Core Subjects [all students will take]
All Year 9 students will take five or six Core GCSEs: 1x English Language, 1x English Literature, 1x Mathematics, and either Science “Trilogy” (2x GCSEs) or Science “Triple” (3x GCSEs). Science: Choosing trilogy science or triple science is not an option choice (it is part of your core lessons). You will find out towards the end of Year 9 what you have been initially selected for for (based on your aptitude for science and your achievements in the subject). This is always in discussion with the students and parents.
The Maths department aims to challenge and inspire students to build logical, independent thinking skills, enabling a strong mathematical foundation to develop for every student, supporting success throughout the curriculum and throughout life.
GCSE Option Subjects
All Year 9 students will choose four option subjects to carry forward into GCSE study.
Almost all students will choose between French, Spanish and German (as their language), History and Geography (as their humanity) as well as two other “Open Choice” subjects. Choosing a language and a humanity is an important step in your academic future and career as it it means you can achieve the Ebaccaleureate; a combination of subjects that is becoming increasingly popular/necessary in the UK.
The ideal option choice for students is therefore:
2x Subjects of further interest
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Art and Design
Art is about providing opportunities for students to develop their creativity by developing their skills and confidence while allowing them to experiment and take risks. It is our desire that our students become confident and creative learners who can work independently and develop their own personal ideas.
The Child Development department aims to provide our students with the opportunity to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in relation to the roles and responsibilities connected to child development from conception to the age of five in a variety of settings.
The aim of this course is to help students to develop problem solving skills that support their success throughout the curriculum, to ensure each student has an understanding of different types of programming language and that they are able to program to understand how technology works.
The Dance Department offers a powerful and expressive subject to study at GCSE level. It encourages students to develop their creative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacity, whatever their previous experience in the subject.
The Drama department aims to deepen students knowledge and application of performance skills in order to be innovative, creative, theatre makers as well as performers. We want to prepare students for an ever changing world by sharpening their ability to work as a team (both as directors and collaborators)!
Food and Nutrition (GCSE) / Catering and Hospitality (BTEC)
Food preparation and nutrition gives students a sound knowledge of the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of nutrients in our diets and the importance of food safety, thus developing essential life skills.
The Languages curriculum at Yateley School intends to provide a rich and varied experience to enable all pupils to develop their linguistic ability and confidence. We offer the pupils plenty of regular opportunity to express their opinions on a variety of topics in both spoken and written tasks, with a key focus on spellings and pronunciation
Physical Education (GCSE)
The Physical Education department aims to provide our students with the skills and knowledge required to excel in an ever-changing sports society. Students gain dynamic skills for further education and go out into the sporting industries with the attributes necessary to be successful employees and leaders.
Religious Studies provides opportunities for learners to understand more about the world, the religious challenges it faces and our place within it. It will develop your competence in many skills and approaches whilst enabling you to become religiously informed and thoughtful, engaged citizens.
BTEC Sport students at Yateley School will earn a qualifications to advance and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work in the sports industry.
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Make Your Choices at SIMS Options Online
Options selection week takes place between Tue-03-Jan-23 and Tue-10-Jan-23 via Paper Copies of the Options Form, distributed in Tutor Time. A digital copy of each is available below:
Year 9 Options Fair (Question and Answer!)
Our Parents’ Evening took place on Thursday 01 December 2022 between 1630-1900. If you have questions after this date then please contact the school via email@example.com