Boys are encouraged to develop clarity of thought and accuracy of expression in written work with both factual and imaginative content. Oral skills are stimulated through debate, discussion, individual short talks and the reading, recital and appreciation of poetry. Wide-ranging reading skills are fostered and boys have regular written and oral comprehension exercises. The use of dictionaries and reference materials, both text and IT based, is emphasised. Communication skills are enhanced through drama, media studies and co-curricular planning with the performing arts department. Our aim is to produce pupils who are literate, confident and articulate. All aspects of work may be supported by ICT, including the use of desktop publishing, word-processing and PowerPoint presentation skills.
Decimals, fractions, percentages, averages and ratios are studied and practised in detail. More searching questions on area and volume of shapes. Plans, scale drawings, maps and bearings. Problems involving time, speed and 24 hour clock. Handling data to include graphs and timetables. Simple algebra and geometry. Problem solving to a higher level than in previous years is undertaken and related to everyday experiences.
The course aims to develop an enquiring mind and a scientific approach to problems. A practical, experimental approach is pursued wherever possible, with the introduction of basic experimental techniques and the handling of apparatus.The course also develops technical and technological knowledge, skills and concepts by tackling problems ‘first hand’ using a variety of materials. They are taught to understand the need for planning, recording, constructing, testing and evaluating as a means of problem solving. All these activities are carried out both as individual projects and as part of a group.
Multimedia Presentation, Spreadsheet Modelling, Use of Internet for information.
The foundations of the modern world are studied with a strong emphasis on the Victorian era including its social and industrial changes. The Twentieth Century including World War II is also examined.
The Mountain Environment, Water and Drought, World Cities, Wind, Hurricanes and Tornadoes.
Identifying influences on our thoughts, behaviour and values. Building confidence to resist peer group pressure. Learning how to say ‘NO’ to what is wrong. Moving on – using our gifts and abilities.
Music, French, Art, Technology, Physical Education, Games and Performing Arts complete the curriculum.