November 2014 KS4 OPTIONS EVENING GCSE Core Curriculum All students will follow this Core Curriculum. It comprises: • GCSE English Language • GCSE English Literature • GCSE Mathematics (Double GCSE Award) • Science (Double GCSE Award) • PSHE • Core PE Option Blocks • In addition to the core curriculum students will select 4 additional subjects • These will be a combination of guided and free choice subjects • The subjects will be selected from 4 blocks and the students will be required to select one subject from each block Year 8 and Year 9 • Offering GCSE options to Year 8 and Year 9 will triple the number of people making choices this year • Excluding English and Mathematics, subjects will be delivered in ‘stage not age’ groups • Students will pick subjects they enjoy and do better at, thus making more progress • Year 8s will study for three years, Year 9 for two. Timeline November 2014 Straw Poll Staff skills audit December 2014 Analysis of poll and work with colleges on vocational offer February 2015 Options Evening and Parents evening Options chosen and discussed April 2015 Options confirmed and timetabling of KS4 begins. What are the choices? The options form Pupil Name: ______________________ BLOCK A Languages Subject French Qualification GCSE Spanish GCSE ✓ Alternative course Tutor Group: __________ BLOCK B Humanities Subject History Qualification GCSE Geography GCSE ✓ Alternative course BLOCK C Subject Qualification Art Media Studies ✓ BLOCK D Subject Qualification GCSE Music GCSE BTEC Level 2 First Certificate Drama GCSE Dance BTEC Level 2 First Certificate Food Technology GCSE PE GCSE Triple Science GCSE Philosphy and Ethics GCSE Textiles GCSE Classics GCSE Product Design GCSE ✓ My choice from Block A is My choice from Block B is Please make four choices, ONE from each block My choice from Block C is My choice from Block D is The deadline for return of this form is Friday 27th February 2014 Facilities • As you know we are now in conversation with the DFE discussing facilities for next year • We intend to provide fully fitted specialist suites to facilitate, for example: • Science • Design and Technology • Art • Dance Dependent on demand… Frequently asked Questions • Q – My son/daughter wishes to select subjects that they enjoy and are good at, is this the right approach to take? • A – Yes, we would recommend that all students when making their choices focus on selecting subjects they both enjoy and are good at. • Q – I think Year 8 is too young to pick options, do you agree? • A – Ask them… Any Questions?