Wyedean School and Sixth Form Centre

The 2016 CURRICULUM at WYEDEAN

An outline of the high quality curriculum provided by Wyedean is as below...

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Art Geography Music
Business Studies Health and Social Care Photography
Citizenship History Physical Education
Dance ICT Politics
Design and Technology LRC and Library Psychology
Drama Languages Religious Studies
English Mathematics Science
Food and Nutrition Media Studies Sociology


Art        (Back to top)
The art classrooms provide a vibrant haven for students to express themselves in an open, stimulating and nurturing environment. The broad curriculum encompasses a variety of disciplines (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture) and we aim to develop visually literate individuals who are self-disciplined, have positive self-esteem in addition to cultivating thinking skills and creativity.

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Business Studies        (Back to top)
Business Studies is a very popular and successful option choice that students really engage with and enjoy. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for the world beyond Wyedean.

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Citizenship        (Back to top)
Citizenship is inherently active: students can only truly learn about democracy and participation by being encouraged to play an active role in school and society from year 7. The success of citizenship is reflected in the whole school ethos. Education for citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life.

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Dance        (Back to top)
Dance is an activity that combines exhilaration with liberation. It engages the body and mind to create, watch, perform and respond. Dance allows for self-expression and brings students of all abilities together. "It can speed up your heart rate, it can enliven your being, it can change your life" Richard Alston CBE.

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Design & Technology        (Back to top)
Design and Technology prepares students to participate in tomorrow's rapidly changing technologies. The creative and technical skills taught are in great demand in the wealth creating design and engineering sectors of industry. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for the world beyond Wyedean.

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Drama        (Back to top)
Drama is about imagination and feelings and it helps us to make sense of the world. It does this through the creation of imagined characters and situations, and the relationships and events that they encounter. Through engagement in drama, students apply their imaginations and draw upon their own personal experiences. Their increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work enables them to effectively shape, express and share their ideas, feelings and responses, making use of language, space, symbol, allegory and metaphor.

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English        (Back to top)
Our over-arching aim in English is to enable students to communicate effectively in the wider world. We want them to feel motivated to achieve their potential through access to a challenging and vibrant curriculum. We hope that our curriculum will allow students to engage with and appreciate the experiences that literature provides. We also try to develop students' transferable skills and teach them about the importance of being respectful, good citizens.

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Food and Nutrition        (Back to top)
We have a purpose built Food Technology room, which is very well-equipped and attractive and comfortable place for students in which to work. We believe Food is an important subject, of everyday importance to people and a necessity in life. Areas covered in projects include Healthy Fast Food,Fruit and Vegetables & Baking, health and safety, safe use of equipment and principles of healthy eating.

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Geography        (Back to top)
Geography is a fantastic subject for developing a wide range of useful skills whilst studying engaging, important and topical topics. Geography helps you to keep up with the ever increasing rate of change taking place in the world and to understand the ominous forces of nature that shape it. Geography will challenge you to bring together and make progress in a wide package of skills which will prove invaluable to further studies or employment.

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Health and Social Care        (Back to top)
Health and Social Care Studies at Wyedean follows a strong ethos of empowering and inclusive practice, with great emphasis placed on effective, collaborative work with care providers in the community. We aim to provide students with challenging programmes of study, which will equip them, not only with academic and work based skills, but also with increased levels of confidence. Students will experience a sense of personal and professional growth during the course, helping them to recognise their own potential.

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History        (Back to top)
The History department aims to create an interest in History through the delivery of challenging and enjoyable lessons. We want History to fire our students' curiosity and imagination, inspiring them through the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. We will help students develop skills of enquiry, evaluation, interpretation and of reaching substantiated judgements. We want to foster an understanding of the history of the local area and encourage students to appreciate the histories of other people and countries.

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ICT        (Back to top)
At Wyedean we believe that ICT education is for all students and not just those who have the potential to become programmers, analysts or technicians. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for a changing world. It is essential that ICT education provides students with the skills and knowledge that will help them become successful 21st century citizens.

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Learning Resource Centre and Library        (Back to top)
About The Learning Resource Centre: The Learning Resource Centre, which includes the Wyedean Library, inspires Wyedean students to engage in independent study and develops their enjoyment of reading for pleasure through the provision of ample space, carefully selected resources and professional assistance. Close relations with subject departments enhance learning and support the wider curriculum.

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Languages        (Back to top)
At Wyedean, all students learn one modern foreign language, Spanish or French from Year 7 and this alternates each year. The majority of students learn a second language in Year 9. At GCSE a large number of students continue with at least one language. Following a course in a Modern Foreign Language encourages students to derive enjoyment and benefit from language learning, and be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. Learners should recognise that their linguistic knowledge, understanding and skills help them to take their place in a multilingual global society and also provide them with a suitable basis for further study and practical use of the language. The study of Modern Foreign Languages prepares learners to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.

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Mathematics        (Back to top)
The Maths Team Vision for you at Wyedean is we intend to...
Equip you - to provide the mathematical skills and knowledge needed for you to meet the challenges of studies, work and life.
Enlighten you - to provide insight into the inherent beauty and worth of mathematics.
Enrich your understanding – to deliver an experience of mathematics to you that will promote your engagement, enlighten your understanding and equip you for future challenges.

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Media Studies        (Back to top)
Media Studies enables the students to explore a wide variety of media, including digital media technologies, drawing on the fundamental concepts informing the study of the media: texts, industry and audiences. It is now part of the Applied Learning Area and in common with the other subjects in that area (ICT, Media, DT and Food), it is a very relevant and up-to-date subject that really helps to equip students for the world beyond Wyedean.

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Music        (Back to top)
In music lessons students will be encouraged to develop their confidence and resilience through active learning and participation. They will regularly perform both original compositions and well known pieces. They will be encouraged to discuss and reflect upon both their own work and that of their peers. They will also have the opportunity to perform in a wide range of extra curricular groups.

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Photography        (Back to top)
In a world dominated by visual images, photography has become a very popular and successful option choice. The focus of this course is to develop professional understanding of creative photographic techniques. Topics include learning how to creatively use aperture, shutter speed, lighting, studio practice, darkroom and post-editing techniques; all applied to a variety of genres.

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Physical Education        (Back to top)
In P. E. students will be given an experience in a range of sporting activities which will cover the National Curriculum. Students will be taught a range of skills, tactics and strategies in these activities. Assessment is a continual process in PE with a more formal assessment to take place at the end of each block of work. Students will also gain knowledge of the importance & benefits of exercise of leading a healthy lifestyle.

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Politics        (Back to top)
Studying Politics provides students with an understanding of the powers, rights and responsibilities of politicians, judges and citizens. Students will gain an appreciation of different arguments on a wide range of political issues. Politics is an ever changing subject that develops a keen interest in current affairs and political developments. It will provide students with the ability to debate, support their argument and reach judgments on key issues.

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Psychology        (Back to top)
Is the scientific study of human and non-human animal behaviour. Psychology is one of the most relevant sciences within today's world. We investigate behaviours as diverse as obesity, attachment, memory processes to addiction and media. Psychology is applied in many industries and services from health to sports coaching.

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Religious Studies        (Back to top)
The RS Department seeks to provide a caring and positive atmosphere, in which pupils can explore, develop and evaluate their own beliefs and those of others. Through exploration of an array of theological, ethical and philosophical issues, we cater for the broad interests and beliefs of all students. Our hope is for pupils to consider some of the ultimate questions in life with an increasing level of maturity, and to enrich their understanding of their place within the universe and the scope of human existence.

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Science        (Back to top)
The ethos of the Sciences is to foster an understanding of how science influences the world around us, both in terms of what happens inside the body and in our surroundings and in terms of how science and technology impacts on society and our lives. As well as teaching the theoretical aspects of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, we also focus on developing the practical, analytical and evaluative skills that students will need to use in their everyday lives.

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Sociology        (Back to top)
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