Curriculum overview - Phase 2

Students have a 25 hour week and study a core programme of English, maths, double or triple science, core RS and core PE

Students make their phase 2 option choices at the end of year 8 and choose from a range of subjects from four different option blocks.

All students choose between history or geography in the humanities option block and between ICT and business in option block 1.

In option block 2 students have a choice of a range of creative qualifications. Both GCSE and vocational courses are available to students.

In option block 3 students study an option which is appropriate to their needs and future career plans. In this option block there are a wide range of subjects available which comprise of a non exhaustive list, including modern foreign languages, a second humanities subject, religious studies and a range of vocational courses.

Example Option Blocks:

Humanities Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
History ICT Performing Arts – Drama French
Geography Business Studies Performing Arts – Dance Spanish
Media Music RS
Engineering Art History
Travel and Tourism Photography Geography
Sport Travel and Tourism
Hospitality and Catering
Health and Social Care
Sport
Phase 2 - Art

Why is Art important?

Studying Art helps our students with the development of motor skills, communication skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and creativity. GCSE Art provide challenges for learners at all levels. Art helps connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world. We also highlight the importance our subject has on health, wellbeing and life balances outside the world of work and education and we firmly believe that a strong appreciation of art will enrich the students’ lives long after their education at our academy.

What will I be studying?

The course covers a wide range of topics including landscapes, portraiture, science and tribal artwork. Within the topics the students will have the opportunity to experiment and develop skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, card/paper engineering, print making and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.  The choice of subject matter within the programme is based on a fluid and ever changing range of popular topics. All our projects build on prior understanding whilst adding interesting and challenging new content year on year.

How will I be assessed?

The course is split into two sections; coursework and exam. The coursework is 60% and the exam is 40% of the overall grade. The students learn how to build, present and refine a body of work for both the coursework and the exam element of the course. At the end of the course the students sit a 10 hour practical exam where they produce a final piece.

Which examination board am I following?

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

https://www.studentartguide.com/featured/high-school-painting-and-drawing-projects

 Who to contact about Phase Two Art:

Miss C Craggs: Head of Art and Photography – c.craggs@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Computer Science important?

Within the Computer Science curriculum, students are able to develop planning, problem solving and the ability to write and follow instructions, all of which will be transferable to further study and employment in this area. Students will improve their logical thinking and mathematical skills and will learn about the legal and ethical issues surrounding technology. Students gain an appreciation of the scientific workings of a computer and security of networks, they will develop programming skills to foster their interest in careers in programming and other highly sought after computing roles in the business world.

What will I be studying?

Component 1 Computer Systems

  • Systems Architecture • Memory • Storage • Wired and wireless networks • Network topologies, protocols and layers • System security • System software • Ethical, legal, cultural and environmental concerns

Component 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

  • Algorithms • Programming techniques • Producing robust programs • Computational logic • Translators and facilities of languages • Data representation

 Programming Project

  • Programming techniques • Analysis • Design • Development • Testing and evaluation and conclusions

How will I be assessed?

2 exams each worth 50% of the final grade.

  • Component 1 Computer Systems
  • Component 2 Computational thinking, algorithms and programming

Which examination board am I following?

OCR GCSE Computer Science – www.ocr.org.uk/gcsecomputerscience

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Computer Science:

Mrs D Young – Curriculum Leader Business & Enterprise – d.young@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Design Engineering important?

Engineering design is a process used to develop and enhance new products and systems as a response to market opportunities. This qualification is an opportunity for our students to learn about communicating ideas and designing solutions to improve people’s lives. As a result, they are able to make better decisions, they understand more about the impact of products on the environment and are able to understand the ever changing world of technology. During the course, we aim for the students to gain an understanding of modern manufacturing techniques and industry standard principles of design which will develop their creative and problem solving abilities and prepare them for further studies or employment in these industries.

What will I be studying?

The students will use practical skills such as drawing, computer modelling and model making to communicate design ideas. The qualification will also encourage them to consult with a client and, with its practical focus, will engage them in producing, testing and evaluating a prototype in the form of a model. At Trinity Academy Halifax, the students’ focus will be on designing, modelling, testing and evaluating either a games controller or hairdryer which offers a product choice that is relevant to the lives of most young people

How will I be assessed?

The learners are externally assessed for one unit (R105 Design briefs, design specifications and user requirements) with the remaining 3 units being assessed within school and moderated by the exam board.

Which examination board am I following?

The exam board is OCR and the qualification name is Cambridge Nationals Level 1/2 in Engineering Design –  https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/engineering-design-level-1-2-award-certificate-j831-j841/

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Design Engineering:

Mr S.Ridley– Curriculum Leader for Technology – s.ridley@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is English important?

Our English curriculum at Trinity Academy Halifax equips all students with the functional skills needed for later life, whilst nurturing a passion and love of literature from across the world. We work as a team to ensure that our curriculum is tailored and differentiated to meet the needs of our cohort which provides each of our students with the opportunity to thrive in English and beyond.

Within the study of English Literature, our students are encouraged to embrace cultural capital through a variety of well-considered texts across the English cannon. Students are exposed to a range of contextual backgrounds and momentous historical events which underpin our core values as a school.

Within the study of English Language, the analytical thinking of our students is developed in order to foster their inquisitive natures. This will empower them to criticise the things that they read, see and hear in the modern world. It is our aim to ensure that students have access to a comprehensive vocabulary to enable them to articulate challenging ideas.

What will I be studying?

  • Power and Conflict Poetry
  • English Language Paper 2
  • Blood Brothers
  • English Language Paper 1
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Macbeth
  • Unseen Poetry

How will I be assessed?

  • English Language Paper 1: Explorations in creative writing and reading
  • English Language Paper 2: Writers’ viewpoints and perspectives
  • English Literature Paper 1: Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • English Literature Paper 2: Modern texts and poetry

Which examination board am I following?

Exam board: AQA

Exam board website: www.aqa.org.uk

English Language Specification: 8700

English Literature Specification: 8702

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two English:

Why is Business important?

 Students experience the world of business every day through their use of technology and their role as consumers in society.  It is vital that they learn about how business impacts on their lives and that we help them consider if running their own enterprise is a suitable option for them in the future.

Within the Enterprise curriculum, students will explore into the local, national and international business environment. Here they will consider what constitutes business success and the strategies that businesses of all sizes have to take to achieve it. Students will gain experience completing business plans and financial documents whilst also learning the importance of personal financial management- a concept we believe students benefit from extensively in later life.

What will I be studying?

 Component 1: Exploring Enterprises

Learners will examine different local enterprises to develop their knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of enterprises and the skills needed by entrepreneurs.

Component 2: Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity

Learners will individually select an idea for a micro-enterprise activity to plan and pitch. They will individually pitch their business plan for their idea to an audience and then use the feedback to review their plan and pitch.

Component 3: Promotion & Finance for Enterprise

Learners will explore the different promotional methods used by enterprises and the factors that influence how enterprises identify and target their market. Learners will explore financial documents and how to use them to monitor and improve the performance of an enterprise in order to make decisions and recommend strategies for success.

How will I be assessed?

Component number Component title GLH Level How assessed
1 Exploring Enterprises 36 1/2 Internal
2 Planning for and Pitching an Enterprise Activity 1/2 Internal
3 Promotion and Finance for Enterprise 48 1/2 External Synoptic

Four grades at Level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Which examination board am I following?

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Enterprise – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/enterprise.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning? 

Who to contact about Phase Two Enterprise:

Mrs D Young – Curriculum Leader Business & Enterprise – d.young@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is French important?

In an increasingly globalised world, intercultural competence is essential. Learning a foreign language connects us to the wider world and awakens our interest in other people and cultures. Learning a foreign language will not only help develop students’ communicative skills, but also increase their confidence and set them up for life as global citizens.

What will I be studying?

Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed across four GCSE papers based on the following skills:-

  • Listening (25%)
  • Speaking (25%)
  • Reading (25%)
  • Writing (25%)

Which examination board am I following?

Students study AQA French. Further details can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/french-8658

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two French:

Mrs Spafford– Curriculum Leader for MFL – j.spafford@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Geography important?

Never has there been a more important time to learn Geography. It is essential in an age of climate change and geopolitical ferment that young people are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to understand the Earth as the home of humankind and how the world is changing.

What will I be studying?

Students will study:

  • Natural Hazards: Earthquake, Tropical Storms and Climate Change
  • Living World: Small scale ecosystem, rainforests and cold environments
  • British Landscapes: Coasts and Rivers
  • Urban World: Urbanisation, Rio de Janeiro and Bristol
  • Changing Economic World: The development gap, Nigeria and the Changing UK economy
  • Resource Management: UK Resources and Global Energy
  • Fieldwork: The regeneration of Salford Quays and the coastal protection at Hornsea, East Yorkshire

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed across three GCSE examination papers and will be tested on the following:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge of locations, places, processes, environments and different scales
  • AO2: Demonstrate geographical understanding of: concepts and how they are used in relation to places, environments and processes; the interrelationships between places, environments and processes
  • AO3: Apply knowledge and understanding to interpret, analyse and evaluate geographical information and issues to make judgements
  • AO4: Select, adapt and use a variety of skills and techniques to investigate questions and issues and communicate findings

Which examination board am I following?

Students study AQA GCSE Geography 8035. More details can be found here:

https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/geography/specifications/AQA-8035-SP-2016.PDF

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Geography:

Mr A Freer – Student Progress Leader (Humanities) – a.freer@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Health & Social Care important?

 About 3 million people work in health or social care. Health care roles include doctors, pharmacists, nurses, midwives and health care assistants, while social care roles include care assistants, occupational therapists, counsellors and administrative roles. Together they account for nearly one in ten of all paid jobs in the UK. Demand for both health and social care is likely to rise so they will continue to play a key role in UK society, and the demand for people to fill these vital jobs will increase.

What will I be studying?

Component 1: Human Lifespan and Development

You will explore how individuals develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually over time and investigate how various factors, events and choices impact individuals’ growth and development.

Component 2: Health and Social Care Services and Values

You will learn which health and social care services are available and identify why people might need to use these services. You will look at the care values the sector has to make sure people get the care and protection they need.

Component 3: Health and Well Being

You will explore the different factors that might influence health and wellbeing, identify key health indicators and how to interpret them. Students will create a health and wellbeing improvement plan for a person, which includes targets and recommendations of support services available.

How will I be assessed? 

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Health and Social Care
Component number Component title GLH Level How assessed
1 Human Lifespan Development

(30% of course total)

36 1/2 Internal
2 Health and Social Care Services and Values

(30% of course total)

36 1/2 Internal
3 Health and Wellbeing

(40% of course total)

48 1/2 Synoptic
External

Four grades at level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Which examination board am I following?

Pearson Edexcel – BTEC Tech Award Level 1, Level 2 in Health & Social Care

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/health-and-social-care.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning? 

Who to contact about Phase Two Health & Social Care:

Mrs N. Clarke: Assistant Principal & Curriculum Leader Social Sciences – n.clarke@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is History important?

The study of history enables students to become critical thinkers and understand the world around them. Through both breadth and depth studies, students understand how the world around them has been shaped through important events at both local, national and international level. The study of history also refines important skills such as debating, reading and writing.

What will I be studying?

Students will study:

  • Opportunity and Inequality: The USA 1920-1973
  • Conflict and Tension in Asia: 1950 – 1975 (The Korean War and the War in Vietnam)
  • Health and the People: c1000 – Present Day
  • Elizabethan England 1568 -1603

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed across two 2-hour GCSE examination papers and will be tested on the following:

  • AO1: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period studied
  • AO2: explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts
  • AO3: analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied
  • AO4: analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied

Which examination board am I following?

Students study AQA GCSE History 8145 TC (the code for the components that we study). More detail can be found at https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-8145/specification-at-a-glance

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zxjk4j6

https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

https://schoolhistory.co.uk/notes/

https://www.sparknotes.com/history/

Who to contact about Phase Two History:

Mr A Bottomley – Curriculum Leader Humanities – a.bottomley@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Hospitality & Catering important?

The skill of being able to prepare and cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget is vitally important and something every person should be able to do. Within this qualification students will develop food preparation and cooking skills as well as the transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management. They will also gain an understanding of future employment opportunities within the hospitality and catering sector which is one of the largest employment sectors in the UK.

What will I be studying?

The aim of the Hospitality and Catering course is to develop student knowledge and understanding related to a range of hospitality and catering providers, these include restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars and also airlines, tourist attractions, hospitals and sports venues, how they operate and what they have to take into account to be successful. Students will also learn about issues related to nutrition and food safety and how they affect successful hospitality and catering operations. In addition, students will develop food preparation and cooking skills, preparing numerous dishes and learning about nutrition and ingredients. They will gain an understanding of future employment opportunities within the hospitality and catering sector which can range from waiting staff, receptionists and catering assistants to chefs, hotel managers and food technologists in food manufacturing.

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed on two units:

  • Unit 1 The Hospitality and Catering Industry – (externally assessed)
  • Unit 2 Hospitality and Catering in Action – (Internally assessed and moderated by the exam board)

Which examination board am I following?

The exam board is WJEC CBAC and the qualification name is Hospitality and Catering L1/2

https://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/hospitality-and-catering/hospitality-and-catering-level-1-2-award.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Hospitality & Catering:

Mr S. Ridley– Curriculum Leader for Technology – s.ridley@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is ICT important?

Within the ICT curriculum, students learn to understand how humans interact with computer systems and how interfaces make an important part of their development. They also learn how to manage a project within a development environment and design and create their own human-computer interface for a set context. They also learn about the gathering, processing and presentation of data within a business environment and how this could be used to make decisions within businesses. In addition to this, they learn the theory behind computer hardware, networking cyber security and e-safety. This aims to prepare them for the world of work in business or data analysis and prepares them for the digital world.

What will I be studying?

Component 1: Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques

Learners will develop their understanding of what makes an effective user interface and how to effectively manage a project. They will use this understanding to plan, design and create a user interface.

Component 2; Collecting Presenting and Interpreting Data

Learners will understand the characteristics of data and information and how they help organisations in decision making. They will use data manipulation methods to create a dashboard to present and draw conclusions from information.

Component 3: Effective Digital Working Practices

Learners will explore how organisations use digital systems and the wider implications associated with their use.

How will I be assessed?

Component number Component title GLH Level How assessed
1 Exploring User Interface Design Principles and Project Planning Techniques 36 1/2 Internal
2 Collecting, Presenting and Interpreting Data 1/2 Internal
3 Effective Digital Working Practices 48 1/2 External
Synoptic

 Four grades at Level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Which examination board am I following?

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Digital Information Technology – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/digital-information-technology.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two ICT:

Mrs D Young – Curriculum Leader Business & Enterprise – d.young@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Creative Media important? 

Within the media curriculum, students learn to understand how information can be presented to meet differing purposes and audience needs, as well as how the method of delivery can impact on the way in which we present ideas and messages. They also learn to make use of desktop publishing software and photo editing software and how this can be used in the publishing industry to present content for different purposes. Finally, they will carry out a project and an assessment on creating their own publication for specified purposes and audiences using the tools they have learnt. The course prepares students for further study or work in the publishing industry

What will I be studying?

Component 1: Exploring Media Products

Learners will develop their understanding of how media products create meaning for their audiences. Learners will examine existing products and explore media production techniques.

Component 2: Developing Digital Media Production Skills

Learners will develop skills and techniques in media production processes by reworking media products from one, or all, of the following sectors: audio/moving image, publishing, interactive design.

Component 3: Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief

Learners will apply and develop their planning and production skills and techniques to create a media product in response to a client brief.

How will I be assessed?

Component number Component title GLH Level How assessed
1 Exploring Media Products 36 1/2 Internal
2 Developing Media Production Skills 1/2 Internal
3 Create a Media Product in Response to a Brief 48 1/2 External
Synoptic

Four grades at Level 2 – Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction*.

Which examination board am I following?

Pearson BTEC Tech Award Creative Media Production – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-tech-awards/creative-media-production.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Media:

Mrs D Young – Curriculum Leader Business & Enterprise – d.young@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Maths important?

 

We offer a curriculum that inspires our learners to become confident, resilient, lifelong mathematicians who recognise effort as the path to mastery.  Our rationale is that, everyone can achieve in maths whereby teaching at all key stages is founded on the need to teach for understanding, rather than teaching mathematics procedurally.

 

Developing confident, resilient mathematicians with skills for life begins in Year 7 and is nurtured and developed in the 4 years that follow.  Within their mathematical learning journey students are:

 

  • Encouraged to think, describe, reason, visualise, spot patterns, generalise and experiment like mathematicians.
  • Taught fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their resilience and independent thinking.
  • Given real world topics based on; financial problems, timetables, time, estimation, use of calculators, units of measurement, ratio and proportion that prepare them for the modern workplace.

 

By building confidence, resilience and passion for maths students learn that whatever their prior starting points they all can enjoy and succeed in maths.

 

What will I be studying?

 

Throughout Phase 2 all students will further develop their Phase 1 skills and knowledge and learn new skills in order to apply and answer GCSE questions based on the following topics:

 

Number

·         Factors, multiples, primes, Venn diagrams

·         Standard index form

Proportion

·         Fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio

Algebra

·         Manipulating, rearranging and solving linear equation and inequalities

·         Substitution and Nth Term

·         Solving linear simultaneous equations

·         Linear and non-linear functions

Statistics

·         Probability

·         Handling data

 

Geometry

·         Area and perimeter of 2-D shapes

·         Surface area and volume of 3-D shapes

·         Circles and cylinders

·         Pythagoras and Trigonometry

·         Angles

·         Constructions

·         Transformations

·         Compound measures and scale drawings

 

Higher tier students will also cover:

 

·         Further non-linear functions and        graphs

·         Solving Algebraic fractions and further rearranging of formulae

·         Proofs

·         Surds and indices

·         Further trigonometry

·         Direct and indirect proportion

·         Composite and inverse functions

·         Iteration

·         Vectors

·         Circle theorems

 

 

How will I be assessed?

 

Year 9 and 10:

  • Daily spaced repetition retrieval through starters
  • Weekly spaced repetition homework
  • Bi weekly topic fluency tests (20 minutes)
  • 3 mixed topic fluency tests (45 minutes)
  • 3 GCSE application assessments, 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator (90 minutes each)

 

Year 11:

  • Daily spaced repetition retrieval through starters
  • Weekly spaced repetition homework
  • Weekly GCSE application assessments based on current topic or spaced repetition retrieval (20 minutes)
  • 2 GCSE trial periods completing 3 papers, 1 non-calculator and 2 calculator (90 minutes each)

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Which examination board am I following?

 

Students will either be studying the Pearson (formerly known as Edexcel) or OCR boards, depending on their group and tier of study

 

Pearson specification: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/mathematics-2015.html

 

OCR specifications: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/mathematics-j560-from-2015/

 

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

 

 

Who to contact about Phase Two Maths:

 

Francine Lewis – Curriculum Leader, Maths – f.lewis@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Music important?

At Trinity Academy Halifax, pupils are equipped with a firm understanding of the value of music through performance, aural appreciation and composition across a variety of periods, styles, traditions, and musical genres. The breadth of study leads pupils to an understanding and acceptance of the validity and importance of all types of music, and respect for the role that music plays spiritually, morally, socially and culturally. We are committed to ensuring children understand the value and importance of music in the wider community and are able to use their musical skills, knowledge, and experiences to involve themselves in music in a variety of different contexts.

What will I be studying?

We study Rock School Music Practitioners Level 2 – with units covering music knowledge and understanding in Blues and Rock Music, plus song analysis. Then moving on to instrumental study where you learn an instrument/voice and show your skills improving over time. Finally, a concert is held to show off your musical skills.

How will I be assessed?

  • Unit 201ta: Written essay/vlog/blog about Blues and Rock music, written essay/vlog/blog analysis of a chosen song
  • Unit 204ta: Rehearsal logs, smart targets and video evidence of your instrumental/voice improvement
  • Unit 202ta: Rehearsal logs, booklet detailing plans for the concert, final concert performance video, written evaluation

Which examination board am I following?

RSL Music Practitioners – Level 2 https://www.rslawards.com/vocational/vocational-syllabus/

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Music:

Mrs H McDonald – Student Progress Leader for Music – h.mcdonald@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Performing Arts and Dance important?

Performing Arts enhances young people’s communicative and leadership skills, we aim to develop their self-awareness, confidence and reflective practice so students feel they can express themselves in a safe environment in order to exceed.

Dance challenges and enhances cognitive performance. It has many transferable skills; its creative, disciplined, analytical and interpretive nature is applicable to many subjects in education and is valuable in the wider aspects of life by helping to develop confidence, good health and well-being.

What will I be studying?

Level 2 Certificate in Creative and Performing Arts

Year 1

Acting: Performing texts

Context: Understanding exactly how dialogue and conversation works, how this is reflected in good dramatic writing and how an actor ‘lifts’ such speech ‘off the page’ is important for those wishing to work in the theatre or as performers more widely. The ability to sight read competently and bring dialogue to life is essential for most television, film, radio, voice over and commercial work.

Aims: To develop the skills necessary for analysing a piece of dialogue in dramatic writing and to be able to perform it appropriately.  To give learners practical experience in these skills, using both modern and classic texts.  The purpose of this unit is to enable learners to develop the skills to perform text appropriately.

Dance: Ensemble Dance Performance

Context: There is currently a vibrant interest in all forms of dance style in the UK. It is enjoyed in many forms from recreation to physical fitness and as a performance art. The umbrella of ‘Dance’ is vast, containing many styles and genres, within a wide range of settings from formal theatre, to ritual, to community and social dance. The ability to perform and understand one specific style of dance as part of a group, not only introduces the learner to a popular form which engages communities but also supports their artistic, physical, intellectual and social skills development.

Aims: This unit aims to introduce and develop learners’ skills in a selected dance style and improve their ability to reproduce and perform technical movements with a group and develop and perform a style specific sequence. The purpose of this unit is to enable the development of dance technique and performance and an understanding of a dance style.

Year 2

Live performance

Context: Any aspiring professional performer will need to learn a variety of performance skills to perform in a way that will meet the expectations of their audience and also accurately represent them as performers. Beyond just performing effectively, performers need to think about the other performers, technical crew, performance, equipment, the expectations of the audience, quality and variety in the set and the practice and rehearsal schedule it takes to get to the final performance itself. Regularly having the opportunity to perform in front of an audience can help hone technique, expression and stage presence in order that high quality performance, and the practice required to get there, becomes second nature. Reflecting on performances is also a useful tool – as performers can see themselves through the audience’s eyes and learn more about how to develop their performance style to continually improve and grow in confidence.

Aims: The aim of this unit is to give learners the opportunity to explore all the skills required for a live performance. These range from planning, rehearsing and the performance itself to the reflection required post-performance to ensure continual development as performers. By undergoing the process of preparing for a live performance, learners will have the opportunity to experience the variety of activities and skills required to bring a performance together.

How will I be assessed?

Two units of study, one internal and one externally assessed

50% each unit, 20 credits are required in total for level 2

Each unit is assessed on their creating, performing and evaluating skills in context to the style

Which examination board am I following?

RSL VQ Level 2 Tech Award in Creative and Performing Arts: www.rslawards.com/creative-performing-arts

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two X:

Dance: Miss H Whincup – Teacher of Dance- h.whincup@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Performing Arts: Miss S Williams – Curriculum Leader of Performing Arts s.williams@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Photography important?

Photography offers so many ways to show case and explore the world around us. In a digital age that uses images everyday, studying Photography opens up lots of possibilities for our students to become part of a continually expanding, dynamic and changing industry, or maybe just give them the opportunity to be able to create more effective and meaningful images for themselves. Studying Photography gives students the opportunity to learn valuable skills used in industry as well as having the opportunity to be creative. We also highlight the importance our subject has on health, wellbeing and life balances outside the world of work and education and we firmly believe that a strong appreciation of photography will enrich the students’ lives long after their education at our academy.

What will I be studying?

Our students are taught practical Photography skills focusing on using different digital cameras, lighting, using the studio, producing and analysing contact sheets, photographer analysis, animation and a large focus on photo manipulation using Adobe Photoshop. The course gives the students experience with a variety of techniques and specialist equipment including a professional Photography studio. The students create a digital e-portfolio of work across the two years.

How will I be assessed?

The course is split into two sections; coursework and exam. The coursework is 60% and the exam is 40% of the overall grade. The students learn how to build, present and refine a body of work for both the coursework and the exam element of the course. At the end of the course the students sit a 10 hour practical exam where they produce a final piece.

Which examination board am I following?

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/guides/zgwpnbk/revision/1 

Who to contact about Phase Two Photography:

Miss C Craggs: Head of Art and Photography – c.craggs@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Religious Studies important?

The study of Religious Studies enables students to open their eyes to the world around them. Throughout their study, students will not only begin to understand the beliefs of different faiths within our community and worldwide, but they will also begin to question where their own ethical values lie when faced with contemporary issues. Religious Studies will allow students to see from different perspectives and be able to debate in a logical manner, backed by evidence.

What will I be studying?

Full Course Religious Studies students will study:

Paper One:

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Living the Christian Life
  • Origins of the universe
  • Marriage & The Family

Paper Two:

  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Living the Muslim Life
  • Crime & Punishment
  • Conflict, War & Peace

Short Course Religious Studies students will study:

Paper One:

  • Christian Beliefs
  • Marriage & The Family

Paper Two:

  • Muslim Beliefs
  • Crime & Punishment

How will I be assessed?

Full Course students will be assessed across two 1 hour 40 minute GCSE examination papers.
Short Course students will be assessed across two 50 minute GCSE examination papers.

Which examination board am I following?

Students study the Edexcel Specification B content (1B & 2C) – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/religious-studies-b-2016.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zb48q6f

Who to contact about Phase Two RS:

Mr A Bottomley – Curriculum Leader of Humanities – a.bottomley@trinityacademyhalifax.org
Miss S Woolford – Religious Studies – s.woolford@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Science important?

Building on from the fundamental concepts and skills taught in Phase 1, the engaged and curious scientists that have been developed in the lower school, take their inquisitive skills and develop them further in this more knowledge heavy course with students expected to engage with a large quantity of content.

Students study various key concepts in biology, chemistry and physics, and develop their understanding of how these ideas can help describe diverse and complex natural phenomena.

What will I be studying? 

Combined/Separate Biology

B1: Cell level systems

B2: Scaling up

B3: Organism level systems

B4: Community level systems

B5: Genes, inheritance and selection

B6: Global challenges

Combined/Separate Chemistry

C1: Particles

C2: Elements, compounds and mixtures

C3: Chemical reactions

C4: Predicting and identifying reactions and products

C5: Monitoring and controlling chemical reactions

C6 Global challenges

Combined Physics

P1: Matter

P2: Forces

P3: Electricity and magnetism

P4: Waves and radioactivity

P5: Energy

P6: Global challenges

Separate Physics

P1: Matter

P2: Forces

P3: Electricity

P4: Magnetism and magnetic fields

P5: Waves in matter

P6: Radioactivity

P7: Energy

P8: Global challenges

How will I be assessed?

There will be 6 exams to sit at the end of Year 11. There will be two for each subject:

  • Biology – Units 1-3
  • Chemistry – Units 1-3
  • Physics – Unit 1-3 (Combined) Units 1-4 (Separate)
  • Biology – Units 4-6
  • Chemistry Units 4-6
  • Physics Units 4-6 (Combined) Units 5-8 (Separate)

Which examination board am I following? 

Combined Science

OCR Gateway Science Suite – Combined Science A (9-1) – J250

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gateway-science-suite-combined-science-a-j250-from-2016/

Separate Science

Gateway Science Suite – Biology A (9-1) – J247

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gateway-science-suite-biology-a-j247-from-2016/

Gateway Science Suite – Chemistry A (9-1) – J248

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gateway-science-suite-chemistry-a-j248-from-2016/

Gateway Science Suite – Physics A (9-1) – J249

https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/gateway-science-suite-physics-a-j249-from-2016/

Which websites should I use to support my learning? 

Who to contact about Phase Two Science:

Mrs C Hobson – Deputy Curriculum Leader: c.hobson@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Spanish important?

In an increasingly globalised world, intercultural competence is essential. Learning a foreign language connects us to the wider world and awakens our interest in other people and cultures. Learning a foreign language will not only help develop students’ communicative skills, but also increase their confidence and set them up for life as global citizens.

What will I be studying?

Students study the following themes on which the assessments are based:

Theme 1: Identity and culture

Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3: Current and future study and employment

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed across four GCSE papers based on the following skills:

  • Listening (25%)
  • Speaking (25%)
  • Reading (25%)
  • Writing (25%)

Which examination board am I following?

Students study AQA Spanish. Further details can be found here:

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/languages/gcse/spanish-8698

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

Who to contact about Phase Two Spanish:

Mrs J Spafford– Curriculum Leader for MFL – j.spafford@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Ms S Mulligan – Student Progress Leader for MFL – s.mulligan@trinityacademyhalifax.org

Why is Physical Education important?

At Phase 2 PE is not only academically rich in terms of BTEC Sport content, but core PE provides students with a break from academic studies and exam pressures. Core PE lessons provide students with the opportunity to identify a sport that they can engage in, and develop a love of physical activity whilst promoting enjoyment for lifelong participation.

Core values are embedded within every PE lesson to integrate sportsmanship, commitment, teamwork and become proactive as young adults. A healthy activities lifestyle is at the forefront of the curriculum and through high quality PE lessons, the aim is to promote lifelong participation in sport for all of our students.

What will I be studying?

In Core PE lessons, students will get a varied curriculum where they get to choose which sports/ activities they want to take part in through an options process. Students will select their options at the start of the academic year and will take part in each activity for approximately 5 weeks.

The choice of activities includes:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Badminton
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance
  • Hockey
  • Handball
  • Striking and fielding (cricket, rounder’s & softball)
  • Athletics
  • American football
  • Dodgeball
  • Golf
  • Table tennis
  • Orienteering
  • Health related fitness
  • circuit training
  • weight training
  • interval training
  • aerobics
  • boxercise

If students choose BTEC Sport:

The rationale of BTEC sport as a whole is to prepare them for their future careers by giving them a range of skills learnt through sport. The course will be taught as practically as possible, being innovative with teaching to see how we can get them out of the classroom (e.g. visits to a gym/ sports facility, etc.). The aim in 2019-20 is to give students an opportunity to gain work experience in the sports industry. This will give them an insight into career pathways following this qualification, and also will help them when completing different units.

How will I be assessed?

The course is split into 4 units:

Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport & Exercise (EXAM UNIT)

Unit 2 – Practical Performance in Sport (COURSEWORK)

Unit 3 – Applying the Principles of Personal Training (COURSEWORK)

Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities (COURSEWORK)

Which examination board am I following?

Pearson BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Sport – 2018 Specification – https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/sport-2012-nqf.html

Which websites should I use to support my learning?

www.btecpe.com

www.mrgillpe.com

www.pe4learning.com

Who to contact about Phase Two PE and BTEC Sport:

Mr M Oddy – Curriculum Leader for Sport – m.oddy@trinityacademyhalifax.org

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