws affecting employees
  • Controlled assignment 1.3
  • Types of financial documents
  • Payment methods
  •  Start up and running costs
  • Profit and loss
  • Balance sheets
  • Profitability and liquidity ratios
  • Revision

 

Useful Business links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

 

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpsvr82

www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk

http://www.tutor2u.net/blog/index.php/business-studies/

Health & Social Care Curriculum

At Rhyddings, Health & Social Care is part of the options curriculum for students in Yr 10 &11.

We believe that by introducing and teaching learners about aspects of personal development from birth to the end of life, and relevant information about the Health, Social care and early Years sectors we are providing students with skills, knowledge and understanding in contexts that are directly relevant to employment situations. This further enhances their choices for further progress at college in one of the given areas and so increases their employability within the health, social care and early year’s sector.

 

Mrs Crawshaw – Lead Subject Teacher

 

The Health & Social Care Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 10

 

GCSE (OCR) A911 Controlled Assessment

  • Task 2 & Task 3
A911 Controlled Assessment

  • Task 3 (continued) & Task 4
A911 Controlled Assessment

  • Tasks 1 & 5

Year 11

 

GCSE (OCR) Unit A912

  • Human Growth and Development – factors that affect health & wellbeing
Unit A912 continued

  • Self esteem
  • Relationships and how they affect health and wellbeing
Unit A912 continued:

  • Types of support- formal/ informal
  • Examination preparation


Useful Health & Social Care links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

Geography Curriculum

The Geography department sees its distinctive contribution to be related to stimulating within the students an interest in, and a sense of wonder about, places. Geography helps students to make sense of a complex and dynamically changing world.

Students look at where places are, how places and landscapes are formed, how people and their environments interact, and how a diverse range of economics, societies and environments are interconnected. It builds on student’s own experiences to investigate places at all scales, from the personal to the global.

 

Staff in Geography

Mr Barnes – Lead Subject Teacher
Miss Masefield – Teacher

 

The Geography Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • The Pendle Hill project
  • The Lancashire project
  •  What is the weather going to be like next week?
  • Green field or brown field?
  •  Food, food everywhere?
  • Diversification and the Wild Boar Park

Year 8

  • Adventure landscapes
  •  Impossible places
  • Frozen planet
  •  Moving stories

Year 9

  • Risky places
  •  Fantastic places
  •  New Asia

 

Year 10

Managing places in the 21st century- The coastal environment

  • Coastal features produced by deposition and erosion
  • Managing coastlines
  • Case studies – Blue plan, Great barrier reef, Holderness coast

 

Hostile world-Living with natural hazards

  • Earthquakes and volcanoes
  • Tropical storms
  • Wildfires
Investigating the shrinking world-investigating global tourism

  • Reasons for the growth and development of tourism
  • Development indicators
  • Map work
  • Eco-tourism
  • Examples- Nepal, Lake District, Morecambe
  • Fieldtrip to Ambleside for collection of data for controlled assessment 1.

Year 11

  • Controlled assessment
Urban environments

  • Transport problems and solutions
  • Urban growth and management in LEDC’s
  • Urban regeneration in MEDC’s
  • Sustainable urban areas
  •  Revision

Useful Geography links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills

Evolve Curriculum

Within Evolve – Music, Drama, Dance & Media all work collaboratively to equip students with a range of skills for life, future education and employment whilst also providing access to a wealth of unique cultural experiences. An outstanding provision of learning opportunities throughout the whole school is provided to promote progression in the Arts across all 5 years, in and out of curriculum time.

 

Staff in Evolve

Miss Booth – Lead Subject Teacher
Mr Bamford – Teacher
Mr Sanna – Teacher

 

The Evolve Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Christmas Show/ Performance – Project 1
  • Music project 1
  • Devised Performances – Own topic/theme – Project 2
  • Music project 2
  •  Carnival/ Celebration
  • Summer show – Project 3
  • Music project 3

Year 8

  • Characterisation – Project 1
  • Music project 1
  • Prepared Improvisation – Project 2
  • Music project 2
  • Scripted piece/ Musical Theatre – Project 3
  • Music project 3

Year 9

  • Pantomime/ Christmas performance
  • Dance- Project 1
  • Music project 1
  • Devised performance- serious topic e.g. drugs and alcohol – Project 2
  • Music project 2
  • BTEC style project – Project three- learners will chose their specialism e.g. Music/ Singing/ Performing Arts/ Dance/ Drama/ Music Tech.

 

Year 10

  • GCSE AQA Performing Arts and Performing Arts Double Award – Music/Dance/Drama/Musical Theatre

Year 11

  • BTEC Performing Arts – Level 2 first award – Drama/Dance/Music/Musical Theatre

 

Useful Evolve links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document

Performing Arts BTEC specification

http://www.thestage.co.uk

Art Curriculum

It is our aim to deliver a syllabus that encourages the acquisition of skills and concepts to the appropriate age. We set challenge and encourage co-operation, looking at and responding to the work of others and most importantly, we strive to build confidence, resilience and creativity.

Staff in Art

Mrs Hopkins – Lead Subject teacher
Mrs Ahmad–Teacher
Mrs Jolly– Teacher

 

The Art Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Do you “get it”?
    Natural Forms, Media & looking at the work of others***
  • Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/***
  • Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/***

Year 8

  • “Drawing for Purpose” & responding to the work of others*/***
  • Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/***
  • Learning skills through media, techniques and the work of others*/**/***

Year 9

  • Mindset for the World of Work – connecting skills to learning for life*
  • Options – why Art?***
  • Mindset for the World of Work – connecting skills to learning for life*
  • Options – why Art?***
  • Empathy & Wisdom***

 

Year 10

  • AQA Unit 1 – “Learning Objectives”, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***
  • AQA Unit 1 – “Learning Objectives”, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response*/**/***
  • AQA Unit 2 – “Learning Objectives”, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response***

Year 11

  • AQA Unit 3 – “Learning Objectives”, Independent Learning, Development and Personal response.
  • Mock Exam***
  • AQA Unit 2***
  • Review/ reflect/ refine***

* Artists, designers, photographers, architects, sculptors, craftspeople.

** Art from other cultures

*** SMSC

Useful Art links:

We would encourage all students to spend time at home reviewing their learning and trying to work through any misunderstandings or areas of difficulty, before then discussing them in school with their teacher.

The following links will help students to find information and other learning resources to support their learning:

Lower School “Can-do” skills document

PE & Sport Curriculum

We strongly believe that provision of physical education both inside the curriculum and out is crucial in helping young people to learn and develop life skills. It is this reason that all our students will complete a GCSE in Sport Studies.

Students receive 2 x 1hr 20min lessons per week; one being an indoor lesson and the other an outdoor lesson. In Year 7 & 8 both of these lessons are practical/ skills focused.

In Year 9 students follow Edexcel GCSE Physical education qualification; one of the weekly sessions will then focus more on theory work such as the role of sport in a healthy lifestyle.

Students will take on a variety of roles such as leader and official, both of which can be used for moderation purposes for the GCSE course rather than a performance based assessment. Students are involved in the continuous process of planning, performing and evaluating their own and others work in each activity area we undertake.

Outstanding students who show good leadership qualities and attend regular extra-curricular activities may be selected as sports ambassadors in Year 10. This role allows students to act in a coaching capacity with local primary students, and to gain a qualification in Sports leadership. Other leadership qualifications such as the Young Sports Leaders award are also available.

 

Staff in PE

Mr Ashfaq – Lead Subject Teacher
Miss Delaney – Teacher
Miss Foster – Teacher
Mrs O’Brien – Teacher

The PE & Sport Curriculum

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby (Tag)
  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Circuit – training
  • Netball
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Short tennis

Year 8

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Cross Country
  • Rugby
  • Football
  •  Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Circuit – training (fitness)
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Short tennis

Year 9

  • Football
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Cross Country
  • Fitness
  • Trampolining
  • Rugby
  • hockey
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  GCSE PE

  • Healthy active lifestyle and how they can benefit you
GCSE PE

  • Influences on your healthy active lifestyle

 

 

Year 10

&

11

BTEC/GCSE PE

  • Exercise and fitness as part of your healthy, active lifestyle
  • Physical Activity as part of your healthy lifestyle
BTEC/GCSE PE

  • Your personal health and wellbeing
  • Physical activity and your healthy mind and body
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your CV system
BTEC/GCSE PE

  • A healthy active lifestyle and your respiratory system
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your muscular system
  • A healthy active lifestyle and your skeletal system
  •  Practical Sports – pupils study a range of sports for their assessment (4 sports)
  • Pupils also undertake a leadership award (JSLA)

 

Art Exam Coursework 2015

Last week, the moderators were in checking our latest art coursework sample – some fine pieces of work were on display in the technology block. For those of you who missed it, check out the gallery below!

Rhyddings Masterchef – The Semi-Finals

This week was the semi-final of Rhyddings Masterchef. Mrs Jolly demonstrated a dish which students were then required to replicate. This involved them making their own pasta and a tomato-based sauce.

Given the difficulty of the dish and the high quality food produced, Mrs Jolly and I decided that we would put three students through to next week’s final. Congratulations to Cameron Walker, Tamzin Riley and Ryan Richardson! We look forward to seeing what the students cook up next week.

Disctracted Are coming to Rhyddings!

Meet Disctracted, teenage singer/songwriter/musician sisters from York.unnamed

16 year old Emily discovered she had a flair for music from a very young age when she picked up the guitar and started writing her own songs. A few months later she asked 14 year old Danielle to sing duet on some of her compositions. The sisters loved singing and performing together so much that Disctracted was born.

In the past few months Disctracted have been hard at work in the recording studio recording their original tracks ready to unleash on the world with some of the biggest producers in the music business. This past summer saw Disctracted perform live to over 30,000 people at shows across the UK including 12,000 girl guides at Wetherby Racecourse.

Disctracted show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication, no matter how young!

They will be coming into Rhyddings on Thursday 9th July 9.15-10.25am with x 2 shows for Evolve students.

Former student focus – Jane Baxter

janebaxterFormer student Jane Baxter has been celebrating this week – after she gained a First Class honours degree from Cambridge.

Jane, who left Rhyddings in 2010, has just completed her studies in Natural Biological Sciences and spent last summer touring and working in China.

This summer she is taking up an internship in London before starting a follow on degree in business in September.

We wish Jane all the best for the future and are extremely proud of her achievements both at and after Rhyddings.

Great minds make it into Mensa!

mensaA group of our Able, Gifted and Talented students recently took the British Mensa IQ assessment, which involved sitting a series of examinations to be completed within a set time limit.

Sarah Rothwell and Waqar Ramzan were our most successful students, with very high scores. They were both invited to become members of the Mensa society, an exclusive group which only accepts those with an IQ in the top 2% of the population!

Mensa, set up by two Oxford graduates in 1946, has over 21,000 members in the UK and over 110,000 worldwide that range from age two-and-a-half to 103. Famous members include the inventor Sir Clive Sinclair and television presenter Carol Vorderman.

Maths teacher Miss Jackson said: “We’re extremely proud of Sarah and Waqar, their natural intelligence is regularly reflected in their school work. We have high hopes for them in their upcoming GCSE examinations.”

Rhyddings Masterchef – Quarter Finals

Tonight was the quarter finals of Rhyddings Masterchef, where students were asked to create a dish that represented a country of their choice. It was another hotly contested round, and there was a lot of very good food served up.

Congratulations to Tamzin Riley, who cooked up the star dish of the week! Congratulations also to Cameron Walker, Ryan Richardson and Poppy Clemson, who have made it through to next week’s semi-final. Well done!

Miss Bedwell and Mrs Jolly.

Year 9 students attempt to climb Scafell Pike

On Friday 11 of our Year 9 Geography students attempted to climb Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

It is a challenging 14 mile walk to the top of Scafell Pike. We started by walking along the beautiful valley floor of Langdale before the first challenge, which is a very steep climb up Rosset Gill!

We deserved a rest after the first big climb so we stopped for lunch next to Angle Tarn before setting off and walking higher and higher into the cloud.

Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and just a mile from the 3,209ft summit of Scafell Pike we had to make the decision not to continue to the top. Instead, we decided to attempt a peak called Rossett Pike. At 2,136ft it is still a huge achievement, especially considering the heavy rain, very misty condition and gusty winds.

We celebrated our success by descending back down the mountain, out of the clouds into the sunshine and stopping off for a well deserved chippy tea in Ambleside.

Even though we didn’t make it to the top of Scafell Pile we are very proud of what our students have achieved. The conditions made the walk even more challenging and except for a few “jelly legs” our students have again shown themselves to be mature, fun and well motivated young people.

S4L Garden Update

Our Skills for Learning garden is really starting to take shape. A few weeks ago several of our students planted seeds in the mini-greenhouses we have in the Zone, and yesterday Callum Plane and Ibrahim Majjid took some time after school to plant their dwarf French beans and cauliflower out in the garden. We also planted some of the herbs we’ve been growing, including parsley, chives and basil. There are still plenty of seedlings in the Zone growing a little more before we can put them outside – we will hopefully have quite a variety before the end of term!

callum and ibby