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English

Year 7: all students study a play by Shakespeare, a novel, poetry, literature including pre-twentieth century works, a range of non-fiction, writing skills, readings skills, grammar and spelling, and developing personal reading habits.

Year 8: all students study in detail a play by Shakespeare, analyse a novel, write and study poetry, work on literature including pre-twentieth century works and the social, cultural and historical contexts, a range of non-fiction including print media and journalism, writing skills, readings skills, grammar and spelling and developing and extending personal reading habits.

Year 9: all students work on pre-GCSE projects, mirroring the structure and assessment of GCSE. This includes study in detail a play by Shakespeare, analyse a novel, write and study poetry, work on literature including pre-twentieth century works and the social, cultural and historical contexts, a range of non-fiction including print media and journalism, writing skills, readings skills, grammar and spelling and vocabulary extension.

Key Stage 4: we offer, for all students, double entry GCSE English Language and English Literature. We use the Eduqas specification – English Language details available here, English Literature details can be found here.

Post 16: we offer A Level English Literature with OCR – details available here. We also offer a one-year GCSE re-take course with an option for a November re-sit.

You can follow the English department on Twitter @StIvoEngKS3, @StIvoEngKS4 and @StIvoEngKS5

Maths

Year 7: topics include whole numbers and decimals, perimeter and area, expressions and formulae, fractions, decimals and percentages, angles and 2D shape, graphs, whole number calculations, statistics, transformations and symmetry, equations, factors and multiples, constructions and 3D shapes, sequences, multiplying and dividing, ratio and proportion, probability and everyday maths.

Year 8: students build on the topics covered in Year 7 to a higher degree of difficulty appropriate to the level of the child. For example Year 7 graphs begin with identifying and plotting co-ordinates, this moves on through Year 7 and into Year 8 where children are using formula to plot, draw and name lines on graphs.

Key Stage 4 (including Year 9): students study GCSE Maths with Edexcel – details available here.

Post 16: we offer A Level Mathematics with AQA – details available here. In Year 12, students complete 2 Pure Mathematics modules (MPC1 and MPC2), and also study an Applied module, currently Mechanics (MMB). In Year 13, students complete 2 more Pure modules (MPC3 and MPC4) and the Decision applied module, to bring the total modules to 6. Those students wishing to broaden and deepen their knowledge can study A Level Further Mathematics with AQA alongside A Level Mathematics – details can be found here. A varied combination of modules is offered, from Statistics, Further Pure and more Mechanics, with St Ivo students often collaboratively choosing the modules they study to maximise their potential.

You can follow the Maths department on Twitter @StIvoMaths

Art & Design

Year 7: students gain an understanding of colour mixing and its application through the use of paint, collage and pencil crayon. Observational and imaginative drawing, together with experimentation will be carried out in sketchbooks. Outcomes will be developed through a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional processes.

Year 8: students gain an understanding of the formal elements learnt in yr7 by using a variety of media. Perspective will be introduced, with textiles and 3 dimensional work being included.

Year 9: a GCSE style project (thematic) will overarch all work undertaken in year 9. Practical work will evolve through recording development and experimentation using a range of media and techniques. Students gain an understanding of how sketchbooks can be used to present preparatory studies in preparation for final outcomes. The overall aim is to give students an insight into what to expect if they were to take an Art endorsement for GCSE.

Key Stage 4: we offer three titles from the GCSE Art & Design specification with Pearson Edexcel – details can be found here. Students choose from Fine Art (Drawing and Painting) 1FA0, Textiles 1TE0 or Three Dimensional Design (Pottery) 1TD0. .

Post 16: we offer A Level Art & Design with Pearson Edexcel – details available here. Students opt from the following pathways:

  • Fine Art 9FA0
  • Textiles 9TE0
  • Photography 9PY0

We also offer the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design – details can be found here. This course is the equivalent of two A levels.

Key Stage 4: we offer the following courses:

  • GCSE Economics with OCR – details available here
  • GCSE Business Studies with OCR – details can be found here
  • Cambridge National in Enterprise and Marketing – details available here

Post 16: we currently run A Level Economics and Business Studies, together with Applied Business which is a single vocational award.

  • A Level Economics with AQA – details available here
  • A Level Business Studies with AQA – details can be found here
  • Applied General Business with AQA – details can be found here.

Classics

Key Stage 4: GCSE Classical Civilisation is available as an option subject. This is a two year 9-1 GCSE course with OCR, culminating in two one and a half hour exams at the end of Year 11. Details are available here. Focusing on the civilisations of Greece and Rome, it is a wide ranging subject involving the study of ancient literature, art, artefacts, archaeological sites, and the ancient historical context.

Post 16: current Year 13 students can study A level Classical Civilisation with OCR – details can be found here. Students have the opportunity to explore the poetry of Homer and Virgil, alongside acquiring knowledge of the rise of Athenian Democracy and the might of the Roman Empire. Exploring the ancient worlds of the Greeks and the Romans, this course is designed to provide an in-depth and fascinating insight into the art, literature and social structuring of the Classical era.

Computing

Year 7: topics include using computers safely and efficiently, spreadsheet modelling, control systems with Flowol, first steps in Small Basic and games programming in Scratch.

Year 8: topics include computer crime and cyber security, understanding computers, introduction to Python, database development, HTML and website development.

Year 9: topics include programming using App Inventor, ICT in business and how computers work.

Key Stage 4: in Year 11, students are studying one the following optional courses:

  • GCSE Computer Science with OCR – details available here.
  • BTEC Level 1 / Level 2 First Award in Creative Digital Media Production.This course is one of a suite of vocationally related qualification where students develop skills including teamworking, working to a brief and deadline as well as presenting information effectively and accurately, It is a good progression route to the Sixth Form Level 3 BTEC ICT course. Details are available here.

In Year 10 optional courses, students have the choice of studying one of the following courses:

  • GCSE Computer Science with OCR – details available here.
  • OCR Level 1 / Level 2 Cambridge National Certificate in Information Technologies.This is a change to the originally advertised course as that course will not have accreditation for those completing it in 2020. Details can be found here.

Post 16: we offer the following courses:

  • A Level Computer Science with OCR – details available here.
  • Level 3 BTEC Nationals in Information Technology Certificate – details available here.

You can follow the Computing department on Twitter @StIvoComputing

Dance

Year 7: students study one topic per term – Street Dance, Bollywood and Cartoon Capers.

Year 8: students study a unit on Parkour as part of their PE rotation.

Year 9: students study a unit ‘My Name is Cocaine’ (poem) at part of their PE rotation.

Key Stage 4: we offer BTEC Level 2 Technical Award, Performing Arts: Dance. Full details are available here. Students study component 1 (Exploring the Performing Arts), component 2 (Developing Skills and Techniques in the Performing Arts) and component 3 (Performing to a Brief).

Post 16: we offer the BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Performing Arts: Dance in Year 12 and the National Extended Certificate in Year 13. Details are available here. In Year 12 students study unit 1 (Investigating Practitioners’ Work) and unit 2 (Developing Skills and Techniques for Live Performance). In Year 13 they study unit 3 (Group Performance Workshop) and unit 22 (Movement in Performance).

Further information: students have a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs to participate in. Dance clubs can be found on the clubs page.

The Dance Department offers two performance opportunities per year including “Ivolution” held every November at the Burgess Hall and the “Spring Showcase” held in April in the school hall. We also run charity events and perform in regional dance platforms such as U.Dance. Year 11 BTEC Students participate in the annual Dance Dash performing in local primary schools and in public raising money for Children in Need, and we have a Dance Department House competition in the spring term. We are proud to have students go on to study dance at the Centre of Advanced Training (DanceEast), Stage Works, London Studio Centre and Body Work Dance Studios.

You can follow the Dance department on Instagram @StIvoDance (protected accounts).

Design and Technology

Years 7, 8 and 9: students cover the four specialisms of food, resistant materials, electronics and graphics. Each area will be in blocks of thirteen weeks with two lessons per week. Students complete each of these twice in rotation, so that by the time they make their option choices in year 9 they will have completed twenty six weeks in each specialism. Rotation 1 projects are: Food entitlement phase 1, Resistant Materials pewter casting and veneer projects, Electronics jitter and structures team projects, Graphics packaging and point of sale display projects. Rotation 2 projects are: Food entitlement phase 2, Resistant Materials storage box and tea light projects, Electronics audio amp and mood light projects, Graphics modelling and pop-up card projects. Food entitlement phase 3 could also be completed depending on rotations.

Key Stage 4: we offer the following courses:

  • GCSE Design and Technology: Resistant Materials with AQA – details available here.
  • GCSE Graphic Communication with Edexcel – details can be found here.
  • GCSE Design and Technology: Electronic Products with AQA – details available here.
  • Level 1 BTEC Construction – details available here.

Post 16: we currently run the following courses:

  • A Level Design and Technology Product Design with Edexcel – details available here.
  • A Level Graphic Communication with Edexcel – details available here.

Drama

Year 7: students learn how to create, respond in and sustain a role, developing their creativity by solving mysteries. They design costumes for a modern day production of Cinderella, and produce their own updated version of The Golden Fish, through devising, playing and collaborating. Students become familiar with techniques such as Tableaux, Thought Tracking, Mime, Action Narration and Flashback and will develop their devising skills by learning how to create spontaneous, as well as rehearsed improvisations. Students consider how to create atmosphere using music and language, and will become familiar with the theatrical conventions and style of “Kneehigh Theatre Company”. At the end of the year, students will apply what they have learned by devising their own pieces of drama in response to the stimulus “Spies”.

Year 8: students build upon their ability to work in role, developed in Year 7, by adopting the “Mantle of the Expert” and exploring the issue of, and trying to help, a troubled child. They explore the tradition of Pantomime Blanche and Clowning, learning how to design and apply make-up, including the obligatory red nose. They develop a better understanding of physical performance and apply this to a final piece of devised Drama based on the Grand Guignol, intended to shock and horrify.

Year 9: to continue students’ creative journey, the year begins with work in role, taking a journey to “Darkwood Manor”. Students continue developing their ability to use physical theatre, storytelling, improvisation and to create tension, through this immersive scheme of work. Technical theatre is explored through a unit on set design, which requires students to create a 3D shoe box set for a production of a play based on a short story. Students are then led through a series of GCSE style projects responding to a range of stimuli, including the artwork of Banksy, Video games and the virtual world, and performing a number of short plays.

Key Stage 4: we offer GCSE Drama with AQA – details can be found here.

Post 16: we offer A Level Drama and Theatre Studies with AQA – details of the course can be found here.

Film & Media Studies

Key Stage 4: we offer GCSE Film Studies with WJEC Eduqas – details available here, and GCSE Media Studies with WJEC Eduqas – details can be found here.

Post 16: we offer A Level Film Studies with WJEC – details available here, and A Level Media Studies with WJEC – details can be found here.

You can follow the Film & Media Studies department on Twitter @StIvoFMS (protected account)

Food/Health

Years 7, 8 and 9: food is taught in rotation with other Design and Technology subjects – see details above. Module 1 topics include: hygiene and safety in practical lessons; knife skills; safe use of the cooker; equipment; safe storage of food and healthy eating. Dishes range from beany enchiladas, stir fry, chicken goujons, salads, scone based pizzas to fruity flapjacks. The module 1 recipes and workbook are available by following the links. Module 2 topics include: revision of hygiene, safety and healthy eating; modifying recipes to fit in with healthy eating; shopping techniques; advertising; food labelling; food commodities; vegetarianism; and being able to evaluate the quality of dishes. Dishes include Thai curry; savoury rice; fajitas; spaghetti Bolognese; potato dauphinoise; marble tray bake and Anzac biscuits. We also make bread. The module 2 recipes and workbook are available by following the links. Module 3 is studied by some students in Year 9, recipes and workbook are available.

Key Stage 4: we offer the following courses:

  • GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition with Eduqas – details can be found here.
  • Cambridge Nationals Child Development Level 1/2 – details can be found here.
  • Level 1 BTEC in Hospitality (General Cooking) – details available here. Students complete units 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 17.

Post 16: we offer the following courses:

  • Cambridge Technical Health & Social Care Extended Certificate and Diploma – details available here. This can be studied as either a single or double award.
  • Food Science and Nutrition Level 3 Diploma with WJEC – details can be found here.

Geography

Year 7: students study a number of topics – What is Geography?; Geography in the news; Geography skills and settlement; Weather and Climate; Natural Hazards; Japan; Fantastic Places. More details including Schemes of Work and details on assessments can be found here.

Year 8: students study a number of topics – Rivers; Flooding; Population; Globalisation and fair-trade; Africa; environmental issues. More details including Schemes of Work and details on assessments can be found here.

Year 9: students study a number of topics – Volcanoes; Biomes; Factors affecting climate; Rainforests; Deserts; Coasts; Crime. More details including Schemes of Work and details on assessments can be found here.

Key Stage 4: students follow GCSE Geography with AQA – details can be found here. The Year 10 page of the Geography Department website gives further details of option units, fieldwork etc. Those students studying BTEC Level 1 Travel and Tourism complete units 5, 11, 13, 14 and 16 – details are available here.

Post 16: we offer the following courses:

  • AS/A Level Geography with OCR – details can be found here. Students have a residential fieldtrip to Snowdonia as well as two day visits (one physical and one human) to meet the requirements of the fieldwork component of the course. Towards the end of Year 12, students will also start to plan and undertake an independent investigation which is a compulsory component of the A Level (two year course).
  • BTEC Level 2 Travel and Tourism (one year course – Year 12 only) – details can be found here. Students study units 1, 2, 3 and 4. The course involves fieldtrips to Wimpole Hall and Hunstanton.

The Geography Department have a number of online resources to support students:
St Ivo Geography Department Website – www.geobytes.org.uk
St Ivo Geography GCSE Blog (Supporting the Edexcel A course) www.geobytesgcse.wordpress.com
You can also follow the Geography Department on Twitter @StIvoGeography and on Facebook here.
GCSE and A Level courses all have dedicated supporting online courses on Schoology written and continuously updated by the department – students should see their teachers for the relevant access code for their course once they have signed up.

History

Year 7: students begin with 1066 and the fight for the throne of England, followed by Norman England (including castles), the Renaissance and voyages of discovery, and finally the Tudors.

Year 8: students analyse the causes of the English Civil War, followed by a focus on the age of revolutions including the French Revolution and the industrial revolution.

Year 9: the syllabus focuses on modern History, the causes of World War I, America in the 1920s, Nazi Germany and World War II.

Key Stage 4: students follow GCSE History with Edexcel – details can be found here. Students study option B4 (Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 88), option 26/7 (Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 – 91), option 33 (The USA 1954 – 1975 Conflict at Home and Abroad) and option 11 (Medicine in Britain, 1250 – present with a depth study, The British Sector 1914-18 Treatments and Injuries).

Post 16: we offer A Level History with OCR – details available here. We study units Y110, Y223, Y316 and Y100.

You can follow the History department on Twitter @StIvoHistory

History revision podcasts can be accessed by logging on to Foldr then going to Projects > History > Podcasts. Enter your network username and password when prompted. Any issues email Mrs Warriner or Mr Ward.

Languages

Year 7: half of the cohort learns German and the other half learns French.

Year 8: for 3 lessons per fortnight students continue to learn and make progress in their main language which they started in Year 7. In the other 3 lessons per fortnight, all students get the opportunity to experience different languages and cultures – this is done on a rotation system and currently includes French, German and Italian.

Year 9: students focus on one language and begin GCSE level work. At St Ivo the GCSE course covers Years 9 to 11.

Key Stage 4: we offer the following courses:

  • GCSEs with AQA – details for French are available here, and German here
  • For Year 11 only, GCSE Latin with Eduqas – details available here

Post 16: we offer the following courses:

  • A Level French with AQA – details available here
  • A Level German with AQA – details can be found here

You can follow the Languages department on Twitter @StIvoLanguages

Law

Post 16: we offer A Level Law with AQA – details available here.

Music

Year 7: through performance, composition and analysis, students study the following topics – Song Writing, Javanese Gamelan, Programme Music, Jazz and Improvisation.

Year 8: through performance, composition and analysis, students study the following topics – Battle of the Bands, Twelve Bar Blues, Film Music and Samba.

Year 9: through performance, composition and analysis, students study the following topics – West African Drumming, Pop Songs, Classical Music and 20th Century Music.

Key Stage 4: we offer GCSE Music with OCR – details can be found here.

Post 16: we offer A Level Music with Edexcel – details available here.

PE

Year 7: all students participate in gymnastics, indoor athletics, short tennis, athletics and rounders. During games lessons, boys participate in rugby, football, swimming, tennis and basketball, whilst girls participate in netball, swimming, hockey and tennis.

Year 8: all students participate in badminton, outdoor and adventurous activities, gymnastics, cricket and rounders. During games lessons, boys participate in rugby, football, swimming, tennis and athletics, whilst girls participate in hockey, swimming, netball, athletics and tennis.

Year 9: boys participate in rugby, football and swimming, whilst girls participate in hockey, netball, football and cheerleading or rugby. During the summer term, students can select from a variety of options.

Key Stage 4: we offer GCSE PE and Cambridge Nationals Sport.

  • GCSE PE with OCR – details are available here.
  • Cambridge Nationals Sport – details can be found here, students complete units R051, R052, R053, R054 and R056.

Post 16: we currently run the following courses:

  • A Level PE with AQA – details are available here.
  • Cambridge Technical Sport (double award) – details can be found here. In Year 12 students study units 1, 2, 3, 7, 25 and 26, followed by units 10, 11, 13, 14, 19 and 23 in Year 13.
  • St Ivo Sports Development Programme – this full time one year course includes the Cambridge Technical in Sport Level 2 Diploma and a variety of sporting enrichment opportunities. Details can be found here.

Further information: the PE department offers a wide range of extra-curricular clubs, see the clubs timetable for details of clubs which are running this term. Sports teams participate in the wide variety of fixtures, see the sports fixtures page for details of our sporting successes and a list of upcoming fixtures.

You can follow the PE department on Instagram @StIvoPE (protected accounts).

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Year 7 and Year 8: students have a weekly PSHE lessons, delivered by the form tutor, Head of Year or PSHE specialist, covering the statutory areas of citizenship and RE, as well as all aspects of emotional, social, health and economic well-being. Students learn about how to stay healthy and safe, both physically and emotionally. Units of work include diet and exercise, first aid, minimising risk, positive relationships, puberty, tackling discrimination and facts about alcohol, smoking and drugs, fait trade and British Values. Students also follow Citizenship modules, including law, government and politics, moral dilemmas and global issues.

Years 9: students do not have discrete PSHE lessons, although many areas of the curriculum are covered within weekly RE and Ethics lessons.

Year 10: students have weekly lessons in Year 10 for four out of the six school half terms. Topics covered include healthy romantic relationships, body image and female objectification, gender, risk taking, personal finance, careers and parenting.

Year 11: students receive weekly Learning4Life (L4L) seminars. Our programme is tailor-made for our older students, and includes sessions on career choices, independent learning, responsible drinking, all aspects of SRE (sex and relationships education), dealing with stress, racism and positive self image. Sessions are all led by experts in their field, including ex-St Ivo students who wish to come back and contribute.

Politics

Post 16: we offer A Level Politics with Edexcel – details can be found here.

You can follow the Politics department on Twitter @StIvoPolitics

Psychology

Post 16: we offer A Level Psychology with AQA – details available here.

You can follow the Psychology department on Twitter @StIvoPsychology (protected account)

Public Services

Post 16: we offer BTEC Public Services – details available here. This is a one year course (Year 12 only), and is offered as both a single and double award, for people interested in working in the armed or uniformed public services.

Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

Year 7: topics studied include: Is religion still relevant in the 21st century? Philosophy of religions which includes topics such as: Is God real? Why do bad things happen in the world if God is supposed to be loving? How was the world made? The 5 pillars of Islam.

Year 8: topics take in events that are happening in the news and include medical ethics, human rights, racism, war and peace, prejudice and discrimination and the Holocaust, which will include a trip to the holocaust museum

Year 9: students spend the year studying a variety of ethical issues in preparation for the GCSE course. These topics take in events that are happening in the news and include medical ethics, human rights, racism, war and peace, prejudice and discrimination and Buddhism

Key Stage 4: we offer GCSE Religious Studies with AQA Syllabus A – details available here. This includes topics such as: Abortion, Euthanasia, How the world was made, Peace and War, Just war theory, Forgiveness, Relationships, Marriage, Divorce, Sex, Same sex marriage, Christianity, Crime and Punishment, Capital punishment, Crime, Prisons, Suffering, and Islam.

Post 16: students study A Level Religious Studies with OCR – details can be found here. This includes topics such as Gender issues, Secularism, Science Versus Religion, Morality. Philosophy of Religion which includes topics such as; Can you prove that God exists? Why is there evil in the world? Ancient Philosophy and classical thinkers; Ethical Theories for example Kantian Ethics, Situation Ethics and Utilitarianism. One religion is studied. We chose Christianity as this complements both the Philosophy of Religion and Religion and Ethics course. This was chosen by the students.

You can follow the RE department on Twitter @StIvoRE is a protected account for exam classes, @StIvoREKS3 is a protected account for Key Stage 3.

Science

Year 7: students look at aspects of biology, chemistry and physics. They will carry out investigations to understand how chemicals react, look at what else is in our solar system and learn about how their body works to keep them alive. Topics: What are organisms made from? Why do we die if we get too hot? How do we get pure water? Mendeleveium and Rutherfordium – who or what? How do we use waves? What’s out there?

Year 8: this year builds upon the previous knowledge and understanding acquired in year 7 through studying microbes and diseases, electricity and patterns in reactivity. Topics: Is the population healthy? Why are we all different? How do I treat a bee sting? Why does my bike rust? What happens on a rollercoaster? Power and light.

Key Stage 4 (including Year 9): students follow the new 9-1 Combined Science GCSE with Edexcel, with a small group of students following the new 9-1 Separate Sciences programme with Edexcel. Details of all new GCSE courses can be found here.

Post 16: we offer A-Level Biology, Chemistry and Physics with AQA – details available here.

Further information: we have a large, active STEM programme and students across all year groups can get opportunities for a whole range of different experiences.

Help with revision at all levels can be found on Schoology. Sign up to Schoology as with any normal website. The course code is availble from your teachers. This website is full of helpful revision resources to help students across all Science courses at all levels.