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  • 1. YEARS 10 & 11 HANDBOOK Telephone: 96 142 41 74 Email: Secondary-secre@caxtoncollege.net YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 2. KEY STAGE 4 Year 10 & 11 Handbook WELCOME! Dear Parents: It is a pleasure to welcome your son/daughter to Years 10 & 11 at Caxton College. Year 10 is part of a two year course in International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE). This is fundamental for progression into the Sixth form and beyond. Students are required to take compulsory core subjects in Science (Double award), English Language and Maths, as well as 3 optional subjects. They also study Spanish CONTENTS Language, Social Sciences and other subjects in Spanish. Year 11 is the second part of the two year course in International General Certificate in Secondary Education (IGCSE), and as such is vital for progression into the Sixth form. Secondary Educational Students need to apply themselves fully and seize every opportunity to achieve the System ......................... 2 grades they merit. IPad Project ………………………..3 They should make every effort from the outset to prepare thoroughly for their examinations in all subjects. Tutorials ........................ 4 We believe that a good education encompasses more than academic work. It involves the personal and social well-being of the student. It is important to encourage students to support one another through care, cooperation and shared learning and celebrating the achievements of others. The success of one student is shared by all. Assessment & Reporting......5 Progression Policy ………………..6 Subjects ........................ 7 Complementary Activities....32 Therefore, we constantly strive to create an atmosphere which is demanding academically as well as comprehensive, and attentive to the needs of all students. Only in this way can they develop their potential to the full. We take this opportunity to welcome you and your child. Extra-Curricular Activities..33 Homework.......................33 Timetables......................34 School material.................34 Transport........................34 Christopher Mason (Head of Year 10) & Víctor Felipo (Head of Year 11) YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 3. THE SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM The Secondary school in Caxton College encompasses three full key stages, divided as follows: ‘Key Stage 3’ (Years 7 to 9), ‘Key Stage 4’ (Years 10 & 11) and ‘Sixth Form’ (Years 12 & 13). This period covers the teenage years of our students (from 11 to 18 years old), which is why we consider this to be the ideal time, not only to instil in them good study habits, but also to make them responsible for their own actions and decisions, to show them how to make the best use of their leisure time and, of course, to try to mould them into better people. "Accept responsibility for your actions, and adopt a healthyattitude to life” At this time, the tightly-linked cooperation of teachers, parents and students is essential. As a result of this collaboration between the school and the home, our students obtain excellent results with which to apply for University, while, on the way, they grow into excellent individuals. In Year 10, students, students start their 4th and final obligatory key stage, lasting 2 years. system (Certificate of Obligatory Secondary Education). The IGCSE exams are a very important part of our students’ education, given that they will need the highest possible grades in order to progress without difficulties in Sixth form. At present, in order to gain access to Spanish Universities, students submit their A Level grades as well as those obtained in 2 extra Spanish subjects chosen by the students themselves, depending on the career they wish to follow in the future. The major challenges in Years 10 & 11:  The students will sit public examinations over the next two years which will influence their academic future.  They will mature personally and socially taking further responsibility for their own learning and life choices.  The students will have to make very In Year 11 pupils sit their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), thereby enabling them to obtain the Certificate of ESO in the Spanish Spanish System British System 6º Primaria Year 7 1º ESO Year 8 2º ESO Year 9 3º ESO Year 10 4º ESO Year 11 1º Bachillerato Year 12 2º Bachillerato Year 13 Cycles important decisions regarding their future careers in Year 11. This will help them to develop new abilities and values. Public Examinations KEY STAGE 3 KEY STAGE 4 SIXTH FORM ESL IGCSE IGCSE AS level/Advanced level 2 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 4. PROYECTO IPAD In Caxton College our aim is to always be at the forefront of education, and we constantly strive to offer the highest quality teaching and learning methods. The introduction of new technologies has had a very positive effect on our students, allowing them to experience interactive activities and to develop their potential as individual learners. IPads are used as an alternative tool for learning, with teachers carefully choosing the most appropriate method for the topic in question: textbooks, oral discussion in class, or the use of kindles. In addition, iPads allow the students to learn in any place and at any time, and thus enable them to share their knowledge in a variety of ways and with a wide range of people. We have recently launched Project 1:1 iPads for students from Years 7 and 8, which means that every child in these year groups will bring their own iPad to school. The iPads are used in all areas of the curriculum with the aim of encouraging the students to take more responsibility for their own learning, to develop creativity and improve teamwork. Students from Year 9 to Year 11 regularly work on the school iPads (we have two fully-equipped trolleys for this purpose, with 26 iPads on each), which can be used for different purposes: Students can film performances and presentations in order to self-assess their work; make their own films (using iMovie) at the end of a topic, use the Pages app to develop their ability to create texts, and even carry out scientific experiments with them. Some of the positive changes that we have identified in our students following the introduction of the use of iPads as an education tool are as follows:  They are more committed to their own learning, more motivated and willing to work harder.  Their levels of self—confidence and attitude towards their own learning have improved.  They are able to finish a greater number of tasks and reach higher targets than those predicted.  They are responsible for their own iPads.  The iPads allow them a greater freedom of choice, and thus, a greater sense of responsibility regarding their work.  They face up to challenges and use their own reasoning and skills to solve problems. We are really looking forward to continuing this exciting and challenging journey on the iPad Project! 3 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 5. TUTORIALS 1. The students have the help of a tutor throughout Secondary school, who will see them first thing every day. The tutor is responsible for monitoring individual students, holding regular one-to-one interviews with them, and giving them any support or advice they may need. 3. The school web page now includes a private area for parents, where they can send and receive emails, see their child’s Progress List which is updated weekly, see term grades and receive documentation such as handbooks, talks from the Psychologist and other items of interest. As well as the meetings with tutors held by the school, parents can always request a personal interview to talk about their child’s progress. 2. Tutorials: During tutorials, students practise public speaking, give presentations and hold debates. They also receive careers guidance and help with study techniques. ASSESSMENTS & REPORTS Year 10: In Year 10, there are three assessment periods, each ending in a Parents’ Report . In all subjects taught in English, teachers assess using National Curriculum criteria, as occurs in all British centres abroad. These are then converted to a Caxton grading scale from A to E. All pupils receive an Achievement grade and an Effort grade at the end of each term. Please note that these grades will often feature a + or – sign to indicate a student’s position in relation to the actual criteria, and provides better differentiation among the students. For example a C+ would indicate achievement heading in the direction of improvement towards the next grade, whereas a C- serves to illustrate that the student is falling short of a grade. There are final exams in the third term in the core subjects. They make up 50% of the final grade for British subjects, and 40% in Spanish subjects. Year 11: In the first term of Year 11, assessment is carried out on a continuous basis, supported by regular tests. All work is marked to IGCSE standards. In the second term, the results of the “mock” IGCSE exams in January will constitute 50% of the end of term grade. In the third term students will receive a predicted grades report for IGCSE subjects, and a definitive report for the rest of their subjects. These grades are based on the grades that their teachers expect them to achieve in the external examinations. The final external grades arrive in mid-August. <<<Examinations and Tests  Exams are very important in order to consolidate knowledge and to gain an objective picture of a child’s progress.  They also prepare students for future external British examinations.  Parents should bear in mind that students may not repeat examinations except in very serious or exceptional circumstances. We recommend that you do not plan any family trips or other activities which would oblige your child to miss any school days.  If a student misses an exam or tests, they must provide a medical certificate. If not, they will receive a zero mark.  If a student has an unjustified absent the day before or the day of an examination, they will not be allowed to sit the exam, and they will receive a zero grade. 4 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 6. <<<Criteria for Progression to Year 11 A pass grade at these levels represents grades A-C  In order to be allowed to progress to the following year, students will have to pass IGCSE English as a Second Language (ESL), if they have not done so in Year 9. This exam has only one sitting, at the end of May.  Students will only be allowed to progress to the next year if they have passed all their Year 10 subjects.  There are 2 evaluation periods, June and end of August.  Students can only re-sit exams during the August repeat the year or not.  In some subjects, the re-sits may consist of a project to be handed in, instead of an exam.  Special consideration will be given to foreign students in their first year in the school as regards Spanish and Social Sciences. In addition: Students must demonstrate an adequate level of study skills, behaviour and effort for entering the following year group. evaluation with a maximum of 3 subjects failed. If a student has failed more subjects, a panel of teaching staff will decide whether the student will have to <<<Criteria for Progression to Year 12  In order to be allowed to progress to the following year, Year 11 students will have to meet the following minimum requirements: - Pass 5 IGCSE subjects, including English as a First Language. - Pass Spanish and Social Studies in June or August. - Pass the remaining subjects: Religion/Ethics, PSHCE, ICT or Physical Education. If a student fails one of these, he/she will have to complete a project over the Summer, to be handed in at the end of August.  The external IGCSE examinations have only one sitting, at the en d of May/beginning of June. In addition: Students must demonstrate an adequate level of study skills, behaviour and effort for entering the following year group. <<<Convalidating Sixth Form The Spanish Dept of Education (MEC) requirements needed to convalidate British subjects taken in Caxton College with the corresponding ones in the Spanish system are as follows:  To obtain the “Certificado de la ESO” (Obligatory Secondary Education certificate), successfully pass Years 10 & 11, as well as obtaining 4 IGCSEs. If a student fails a subject both internally and externally, he/she must re-sit this subject in the August re-sit period.  To obtain the certificate of Bachillerato (Sixth Form): successfully pass Years 12 & 13, as well as 4 IGCSEs & 2 A-Levels. The convalidation requirements are not the same as those required by the school in order to progress onto the following year (see “Criteria for Progression” above). 5 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 7. YEAR 10 & 11 SUBJECTS The Year 10 subjects can be divided into 3 areas: IGCSE subjects, Spanish subjects needed in order to convalidate (Spanish Language and Social Sciences), and other subjects included in the Year 10 curriculum. English Literature, French, Geography, German, History, Music, P.E. and Psychology. The rest of the subjects taken by students in Key Stage 4 are: The obligatory IGCSE subjects are: English Language; Mathematics; Combined Science (Biology, Chemistry & Physics). In addition, every student will sit 3 other IGCSE subjects, to be chosen from: Art, Business Studies, Spanish Language; Social Sciences; Religion or Ethics; PSHE & Career Skills; ICT; PE (practical); Valencian. <<<Obligatory IGCSE Subjects ENGLISH LANGUAGE>>> Head of Department: Mr Stephen Miller Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE English Language Specification A. Assessment: Assessment in English is ongoing throughout all English lessons and homework. Students’ understanding and skills are assessed through a range of methods, including class discussion, drama activities, written work and the plenary part of lessons. Each term, there will be some assessment in controlled conditions. There will be a more extended end of Year Exam, which will be worth 50% of the year grade. Homework: Homework is given once a week and students are expected to spend approximately 60 - 90 minutes on it. Homework forms a supplement to skills learned in class, or to further independent thought on issues arising from texts or classroom discussion. It allows a teacher to assess the extent to which a pupil has grasped the contents of the particular area of study. It is also the policy of the department to set homework in the approach to exams that prepares the pupils specifically for the skills they will be examined in. Teachers need to be aware of any Home Tutors used by In Key Stage 4, work is assessed according to the Edexcel students as some communication with the tutor is useful to all criteria for IGCSE English, with grades ranging from A* to E. parties. In year 10, we expect students to be attaining a minimum of a C grade in line with the exam board criteria. Web Pages: During Years 10 and 11, students will complete coursework testing the skill areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. This will constitute 30% of the final IGCSE grade. www.bbc.co.uk/KS3bitesize/english www.revisionaid.co.uk www.channel4.com/learning At the end of Year 10, all students who have learnt English as a www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites second or additional language will sit the IGCSE in English as a Second Language, if they have not already attained a C grade Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 7 or higher in this examination. This external examination takes place in late May. The final examination for IGCSE English Recommendations: (1st Language) takes place in June of year 11. How to help with reading and written homework : A full mock examination will take place in term two in Year  Always ask your child if they have checked their work for 11. punctuation, grammar and spelling errors. Encourage him/ 6 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 8. her to use the grammar websites recommended to practise both literature and non-fiction texts such as magazines areas of weakness. Even in English Literature, some and newspapers. marks are awarded for  If watching TV or films together, ask your son or daughter this and it aids clarity. about what you are watching – learning to explore media  Encourage your child is a valuable way to encourage analysis of a range of other to use a dictionary when texts. doing homework. This English Courses Abroad: Many parents have opted to will help to check take or send their son/daughter to England during vacations. spellings and to widen This has immense benefits for the development of the use and their vocabulary. understanding of the language in a range of contexts.  Encourage your child to read English texts, YEAR 10 ENGLISH LANGUAGE Term One Term Two Term Three Unit 5: Poetry:  “Out, Out-”  Electricity Comes to Cocoa Bottom Reading coursework on one of these texts Unit 8: Argue and persuading:  Greenpeace website  Climate change: The facts  Explorer’s daughter  Reading Assessment Section A  Writing coursework: Argue, persuade, Unit 2: Challenges:  S&L Group discuss/argue “Avalanche”  Touching the Void  Taking on the World  Writing to describe Unit 6: Writing to Explore, Imagine, Entertain: Coursework task Unit 9:  A Chinese Cinderella  Veronica  The Necklace  Speaking and Listening assessment pair/ individual Unit 3: Writing to inform Informal magazine article Unit 7: Unseen reading practice End of Year exams Unit 1:  Set up grop S & L “save the book”  Introduction to IGCSE and Reading skills  Beach safety Unit 4:  S&L Group task “Save the Books”  King Schariar YEAR 11 ENGLISH LANGUAGE Term One Term Two Unit 10: Cultures and Travel:  An Unknown Girl  A Headless Goat Writing coursework: Explore, imagine, entertain Term Three Year 11 Mock Unit 16: Writing to explain Unit 13: Writing Coursework: Argue, Persuade, Advise Unit 11: War:  The Last Night  Disabled  Refugee Blues  Reading Coursework Unit 14: A Passage to Africa Boys Messing About Unit 12:  Speaking and Listening: Group task  Unseen reading  Revision Unit 15: 2 weeks Speaking and Listening task: Individual REVISION 7 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 9. MATHEMATICS>>> Head of Department: Mr Kevin Worthington Textbook: IGCSE Mathematics for Edexcel (Hodder Murray) Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three Working with whole numbers Graphs of straight lines Circles and cylinders Fractions and decimals Simultaneous equations Pythagoras’ theorem Ratios and percentages Inequalities Introducing trigonometry Powers, roots and reciprocals Number sequences Circle theorems Working with algebra Travel and other graphs Sets Algebraic equations Working with shape and space Transformations and similarity Geometric Constructions Year 11 Term One 2D and 3D objects Working with data Probability and Further probability Using a calculator efficiently Direct and inverse proportion Quadratic equations Advanced algebra Homework: Homework will be issued and marked every week and each piece should last about 30 minutes. In addition, pupils are encouraged to set aside some time over the weekend to go over their work and highlight any problems. Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE (Higher Tier for Year 11) Class Structure: For the purposes of teaching Maths, Year 10 pupils are first separated into two bands according to tutor group; for example, tutor groups 10A&B and 10C&D. For each band there will be 3 Maths groups, setted by ability. The higher groups will contain the most able students while the lower group will contain those students who continue to experience difficulties in the subject. These groups will be monitored closely and changes made as and when required throughout the year. Assessment: Pupils will be assessed regularly throughout the year with main exams at the end of each term. These exams are worth 50% of the final grade for the year. Year 11 will have “mock” exams just after Christmas. The external IGCSE exams are taken at the end of Year 11. Term Two Functions Further trigonometry Graphs of curves Vectors Proofs Calculus Term Three Revision of all topics covered using revision chapters at the end of the text book and past exam papers. Web Pages: www.myimaths.co.uk www.schoolsnet.com www.mathsrevision.net www.revision-notes.co.uk/GCSE/maths www.channel4learning.com/apps/homeworkhigh www.gcse.com Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 8 Recommendations: Each student will have a practice book which should be used on a regular basis alongside the main text to help support and reinforce their learning. Parents should check pupils’ work regularly, sign any internal tests and make sure pupils have the correct mathematical equipment. 8 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 10. SCIENCES>>> The science IGCSE is a Double award qualification, which includes the separate sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Each science is taught and assessed separately by specialist teachers. At the end of each term, information is used on progress in Biology, Chemistry and Physics to generate the end of term and end of year grades for each subject, as well as an overall Science grade. Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE Science Double Award. Internal Exams: Pupils will be given a breakdown of this at the beginning of the year. The end of year exam for year 10 is worth 50% of the school year, in year 11 the mock exam in January is worth 50% of the term 2 grade. External exams: This is a two year programme. The Board examination is towards the end of Year 11. There will be 3 papers to sit, one in each science. Students will undertake practical work throughout the 2 year course and will be questioned on their investigative and experimental skills in the final year 11 exam . Homework: One per week including revision in each of the three sciences. Recommendations: - Read the text of covered material as often as possible. - Do not leave revision to the last minute. BIOLOGY>>> Head of Biology: Dr Bill Kemball YEAR 10 BIOLOGY A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the true value of life”. - Charles Darwin Term One Term Two Term Three The variety of living organisms Nutrition in animals Transport Cells, Molecules & Movement Respiration Ecology and Environment Nutrition in plants Gas Exchange Revision YEAR 11 BIOLOGY Term One Term Two Term Three Reproduction Excretion Practical Skills Inheritance Coordination and response Revision Uses of Biological resources Web Page: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/biology Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 4 9 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 11. SCIENCES>>> CHEMISTRY>>> Head of Chemistry: Ms Stephanie Boyko YEAR 10 Term One Term Two Term Three State of matter “COME CONQUER CHEMISTRY” Periodic table Organic Chemistry Atoms/Atomic structure Groups 1 & 7 Tests for Ions and Gases Chemical Formulae and Equations Oxygen and oxides Chemical Bonding Hydrogen and water Electrolysis Reactivity series Web Pages: www.wpbschoolhouse.btinternet.co.uk/page10/page10.htm www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/chemistry www.gcsechemistry.com www. S-cool.co.uk www.revisiontime.com Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 4 YEAR 11 Term One Term Two Acidity alkalinity and neutralization Equilibria Rates of reaction Hydrocarbons Calculations Manufacture of important chemicals Term Three Revision and Past Papers Energetics 10 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 12. SCIENCES>>> PHYSICS>>> “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Head of Physics: Mr Stuart Ogilvie YEAR 10 Term One Term Two Term Three Energy Resources and Energy Transfers Waves Radioactivity and Particles Waves Solids, Liquids and Gases Radioactivity and Particles - Albert Einstein. Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/physics www. S-cool.co.uk www.caxtoncollegetic.com www.doddlelearn.co.uk Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 4 YEAR 11 Term One Term Two Radioactivity and Particles Electricity Forces and Motion Term Three Electromagnetism Practical Skills and Revision 11 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 13. <<<Groups in the Core British Subjects Teaching groups in the Core Subjects: With the aim of addressing the needs of all our students, and maximising their academic potential, the core British subjects English, Maths and Science are organised in flexible class groups which do not always correspond to their tutor groups. The main characteristics of these groups are: All the groups follow the same curriculum They all sit the same exams The teachers use different pedagogic styles. The three subjects have different policies which are outlined below. English In English, Years 7—9 have 2 support groups, with a maximum number of 10 students in each, which allows for more intensive support. The rest of the pupils are distributed in groups of different mixed levels. The support groups are decided within the department, and are based upon different criteria:  In Year 7:— the information provided by their Year 6 teachers, including the results of KS2 SATs.  In Year 8 & 9:— data from previous years, including internal assessments, teachers’ observations and end of year exams.  In Years 10 & 11:— the results of the ESL external exam from year 9 are taken into account. Science In Years 7 to 9 students are taught in tutor groups. However, in Years 10 and 11 there are two high ability groups, where students have achieved A or high B grades the previous year. Maths From the moment students start in Secondary, they are taught in ability groups according to the following criteria: In Year 7: information provided by their Year 6 teachers, taking in to account work and internal and external assessments done during the year. In Year 8, 9, 10 & 11: internal assessment data, teacher observations and end of year exams. Students in all groups will all use the same textbooks. 12 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 14. <<<Obligatory Spanish Subjects SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE>>> Head of Department: Ms Mar González YEAR 10 Term One Term Two Literature and literary language. Language and its structure. Medieval prose. Noun clauses. Determiners. Medieval literature. Epic songs (“Cantares de gesta”). Statements. Classification and structure. Popular verse in the Middle Ages. Verb clauses. Verbs and Adverbs. Medieval theatre. “La Celestina”. Noun clauses. Complements. Qualifying Adjectives. Renaissance lyrics. Noun clauses. Pronouns. Cult verse in the Middle Ages. Noun clauses. Nouns. The Novel in the Golden Age. The picaresque genre. Parts of a sentence. Term Three Baroque poetry. Verb complements. The Novel in the Golden Age. Miguel de Cervantes. Compound statements. TheGolden Age of Theatre. Literature in the XVIII. YEAR 11 Term One Term Two Term Three Romance Literature. Texts. Narrative between 1898 & 1939. Verb complements. Narrative, poetry and theatre from 1975 onwards. Realistic and natural literature. Techniques for cohesion. Theatre between 1898 & 1939. Compound statements. Latin American literature. Poetry between 1898 & 1939. Modernist poetry. Statements and their classifications. Poetry between 1940 & 1975. Juxtaposition and coordination. Poetry between 1898 & 1939. The generation of 1927. Sentences: Subject & Predicate. Narrative and theatre from 1940 to 1975. Subordinate clauses. Homework: Issued and marked every week (approx. 30 mins each), depending on the school homework timetable. It is important for work to be supervised at home. Assessment: Regular tests on the material taught, as well as projects throughout the year, which will make up the end of term grades. In Year 10 there will be a final exam which will make up 40% of the final grade. This will be the average of the 3 term grades (60%) + the end of year exam (40%). In Year 11 the end of year grade will be the average of the term grades. In Year 11 students will also sit an external examination: Spanish As Level Edexcel (papers 1 y 2), which they prepare during Spanish Language classes. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 8 Web Pages: Real Academia de la Lengua: - www.rae.es Instituto Cervantes: - www.cvc.cervantes.es Servicio de orientación a la lectura infantil y juvenil: - www.sol-e.com Recommendations:  Encourage students to read, as this should be considered an important aspect of their education. Students should also join a public library, where they will have Access to a wider variety of books and new technologies. Exam Board: Edexcel. 13 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 15. SOCIAL STUDIES>>> Head of Department: Ms Mª Carmen López Year 10 Term One Political Geography Political & Territorial organisation of Spain & the Valencian Community Term Two Term Three Physical Geography Economic Geography Physical Framework of Spain & the Valencian Community Relief, Hydrography & landscapes Primary, Secondary & Tertiary Sectors in Spain & the Valencian Community Year 11 Term One Term Two The 20th Century in Spain: The Bourbons & Illustration in Spain 1st half of the 20th Century: From the Restoration to the Civil War 19th Century Spain: Crisis in the Old Spanish Regime The Franco dictatorship Homework: Homework is an important part of school education. It gives the pupil the opportunity to work independently, to consolidate and expand the knowledge acquired during the lessons. It helps to prepare future topics and create good study habits. Therefore, it is very important to complete homework thoroughly and carefully. In this subject, homework will be set once a week. Assessment: In each evaluation period there will be several tests: the average mark, along with the grades given to homework and/or class projects, will add up the final evaluation grade. In Year 10: 3 evaluations & the final exam (worth 40% of total). In Year 11: the end of year grade will be the average of the term grades. IMPORTANT: Passing this course is a prerequisite for obtaining accreditation with the Spanish system and a certificate of secondary education (ESO). Term Three Spain in the present-day: Transition and Democracy information, pupils can make use of the textbook. In each topic references will be made to interesting and useful web pages, related to the content of the lesson. www.wikipedia.es www.educahistoria.com www.artehistoria.com www.anayadigital.com Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: In this subject the pupil has to understand and comprehend the subject, not just memorize the content. In this way the student can establish links between the different concepts. To understand the material well, it is imperative that the student pays close attention to the lectures (taking notes, etc) and participates in class. The notebook is a very important element, as much for the student as for the teacher, who assesses the quality of the notes, homework, work, etc. throughout the year. Projects should be carefully prepared during the time allocated and NOT the day before. Web Pages: Nowadays there are a large quantity of web pages about History and Geography. Here we highlight some of them, which cover general topics: for more specific 14 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 16. ART>>> Head of Department: Liz Edwards (Coursework = 60% & Exam 40% of the final grade) Year 10 Term One Term Two The Foundation Project: The theme for this project will be selected depending on access to relevant exhibitions and resources. Examples of potential subjects: Landscape, Food & Natural Forms. The focus of this first GCSE project is on exploring experimental painting, printing, drawing, relief work, mixed-media, photography and new technologies. Pupils will develop their work in response to the GCSE Assessment Objectives. This initial GCSE project will also include guidance on written critical responses to Art works and how to assess their own work to ensure a successful grade. Term Three After their first project, pupils will move onto a different theme in which they will focus on addressing any of their weaker areas and ensuring that all 4 Assessment Objectives are effectively covered. There will be an experience of working under exam conditions and increasing independence in the final term of year 10. Independent Choice: Pupils will make a personal selection of a theme taken from past GCSE Exam papers. Year 11 Term One Term Two Building on the skills from year 10 pupils move on more complex issues. The subject for this will probably be “The Human Condition”, although is also depends on the resources and exhibitions available at the time. Considering the work of artists such as: Kathe Kollowich, Hopper, Munch, Francis Bacon, Carravagio, Henry Moore, Chagall etc, pupils will work from the human form aiming to express the depth of human emotions. Outcomes will be in both 2 & 3D and will embed an approach to the Assessment Objectives to ensure greater independence in the subsequent GCSE units. They will apply the formula for a successful response to the Assessment Objectives based on their 1st two units and treat this as a ´mock exam´ project culminating in a 10 hour final outcome. Homework: Homework is set every week and forms an essential part of the coursework and later exam preparation. Assessment: Work set counts as 60% of the final grade, and the end of year exam as 40%. The IGCSE Art exam lasts 10 hours and is carried out over 4 consecutive days, under exam conditions as set down by the Edexcel exam board. Recommendations: Visiting galleries and using a sketchbook/notebook whilst there, is strongly recommended. Using the guidance sheets provided when looking at works of Art and making considered personal responses is essential. Pupils should avoid repeating the words of others, though reading art criticism in the Portfolio Review & Exam Preparation. All previous GCSE work will be reviewed, measured for success and prepared for exhibition. Term Three The External Exam. Following an audit of preparatory work the 10 hour exam period will begin. All preparatory studies must be submitted alongside the conclusion of the final exam work. All exam and course work will subsequently be prepared for the final exhibition and external moderation. newspapers and considering their opinions will help develop critical thought. Clarification and GCSE work is available to view on the following website: www.studentartguide.com. Note for Pupils- Sketching regularly without worrying about making it perfect is important, carrying a small sketchbook everywhere you go will make this an excellent habit. Remember everything you learnt from the “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” sessions at the beginning of the course! 15 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 17. BUSINESS STUDIES>> Head of Department: Mr Les Golding Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three Business Activity & the Changing Environment Human resources Production Objectives. Types of organization Internal organisation Economies and diseconomies of scale Factors of production Communication Methods of production Primary, secondary and tertiary activity Recruitment and selection Productivity Location Training Quality Government/External influences Motivation and rewards Year 11 Term One Term Two Term Three Marketing Mock exam Revision The market Accounting and Finance Exam Technique Marketing mix Sources of finance Revision Market research Budgets and cash flow forecasts Final Exam Study skills Cost and break-even analysis Revision for Mock exam Financial statements Homework: Issued and marked every week, to be handed in the following lesson. Assessment: In Year 10, continual assessment, through case studies, class work and homework, plus end of the year exam (one hour) of 50%. Year 11: Continual assessment, through case studies, class work and homework . There will be a mock exam in term 2. There will be a 2-hour external exam at the end of Year 11. Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 Recommendations: It is essential for students to read around the subject and watch the business news and to discuss in class what they have seen and read. Students are encouraged to share any personal experience of business with other students to give them real-life examples of what they are studying. Year 11 students need to be conversant with events and businesses in the UK and overseas. Note: Students wishing to progress to A-Level Business must pass IGCSE Business with a C grade. Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk www.businessstudiesonline.co.uk www.tutor2u.net www.bized.co.uk www.caxtoncollegetic.com (Moodle Page) "Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful”. - Joshua J. Marine 16 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 18. ENGLISH LITERATURE>>> Term One An Inspector Calls J.B.Priestley YEAR 10 ENGLISH LITERATURE Writing for the examination Head of Department: Mr Stephen Miller Term Two Term Three Introduction to The Anthology of texts for study My Last Duchess La Belle Dame Sans Merci Remember Sonnet 116 Do Not Go Gentle in that Good Night Exploring poetry for assessment Term One YEAR 11 ENGLISH LITERATURE Of Mice and Men Revision: Poetry and Drama If – Once Upon a Time A Mother in a Refugee Camp Prayer before Birth Poem at thirty-nine Revision of An Inspector Calls for end of Year exam Term Two Term Three Piano Hide and Seek Half past Two Telephone Conversation War Photographer Tyger An Inspector Calls Of Mice and Men Anthology (Poetry) Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE English (Literature) Teachers need to be aware of any Home Tutors used by Assessment: Assessment in English is ongoing throughout students as some communication with the tutor is useful to all English lessons and homework. Students’ understanding all parties. and skills are assessed through a range of methods, Web Pages: including class discussion, drama activities, written work www.bbc.co.uk/education/revision and the plenary part of lessons. Each term, there will be www.sparknotes.com some assessment in controlled conditions. In Year 10 there www.cliffsnotes.com will be a more extended end of Year Exam, which will be www.s-cool.co.uk worth 50% of the year grade. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english In Key Stage 4, work is assessed according to the Edexcel www.shmoop.com criteria for IGCSE English Literature, with grades ranging from A* to E. In year 10, we expect students to be attaining Recommendations: Please see the recommendations for a minimum of a C grade in line with the exam board criteria. English Language on Page 6. Also: A full mock examination will take place at the start of  Help your son or daughter to find out about life in term two in Year 11. The final examination for IGCSE England and Europe in the early part of 20th Century. English Literature takes place in June of year 11. This can then be linked to the study of An Inspector Homework: Homework is given once per week and Calls. students are expected to spend approximately 60 - 90 minutes on it. Homework forms a supplement to skills  Watch the movie of the book, Of Mice and Men with your son or daughter and ask how it compares to the novel. learned in class, or to further independent thought on issues Which is better and why? How do the characters come arising from texts or classroom discussion. It allows a across in the film compared with the novel? teacher to assess the extent to which a pupil has grasped the contents of the particular area of study. It is also the policy Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 of the department to set homework in the approach to exams that prepares the pupils specifically for the skills they will be examined in. 17 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 19. FRENCH>>> Head of Department: Ms Cathy Desbois Year 10 1st Term 2nd Term 3rd Term Me Where I live School My Free time Let’s go! (shopping and special occasions) future plans Year 11 1st Term 2nd Term 3rd Term We must work! jobs and world of work including work experience Past holidays and ideal destinations- different tenses The environment Tourism Lifestyle- including health REVISION Homework: Students are expected to learn vocabulary on a regular basis, complete one written homework assignment per week, and learn grammar concepts in preparation for class tests. Assessment: In Year 10, students’ homework and classwork will be assessed over the term and they will then sit a formal examination in a combination of skills: listening/speaking/reading/writing at the end of term. In Year 11, students are assessed continually, and at the end of each unit. There will be a mock examination in January. Students sit 3 formal examinations: Speaking, which is assessed through a recorded oral examination in March/ April, (25% of GCSE grade); Listening & Understanding (25%) and Reading & Writing (50% of GCSE grade), which are assessed in the May/June session. www.linguascope.com (The teacher will provide the code). Recommendations: In order to experience success in this language, students must show interest in speaking French and participate in class, have good organisational skills and note down and learn vocabulary independently. They must try to apply grammar in their written work and check it thoroughly. Visiting a French-speaking country is always a huge benefit. Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 Web Pages: www.languagesonline.org.uk 18 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 20. GEOGRAPHY>>> Head of Department: Ms Jo Mattingley-Nunn Year 10 Term One Term Two Urban environments Field Trip Hazardous Environments Term Three River Environments – Field Trip Year 11 Term One Economic Activity and Energy Term Two Globalisation and migration Term Three Revision Homework: Set once a week, sometimes homework may be longer, combined tasks. Assessment: For Year 10, there will be a test at the end of each unit, and an end of year exam, which is worth 50% of the final grade for the year. For Year 11, there will be tests on terminology and specific units. In January there will be a mock exam, and the External exam in May/June will be a 3 hour paper. Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE Web Pages: www.esminfo.prenhall.com/science/ geoanimations/animations www.edexcel.org.uk www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/ site/geography.shtm Recommendations: Students are encouraged to make constructive use of the internet, both for homework as well as for keeping an eye on current affairs relating to the course. The BBC website is very good for this. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 ”If Geography in itself has any meaning, it is that we are made to lift up our eyes from our own little world, and look up at the complex and magnificent World around us.” - (Richard Burton (1821-1890), The Royal Geographical Society) 19 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 21. GERMAN>>> Head of Department: Ms Melissa Baxter Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three The Media Today School Life and routine Free time Holidays Child, Friend, Citizen future plans Year 11 Term One Term Two Term Three Staying fit Surroundings Problems Working life The Environment Revision Exam Preparation & oral examinations Homework: Students are expected to learn vocabulary on a regular basis. They are also expected to complete one written homework assignment per week, and they will also be requested to learn grammar concepts in preparation for class tests. In Year 11, students are expected to learn grammar concepts in preparation for class tests and research topics independently in the foreign language. Recommendations: In order to experience success in languages, students must show interest in speaking German and participate in class, have good organisational skills and note down and learn vocabulary independently. They must try to apply grammar in their written work and check it thoroughly. Visiting a German-speaking country is always a huge benefit. Web Pages: Assessment: In Year 10, students’ homework and classwork will be assessed over the term (50% of the term grade) and they will then sit a formal examination in a combination of skills: listening/ speaking/reading/writing at the end of term (remaining 50% of term grade). www.germanfortravellers.com In Year 11, students are assessed continually, and at the end of each unit. There will be a mock examination in January. Students sit 3 formal examinations in the May/June examination session: Speaking, which is assessed through a recorded oral examination, (25% of GCSE grade); Listening & Understanding (25%); and Reading & Writing (50% of GCSE grade). www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/ german Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 www.languagegames.org/la/german.asp www.atschool.eduweb.co.uk/haberg/ reallyusefulge www.nthuleen.com A man who does not know a foreign language is ignorant of his own.” – Johan Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), German writer, scientist, master of poetry, drama and novel. 20 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 22. HISTORY>>> Head of Department: Ms Jeanette Nugent Year 10 Term One Term Two Development of dictatorship: Germany 1918-1945 The Cold War Term Three The USA, 1917-29 Year 11 Term One The USA, 1917-29 Homework: Homework will be set once a week and will normally involve 30 minutes’ work. Assessment: In Year 10 there are tests and exam practices after each unit. There are also formal assessments at the end of each term covering the relevant topics. Most of the formal tests will be past papers from Edexcel. In addition to these tests, students will be monitored closely throughout the year and each term students will have a one-to-one session with the class teacher to review progress. At the end of the year, there will be an exam which is worth 50% of the final grade. Term Two China Term Three Revision Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 Recommendations: All students are encouraged to take an active interest in history in a number of ways. This may include being taken to historical sites, watching historical films and documentaries and talking to family members about historical events and people. The reading of newspapers is useful, as it helps develop some historical skills such as source evaluation and interpretations. In Year 11, there is unit specific past paper and terminology testing. There is a mock exam after Christmas, and the External Exam of 2 hour 45 minutes is sat in May. Exam Board: Edexcel IGCSE Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk/history www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk www.schoolhistory.co.uk www.historyonthenet.com www.historylearningsite.co.uk 21 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 23. MUSIC>>> Head of Department: Mr Gerry Paci Year 10 Term One Term Two Handel: ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ (AoS1) Miles Davis: ‘All Blues’ (AoS 3) Unit 1: Record ‘Improvising as part of an ensemble’. Unit 1: Rehearse and record ensemble performances. Solo performance Recitals Unit 1: Rehearse and record ensemble performances. Indian Music: ‘Rag Desh’ (AoS 4) Term Three Mozart: ‘1st Movement from Symphony no. 40’ (AoS1) Chopin: ‘Prelude no. 15 from Op. 28’ (AoS1) Unit 2: Record composing task. Year 11 Term One Term Two Koko: ‘Yiri’ (AoS 4) Schoenberg: Peripetie Songwriting (Unit 2): Reich: 3rd movement from Electric Counterpoint Term Three Bernstein: ‘Something’s Coming’ (AoS 2) Buckley: ‘Grace’ (AoS 3) Units 1 and 2: Rehearse for a performance of the composition Moby: ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad’ (AoS 3) Unit 1: Re-record solo and ensemble performances as appropriate. Capercaillie: ‘Skye Waulking Song’ (AoS 4) Revision and Exam Preparation: Practice papers and revision aids Unit 2: Redraft compositions as appropriate. Homework: Students will be set at least two homework task per week which will be both performance and composition based. Assessment: Assessment will be ongoing with set dates for both performance and composition tasks and coursework. Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/ Recommendations: A Student’s Guide to Harmony and Counterpoint—Hugh Benham. Year 11’s final exam will consist of a 1hour 15 minute listening and appraising paper sat in May. All course work will be submitted for external moderation at the beginning of May. Exam Board: Edexcel GCSE Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 “Music affords a kind of pleasure that human beings cannot do without” Confucius 22 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 24. GCSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) >>> Head of Department: Ms Sheryl Howells Year 10 & 11 GCSE PE* Term One Term Two Term Three Theory: Sports sociology & physiology, fitness & training (Edexcel) Invasion Game 1 Invasion Game 2 Striking & Fielding Net Game 1 Net Game 2 Fitness Swimming Football Athletics *Order may vary within year group, depending on availability of facilities. Nº of Classes: 4 Theory lessons and 2 Practical lessons every 2 weeks. Practical: Students are internally assessed continuously for the practical element of the course throughout the year. The final coursework mark is worth 60% of the total mark and each student will need to offer four activities for assessment. A practical GCSE level of 1-10 is given for each activity and the best 4 sports are put forward for moderation. The grade is based on learning and developing new skills and techniques through a range of different activities and also on the student’s ability to observe and analyse different performances. Students will undertake controlled assessments to complete their analysis and performance component of the course. Students will also plan, perform and evaluate a 6 week training programme to incorporate different styles of training methods as part of the coursework grade (12% of the coursework grade). The practical is also externally moderated in April of Year 11 via an external moderator from Edexcel. Theory: There is one exam at the end of the course, which tests knowledge and understanding of the theory element of the course. The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes and involves multiple choice questions, short questions and longer answer questions. The theory component accounts for 40% of the final grade.  It is advised that students bring a towel to take a shower and on colder days wear an under shirt or Caxton track suit top.  If the correct shirt is not available for any reason we require a note of explanation and another appropriate shirt should be brought. The student will not receive a low level until 3 incorrect kits have been accumulated.  If a pupil is unable to take part in the lesson we require a note written and signed in the student’s agenda on the day of the lesson.  On these occasions students should still bring PE kit and change, if not a low level will be issued as they will still be expected to take an active part in the lesson and get involved as much as possible taking on the role as a referee or leader. This will help maintain the professional atmosphere of the class and keep students who are unable to take part physically engaged and learning. Recommendations: It is advised that children should take part in regular, continuous physical activity 3 to 5 times a week for a minimum of 20 - 30 minutes to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exam Board: Edexcel PE Kit: All students must wear the Caxton P.E. uniform of: - Caxton College polo shirt - Caxton shorts or track suit bottoms - White sports socks - Suitable sports trainers (no converse trainers) “If you set a goal for yourself and are able to reach it, you’ve won your race. Your goal is decided by you: get there first, improve your performance, or simply finish the race.” - Dave Scott, Triathlete. 23 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 25. PSYCHOLOGY>>> Head of Department: Ms Claire Brunell Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three UNIT 1 Revision and exams Memory Stereotyping Non Verbal communication Research methods Start UNIT 2: Research Methods Development of personality Year 11 Term One Term Two Term Three UNIT 2 Research Methods Aggression Learning Sex and Gender Revision and external exams Social influence Homework: Homework will be set and marked regularly each week with a particular focus on exam style questions. There will also be assignments set so students have an opportunity to conduct research outside of the classroom. It is important that students complete these tasks in order to understand how psychologists conduct their work. Assessment: There will be regular assessments throughout the year to help the students learn about exam technique and to check their understanding of the topics. In Year 10 there are 5 units of work and they will all be assessed by an end of topic test. These will form a large part of the term grades. The final assessment at the end of the year will be a 90 minute exam that will be 50% of the year grade. There are no external exams in Year 10. In Year 11, there are 5 units of work and they will all be assessed by an end of topic test. This is combined with continual assessment of class work and homework. There is a mock exam in January. In Year 11, there will be 2 external exams in May. The exams will be 90 minutes each and will each be worth 50% of the GCSE grade. Exam Board: AQA. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 Web Pages: www.bbc.co.uk/learning www.bps.org.uk www.en.wikipedia.org www.holah.co.uk Recommendations: Students should show an active interest in research on human behaviour and they should be starting to think about how to critically evaluate the research. They should sign up to the free research digest from the British Psychological Society (www.bps.org.uk) so they can keep up to date with interesting and informative developments in psychology. 24 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 26. RELIGIÓN/ETHICS>>> Students who choose Ethics will NOT be allowed to change to Religion during the school year. If they wish to change, they can do so the following year. Religion>>> Head of Department: Ms Almudena Cózar Course Content for Year 10: This subject aims to make students aware of the importance of the Bible as a Sacred text for all Christians, and their main source of revelation. Year 10 Term One Term Two The Holy Bible The Church The Christian faith Term Three Aspects of Christian morality The Sacrament of the Holy Spirit Course Content for Year 11: In this year, the aim is to familiarise the students with the history of the Church. It must be taken into account that the content of the course is affected by the dates of the external IGCSE examinations. Year 11 Term One Term Three Term Two Characteristics of the Church; The Church in Antiquity The Church in the Middle Ages Homework: to be handed in once a week, on the same day as the class. Assessment Policy: This subject will be assessed depending on a final Project to be assigned by the teacher. Furthermore, homework, classwork (both individual and group work), and the study of basic prayers will add to the grade. The pupil’s participation and attitude will also add to the final grade. It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject. Web pages: www.enciclopediacatólica.com www.ecasals.net The church from the C15th onwards; The Church in Modern times Recommendations: Students need to remember that Religion is not just a subject but also a way of life, therefore the pupils’ education should be shared with the families, and reinforced through discussion of topics at home, practising basic prayers, etc. Note: In Years 10 & 11, Catechesis in preparation for the Confirmation is taught outside the school timetable, after 5.00pm. In order to be allowed to attend, students should have attended Religion classes since they started their Secondary education. When covering each topic, the teacher will suggest more sites related to the themes discussed in each lesson. Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 2 25 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 27. Ethics>>> Head of Department: Ms Almudena Cózar Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three Rights & Responsibilities:  Communities and identities Power, politics and the media:   How the media informs and influences public debate and public opinion Human, legal and political rights  Rights, responsibilities of consumers, employers and employees  The justice system The global community Challenges facing the global community Participating in Society:   Current topics Debating skills Year 11 Term One Citizenship in context:   Making ethical decisions Environmental change and sustainable development Term Two Citizenship campaign Safer Internet Changing communities: social and cultural identities  Attitudes to immigration Homework: Set once a week. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 2 Assessment Policy: The evaluation consists of handing in a project to be set by the teacher. Apart from the project, the work during class time and homework will be evaluated. Participation and the pupil’s effort during lessons will also add to the final grade at the end of the term. Recommendations: It is recommended that parents comment on the subjects discussed in Ethics class at home, so that they can better comprehend the importance of what is being taught. It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject. Web Pages: When necessary, the teacher will inform the pupils about the most interesting pages they should visit for the topics they cover in each lesson. 26 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 28. PSHE / CAREER SKILLS>>> Our main aim in these subjects is to encourage knowledge of oneself, acceptance of oneself and others, and understanding that there are different points of view regarding a conflict or problem. PSHE (Formación Humana>>> Head of Department: Ms Carolina Cebrián Year 10 Term One Term Two Term Three Study Techniques The Influence of Television Anorexia and addiction to sports Advertising Inner Beauty & Self-esteem Peer group pressure Alcohol and Cannabis Beauty Stereotypes Good Relations: Friendship and Falling in Love Year 11 Term One Term Two Social Stereotypes Gender Violence Gender Equality Term 3 Drugs as a social problem A false sense of invulnerability Freedom and responsibility In Year 10 our aim is to encourage self-knowledge and enhance pupils’ self-esteem with a realistic and positive view of themselves. They should also discuss and analyse the influence of beauty stereotypes, television, advertising and peer group pressure. For Year 11, the objectives of this course are to adopt a critical attitude to social stereotypes, assess gender differences as being of benefit to society as a whole, and study equal rights and obligations between the sexes. Students will analyse the relationship between freedom and responsibility and the sense of invulnerability that many teenagers feel. Homework: Once a week. Assessment: The subject will be assessed on the results of the exercise handbook, the group projects and the pupil’s participation during class-time. It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject . Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 2 Web Pages: www.fad.es www.lasdrogas.info www.pnsd.msc.es www.ordago.net Recommendations: We suggest that you talk about the themes dealt with in class at home with your children. The topics discussed have a greater impact when parents are also involved. 27 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 29. CAREER SKILLS >>> Head of Department: Eduardo Selva Term One Term Two Term Three Formal Debating Unit Student Leadership unit – students design, implement and deliver public speaking & debating sessions Class representative elections Formal Public Speaking Unit Careers guidance – Students continue exploring possible career paths and investigate the possibility of securing work experience and placements Balloon Debates, Head to Head Debates and Persuasive Presentations – focusing on developing students’ presentational skills. Careers Guidance – Students explore possible career paths and acquire deeper knowledge about relevant qualifications. Inter-House Public Speaking Competition Introduction to public speaking and debate Philosophy for Children – students build concepts and arguments and give examples and criteria to improve logical reasoning, critical thinking and speaking & listening skills. Assessment: Students will be assessed on their ability to engage in public speaking activities and on their effort and contribution in all classroom activities. This will include both teacher and peer assessment throughout the year. - PSC will support literacy work across the curriculum by focusing on students’ speaking and listening skills. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 2 Homework: Will be set over the course of the year. - Students will also be concentrating on effective study skills, time management, organisation and revision techniques - Students will be encouraged to develop their public speaking, debating, thinking and interpersonal skills in order to help them both make informed decisions about their future and achieve ambitious career targets. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams 28 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 30. PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) >>> For all Students Head of Department: Ms Sheryl Howells Year 10 PE * Term One Term Two Term Three Invasion Game 1 Invasion Game 2 Invasion Game 3 Net Game 1 Net Game 2 Striking & Fielding Swimming Leadership Fitness Fitness Dance Athletics Year 11 PE * Term One Term Three Invasion Game 1 Invasion Game 2 Net Game 1 Net Game 2 Fitness Term Three Dance Options including swimming *Order may vary within year group, depending on availability of facilities. Assessment: At KS4 each activity is allocated 4/5 lessons per unit. The students are continually assessed during the unit with the last lesson put aside as an official assessment where the students perform the key skills covered in the unit as an opportunity to improve upon the provisional grade the teacher has allocated them before this lesson. National Curriculum levels are given for each activity and an average is calculated at the end of term. “You cannot control what your opponent does. You can only control what you will do.” - A J Kitt. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 4 Recommendations: These are the same as for IGCSE PE, given on page 23 of this handbook. 29 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 31. ICT (INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY)>>> Head of Department: Mr Stephen Neville This subject will be optional in Years 10 & 11, and will be taught during Clubs time (on Wednesday afternoons). The ICT club will consist of a series of workshops based around computer aided design and programming techniques. Year 10 & 11 Term One Term Two Workshop on Game programming with Java (Greenfoot IDE) Using Scratch for problem solving Programming Apps for mobile devices using Appinventor Term Three Programming and robotics Workshop on Photoshop Homework: Pupils will receive homework occasionally, when necessary. Assessment: There will be continual assessment throughout the year. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 4 Web Pages: www.caxtoncollege.tic.com Recommendations:  Children should be encouraged and made aware of technology and technological advancements around them to keep them up to date with an ever changing society. They should be encouraged to use computers as a means of developing and enhancing their research and communication skills.  ICT is an important and essential part of the www. teach-ict.com www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize curriculum. ICT supports academic achievement and provides skills for every day life. 30 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 32. VALENCIANO >>> Head of Department: Ms Pilar Tortonda Year 10 & 11 Term One Term Two Term Three -L’imperatiu; -Els pronoms febles. -Els quantitatius; -El gènere d’alguns noms. -Els possessius; -El tractament personal; -Alguns connectors; -Els exclamatius; -Els relatius. -La preposició per a; -Expressions preposicionals de temps; -Passat perifràstic i perfet; -participis irregulars. -Pronúncia de les oclusives finals; -Els signes de puntuació bàsics; -Pronúncia de /s/ i /z/; -Els sons /ks/ i /gz/ -Escriptura de s, ss, c, z, ç; -El prefix trans- i altres semblants; -La esse sorda i sonora. -Pronunciació de /s/ I /z/; -Com sonen tg/g i tj/j; -Escriptura de g, j, tg, tj, ig. -Vocabulari per a indicar direcció i situació; -Lèxic per a l’expressió del gust; -Tipus de vivenda; -Lèxic de l’alimentació; -Lèxic de l’àmbit domèstic. -La telefonia mòbil; -Malalties i símptomes; -Verbs d’acord i desacord; -Lèxic de l’ensenyament; -Parts del cotxe; -El trànsit. -Vocabulari mèdic; -Parts del cos. -Peces de roba; -Aficions; -Relacions familiars. Year 10 & 11 Term One Term Two Term Three -L’estil indirecte; -Els superlatius; -Plusquamperfet d’indicatiu i de subjuntiu; -Combinacions de pronoms febles. -Verbs lexicalitzats; -L’expressió de la intensitat; -La combinació de pronoms de complement directe i indirecte. - El passat simple (repàs); -Els possessius (repàs); -Els pronoms ho i n (repàs); -L’imperatiu (repàs) -El perfet (repàs); -L’expressió de l’abstracció. - Com sonen x, -ig, -tx, -ix; -Escriptura de –ix, mb, mp mm. -El so de la elel geminada i el dígraf tl; -L’ortografia de les consonants nasals a final de paraula. -Ortografia de l, ll, tl, tll, l.l; -La pronúncia i escriptura de r/rr. -L’ortografia de la h, la b i la v. -Adjectius per a la descripció psicològica; -Verbs de dicció; -Animals; -Accidents geogràfics; -Esports. -Mitjans de transport; -Vies de comunicació; -Verbs de moviment. -El turisme; -L’oratge. - Queixa i enuig; -Descripció de fets i esdeveniments; -Opinions negatives i positives; -Parts de la ciutat. Assessment Policy: Continual assessment of classwork throughout the year plus regular testing (twice a term). This year, students will be prepared for one of the official JQCV (official Valenciano organisation) exams. Web Pages: On the page www.cult.gva.es/jqcv it is possible to ask questions and do mock tests approved by the JQCV. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 8 sessions per month. Assessment: Regular tests on the material given as well as projects throughout the year. Recommendations: Students should be encouraged to read in Valencian and to try to practise the language whenever they can outside school. 31 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 33. <<<Complementary Activities Drama Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of dramatic performances, some of them given by professionals, and others by the Drama Club which runs during ExtraCurricular Activities. In addition, the college puts on whole school theatre productions for pupils at specific points during the academic year. Professional theatre companies are invited into school on a regular basis. The productions are in either English or Spanish. The productions are a valuable resource for a number of subjects across the curriculum. School Trips The school encourages pupils to develop their friendships and social interaction beyond the school day. One of the most important events in this respect is the Year Trip. This experience enriches the sense of companionship and promotes the group ethos, not only amongst pupils, but also with regard to the relationships formed between students and teachers. Campaigns Throughout the year different campaigns are held to promote values amongst the students such as solidarity, respect, tolerance towards other nationalities and cultures and good relationships in the school. Games Day, Athletics Day & Swimming Gala The PE department arranges 3 InterHouse sports competitions during the year. “Games Day” primarily consists of team sports, such as Football and Basketball, etc.; whilst “Athletics Day” comprises Field and Track disciplines. The students can also take part in a variety of events in the Swimming Gala, both individual and group. On all of these days, pupils will have the chance to demonstrate what they have learned during PE lessons. Special Days: Book Day: On International Book Day all students and staff take part in a collective 10 minutes of silent reading of an English text. Talks by Guest Speakers At certain times in the year, guest speakers are invited to give talks on various topics of interest to the students. Prize-Giving Event In mid-June, there is a Prize-Giving Evening for students from Years 7 to 10, where their academic achievements as well as their efforts are celebrated. Each subject department awards a diploma to those students who have obtained the highest marks in their subject, or made the best effort this year. In September we hold another event for Year 12 & 13 students, based on the Year 11 IGCSE and Year 12 A2 results from August. Clubs Activities: Teachers offer several Workshops so that students can further their knowledge in certain subjects, such as: Conversation clubs in French and German, ICT workshops or Scientific Experiments. These are held during clubs time on Wednesdays, from 3.15 to 4.50 pm. The Choir (“Sound Lab”), meets almost every lunchtime in the Music Room. House System: The House system at Caxton College is an essential part of the school community and provides friendly but fierce competition for all to get involved in. All students and teaching staff are allocated to a House and join in with great enthusiasm in the challenge of leading their house to victory. More detailed information can be found in the “Working Together” handbook. 32 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 34. Training Healthy Adolescents EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Education is not only about the transmission of knowledge, but also about the formation of values, habits and customs. For this reason, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities on Wednesday afternoons, including sports, artistic and academic activities. All students in this Key Stage should enrol in one of these activities as part of their comprehensive education. In May you will receive all the information you need in order to enrol. Activities begin in September and end in June. Those students who study Valencian Language or ICT will do so during clubs time. HOMEWORK At Caxton College homework is an important and integral part of the learning process. It: Provides an opportunity for staff and pupils to check knowledge and understanding. Consolidates learning. Develops and makes demands upon an individual student’s selfdiscipline, as well as important study and research skills. Provides extra practice of work done in class. Encourages family involvement in children’s learning. Organisation at home All pupils will be issued with a homework timetable at the beginning of the academic year. Subject teachers will set homework according to this timetable and the agreed formula for each subject. Additionally, we recommend that students devote at least 2 hours a week to those subjects which they feel require more attention. Sample of Years 10/11 homework timetable: MONDAY WEEK A WEEK B TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY English Spanish language Science Science Maths Option 2 Sociales Option 3 Maths Science Science Option 3 Option 1 Sociales Option 1 English Science Science Spanish language Option 2 In Year 10 students are expected to spend at least one and a half hours a week on each IGCSE subject, including Spanish. There will be times when even more may be expected of them, particularly as they approach their final examinations. Revision and preparation for examinations is accumulative. Because IGCSE is a two-year course, Year 10 work will be tested in the final examinations at the end of Year 11. It is important that both parents and students are aware of this. Notes from one year must be saved until the next. Regular reviewing of work done is essential over the two-year period and should start from the beginning of Year 10. 33 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 35. <<<School Material All students will need:      Pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, etc. A 30 cm ruler 1 compass 1 protractor 1 scientific calculator (we recommend Casio FX-85ES or a similar model provided it has the “replay” function).  1 pen-drive of 2 Gb  Exercise books (available in the school shop)  An iPad, minimum size an iPad 2 with 16 GB memory, is recommended to take notes and use in class when the teacher allows it. Textbooks may be purchased through the school. They are charged separately and in some cases are used for two academic years. Exercise books are available through the school since they are personalised for our centre. The fee for school material in Secondary is designated for general school resources and includes the cost of laboratory and art resources and photocopies. It does NOT cover the costs of individual materials. <<<School Transport For Secondary students to go home alone from the school bus stop, written permission is needed from their parents. Bus changes will not be permitted since the buses are filled to capacity. However, a student will be permitted to make his or her own change from bus to car by requesting this change in Reception. This will not require parental permission. 34 YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK
  • 36. YEAR 10 & 11 HANDBOOK