Science at BBEC is an exciting subject which focuses on the teaching of key scientific skills such as investigative, evaluative and communication skills. It also teaches students how to apply their numeracy and literacy skills in a real life context. The department also encourages students to acquire other transferable skills such as leadership, team working and becoming more independent learners. At the end of their science education at BBEC, as well as attaining GCSEs, students will be able to make informed decisions in their life about new scientific developments in the world around them.
All students study Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics in science three times a week. The topics studied are the key basic science concepts such as living organisms, materials and their properties and energy, Light and space; these are further developed at GCSE in year 10 and 11.
In Year 10 most students will study AQA Science Route A. This leads to a single GCSE. There are two tiers of entry, Higher and Foundation. Students who sit the Higher Paper can achieve grades A*-D. Those taking the Foundation Paper can achieve grades C-G.
There are four assessment units to study. The first three are made up of biology, chemistry and physics units. The last one is based on a Centre Assessed Unit which is not tiered. This GCSE allows progression in Year 11 to GCSE Additional Science or BTEC Applications in Science or to separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
In Year 11 students will be advised as to which GCSE would be a suitable choice for them, based on their attainment at the end of Year 10. Students will either study Additional Science which allows progression to A-level in Biology, Chemistry and Physics or BTEC Applications in Science which allows progression to vocational A-levels.
Additional Science leads to a second science GCSE. There are four assessment units, again with two tiers of entry for biology, chemistry, physics and a-none tiered Centre Assessed Unit.
BTEC Applications in Science also leads to an equivalent second science GCSE. There are four assessment units; three are Centre Assessed and one is an exam. This course considers some of the knowledge required by particular scientists and the type of work and investigations that they may undertake in their work. Following this specification will introduce students to work related learning and equip students with some of the skills they will need in the workplace or in further education or training.
Some students will study 3 GCSE’s in Separate Sciences from Year 10 and this leads to 3 separate GCSE’s in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. For each GCSE there are four assessment units with two tiers of entry. The first three are examined and the third is a Centre Assessed Unit. Students who do the Higher Paper can achieve grades A*-D. Those taking the Foundation Paper can achieve grades C-G. The triple science option studies the subjects in greater depth and students need to demonstrate a good understanding in science and should be working at Level 6 or above by the end of Year 9 for them to succeed at this option.
Some students in Year 10/11 will study either AQA Science Route A only which will lead to one GCSE in Science, or Edexcel BTEC Level 2 Principles of Science which also leads to the equivalence of one science GCSE.
At KS3 all students follow a curriculum based on the Kirklees Locally agreed syllabus for Religious Education (RE). Students are assessed on the skills and knowledge that they have acquired at primary school and new skills are introduced with a focus on religions in the UK and the nature of religion and belief. Students gain an understanding of what is meant by nationality, multi-faith and multi-cultural and how this relates to our local community. RE provides the opportunity to explore the religious profile of our local areas and the UK and to investigate religious teachings about inclusion and hospitality.
•Who gives us guidelines for living?
•How do Buddhists see life?
•What makes a good leader?
•Does religion challenge injustice and poverty?
•Why are some journeys and places special?
•What is important about being a Hindu?
•Should humans use animals?
•How can art express spirituality?
•Can we escape suffering?
•What is genocide and why does it happen?
•How does growing up bring responsibilities and commitment?
•How do beliefs affect death and mortality?
•Does religion promote or prevent equality?
•What does it mean to welcome and belong?
Core Religious Education
All KS4 Students study AQA GCSE Religious Studies B Unit 3. Some students may be entered in for an exam (1hr 30mins) in which they will gain a short course qualification. There is no coursework for this course.
The religions studied are Christianity and Islam. Topics cover religious attitudes to:
•matters of life
•the elderly and death
•crime and punishment
•to the rich and poor in British society
GCSE Religious Education
AQA Religious Studies B Units 2 and 4
Assessment is 100% exam and consists of two 90 minute exams. For most topics the religions studied are Christianity and Islam
Unit 2: Religion and Life Issues
•Religion and animal rights
•Religion and planet earth
•Religion and prejudice
•Religion and early life
•Religion, war and peace
•Religion and young people
Unit 4: Religious philosophy and ultimate questions
•The existence of God
•The problem of evil and suffering
•Science and religion
It is an exciting time to be involved in sport. The London 2012 Olympics saw UK athletes topping the medal charts in a wide range of sports. This success was duplicated again at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. A Brit won the Wimbledon men’s final for the first time in over 60 years. Le tour de France is won by a Brit two years in a row. 2014 saw Europe win the Ryder Cup, again! Success in sport seems to be catching for everyone but the men’s National Football Team! Sports reporting and gossip dominates the headlines and generates strong feelings and heated discussion amongst the majority. This coupled with increasing obesity, diabetes, dementia and the developing awareness of the positive role a healthy active lifestyle can play in combating these conditions. A healthy active lifestyle is developed and fostered in school through high quality PE.
At BBEC we work hard to raise the profile of physical education and to develop life-long learners who realise the importance of a healthy active lifestyle and acquire skills needed to participate in sports during their school life and beyond. Exciting developments in the PE Department include the introduction of GCSE PE at KS4; the South American game of Futsal to replace 5 a side football and to increase skill level and discipline; the reintroduction of a house system with regular sports competitions with masses of participation opportunities for all students; and a new fitness suite will be operational from January 2015 increasing the portfolio of PE facilities.
KS3: Core PE (2 lessons per week)
In KS3 the focus is heavily on experiencing a wide range of sports and developing skills in increasingly competitive situations. Students participate in a variety of sports including football, badminton, trampolining, basketball, fitness, rugby, OAA, tennis, rounders, softball, cricket and athletics. Each sport is taught over 6 lessons and students are assessed on their ability to:
•perform learnt skills in competitive situations;
•coach other students to improve performance;
•lead parts of the lesson E.G. warm up / skill practice; and
•to analyse and improve performance of self and others.
KS4: Core PE (1 lesson a week)
Students participate in a similar wide range of sports with the focus on competitive play and performing skills under pressure. Students are expected to develop leadership skills and take on more active roles such as refereeing, coaching and officiating.
KS4: GCSE PE (OCR Exam Board)
In addition to the Core PE lesson students studying GCSE PE will participate in three additional lessons per week. Typically in Year 10 there will be two practical and one theory lesson per week. In Year 11 this will change to two theory and one practical. Students will be assessed in a wide range of sports and their 4 strongest sports will be put forward for their assessment.
•Assessment in 4 sports 50%
•Analysing Lifestyle & Analysing Performance 10%
•End of course Exam 40%
Students wishing to choose the GCSE PE pathway must enjoy participating in PE and do a wide range of sports. Representing the school in at least one sport is also a great advantage.
•Football (all year groups entered in the Spen Valley Cup)
•Cricket (all year groups play competitive fixtures)
•Basketball (teams play in the Spen Valley basketball competition at U14 and U16)
•Athletics (Year 10 and 11, Kirklees Schools Athletics Meet)
•Futsal (all years, teams compete in school futsal competitions)
•Boxing (all years, training held at Cleckheaton Boxing Club)
•Archery (all years)
PE and MfL cross curricular trip to France. Last academic year this involved a combined trip to Gravelines (Northern France) and Bruges (Belgium). This year students will visit the Eiffel Tower, Euro Disney, Paris City Centre, Stade De France and play football fixtures against Parisian Schools.
Highlights of 2013/2014 Season
•Year 7 winning the Kirklees SSP pairs cricket tournament
•Year 11 Football team reaching the Semi Final of the Spen Valley Cup.
•Year 11 Badminton team winning the North Kirklees SSP Badminton competition.
•Going to Wembley to see England beat Denmark 1-0 with a goal from Daniel Sturridge
•1st joint PE & MFL trip to France/Belgium.
“Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things.”
Flora Lewis, American Journalist 1918-2002
“Learning a foreign language not only reveals how other societies think and feel, what they have experienced and value, and how they express themselves, it also provides a cultural mirror in which we can more clearly see our own society.”
Chancellor Edward Lee Gorsuch, University of Alaska
Why learn a Foreign Language? We teach French in BBEC and our aim is to support and help students develop their use of the Foreign Language in the classroom and beyond. We are a team of dedicated native speakers willing to instil the love of languages in our students’ minds and hearts, we thrive in the quality of our teaching and the engaging lessons our students benefit from.
Our classrooms are equipped with Interactive White Boards and the school subscribes to a number of online educational sites offering hence an inclusive and varied learning environment. In MFL, we make sure students are happy, safe, engaged and learn new things about the world whilst experimenting with new vocabulary, ideas and activities.
Our year 7 students are introduced to the basics at the beginning of the year; they learn about numbers, colours, days of the week, months, seasons and move on to a wider Scheme of Work which ties up with the GCSE topics at a later date. In this way, we ensure our students are gradually prepared for their studies at an advanced level right from the start.
We use Allez 1 and Expo 1 textbooks, both are divided into the following topic areas:
· Personal information and physical appearance
· Family, school and friends
· Local area and Holidays.
Years 8 & 9
Students benefit from two Schemes of Work tailored to their needs; we have an Expo Rouge for our high achieving students and Expo Vert for those who need more specific input whilst keeping the challenge up.
All KS3 Students are taught to meet the needs of four skills, Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. They learn through pair work, group work and classwork as well as cross curricular activities. They are tested five times a year and their progress is closely monitored and their educational needs are well provided for.
Our students take GCSE French and we are proud to see our numbers increasing year on year, our students are aware of the benefits of having a European Foreign Language GCSE and through our pre-GCSE awareness week in Year 9, a wealth of information is given about the unlimited possibilities which are open to them beyond their GCSE course.
At GCSE level, students learn from AQA Expo GCSE books about four themes:
· Home and Environment
· Work and Education.
AQA is our chosen exam board and students are entered to one of the following courses depending on their needs and abilities:
• Full GCSE: one Reading and one Listening exam at the end of Year 11, totalling 40% of the total mark as well as preparing two pieces of Writing and two pieces of Speaking weighing 60% of the total mark.
• Short course: one Reading exam at the end of Year 11 weighing 40% of the total mark and two pieces of Writing weighing 60% of the total mark.
Both the Full and Short course equal the award of one Full GCSE grade.
We take a trip to France every year so our students experience life in a target language country, develop their learning further and widen their horizons. Our students literally shine and exude so much enthusiasm, happiness whilst abroad and every day on their trip, we see a new part of their personality affirming itself. This helps them gain confidence, perfect life skills, manage money and further their social and interpersonal skills.
Mathematics is the study of number, space, structure and change. Pupils studying mathematics develop highly important skills based around the ability to recognise and manipulate patterns.
Mathematical skills such as problem solving are used in almost everyone’s professional and/or professional lives. Furthermore, they are core to many professions, for instance, those in engineering, science, finance, insurance, accountancy, banking, design, architecture, computing and economics.
Employers, colleges and universities place a high value on mathematical and numerical skills and pupils’ attainment in mathematics is a strong predictor of career success.
Numeracy has been defined by PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) as:
an individual’s capacity to identify and understand the role that mathematics plays in the world, to make well-founded judgements and to use and engage with mathematics in ways that meet the needs of that individual’s life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen”.
Numeracy is a kind of mathematical literacy which requires pupils to recognising how their mathematical skills can be applied in real-life contexts. Numeracy is essential for solving problems, processing information, making decisions and interpreting data. Being numerate is about appreciating number relationships and interpreting answers, and not just about doing calculations. Research has shown that numeracy is vital to improving life outcomes for many people, possibly even more so than literacy. At BBEC we promote high standards of numeracy in pupils both through teaching and interventions in the maths department in which mathematics problems are placed in real-life contexts. Furthermore, we raise awareness of numeracy issues and run numeracy competitions every half term.
Pupils in Year 7 are introduced to a range of new mathematical knowledge from all four areas of the maths curriculum: number, algebra, shape and measure, and statistics and probability. Pupils’ skills in number are a core focus of maths at BBEC and are developed from year 7 through work on fractions, decimals and percentages, factors and multiples, prime numbers, square numbers, ratio and indices.
Throughout KS3, pupils develop confidence in using algebra to solve equations, to describe and find terms in sequences and in producing graphs. Pupils learn to use their mathematical skills to accurately construct 2D shapes and to reflect, rotate, translate and enlarge shapes. Furthermore, they become confident at solving problems involving calculating angles, lengths and areas of 2D shapes in addition to calculating angles, lengths, surface areas and volumes of 3D shapes. Pupils also develop their understanding of statistics and learn to calculate averages and range in addition to learning how to collect and represent data in different forms.
Lastly, pupils develop their understanding of conditional and unconditional probability and learn how to calculate probability accurately. Throughout KS3, pupils are encouraged to apply their skills to increasingly complex mathematical problems, increasing their problem-solving skills and equipping them with transferrable skills which are highly valued by employers, colleges and universities.
Students follow the Edexcel GCSE Maths (Linear) Course. They cover topics from the GCSE maths course in Year 9 and continue to work from the GCSE syllabus throughout Year 10 and Year 11. Pupils work towards either the Higher Tier (A* to C) or Foundation Tier (C to G) of GCSE according to their ability and target grades with the majority of pupils at BBEC working towards Higher Tier by Year 11 and sitting the Higher Tier papers at the end of the course. There is regular assessment at KS4 and pupils sit mock exams at several points throughout the two year course to ensure that they are in the best set to help them attain the best possible grade. This ensures that pupils are always being challenged effectively.
The mathematics department supports pupils from all year groups outside of lessons through a numeracy clinic on Thursday lunchtime where all maths department staff are available to help pupils with any maths or numeracy problems they may have. The maths department also run after school classes for all Year 11 pupils on Thursday from 3pm to 4pm to help them in their preparation for the GCSE exams at the end of their course.