KS4

In Years 10 and 11, pupils will be working towards the Key Stage 4 objectives detailed on this page and will sit their GCSE examinations in Year 11. There are a number of things that you can do to support your child at home. Details can be found within each subject area below.

ENGLISH

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

English Language

  • Analysing fiction
  • Analysing non-fiction
  • Comparing texts, understanding their meaning and developing a line of argument
  • Writing: context, audience and purpose
  • Writing: planning and organising
  • Writing: literary techniques and vocabulary
  • Writing: fiction and non-fiction styles
  • Precision of spelling, punctuation and grammar

English Literature

  • 19th century prose
  • Modern prose and drama
  • Poetry
  • Shakespeare
  • Writing and analysing literature

SUGGESTED READING BOOKS

  • Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  • The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  • The Odyssey – Homer
  • Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy

MATHS

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Number

  • Integers
  • Powers, roots and standard form
  • Fractions
  • Decimals and rounding
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and proportion

Algebra

  • Algebraic manipulation
  • Linear equations
  • Formulae
  • Inequalities
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Quadratic equations
  • Sequences
  • Linear and real-life graphs
  • Graphs of non-linear functions

Geometry and measure

  • Lines, angles and polygons
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Trigonometry: finding angles and side lengths
  • Further trigonometry: sin, cos and tan, area and rules
  • Circles
  • Transformations
  • Vectors
  • Measures
  • Construction and loci
  • Length, area and volume

Statistics

  • Planning and collecting data
  • Averages and range
  • Presenting data
  • Moving averages and cumulative frequency
  • Frequency diagrams for continuous data
  • Probability

SCIENCE

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Biology

  • Living organisms
  • Nutrition, digestion and excretion
  • Respiration and gas exchange
  • Transport: plants, blood and circulatory systems
  • Nerves and hormones
  • Health and disease
  • Reproduction
  • Inheritance and genetics
  • Ecosystems and habitats
  • Evolution
  • Humans and the environment

Chemistry

  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Atomic structure
  • Quantitative chemistry: formulae and equations
  • Chemical reactions and tests
  • Metals
  • Organic chemistry
  • Acids, alkalis and salts
  • Energy
  • Crude oil and fuels
  • Chemical industry
  • Earth and the environment
  • Materials

Physics

  • Forces and movement
  • Electricity
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetism and magnetism
  • Energy
  • Solids, liquids and gases
  • Space
  • Atoms and radiation
  • The origin of chemical elements
  • Inventions