Teaching & Learning

Leaders ensure that pupils are very well prepared for the future. - OFSTED 2014

At Olive Secondary School, we build a partnership between parents, students, and teachers that puts learning first. We help our students to value learning by activating them as owners of their own learning.   

Curriculum at Key stage 3

The start of key stage 3 marks an exciting phase in the lives of our students. It is the period when they build on their primary education and prepare for their GCSEs. Our curriculum is designed so that students can master the basics as well as offer more flexibility so that teachers can tailor their teaching to students' needs and aspirations.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum, focussing on the key skills required to access KS4 & further study successfully and beyond into the world of work.  Core subjects studied are English, Maths, Science and ICT, alongside the Foundation subjects of Urdu, Religious studies, Citizenship, ART & DT and physical education.

Year 7 Subject Guide

Subject

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

English

Back To Basics - (Homophones, Synonyms & Antonyms), Spelling punctuation & Grammar, Introduction: Different Types of texts, Reading Fiction -Monkey's Paw, Poetry (Blessing/Island Man).

Reading Fiction: Jacobs Ladder, Speaking, Listening & Communication, Assessment, Functional skills- reading section.

Functional skills (writing section, exam practice, tips & Techniques)

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS EXAMS

Mathematics

Sequences, expression, mapping, function machines, Numbers, Fraction, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio, Proportion

Ration, Proportion, Time, place value, Measures, Drawing, Formulae, Area, Parameter, collect and represent data, use and interpret data, likelihood of events

Functional skills past papers, external examination, Symmetry, rotation, Numbers, Rotation, Fraction, Decimal, percentages

Science

BIOLOGY

Cells, Environment and feeding relationship, APP Task, Variation and classification, Respiration and breathing, Circulation.

PHYSICS

Electric current,Voltage and resistance, Heating and cooling

PHYSICS

Describing movements, Forces (Practical), APP Task, Light, Solar system, sun, Earth and Moon.

CHEMISTRY

Particles, Mixtures and solutions, APP Task.

CHEMISTRY

Elements, Patterns in element, Compounds, Changing materials.

Exam Style questions

Religious Studies

What has RE got to do with me, Belief in God in all religions (Christians, Jews, Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims), Poster making, Religious symbols

Religious symbols, Visit to the local church, Community work, Places of worship (Church, Synagogues, Mosques, Gurdwara, Mandir)

Religious Funerals, Belief in life after death, resurrection, Revision

ICT

Introduction to functional skills, Manage information storage, communications software, e-safety health and wellbeing, sexting, copyright, interact with IT systems.

Communication to software, publication for audience, safety measures and standard, general awareness (Pornography and dangers), Substance abuse, life style website, and suicide sites, hate sites, appropriate use of software.

Managing information software, appropriate software for data handling, E-safety grooming and cyber bullying, Revision, Level 1 Exam.

Citizenship

What is Citizenship, democracy, community, rights and responsibilities, fairness, getting involved, discussion, belonging to community, stereotypes, rights in the community(school), leadership and authority (survival challenge) participation (School life), debate, crime and safety awareness (Stephen Lawrence case), crown/magistrates courts, people in the law.

Law, Parliament debate, Law protection (Animals), Case study (Hunting Bill), The media and society/news, bias, media issues (privacy) political parties, class election, careers.  

Decision making, campaigning, GCSE style questions, Controlled assessment sample ‘global warming’, Presentation (Human Rights Act 1998), British Muslim.

Urdu

Urdu alphabet with roman English, Urdu vocab, Practice and recognising Urdu letters, Urdu letters with English spelling

Use, pronunciation and reading practice (Zabr, Zer, Pesh), Write the English spelling using letters, joining up and recognising letters, Sounds of letters in English language, Madd, Tashdid, Use of Hamza and vocabulary

Identifying Urdu words, Parts of Body, Urdu Vocab, Cross words, Urdu sentences

 

Year 8 Subject Guide

Subject

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

English

Functional Skills- Reading Prep, Speaking & Listening Communication.

Speaking & Listening Assessment, Reading Fiction: (book to be decided), Spelling Punctuation & Grammar, Writing fiction/non- fiction.

 

Functional skills (writing section, exam practice, tips & Techniques.

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS EXAMS

Reading poetry

Mathematics

Fraction, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio, Proportion, Time, Measures, geometry, Probability

Probability, Ratio, Formulae, equations, Area, perimeter, volume, use and represent data, Functional skills level 2 (Transformation)

Functional skills past papers, external examination, Functional skills level 2 Revision (Transformation), Numbers, Proportion

Science

BIOLOGY

Ecology & the environment, Ecosystems, Humans and the environment, APP Task, Nutrition & diet, Health, Sensitivity, Variety & classification, Making and using variation, Remarkable nature, End of unit Review / test

PHYSICS

Sound, Heat, APP Task, Static Electricity, Energy Resources, Energy changes, Levers, Density, Pressure, End of unit Review / test

CHEMISTRY

Chemical Reactions, Acids and alkalis, APP task, Rocks and weathering, Chemistry and the environment, Reactions all around us, Resources & making use of chemistry, End of unit Review / test, Revision of all 3 units i.e BIO, PHY & CHEM, End of year test / Preparation for GCSE's, Practice controlled assessment

Religious Studies

Places of worship (Church, Synagogues, Mosques, Gurdwara, Mandir), Prejudice/ discrimination (Holocaust, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X)

Does Racism still exist, religion lead to  prejudice, Poverty and religious teachings, Long term aid (Oscar Romero), War and Peace, is there ever a right to fight, religion and war.  

Evil and suffering, Existence of God, Environment and Religion, attitude to environment in religion. 

ICT

Software application, appropriate search techniques, respond to ICT, Functional skills project, appropriate/communication software.

Identity theft (phishing, sharing password), Select info, Data Handling, communication software, presenting information, complex task.

Health and wellbeing, sexting, copyright, ICT systems, Input and output devices, General e-safety, pornography, abuse of substance, life-style websites, Storage Devices and Media, Communication Networks and Entertainment.

Citizenship

Conflict and religion, local community and democracy, enterprise time, local democracy, leisure and sport (Racism), Human rights, case study Anne Frank, Rights and responsibilities (Children)

Denied rights (Rwanda/Bosnia), Case study ZlataFilipovic, Moral courage (Miep Gies, Rosa Parks, Louise Isaac), Martin Luther King, Crime and Punishment (role of police), what makes people commit crimes, age of criminal responsibility, juvenile courts, citizenship and history, government and elections, society and decisions, past/current voting.

Parliament and local government, human rights, devolved government, Criminal justice system, Britain (A diverse society), Importance of diversity, global issues, Unit 4 controlled assessment (Research and promote youth group).

Urdu

Sentence structure: Nouns and verbs, Vocabulary

Urdu Speaking & Listening: People and countries

Sentence structure: Singular/dual/ plural

Urdu Speaking & Listening: Roleplays

Descriptive writing topics: Family, Travelling, Prices

Sentence structure: Numbers, Personal identification, Seasons

Urdu Speaking & Listening: Conversations

Descriptive writing topics: Airport, Doctor, Pakistan, Entertainment.

 

 

 

A novel KS3 Curriculum which involves Functional Skills (Level 1 & 2) in English, Mathematics and ICT which are equivalent to half a GCSE. We believe this better prepares students for KS4.

Olive Secondary School will introduce Entry Level Certificate Science double award in our KS3 Curriculum in the Academic year 2016-17.

Pupils’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is outstanding. Pupils are very well prepared for the next steps in education, training and employment. –OFSTED 2014

 

Curriculum at Key stage 4

KS4 is the period when students build on their earlier learning and prepare for adult life, higher education and employment.

The GCSE bundle the school offers is a rigorous one comprising of English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Core Science, Additional Science, Religious Studies, Urdu, Citizenship, and ICT.

We will be offering: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, History and Arabic in the Academic year 2015-16.

Year 9 Subject Guide

Subject

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

English

Introduction to GCSE (Analysing and reading a range of non-fiction texts), spelling/punctuation and grammar, writing for range of audiences/purposes.

English literature - Study 19th Century novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

English language - Reading and writing skills – analysing and comparing writers  ideas and language techniques

English literature - chapter 2, Study Anthology Conflict cluster

English language -writing a range of non-fiction texts

Mathematics

Number, Algebra, Graphs, tables and charts, Fractions & Percentages, Equations, inequalities and sequences

Angles, Averages and range, Perimeter, area and volume, Graphs, Transformations

Ratio and Proportion, Pythagoras, Probability and Construction, Loci and bearings 

Science

BIOLOGY

Keeping healthy, coordination, and control, medicine and drugs, adaption for survival, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology, evolution, ISA controlled assessment.

PHYSICS

Energy transfer by heating, Using energy, electrical energy, generating electricity, waves, electromagnetic waves, ISA controlled assessment.

CHEMISTRY

Fundamental ideas, rocks and building materials, metals and their uses, crude oil and fuels, products from oil, plant oils.

CHEMISTRY

Our changing planet.

Revision of all 3 units BIO, PHY & CHEM, Full Mock Exams, Revision, AQA External Exams (TBC)

Religious Studies

Creativity of Allah, Belief and values

Belief and values, sanctity of life, sexuality in Islam.

Muslims role and community, Revision and Mock Exam

ICT

Input and Output Devices, General e-safety, pornography, abuse of substance, life-style website, Storage Devices and Media, Communication Networks and Entertainment, System life Cycle Feasibility Studies, Presentations, graphics and productions, Web design.

Software for Audio, DVD, Designing Documents, Grooming, Cyber bullying, Identity theft, phishing, passwords, Databases, Web Logs, social networks, data logging, mobile technology, implications of ICT.

Social and economic issues, Privacy Issues, digital footprints, online reputation, health, sexting, copyright, political and ethical issues, health issues, responsible behaviour online, preventing authorised access, collaborative working, Mock exam.

Citizenship

Effective citizenship, Successful campaigning/pressure groups, national and local campaigning, local government, democracy, community involvement, trade unions, government actions on citizens, rights and responsibilities, health and safety, consumer rights.

The economy, citizenship and community cohesion, parliament and government, devolution, forms of government, electoral system, voting age and compulsory age, participating and voter apathy, careers.

Identity and diversity, British identity, opportunity and barriers, migrations, shared perspective and values, cohesive communities, GCSE style questions.

Urdu

Reading/ Writing/ speaking/ listening topics: Urdu alphabet, personal identification, my family, hobbies and interest.

Reading/ Writing/ speaking/ listening topics: Hobbies and interest, Home/home contents, My area, My town, My daily routine, My school, My subjects, Future plans, Transport/direction.

Reading/ Writing/ speaking/ listening topics: Weather, Holiday, Restaurant menu, Holidays.

 

Year 10 Subject Guide

Subject

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

English

English literature - Study 19th Century novel (Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde)

English language - reading and writing skills – analysing and comparing writers  ideas and language techniques

English literature - chapter 2, Study Anthology Conflict cluster

English language -writing a range of non-fiction texts

English literature -Study ‘An Inspector Calls’ 

English Language – Reading non-fictions texts, examining structure and language and presentation techniques

Mathematics

Number, Algebra, Statistical diagrams, Fractions & Percentages, Equations, inequalities and sequences

Angles, Averages and range, Perimeter, area and volume, Graphs, Transformations

Ratio and Proportion, Pythagoras, Probability and Multiplicative reasoning 

Science

BIOLOGY

Keeping healthy, coordination, and control, medicine and drugs, adaption for survival, energy in biomass, variation, reproduction and new technology, evolution, ISA controlled assessment.

PHYSICS

Energy transfer by heating, Using energy, electrical energy, generating electricity, waves, electromagnetic waves, ISA controlled assessment.

CHEMISTRY

Fundamental ideas, rocks and building materials, metals and their uses, crude oil and fuels, products from oil, plant oils.

CHEMISTRY

Our changing planet.

Revision of all 3 units BIO, PHY & CHEM, Full Mock Exams, Revision, AQA External Exams (TBC)

Religious Studies

Creativity of Allah, Belief and values

Belief and values, sanctity of life, sexuality in Islam.

Muslims role and community, Revision and Mock Exam

ICT

Preventing unauthorised access, collaborative working, using computer systems, output/input devices, e--safety, pornography, abuse of substance, life-style websites, storage device, communication networks and entertainment.

System life Cycle Feasibility studies, Presentations, graphics and productions, Exam practice and test papers.

Exam practice and Test papers.

Citizenship

Introduction to controlled assessments (Unit2), Explain marking criteria, preparation and discussion (controlled assessment), Skills profile unit 2 (Stage1-5)

Skills profile unit 2 (Stage1-5), Rights and responsibilities, Human rights, citizen and the law, civil and criminal law.

UK law on equality and discrimination, criminal justice system, youth crime, legal system, media, freedom of press, public opinion/politicians, global conflict, genocide, Rwanda case study, Globalisation, world trade, sustainable development, resources/renewable energies, EU/UK/UN, Global citizenship.

Urdu

Descriptive reading and writing topics: Festival, Food and drinks, Health.

Explain Urdu writing controlled assessment, Urdu writing practice: Occupations and work experience.

Urdu writing practice: work experience, leisure activities, shopping.

Urdu controlled assessment.

Urdu listening: character and personal relationship, cleanliness, my college day, career and future plans, seeking a job, social issues, the human body. Listening Exam.

Urdu writing practice: Learning opposites, numbers, months, days of the week.

 

Year 11 Subject Guide

Subject

Term1

Term 2

Term 3

English

Speaking and listening, Control assessments.

Reading non-fiction

Reading and analysing a range of non-fiction texts

Identifying purpose and audience.

Analysing and comparing a range of language features.

Writing non-fiction texts –

Writing for a range of purposes and audiences.

Using a range of language features within writing

GCSE  English Exam

Mathematics

Percentages, Graphs, Ratio and Proportion, Transformations & Inequalities and formulae

Pythagoras Theorem and trigonometry, More graphs and equations, Simultaneous equations, Area and Volume

Line diagrams, Indices, standard form & surds, Probability, Circle geometry, Vectors and exam practise 

Science

BIOLOGY

Cells, tissues, organs, organisms, enzymes, energy from respiration, simple inheritance in animals and plants, old and new species, ISA Controlled assessment.

PHYSICS

Motion, Forces, Work energy and momentum. 

PHYSICS

Current electricity, mains electricity, radioactivity, energy from the nucleus, ISA controlled assessment.

CHEMISTRY

Structure and Bonding.

CHEMISTRY

Structure and properties, Mass of atoms, Rates and energy, Salts and electrolysis.

REVISION OF ALL 3 UNITS

Full Mock exams, AQA External Exam.

Religious Studies

Belief in Allah, Matters of life and death.

Matters of life and death, Marriage and the family (concept of sexuality), Community cohesion.

Community cohesion, Exam style questions, Revision, Mock exams. 

ICT

Design/ Implement/ Test/ Report Task 1, Design/ Implement/ Test/ Report Task 2, Evaluation of task.

Risk assessment, progress and check list, manage storage, collecting/selecting/ formatting information, modelling data, and developed information.

Exam practice and papers.

Citizenship

Introduction to controlled assessments (Unit4), Explain marking criteria, preparation and discussion (controlled assessment), Presentation, Skills profile unit 4 (Stage1-5) 

Skills profile unit 4 (Stage1-5), Theme (1-4) Recap.

Theme (1-4) Recap, Exam preparation.

Urdu

GCSE themes, Descriptive writing: Letter writing (formal/informal), Daily routine, Marriage, Postcards, and Holiday.

 Written assessment preparation and explanation, mock written exam.

Urdu oral topics/ Urdu oral dummy runs, speaking assessment mock, Urdu grammar, writing practice, controlled assessment 1&2, GCSE Urdu oral prep.

Actual speaking assessment, Listening practice (conversation-working in pairs), Recap: Theme 1 (Media and culture), Theme 2 (sport and leisure)

Recap: Theme 3 (Travel and Tourism), Theme 4 (business work and employment), different types of poetry.

Urdu GCSE Exam

 

Our performance over the last three years– Highest preforming independent school.

 

Olive Secondary School

 

5 GCSES A*-C %  Including  English & Maths

Position on  DfE League Tables

2012-2013

68%

7th

2013-2014

62%

5th

2014-2015

   

 

To download the Provisional Functional Skills & GCSE timetable for summer 2016 please click here (add link)

Useful Websites:

Examining boards:

AQA http://www.aqa.org.uk/

EDEXCEL https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Revision websites:

My Maths http://www.mymaths.co.uk/

Maths watch https://www.mathswatchvle.com/

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

S-Cool http://www.s-cool.co.uk/

 

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