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Upper Fourth Choices Creative Subjects and Languages

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Welcome to the Upper School We are looking forward to welcoming you into the Upper School where we aim to foster independent learning and academic excellence in our girls. Our philosophy is one of partnership with you to ensure that your learning experience is personalised, academically rigorous, and allows for exploration of knowledge complemented by creative thinking.

To this end, girls in the Upper Fourth are encouraged to elect areas of specialism that complement their intellectual aptitude, interests and flair. The girls’ input in their learning journeys is crucial as we wish to encourage our girls to take ownership of their choices and learning. Mrs Anna Dourountakis Head of Upper School

“Having to make choices at this stage gives you the chance to think about your future. You can start to focus on what really interests you and what you hope to study for GCSE….and maybe beyond.” Tilly


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Understanding the curriculum The Upper Fourth curriculum has been designed to offer intellectual challenge and balance with the view of providing as many future opportunities as possible. It is equally important that each girl’s learning journey is bespoke and affords her the time to access learning at a deeper level, developing crucial critical and evaluative skills. By accessing a breadth of academically rigorous disciplines the curriculum has the space for each girl to express her individuality by selecting subjects that allow her to demonstrate her creative skills, which are attributes that are highly valued by the top universities.

Core Subjects Every girl in the Upper Fourth will be expected to follow the core curriculum which will form the basis of her GCSE work in the future: English Mathematics Science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) Computing and ICT Geography History Religious Studies PHSE Physical Education

Electives At Downe House we encourage our pupils to be creative and outward looking. We offer a wide range of Creative subjects and Languages options (Modern and Classical).

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In the Upper Fourth, the girls are required to make a choice about the subjects they study based on their interests.

Creative Options You will select either two or three Creative subjects from the following: Art Design Technology

Drama Music

Language Options At least one Modern Foreign Language, and up to two further languages from the following: Chinese French German Italian

Spanish Classical Greek Latin

In conclusion The Upper Fourth is an exciting time and our wish is that the girls enjoy their learning and that they have a good foundation on which to build further study. With a carefully created profile of subjects and extra-curricular activities the girls should be able to move on to their i/GCSE and Sixth Form Studies with confidence and thrive in the Upper School.


What will my timetable look like? At Downe House we value the wide range of extra-curricular activities undertaken by the girls. Our timetable is flexible enough to allow many of these lessons to take place during the working day. However, we also understand the need for a balanced timetable.

The following examples illustrate how the choices you make about elective subjects relate to the amount of prep time available. When making these choices it is important to consider other commitments, such as instrument and singing lessons, Speech and Drama, sports coaching and individual support.

Example 1 Core plus minimum electives Two Creative subjects and one Language option Lesson count 40 PREP COUNT 17 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

P1

PREP

Physics

Language 1

PREP

PE

PREP

P2

PREP

Physics

Language 1

PREP

PE

PREP

B

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

P3

ICT

PE

PREP

English

English

Geography

P4

PHSE

PE

PREP

English

English

ICT

P5L Lunch

Lunch

PREP

Lunch

Lunch

P6L Geography

RS

Lunch

Creative 2

Maths

P7

PREP

PREP

House study

Creative 2

Maths

P8

Maths

Maths

PREP

PE

History

P9

PREP

Maths

PREP

PE

History

P10T Tea

English

PE

Tea

PREP

P11T Creative 1

Tea

PE

PREP

Tea

P12

Creative 1

Chemistry

Biology

RS

P13

Language 1

Chemistry

Biology

PREP

Example 2 Core plus maximum electives Three Creative subjects and three Language options Lesson count 49 PREP COUNT 8 Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

P1 Language 2

Monday

Physics

Language 1

Language 3

PE

Creative 3

P2 Language 2

Physics

Language 1

Language 3

PE

Creative 3

Break

Break

Break

Break

Break

P3 ICT

PE

PREP

English

English

Geography

P4 PHSE

PE

PREP

English

English

ICT

P5L Lunch

Lunch

PREP

Lunch

Lunch

P6L Geography

B Break

RS

Lunch

Creative 2

Maths

P7 PREP

PREP

House study

Creative 2

Maths

P8 Maths

Maths

Language 3

PE

History

P9 PREP

Maths

Language 3

PE

History

English

PE

Tea

Language 2

Tea

PE

PREP

Tea

P10T Tea P11T Creative 1 P12 Creative 1

Chemistry

Biology

RS

P13 Language 1

Chemistry

Biology

PREP 3


Upper Fourth Choices

Creative Subject Options

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Creative Options

Art “Art is a way of seeing things and making sense of the world around you”

Why study Art? Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life? Creativity isn’t only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities. The course is suited to those who are enthusiastic about developing their artistic ability and have a genuine interest and love of the subject.

What will I study? In the Upper Fourth pupils will study Art for one double period every week. They will engage in a wide range of creative activities to enhance their visual awareness, practical skills and knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Through different themes, pupils will be introduced to a variety of experiences, exploring a range of media, techniques and processes, including traditional and new technologies. They will also explore contextual material integral to the investigation and making process. Drawing will be explored for different purposes and needs, and sketchbooks will be used to record information, prepare ideas and collate information. Typical projects will include large scale mural painting, the design and creation of paper dresses, printmaking, collage, mixed media activities, ceramic work, canvas painting, competitions and community projects. Lessons take place in the Art studio where a stimulating and positive environment is created to encourage industrious and productive progress. Mrs Sally Scott Head of Art Faculty scotts@downehouse.net 5


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Design and Technology “Design and Technology gives young people the skills and abilities to engage positively with the designed and made world and to harness the benefits of technology�

Why study Design and Technology? Design and Technology is a unique subject in that it can develop problem-solving abilities and creativity. These essential skills are transferrable to any career. Designing and making is an activity that every pupil should have the opportunity to take part in. In an increasingly technological world, pupils learn about the materials and processes that make up many of the products we take for granted. They can also experience computer-aided design and manufacture whilst learning about wider design issues, such as the environmental impact of designing and making.

Product Design This course is concerned with the activity of designing and making products using materials such as woods, metals, plastics and electronics. This enjoyable and interesting course will also include computer-aided design and manufacture using our laser cutter. The project brief for the 10-week course in 2019/20 will be a portable speaker. This will be able to plug into the headphone jack of any device. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop creative ideas for the project and present these within a booklet. They will learn about the materials and processes used during the project and develop new practical skills during the manufacture stage. They will also be encouraged to think about how their designs can incorporate the speaker and the circuit whilst making creative and functional products.

What will I study? The Upper Fourth year will consist of a 10-week carousel between the areas of Product Design, Food Technology and Textiles. This will enable pupils to experience all material areas and make an informed choice about which GCSE option they would be best suited to. The year will build on the skills developed during the Remove and Lower Fourth whilst also providing a good starting point for new girls joining us at 13+.

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Mr Iain Kent Head of Product Design kenti@downehouse.net


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Food Technology This 10-week course will focus on planning and preparing well-balanced meals or parts of meals and will include information on current dietary trends and eating plans. The course will have a focus on gaining practical skills yet will cover the application of theoretical research on healthy eating. The course will also cover various components of party planning and dishes that could be prepared and served at parties. This course will provide excellent preparation for further study in Cookery General in the Lower and Upper Fifth years. This would be an excellent foundation and preparation for the popular and invaluable LEITHS Introductory Certificate in Food & Wine in the Sixth Form.

Aims of the subject: Allow the girls to work individually or in teams to enable maximum learning. To build on the practical skills gained previously in food lessons and at home. To introduce skilful and demanding dishes. To encourage speed and organisation in the kitchen. To develop an understanding and need for safe working practices.

To develop a love and enthusiasm for foods from all around the world. To foster a critical and analytical approach to the choice of labour saving devices. To improve the girls’ ability to plan and prepare balanced meals. To develop an understanding of the relationship between health and diet and its application to various circumstances. To increase the awareness of eating patterns and dietary habits of different groups in a changing society. To develop the understanding of the cost of a wide range of foods so that they are able to budget effectively. To improve the girls’ ability to adapt or modify recipes to suit different situations and needs. To improve the girls’ knowledge of food labelling and marketing of foods, so that they become more discerning consumers. To make the girls more aware of recycling, re-using and reducing packaging to improve environmental concerns. To make sure that the girls consider moral and social issues eg. Fair Trade; grow your own projects, the use of local sustainable foods.

Miss Seema Singh Head of Design Technology/Head of Food singhs1@downehouse.net 7


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Textiles In Textiles you will be working on a project inspired by 80s Punk – You will learn about clothing as a form of selfexpression, looking to fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Katharine Hamnett.

A range of practical skills will be taught within the initial lessons, learning how to complete processes that can be used to customise a T-shirt inspired by 80s Punk – to include, flounces, plaiting, slashing and twisting jersey. You will also learn how to draw fashion illustrations in order to design your own Customised Punk T-shirt. Your final design will be brought to life using the skills learnt and those sourced yourself, during the remainder of the rotation.

Miss Amy Majerski Head of Textiles majerskia@downehouse.net 8


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Drama “Drama fosters self-discipline, confidence and team work and develops skills in interpreting, researching, negotiating, problem solving and decision making.”

Why study Drama? Every girl that chooses Drama as one of their creative subjects will work towards achieving a Bronze Arts Award by the end of the academic year. This qualification has been developed in partnership with Trinity College London for people aged 12–14 and aims to encourage the development of creative skills, whilst also fostering a wider enjoyment of the Arts. The emphasis of the qualification is on developing skills in creativity and leadership. Pupils will take ownership of their learning through the creation of an evidence file, which is then moderated by an external examiner. The evidence files are preferably presented in a creative way through the use of film, photography and journaling.

What will I study? Drama lessons in the Upper Fourth will take place in a fun, high-energy learning environment, which gives every pupil the opportunity to explore all aspects of Drama. Over the course of the year we will explore a range of both practical and theoretical skills. As well as improving your knowledge of Drama, you will also develop a variety of valuable transferable skills in leadership, collaborative project work and independent learning. Any girl choosing Drama in the Upper Fourth will find herself fully prepared to start the AQA GCSE Drama course the following year. Building the Arts Award personal evidence file will take place over the course of the year.

Mrs Kirsty Richardson Director of Drama and Dance richardsonk@downehouse.net 9


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Music “Music can be an amazing tool for helping young people develop. Engaging them creatively. Challenging them intellectually.”

Why study Music? Studying Music develops the interconnected skills of listening, performing, composing and appraising. It enables pupils to become creative thinkers, analytical problem solvers, and effective communicators. Music in Upper Fourth will embark on a journey of ‘A Year of Song’ which will introduce you to a wealth of music; some familiar and some new and unexpected.

What will I study? Pupils will learn about, analyse and evaluate songs from hundreds of years ago, right up to current pop songs, as well as studying singers and songwriters from all around the world. Deepening

their understanding of how elements of music are used to transform the listener’s emotions, pupils will develop their ability to explain and describe music and compare features of different pieces of music. They also learn what makes a good performance and will be able to critically appraise their own performances and those of their peers within a supportive environment. Pupils will apply the knowledge about how songs are written in different settings, including Musical Theatre, Pop Songs and German Lieder, to write their own songs. These will be recorded using the recording studio. In the Michaelmas term, the Upper Fourth study popular music and compare these to the stylistic features of German Lieder. They then prepare a performance in groups of one of these songs. In the Lent term, the focus is on songs created for stage and those which feature a fusion between two contrasting musical styles. Pupils continue to develop their listening and appraisal skills and will be able to provide justified musical preference and evaluations of song styles. They will put to creative use the typical features of songs and begin to compose their own. In the Summer term, the Upper Fourth will continue with their composition of a chosen song style, culminating in a performance in front of their class. They will also prepare for the end of year examination through targeted revision sessions.

Dr Charlotte Exon Director of Music exonc@downehouse.net 10


Upper Fourth Choices

Language Options

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“Given the global community in which we live it is very important that we give our girls the opportunity to be multi-lingual” Overview Languages at Downe House are a very important part of a girl’s education and enable her to broaden her horizons and develop a number of life skills such as communication, presentation, problem solving, organisation and independence. We are very keen that our pupils learn one language well, and if a pupil shows aptitude for languages she should certainly consider studying two languages. Indeed, a number of pupils study two languages to I/GCSE and even beyond. Given the global community in which we live, it is very important that we give our girls the opportunity to be multi-lingual, and thus enjoy many more opportunities for their future.

Opportunities In the Upper Fourth girls have the opportunity to take up one, or possibly two new languages. We expect each girl to take at least one Modern Foreign language. Many will decide to continue their study of French, which is taught in sets for three lessons each week. They can choose to study a new language, choosing from Chinese, German, Italian, Spanish or Classical Greek. Latin may be available to those who have no prior knowledge of the subject. This is subject to sufficient demand. Please discuss this matter with the Head of Classics. New languages are taught over four lessons a week and aim to stretch the girls in readiness to start the I/GCSE course in the Lower Fifth. 12

Classical Greek is taught over four lessons per week and Latin over three lessons, again with the aim to start the I/GCSE course in the Lower Fifth.

Structure Girls may only study one language from each block, giving a maximum of two modern languages and one classical language, or one modern language and two classical languages. They must select at least one language. Girls with a substantial previous knowledge of one of the languages offered will be assessed and recommendations for any necessary adjustment to the programme of study will be made. It is important to note that I/GCSE language choices are taken from languages that a girl continues to study in the Upper Fourth.

Language 1 French or Spanish

Language 2 Latin or Advanced Chinese

Language 3 Spanish Italian German Chinese Classical Greek


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Modern languages “Learning a language is a big accomplishment which brings with it great satisfaction and added confidence”

In all language lessons, the Modern Languages classroom is a vibrant, active place where the chance to express oneself on paper or orally is key.

Language Options We believe it is very important to offer our pupils as many opportunities as possible and the knowledge of more than one language certainly opens many doors for them in a variety of ways. Learning a language is a big accomplishment which brings with it great satisfaction and added confidence. In addition, immersion in a foreign culture can open whole new avenues of selfexploration and personal growth. For girls choosing a new language in the Upper Fourth they will have the joy of making a fresh start and learning the basics. This means covering topics such as personal identification, family and pets, descriptions, food and meal times. All girls receive a good grounding in basic grammar including the present tense and the immediate future. Target language is used as much as possible and girls are given a good insight into target language culture through music and film.

French Girls who continue their study of French in Upper Fourth will deepen their knowledge of the target language and culture through a variety of activities that allow them to practise all four key skills. Focus is placed on a number of topics that really target issues for today’s teenagers. Questions concerning relationships with family and friends, healthy lifestyles, parties and festivals and holidays. By the end of the Upper Fourth girls will have covered many of the main tenses needed for GCSE and acquired some complex structures that allow them to write at a more sophisticated level. French in the Upper Fourth is set by ability and is taught over three lessons a week. In the Upper Fourth the opportunity arises for girls to take up another language – or two, if they decide to discontinue with French. However, if a girl wishes to focus purely on her French, she may do this.

Mrs Jane Basnett Head of Modern Languages basnettj@downehouse.net

Please note: French may not be studied as a beginner in the Upper Fourth. 13


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Chinese

German

“China is the new frontier” The Times

“I would encourage anyone looking to develop an international career to start early with languages, particularly German” Dr Paul Golby, Chairman & Chief Executive E.On UK plc

Over the years, increasing numbers of girls have enjoyed the opportunity to study this intellectually stimulating and challenging language and have enjoyed great success too, both at GCSE and A Level. It is not surprising that universities welcome applicants with Mandarin as evidence of considerable ability and potential. A non-native speaker who can master the 6,000 characters and four ‘aural tones’ can hope for rich rewards in life beyond university. As China’s economy continues to grow so does the demand for Western graduates who can fulfil roles in major Chinese corporations in cities across the world. All this is not to ignore China’s long history and fascinating culture. Knowledge of Mandarin is the first step to embracing and learning about this culture. By the end of the Upper Fourth girls can expect to learn how each Chinese character has four tones and will learn how to read and write at least 260 characters. They will enjoy the opportunity to practise writing these beautiful characters via topics such as hobbies, daily routine and school life. The Chinese classroom is also a place where typical Chinese fairy tales are discovered, festivals explored (often via some delicious food) and traditions discussed.

With the burgeoning economic success in China and Latin America it is all too easy to overlook the importance of studying German. Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world. Well-known companies like BMW, Siemens, Lufthansa and many others need international partners and UK companies are desperate for German speakers amongst new recruits where there is, frankly a dearth of German speakers. Aside from business, we should not forget that proficiency in German gives access to a whole world of culture with great thinkers, scientists, artists, musicians, and their contributions. This is essential in many fields of enterprise and German plays a dominant role here; not forgetting its speakers’ contributions to modern fashion, art, architecture and design. Add to this the fact that the study of German is easier than you think with many words that are similar to English, then German becomes an interesting prospect linguistically.

Please note: Chinese, German, Italian and Spanish are taught over four lessons a week. 14


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Italian

Spanish

“Immersion in a foreign culture can open whole new avenues of self-exploration and personal growth.”

“Spanish is spoken in a range of beautiful countries where the people famously know how to enjoy themselves.”

Ever since the days of the Grand Tour, visitors have been drawn irresistibly to Italy by so many aspects of the magnificent culture such as its Music (Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Donizetti, Vivaldi), its Art and Architecture (Raphael, Tiziano, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi) and Literature (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarca, Ginzburg, Ungaretti).

Girls will have life-long opportunities to benefit from speaking the language: more people travel from the UK to Spain than to any other country, and South America is a great destination for students doing volunteer work, on gap-years, medical electives, not to mention the growing prospects in the world of business where Spanish speaking economies are on the rise and Hispanists are increasingly in demand.

What is more, Italian has links to many other subjects: History of Art, History, Latin and not to mention Politics! Pupils relish imitating the sounds of Italian and they find the spelling accessible, with words written as they are heard. They enjoy the chance to visit a country noted for its wonderful cooking, fashion and beautiful landscapes, with a people who are delighted to welcome them. Our pupils of Italian have succumbed to the appeal that Italy has exerted and have happily pursued their studies of the language and culture of Italy at University and beyond.

All this is not to ignore the wonderful cultural aspect of learning Spanish which gives access to the work of leading figures in the arts, whether contemporary (Almodóvar, García Márquez, Allende, etc) or from other eras (Picasso, Goya, Cervantes, Lorca). Spanish native-speakers also figure among the top names of Hollywood and the music industry. Together with study trips to Spain and/ or volunteering opportunities in Latin America during her Downe House years, Spanish provides plenty of motivation to inspire girls to achieve top grades.

What next? By the end of the Upper Fourth, girls are ready to start their GCSE courses in any of the modern foreign languages they have studied thus far. Currently, a third of the year group continue with two languages to GCSE. All girls who start a new language in Upper Fourth will find themselves fully prepared to start their GCSEs in Lower Fifth. 15


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Classical Languages “Greek and Latin languages and literatures are fundamental to Western Civilization.”

Latin In the Upper Fourth, pupils study Latin for three periods each week, two of which are dedicated to language and translation, and one to Classical Studies. We use the ‘Latin to GCSE’ textbook as the basis of our linguistic studies, going over the basics such as the first three declensions and the four conjugations in order to ensure a stable grounding in the basics of the language before working through all a lot of the accidence required at GCSE. By the end of the Upper Fourth girls will have covered passives and some participles as well as learning a significant proportion of the GCSE vocabulary list. In our Classical Studies lessons we look at Greek and Roman prehistory, studying the Trojan War and then turning to the Homeric epics – the Iliad and the Odyssey – before learning about the kings of Rome and their ultimate downfall. The last topic is Greek mythology, and at the end of the year all girls will participate in a project to recreate a Greek myth in one of a wide range of media. Past projects have included movie trailers, raps, puppet shows and even a Lego film!

If a girl should choose to continue with Latin after the Upper Fourth, she will find she already has a good grasp of much of the GCSE grammar. We continue to use the ‘Latin to GCSE’ textbooks in the Lower Fifth, and the vocabulary learnt in the Upper Fourth is also geared towards GCSE and so will stand pupils in good stead.

Classical Greek Studying Classical Greek is certainly a suitable companion for Latin but can also be taken independently. Like Latin, it is approached in a grammatical way, looking at the structure of the language in order to develop a fluid style of translation. We use the ‘Greek to GCSE’ textbooks from the Upper Fourth, building up to GCSE across the course of three years. In the Lower Fifth girls will commence the study of literature and will read some of the great authors of early Western literature, such as Homer and Herodotus. Pupils will study Classical Greek for four periods each week. The study of Classical Greek is challenging and satisfying in equal measure and helps to produce pupils who are curious and intellectually rigorous.

Mrs Lydia Dakin Head of Classics dakinl@downehouse.net 16


Language Options

Additional Language Options and Individual Lessons Japanese and Russian Japanese and Russian are not offered as part of the curriculum. However, these languages may be taken up to GCSE and beyond on an individual basis after consultation with a girl’s tutor, Housemistress and Head of Section. Taking up an extra language is a big commitment and should enhance a pupil’s current curriculum. Russian can be taken to Pre-U and Japanese can be studied to A Level if required but will incur a fee (see details below).

Fees for individual lessons 2019–2020 fees TBC, fees from 2018–2019 are shown below to illustrate the fee structure Japanese Individuals – £45.00 per lesson plus teacher’s travel expenses. Group (i.e. two or more) – £22.50 per pupil. Russian Individuals – £36.33 per lesson plus teacher’s travel expenses. Group (i.e. two or more) – £18.28 per person per lesson plus a proportion of the teacher’s travel expenses.

Pupils with a prior knowledge of a language Pupils often arrive with prior knowledge of a language and we can cater for these needs on an individual basis. In French and Spanish, it is possible to organise lessons with the language assistant whereas in Italian, German and Chinese extra lessons are taken with a teacher. Wherever possible the aim is to allow pupils to join in curriculum classes at the appropriate point and to enable girls to take public examinations if that is required.

Native speakers Native speakers are catered for on an individual basis depending on the needs of the pupil and after assessment with the relevant member of staff. Girls can be guided to the relevant public examination either with an assistant or a member of staff. This may mean only one or two lessons to guide pupils in examination strategy and skills.

Individual requests for languages not offered at Downe House In the past girls have requested, for a variety of reasons, to take up other languages such as Polish, Greek and Portuguese. The School does not offer these languages and is not always able to source teachers for all languages, but we are very happy to facilitate setting up the lessons if a tutor can be found. 17


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Further Information

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Further Information

Creative Options The information in this section may be useful to those interested in the GCSE options for the subjects featured in this booklet. A copy of the full I/GCSE options booklet is available on the School website www.downehouse.net/i-gcse-optionsbooklet.asp

Art Examination Board: AQA Specification: Art and Design Fine Art Website: www.aqa.org.uk/8201

Assessments Component 1: Portfolio of Coursework (60% of GCSE) Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40% of GCSE) Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time.

Careers and higher education For more information about careers and courses please see the following link https://www.ucas.com/job-subjects/art

Design and Technology Design and Technology is a subject that allows you to combine intellectual, creative and practical skills. Design Technology is an enjoyable GCSE course that provides an excellent starting point for those interested in pursuing a career within any area of Design, Architecture or Engineering. This subject caters equally for students with either a creative or more technical interest. Mrs Hartley or Mr Kent would be happy to answer any further questions. The information below will be useful to those interested in the GCSE option for this subject. Examination Board: AQA Specification: Design & Technology Website: www.aqa.org.uk/8552

Assessments Written exam: 2 hours (50% of GCSE) Non examined assessment: (50% of GCSE): A single coursework project chosen from three set tasks provided by the exam board.

Careers and higher education For more information about careers and courses please see the following link https://www.ucas.com/job-subjects/ design-technology

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Cookery General

Areas of study

This course is available to Lower and Upper Fifth students. It is a nonexaminatined module of one term focusing on practical skills and nutritional knowledge. A wide range of dishes are prepared and cooked. There is no formal theoretical tasks, tests or examinations.

Work is not limited to one area of study and students could develop work in at least one of the following areas of study:

Textile Design Examination Board: Edexcel Specification: Art & Design: Textile Design 1TE0 Website: https://qualifications.pearson. com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/artand-design-2016.html

Aims Textile Design is a versatile practice that involves the creation, selection, manipulation and application of a range of materials such as fibres, yarns and fabrics, and processes such as weaving, knitting, stitching and printing to create innovative designs and products. Textile Design at GCSE will enable students to learn how to gather source material, how to draw inspiration from collected imagery and to develop ideas through the exploration of techniques. Final outcomes will be created tailored to student’s individual ideas and concepts, be it a fashion product or a printed range of fabrics.

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Work must demonstrate integrated knowledge, understanding and skills.

Constructed textiles Digital textiles Dyed fabrics Printed fabrics Fashion design Soft furnishings Stitched and/or embellished textiles

Drawing and other materials processes All students must use drawing to support the development process within each chosen area of study. However, students are not required to demonstrate technical mastery of drawing skills unless this is relevant to their area of study.

Assessment Component 1: Personal Portfolio 60% of the qualification Students create a personal portfolio of work that demonstrates the knowledge, understanding and skills. Component 2: Externally set assignment/practical exam 40% of the qualification 72 marks (18 marks for each of the four Assessment Objectives)

Careers and higher education Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Buying, Styling, Fashion Journalist/Editor, Costume and Design, Fashion Forecasting, Fashion Photography, Fashion Merchandising, Textiles Design, Footwear Fashion.


Further Information

Drama

Music

Examination Board: AQA Specification: Drama Website: www.aqa.org.uk/8261

Examination Board: Edexcel Specification: 1MU0 Website: https://qualifications.pearson. com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ music-2016.html

The subject content for GCSE Drama is divided into three components: Understanding drama Devising drama Texts in practice Guidance is also provided on the theatrical skills students will need to work on. In the practical components, pupils may specialise in performing, lighting, sound, set, costume and/or puppets.

Assessment 60% practical work supporting by written coursework

The Edexcel GCSE Music course provides an exciting opportunity for pupils to explore a range of musical styles whilst developing a solid understanding of the key musical disciplines; performance, composition and musical appraisal.

Assessment 30% Performing - One solo and one ensemble performance (internally marked and externally moderated)

40% written examination (105 minutes)

30% Composing - Two compositions (internally marked and externally moderated)

Further information can be found on the examination board websites or in the Downe House guide to selecting I/GCSE subjects: https://www.downehouse.net/igcse-options-booklet.asp

40% Musical Appraisal - 105 minutes written paper based on the areas of study including Music for Stage and Screen, Vocal Music, Fusion and Instrumental Music (externally assessed)

Careers and higher education Pupils gain the confidence to pursue their own ideas, collaborate effectively and reflect and refine their efforts. Pupils of GCSE Drama emerge with a toolkit of transferable skills, applicable both in further studies and in the workplace. Drama complements many other subjects, and pupils who have studied Drama at Downe House have gone on to top universities including Cambridge, Durham, Exeter and Bristol to study courses such as English, Zoology, Geography and Law.

Further information can be found of the examination website or in the Downe House guide to selecting I/GCSE subjects: https/www.downehouse.net/i-gcseoptions-booklet.asp

Careers and higher education Studying music at university prepares you for a wide variety of graduate careers as well as performing or composition, from jobs in the creative industries to teaching and working with children. https://www. ucas.com/ucas/after-gcses/find-careerideas/explore-jobs?k=music&j=/musician 21


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Language Options “Learning languages opens up new cultures ‘from the inside’ and helps one to see the world from different perspectives. It is also very beneficial for those wanting to work in a global company to be able to show an aptitude for language learning.” Mrs Emma McKendrick Headmistress

Chinese Examination Board: Edexcel Specification: Pearson Edexcel Level 1/ Level 2 GCSE (9–1) in Chinese Website: https://qualifications.pearson. com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/ chinese-2017.html

Course Summary – Higher Tier GCSE Chinese helps pupils explore a wide range of topics, from celebrations and festivals, through getting by as a tourist in China to international campaigns and events. Pupils will learn about Chinese culture through a range of interesting topics, which will add to pupils’ understanding of the language and country. Paper 1: Listening and understanding in Chinese Paper 2: Speaking in Chinese Paper 3: Reading and understanding in Chinese Paper 4: Writing in Chinese

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Further Information

French and Italian

German and Spanish

Examination Board: AQA Specification: French 8658/Italian 8633 Website: French: www.aqa.org.uk/8658 Italian: www.aqa.org.uk/8633

Examination Board: Edexcel Specification: German 4GN1/Spanish 4SP1 Website: German: https://qualifications. pearson.com/en/qualifications/ edexcel-international-gcses-andedexcel-certificates/international-gcsegerman-2017.html Spanish: https://qualifications.pearson. com/en/qualifications/edexcelinternational-gcses-and-edexcelcertificates/international-gcsespanish-2017.html

Course Summary Topic areas include: Identity and culture, local, national, international and global areas of interest and current and future study and employment. The skills are equally weighted and are tested separately as follows: Paper 1: Listening Paper 2: Speaking Paper 3: Reading Paper 4: Writing

Course Summary Topic areas include: home and abroad, education and employment, personal life and relationships, the world around us and finally, social activities, fitness and health. The skills are tested separately as follows:

“Learning a language opens up a world of possibilities for dialogue, understanding, personal development and careers: languages set you free.”

Unit 1: Listening Unit 2: Reading and Writing Unit 3: Speaking

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Classical Greek

Latin

Examination Board: OCR Specification: J292 Website: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/ gcse/classical-greek-j292-from-2016

Examination Board: OCR Specification: J282 Website: www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/ gcse/latin-j282-from-2016

Papers

Qualities

The examination in Greek consists of three papers. One hour and a half paper tests understanding of the language by passages for unseen translation and comprehension, including the option to translate from English into Greek. The other two papers are one hour each and focus on short prepared texts (one prose, one verse), testing knowledge of content, historical context and literary style. Pupils will read adapted (and some un-adapted) Greek literature and will acquire an appreciation of style and literary content. A defined vocabulary list, shorter than that for the Latin GCSE, is prescribed; there will be no controlled assessments (coursework).

The Latin GCSE course helps to enrich one’s understanding of modern languages, including English, and also provides a direct link to the thoughts and beliefs of the ancients through the study of their literature. The thought processes required for translation skills involve both logic and the ability to render a foreign language into good English. There will also be the option to translate from English into Latin. Therefore an aptitude for languages, an imaginative sympathy for the past, an appreciation of literature, and an open and enquiring mind are the qualities this course will foster.

Course There are no controlled assessments (coursework) in this subject, as all topics are covered in the examination. The three papers taken are: Unit J282/01 Latin Language Unit J282/02 Latin Prose Literature Unit J282/05 Latin Verse Literature

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Make it your own Here your daughter can make a list of her own choices to discuss with family and teachers:

My Creative Choices Art Design Technology Drama Music

My Language Choices French

Individual Language Lessons

Chinese

Japanese

German

Russian

Italian Spanish Latin Classical Greek


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Upper Fourth Creative Subjects and Languages Choices  

An overview of the Creative and Language I/GCSE subject choices for girls moving into the Upper Fourth in September 2019.

Upper Fourth Creative Subjects and Languages Choices  

An overview of the Creative and Language I/GCSE subject choices for girls moving into the Upper Fourth in September 2019.