Key Stage 4

Science

Everyone Studies GCSE Science course. Which aims to develop scientific literacy. The science GCSE course is linked to Edexcell syllabus. It consists of core science, additional science and extension science. Each have three exams which constitute of 75% and a piece of coursework which constitutes of 25%. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. A range of practical’s are used to help prepare for the coursework element. Our science department offers students the opportunity to discover the world of chemistry, biology and physics. We encourage active learning, so students gain a greater understanding of the sciences.

IT

At KS4 students build on their skills from KS3, KS4 enable the students to obtain a GCSE in ICT which certifies the ICT skills which they obtain. The ICT GCSE encompasses four modules from which two are controlled assessments and two are exams. The controlled assessments are both worth 60% in total and the exams are worth 40% in total. At Palfrey Girls School we provide the enhanced skills which the pupils will require at forthcoming stages of life and to keep up to date with the modern society.

Mathematics

Mathematics is one of the core subjects for all students at Palfrey Girl’s School. The maths instruction is designed to develop skills in reasoning and problem solving, enabling students to approach questions in other academic areas as well as in life situations logically, rationally and analytically. Written, practiced and oral skills are used. We follow the national curriculum and we are with Edexcel examining board. Our course content is divided into 5 areas namely Numbers, Algebra, Statistics, Geometry and Measures. Students are assessed at the end of two years by exam paper only, there is no coursework. Due to changes in government policy’s  we are  no more offering modular course after 2013 onwards, this means students  will be made to take the linear exams and the end of year 11.  Students will be entered for one of the too tiers of study. Higher level or Foundation depending on their ability.

English

All pupils follow the AQA exam board and undertake the GCSE’s English Language and Literature qualification. The subject consists of three main components: Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.  Skills are assessed and demonstrated by pupils through controlled assessments and external exams. Furthermore, a programme of study is initiated forming a basis for English Literature development, including texts from the Shakespeare through to Charlotte Bronte and Dickens. These texts provide the material for a wide spectrum of analysis and understanding; to be creative yet critical.  In addition to being an Islamic establishment we thrive to incorporate the understanding and teachings of Islamic context whilst reviewing literature texts. Focused is placed on distinguishing and exploiting Islamic views on the nature of the text, themes and characters to enhance students understanding in their ability to differentiate between morally acceptable views from an Islamic perspective.

Geography

Here at Palfrey Girls School we provide our students with knowledge of both the human world as well as the physical world. It looks at how humans can affect the environment and how we can manage it to improve our quality of life. The course is made up of two units. One is taught in year 10 and one in Year 11 at the end of the two years they receive a full GCSE grade. Unit one focuses on the physical elements such as how rivers are made and the human interaction between rivers and flooding. They also study ecosystems and analyse how humans and the physical world go hand in hand. Unit two is taken in year 11 and focuses more on the human prospective and how people change the environment around them and how we can make the world a better place to live in. Controlled assessment is taken in the start of year 11. In the year 2011-2012, the year 11 students went to Blackpool to study how coastal defences are important at popular coastal attractions.

History

History at PGS, passions students’ curiosity and imagination; moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, adoptions and beliefs of people in the past. It helps students develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. We follow the AQA A syllabus which in year 10 focuses on the history of medicine and how the Islamic civilization carved the way for modern advances. History of Medicine also involves; medical practices in ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. In year 11 students enquire the period 1558-1603. This Enquiry in Depth concentrates on various aspects of the government, life and culture of the England of Elizabeth I. It encourages        candidates to explore and appreciate the important characteristics and dynamics of the period. It offers a contrast of cultures, not only between rich and poor within the period, but also between the Elizabethans and us.

Urdu

Why should I study this course? You’ll be able to share your ideas, interests and opinions with other people who speak Urdu.  You’ll add and internet and dimension to your choice of GCSE subjects, which something many employers and higher education providers look for.
You’ll create great opportunities to work abroad or for companies in the UK with international links. How will I be assessed? Speaking and writing (controlled assessment), Listening and reading , Assessed by an exam in June.

Arabic

PE

The physical education department focuses upon the different ways of staying fit and healthy. Pupils engage in various activities throughout the year including sports and aerobics. Whilst undertaking these activities they learn, maintain and develop their skills through coordination, balance, agility and many more.

Citizenship

At KS4 the pupils learn and obtain a variety of skills which would allow them to become a better citizen. During KS4 they take a GCSE which consists of two projects and two exams. The exams are worth 40% in total and include: Citizenship Today (20%) and Citizenship in Context (20%). The projects are worth 60% in total and include: Participating in Society (30%) and Citizenship Campaign (30%).

Religious Studies

Quranic Studies