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Curriculum by Subject

The school has a two-week timetable and a five period day consisting of five 60 minute learning experiences. The subject curriculum provision for each of the year groups is shown below, the number represents the number of lessons per fortnight that are taught:

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10  Year 11
Mathematics 8 8 8 9 9
Science 6 6 6 12 12
English  9 9 9 9 9
PE 4 4 4 2 2
Geography 4 4 4 N/A N/A
History 4 4 4 N/A N/A
Music 2 2 2 N/A N/A
Performing Arts 2 2 2 N/A N/A
Spanish 4 4 4 N/A N/A
Personal Development 1 1 1 N/A N/A
Philosophy Ethics 1 1 1 N/A N/A
Technology 3 3 3 N/A N/A
Art 2 2 2 N/A N/A
Option Subject N/A N/A N/A 6 6
Option Subject N/A N/A N/A 6 6
Option Subject N/A N/A N/A 6 6

Key Stage 4 Subjects

Students at Key Stage 4 can study a range of qualifications to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum which supports their  progression and maximises their potential. The qualifications on offer include traditional GCSE subjects, alongside vocational or technical qualifications. Students are advised on the correct balance of subjects to enable them to succeed at Key Stage 4.

Students have 6 x  60 minute sessions per option subject, each fortnight.

Subject Options 2021-23

Please see Year 9 Options Page for Further Information

Students can study the following GCSE Subjects:

  • Fine Art
  • Computer Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Photography
  • Graphics
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Triple Science
  • Computer Science
  • Music Technology
  • Music Performance
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy & Ethics

Students can also study the following vocational or technical courses:

  • Health & Social Care
  • Performing Arts
  • Sport Studies
  • IT
  • Child Care
  • Fitness & Nutrition

 

 

 

 

All students at Welling School have access to:

Personal Development

All students in Key stage 3 have a 1 x PD lesson every two weeks. The PD curriculum includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (pshe) Education. The RSE and PSHE curricula are also delivered through a combination of bespoke curriculum enhancement days and assemblies.

As part of the curriculum recovery programme for students in years 10 and 11 the PD curriculum time has been temporarily given to secure progress in the core subjects. The RSE and PSHE curriculum is being delivered through focused enhancement days in the autumn and spring terms.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Education (SMSC) 

Delivered across the curriculum, through assemblies and tutor time, extracurricular actives, visits and events.

Careers Education

Careers Education is delivered across the curriculum, through assemblies, withdrawal and tutor time. Students in KS4 and 5 also have small group and 1-2-1 careers interviews with our specialist team.

Curriculum by Subject & Overviews


Business Studies

The Business department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge and practical focus, along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Btec Level 2 First Award Business specification. Students will study a range of topics over two years from Marketing to Human Resource Management and the course allows the students to link education and the world of work in an engaging, relevant and practical ways. 

The assessment is in the form of two online examination and three pieces of coursework and students will learn and develop transferrable skills, such as working with others, problem solving, independent study, personal learning and thinking skills.

At Key Stage 5, we follow the OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma Business specification. This is a two year course and it is designed for students that want to gain a level 3 qualification, so that they can go on to study a business related programme at higher education.

The course will give students an understanding of the wider external contexts in which businesses operate and of internal business functions and their independencies.  This will allow them to appreciate how legal, financial, ethical and resource constraints can affect business behaviour, as well as understanding the influence that stakeholders can have and how businesses must respond.

The assessment is in the form of two examinations and three pieces of coursework.  The course, just like the real business world, places a high value on the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, in order to make considered decisions and the students are given plenty of opportunities to gain these vital skills.  The students also get to develop practical employability skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external stakeholders and to manage their time effectively.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Read newspapers in print or online - especially the broadsheets
  • Discuss your experiences of dealing with businesses as an employee and customer

Computer Science

Computer Science at Key stage 4: Students study the OCR GCSE Computer Science. This course offer students the opportunity to study a range of ICT systems that are used in the home, at school and in the society. They also study the current and emerging technologies and the impacts that advances in technology may have on themselves and others.

In this course, student would study a range of everyday software applications in order to be able to manipulate and process data and other information effectively and efficiently and to present the information in a format suitable for purpose and audience.

Computer Science at Key stage 5: Students study the new OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in IT. Cambridge Technical in IT focuses on the skills, knowledge and understanding that today’s universities and employers demand. The course offers specialist pathways in IT Infrastructure Technician, Emerging Digital Technology Practitioner, Application Developer, and Data Analyst. This course would enable students to apply the knowledge gained for further study in higher education or at workplace.

How you can support your child?

  • Encourage your child to complete homework set on time
  • Encourage your child to attend after school club organised by the department

Computer Science is the study of principles and practices that support understanding and modelling of computation and their applications in developing computer systems. Computer Science is deeply concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Students studying computing gain understanding into computational systems of all kinds.

At Key stage 3: Year 7 students are introduced to the school computer systems and build up fundamental skills needed for their school and working life.

Year 8 students learn how computers works. They developed their programming skill by studying different programming languages.  For example, students would learn how to program in Python programming Language and HTML & Website production, which are industry standard programming languages used by business.

Year 9 students begin to access a more advanced curriculum in programming. They are encouraged to have an appreciation of how much computers contributes to our society and wider world.

At Key stage 4: Students study the new OCR GCSE Computing. This course gives them an excellent opportunity to investigate how computers work and how they are used. In this course, students would develop computer programming and problem solving skills.

They will be completing in-depth researches into various aspects of computer systems as well as using programming language to solve given problems in the practical programming aspect of the course.

How you can support your child?

  • Encourage your child to complete homework set on time
  • Encourage your child to attend after school club organised by the department
  • Encourage your child to develop practical programming skill

English


Studying English opens the door to success across the whole curriculum, helping students to gain confidence in both their oral and written communication.

The department consists of a dynamic and highly knowledgeable group of teachers who are passionate about their subject. Teaching is rigorous, challenging as well as supportive of those whose find English difficult.

Our aim is to promote a real enthusiasm for English study and to develop skills and expertise in the three subject areas of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.

Creativity is at the heart of the curriculum and students will learn to speak and write in a range of forms and registers, developing increasing levels of sophistication and independence as they progress through the school.

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics including novels, short stories, drama, non-fiction and media texts as well as undertaking some independent reading in designated library lessons. Discussion, debate and student presentations will form a regular part of lessons. Students are encouraged to enter creative writing competitions, both in-school and national competitions.

There are opportunities to take part in a range of lively activities: for example, the Year 7 Spelling Challenge, the National Poetry Day competition, World Book Day and Roald Dahl Day.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA English, English Language and English Literature specifications. All students take GCSE English Language and English Literature.  Students will study a range of literary texts, both contemporary and from the literary heritage, as well as non-fiction texts.  Both courses are 100% examination.   

At Key Stage 5, A-Level English Literature and A- Level English Language are both extremely popular subjects with classes studying the AQA specification. These are stimulating and demanding courses which are highly valued by universities and involve engaging with challenging texts and ideas.  They are examined through a combination of coursework and examinations. We aim to enable students to develop incisive thinking skills, sophisticated critical acumen as well as the ability to make independent judgements. There are opportunities to join theatre trips and to attend lectures by experts in the field of literary study.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to read every evening.
  • Read newspapers in print or online - especially the broadsheets.
  • Read a poem a week!  See www.poetryfoundation.org.uk

Geography

Studying Geography helps students gain a strong appreciation of the world we live in, including the relationships between human activity, the natural environment and Earth’s resources.

The Geography department has a team of subject-specialists with expertise covering all areas of the subject, from the geological history of the British Isles to human rights in Tibet. Teaching is topical, thorough and relevant, with a strong focus on preparing for examination success. Staff ensure the right balance between teaching geographical skills, physical processes and human impacts. The department aims to prepare young people to understand the wider world so they can become responsible global citizens who can make the most of the opportunities available locally, nationally and beyond.

During Key Stage 3 students learn about the United Kingdom, India and China. They develop their mapwork and graphical skills, as well as engaging with a range of thematic topics which go beyond the national curriculum. For example at key stage 3 students study most of the major biomes, not just a few such as tropical rainforests and hot deserts. This approach provides a stronger preparation for GCSE. Opportunities for fieldwork and trips are included for each year group, as well as problem-solving activities and research investigations.

At Key Stage 4 we teach the Edexcel GCSE specification A, which is 100% examination-based, with a physical geography exam, a human geography exam and a third paper which focuses more on fieldwork.  

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Geography is offered via the Edexcel specification. The course is mostly exam-based although there is an individual student project which allows students to show off their fieldwork and data analysis skills. As a “facilitating subject”, A Level Geography is highly regarded by universities, as it develops a wide range of skills, including essay-writing, data analysis, numeracy, graphicacy and synopticity. The course is both rigorous and stimulating.

How can you support your child?
- Encourage your child to watch TV programmes about the environment and places, e.g. travel shows and natural hazards.
- Encourage your child to use maps, e.g. tube maps, bus route maps, Google Earth etc.


Studying Sociology helps students develop a clear understanding of our society, including a wide range of different views about a wide range of important social issues.

The Sociology department has a team of subject-specialists with expertise covering all areas of the subject, from the study of crime patterns to the role of the media. Teaching is topical, in-depth and relevant, with a strong focus on preparing for examination success. Staff ensure the right balance between teaching research skills, theoretical views and real world examples. The department aims to develop in young people a strong sociological imagination so they can analyse, evaluate and interpret social patterns and suggest solutions to social problems.

At Key Stage 4 we teach the AQA GCSE specification, which is 100% examination-based, and there are two examinations. They include a range of question styles from short 1-mark questions up to 12-mark extended writing tasks.

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Sociology is offered via the AQA specification. The course is fully exam-based with three papers at the end of Year 13. A Level Sociology is valued highly by employers and universities as it develops excellent analysis and evaluation skills, as well as including social research methods and their practical application to education and crime.

How can you support your child?

Encourage your child to watch TV programmes about social issues e.g. crime, poverty, benefits, government policies etc.

- Encourage your child to have an opinion on social issues that they can back up with reasons, while also respecting other people's views.


Studying Psychology helps students to become well-informed about the human brain and human behaviour, through which they can better understand themselves and other people as well.

The Psychology department has a team of highly qualified subject experts with in-depth knowledge and a real enthusiasm for the subject. Teaching is rigorous and stimulating, with a strong emphasis on developing the necessary skills for examination success. Staff ensure that theory is illustrated with real world examples. The department aims to develop in young people a scientific approach to the study of the human mind, with a critical awareness of the need to evaluate the research undertaken by psychologists in this new and rapidly developing subject.

At Key Stage 4 we teach the AQA GCSE specification, which is 100% examination-based, and features an emphasis on investigation and report-writing skills. It includes topics which cover the core psychological areas of social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences.

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Psychology is offered via the AQA specification. The course is fully exam-based with three papers at the end of Year 13. It covers a range of debates and issues in depth, such as aggression and schizophrenia. A Level Psychology is highly respected because of its scientific nature and its emphasis on developing analysis, evaluation and essay-writing skills to a high level.

How can you support your child?
Encourage your child to watch TV programmes about psychological issues e.g. mental health, criminal behaviour, parenting etc.

- Encourage your child to take out and read library books about Psychology.

History


Studying History helps students to understand the past as well equipping them with skills to make sense of the present.

We are a very passionate department with a range of interests in different periods of History.

We try to teach in a range of techniques which test students in different ways and encourage learners of all abilities and learning styles.

At Key Stage 3, students start by studying the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of Britain before moving on to look at Medieval Life. This looks at the role or people power and the church by examining the role of religion, kings and rebellions. We also study the Tudors making a comparison between the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I before moving on to study the English Civil War. Finally we look at the Immigration to Britain from the Romans right up to the present day. Year 8 look at the rise and fall of the British Empire, before studying the Aztecs in South America. We then look at the Slave Trade to the Civil Rights Movement before spending some time looking at Crime and Punishment over the last 1500 years. In year 9 we study the first and second World Wars as well as the rise of Hitler in Nazi Germany.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA History Specification. Here we study the Norman invasion in some depth before looking at Migration, Empire and the People. We also study the Cold War - Conflict between East and West: 1945-72 and America from the 1920s to the 1970s. This Course is 2 Papers and 100% Examination.   

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Edexcel History combines studies of Modern Britain and America in Year 12 with an in depth study of the British Empire at year 13. This is a highly respected course which is well regarded by both universities and employers alike. The course has 3 exam papers sat at the end of year 13 as well as 25% Coursework also completed in Year 13. In addition we offer AQA Government and Politics at A Level. This course covers both British and American politics as well comparative ideologies. This consists of 3 Papers all sat in year 13.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child explain why they have the ideas and opinions they have.
  • Visit historic sites and museums.
  • Watch history documentaries and try to read History books and Historical Fiction.

ETHICS page picStudying Philosophy and Ethics helps students to broaden their thinking and outlook to life by learning about and embracing other cultures and ways of thinking.

The department consists of highly knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about their subject. Teaching is discursive and accessible to a range of learning styles, as well as supportive of students ability to form opinions for themselves.

Our aim is to promote a real enthusiasm for the study of Philosophy and Ethics by exposing students to a range of religious and non-religious ways of thinking as well as to develop critical thinking skills and tolerance.

Creativity is at the heart of the curriculum and students will learn to engage in a wide range of topics which foster independence as they progress through the school.

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics including Respect, The law and wisdom, Equality, Justice, Feminism, Existentialism, Environmentalism Pacifism and terrorism as well as undertaking some independent reading and research. Discussion, debate and student presentations will form a regular part of lessons.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA Philosophy and Ethics specification. Students will have an option to choose to study Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE level.  Students will study a range of topical and thought provoking topics such as Beliefs and teachings, Relationships and families, Religion, peace and conflict, Human rights and social justice and Crime and punishment.  The course is 100% examination.  

At Key Stage 5, A-Level we follow the AQA specification. The topics are stimulating and demanding and the course is highly valued by universities and involve engaging with challenging philosophies, texts and ideas.   The course is 100% examination.  We aim to enable students to develop incisive thinking skills, sophisticated critical acumen as well as the ability to make independent judgements.

Mathematics

 


 

Mathematics contributes to society and to the development and functioning of individuals within it. It is useful in many other areas of learning, in everyday life and at work. We explore mathematical theory in depth whilst also applying it to real-world situations.

The Maths department at Welling aims to provide a challenging and enriching learning experience through high quality teaching which allows pupils to discover and engage in the world of Mathematics. The department has a wealth of experience in mathematics and its practical applications. The Department strive to ensure that pupils leave Welling with outstanding Maths grades and also the Mathematical skills that they will benefit from for the rest of their lives.

At Key Stage 3

The Maths curriculum at KS3 focuses on the extension and development of skills first explored at KS2. Pupils are encouraged to develop and improve their Mathematical reasoning and challenged to apply their Mathematical knowledge to real world examples. Problem solving will form a large part of the curriculum and pupils will be encouraged to use the skills that they have been taught in order to solve problems.

At Key Stage 4

The course followed is the Edexcel Specification with the exams taking place at the end of year 11. The exams consist of three 90 minute exams, two calculator and one non-calculator. The new exam places a greater emphasis on problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Pupils are assessed on their problem solving and the context is increasingly in a real world situation. The content of GCSE Mathematics has been grouped into the topic areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability.

At Key Stage 5

  • Core Maths - you’ll develop and extend your existing knowledge of topics from GCSE focusing mainly on Algebra, Number, and trigonometry. Additionally, you’ll study new topics including Calculus, Series, Circle Geometry and Logarithms.
  • Mechanics – all students will study topics including Kinematics, Forces, Newton’s Laws of motion and Moments.
  • Statistics – all students will study topics including Sampling, Representing Data, Probability, Statistical Distributions and Hypothesis Testing. In the first year you will study content across Core, Mechanics and Statistics that will be at a standard equivalent to an AS Level.

    In the second year you will study additional content at A2 level across Core, Mechanics and Statistics as well as the original content for AS.

Websites:

  • MathsWatch - www.mathswatchvle.com - if you have forgotten your MathsWatch login, please email Ms Fox (sandra.fox@wellingschool-tkat.org) who will issue you a new login.
  • Hegarty Maths - www.hegartymaths.com

Media Studies

Media and Film industries are some of the most swiftly expanding and with new and different technologies being developed all the time, this is an exciting and diverse subject area with many and varied career possibilities further down the line.

We take a very practical approach to teaching and learning in the Media and Film department and students benefit from having access to a wide range of facilities and equipment including mac suites, photography equipment, special effects, lighting and more.

Students learn a variety of practical production skills from enthusiastic teachers and technicians as well as skills of verbal and written analysis; our results are consistently strong because students find these areas and the products within them engaging and enjoy the challenges they undertake.

Independence is a trait which is valued, encouraged and nurtured within the department and students are given responsibility for their own work from an early stage. As a subject that students have to opt for, we expect them to be interested, engaged and motivated in the subject areas being explored and see our role as supporting and guiding them in their learning journey.

At Key Stage 4, students will study Media Studies GCSE courses. We currently follow the WJEC specifications for Media but this may change in 2018 with the new linear GCSEs. For Media Studies, students will study a broad range of media products, audience and industry issues. The course have examination and coursework elements, currently 60% coursework/40% exam and moving to 30% coursework/70% exam.

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Media Studies is an extremely popular subject with classes studying the OCR specifications. The course consists of 30% coursework, 70% examination. Students analyse, in depth, a variety of media products and consider a wide range of issues of ideology, politics, culture and society in relation to the product and its wider context. Wherever possible, we take a practical approach and use links with industry professionals to give students a realistic experience of media/film production and practices.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to engage with a variety of media/film products (depending on the course being studied).
  • Use the department’s subscription to Media Magazine online (logon details available from class teacher).

Modern Foreign Languages

Studying a foreign language is an incredibly rewarding experience and a great confidence booster. Recent studies have found that students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardised tests, particularly in the categories of maths, reading, grammar, and vocabulary.

The MFL team at Welling consists of teachers with over 60 years collective experience in teaching modern foreign languages. Passionate about the subject and the importance of equipping our young people in a competitive World and job market, we strive to make language learning fun and relevant. We encourage students to continue studying to GCSE and A-Level, enabling them to apply for some of the top universities .Every year we celebrate the European Day of Languages, with cross-curricular activities, quizzes, prizes and European dishes served in the school dining hall.

KS3 - French and Spanish are taught. Lessons are fun and interactive, using songs, films and books. Students perform role-plays, in order to boost their confidence and to encourage speaking in the target language. In year 7 students have the opportunity to go on a day trip to France to further practice their skills. Each year group will study a film in the target language and are encouraged to take part in projects to explore other countries, where the target language is spoken. During year 9, students have the opportunity to study in small groups with a language specialist, further enhancing their speaking skills and preparing the groundwork for GCSE. Students have access to two online programmes; Linguascope and Vocab Express, which they can use from home, in order to reinforce classwork.

KS4 - all students are encouraged to take either French or Spanish GCSE. We follow the AQA examination board. Students make rapid progress throughout years 10 and 11, focusing on the GCSE topics and grammar requirements. Homework is set regularly and students follow the online programme, Vocab Express, to enable them to further improve the quality of their written and spoken work. Lessons are conducted in the target language and students are encouraged to speak the target language, whenever possible. Students also have the opportunity to practice their speaking skills in small group activities with a language specialist.

KS5 - Spanish is taught following the AQA programme. The course is challenging and stimulating and encompasses speaking, listening, writing, reading and translation skills. The programme involves film and book study and students will have the opportunity to participate in an overseas visit.  A modern foreign language A’Level is highly valued at many universities. Even if not directly related to the degree course chosen, the skills required to study advanced modern foreign language are useful and relevant to many other degrees.

How you can support your child

  • Encourage regular sessions of Linguascope and Vocab Express
  • Children should watch target language programmes.
  • Practice on BBC BITESIZE MFL
  • Purchase revision books for GCSE (available at the school)

MFL Study Hub: https://sites.google.com/wellingschool-tkat.org/mfl

Physical Education


Studying and following a varied an inspirational PE diet can help enhance knowledge and strengthen and develop wider learning.  PE is not only a valuable school subject but also an essential healthy lifestyle choice.  

The PE department has an experienced and highly knowledgeable group of teachers who are passionate about their subject and offering opportunities to all students.  Lessons are challenging and we push the students to be the best they can in a wide variety of activities.  Our aim is for students to enjoy sport and continue to take part in physical activity for the rest of their lives.

Communication and teamwork is at the heart of all the skills we teach and this is developed as students progress through the years.  PE increases levels of independence, confidence and good health.

At Key Stage 3, students participate in a wide range of activities including football, trampolining, rugby, netball, basketball, handball, table tennis, badminton as well as activity days that take part at the end of each academic year.  Here students participate in high ropes, low ropes, climbing, abseiling, water sports and many more teamwork activities.  There are also inter form football and table tennis competitions that take place throughout the year.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the OCR Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science specification.  Students select a course as part of the ‘option process’ at the end of year 9.  Students will study two mandatory units:     Reducing the risk of sports injuries —this is assessed through a one hour written paper; and Applying principles of training–this is assessed through moderated course work. In order to complete the Certificate students are required to study two further units in topics such as; Sport Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Technology in Sport and the Body’s response to Physical Activity. Evidence for these units are moderated and can be presented in a variety of different ways,  such as video, PowerPoint, practical  demonstrations, verbal presentations, pictures, diagrams or interviews.

At Key Stage 5, we follow The Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity.  This has been developed to meet the changing needs of the sector and prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in university or employment.  The Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity focus on the knowledge, understanding and skills that today’s universities and employers demand.  Students will practically apply their knowledge and skills in preparation for further study or the workplace. Students will study 3 mandatory units: Body systems and the effects of physical activity, Sports coaching and activity leadership and Sports organisation and development.  Students will also study 2 optional units, some of these could include Organisation of Sports event, Practical skills in Sport and Physical activities, Sports injuries and rehabilitation, improving fitness for sport and physical activity and Biomechanics and movement analysis.

How can you support your child

  • Encourage your child to take part in a variety of sports and physical activities.
  • To keep up to date with the latest sporting news.

Performing Arts

Studying Drama helps students to gain confidence in both their oral and written communication. It is vital as part of the KS3 curriculum to improve communication skill, team working skills and confidence.

Expectations in the Drama department are high in terms of behaviour and study. Students are expected to use their communication skills to create imaginative theatre, discuss, debate, and work well as part of a group. The Drama department is a small department with experienced staff who are passionate about Drama and have worked with students with a range of abilities. The department is supportive, with an open door policy for students.

Our aim is to promote a love of the Arts and provide vigorous study to develop skills and expertise in not only acting but also creating and presenting theatre of different genres. Student’s experience in the department will provide them with knowledge of a wide range of theatre styles including abstract and physical theatre. By the time our students leave at the end of KS4 or 5, they have a vast knowledge of theatre styles and history and will have studied at least two influential theatre practitioners in detail.

As a department, we work very hard on enrichment with extracurricular activities for both KS3, 4 and 5 running throughout the year. KS3 take part in the Shakespeare School’s Festival, with the opportunity to perform at a professional theatre. Specific KS4 and 5 productions, like the upcoming ‘The Crucible’, provide older students with the opportunity to be part of a large production and use and enjoy hard earned acting skills in front of a live audience. Students are invited on various theatre trips in Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics from theatre skills and history to physical theatre and script writing. Discussion and debate feature heavily in lessons, particularly in year 9 where students study issue based topics like ‘healthy relationships’ in a theatrical context. Students are encouraged to audition for extracurricular activities like the Shakespeare School’s Festival and summer concert celebrations of the Arts.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Eduqas GCSE specification. Only students who have chosen Drama as a subject option complete the GCSE Qualification.  Students will study a range of plays from pre 1945 texts to modern texts. The course is 60% practical performance exam based and 40% written in the form of a final exam and coursework, which is completed throughout the two years.  

At Key Stage 5, A-Level Drama is a popular choice with students studying the Eduqas A Level Course. This is a demanding but rewarding course, which is valued by universities when applying for a range of subjects and involve reworking and understanding challenging texts and ideas from theatre practitioners throughout history. Past A Level Drama students have gone on to University to study Dance, Drama and Theatre, Medical Qualifications and Law Degrees. Students are examined through a combination of coursework, practical acting examinations and a written examination. We aim to enable students to develop strong and well-formed opinions, to be able to work reliably as part of an ensemble as well as the ability to critique and enjoy theatre in many different forms. Understanding theatrical literature at A Level develops a wide range of thinking skills and promotes critical thinking and a depth of knowledge. Students will attend theatre trips and lectures by actors and practitioners and will investigate practitioners work.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to read plays, both modern and historical.
  • Go to the theatre, student tickets for the National Theatre are available for as little as £5.
  • Help your child to learn their lines in preparation for exams and assessments.
  • Make sure your child is aware of the importance commitment to a project in terms of attending rehearsals when working as a group and monitor their intervention attendance.
  • Come in to school to see your child’s exam performances and production performances

Music

Studying Music opens the door to success across the whole curriculum, aiding students to gain confidence in everyday tasks, as well as gaining an understanding of the importance of teamwork.

The Music department consists of a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic group of teachers who are passionate about their subject. Our teaching enables all children to feel included and well supported, whatever their background in the subject may be.  Our aims as teachers is to provide an enthusiasm for both the performance and technology side of the subject, developing skills and expertise that will help them through their entire time at Welling School. 

Reflecting the Welling Ways, creativity and resilience play a large part when studying music. Students will learn to develop their performance and technical skills, creating their own music, allowing them to improve an independence within the subject as they progress through their school life.  A key factor in music is also ensemble work.  Students learn quickly how to adapt to different situations and scenarios, showing their resilience towards the subject, a feature that will help them both inside and outside of school. 

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics including how to read and write using music notation, the history of African Drumming and how to compose music using computer software’s such as Garage Band or Logic Pro. All tasks are completed both individually and as a group, allowing their creativity to be expressed and shared.  Students are also allowed to take part within the Winter and Summer concerts, should they like their work, from inside or outside of school, to be showcased.  This creates a very supportive working environment for all musicians.  Star pupils will also be nominated by their teachers to become Music Scholars.  This includes use of the practice rooms at break and lunch times, as well as the opportunity to attend musical theatre trips. 

At Key Stage 4, we follow the Edexcel BTEC Music Performance and Music Technology specifications.   All students take a Music Industry exam in the January of Year 11.  Both courses are 75% coursework and 25% exam. Each course has both written and practical aspects, allowing students to show their true musicality to the examiner.  There are opportunities to attend musical theatre trips for both courses. 

At Key Stage 5, we follow the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Performance (worth 1 A-Level) and the Edexcel BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology (worth 2 A-Levels).  Both subjects are exciting and demanding, which are highly valued by industry professionals. Both courses are examined through a combination of coursework and examinations. Students will also have two key lectures provided by Industry Professionals, allowing them to network within the Music Industry.  There are also opportunities to attend musical theatre trips. 

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to rehearse and practice
  • Read online articles about the topics they are studying to gain wider knowledge. 

Philosophy & Ethics

Studying Philosophy and Ethics helps students to broaden their thinking and outlook to life by learning about and embracing other cultures and ways of thinking.

The department consists of highly knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about their subject. Teaching is discursive and accessible to a range of learning styles, as well as supportive of students ability to form opinions for themselves.

Our aim is to promote a real enthusiasm for the study of Philosophy and Ethics by exposing students to a range of religious and non-religious ways of thinking as well as to develop critical thinking skills and tolerance.

Creativity is at the heart of the curriculum and students will learn to engage in a wide range of topics which foster independence as they progress through the school.

At Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics including Respect, The law and wisdom, Equality, Justice, Feminism, Existentialism, Environmentalism Pacifism and terrorism as well as undertaking some independent reading and research. Discussion, debate and student presentations will form a regular part of lessons.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA Philosophy and Ethics specification. Students will have an option to choose to study Philosophy and Ethics at GCSE level.  Students will study a range of topical and thought provoking topics such as Beliefs and teachings, Relationships and families, Religion, peace and conflict, Human rights and social justice and Crime and punishment.  The course is 100% examination.  

At Key Stage 5, A-Level we follow the AQA specification. The topics are stimulating and demanding and the course is highly valued by universities and involve engaging with challenging philosophies, texts and ideas.   The course is 100% examination.  We aim to enable students to develop incisive thinking skills, sophisticated critical acumen as well as the ability to make independent judgements.

Science

A scientist is someone who gathers and uses research and evidence, someone who makes hypotheses and tests them and someone who gains and shares understanding and knowledge. All scientists are united by their relentless curiosity and systematic approach to satisfying it. At Welling School, we believe that every student should have the opportunity to become a great scientist.  

A high-quality science education provides the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Science has changed our lives and is vital to the world’s future prosperity, and all pupils should be taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils should be encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They should be encouraged to understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

The department is an ever evolving collective of experienced staff with a combination of established and new and exciting resources and equipment.

Teaching aims to combine theoretical knowledge and skills so that students are well prepared for examinations, and more importantly have the practical and exploratory skills necessary for life.  We identify 5 key skills that students need to be confident in; Literacy, Maths Skills in science, How Science works, Independent Learning and Data processing.  These skills are embedded throughout our course.

For detailed information about the content of our course, please take time to visit our website and also check out the learning journey for Science

https://sites.google.com/wellingschool-tkat.org/welling-homestudy/archive/science?authuser=0

Key Stage 3

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 gain understanding of the basics that underpin their learning in the following key stages. They study a range of topics across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Please refer to our Learning Journey for a more comprehensive list of topics.

Assessment:

Students complete self assessment checks at the end of each topic.  Throughout the course we revisit and test the 5 key skills necessary to become a great scientist.  At the end of each term there will be a summative assessment to evaluate progress and provide data to parents.

Key Stage 4

Students in year 10 begin to learn the specific content for the GCSE examinations. We follow the AQA Combined Science specification. Students are given the option of Triple Science in Year 10 where students decide to take Biology, Chemistry and Physics separately and be awarded three GCSEs as opposed to the compulsory two awarded for combined science.

Students will study a range of concepts and will carry out required practicals throughout the course incorporated into topics. Both courses are 100% examinations.  

Assessment:

Students complete self assessment checks at the end of each topic.  Throughout the course we revisit and test the 5 key skills necessary to become a great scientist.  At the end of each term there will be a summative assessment to evaluate progress and provide data to parents.  There are 3 mock exam periods for GCSE students, these are designed to give them practice for official examinations and provide them with feedback on how to improve and identify their areas for development.

Key Stage 5

A-Level Biology and A Level Chemistry are both highly demanding but rewarding subjects with classes studying the AQA specification for Chemistry and OCR for Biology. These are stimulating and challenging courses which are highly valued by universities and involve Engaging with difficult concepts and elaborate practical investigations. Both courses are 100% examinations. Alongside their A Level grade in these courses students can be awarded a Pass or Fail for practical competency, which is recognised and desired by Universities. We aim to enable students to become inquisitive and curious learners with high levels of analytical and evaluative skills.

BTEC Extended Certificate in Applied Science is also an option to students. This course is a combination of coursework and external examination. This course covers all three of the disciplines; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and then allows students to showcase their investigative skills, analytical skills and ability to evaluate. Students enjoy the course content and benefit from the ability to complete coursework throughout the years to supplement their examinations. 

There are opportunities to attend lectures by experts and access guest speakers from an array of science industries.  

Visual Arts

Studying Art supports students to understand and embrace the visual world in which we live by learning through making. We encourage students to broaden both their practical skills and contextual analysis through a rigorous programme of study.

The department consists of highly knowledgeable teachers who are passionate about their subject. Teaching is predominately practical underpinned by discourse making the courses accessible to a range of learning styles, as well as supportive of the students ability to make meaningful artefacts.

Our aim is to promote a real enthusiasm for the study of Art by exposing students to a range of contexts, strategies, processes and materials to scaffold their understanding and practical skills to promote their personal attainment.  

Creativity is at the heart of the curriculum and students will learn to engage in a wide range of art movements, artists and strategies for making which foster independence as they progress through the school.

Key Stage 3, students study a range of topics that underpin the study of Art including drawing, colour and painting and three dimensional work. Practical responses , contextual workshops and discussion will form a regular part of lessons.

Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA Art and Design specification. Students will have an option to choose to study Fine Art or Photography at GCSE level.  Students will study a range of strategies for making using a wide range of processes and materials to create sophisticated outcomes.  The course is 60% coursework and 40% externally set unit which includes an extended preparation time period.  

Key Stage 5, A-Level we follow the AQA specification. The topics are stimulating and demanding and the course is highly valued by universities and involve engaging with challenging contextual ideas and sophisticated resolutions.   The course is 50% coursework and 50% externally set examination with an extended preparation period.  We aim to enable students to develop critical thinking skills, sophisticated resolutions and foster independent practice.

Vocational Studies

Design Technology at Welling school introduces the students to the world of design and manufacture. They learn how to be creative and how ideas can be translated into the real world using a wide range of skills. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and approach design problems from different angles.

This subject is taught at KS3 and 4. Each year in KS3 is devoted to a particular material. They learn about the properties of these materials and then apply this knowledge to produce a practical outcome.

KS3

In year 7 students are introduced to wood as a material. Using knowledge gained about this material they make a personalised pencil holder. To create this product they are introduced to sawing, drilling and finishing techniques. They are also introduced to industrial processes including production aids such as temples/jigs.

In year 8 students are introduced to plastics. Building on what was taught in year 7, the students learn more about industrial processes including scales of productions and sampling/tolerance. Using this knowledge the students work in groups to batch produce a range of earphone holders. The last project they do in year 8 is to design and make a clock based on the Memphis style.

In year 9 students are introduced to metals and how different materials can be used to make a single product. Using this knowledge and skills gained in previous years the students design and make a wall mounted hanging system for their chosen existing product. Examples of existing products students have chosen to hang on this new product include clothes, keys, saucepans etc.

KS4

The skills gained at KS3 are combined with new learning to cover the content for the new GCSE. Many design technology topics are covered in this course including the use of electronics and fabrics to design and make products. Other areas of study include the use of sustainability and ethical considerations to inform design. Robotics and electronic systems including PIC controllers, structures and the forces exerted on them, mechanisms and motion and how money can be raised to develop and manufacture new products.

How you can support your child?

  • Encourage your child to complete homework set on time
  • Encourage your child to attend booster sessions organised by the department
  • Encourage your child to develop practical DT skills

Studying Health and Social Care gives students the opportunity to succeed and thrive in other subjects across the school, improving their self-esteem and confidence and understanding the importance of communication.

The department is made up of highly skilled and motivated group of teachers who have an interest and passion in delivering and knowing the subject. Our teaching allows all students to feel included and well supported by promoting an inclusive approach to the subject.

Our aim of the department is to engage students and to demonstrate enthusiasm for the subject, developing skills and highlighting the importance of communicating with individuals and working as part of a team whilst at Welling School and later on in the future.

Students will learn how to work and communication with others as part of team or individually. Resilience plays a key part in this as students have to use the skills and strengths leant within the subject to cope with the workload and expectations.

Collaboration is at the heart of the curriculum, as students will learn about the importance of working with others ultimately to safeguard individuals and groups of people who are vulnerable to make sure they are happy, safe and secure within a Health Care setting.

At Key Stage 4, we follow the OCR Level 2 Cambridge Nationals in Health and Social Care specifications.  All students take a values of care exam in Year 11.  The course is made up of internal assessment and external assessment. Each course has both written and practical aspects, students are able to participate in practical elements for the course to help aid and highlight their learning to the moderator, by taking part in a first aid course and making a healthy balanced meal to support health and nutrition. 

At Key Stage 5, we follow the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Health and Social Care specifications.  The subject is exciting and demanding, it is recognised by UCAS, apprenticeships and many employers. The course is examined through a combination of coursework and examinations.  There are also opportunities to attend Health and Social Care workshops and visit university open days for the prospective course.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to read newspaper articles which are relevant to the Health and Social Care sector
  • Encourage your child to rehearse and practice their interaction for their piece of coursework

Studying childcare helps develop important life skills and gives students the opportunity to use the content from the course and apply them to early year’s settings and practice.

The department consists of enthusiastic, motivated and skilled teachers who have a great understanding of the subject. Teaching the subject is demanding due to the content and pace of the course however this allows students to demonstrate resilience and organisation to manage their time and workload.

Our aim of the department is to engage and excite students by developing skills and highlighting the importance of demonstrating key personal qualities and attributes that are needed to help them progress into working with babies and young children.

Collaboration is at the heart of the curriculum, as students will learn about the importance of working with others ultimately to safeguard babies and young children to make sure they are happy, safe and secure within an early years setting

At Key Stage 4 we follow CACHE Level 2 Award in Child Development and Care. All students take 3 units to complete the course: 2 internal and 1 external assessment. Students also have the opportunity to complete work experience to help with the application of theory and content delivered in lessons. Students will study how to work with children aged 0-5 years and the development and wellbeing of children 0-5 years.

At Key Stage 5 we are delivering a new course to sixth from students, BTEC National Extended certificate Children’s, Play, Learning and Development. This is a stimulating and demanding course which is recognised by UCAS, apprenticeships and many jobs. We aim to enable students to develop critical thinking skills, problem solving and to able to demonstrate how they are flexible learners. Students will study children’s development including children communication, literacy and numeracy skills, their ability to play and learn and how to keep children safe within a setting. This course is structured by students completing a controlled assessment unit, internal and external units.

There is also the opportunity for students to complete a first ad course to meet some of their learning criteria for principles of first aid within a unit and to complete work experience whilst studying the course.

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to read news paper articles which are relevant to the early years sector
  • Develop  important skills you will need for the work place including team work, effective communication and problem solving
  • Help research for legislation, advice and guidance which are used in an early years setting such as policies and the early years statutory framework

The Food Technology department consists of experienced members of teaching and support staff who have an extreme passion for cooking and are dedicated in getting students to believe in their ability to produce a range of dishes.

At Key Stage 3, we follow a scheme of work that build the foundation and prepares the students for the GCSE option at key stage 4, should they decide to select it as one of their GCSE choices.  Therefore, they will cover Food nutrition and health, Food Science, Food Safety, Food Choice and Food Provenance.

The lessons are split up in to theoretical lessons, where the students are taught the low and high biological values of protein and of protein values and how to modify food to suit different diets. They are also provided with examples of food from across the globe to sample and to expand their culinary knowledge. 

At Key Stage 4, we follow the AQA GCSE Food preparation and Nutrition specification, which equips students with an array of culinary techniques, as well as knowledge of nutrition, food traditions and health safety.  The aim is to inspire and motivate students, opening their eyes to a world of career opportunities and giving them the confidence to cook with ingredients from across the globe.

The course is assessed by two different components.  The first of those is the non-exam based component, where the students are required to investigate, prepare, cook and present a menu of three dishes, within a single period of no more than three hours.  The evidence for this will be in the form of a written or electronic report, including photographic evidence of the practical investigation. This equates to 50% of the final GCSE mark. 

The second component is the exam, which is 1hr and 45 minutes long, taken at the end of the tw year course.  The areas covered in the exam are Food nutrition and health, Food Science, Food Safety, Food Choice and Food Provenance.  This equates to 50% of the final GCSE mark.

How can you support your child?
Encourage your child to try a range of dishes from around the world
- Encourage your child to help in the preparation and cooking of dishes at home
- Discuss with your child the health and safety aspects of cooking at home

The Financial Studies department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 5, Financial studies comprises of Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in year 12 and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) in year 13, offered by The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF).

CeFS encourages learners to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life.  DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Studies and extends this to include areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt.

Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication examined through external examinations.

There are opportunities for trips such as visit to Bank of England, attend lectures by experts in the field of financial study and scholarship to study degree courses with The London Institute of Banking and finance

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Encourage your child to read financial articles or magazines
  • Discuss and show the financial documents that you use

The Financial Studies department consists of highly experienced, dedicated and successful group of teachers who are very enthusiastic about their subject. Their aim is share their love for the subject and enable students to become successful entrepreneurs of the future.

The subject is very popular amongst students, as the combination of academic challenge along with obtaining lifelong skills and knowledge, makes the subject very real for them.

At Key Stage 5, Financial studies comprises Certificate in Financial Studies (CeFS) in year 12 and Diploma in Financial Studies (DipFS) in year 13, offered by The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF).

CeFS encourages learners to become responsible borrowers, sensible savers, and have an appreciation of the need for financial planning throughout their life.  DipFS builds on the skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Studies and extends this to include areas such as financial sustainability within the wider financial services system, and the long-term impact of debt.

Its purpose is to prepare students for further study through the development of the core skills of independent thinking, critical analysis and evaluation, synthesis, verbal communication (through classroom discussion) and written communication examined through external examinations.

There are opportunities for trips such as visit to Bank of England, attend lectures by experts in the field of financial study and scholarship to study degree courses with The London Institute of Banking and finance

How can you support your child?

  • Encourage your child to watch the news
  • Encourage your child to read financial articles or magazines
  • Discuss and show the financial documents that you use