Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Year 11

Home based learning

With respect to learning outside the Academy, students should expect to receive at least 60 minutes of homework per subject per week. With 8 subjects including English Language, English Literature and Double Award Science, this means students should spend at least 8 hours each week investing in learning at home. The purpose of homework is to support prior learning in lesson and/or prepare for learning to happen in future lessons. It is also intended to support students in learning the skills of time management, independent study and self-direction. In the event that students do not have set homework tasks, it is our expectation that they are investing the equivalent time to learn, for example by memorising their knowledge organisers.

Marking and feedback

In terms of marking and feedback, students can expect regular and ongoing verbal feedback from teachers, as well as opportunities for peer and self-assessment. Our staff will also use a combination of whole class feedback, individual written comments and assessment marking in order to support students in realising improved academic outcomes. We recognise the distinction between practicing the acquisition of new content and development of skill and bringing both these elements together for performance in formal assessment. For this reason, it is only in the case of the latter that students are likely to receive marks, or a grade. 

By clicking on the links below, you can access further subject specific information about course content, additional guidance about homework and feedback, as well as detail about support for independent learning.

Subject Guides

Art

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Still life  Still life finish coursework Exam prep Exam prep Exam  

Statement of Intent

By the end of KS4 students should have a broad knowledge of the formal elements of Art. Students will have experience of working in a variety of mediums, techniques and processes which are all the foundation skills for developing a portfolio for GCSE. Students will understand how contextual studies feed into the 4 assessment objects. This knowledge of the assessment objective will inform students of how to independently build a portfoloio from a starting point,with skillful media experiments and drawing outcomes. They will be able to design a thoughtful final outcome which demonstrates a clear journey.

Home based learning

Students will receive Project HW or individual tasks depending on what is appropriate which will be an activity of 1 hour per week.

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly after an assessment.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Business Studies

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New Spec - 
Making marketing decisions
New Spec - 
Making operational decisions
New Spec - 
Making financial decisions
New Spec - 
Making human resource decisions
Exam preparation
 

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 30 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing. 
 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive regular verbal feedback in lessons.  There will be one piece of marked homework per term.  Peer and self assessment will take place weekly.  There will be assessment feedback twice a year with final grades.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Revision guide
  • Revision workbook
  • Study skills exam guide

Dance

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Update Contemporary Set phrases errors. Remodify Duet/trio. Exam stimulus given out. Planning and preping ideas. Theory testing. 6 professional works, testing and Choreography. 6 professional works, testing and Choreography. 6 professional works, testing and Choreography. CHOREOGRAPHY EXAM! 6 professional works and testing. 6 professional works and testing.

Statement of Intent

GCSE dance students are inspired, motivated and equipped with the skills to successfully choreograph, perform and appreciate dance as an art form.

GCSE dance students approach choreography, performance and appreciation of dance demonstrating imagination, creativity, problem solving, resilience and an ability to critically analyse and evaluate.

GCSE dance students develop their ability to work with others through supporting, exploring, challenging and extending one another’s ideas in a range of contexts.

GCSE dance students engage holistically with dance, and their involvement with it as a discipline informs their aesthetic, social and cultural experiences.

Students are exposed to content that is rich, ambitious and relevant, and not purely driven by exam specifications. 

Students develop skills and knowledge that enable them to succeed in the next phase of their education"

Home based learning

Mock testing. Watch professional works. Group and classroom dicussions and debates.

Marking and feedback

Verbal and peer feedback given throughout lessons on practical performances.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Drama

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Component 1 Component 1 Component 2 scripted/Component 2 Component 2 scripted/Component 3 Component 3  Left OAJW

Statement of Intent

A GCSE Drama student can perform and sustain a range of scripted and devised performances choosing characters that play to their strengths. They can explain and use the ideas of influential drama practitioners and styles including Brecht, Stanislavski, Musical theatre and Theatre in Education. They can work collaboratively to develop a piece based on a given theme and the ideas of a practitioner/ genre and can sustain this performance for 20 minutes.  They can adapt their acting skills to suit different roles and can choose techniques that enhance a performances. They can create a written portfolio evidencing the rehearsal process, explaining how and why they have amended and refined their ideas and justifying their performance decisions. They can write a detailed self- written evaluation accurately analysing their own strengths and areas for development and setting targets to improve. When studying scripts students can identify the style and genre of the play; the historical context of that text; the plot and sub-plot; character traits and motivations and how differing theatrical devices have been used by the playwright and they can transfer this into a relevant performance and written answer. Students can answer written questions explaining, describing and justifying: How they would play a part, design the costume, stage the play, use set, lighting and music to enhance the play whilst linking their ideas to the play text and giving references to the text to back up their ideas. Students have reviewed different pieces of live theatre and can construct a theatre review focused on acting, direction, voice, movement, interaction and relationship.

Home based learning

Formal homework will be set at least once every two weeks and will be a range of activities relating to all units of the course. Students will be expected to revise key knowledge, apply knowledge to exam questions,  rehearse for performances and prepare scripts for performances.

Marking and feedback

Whole class will be given at least once a term for exam questions, performance assessments or controlled assessments. Formal feedback will happen at least twice a year through PW1 & 2. Trackers will still be used to track practical progress in performance each term. 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Past recordings
  • Exam Board Revision Sheets
  • PowerPoints (MLE)
  • Copies of the HTS script        

English Language and Literature

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AQA Literature Paper 1 - Shakespeare, Macbeth  AQA Language Paper 1 - Section B (Term1)   AQA Literature Paper 1 - Shakespeare, Macbeth  AQA Language Paper 1 - Section A (Term2)   AQA Literature Paper 2 - Unseen Poetry                                           Language Paper 2 - Section B  Literature Revision of set texts                                                                                     Language Paper 2 - Section A    

Statement of Intent

When they leave us, we want our students to be fully equipped to use the power of language to improve their lives and the lives of those around them, be that through writing an excellent cover letter for a job application, being able to compose a meticulous legal brief or writing the next Booker Prize Winner. We also want our students to understand the importance of oracy and the impact that spoken language can have. Additionally, we intend for our students to have a depth of understanding of the rich literary tradition of literature in English from Shakespeare to Steinbeck and from Bronte to Atwood, understanding how these writings have shaped our world. However our students use their language skills in the future, it is our duty to ensure they understand the power language wields in life and to ensure that they are able to use that power to the best of their ability.

Home based learning

Revision of Knowledge Organisers, exam practice, independent reading, preparation for speaking and listening assessment.

Marking and feedback

Where appropriate, written feedback in books. Whole class feedback on written tasks with reference to AQA mark schemes. Verbal feedback given during lessons. Grading of mock exams at PW.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Food Technology

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Term 6

→Section 2 Principles of Nutrition
→Section 4: The Science of Food (Controlled Assessment: Task 1)
→ Controlled Assessment 1 Due
→ Section 5: Where food Comes From (Controlled Assessment 2 Starts)
→ Section 3: Diet
and Good Health
→ Controlled Assessment 2
→ Section : Factors Affecting Food Choice
→ Controlled Assessment 2
→ Revision for Exam
→ Controlled Assessment 2 Due
 

Statement of Intent

By the end of KS4 students in Food and Nutrition will possess a range of skills and techniques that enable them to produce a variety of dishes, and will have developed their independence to enable them to plan and cook a number of recipes in sequence. Students will have developed an understanding of a range of cuisines from around the world, as well as the UK. They will be able to review and make improvements to recipes, as well as manage the time and cost of recipes. Students will understand the principles of nutrition and the importance of their diet for good health. They will be aware of the Eatwell Guide and its relevance as well as the government guidelines for a healthy diet. In addition they will be aware of a range of consequences of failing to ensure a healthy, balanced diet. They will understand the macronutrients and micronutrients needed in order to maintain good health, their main and alternative sources, as well as their specific functions. In addition they will be aware of the health implications of failing to include them in our diets. Students will be aware of the factors that affect food choices, including religious, medical and ethical choices.  They will be aware of the provenance of food, and the impact that our food choices have on animal welfare and the environment. Students will be aware of the scientific principles that underpin food preparation, including different methods for cooking food, the effect of heat on food and the function of various ingredients.  They will also have an understanding of basic food safety. Students will develop an understanding of a range of food commodities and be aware of their origins, uses and value in our diet.

Home based learning

Weekly. Knowledge based, either questions on learning from previous lesson or pre-learning based on the Knowledge Organisers. Peer assessed as appropriate.

Marking and feedback

Constant whole class feedback given during practical lessons. Individual or whole class feedback on written exam style questions focussed on technique (AO1,2,4)

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Geography

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Fieldwork: Physical Landscapes: Coastal Management at Lyme Regis GCSE: The Changing Economic World Revision Paper 3: Issue Evaluation Revision  

Statement of Intent

The GCSE Curriculum enables students to study a relevant and exciting course which brings together a balanced framework of physical and human themes. It investigates the interconnections between people and the natural world at a variety of locations from around the world. The curriculum is intended to travel students around the world from the classroom, exploring case studies in the UK, higher income countries, newly emerging economies and lower income countries. Students are also encouraged to understand their role in society, by considering different viewpoints, values and attitudes. Finally, this course intends to take students to environments beyond the classroom and equip them with skills and knowledge they can use in the field and apply to their everyday life to make them enquiring and interesting individuals to better understand the world in which they live.

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend around 60 minutes, once a week. Including a range of tasks such as revision, written work and model making.

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback in preparation for or following assessments.

Knowledge Organisers

History

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Weimar and Nazi Germany: 1918-1939 Weimar and Nazi Germany: 1918-1939 Weimar and Nazi Germany: 1918-1939 Revision Revision Revision

Statement of Intent

I am a historian. I build on my knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods, and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience. I can engage in historical enquiries as an independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker. I am able to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically, and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context. As a historian, I develop an awareness of why people, events, and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them. I can organise and communicate my historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 30 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing.

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect feedback following assessments and exam questions in their application book.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Medicine Through Time, c1250-present Textbooks
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The American West, c.1835–c.1895 Textbooks
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060–88 Textbooks
  • Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 Textbooks
  • My Revision Notes books   

Mathematics

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Number, algebra Angles, measurements Transformations, Graphs Statistics, Algebra Algebra, Proportion Revision

Statement of Intent

When students arrive in KS4, we build upon the previous knowledge from KS3 and then fully immurse students into each topic and what kind of questions they may be asked. We aim for students noticing links between topics and to find them for themselves as well as guidance from their teacher. As they go through KS4, we want them to be resilient and determined when faced with unfamiliar problems, and relish the challenge.

Home based learning

Students will be set weekly tasks or revision from HegartyMaths

Marking and feedback

Students will receive immediate feedback from HegartyMaths, and have one formal assessment marked with personalised intervention after each topic

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Music

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Fusions - Esperanza Spalding Fusions - Afro Celt Unit 3 - Composing to a Brief Unit 3 - Composing to a Brief Exam Prep  

Statement of Intent

A GCSE Music student can perform both solo and ensemble performances lasting a minimum of 2 minutes each. These performance should be at least Grade 4 standard in order to access the higher marks. A GCSE Music student can compose performances both freely and in response to a brief. They can generate their own ideas and notate these accurately using a graphic score, lead sheet, commentary or traditional score. They can creatively use the musical elements within their compositions and can accurately write for different instruments. They can use appropriate stylistic and idiomatic features such as structure, texture, instrumentation. A GCSE student can identify the elements of music in listening examples in both familiar and unfamiliar pieces within a range of contexts.  Students can respond effectively to extended questions, identifying correct command words and applying knowledge of set pieces. Students are able to read and use traditional staff notations in the treble clef and bass clef and are able to follow a score and analyse musical elements within. Students can transcribe simple melodic and rhythmic lines in standard notation.

Home based learning

Formal homework will be set at least once every two weeks and will be a range of activities relating to all units of the course. Students will be expected to revise key knowledge, apply knowledge to exam questions, listen to set works and wider listening examples, rehearse for performances and prepare compositional ideas and resources.

Marking and feedback

Whole class will be given at least once a term for exam questions, performance assessments or controlled assessment compositions. Formal feedback will happen at least twice a year through PW1 & 2. Trackers will still be used to track practical progress in performance and composition each term.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Physical Education

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GCSE PE- Theory: Socio-cultural influences - engagement patterns, commercialisation of physical activity & sport; ethical and social issues in physica activity & sport.

BTEC Sport:
Unit 1: Fitness for sport and exercise - the components of fitness, the principles of training & different fitness training methods.
Unit 6: analysis & evaluation of sports leaders & leading a practical sport session.
GCSE PE- Theory: Fitness Testing, training methods, components of fitness

BTEC Sport:
Unit 1: interpretation of fitness test results.
Unit 6: analysis & evaluation of sports leaders & leading a practical sport session.
GCSE PE: Revision of key topics based on performance week analysis & exam technique.

BTEC Sport:
Unit 6: reviewing the delivery of a practical sport session.
Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training - designing a personal fitness training programme.
GCSE PE: Revision of key topics based on performance week analysis & exam technique.

BTEC Sport:
Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training - designing a personal fitness training programme.
GCSE PE: Revision of key topics based on performance week analysis & exam technique.

BTEC Sport - Unit 3: Applying the principles of personal training - the cardio-respiratory & musculo-skeletal system and the effects on the body during fitness training. Implementation of a self-designed personal fitness training programme to achieve own goals and objectives.
 

Statement of Intent

CORE PE: Students engage positively with physical activity and understand why it is important to do this.
Students enjoy being physically active or involved in physical activity for sustained periods of time, and do so with confidence.
Students develop the ability and desire to form lifelong links with physical activity.
Students improve their skills in a range of activities, including their ability to select and apply techniques, tactics and strategies.
Students are able to evaluate their performances, leading to improvements.

GCSE PE: GCSE PE students are supported to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of a range of factors relating to sport in a context that inspires, motivates and challenges them, whilst enabling them to fulfil their individual potentials.
GCSE PE students develop knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin performance and involvement in physical activity and health, and are able to apply this knowledge in a range of scenarios.
GCSE PE students develop their ability to improve their performance in physical activities through the development and application of skills, techniques, tactics and/or compositional ideas.
GCSE PE students are able to critically analyse and evaluate how to best improve performances in physical activity or health.
GCSE PE students understand the benefits of physical activity to health, fitness and well-being.
Students are exposed to content that is rich, ambitious and relevant, and not purely driven by exam specifications. 
Students develop skills and knowledge that enable them to succeed in the next phase of their education

CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL PE: Sports studies students are supported to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of a range of factors relating to sport in a context that inspires, motivates and challenges them, whilst enabling them to fulfil their individual potentials.
Sports studies students gain a critical appreciation of contemporary issues in sport, are provided with opportunities to develop and apply leadership skills in sport, develop knowledge of how sport and the media interact and in a practical setting, have opportunities to improve and reflect upon their sports skills.
Students are exposed to content that is rich, ambitious and relevant, and not purely driven by exam specifications. 
Students develop skills and knowledge that enable them to succeed in the next phase of their education.

Home based learning

GCSE PE & BTEC Sport: Formal homework set once every 2 weeks through a variety of activities.

Marking and feedback

Feedback on at least one homework per term 

- Written feedback on one assessed piece of classwork per term.

- Exercise books will be checked for SPAG at least once a term on a specific piece of work. These will either be highlighted in the book or recorded in teacher’s tracker sheet to then correct misconceptions.

Knowledge Organisers

Religious Studies

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Christianity, Beliefs, teachings and practices.  Revision Revision Revision  

Statement of Intent

At Key Stage 4, students will be expected to develop knowledge and understanding of religions and non-religious beliefs, such as atheism and humanism. They will have to develop knowledge and understanding of religious beliefs, teachings, practices, and sources of wisdom and authority, through their reading of key religious texts, other texts, and scriptures of the religions they are studying. Developed learners’ in Religious Studies will have the ability to construct well-argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments, demonstrating their depth and breadth of the subject. Students will be provided with opportunities to engage with questions of belief, value, meaning, purpose, truth, and their influence on human life. They will be challenged to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in the light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community.

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 30 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing and completing practice exam questions.

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect two pieces of formal written feedback  per term.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • RS Revision Hub Thursday P6

Science: Combined

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Term 6

Earths Resources
Rates of reaction
Forces
Waves
Magnetism Revision Revision N/A

Statement of Intent

At Oasis Academy John Williams we design and deliver high quality Science lessons  covering core knowledge and conceptual understanding within the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We teach skills and techniques that allow students to ask and answer scientific questions about the world, and build a platform for more advanced studies to establish a basis for a wide range of careers. We develop students to describe and explain key idea which are interlinked and have universal application 

Home based learning

One 60 minute homework per week. 

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once every two weeks. A range of whole class, individual and assessment feedback given. 

Knowledge Organisers

Science: Triple

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Term 6

Hormonal Control, Homeostasis in action, Genetics and evolution Variation and evolution, Genetics and evolution  Adaptations, interdependence and competition, Organising an ecosystem Biodiversity and ecosystems Core knowledge revision and practice application of maths and practical skills N/A
Polymers and Chemical Analysis The Earth's atmosphere and the Earth's resources Using Resources Using Resources Core knowledge revision and practice application of maths and practical skills N/A
Motion, Forces in Motion Pressure and surfaces, Wave properties Electromagnetic Waves and Light Electromagnetism Space, Core knowledge revision and practice application of maths and practical skills N/A

Statement of Intent

At Oasis Academy John Williams we design and deliver high quality Science lessons  covering core knowledge and conceptual understanding within the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We teach skills and techniques that allow students to ask and answer scientific questions about the world, and build a platform for more advanced studies to establish a basis for a wide range of careers. We develop students to describe and explain key idea which are interlinked and have universal application 

Knowledge Organisers

Home based learning

One 60 minute homework per week.

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once every two weeks. A range of whole class, individual and assessment feedback given.

Spanish

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Term 6

The World of Work Towards a Better World Towards a Better World Exam practice and Revision Exam practice and Revision  

Statement of Intent

Theme 1: Identity and culture Theme 2: Local, national, international and global areas of interest Theme 3: Current and future study and employment. Students will be able to understand and provide information and opinions about these themes relating to their own experiences and those of other people, including people in countries/communities where Spanish is spoken. They will develop understanding of the language in a variety of contexts;
develop knowledge of the language and language learning skills;
develop the ability to communicate effectively in the language;
develop awareness and understanding of countries and
communities where the language is spoken. Listen and respond to different types of spoken language;
They will be able to communicate in speech for a variety of purposes;
 read and respond to different types of written language;
communicate in writing for a variety of purposes;
use and understand a range of vocabulary and structures;
Understand and apply the grammar of the language, as detailed in
the specification.

Home based learning

Learn for a  vocabulary or grammar test every week.  In addition, Writing/Reading homework when appropriate.

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in- class feedback, students can expect at least one piece of formal written feedback termly. 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Statistics

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Term 6

Correlation and Graphs Distributions of data Revision, sample spaces, averages Probability theory and rules statistical daya cycles Revision

Statement of Intent

Statistics is a major part of our world due to the advancements of technology and how we use it. At OAJW, we give our students the tools required to run statistical tests themselves and perform them accurately as well as quickly. We give them the definitions of key phrases and words to help them infer what is the most appropriate statistical measures to use. By practicing exam questions, we aim for our students to be confident, analytical and above all, keen to solve problems. This will help our students succeed in many areas after OAJW, with the statistical skills that so many employers desire.

Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 60 minutes a week learning content for weekly testing. 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive regular verbal feedback in lessons.  There will be one piece of marked homework per term.  Peer and self assessment will take place weekly.  There will be assessment feedback twice a year with final grades.

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Revision guide
  • Revision workbook
  • Statistical enquiry cycles

To find out more about our curriculum, please contact the Academy.