Academic

English

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” Haruki Murakami

The English department at St Teresa’s seeks to help our girls foster a love of literature for life. As a core subject English underpins every girl’s education. We provide a rich and varied curriculum encouraging girls to pose questions, seek answers to questions and develop their intellectual curiosity. We nurture them to become astute analytical thinkers and confident communicators, enabling them to develop their own views and empathise with the views of others.

Years 7-9

Pupils follow a broad curriculum in their first three years, which introduces them to a wide range of prose, poetry and drama. Creative writing and independent projects enrich their understanding of the subject whilst ensuring the key skills of analysis and literacy are embedded.

Years 10 and 11

At GCSE we follow AQA for both English Language and English Literature.
English Language: pupils explore a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and learn how writers use a range of techniques to present their ideas and points of view. They learn how to write for a variety of purposes in an engaging, confident and succinct way.
English Literature: pupils study a range of texts including modern poetry and drama, a nineteenth century text and a Shakespeare play.

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

All girls in years 7, 8 and 9 will complete a half year rotation of lessons which will be mainly practically based.
As part of their work with food, the girls will be taught how to cook and apply the principles of cooking, healthy eating and nutrition. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that is intended to enable pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well now and in later life.
Girls will prepare a repertoire of predominantly savoury dishes in order to become more competent in a range of cooking techniques. Their work will help them to understand the source, seasonality and characteristics of a broad range of ingredients.

G.C.S.E. Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food preparation and nutrition can be chosen as an option subject at GCSE, following the AQA examination board specification. The broad umbrella of study includes:

  • Food nutrition and health
  • Food science
  • Food safety
  • Food choice
  • Food provenance
  • Food preparation skills

Assessment will be completed in Year 11, and is comprised of:

NEA 1 Food investigation 15% of grade (10 hours) Experimental work to show understanding of the working characteristics, functional and chemical properties of ingredients. Explained in a 2000 word written report.
NEA 2 Food preparation assessment 35% of grade (20 hours) Planning, nutritional analysis, costing, evaluating, technical practical skills, 3 hour final practical with a supporting written folder of 20 pages of work.
Examination 50% of grade1 hour 45 minute examination paper.

 

Geography

Geography helps you to make sense of the world around you. It is hands on, it is relevant and it is fun. There are so many ways of learning in geography. It is very practical, with opportunities to learn new skills such as modern computer based mapping (called GIS), map skills, interpreting photographs, fieldwork skills, presenting, role play and debating techniques. Fieldwork, or working outside the classroom, is a really important part of geography. Whether you go locally or get the chance to travel further away, it will be a brilliant opportunity to experience some of the things you have learnt about in class, see things differently and of course have fun.

Geography Teachers:

Ms S Hobkinson – Head of Department – teacher of KS3/4/5
Mrs S Bird – teacher of KS3/4/5
Mr A Pinks – teacher of KS4/5

 

KS3 PoS

  Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer
Year 7

General World / UK Geography

Settlements

Settlements Ecosystems Ecosystems Map Skills Map Skills
Year 8 Agriculture India Weather Weather / Rivers Rivers / Japan Japan
Year 9 Plate Tectonics Plate Tectonics Population Population World Issues Global Fashion Industry

 

KS4 PoS

GCSE AQA GEOGRAPHY (9 – 1) 8035

Y10

  • Hazards 9 – 10 weeks (c. 27 lessons)
  • Physical Landscapes: Coasts & Rivers 10 – 11 weeks (c. 30 lessons)
  • Urban Challenges 8 – 9 weeks (c. 25 lessons)
  • Field trip to Swanage write up 4 weeks (c. 12 lessons plus homeworks)

Y11

  • Changing Economic World 9 – 10 weeks (c. 27 lessons)
  • Living World 7 weeks (c. 20 lessons)
  • Challenge of Resources – Energy 6 weeks (c. 16 lessons)
  • Revision and Issue Evaluation 4 weeks (c. 12 lessons)

At GCSE and groups are mixed ability but differentiated activities are incorporated so pupils get stretched/supported as necessary.

 

KS5 PoS

A Level AQA Geography 7037

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Y12 SHB Water & Carbon Cycle Urban Chalenges Urban Chalenges / Coastal Systems &  Landscapes
Y12 SCB Hazards Changing Places Changing Places / Global Governance
Y13 SHB

Urban Chalenges / Coastal Systems &  Landscapes

NEA Choices & Data Collection

NEA Individual Work & Exam Technique Revision
Y13 AP Global Governance NEA Individual Work & Exam Technique Revision

 

History & Politics
History

“We are not makers of History, we are made by History” Martin Luther King Jr.
The study of history is the study of ones past and our vision at St Teresas is to take students on a learning journey through the past, both chronologically and analytically, from the Medieval period to the Modern day. Our curriculum is designed to develop key historical skills including:

  • the scrutiny of evidence and the ability to decide which interpretation of an event seems most credible
  • an understanding of change and continuity across time periods
  • the ability to recognise causes, consequences and significance with reference to specific events

By the end of their learning journey, students are able to create their own structured written narratives and analyses by making connections, drawing contrasts, analysing trends and framing historically valid questions.

The KS3 learning journey begins with the topic of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest. Students in Year 7 go on to study the Middle Ages in more depth and finish with a unit of work on the Tudor dynasty. Year 8 continue their studies in History by investigating the reign and rule of Elizabeth I, identifying the challenges which existed to the Monarchy in the 17th Century, understanding the Restoration period and appreciating the impact of the Plague, the Great Fire of London and the Enlightenment on the lives of the people. They will also look beyond Britain and investigate the creation and impact of the British Empire with a significant focus on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. In Year 9 students are introduced to the modern period of History, beginning with a study of the causes and events of WWI. They continue their journey by investigating the aims and actions of the Suffragettes, exploring the ups and downs of the inter-war years, understanding the descent into conflict with the onset of WWII and discovering the impact of the Cold War on the world today.

At GCSE, the girls undertake a study of these topics, following the AQA exam board specification:

  • America 1920-1973
  • Conflict and tension in Asia 1950-1975
  • Migration, empires and the people: 790 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England 1568-1603

At A Level, the girls undertake a study of these topics, following the Edexcel exam board specification:

  • Germany and West Germany 1918-1989
  • The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy 1911-1946
  • Protest, agitation and Parliamentary reform in Britain 1780-1928
  • Coursework on the Civil Rights Movement

The girls will be taught by Miss M Marsden (Head of Department), Mr D Breeze (Head of Year 7) or Dr Benzing-Shears.

 

Politics

Politics is a living, breathing subject; the political landscape around us changes from day to day and we all need to understand the role that we can play in influencing the politicians that govern us. At St Teresas, A Level Politics students will be introduced to the structure of British Government, the role and power of the Prime Minister and Parliament, the state of democracy in the UK, the influence of the media in elections and the role every one of us can play in participating in local and national politics. They will also undertake a study of the American political system in the Upper Sixth.

In studying Politics, students will engage with a range of sources and interpretations about the British and American political system, enabling them to form substantiated judgements. Alongside this, students will inevitably learn more about their own political views and can develop their critical thinking skills to evaluate political parties’ messages to ensure they are fully ready to participate in politics when they leave St Teresas.

There is a range of opportunities for debates and group work within Politics lessons and students will develop their confidence and public speaking skills as a result.

The content of the A Level Politics course is as follows:

Paper 1: UK Politics and Core Political Ideas

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Electoral Systems
  • Voting behaviour and the media
  • Liberalism
  • Socialism
  • Conservatism

Paper 2: UK Government and non-core Political Ideas

  • Constitution
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Parliament
  • Relations between the branches of Government; Supreme Court and EU
  • Feminism

Paper 3: Comparative Politics

  • Students undertake a study of the American political system and must be able to make comparisons between the UK and USA

The girls will be taught by Miss M Marsden (Head of Department) and Dr Benzing-Shears.

 

Mathematics

Mathematics is an abstract, yet highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over thousands of years, providing the solutions to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It helps us to deal with the logic behind shape, quantity and arrangement; being contained in everything around us.

As a department we are committed to the philosophy that each student should:

  • Have a positive experience of learning Mathematics
  • Show continuous progression and improvement
  • Achieve their full potential

It is important for each student to work at the correct pace so each year group is divided into sets according to ability and speed of working. These are timetabled at the same time so that the girls can be moved to a set which best allows them to flourish. Of overall importance is the encouragement of a positive and enquiring approach to this subject, so that girls of differing natural ability can feel a sense of purpose and success.

Who’s Who

The department consists of a team of six dedicated and highly-qualified Mathematics teachers who each have strengths in particular areas of the subject.

Miss L McDowall – Head of Mathematics
Favourite Mathematician – Andrew Wiles
Favourite Number – π
Favourite area of Maths – Simultaneous Equations

Miss S Burke – Teacher of Mathematics
Favourite Mathematician – John Aherne
Favourite Number – 4
Favourite area of Maths – Rearranging Formulae

Miss J Burns-Begg – Teacher of Mathematics
Favourite Mathematician – Hannah Fry
Favourite Number – 73
Favourite area of Maths – Circle Theorems

Mrs S Clifton – Teacher of Mathematics and Head of Year 8
Favourite Mathematician – Dan Meyers
Favourite Number – 20
Favourite area of Maths – Geometry

Deacon Simon Conrad – Teacher of Mathematics and School Chaplain
Favourite Mathematician – Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter
Favourite Number – 1.6180
Favourite area of Maths – Symmetry

Mr K Nunkumar – Teacher of Mathematics
Favourite Mathematician – Carl Friedrich Gauss
Favourite Number – i
Favourite area of Maths – Algebraic Proof

KS3

With girls building on their Key Stage 2 knowledge, they will reason mathematically, developing a means of communication that is powerful, concise and unambiguous. They will be encouraged to develop arguments, justify and prove using appropriate mathematical language.

Year 7 Programme of Study

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

  • Sequences
  • Types of Number
  • 2D Shape
  • Fractions & Percentage
  • Data • Probability
  • Formulae & Equations
  • Angles and Triangles
  • The 4 Operations • Ratio & Proportion
  • Graphs
  • Symmetry
  • Transformations

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

  •  Angles
  • Types of Number
  • Expressions & Equations
  • Fractions, Decimals & Percentages • Probability
  • Area & Volum
  • Sequences
  • Data • Transformations
  • BIDMAS
  • Graphs
Year 8 Programme of Study

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

  • Powers and Rounding
  • Expressions
  • Polygons
  • Data
  • Types of Number
  • Fractions • Algebraic Fraction
  • Formulae & Equations
  • Proportion
  • Ratio
  • Scale Drawings
  • Constructions
  • Indices
  • Sequences
  • Graphs
  • Pythagoras
  • Trigonometry
  • Probability
  • Year 9 Programme of Study

KS4

Students are well prepared to start the IGCSE course in Year 10. They are entered for the Edexcel International GCSE in Mathematics (9-1). They will be supported to solve problems with increasing sophistication by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and making generalisations.

Year 10 Programme of Study

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

  • Fractions, decimals and rounding
  • Powers and Roots
  • Working with Algebra
  • Working with Shape & Space
  • Ratio & Percentages
  • Probability • Algebraic Equations
  • Circles, Cylinders, Cones and Spheres
  • Graphs of Straight Lines
  • Data
  • Simultaneous Equations
  • Pythagoras
  • Sequences and Series
  • Geometric Constructions • Quadratics
  • Trigonometry
  • Transformations
  • Inequalities
  • Similarity
  • Transformations of Graphs
Year 11 Programme of Study

Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term

  • Circle Theorems
  • Further Trigonometry
  • Direct & Indirect Proportion
  • Advanced Algebra
  • Vectors
  • Travel & other Graphs • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Sets
  • Transformations of Graphs

*order may vary • Revision and preparation for examinations

KS5

Mathematics is a popular choice in the Sixth Form, continuing to build on the knowledge gained in the lower school. The wide application of the subject and its ability to solve real life problems means that when it comes to choosing a career, many opportunities will be open if Mathematics is included in your A Level combination. The girls opting to study Mathematics A Level are entered for the Edexcel course, with all students sitting the Pure and Statistics/Mechanics papers at the end of Year 13. Further Mathematics is also offered, with students sitting all 3 A Level papers, the Core Further Maths papers and Further Mechanics 1 and Further Statistics 1 in Year 13. New topics added to the revised specification (2017) include differentiation from first principles and the opportunity to use real data with the large data set. The programme of study can be found on the Edexcel website in the specification section.

Extra-Curricular

More able mathematicians in all Key Stages have the opportunity to prepare for and participate in the UKMT Junior, Intermediate and Senior Challenges, in which we have good success. There is also the opportunity to attend the UKMT Team Challenge, competing against other local schools. A small number of students participate in the Surrey Satro challenge, in conjunction with the Science department. There is a Mathematics puzzle club run during lunchtimes, as well as subject support clinics for Year 11 and KS5.

 

Modern Foreign Languages

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart” – Nelson Mandela
The Modern languages department at St Teresa’s is a dynamic and highly successful department which believes that, in today’s global arena, learning languages is a vital and valuable skill, both in business and in life. Learning a new language is exciting as it opens up new worlds to discover and a knowledge of other languages is the key to gaining an understanding of the lives and cultures of people everywhere. Our main aim is to promote an enjoyment of communicating in another language. Whilst fostering this enjoyment, we are academically rigorous in our approach and strive to ensure that each student achieves her full potential.

Curriculum

In Year 7 all students are given to opportunity to study French, German and Spanish in rotation. At the end of year, they choose two of the three languages and will continue their chosen languages until the end of Year 9.
In Years 10 and 11, all students are expected to study at least one modern language to GCSE and a good number chose to study two. Students are prepared for the AQA examination papers.
At A level we offer French, German and Spanish and again prepare the students for the AQA examination papers. Some of our students go on to study at the best university language departments in the country to pursue their studies.
Students in KS4 and KS5 have the opportunity to practice their speaking skills with our French and Spanish Language assistants and revision and support clinics are open to all students.
Technology plays a key role in the Languages curriculum as the language rooms are fully equipped with interactive whiteboards and the department has its own dedicated ipads. All students have access to online active books and various websites are available to our students so that they can continue with their learning independently both at home and at school. We often use video clips and music in lessons, as we are committed to providing a learning experience which is varied, accessible, relevant and enjoyable for all.

Enrichment opportunities

The department runs visits and trips abroad to France (Paris / Boulogne) to Spain (Grenada / Barcelona) and to Germany for the Christmas markets and closer to home, we have organised theatre and cinema visits to London.
The department also hosts dance (Salsa and Flamenco) and theatre workshops, when we are joined on occasions by our partner school ‘Cranmore’.
Film clubs run weekly when students are invited to enjoy films in French, German and Spanish.
European Day of Languages is celebrated with flair when the whole school comes together to participate in a variety of fun activities, including a European Bake-Off and a European Song Contest. The school also enjoys break-time in Café Europe!

SPANISH DEPARTMENT

Spanish is the second most natively spoken language in the world. It is the first language in 21 countries and there are 500 million speakers worldwide, it is also one the six official languages of the United Nations.
Understandably then, Spanish is a very popular choice in our school, the Spanish department is an experienced, enthusiastic and dedicated team who inspire our students to appreciate the cultural and economic value of Spanish nowadays. Our students are equipped with the necessary skills to achieve at the very highest level at GCSE and A level.
In Year 7 the students have Viva 1 textbook in Active Learn.
In Year 8 the students have Viva 1 and Viva 2 textbooks in Active Learn.
In Year 9 the students start their GCSE course and have Viva GCSE textbook in Active Learn.
In Year 10 and 11 the students who choose to study Spanish for GCSE continue with the Viva GCSE textbook
A level students have the Year 1 AQA textbook and the Year 2 AQA textbook along with Kerboodle. We also use Dynamic Learning and a range of authentic resources.

FRENCH DEPARTMENT

French is a major language of international communication. It is the second most widely learned language after English and according to the Pearson CBI 2018 survey, businesses rated French as the language of greatest use to them. As well as being the language of European industry, French is the international language of dance, architecture, the visual arts, theatre, fashion and haute cuisine. It’s a language of diplomacy and sophistication, and an official language of multiple institutions, from the United Nations to the European Union and the International Red Cross.
The French department is an experienced, enthusiastic and highly dedicated team of teachers who aim to inspire our students to appreciate the French language and culture and to equip them with necessary skills to achieve at the highest level at GCSE and A level.
In Year 7 the students have access to Dynamo 1 in Pearson Active Learn.
In Year 8 the students have access to Dynamo 2 in Pearson Active Learn.
In Year 9 the students start their GCSE course and have access to the AQA Studio GCSE textbooks in Active Learn.
In Year 10 and 11 the students who choose to study French for GCSE continue with the AQA Studio GCSE textbook
A level students have the Year 1 AQA textbook and the Year 2 AQA textbook along with Kerboodle. We also use Dynamic Learning and a range of authentic resources.

GERMAN DEPARTMENT

German has the largest number of native speakers in Europe. It is considered by many to be the language of technology, science and invention. As the UK’s most important trading partner and its greatest source of imports, those who can speak German stand to benefit in the wake of Brexit.
German is regarded as a ‘facilitating subject’ by top universities and links well to many other subjects. Studying a language also develops soft skills, such as communication and intercultural awareness.
The German department is an experienced, enthusiastic and highly dedicated team of teachers who aim to inspire our students to appreciate the German language and culture and to equip them with the necessary skills to achieve to highest level at GCSE and A Level.

In Year 7 the students have access to Stimmt 1 in Pearson Active Learn.
In Year 8 the students have access to Stimmt 1 in Pearson Active Learn.
In Year 9 the students begin with Stimmt 2 in Pearson Active Lear and then start their GCSE course and have access to the AQA Stimmt GCSE textbooks in Active Learn.
In Year 10 and 11 the students who choose to study German for GCSE continue with the AQA Stimmt GCSE textbooks
A level students have the Year 1 AQA textbook and the Year 2 AQA textbook along with Kerboodle. We also use Dynamic Learning and a range of authentic resources.

 

Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education

Physical, Social, Health and Economic Education is a timetabled lesson taught by 13 teachers, across the academic staff. PSHE is taught using a range of interactive resources, websites and the ‘Your Life’ textbook, in accordance with the PSHE Association guidelines. The Head of PSHE liaises with the Science and Religious Studies Departments to provide RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) topics that are taught sensitively, appropriately for their age group, and appropriate to our Catholic values.

Years 7-9 have a timetabled PSHE lesson each week. They cover a variety of topics within 3 equally taught areas; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. As well as learning these topics, Year 7 complete a Bounceability course with an external counsellor. Years 8 and 9 benefit from external and internal speakers; topics include being safe online, mental health, peer pressure, disabilities, RSE and more. All year groups have regular talks from our school nurse, covering First Aid, Health and Wellbeing.

Years 10-11 alternate PSHE lessons with Maths and have PSHE once a fortnight. They build upon the foundations covered in Key Stage 3; topics within Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World. Years 10-11 benefit from external and internal speakers in areas such as study skills, online safety, mental health, disabilities, relationships, consent and more. All year groups have regular talks from our school nurse, learning about First Aid, Health and Wellbeing.

Sixth Form alternate PSHE lessons with Enrichment activities and have PSHE once a fortnight. They benefit from a range of exciting external and internal speakers; in areas such as study skills, safe driving, personal safety, student finances, drugs, alcohol and mental health. Recurring companies and charities that kindly speak at St Teresa’s include Learning Performance, Elevate Education, Pathways London, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Disability Challengers and many more. If you would like more information, or if you would like to suggest a speaker, please email Head of PSHE p.cantwell@st-teresas.com.

 

Religious Studies Overview

Topics covered in:
Year 7: The Life of St Therese of Lisieux; an introduction to the Bible; God’s Covenant with his people Part 1 (Creation Story and the Flood); an introduction to the Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders); Christian Festivals – Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; What do we find inside and outside a Church? Christian Prayer; God’s Covenant with his people Part 2: Abraham; Christian Festivals – Lent, Easter, Ascension and Pentecost; World Religion – Judaism.

Year 8: Jesus the Jew; Christian vocation; Mission of the Church; God’s Covenant with his people Part 2 (Moses, Passover, Ten Commandments, Promised Land); the Christian Eucharist; the Paschal Mystery (events of Holy Week and Easter); World Religion – Buddhism.
RE Half course: The Church in Britain (Early English Christianity, Saints, Monastic life, St Thomas Becket); the Reformation; the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales; Catholic Emancipation.

Year 9: GCSE AQA Specification B Catholic Christianity with Islam. We begin the course with the study of the Islam module: beliefs and teachings; practices.
RE Half course: Christian Ethics; Racism then and now; the Jewish Holocaust; the life of Anne Frank; Issues surrounding World Poverty.

Year 10: GCSE AQA Catholic Christianity – Creation; Incarnation; the Triune God; Redemption; Church and the Kingdom of God; Eschatology.

 

Science
Combined Science Trilogy
Examination board: AQA 8464
Topics studied: The topics studied are cell biology, organisation, infection and response, bioenergetics, homeostasis, inheritance, variation and evolution, ecology, atomic structure, bonding, properties of matter, quantitative chemistry, chemical changes, energy changes, organic chemistry, chemical analysis, chemistry of the atmosphere, using resources, energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, space and practical skills.
Assessment: Pupils take six examination papers, two for each of biology, chemistry and physics, at the end of year 11.  Each paper is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.  Two GCSEs are awarded and are graded on a scale of 9-9 to 1-1, of which 9-9 is the highest.  Papers can be taken at foundation or higher level; foundation tier papers allow the achievement of grades from 1-1 to 5-5, while the higher tier papers allow grades from 4-4 to 9-9.
Biology
Examination board: AQA 8461
Topics studied: The topics studied are: cells and organisation, infection and disease, bioenergetics, biological responses, inheritance, genetics and reproduction, evolution, ecology and practical skills.
Assessment: Pupils take two examination papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes in duration, at the end of year 11. The qualification is graded on a scale of 9 to 1, of which 9 is the highest. Papers can be taken at foundation or higher level; foundation tier papers allow the achievement of grades from 1 to 5, while the higher tier papers allow grades from 4 to 9.
Chemistry
Examination board: AQA 8462
Topics studied: The topics studied are: atomic structure & the periodic table; Bonding, structure and the properties of matter; Quantitative chemistry; Chemical changes; Energy changes; The rate and extent of chemical change; Organic chemistry; Chemical analysis; Chemistry of the atmosphere; Using resources.
Assessment: Pupils take two examination papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes in duration, at the end of year 11. The qualification is graded on a scale of 9 to 1, of which 9 is the highest. Papers can be taken at foundation or higher level; foundation tier papers allow the achievement of grades from 1 to 5, while the higher tier papers allow grades from 4 to 9.
Physics
Examination board: AQA 8463
Topics studied: The topics studied are energy, electricity, particle model of matter, atomic structure, forces, waves, magnetism and electromagnetism, space and practical skills.
Assessment: Pupils take two examination papers, each 1 hour 45 minutes in duration, at the end of year 11.  The qualification is graded on a scale of 9 to 1, of which 9 is the highest.  Papers can be taken at foundation or higher level; foundation tier papers allow the achievement of grades from 1 to 5, while the higher tier papers allow grades from 4 to 9.