Curriculum

Our school offers a broad and balanced curriculum at KS3, which aims to support and challenge learners, enabling academic, moral, spiritual, social and cultural needs to be met. At KS4, the school provides access to a wide and relevant range of external accreditations, including GCSEs and vocational equivalents. We encourage our learners to continue their education with us and offer an extensive Post 16 curriculum in partnership with other Wyre Forest schools and colleges.

Our school aims to motivate young people to maximise their full potential and encourages aspirations to achieve the highest standards. Our school intends that all learners will be prepared for the world of work, having achieved the highest levels of literacy, numeracy and ICT and having become independent learners and critical thinkers.

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health & Social Care
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Science

Art & Design

The Art Department is a hub of creativity and takes pride in its reputation for providing art education to the highest of standards. In the department, every learner is encouraged to reach their creative potential, and exam performance in recent years has been very high with 90% of learners achieving a C grade or above.

We have a dedicated team of specialist art teachers and technical support staff. In order to provide pupils with an art education that equips them with the necessary skills for employment in today’s creative industries, we have invested in a digital art suite. Pupils are offered instruction in digital photography, image manipulation, video, animation and graphic design.

The newly constructed Art Gallery provides a multi–purpose learning space that also showcases our learners’ successes and allows our learners immediate access to the professional art world.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, learners are offered experiences in a wide range of materials and techniques, including drawing and painting, textiles, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, digital media and graphic design. The Key Stage 3 curriculum has been specially designed to give our students a rich art experience, which prepares our learners for GCSE courses.

Projects all begin with Observational DRAWINGS, Learners then RESEARCH the work of artists and designers, learning to analyse work and use this to inform their ideas (UNDERSTANDING). They then learn and EXPERIMENT with a range of techniques and media and use this to develop creative DESIGN IDEAS (PREPARATION). All projects will culminate in a FINAL OUTCOME (PRODUCT).

Year  Projects  Formal Focus
 7 ‘Natural World and Environment’ TONE, FORM, COLOUR and PATTERN
 8 ‘Identity and Self’ TONE, FORM, COLOUR, PATTERN, TEXTURE and PROPORTION.
 9 ’Narrative, Illustration and Myth’ TONE, FORM, COLOUR, PATTERN, TEXTURE, PROPORTION, PERSPECTIVE, MOVEMENT, SPACE AND COMPOSITION

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 the department offers GCSE courses in ‘Art and Design’ and ‘Textile Design’.

Over the two year course, learners produce one extended coursework project that will make up 60% of their overall grade and in the February of Year 11 learners begin an 8 week exam project, culminating in a 10 hour exam. This exam project makes up 40% of their overall grade.

The extended coursework project enables learners to develop personal artwork, working progressively with more confidence and independence from a given starting point or theme.

In GCSE Art and Design the extended project always starts with learners exploring the formal elements of Art in order to learn the foundations for success. They develop observational drawings based on a focus of their choice and detailed artist research and analysis in order to inform their ideas. Learners then experiment with a wide range of ideas and media. Learners are encouraged to work in a more independent manner, developing personalized coursework and making decisions about the selection and use of materials. The creative journey culminates in the development of a final piece.

Techniques and media learners may experience include:

2D Pencil, pencil crayon, fineliner, biro, ink, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, collage, mixed media, monoprint, press print, etching, collagraph printing
3D Card relief, clay, ceramics, glass, wire, plaster work
Digital Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, digital photography, film making, animation

In GCSE Textile Design the extended project begins with learners exploring the basic formal elements of art, followed by learning a wide range of textile techniques. They develop observational drawings based on a focus of their choice and produce detailed research into the work of their chosen artists or fashion designers in order to inform their ideas. Learners experiment with a wide range of ideas and textile techniques. Learners are encouraged to work in a more independent manner, developing personalized coursework, and making decisions about the selection and use of materials. Learners decide on a product for their final piece and they design and create an item of fashion of their own choice.

Techniques and processes learners may experience include:

Textile techniques and processes Appliqué, batik, mola work, press printing, monoprinting, felt making, silk painting, couching, machine work, embroidery, bondaweb, weaving, fashion design
Art Media Pencil, pencil crayon, fineliner, biro, ink, acrylic paint, watercolour paint, collage, mixed media, monoprint, press print, etching, collagraph printing
Digital Adobe Photoshop

Assessment in GCSE Art and DESIGN and GCSE TEXTILE DESIGN:

The coursework units and the terminal examination will be assessed in relation to the four assessment objectives set by the EDEXCEL examination board:

Assessment Objective Criteria
AO1:

Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
- ARTIST RESEARCH and linking this to their work

AO2: Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.
- EXPERIMENTATION and developing their ideas
AO3: Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.
- OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND DESIGN IDEAS
AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements
FINAL PIECE and EVALUATION

Key Stage 5

At Key Stage 5 we offer Art A Levels in Fine Art, Textile Design and Photography.

The AS and A2 Art courses offer learners the opportunity to explore a wide range of different media in each discipline and allow them to develop individual strengths and preferences.

During the AS course learners produce two portfolios of work:

AS  
Coursework Portfolio and a Final Piece September - January 60% of overall AS grade / 30% of A Level grade
Exam Portfolio and a Final Piece created in an 8 hour exam February - April 40% of overall AS grade / 20% of A Level grade

 

A Level      
Coursework Portfolio and a Final Piece June (year 12) – January (year 13) 60% of overall A2 grade / 30% of A Level grade
Exam Portfolio and a Final Piece created in an 12 hour exam February - April 40% of overall A level grade / 20% of A Level grade

Each course is based on independent thematic projects such as Sanctuary, Environments, The Self, Abstract and Conceptual Art and Still Life. Learners develop themes that interest them and allow for sustained focus.

At AS and A2 learners begin each year with a series of workshops in order to develop knowledge, understanding, skill, accuracy and creativity. Learners then develop independent portfolios of work working through the creative process from Records of Observation (DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS), ARTIST RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTATION, IDEA DEVELOPMENT and DESIGNING to the creation of a FINAL OUTCOME.

Some of the skills taught during AS and A2 courses:
FINE ART TEXTILE DESIGN PHOTOGRAPHY

Drawing

Oil Painting

Watercolour

Printing Techniques

Pastels

Drawing Media

Mixed Media

Ceramics

Sculpture

Relief Work

Composition

Fashion Design

Sculptural Textiles
Paper Construction

Batik

Felt Making

Mola Work

Deconstructed Textiles

Couching

Machine Work

Embroidery

Printing techniques

Shutter speed

ISO

Aperture

White balance

Image Manipulation

Photo editing Skills

Adobe Photoshop

Filters

Lenses

Lighting

Composition

The coursework units and the terminal examination will be assessed in relation to the four assessment objectives set by the EDEXCEL examination board:

Assessment Objective Criteria
AO1: Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.
- ARTIST RESEARCH and linking this to their work
AO2: Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.
- EXPERIMENTATION and developing their ideas
AO3:

Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on work and progress.
- OBSERVATIONAL DRAWINGS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND DESIGN IDEAS

AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements
-FINAL PIECE and EVALUATION


Learners are offered the opportunity to visit key galleries in both London and Liverpool.. Last year, all students seeking to continue studying within the Arts, achieved places at colleges and universities.

At Key Stage 5, we offer both AS and A2 levels in Fine Art, Textile Design, Photography and Graphic Design. Learners are offered the opportunity to visit key galleries in both London and Liverpool, as part of their coursework. Last year, all students seeking to continue studying within the arts, achieved places at colleges and universities.

Courses

GCSE Art and Design (Edexcel)

GCSE Art Textiles (Edexcel)

AS Level Art and Design (OCR)

AS Level Art Textiles (OCR)

AS Level Art Photography (OCR)

A2 Level Art and Design (OCR)

A2 Level Art Textiles (OCR)

A2 Level Art Photography (OCR)

Staff

Jacqui Lord – Head Of Art

Rebecca Newbold – Director of Communication & Community

Helen Hayes – Art Teacher

Amanda Parsons -  Communication & Community Administrator /Art Technician

Melanie Edson - Art Technician

Links

Exam Board
www.edexcel.com

Galleries

Tate Gallery
www.tate.org.uk

National Art Gallery
www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
www.bmag.org.uk

National Portrait Gallery
www.npg.org.uk

24 hour Gallery
www.culture24.org.uk
www.accessart.org.uk

Artcyclopedia
www.artcyclopedia.com/

CBBC – Art
www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/art/

Art Attack
www.hitentertainment.com/artattack/

Treacletart
www.treacletart.net

Colour Matters
www.colormatters.com/

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Business Studies

The AS course focuses on small to medium-sized businesses and includes two units: Planning and Finance a Business and Managing a Business.

At A2 level the course allows learners to build on their prior knowledge, but now studying larger, established organisations, with a further two units: Strategies for Success which introduces candidates to functional objectives and strategies, and examines their appropriateness in the context of corporate objectives, and The Business Environment and Managing Change which examines how external factors can impact upon businesses, and the responses they may take. The unit examines important themes such as leadership, corporate culture and the management of change.

Assessment of the A level is carried out through four examinations, three of which are based on case study material, with the fourth synoptic exam assessing learners on their own research of a pre-released theme as well as previously learned business theory.

Department trips to revision conferences enable students to consolidate their learning and exam techniques.

Courses

AQA AS Business Studies Specification (1131)

AQA A2 Business Studies (2131)

Staff

Mr D. Chauhan - Deputy Headteacher

Mrs. S Painter - Director of Learning

Mr. P Phillips - Director of Sixth Form

Links

Exam Board - www.aqa.org.uk

www.tutor2u.net 

www.kerboodle.com

www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

www.bbc.co.uk/learning zone/clips

 

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Design Technology

The Design and Technology curriculum has been designed to develop an ability to appreciate and design a range of products. All projects undertaken will focus on creative design or making activities.

The department boasts some of the best facilities at a school, for example, there are 40 networked computers and a range of CAD/CAM equipment, which includes an A2 size laser cutter specifically used for rapid prototyping and modelling. Each room also has multimedia projector facilities.

At KS3, learners have 4hrs of Design Technology per fortnight and follow a programme that enables the development of competence, performance and creativity through a range of different activities. Learners will gain experience in all areas throughout KS3 to include Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics and Food.

GCSE Catering, Graphic Products and Resistant Materials are popular choices amongst learners and some go on to study the subject at A Level here at Bewdley. Learners have 5 hours of their chosen subject per fortnight. Some learners choose to do 1, 2 or even 3 Technology subjects! Projects are based on outlines from the examination board and could include imaginative and creative ideas for:

A coffee or bedside table (Resistant Materials)
A flat packed animal house (Graphics)
A three course a la carte meal. (Catering)

At Ks5, we offer a course in Product Design that reflects learners’ experiences in GCSE Resistant Materials

Courses

KS3 Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics & Food Technology

GCSE Resistant Materials: AQA

GCSE Graphic Products: AQA

GCSE Catering: Welsh Board - WJEC

AS/A2 Product Design: AQA

Staff

Head of Department: Mr A. Hancock

Textiles/Food/Catering Teacher: Mrs D. Ransom

Resistant Materials Teacher & Assisatnt Head of Year 11 : Mr D O' Malley

Resistant Materials Teacher: Mrs B. Bratch-Msyk

Food/Catering Technician: Mrs J. Martin

Resistant Materials/Graphics Technician: Mr P. Cannon

 

Links

For general DT help:  www.technologystudent.com

For AQA Exam Board Website, past papers, mark schemes and specifications:

http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/dandt.php?id=07&prev=06

For WJEC Catering Specification: http://www.wjec.co.uk/index.php?subject=38&level=7

 

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen - Robert Bresson

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Drama

Subject Information

The Drama and Theatre studies curriculum has been designed to encourage learners to explore a wide range of techniques and skills such as improvisation, physical theatre, singing, lighting, sound and stage management. Learners are encouraged to be more effective and independent learners through critical and reflective thinking activities. Learners work imaginatively and creatively in collaboration with others and individually. Performance skills develop communication skills and help to raise self-awareness and confidence.

At KS3, our learners explore voice, movement, gesture and facial expression, in mime, scripted acting and improvisation. The development of these skills promotes self-confidence and self-awareness. It also encourages good practice. Learners also explore fantasy and science fiction, Shakespeare, comedy, and contemporary stage and television acting, whilst exploring team working, decision making and problem solving skills.

At KS4 learners explore a wide range of devised improvisations based on themes such as Berlin Wall, Technology and Slavery and scripted texts such as ‘Kill Jill'. There are opportunities to explore Commedia Dell’Arte, avante garde and physical theatre, clowning and Meisner and voice-over techniques. Learners are encouraged to explore key practitioners such as Brechct, Artaud and Berkoff, and will also be given the opportunity to perform in whole school performances and concerts. GCSE learners also view A'Level performances in professional venues, and are offered the opportuntity to perform with GCE Learners

At KS5 learners taking AQA Theatre Studies encounter more challenging set text such as ‘A dolls House’ by Ibsen, ‘Lady Windmere' by Oscar Wilde and ‘Our Countries good’ by Timberlake Wertenbaker. Students review live theatre and apply their study of experimental directors to their own devised play. Enrichment activities included visiting the Four Squares Festival, Be Festival and departmental London Theatre residential trip

The drama department has three studio spaces and the use of apple mac laptops, camera and sound recording. Staff are enthusiastic and continue to perform as actors outside of school. The school has fostered good links with fringe theatre venues such as The Custard Factory, The Blue Ornage, and Old Jointstock in Birmingham where GCE exam performances take place. Visits to local art festivals allow learners to view current drama practice and theatre visits provide up to date knowledge of new techniques and ideas.

Courses

AQA GCSE Drama

AQA GCE Theatre Studies

Staff

Mr P Baxter – Head of Visual Arts Faculty

Ms D Jones - Drama Teacher

Links

www.aqa.org.uk

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English

The English department aims to deliver a curriculum that supports and challenges across the three key stages, constantly seeking new ways to raise standards in reading, writing and speaking and listening.

At Key Stage 3, learners experience a variety of prose, poetry and drama from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including the works of Shakespeare. Non-fiction is also studied with a focus on building the skills necessary for GCSE. Independent reading is encouraged and tracked in Years 7 and 8 using the online scheme Accelerated Reader. At GCSE, learners extend their reading to include modern drama and classic and contemporary poetry, developing techniques that enable them to become the enquiring, analytical and independent readers and writers who will thrive on one of our popular A Level courses.

The English department enjoys a strong tradition of extra-curricular enrichment, ranging from creative writing experiences to theatre trips and visits from professional writers and Theatre companies.

Courses

At KS4 learners are following the AQA GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications, all learners are entered for both subjects.

At KS5, we offer Edexcel A Level in English Language and Literature, and AQA A Level in English Literature. Many of our Post 16 learners go on to study degrees in English or related subjects.

Staff

Miss L. Savidge - Head of English

Mr P. Baxter - Head of Visual Arts Faculty

Mrs J. Benbow-Taylor - English Teacher

Ms K. Hartley - English Teacher

Miss J Hynes - English Teacher

Mrs A Greswolde - English Teacher

Mrs S. Jones - English Teacher

Mrs H. Lloyd - English Teacher

Mr A. Mudge - English Teacher

Miss L. Roberts - Assistant Head of Sixth Form

 

Links

Find reading books compatible with Accelerated Reader:

http://www.arbookfind.co.uk/UserType.aspx

Search the Cambridge iGCSE site

http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/subject?assdef_id=1029

Explore the AQA GCSE English qualifications

http://www.aqa.org.uk/resource-zone/english/english-language.php

Read about the A Level Literature course:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/a-level/english-and-media/english-literature-a.php

Or A Level Language & Literature:

http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/english/langlit/Pages/default.aspx

Looking for pages of good study notes on texts?

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/

Want to hone your quick scan reading fluency skills?

http://getfluent.com/main.php?wcId=1

Be inspired by Shakespeare!

http://www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/

 

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Geography

At The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre geography is taught with an emphasis on making the subject dynamic, contemporary and relevant. We aim to use recent examples to illustrate the topics being covered, and make the curriculum as interesting and varied as we can.
We cover a wide range of human, physical and environmental geography topics. A sample of some of the areas we cover in KS3 includes rivers, tectonics, sustainability and international development. We also place an importance on increasing learner’s knowledge of places around the world, so examine the physical and human geography of countries, such as China, India and Ethiopia. We strive to engage learners with relevant subjects that deal with current world issues e.g. global warming. We also like to get out and experience ‘real geography’ whenever we can, so carry out local fieldwork as often as we can.
At KS4 we study the OCR A GCSE.  Learners examine the geography of the UK, including the physical landscapes, people and environmental challenges. Fieldwork is important, so we will investigate the impact of regeneration on Birmingham.  We will also carry out fieldwork to investigate how geomorphic processes can alter a streams characteristics. We will then look at world geography, including the threats facing tropical rainforests and coral reefs, international migration, extreme weather and urbanisation. 
The OCR A-Level covers a range of stimulating human and physical subjects, such as coastal landforms and processes, the carbon cycle and its effect on ecosystems, the geography of place (how a location can be viewed in many ways depending on perspective or the data/source used), human rights, global migration, the hazardous earth and the spread of disease.  The course is so varied that it will appeal to many students who have an interest in current world issues. Throughout the two year course we carry out fieldwork which uses a range of fieldwork skills that are examined at the end of the course. We have a residential field trip to Margam in South Wales where we carry out several days human and physical fieldwork examining coastal features and place.
One of the most exciting developments in the geography department is our annual trip to Iceland for KS4.  Learners will get to see glaciers, swim in the Blue Lagoon, visit hot springs and view active volcanoes. A trip not to be missed!

What can studying Geography lead to?

Geography is a varied subject that not only develops your knowledge of the subject, but builds on your existing numeracy and literacy skills. This makes geographers very employable, particularly in:
• Business e.g. location analyst, GIS information specialist
• Settlement e.g. urban regeneration planner, surveyor
• Travel and tourism e.g. expedition leader, heritage manage
   Sustainability e.g. environmental impact officer, conservation officer
• Environmental systems e.g. flood protection manager, climate analystst

Courses

Current Courses: OCR A GCSE and OCR A-level.

Staff

Mrs J. Rickards - Subject Leader

Mr W. Nugent - Geography Teacher

Mrs D. James -Director of Learning

Links

http://mapzone.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/mapzone/

www.geography.learnontheinternet.co.uk

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/geography/

www.georesources.co.uk

www.geography.org.uk/

www.s-cool.co.uk

www.worldmapper.org

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Health & Social Care

GSCE Health and Social Care

Learners complete a two year programme which leads to a GCSE in Health and Social Care. The first unit studied is Health, Social Care and Early Years Services; Learners will complete a Controlled Assessment about this topic. The second unit relates to growth, personal development and relationships. Assessment of this unit is by one exam at the end of Year 11. The course can lead to Health and Social Care, Psychology or Sociology at A Level and other related courses

GCE Health and Social Care

Learners complete a two year programme AS in year 12 and A2 in year 13. Subjects covered include Health Promotion, Communication in care settings, Child Development and Social Trends. Students are assessed in each year by the completion of two portfolio units and one exam unit. Currently in year 13 the examination unit is based on a piece of pre release material provided by the exam board. The course can lead to careers in Nursing, Midwifery, Primary School Teaching, Occupational Therapy and other related areas.

Staff

Mrs B. Ranford -Head of PSHE/Health & Social Care

Miss V. Mistry - Psychology Teacher

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History

History is an exciting and challenging subject and has always been very popular at Bewdley. This is reflected in the large number of learners that choose to carry on studying History at GCSE and A-Level. In Year 7, learners explore what history is about, by finding out who the Tollund Man was and what happened to him. They go on to study the native American and European medieval histories. In Year 8, learners begin to identify the reasons why people have migrated to and from Britain since the medieval times, by exploring a variety of periods from the Normans, through the Tudors and Victorian Britain to WWI and WWII. The learners then examine the English Civil War, by focusing on the relationship between crown and parliament. At the start of Year 9, learners take part in an investigation that looks at the impact of the industrial revolution on the East End of London; the study focuses on the murders of Jack the Ripper. Learners then examine the role and impact of slavery where they also have an opportunity to practice the skills necessary for GCSE by completing a mini controlled assessment. At the end of the year, learners examine some of the most serious and significant events in 20th century, such as the Holocaust and the dropping of the atomic bombs. At GCSE some students study the OCR Modern World course, encompassing the causes of world WWI up to the start of WW2, whilst others examine Vietnam, Cuba and the Cold War. All learners focus on Russia for their their in-depth study. At AS all students study the AQA course, which focuses on USA and Vietnam or America 1890-1945. At A2, they continue to study the AQA course, which looks at The Triumph of Elizabeth I. All students enter coursework.

Within History, we offer a number of visits and experiences including a cross-curricular trip to Kenilworth Castle in Year 7, where students examine how the castle changed from a fortress to a palace. Year 10 (production dependent) will have the opportunity to visit 'Hitler on Trial', which will assist them with their controlled assessment. Year 11 have the opportunity to visit RAF Cosford to help candidates consolidate their knowledge on the Cold War. Sixth Form historians also attend relevant A-level conferences, taken by leading historians and university lecturers. Learners are taught to analyse, question and explain the causes and consequences of events as well as challenge assumptions and prejudices, all of which are useful life skills.

Courses

GCSE OCR Modern World

AS AQA Vietnam

USA 1890 – 1945

Louis XIV

A2 AQA The Triumph of Elizabeth

AQA Coursework

Staff

Mrs S. Barnes - Head of Humanities Faculty

Mrs K. Howard- Assistant Director of Learning (Sixth Form)

Miss E. Dorr - History Teacher

Miss N. Schmidt - History Teacher

 

Links

www.historyonthenet.com

www.schoolhistory.co.uk

www.johndclare.net/

www.s-cool.co.uk

 

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ICT

ICT and computing is an emerging and thought-provoking part of the curriculum, which focuses on a wide spectrum of learning, both in and outside of the classroom environment. ICT is a core part of each learner’s program of study, which regularly produces excellent results both at GCSE and A level.

At Key Stage 3, learners focus on a wide range of software, from the Microsoft Office package through to Serif Package. Year 7 begin by learning how to investigate how to become an effective digital citizen by exploring search engines and the importance of 'netiquette', and they finish the year by learning coding to enable them to creating mini games using Scratch software.

A fundamental part of Year 8 is the focus on ICT in the working world, whilst building upon their Computing knowledge by learning how to code using text rather than a graphical interface.

In Year 9, learners focus on creative techniques by producing several individual pieces of work base around scenarios, for example movie editing and magazine designs. In Key Stage 4, learners embark on their ICT qualification called Ingots. This combines a number of different aspects of ICT and encourages learners to become independent and link their learning to the working environment. Learners complete a number of units which is then accredited by the examination board. They will complete the ICT journey by taking an exam to gain their ICT qualification. Learners can opt to take Computing as a GCSE which teaches students to think logical when creating software. It develops their thinking skills whilst also looking at how software and hardware application operate.

As part of the OCR AS/A2 applied ICT course, we encourage learners to focus on the impact ICT has had in the wider world, including how technology is used within industry. Learners continue to develop their
skills and knowledge and understanding by drafting, creating and critically evaluating their own and others’ work; something which can be transferred across into other subjects, as well as used in later life.

Courses

Edexcel BTEC Firsts 2013 Units 1,3,7 6

A/S Level – OCR – Units G040, 41 and 42

A Level – OCR Units G053, 48 and 51

Staff

Mr. Birmingham – Head of ICT

Mrs. Painter - Director of Learning

Mr. Phillips - Director of Sixth Form

Mr C. Mueller -ICT Teacher

Mr. Badham - ICT Technician

Ben Edwards - Apprentice ICT Technician/Reprographics

Links

http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/type/gce/ict_tec/ict_app/documents/index.html

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

 

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Mathematics

Mathematics is an exciting, dynamic and logical subject which teaches not only mathematical concepts but also the ability to think and problem solve.

We teach using a mixture of textbooks, activities, practical work, investigations, interactive whiteboard resources and iPads.  We incorporate problem solving into our day to day lessons as well as ensuring that the necessary rigour is present to enable students to function mathematically and transfer these skills across the wider curriculum.

Students complete a weekly quiz so that basic skills are constantly practised, the previous weeks work is recapped and work from two to three weeks previously is revised.  If a student is struggling then help and support can be offered immediately.

There ae several opportunities for students to seek extra help and support, or just to come along and enjoy the challenge of working with some different material, which is not always linked to an examination.  We run Maths Clubs on a Wednesday evening. Mrs Kirby runs the club aimed at Years 7 and 8 until 4:15pm and Mrs Wilmot runs the GCSE Club until 5pm.  Intervention sessions for all Year Groups are run during tutor time and there are weekly MAGAT sessions in addition to the normal teaching time.  There is a standing invitation for all 6th Form students to spend their private study time working at the back of a maths lesson so they can access immediate help and support when they require it.  All students are welcome at any afterschool session, regardless of their school year group.

Homework consists of a quiz of twelve questions each week. This is posted onto their Office 365 group on a Monday and homework is to complete the quiz.  The answers are then posted on a Thursday and students are to check their solutions and do any necessary corrections.  During the first lesson of the following week the students are given the quiz again (with the numbers changed slightly) to check their understanding.  Each student is also required to complete 30 minutes on Times Tables Rock Stars each week.  This is to ensure that they are fluent with this fundamental skill.  During their GCSE years, students are also required to complete Diagnostic Questions quizzes.  These are ten questions and range from quizzes on the previous weeks work to quizzes that test concepts taught in previous years.  In Years 7 and 8 we expect about an hour of homework, in Year 9 this increases to an hour and a half each week.  In Years 10 and 11, this increases again to about two and a half hours a week due to the increased demand of the GCSE course.  During their A Level studies students are expected to complete a minimum of an hour of individual work for each taught lesson.

Courses

Years 9, 10 and 11 follow the AQA Linear examination which grades at 9 -1.  The specification code is 8300 and full details can be found on the AQA website:  www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/gcse/mathematics-8300

Year 12 and 13 also study for an examination with AQA.  Details can be found on the following links:-

AS Mathematics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/mathematics-7356

A Level Mathematics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/mathematics-7357

AS Further Mathematics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/further-mathematics-7366

A Level Further Mathematics http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics/as-and-a-level/further-mathematics-7367

Staff

Mrs F Wilmot – Faculty Head of Mathematics

Miss J Bettelley – Mathematics Teacher

Mr R Cannon – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs S Kirby – Mathematics Teacher in charge of Years 7 and 8

Miss J Jarmolkiewicz – Mathematics Teacher

Miss B Turner – Mathematics Teacher

Ms S Walker – Mathematics Teacher

Mrs K Wilkes – Mathematics Teacher in charge of Sixth Form

Links

 

Corbett Maths https://corbettmaths.com/

Mr Barton Maths http://www.mrbartonmaths.com/

Hegarty Maths http://mathswebsite.com/

Exam Solutions https://www.examsolutions.net/

Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/math

BBC Bitesize KS3 http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zqhs34j

BBC Bitesize GCSE https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/examspecs/z8sg6fr

Nrich http://nrich.maths.org/

 

 

 

Mathematics

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Modern Foreign Languages

Subject Information

Want a leg up in the job market? Knowledge of a foreign language is a real bonus! Use your time at The Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre to develop your ability to communicate in another language. Furthermore, knowledge of how another language works also helps you to understand how English works better!

In year 7, learners are taught French in mixed ability classes. During the year they are taught the basics for how to cope with passages of written and spoken text. They also learn how to construct short texts and communicate simply in French. At the end of year 7, learners have the opportunity to go to France on the well established and highly successful trip to Boulogne.

In years 8-9 learners work in ability groupings to perfect their language skills as well as widen their vocabulary base. By the end of year 9 many learners will be at least starting to manipulate verbs into another tense and they will be able to cope with more extended passages of written and spoken text, on a range of topics. Top set learners begin to learn another language in year 8. Through learning a second foreign language more able learners can begin to identify patterns between languages and apply rules and to practise skills across the languages.

At GCSE level learners continue with a foreign language, which for many learners is likely to be French. Learners follow the EDEXCEL GCSE course. Throughout the 2 year course continued hard work is essential to develop the creativity and accuracy in language manipulation required for a grade C+ pass. There is a clear focus on grammar,(including tenses, agreements and word order) for all learners who can cope with this.
Post 16, learners have the opportunity to opt for a foreign language for A-Level. The Edexcel course followed not only develops learners’ language skills further, but also helps them develop a clearer understanding of life in the target language community and the opportunity to discuss issues relevant to their lives in the target language.

Courses

KS4 courses

Full course GCSE in French/German/Spanish - EDEXCEL

Short course in either written or oral communication in French/German/Spanish – EDEXCEL

ASSET Languages (level 1qualification) - OCR

AS and A2 Edexcel

Staff

Mr P. Willis - Assistant Headteacher / Director of Learning for MAGAT (French, German, Spanish)

Mrs V. Campbell - Head of Department (French and Spanish)

Mr G. Houillon (French)

Mrs E. Sharp (French and German)

Mr M. Erbin (French and Spanish)

Links

www.linguascope.com (ask your MFL teacher for the username and password)

http://www.languagesonline.org.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/french/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/german/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/

 

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Music

Key Stage 3

The Bewdley Music Department offers a vibrant and exciting curriculum for all students across a large spectrum of musical styles. In Year 7, learners explore the gamelan, keyboards, GarageBand and begin to compose and improvise melodies as well as developing key word understanding.

In Year 8, we explore chords, voices in layers, jigs and reels, Samba (including a Samba workshop directed by professional musician), and compose music to fulfil a specific brief for the Bewdley Safari Park. In addition to this, Year 8 learners build on their key word vocabulary and understanding.

In Year 9, we focus on film music, including composing for short film clips, arranging music,song writing and minimalism as well as developing specialist vocabulary.

Key Stage 4-5

A significant number of students choose to carry on their studies to GCSE Music and A Level Music and A Level Music Technology with considerable success. Current GCSE groups number 27 in year 10 and 28 in year 11. We have a steady number continuing onto Higher Education including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Music Performance), University of West England (Creative Music Technology), Coventry University and West London University (Composing). Music Technology students regularly receive offers at UWE, this year two learners received unconditional places.

Enrichment

Outside the classroom, over 100 learners have weekly instrumental lessons provided by visiting teachers from Worcestershire Youth Music.

Extra‑curricular activities have an important part to play in enhancing musical experiences and in the musical life of the school and we offer a wide variety of activities. We currently have an acapella group, a Rock 'n' Pop, Guitar and Ukulele group and a variety of school bands that rehearse before and after school.

Each year, learners participate in a variety of performance opportunities including the Rotary Showcase, Christmas Concerts, The Bewdley Festival, Youth Makes Music and local festival events. There are also various informal opportunities for singers and bands to perform.

Music Technology

Music Technology is also a strength of the department with pupils from Year 7 onwards being taught how to use music software such as GarageBand, Sibelius and Logic Pro on the school’s state of the art series of iMacs, MacBooks and MacBook pros.

Courses

GCSE Music (OCR)

AS Music (Edexcel)

A2 Music (Edexcel)

AS Music Technology (Edexcel)

A2 Music Technology (Edexcel)

Staff

Ms H. Blythe (Head of Music)

Mrs A. Sahota (Music Teacher)

Mrs C. Foster (Music Teacher)

Mr N.Cashmore (Part-time Music Teacher)

Links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm - GCSE Bitesize

http://www.gcse-music.co.uk - GCSE Music Revision

http://www.musicteachers.co.uk/namethatnote/

https://www.soundonsound.com

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Physical Education

We provide all learners with a broad and high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to enjoy, succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically demanding activities.

We place a great emphasis on developing the skills and knowledge to allow life long participation to support the learner’s health and fitness, alongside developing character and sporting values.

Curriculum

The aims of our national curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:

•    develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
•    are physically active for sustained periods of time
•    engage in competitive sports and activities
•    lead healthy, active lives

A comprehensive timetable of extracurricular activities is published each half term.

Key Stage 3

Learners have 4 hours of PE per fortnight and will follow one activity for approximately 4 weeks.

During each activity each leaner is assessed on their physical competence and awarded a bronze, silver or gold achievement. The transferable skills are assessed in line with the national curriculum and their individual progress pathway. These include their ability to lead, evaluate and demonstrate the knowledge required to lead a healthy active life style.


Key Stage 4

Learners have 3 hrs of PE per fortnight and choose their own pathway to further develop their skills as a result of discovering what they like to do and what their aptitudes are in KS3. These include both on site and off site activities to motivate and engage all learners.  
 
GCSE Physical Education: Edexcel, assessed over 2 units:

Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education - Healthy, Active Lifestyles and Your Healthy, Active Body. A written exam paper (1hr 30mins) worth 40% of the final mark.

Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education is split into 2 sections and is worth 60% of the final mark

Students are assessed in four practical performances, 2 of which may be in the role as a leader or official, worth 48% of the final mark. Activities can be followed and assessed in or outside of school. They also carry out an analysis of performance in one of their chosen activities which includes planning, performing and evaluating a Personal Exercise Programme, worth 12% of the final mark.

A Level Physical Education: OCR, assessed over 2 units:

Over the 2 year course, topics studied are:

Theoretical components:
•    Anatomy and physiology
•    Acquiring movement skills
•    Socio-cultural
•    Sports psychology
•    Historical Studies
•    Exercise and sport physiology

Practical components:
•    Performance in sports
•    Evaluating and improving performance


Bewdley Completion Pathway

Level 1- in school inter form competitions
Level 2- Wyre Forest
Level 3- Worcestershire school games

All learners take part in inter form competitions in the school year (level 1 intra school completion), ranging from dodge ball to whole school sports days.

We are active members of the Wyre forest schools’ sport partnership and regularly participate in festivals and competitions covering a range of traditional and alternative activities (level 2 competitions).

Our success at level 2 completions has allowed many of our learners to represent Wyre Forest at the Worcestershire School Games (Level 3 competition).

The development of leadership skills is integral to our programme, equipping learners with the skills to facilitate activities for others through the roles of coach and official during lessons, has resulted in many of them being selected to receive expert external training through the SSCO and many are then selected to coach and officiate at level 2 and 3 competitions. Examples include organising and running competitions for our local primary schools, working alongside the sports development officer to facilitate inclusive adult sport.

Courses

GCSE Physical Education: Edexcel
A Level Physical Education: OCR

Staff

Mrs K. Davies - Head of PE
Mr M. Pigford -Sports Opportunities Manager
Mrs G. Evetts – Head of Year 7
Mrs K. Curtis - Head of Year 10
Mr P. Phillips - Head of Sixth Form
Mr R Ward- PE Teacher
Mrs M. Sylvester (PESSCO)

Links

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/academy/default.stm
www.brianmac.co.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/pe/

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Religious Studies

The Religious Studies course focuses on encouraging our learners to follow the school motto ‘Learning For Life and Achievement For All’. We hold to the traditional values of respect, honesty, hard work, determination and good manners, but we also wish to encourage boldness, creativity, team-work and innovation. The department, at present, has one full-time member of staff and two members of staff who also have responsibilities in other curriculum areas. All three members of staff are energetic and enthusiastic; they have high standards and contribute to making Religious Studies an enjoyable subject for students

Courses

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, all students have lessons in Religious Studies; the course follows the Worcestershire Agreed Syllabus, and focuses on the following areas: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and Judaism.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the AQA A Religious Studies specification. Learners study Unit 2: Christianity and Ethics, which looks at issues such as medical technology, matters of life and death and global concerns. Also, Unit 7: Philosophy of Religion, which looks at issues such as revelation, the existence of God, the problem of evil and the compatibility of science and religion. Both units are studied throughout Year 10 and Year 11. At the end of year 11 learners take two exams, one for Unity 2 and one for Unit 7.

Staff

Mrs L.Colbourne - Head of Religious Studies

Miss V. Mistry - Teacher of Psychology

Mrs B. Ranford - Head of Health & Social Care

Mrs J. Benbow - Teacher of English

Mrs D. James - Geography and Director of Learning ( Year 11)

Links

www.thatreligiousstudieswebsite.com
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
www.resource.org.uk

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Science

Key Stage 3

Learners follow the new Key Stage 3 Science Programme of Study in Years 7, 8 and 9. The principle focus of science teaching is to develop a deeper understanding of a range of scientific ideas in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Pupils will begin to see the connections between these subject areas and become aware of some of the key ideas underpinning scientific knowledge and understanding. The teaching programme consists of individual topics which will develop scientific knowledge, and understanding and use scientific enquiry to help learners answer specific questions about the world around them.

Key Stage 4

The majority of learners in Years 10 and 11 follow the AQA Science A and Additional Science courses and cover the requirements of the Key Stage 4 Programme of Study. Learners are taught Biology, Chemistry and Physics with the over-arching theme of ‘How Science Works’ which presents the Science content in contexts relevant to the role of science in society. Great importance is attached to the knowledge, skills and the understanding of science in the world at large as well as in the laboratory. As our learners become more scientifically literate they begin to question, and engage in debate on, current scientific developments. The course is assessed through six one hour examinations at the end of Year 11 and two, internally assessed, controlled assessments. This leads to two GCSE’s – Science and Additional Science.

We currently have three sets of learners who choose to follow the AQA ‘Triple’ Science course. This leads to three GCSE’s (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Each subject is assessed through three one hour examinations and an internally assessed controlled assessment.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 our learners follow the AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics courses. These qualifications, we feel, inspire students, nurture a passion for their chosen subjects and lay the groundwork for further study in Science, Medicine, Engineering and beyond. We believe that the Sciences are fundamentally experimental subjects and our learners have numerous opportunities to use practical experiences to link theory to reality and equip them with the essential practical skills they need.

Each of the Science courses are designed to follow on from GCSE Additional Science or ‘Triple’ Science

Courses

AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics at GCE (A Level)

AQA Biology, Chemistry and Physics (Triple Science) are followed by two sets in Year 10 and one set in Year 11.

AQA Science A followed pupils in Year 10 not taking Triple Science.

AQA Additional Science followed by pupils in Year 11 not taking Triple Science

Staff

Mr G. Lowrie - Head of Science Faculty

Ms D. Walters - Science Teacher

Mr C. Beech - Science Teacher

Mr A. Cameron - Science Teacher

Miss K. Crane - Science Teacher

Mr C. Horton - Science Teacher

Mrs S. Leach - Head of Year 8

Mr M. Newsome - Science Teacher

Miss S. Maguire - Science Teacher

Mrs C. Pigford - Science Teacher

Mrs A. Greaney - Science Technician

Mrs P. Jarvis - Science Technician

Ms G. Fallows - Apprentice Science Technician

Links

www.aqa.org.uk (Exam board website for all Science A-Level and GCSE subjects)

www.s-cool.co.uk (GCSE and A-Level revision resources)

www.biologyguide.net (A-Level Biology Revision)

www.a-levelchemistry.co.uk (A-Level Chemistry Revision)

www.antonine-education.co.uk (A-Level Physics Revision)

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/science/ (GCSE Science Revision)

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/ (KS3 Science Revision)

 

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