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Curriculum Overview



At Riverside, our aim in English is to empower students to be independent learners who are self-motivated and enthusiastic in their studies. Students will study a range of texts with a wide variety of appeal drawn from contemporary and modern sources. In addition, they will study texts which have had a significant influence on our English literary and cultural heritage. They will experience a range of fiction and non-fiction texts through which they will investigate and analyse language. Students will be encouraged to be imaginative and to experiment with language in their own Creative Writing.

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE English Language 8700

Currently, students at Riverside are undertaking AQA GCSE English Language 8700, to fall in line with College entrance requirements. There is no Coursework element as such, although there is a non-examination Spoken Language Assessment which is nil weighted. This GCSE is assessed solely by terminal examinations. Students will draw upon a range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. There will be two terminal examinations as follows:-

Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing (1 hour 45 minutes) 50% of GCSE

Section A: Reading – one literature fiction text.

Section B: Writing – descriptive or narrative writing

Paper 2: Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives (1 hour 45 minutes) 50% of GCSE

Section A: Reading – one non-fiction text and one literary non-fiction text.

Section B: Writing – writing to present a viewpoint.

All texts in the examinations will be unseen.

Non-examination Assessment: Spoken Language:

  • presenting;
  • responding to questions and feedback;
  • use of Standard English.

This will be assessed by teacher and will receive a separate endorsement (0% weighting of GCSE).

Key Stage 3

At KS3, students will increase their proficiency in the three major areas of:

  • Speaking & Listening;
  • Reading;
  • Writing.

This will provide them with the foundation for success at GCSE, so the aim is to develop the skills and technical accuracy needed.

Additionally, they will learn the communication skills necessary for future success in the society in which we live. As such, there is a great emphasis on the teaching of spellings, punctuation and grammar. They will have an opportunity to broaden their social and cultural awareness through carefully selected reading material.

Texts will include Literary Heritage and Multi-cultural Poetry, Modern Drama and Prose as well as the all-important Shakespeare. They will study a range of texts from a variety of different genres, both fiction and non-fiction. They will also learn core skills such as letter writing, setting out an argument and expressing a point of view.



Mathematics is one of the building blocks to life, without numbers there are no mobile phones, television, computers or money. At Riverside in KS3 our maths programme supports students to help them understand and apply the many concepts needed throughout life as well as laying a solid foundation in preparation for GCSE Maths. Work is focused on number and building the knowledge, skills and understanding in order to develop mastery as pupils progress through the school.


Maths follows the syllabus for the OCR GCSE (9 to 1) - J560 - Mathematics course. There is no coursework for this course, students will sit 3 exams of 1.5 hours each normally at the end of year 11.

Content covers the areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio/Proportion, Geometry and Measures. Pupils are encouraged to further their understanding through regular homeworks and develop the ability to show mastery in each of the subject areas .

There is also an Entry Level Mathematics qualification available (OCR R448/R449) for those students still preparing for the GCSE. The 4 short exams for this can be taken under teacher supervision at any time during the year.

Science KS3

KS3 Science will be taught through the new AQA KS3 syllabus. The subject areas of Physics, Chemistry and Biology will be taught through a 2 year scheme of work and includes practical experiments and written tasks combined with end of unit tests to inform of pupil progress.

This will then feed into the new GCSE AQA trilogy that is being taught in KS4.

Year 10 Science for Examination from 2018

AQA Combined Science (Trilogy). Code 8464

Worth 2 GCSEs (you are awarded a double grade).

Grades from 9-9 to 1-1.

There are six exams, each 1hr 15mins: 2 Biology, 2 Chemistry and 2 Physics. All exams are terminal (at the end of Y11).

There are 21 required practical activities to be completed or observed in class.

There is no coursework. There will be practical questions in the exams based on the 21 required practicals.

Y11 Science for Examination up to 2017

AQA Science A. Code 4405

Worth 1 GCSE (you are awarded a single grade)

Grades from A* - G.

There are three exams, each one hour: 1 Biology, 1 Chemistry, 1 Physics. All exams are terminal (at the end of Y11).

There is one ‘Individual Skills Assessment’ worth 25%. This is practical coursework, completed in class by April in Y11.

Alternative Provision in Science

Pupils who are unable to work towards GCSE may be entered for AQA Entry Level Certificate Science.

Pupils who have almost finished a science course at their previous provision can be support to complete their qualification.

Y11 Science for Examination up to 2017

AQA Science A. Code 4405

Worth 1 GCSE (you are awarded a single grade)

Grades from A* - G.

There are three exams, each one hour: 1 Biology, 1 Chemistry, 1 Physics. All exams are terminal (at the end of Y11).

There is one ‘Individual Skills Assessment’ worth 25%. This is practical coursework, completed in class by April in Y11.

Alternative Provision in Science

Pupils who are unable to work towards GCSE may be entered for AQA Entry Level Certificate Science.

Pupils who have almost finished a science course at their previous provision can be support to complete their qualification.

Yr. 10 History (GCSE)


Students complete one period study either on America 1840 – 1895, Germany 1890 – 1845, Russia 1894 – 1945 or America 1920 – 1973. Students will use a variety of sources to investigate historical chronology, cause and effect and interpreting historical sources to answer different styles of questions. This above information is appropriate for Paper 1 which makes up 50% of students overall grade.

Students will also complete one thematic study where they can focus on medicine through time, considering how approaches to health and medicine has changed and reasons for this.

A wider world depth study will also be completed focussing on conflict and tension including events between the East and West and also in Asia.

Finally students will complete a British depth study which could include migration, empires and people, Norman England, Medieval England, Elizabethan England or Restoration England. This information relates to Paper 2 which makes up the final 50% of students GCSE grade.

In both papers students will develop relevant historical skills throughout their two years of study including the skills mentioned for paper 1 and also fieldwork preparation, visit and analysing findings on their return.

Yr. 11 History


Students study the History short course in Yr. 11 where they focus on Medicine through time which includes disease and infection, surgery and anatomy and public health. For this unit there is one hour and twenty minute exam which makes up 50% of students overall grade.

Students will also complete a Historical Enquiry which is based on the history around us in Swindon and Wiltshire which makes up the other 50% of the final GCSE grade.

There is the opportunity of fieldwork as part of this enquiry which gives students a varirty of information to use as sources to complete their enquiry.

Yr. 10 Religious Studies


Students complete studies on two of the religions from Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They focus on key beliefs, Jesus Christ and salvation for Christianity, key beliefs and authority for Islam and key beliefs and the Covenant and mitzvot for Judaism. These areas make up section A of students final exam.

Section B of the course involves students focussing on relationships and families as well as religion, peace and conflict. For the relationships and family unit students will study sex, marriage and divorce and families and gender equality.

For the religion, peace and conflict unit students will focus on religion, violence, terrorism and war as well as religion and belief in 21st century conflict.

Throughout the course there will be a focus on tolerance and understanding different viewpoints from different world religions and also at a more local scale in student’s communities.

There is a written exam for both sections which makes up 100% of the overall GCSE grade achieved.

Yr 11 Religious Studies


In Yr. 11 Religious Education students study Religion and Morality which includes religious attitudes to matters of life, religious attitudes to the elderly and death, religious attitudes to drug abuse, religious attitudes to crime and punishment, religious attitudes to rich and poor in British society and religious attitudes to world poverty.

In these units students are encouraged to consider different religious attitudes within the six main world religions and how their opinions may be similar or different to these

KS3 Geography

At KS3 students study a mixture of physical and human Geography which includes map skills, rivers, population and the restless earth which includes plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes.

Students will study case studies in the above areas to help them understand the diversity of world Geography and how these different areas may vary from place to place.

KS3 Religious Studies

At KS3 students will study expression of worship, it’s a wonderful world focussing on the environment and us being Gods stewards, prejudice and crime and punishment. Students will have a chance to consider different religious viewpoints to the above subject areas and how their own opinions may agree or differ from these.

As part of KS3 Religious Education students are also encouraged to consider equality, empathy and how this may vary across the world.

Computer Science

Computer Science is taught at Riverside at both KS3 and KS4 in a purposefully set up computer suite.

The aim of the subject is to give our pupils computer skills and knowledge needed not only in everyday life but also in further education and in various industries, helping them to become competent computer users and practitioners.

At KS3 pupils study fundamentals of Computer Science as well as develop their skills in using a variety of software needed for both Creative and Programming strands of the subject. Pupils learn how to use digital technology safely, how to organise, design, present, test and evaluate their work. Each term pupils are given a new topic and a project to help them practise using different programmes, from Scratch and Python programming to animation and web design and coding.

Pupils can build on the knowledge and skills developed in KS3 further in Years 10-11. At KS4 our pupils have an opportunity to study either OCR (J275)/AQA (8520) GCSE Computer Science or Cambridge Nationals ICT Level 1/2 (J800 or J810). Completing these courses enables them to gain a GCSE or a GCSE equivalent qualification. As well as studying Computer Science and ICT theory, our pupils complete a number of coursework scenarios and learn how to analyse a client’s brief and how to plan and create a digital product to the client’s specifications.

Art and Design at Riverside

Art and Design at Riverside is totally student centred where students progress to reach their full potential.

In Key Stage 3 students will explore the language of art and develop their knowledge of art techniques and understanding of a range of two dimensions and three dimensions materials.

Students will have the opportunity to experiment with drawing, painting, mix media, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, media and new technologies.

In Key Stage 4 students who choose to do Art and Design GCSE will be required to produce a portfolio of work, which will include:-research, preparatory and developmental studies. Outcomes/final pieces. There is also an externally set task where students respond to their chosen starting point.

This is a broad based course of study, including work in both two and three dimensions, across a variety of media/materials, techniques/skills and processes, using different approaches to record images, investigating different ways of working, an understanding of spatial qualities, composition, rhythm, scale and structure and the use of safe working practices.

AQA Art and Design 42012 GCSE

AQA Art and Design (Tree-Dimensional Design) 3205/T. GCSE.

Arts Award Programme Key Stage 3

This will be taught across the academic year 2016 -2017.

Pupils will be initially taking part in the explore level of the award, then move onto Bronze level.

They will be encouraged to discover and develop their own enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form, develop their creativity and leadership skills ,learn new skills and share them with others.

They will get the opportunity to get involved with local Artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry – choosing a theme to work on of their own choice and interest.


Pupils have regular, timetabled , cooking sessions . These are an opportunity for all pupils to learn how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals often using ingredients unfamiliar to them .

Pupils are encouraged to work together and the sessions incorporate social skills.

Pupils take the food they produce home with them and are encouraged to replicate the meals at home .

Physical Education

Riverside offers a regular timetabled PE session utilising the facilities at the Grange Leisure Centre . Pupils can choose between structured gym lessons or team activities such as football and rounders. All pupils are encouraged to take part at a level suitable to them and to achieve at their own level .


Music is offered as an enrichment activity at Riverside and our pupils have the opportunity to take part in individual instrumental lessons, individual singing lessons or take part in group bands and choirs. Tuition is provided by Swindon Music Services and is high quality with a focus on the needs and musical interests of each pupil.

Our musicians have successfully performed at a variety of events and we see it is an important activity in helping pupils to develop their social skills and confidence.


The key purpose of CEIAG is to provide pupils with the opportunity

to engage in a range of activities and experiences that will contribute to their knowledge and understanding of the world of work and the qualification pathways suitable to meet individual pupils’ needs.

EOTAS is committed to fulfilling more than its statutory duty in this area and providing pupils with exceptional support and guidance throughout their education at EOTAS, from Year 7 to the conclusion of their education within the Service.

This is achieved by providing experiences to all pupils to help raise motivation, attainment and aspirations by way of:

  • visits to local employers;
  • pre-16 College for appropriate Year 10 and Year 11 pupils;
  • Work Experience for appropriate Year 10 and Year 11 pupils; college taster days and sessions for all pupils;
  • providing one to one CEIAG sessions for pupils in Year 11 in preparation for the transition to post-16 education, employment or training;
  • supported transition to post-16 education, employment or training; ongoing support post 16 should the need arise;
  • providing engagement opportunities for all pupils
  • empowering pupils to plan and manage their own future pathways by using motivational activities.

All CEIAG is impartial and equality is actively promoted.

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