Subject Information

ENGLISH at WPES

Cambridge IGCSE English

Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English is designed for learners whose mother tongue is English. The course allows learners to:

  • develop the ability to communicate clearly, accurately and effectively when speaking and writing
  • learn how to use a wide range of vocabulary, and correct spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • develop a personal style and an awareness of the audience being addressed. It has clear and functional features such as assessment of all four language skills, a separate paper for Reading and Writing, and a focus on ‘real life’ examples to allow learners to develop skills needed for further study and employment. Which is why it is particularly suitable for WPES.These Functional Skills qualifications allow candidates to demonstrate the fundamental applied skills in English that help people to gain the most from life, learning and work.
  • Based on a range of relevant, real-life texts, contexts and scenarios, Functional English reflects today’s challenges. Tasks may involve:
  • AQA Functional Skills English Level 1 & 2
  • Learners are also encouraged to read widely, both for their own enjoyment and to further their awareness of the ways in which English can be used. Cambridge IGCSE (9–1) First Language English also develops more general analysis and communication skills such as synthesis, inference and the ability to order facts and present opinions effectively.
  • reading leaflets, reports or articles
  • writing letters, emails or notices
  • Taking part in discussions and giving presentations.
  • These are very popular English qualifications and students often sit this examination in the November or March prior to the IGCSE examination.

Mathematics

Within the Mathematics department we aim to challenge every student to reach their full potential giving them the opportunity to develop appropriate mathematical skills to enable them to succeed in everyday life. All students are expected to complete a ‘baseline test’ on entry to either Centre, and this is used by staff to plan an individualised programme appropriate to each student’s ability.

The department uses a variety of resources and activities including Functional Maths projects, ICT packages, homework and kinesthetic tasks to ensure students are able to develop their thinking skills, learn how to form convincing arguments, to justify findings and general statements and to work logically towards results and solutions in order to challenge and support every student mathematical development.

When students are ready they are given the opportunity to gain appropriate qualifications from the list below:

  • Edexcel IGCSE (9-1) at Foundation or Higher Level
  • Edexcel Functional Maths Level 1 and Level 2
  • Edexcel Award in Number and Measure Level 1 and Level 2
  • Edexcel Entry Level Maths

Statistics

The age of statistics is upon us.

Statistics are being used at an increasing rate in business, politics and science.

In the real world we are constantly bombarded through the media with graphs, economic data such as retail price index (RPI) and various other statistical statements.

GCSE Statistics is an option subject for KS4 students.

Students follow a course which leads to the opportunity to gain the Edexcel GCSE Statistics (9-1) qualification.

The course covers:

  • How to collect, summarise and represent unbiased data
  • The skills necessary to read, analyse and interpret data and various diagrams and statistical statements accurately
  • The ability to reason and discuss results
  • How to predict what will happen in the future by making forecasts based on statistical results and considering the probability of something happening.

Science

Woodbridge Park Education Service has three well-resourced laboratories and specialist Science teaching staff. Our programmes of study are tailored to meet the needs of individual students and lesson sequences are designed to ensure that all students are engaged in the teaching and learning. Our teaching rooms incorporate impressive tropical fish displays, exotic plants, and small animals to maximise the development of personal interests as well as offer therapeutic opportunities and differentiated project based learning.

Students will journey through physics to explore what is known about how the universe works; the evolution of life, learn about genetics, explore how humans are able to live and thrive amidst the challenges of nature, and how we are changing the environment around us, and the implications of these changes. We will explore modern technology, and its impact on the future of life on Earth. Endorsed by Pearson Edexcel, we offer a large suite of qualifications: GCSE Combined Science; iGCSE Biology; GCSE Triple Award (Biology, Chemistry and Physics), and Entry Level Science.

Physical Education

During their time here at WPES, we want our students to gain an appreciation for sport and realise the importance of leading a healthy active lifestyle.

We provide the opportunity for students to experience a variety of challenging and stimulating activities throughout the year such as rock climbing, sport leadership, orienteering, golf, yoga and trampolining alongside traditional sports such as football, cricket, basketball and badminton.

We introduce an option to study GCSE PE (short course) at KS4. The course has a 60% theory component where students will acquire knowledge and understanding in three main areas: Health, training and exercise, exercise physiology, movement analysis. They are also assessed practically in a team and individual sport. Alongside this, we highlight the importance of ‘life skills’ such as communication and resilience to name but a few, and how these can be demonstrated through sport.

Through our practices each child experiences success and maximizes their potential in our department. Whether it’s improving general health and wellbeing, playing sport recreationally or competing at a high level, we want each child to know and believe that they ‘can’ do it.

Citizenship GCSE

OCR Citizenship GCSE 9-1 is offered at CATE as a two year full course. We explore topics such as human rights, the law, the media, voting and democracy and the UK’s relationship with the wider world. Students also take part in an active citizenship project where they pick a social issue of their choice and campaign on it. Previous projects have included: Votes at 16, knife crime and graffiti in the local area.

GCSE Religious Studies

The AQA Religious Studies Short Course 9-1 is offered at CATE as a GCSE option for year 11 and 12. The two main religions covered for this GCSE qualification are Christianity and Islam. In addition to this students will look at two themes topics which are ‘Peace and Conflict’ and ‘Relationships and Families.

Humanities KS3

Humanities at KS3 is taught as a carousel, students will spend one term studying History, Religious studies and Geography. Students follow the KS3 national curriculum for each of these of these subjects, which include topics such as coastal lines and the movement of people, A background to the major world religions and WW1.

Business Studies

Edexcel GCSE Business 9-1 is taught at KS4 and is offered as a two year course. Throughout the course students will learn about topics such as market research, risk and reward, enterprise and business growth.