Curriculum

Curriculum

At Malton School our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all of our young people. This results in our students moving on to fulfill important roles in the local and wider community and for significant numbers to go on to study further at highly-rated universities. Our balanced curriculum aims to offer challenge, aspiration and inspiration ensuring that progress through and beyond school is of a high standard.

As a Science College we have a high commitment to development of our students in the broad and important area of science. Whilst being wholly committed to this we recognise that for many students their areas of passion for learning may be outside of this area and we offer a very full and varied curriculum designed to cater for all tastes and needs. Above all else, we want our students to be successful in their learning and we offer a broad range of courses at all levels and a wide variety of pathways preparing students for further education and future careers.

If you would like any more information about the curriculum Malton School is following in any particular subject, please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate Head of Department, a list of Heads of Department are available on our staff list

Key Stage 3 – Lower School – Years 7 to 9

Lessons are taught in groups set by ability in almost all subjects at Key Stage 3. The courses at this Key Stage are English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Citizenship, Design Technology, Food Technology, French, Geography, German, History, Information Technology, Music, Physical Education and Games and Religious Studies. Careers guidance takes place through Citizenship lessons and through special events. This leads to well-guided options choices.

Upper School Subjects – Years 10 to 11

During your first three years in Malton School the subjects taken are decided for you; in Upper school students are asked to help to choose courses for the next two years. Some subjects are compulsory. These are English, mathematics and science, together with a programme of religious education, citizenship and physical education/games. The school recommends students choose one modern foreign language and a humanity subject (History or Geography) so that students are able to gain the English Baccalaureate. Students will choose 4 optional subjects to compliment the compulsary subjects studied.

Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: 1x GCSE English Language
GCSE English Literature
Qualification Level: GCSE
What is studied? English Language:

  • Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing
  • Writers Viewpoints and Perspectives
  • (Spoken Language – separate endorsement)

English Literature:

  • Shakespeare and the 19th century novel
  • Modern texts and poetry
How is this Course assessed?
ALL EXAM

English Language

– Reading a literature fiction text and answering questions

– Extended descriptive or narrative writing

– Reading, answering questions & comparing one non-fiction & one literary non-fiction text

– Extended writing to present a viewpoint(Presenting and responding to questions)

English Literature

– Shakespeare; students will answer one question about an extract from a play and link it to the whole text

– Novel; students will answer one question about an extract from the text and link it to the whole novel

– Modern texts; students will answer one question from a choice of two

– Poetry; students will ask a comparative question on one named poem and link it to another from their poetry cluster

– Unseen poetry; students will answer one question on an unseen poem and then a second question comparing this poem with another unseen poemWhat wider skills are obtained?

– Accuracy and clarity in speaking and writing

– Reading skills (fiction and non-fiction)

– Presentations

– Essay writing

– Creative writing

 

Awarding Body: TBC
Qualification Title: GCSE Mathematics
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? All courses build on the skills in number, algebra, ratio, proportion, rates of change, geometry, measures, probability and statistics developed in Key Stage 3. All students will follow a linear GCSE course, with three examinations in May/June of Year 11.

There are two tiers of entry to GCSE. Students in sets M and N will start work at the higher tier, where grades 4 to 9 are available. Students in the other sets will begin their GCSE studies on the foundation tier which is aimed at grades 1 to 5, although Higher tier entry will be available for any student for whom grades 6 to 9 are a realistic aim.

Internal assessments will be sat throughout Years 10 and 11 to ensure that students are comfortable with the work and are studying at the right level. Any student will be able to move from one tier to the other as necessary over the duration of the course to ensure the most appropriate entry is made in Year 11.

A brief outline of the topic areas covered in the main GCSE course are given below:

Number
Working with numbers and the number system, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, equations and sequences.

Algebra
Graphical methods, solving equations, manipulating expressions and problems with algebra and linear functions.

Ratio, proportion and rates of change
Use compound units and scale factors, direct and inverse proportion and problems involving ratio.

Geometry and measures
Properties of angles and shapes, geometrical reasoning and calculation, measures and construction and mensuration.

Probability and statistics
Record, describe and analyse date, construct and interpret appropriate tables, charts and diagrams and understand simple bivariate data.

How is this Course assessed? All students will sit the linear exams in the May/June of Year 11.
What wider skills are obtained? Critical thinking. Working with others. Independent learning skills
Awarding Body: OCR
Qualification Title: SCIENCE A – Twenty First Century Science
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? You are taught in 9 Modules:

Biology Chemistry Physics
– You and your Genes
– Keeping Healthy
– Life on Earth
– Air Quality
– Material Choices
– Chemicals in our lives
– The Earth in the Universe
– Radiation and Life
– Sustainable energy

Each of the modules covers three specific areas:

  • The issues and concerns in our every day lives.
    e.g. Is it safe to use mobile phones?
  • Questions that science may help to answer.
    e.g. How can we use our knowledge of genes to prevent disease?
  • Scientific ideas that help to explain things
    e.g. The chemical cycles of life.
How is this Course assessed? Three Module Tests – 75%
There are three 60 minute exams in Year 10 testing students on the work taught in each of the modules listed above.
Controlled assessment – 25%
This is a skills assessment and has two elements:
– Data Analysis – Students collect data from an experiment or investigation, and then analyse and evaluate the results.
– Case Study – Students are given a task set by the board and produce a report. They are then assessed on their use of information, understanding, conclusions and presentation.
What wider skills are obtained? Students will develop a range of key skills including: communication, numeracy, use of ICT, team working, report writing, problem solving and self evaluation.
Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE in General Studies
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? Four main themes are covered:
– Social, Ethical and Religious issues.
– Political & Economic matters.
– Scientific & Technological issues.
– Artistic & Cultural Topics.
How is this Course assessed? Your GCSE grade will be assessed on two written examinations. Paper 1 is worth 25% of the marks. Paper 2 makes up the remaining 75%.
What wider skills are obtained? General Studies will help you to:

  • Become informed citizens
  • Understand contemporary ethical issues
  • Develop skills of enquiry and communication
  • Develop skills of participation and responsible action
  • Engage in the political system of the UK

The physical education programme will be a natural progression of the work in Years 7, 8 and 9. The time allocation will be two hours per week in Years 10 and 11 though if you opt for GCSE Physical Education you will have further timetabled lessons (see GCSE Physical Education).

In Year 10 all students will undertake the Sports Leaders Course, which is a Nationally Recognised qualification.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding in PE and games activities in a range of sporting disciplines over the 2 years.

An extensive extra-curricular programme will provide you with the opportunity to extend your knowledge, skills and understanding in a more competitive environment.

Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE Art and Design
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? A wide ranging course of different processes, media, materials and techniques studied over three projects. The course involves direct observation and image making from both natural and man made forms and the exploration and use of line, shape and colour in an imaginative way

Later in the course you will be invited to specialise in the images and materials you feel most confident in using. Throughout the course you are expected to study the work of artists and designers and to identify the distinctive characteristics of images and artefacts from different periods and cultures, and where appropriate make connections with your own work. Evidence of this study will be kept in sketchbook.

Observational drawing homework is set on a two-weekly basis and you are expected to spend at least two hours on each drawing. This homework is brought to a designated art lesson each fortnight, where it is displayed and discussed with a view to improving the quality of drawing.

How is this Course assessed? Portfolio: 3 Assesments 60%
Externally Assessed Assignment: 10 Hrs Controlled assesment – 40%
What wider skills are obtained? Developing all art and design skills.
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? The aims of the GCSE in Computer Science are to enable learners to:

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
  • Develop and apply computational thinking skills to analyse problems and design solutions across a range of contexts
  • Gain practical experience of designing, writing and testing computer programs that accomplish specific goals
  • Develop the ability to reason, explain and evaluate computing
  • Develop awareness of current and emerging trends in computing technologies
  • Develop awareness of the impact of computing on individuals, society and the environment, including ethical, legal and ownership issues
  • Communicate computer science concepts and explain computational solutions clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology
How is this Course assessed? This course is assessed via a written exam at the end of Year 11 and a controlled assessment task where programming ability is assessed. The controlled assessment task is also done in Year 11 to give students the opportunity to develop their programming skills in Year 10.

The written paper, ‘Principles of Computer Science’, is a rigorous, intellectually challenging examination with a weighting of 75% that requires a high level of computational thinking. Practical programming skills are assessed in the controlled assessment, which has a weighting of 25%.

What wider skills are obtained? Development of a high level of computational thinking and programming skills. These are skills that can be transferred into the workplace or further education and are currently in high demand nationally.
Awarding Body: OCR
Qualification Title: Cambridge National in Creative iMedia
Qualification Level: Levels 1 & 2
Equivalent to 1 GCSE at grades A* to F (depending on performance)
What is studied? The course has been developed through collaboration between OCR and the creative media industry and gives the opportunity to develop skills that are highly regarded in this sector. The course will cover four different units of study:

  • Digital photography
  • Digital image editing
  • Creating comic strips
  • Pre-production skills

Students will gain advanced skills in industry standard software including Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator and Fireworks as well as other software such as Comic Life whilst using advanced IT equipment to a high standard such as digital SLR cameras and HD video recorders and green screen technology.

How is this Course assessed? This course is assessed via a one hour exam and three coursework units. Work is submitted online to OCR for moderation on a regular basis over the two years.
What wider skills are obtained? Skills that can be transferred to the workplace such as advanced skills in Industry standard software and the use of advanced ICT equipment. The course aims to develop candidates’ knowledge of the sector in which they may be looking to progress as well as developing a student’s ability to manage information and data in a variety of applications. The course will also develop the ability to plan and prioritise tasks effectively and students will learn to accurately test and evaluate their own work.
Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE in Product Design
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? This is an exciting new course run by the Design Technology department to target and develop the creative minds of the future.

Year 10 consists of two projects that equip students with a variety of design and practical skills in a variety of materials. Students will learn technical drawing, prototyping and 3D modelling. Understanding of specific CAD (computer aided design) programmes is taught as well as traditional practical techniques. There is also a strong input to the understanding of industrial practice and materials.

During the final term of Year 10, students will be given a selection of project titles for their final major project. This is a controlled assessment exercise that runs throughout the majority of Year 11. It consists of a 20 page design folder with a 3D practical outcome. This project is valued at 60% of the final GCSE and requires the ability to work independently and be self motivated.

The remaining 40% is allocated to a final exam. The exam board provides a topic theme for the examination to help structure revision. Questions are a combination of design tasks and theory based topics.

How is this Course assessed? Coursework is initially moderated in school and then assessed externally. There is a two hour examination which is externally marked.
What wider skills are obtained? Planning and organising
Time management
Critical thinking, analysing, evaluating
Communication
Creative manipulation of media, materials and ICT
Awarding Body: EdExcel
Qualification Title: EdExcel GCSE in Drama
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? In GCSE Drama there are three main areas of study during the qualification:

  1. Drama Exploration of various topics themes and issues
  2. Exploring play texts
  3. Drama performance
How is this Course assessed? Unit 1: Class exploration 20% & Written 10%
Unit 2: Class exploration 15% & Written 15%
Unit 3: Practical 40%
What wider skills are obtained?
  • Working in a group
  • Expressing yourself in an active and exciting way
  • Contributing your own ideas and respecting those of others
  • Exploring ideas by putting yourself in other peoples shoes
  • Exploring plays written by other people
  • Creating your own drama work
  • Playing many parts in different creative situations
  • Watching and evaluating other peoples performances

The ability to work successfully as an individual and part of a group using your practical, creative and critical skills is vital to your drama work. Many of the skills you learn and develop will be highly valued in your future even if you do not continue to study drama. If you do continue with drama, you will have an excellent foundation for GCE Drama and Theatre Studies, GCE Performing Arts, BTEC Performing Arts or a Diploma in Creative and Media.

Awarding Body: OCR
Qualification Title: OCR GCSE in Home Economics (Food and Nutrition)
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? The content is divided into three units

Unit 1: Short Tasks Controlled Assessment (30%)
Unit 2: Individual Study Controlled Assessment (30%)
Unit 3: Examination (40%)

In Year 10 the emphasis is on developing practical skills to be able to develop a variety of skills of increasing complexity. Students will make dishes as directed by their teacher and developed through short coursework. Students will also be taught the knowledge and skills needed to understand nutrition and health, food commodities, meal planning, food preparation and cooking, food safety and preservation and consumer education. Year 11 focuses primarily on the completion of the individual study

How is this Course assessed? Your GCSE grade will be determined by completion of :

  • Coursework 60%
  • Written examination 40%
What wider skills are obtained? The study of Food and Nutrition will help you:

  • become informed citizens
  • develop skills of enquiry and communication
  • improve and apply skills using ICT
  • develop skills in problem solving and critical thinking
  • manage time and resources effectively
Awarding Body: WJEC
Qualification Title: WJEC GCSE Geography
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? The three themes:

  1. Challenges of living in a built environment
  2. People and natural world interactions
  3. People, Work and Development
How is this Course assessed? Your GCSE grade will be based on a geographical enquiry worth a total of 25% of the marks and two tiered final exam papers worth 75% of the marks
What wider skills are obtained? The world in which we live is likely to change more in the next 50 years than it has ever done before. Our role in that change is more important than ever. Geography explains the changes and helps to prepare people. It is a subject about now and the future. As well as being a study of where places are and what they are like the subject studies how and why they are changing.

Geographers have a unique viewpoint combining political and economic aspects with an understanding of the physical processes. Geography develops the ability to combine scientific principles with economic awareness, environmental concern and an appreciation and tolerance of peoples’ attitudes and values.

Geography gives a balanced viewpoint which is a good preparation for the world of work.

Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE History
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE
What is studied? The course lays emphasis on evaluating evidence, detecting bias and in understanding people of other places and times. The syllabus covers:

  1. Origins of World War One
  2. Peacemaking 1918-1919 and the League of Nations
  3. Hitler’s foreign policy and the origins of the Second World War
  4. The Roaring 20s: USA 1919 – 1929
  5. Stalinist Russia
  6. Race Relations in the USA: 1945 – 1968
  7. The changing role and status of women since 1900 (Historical enquiry)
How is this Course assessed? Unit 1: 37.5% of total mark – numbers 1 – 3 above
Unit 2: 37.5% of total mark – numbers 4 – 6 above
Unit 3: 25% of total mark – number 7 above
What wider skills are obtained?
  • Literacy.
  • The ability to evaluate evidence.
  • Analysis of sources and events.
Awarding Body: AQA – French
WJEC – German
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE in French
WJEC GCSE in German
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE per Languages
What is studied? These courses offer you the opportunity to extend the skills which you have been developing during the first few years at Malton School, and you will concentrate on (a) understanding the spoken foreign language; (b) speaking the foreign language; (c) reading and (d) writing.

Developing your competence in these four skills will enable you to cope confidently with the kind of situation which you may meet in a French or German speaking country, or when dealing with a visitor to this country. With practice you will be able to converse with young people abroad in their language.

Homework will be set and marked regularly, and may consist of learning, a written exercise, reading or even listening and preparation of oral tasks. You should expect to take responsibility, with guidance, for learning the material covered. Undoubtedly, regular use of magazines, newspapers, the internet, TV & radio programmes and youtube can substantially enhance reading and listening skills.

In class, you will take part in role-plays, group-work, carry out listening tasks using taped material, watch television programmes, be involved in reading both as a group and on an individual basis, and sometimes undertake task which are a combination of these activities such as making video documentaries. You will be given a variety of tasks to reinforce accuracy in the written language so that you can correspond with French or German speaking people or write accounts of visits and other experiences.

How is this Course assessed? In French and German the skills of Listening, Speaking and Reading are tested in the final examination (the Writing and Speaking skills are assessed through controlled assessment in class) which take place in Years 10 and 11 and which will be based on topics chosen by the teacher. These tests are at one of two levels – Higher Tier (A*-D) or Foundation Tier (C-G). It is possible to be tested in one skill at higher tier and a different skill at foundation tier. All skills allow a range of grades from A*-G and enable students to study at A level.
What wider skills are obtained? Communication, cultural awareness, working with others, improving own learning, listening and following instructions, managing own time, critical thinking, text analysis, conversation and role-play skills.
Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE in Music
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE per Languages
What is studied? Three aspects of musical knowledge – performing, composing and listening

  • Listening to and Appraising Music – Written exam – based on CD of musical extracts. Questions are based upon listening to musical extracts, and appraising them. Musical extracts cover a broad range of styles Based on 5 Areas of Study and 3 strands of learning.
  • Composing and Appraising Music – Compose one piece of music which explores two or more of 5 areas of study and links to one of 3 strands. Appraise the process and outcomes. Up to 20 hours controlled assessment for the composition, 2 hours for appraisal. This is externally assessed
  • Performing Music – Performances are recorded and don’t have to be public performances. One solo performance – can be acoustic, or technology based. Solo can be accompanied by piano, guitar, backing track, etc. Ensemble must have two or more live players. You must have a unique part within it. Ensemble can include musicians from outside the class, or even from outside school
  • Composing Music – One composition is required, Must explore two or more of the five areas of study, in any style of your choosing. Submit composition (written score or annotation) and a recording of the composition Recording can be performed by anybody or by computer!

The 5 Areas of study are:

  1. Rhythm and Metre
  2. Harmony and Tonality
  3. Texture and Melody
  4. Timbre and Dynamics
  5. Structure and Form
How is this Course assessed? Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music
Written Paper -1 hour – 80 marks – 20%

Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music
Externally assessed – 40 marks – 20%

Unit 3: Performing Music
Controlled Assessment – 60 marks – 40%

Unit 4: Composing Music
Controlled Assessment – 30 marks – 20%What wider skills are obtained?You will improve your music skills in performing and composing different types of music. You will listen to a wide variety of music and learn more about how and why it was written and/or performed.

Awarding Body: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Edexcel GCSE in Physical Education
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE per Languages
What is studied? Unit 1: The Theory of Physical Education
Section 1: Participation, Exercise and Training
  1. Taking Part
  2. Health Related Exercise
  3. Skill-related fitness
  4. Principles of training
  5. Methods of training
  6. Diet, health and safety

Section 2: Anatomy, Physiology and Performance

  1. The skeletal system
  2. The muscular system
  3. The cardiovascular system
  4. The respiratory system

Unit 2: Performance in Physical Education

  1. Practical Performance
  2. Analysis of Performance

How is this Course assessed?

Assessment for Unit 1 of the course is by an externally assessed written examination and is worth 40% of the overall course mark. The written paper consists of multiple-choice, short answer and longer-answer questions.

Unit 2 of the course (section 2.1-40%) will require a practical assessment of four performances in the context of player/participant, official or leader. At least two of the performances should be player/participant. You will be assessed during the course and in a final practical assessment on your selected activities.

Section 2.2 (20%) requires all students to undertake an analysis of performance based on one of the physical activities in the role of player/participant. Evidence will be provided through a written and verbal report.

What wider skills are obtained?Key skills: Communication, Creativity, Decision Making, Leadership, Information Technology, Application of Number, Working with Others, Improving Own Learning and Performance, Problem Solving.

 

Awarding Body: AQA
Qualification Title: AQA GCSE in Religious Studies
Qualification Level: 1x GCSE per Languages
What is studied? The course you will study is composed of two sections:

Unit 1: Belief & Morality
Within this unit there are six topics to cover taking into account the various religious attitudes towards:

  1. Medical Ethics
  2. The Elderly & Death
  3. Drug Abuse
  4. Crime & Punishment
  5. The Rich & Poor in British society
  6. World Poverty

Unit 2: Spiritual Expression in Society
Within this unit of work there are also 6 units of work to cover with reference to religious and spiritual themes:

  1. Art
  2. Architecture
  3. Literature
  4. Media
  5. Music
  6. Contemporary Society
How is this Course assessed? Two exam papers at the end of Year 11 – NO CONTROLLED ASSESSMENTS
What wider skills are obtained? Empathy, communication, critical thinking, listening, observation, discussion, interpretation, enquiring.
Awarding Body: OCR
Qualification Title: TRIPLE Science – Twenty First Century Science
Qualification Level: 3x GCSE
What is studied? You are taught in 9 Modules:

Biology Chemistry Physics
– You and your Genes
– Keeping Healthy
– Life on Earth
– The process of life
– Growth & Development
– Brain and Mind
– Air Quality
– Material Choices
– Chemicals in our lives
– Chemical Patterns
– Natural Environment
– Chemical Synthesis
– The Earth in the Universe
– Radiation and Life
– Sustainable energy
– Explaining Motion
– Electric Circuits
– Radioactive Materials

The seventh unit is an extension unit and is taught throughout the above units

How is this Course assessed? For Each Subject:

Examinations – 75%
Three module exams, each one hour long, testing students on the above content and their quality of written communication.

Controlled assessment – 25%
Comprises a practical investigation set by the exam board marked by teachers.

What wider skills are obtained? Students will develop a range of key skills including: Communication, Numeracy, Use of ICT, Team working, Report writing, Problem solving and self-evaluation.
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Qualification Title: BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering
Qualification Level: Level 2 – 2 GCSE Equivilants
What is studied? If the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate in Engineering is selected as the qualification to be studied the following areas will be studied;

COMPULSORY UNITS
Unit 1: Engineering World (30GLH) Exam
Unit 2: Investigating an Engineered Product (30GLH)
Unit 9: Interpreting and Using Engineering Information (30GLH) Exam
Unit 10: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians (30GLH)
OPTIONAL UNITS
Unit 3: Health and Safety (30GLH)
Unit 4: Engineering Maintenance Procedures (30GLH)
Unit 6: Using Computer Aided Drawing Techniques in Engineering (30GLH)
Unit 7: Machining Techniques (60GLH)
Unit 11: Applied Electrical and Mechanical Science for Engineering (30GLH)
Unit 17: Welding (60GLH)
Unit 19: Bike Maintenance (30GLH)

How is this Course assessed? You will be required to produce a portfolio for all practical and project based work. Units 1 and 9 are externally assessed by a computer based exam
Awarding Body: Edexcel
Qualification Title: Edexcel BTEC Certificate in Health and Social Care
Qualification Level: Level 2 – 2 GCSE Equivilants
What is studied? CORE UNITS
Unit 1: Human Lifespan Development
Unit 2: Health and Social Care Values
MANDATORY UNITS
Unit 3: Effective Communication in Health and Social Care
Unit 9: Healthy Living
OPTIONAL SPECIALIST UNITS
Unit 4: Promoting Health and Wellbeing
Unit 5: Individual Rights in Health and Social Care
Unit 6: The Impact of Nutrition on Health and Wellbeing
Unit 10: Human Body Systems and Care of Disorders
How is this Course assessed? The course is assessed internally and externally. Internally it is through a series of assignments issued termly over the 2 years. Students can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction. Externally it is 2 x 1 hour paper based exam. This can be taken January or June and is marked Pass, Merit or Distinction.
What wider skills are obtained? You will also learn some general skills such as communication, research and learning to work as part of a team, which will be valuable whatever you choose to do in the future.