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CONTENTS Life at Le Régent College Core Curriculum English Language English Literature Mathematics French Sciences Option 1 - Humanities Geography History Humanties EAL Option 2 - Creative Subjects Art, Craft & Design Computer Science Option 3 Mandarin Spanish Non-(I)GCSE Curriculum Learning Enrichment Research and Study Skills Passport English as an Additional Language LAMDA

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YEARS 10 AND 11 (AGES 14 TO 16) Years 10 to 11 are important developmental periods in every student’s life. We give each and every student the support and academic challenge to allow them to thrive and reach their full potential. Academic preparation for the next stage is, of course, paramount as we want every student to be confident in their academic ability when they go beyond Le Régent International School. This is achieved through delivering a curriculum which follows (I)GCSE syllabi but is uniquely adapted to suit the needs of our international and multi-cultural school. The majority of students take 9 (I)GCSEs but some might opt for an additional subject (an

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IGCSE in their native language for example). Others might take one less and use the free periods as additional study sessions, to support the main subjects. Whichever route a student takes must be with agreement from parents as well as teachers to optimise their success.

WHAT ARE (I)GCSES? GCSEs (General Certificate of Secondary Education) are the set of International examinations taken at 16 years of age (end of Year 11). They offer students the chance to show their skills in a wide range of subjects and following attainment of these qualifications, students can use them to

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access the next rung of the educational ladder – the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Le Régent International School. The first letter ‘I’ stands for international; the IGCSE qualifications are created with international schools in mind. We offer IGCSEs in all subjects other than Art where a GCSE is offered*

HOW LONG DO (I)GCSES TAKE? (I)GCSEs begin in the month of September in Year 10. They are a formal two-year study programme in a particular subject, and the main exam takes place in May or June at the end of Year 11.

*Subject to any exam board changes


LIFE AT LE RÉGENT WHAT DOES LE RÉGENT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EXPECT? We expect all students to take (I)GCSEs in what we call the Core Curriculum. This includes: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Science and French. Additionally, they need to choose: • •

This will give the students 8 (I)GCSEs. For the ninth (I)GCSE, students can choose a second additional language.

A humanity, either History, Geography or Humanities EAL A creative subject, either Art, Craft and Design or Computer Science

WHAT SUBJECTS ARE AVAILABLE? Addition Languages Spanish Chinese (Mandarin)

Humanities Geography History Humanties EAL

Creative Subjects Art, Craft & Design Computer Science

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HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR COURSES?

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HUMANITIES

CORE CURRICULUM English Language English Literature Mathematics French Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Geography or History or Humanities EAL An additional language (Spanish or Mandarin)

OPTION 2: CREATIVE SUBJECTS Art, Craft & Design or Computer Science

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CORE CURRICULUM: ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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WHAT WILL I LEARN IN ENGLISH L ANGUAGE? You will be taught a wide range of language skills and will have the opportunity to express yourself in and respond to a variety of different forms and styles, in keeping with the requirements of IGCSE and the British National Curriculum. Â As well as modern and pre-1914 prose, poetry and drama, you will be presented with a diverse range of materials such as letters, diaries, articles, reports and descriptions. Throughout the course, you will be expected to display a sensitive awareness of audience and the need to select appropriate presentation forms and registers of language for your own creative and analytical writing. The course is also designed to lay a foundation for further study of English Language at IB as well as vital awareness of the use of language in the world around us. As global citizens, our study of language will also enable us to develop our skills

of enquiry, create balanced opinions and be open-minded thinkers who reflect wisely. Â Integral to work in English will be the development of good oral skills in a wide variety of contexts. The aim is not fine speech, although articulation is an important criterion, but rather effective communication that is capable of attracting and holding the attention of the intended audience, while showing tolerance for the opinions of others.

WHY STUDY ENGLISH LANGUAGE? The study of English increases our capacity to express ourselves in alignment with our thoughts and opinions whilst also enabling us to persuade others and be critical readers. Your ability to access the content of the course will be assessed with a comprehension and composition exercise.

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WHAT WILL I LEARN IN ENGLISH LITERATURE? This course aims to promote a knowledge of literature and encourage a passion for literary works. We explore writers’ choices and consider language in considerable depth. We also explore the human, spiritual and cultural dimensions of a variety of plays, poetry and prose fiction texts. The course is designed to lay a foundation for further study of literature at IB level. We aim to help you to read critically, sensitively and in detail as balanced and principled global citizens. The literature you will encounter will come in many forms and from many periods. We will study one Shakespeare text, a modern drama, a collection of poetry and at least one novel.

WHY STUDY ENGLISH LITERATURE? Literature is an intensely personal as well as a communal experience. You will examine how words, sentences, characters, plot-lines and tropes reveal who we are as humans. Humanity is a complicated concept and requires an infinite amount of words to describe and analyse. This is

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the joy of studying literature; there is always a new reality to discover. Because literary study involves the four processes of reading, thinking, discussing and writing, its practical value lies in its tendency to stimulate these activities and thereby improve your ability to perform them. Careful reading increases one’s vocabulary and general verbal sensitivity and sophistication. Thinking critically is at the heart of everything we do. Classroom discussions sharpen reading as well as thinking skills, and increase your ability to express thoughts orally.


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CORE CURRICULUM: MATHEMATICS

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN MATHEMATICS? IGCSE Mathematics is a very rigorous course that will give you a solid grounding in the three main assessment objectives of: number and algebra; shape, space and measure; and handling data. The study of Mathematics develops the ability to solve problems logically and systematically. It also provides you with the functional skills necessary to succeed in every-day life, so you can make fullyinformed decisions.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? You will learn to work collaboratively with others in order to deduce, communicate, and understand mathematical methods. You will also take risks in order to extend your understanding of a topic. We link Mathematical topics to subjects across the whole curriculum. For instance, you may examine how a Venn Diagram can be used to assist with essay writing; where parabolas can be seen in real life; whether or not one can form a quadratic equation to describe the parabolas. In Mathematics, we research information and become enquirers. You may be asked to wonder why Pythagoras linked the study of music to

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Mathematics; or whether the sum of the angles in a triangle will still be 180 degrees when the triangle is drawn on an inflated balloon. We like exploring Mathematics outside the classroom and we venture regularly in the local area to run Maths challenges. To add an element of fun, the school takes part in various Maths competitions. During Maths Week, all subject areas link the topic they teach to Mathematics, thus showing the students how large the scope for Mathematics is. Maths Booster sessions take place in order to challenge the most advanced students and support those wishing to consolidate their abilities. At the end of Year 11, students will sit an IGCSE examination in Mathematics. We find this is the best preparation for studying Mathematics as part of the IB Diploma. Students are taught in sets to enable the teachers to cater for individual needs in the bestway possible and provide extension material.


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CORE CURRICULUM: FRENCH

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN FRENCH? You will learn to speak in French to a basic level and be able to hold a conversation with people in a variety of different situations. Furthermore, you will develop skills in listening, reading and writing that will stand you in good stead in French speaking environments. Topics include: home and abroad; education and employment; house, home and daily routines; the modern world and the environment; social activities, fitness and health. Francophones will study cultural topics and approach grammar differently. They will also develop their skills and writing abilities.

communicate in French, the main co-official language spoken in Valais, our local canton. Francophones will gain accuracy in writing in their mother tongue as well as learn to recognise and appreciate devices used in various forms of writing.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? The ability to use a foreign language and communicate in a number of different languages confers considerable advantage in the workplace. Languages combine particularly well with all subjects. Research has shown that children who learn foreign languages benefit in terms of their meta-cognitive development. Communicating with other people in French can be fun and immensely rewarding.

WHY STUDY FRENCH? French is widely spoken throughout Europe (e.g. Belgium, France, some provinces in Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland) as well as throughout the world (e.g. Canada and Africa). We expect all our students to develop their ability to

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CORE CURRICULUM:

SCIENCE (BIOLOGY,CHEMISTRY,PHYSICS)

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN DOUBLE AWARD SCIENCE? The Science course covers material from Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The units covered are:

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The nature and variety of living organisms Structures and functions in living organisms Reproduction and inheritance Ecology and the environment Use of biological resources

Forces and motion Electricity Waves Energy resources and energy transfers Solids, liquids and gases Magnetism and electromagnetism Radioactivity and particles Astrophysics

WHY STUDY SCIENCE? Through the practice of Science, students will understand better the world, analysing the various patterns that can be observed. Ultimately, Science looks, in ever increasing detail, to comprehend the physical laws that govern nature, and

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Principles of Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Physical Chemistry Organic Chemistry

feed technology with the tools through which life can develop.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? You will learn how to conduct experiments successfully. Scientists need to be able to plan, communicate, reason

and evaluate in order to solve problems and gather information.


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OPTION 1 (HUMANITIES) GEOGRAPHY

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN GEOGRAPHY? The following themes are studied during the course: The Natural Environment Important interactions between complex natural systems and human activities are introduced. You will learn and understand how humans exploit and manage the natural environment (River Environments), and how people are affected by the forces of nature (Natural Hazards). People and their Environments The evolution of human society and how it may continue to develop sustainably are examined through Economic Activity and Energy and Urban Environments.

Global Issues The topic of Globalisation and Migration is explored looking at the rise of the global economy, the growth of global tourism, how tourism can be made more sustainable and how major movements of people are both a cause and a consequence of interdependence. Practical Geography Enquiry Fieldwork Skills are an important part of geographical study.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY GEOGRAPHY? We live at a time when, as never before, the environments, economies and cultures around the world are linked. Only Geography can provide full knowledge of the physical and human environments in which we all live, and an understanding of the connections between them.

Geography possesses both scientific and literary elements. Geographers are literate, numerate, independent thinkers who are able to apply theories and models to real world places, people and environments.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? You will acquire the following geographical skills: • • • • • • • •

Graphical skills Map skills Sketching skills Spatial awareness Analysis of findings Use of statistical skills Conflict resolution skills Evaluation of findings

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OPTION 1 (HUMANITIES) HISTORY

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN HISTORY? Paper 1: Depth Studies Germany: development of a dictatorship, 1918-45 United States: A Divided Union: Civil Rights in the USA, 1945-74 Paper 2: Investigation and Breadth Studies The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-74 The Middle East: conflict, crisis and change, 1911-2012

WHY SHOULD I STUDY HISTORY? You will focus mainly on the study of the political history of Europe up to 1945, the ensuing Cold War fought in the Far East, the Civil Rights movement in USA

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and the development of conflict in the Middle East in the 20th century. You will be building on the skills, knowledge and understanding you have gained throughout Key Stage 3. The students’ ability to reason, draw conclusions and make historical judgments; interpret information and present opinions; make inferences, analyse and evaluate sources are all integral skills which are developed throughout the course.

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History is fundamental in understanding an ever-changing and ever-complicated world. • Globalisation, the rise of mass media and the changing nature of conflict make it imperative for our students to develop their • critical thinking skills.

Understanding the key features and characteristics of historical periods Analysing and evaluating historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied Explaining, analysing and making judgements about historical events and periods studied, using second-order historical concepts Using a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and crossreference sources Debating


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OPTION 2: (CREATIVE SUBJECTS) ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN? You will acquire traditional art making skills as well as those that are new and experimental. Drawing is the foundation for IB Visual Arts and a specific requirement for the new GCSE specification, so we teach all students, regardless of prior learning or natural ability, the strategies to record visually. We foster a hands-on approach to boost confidence and dexterity, which helps in other areas of your life. You will benefit from workshops with local artisans and the high calibre galleries in the area make it easy to learn about contemporary and historical art, craft and design in local and global contexts.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN? Our GCSE course for Art, Craft and Design is an exciting opportunity for you to embark on a lifelong journey of engagement with the visual arts. At the heart of the course lies creativity, the ability to create something original with purpose that has value. People are more creative when they are motivated and happy, so the students are given the flexibility to choose which areas of study they work within and to select mediums that allow them to express themselves effectively.

The course is delivered with an inquiry-based approach to teaching. You will select your own area of interest and through a journey of experimentation and questioning, build the conceptual understanding, knowledge and skills required to produce a resolved piece which is both personal and meaningful. You will benefit from detailed weekly feedback with specific targets to help you understand how to satisfy the key assessment objectives. You will receive summative assessments at regular points throughout the course.

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OPTION 2: (CREATIVE SUBJECTS) ART, CRAFT AND DESIGN

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? You will develop transferable skills necessary for other subject areas and a smooth transition to studying Art at higher levels.

These include: • • • • • •

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A creative approach to problem solving Risk taking, experimenting and learning from mistakes The ability to consider and develop original ideas Research and thinking; critically analysing your own work and that of others Allowing curiosity about all things to boost learning Reflecting throughout the creative process in order to refine and improve

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Being communicators, able to express individual thoughts and choices confidently Self-management; balancing hard work with fun and passion in order to let creativity flourish Becoming principled as guardians of our planet; maximizing the positive impact of our artwork whilst minimizing its negative impact on the environment Developing compassion and adopting an openminded approach to learning about complex global issues and our place in the world


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WHAT WILL I LEARN IN COMPUTER SCIENCE? You will acquire further computational thinking skills, learn through a number of practical opportunities how to write and develop computer programmes, and you will gain a wider understanding of computers and the Internet.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY COMPUTER SCIENCE? This exciting IGCSE gives you an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they are used, as well as to develop computer programming and creative problem-solving skills. The programming languages we will primarily learn are Python, C# and Java, amongst others. As technology becomes more and more integrated into our modern world, we know that having the ability to code and apply computational thinking will become more desirable. Computer Science develops critical thinking, problem solving, team-work, decision making, creativity and innovation.

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WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? The course explores the principles of Computer Science ranging from designing algorithms to binary representation. Alongside developing a knowledge of the theoretical aspects, students will develop their programming skills in a high-level language. You must be able to think logically, solve problems and be tenacious when faced with challenging situations.

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OPTION 3: MANDARIN OR SPANISH

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN MANDARIN? You will learn to speak in Mandarin to a basic level and be able to hold a conversation with people in a variety of different situations. In addition, you will develop skills in listening, reading and writing that will stand you in good stead in Mandarin speaking environments.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY MANDARIN? Mandarin is the most widely spoken language throughout the world. The importance of the far Eastern cultures is increasingly evident, particularly in the business world. Mandarin is a challenging language to learn for western cultures but its value and importance must not be underestimated.

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WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? The ability to use a foreign language and communicate in a number of different languages confers considerable advantage in the workplace. The future business benefits from learning Mandarin will become increasingly obvious. Languages combine particularly well with all subjects. Research has shown that children who learn foreign languages benefit in terms of their meta-cognitive development and this is especially true of Mandarin where the learning of a new alphabet brings considerable intellectual challenge. Learning Mandarin can be immensely rewarding.

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WHAT WILL I LEARN IN SPANISH? You will learn to speak in Spanish to a basic level and be able to hold a conversation with people in a variety of different situations. In addition, you will develop skills in listening, reading and writing that will stand you in good stead in Spanish-speaking environments.

WHY SHOULD I STUDY SPANISH? Spanish is the second most widely spoken language throughout the world (e.g. Spain, South America) and it is essential for anybody wishing to travel to these countries that they seek to communicate in Spanish. Spanish is

increasingly a popular choice and students usually enjoy engaging in the learning of a language whose culture is vibrant and colourful.

WHAT SKILLS WILL I LEARN? The ability to use a foreign language and communicate in a number of different languages confers considerable advantage in the workplace. Languages combine particularly well with all subjects. Research has shown that children who learn foreign languages benefit in terms of their meta-cognitive development. Communicating with other people in Spanish can be fun and immensely rewarding.

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LEARNING ENRICHMENT Learning Enrichment is an adjunct to the IGCSE programme whereby students with additional needs and barriers to learning can be supported, coached and given access to strategies to assist in overcoming those barriers. Knowledge around the student from a variety of sources (such as teachers, school assessments, external professional assessments) is collated and an individual programme is put in place for students with additional needs. This is run and monitored by the Head of Learning Enrichment. Depending on the nature of the student’s difficulties, he/ she is assessed through a variety of computer based or pen and paper tests. These can give detailed information about areas of need and thus provide information on how to construct a programme which addresses these needs.

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Approaches to teaching and learning are adapted to each student and the areas where they need support. Each pupil requiring the assistance of Learning Enrichment is on a personalised programme, and this ties in to the work in some curriculum classes particularly where literacy needs support. The students are encouraged through the work they complete to move gradually towards independence and autonomy in overcoming their barriers. They are taken through a personalised programme which enables them to take ownership and use solutions from their work in Learning Enrichment to apply in classes. Learning Enrichment is flexible and responds to needs on a weekly and monthly basis.

RESEARCH AND STUDY SKILLS PASSPORT “Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner”. (CILIP 2017) Every Year 10 and 11 student receives a weekly lesson developing the knowledge and skills required to prepare them for (I)GCSE, the IB Diploma and beyond. The Research and Study Skills Passport is a stepped programme designed to empower students to become skilled researchers and independent learners. Topics covered in the course include:

ACADEMIC HONESTY •

Referencing and how to avoid plagiarism

INFORMATION EVALUATION •

Learning how to find, select and evaluate print and online sources


NON - (I)GCSE CURRICULUM RESEARCH SKILLS • • •

Knowledge of relevant information sources for each subject Advanced search techniques for finding and organizing content Social Bookmarking

REVISION AND STUDY SKILLS • • •

Time Management Stress reduction Memory techniques

LEARNING TO LEARN • •

Exploring differing learning styles, understanding how we all learn differently Guided Inquiry based learning

CRITICAL THINKING • • •

Lateral thinking Problem solving Meta-cognition

READING FOR PLEASURE • • •

Exposure to and promotion of quality literature and popular writing Peer to peer evaluation and discussion of authors and books Wider reading in preparation for the IB Diploma

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ENGLISH AS AN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE (EAL) The EAL learning support programme is an integral part of learning IGCSEs at Le Régent College. Development of the core English language skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening ensures learners become academically competent users of English and gives them the best chance to excel across the curriculum at IGCSE level. Although students follow a set curriculum, the instructor tailors learning to continually challenge and engage each student on an individual basis. The programme of study works in harmony with each learner’s linguistic and cultural heritage aiming not to replace but complement, not to

erode self-identity but strengthen it. English proficiency is essential not only for academic excellence but also for successful social integration at Le Régent College. The EAL programme of study is designed to give students the English language tools they need to access learning across the curriculum. Engaging lessons are delivered in a small group setting. Importantly, students are encouraged to practise these language skills during social interactions on campus and across the range of the academic subjects they follow.

To monitor linguistic milestones, EAL students in Years 10 and 11 sit Cambridge English Exams. The KET (Key English Test), PET (Preliminary English Test) and First Certificate are taken at the end of each academic year. Cambridge Assessments in English have been operating since 1913 and are renowned worldwide. As students graduate from the EAL programme of study, they become fully integrated into classes with native English speakers. This is the fundamental goal of EAL.

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LAMDA (LONDON ACADEMY OF MUSIC AND DRAMATIC ARTS) Established 130 years ago, LAMDA stands for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, with famous alumni such as Jim Broadbent and Benedict Cumberbatch. Not only a drama school in its own right, this prestigious institution made it possible for students to participate in refining key vocal and acting techniques internationally, with the opportunity of taking Performance and Communication examinations, not dissimilar to graded music examinations.   LAMDA however is not just ‘Drama’. In an ever-competitive world, arguably one of the best tools we can complement our academic achievements with is excellent public speaking and communication skills. This is precisely what our LAMDA programme aims to achieve. Lessons are an amalgamation of teamwork, key vocal techniques including enunciation, articulation and projection, as well as the importance of one’s presence when communicating with others both on and off stage. 

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As part of the curriculum, students prepare pieces recited from memory, with the opportunity to showcase their work to their peers as well as to an external LAMDA examiner. Whether taking Verse and Prose or Performance examinations, LAMDA can be taken up to Grade 8 (Gold) level. For those who are committed to taking the exams and progressing through the milestones, there are UCAS points available from Grade 6 (Bronze) onwards. Fundamentally, we are committed to helping our students showcase their achievements, skills and talents, and with LAMDA this is achieved through confidence building and the true art of effective communication. 


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