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Book Buddies Project Book Buddies is an exciting project that we offer to a selection of local primary schools.  It consists of primary students usually from Years 2 and 3 and Year 7 students from Grainville, who would benefit from some extra literacy time being buddied with sixth form students. The aim is to allow the younger student to choose a book and to then listen as it is read to them before discussing its meaning with you. For more confident readers they may choose to read to you too. This will enable the younger student to be immersed in literacy and to be able to develop their language and communication skills.  This is in addition to having valuable one to one time with you, an older student. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Book club: Soviet Literature. A shared study and discussion of Soviet Literature 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Boxing These sessions will help you to improve your fitness and learn the basic skills to start boxing. The sessions will be both varied and intense whilst you will learn how to use different movements to both attack and defend. By working in partners and using pad work you will learn different combinations and benefit from full body training as well as strength and conditioning. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Certificate in Financial Studies Students will learn the general principles of managing personal finance and the course covers paying tax, getting mortgages, taking out loans, the importance of pensions and the different types, and making savings and investments. The course also covers the wider world of finance such as what is inflation, exchange rates, and how the UK Government manages and regulates the financial system. There is only a small Maths content and this covers how to calculate tax and National Insurance. Up to 20 UCAS points (on the new tariff) can be gained depending on the final grade which is similar to any other AS level course. There are 4 exams in total. A multiple choice and essay in January and a multiple choice and essay in May.  Re-sitting is allowed for each exam but only once.  Once the Certificate has been completed students may take the Diploma in Finance in Year 13 which is an equivalent to an A2. 3 Terms

2 Lessons per Week


Creative Writing In this elective, students will learn the basic techniques of short-form creative writing, including poetry, short stories and memoir essays. Students will read examples by a range of authors, write their own pieces and ultimately create a portfolio of original work. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Cult Films This elective course is designed as an introduction to some famous (and some not so well-known) films that have proved to be very influential on other movie-makers. We will be looking at the work of several ‘cult’ directors, actors and cinematographers who have produced work which falls outside the mainstream Hollywood style, so expect the unexpected, the weird and wonderful, the dream-like, the shocking, the visionary and the downright strange. If you are serious about film, you will enjoy this! 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Extended Project qualification An EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) is a BIG independent project for which you’ll earn an AS-level once completed (up to 28 UCAS points). It involves either writing a 5000 word essay or making an ‘artefact’ – this can be a piece of artwork, object or a documentary – and an accompanying short essay. You will have a supervisor to help you, but you’ll have to do most of it in your own time, so you need to be able to organise your other subjects and commitments around this. The best thing about an EPQ is that you can choose your topic and project title. As long as your topic gives you enough to talk about in an ‘academic’ style, you can do whatever you want! Also, they’re useful for University and Employment applications as you do your own research in a chosen subject to above A-Level standard so it gives you the opportunity to really impress them with your research and presenting skills. If you choose a topic you enjoy and you keep on top of what you have to do, it’s amazing to be in charge of a whole subject for yourself. 1 Year

1 Lesson per Week


Italiano per principianti / Italian for Beginners! We will explore the language and culture of this beautiful country, ensuring that you learn the difference between a cappuccino and a caffè corretto,  ragù and bolognese, un panino and due panini and much much more! 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Latin An introductory course to Latin covering the language and background history following a family in Pompeii just before the eruption.  If students choose, they can opt to take the test at the end of the course gaining a Cambridge Level 1 certificate.  Learning Latin will be of interest to any girls interested in Languages, Science or History or in developing their cultural literacy. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Further Maths A Level Further Mathematics is a full A Level and a 2 year course. It can only be taken by students studying A level Mathematics. As well as  new areas of Pure Mathematics students study further applications of mathematics in two of Mechanics, Statistics and Decision Mathematics. In the first year students study Matrices, Complex Numbers, Roots of Polynomials, Proof, and Decision Mathematics. In Year 2, students extend their study of Pure Maths and study either Further Mechanics or Further Statistics. 2 Years

4 Lessons per Week


Jean-Paul Sartre and Existentialism Jean-Paul Sartre was one of the leading thinkers of the twentieth century. Philosopher, politician, writer and playwright. We shall look at his key works, his life and influence. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Jobs for the Girls Learn the skills to stand out from the crowd of applicants when applying for jobs, gain that interview and get the job! In this Elective you will learn how to create your CV, write an engaging letter of application and learn tips to use in future interviews. The course will take you through each step of the process and will culminate in a real interview where you have the opportunity to be the interviewer and the interviewee. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


LAMDA speech and drama This Elective will allow students to gain their LAMDA Level 3, Bronze/Silver/Gold award. This will be a one year course and the medal gained will contribute towards UCAS points. Students will have guided support and during the course they will create two/three performances from different time periods that will be assessed by an external examiner. This course will develop students’ performance skills and the assessment will focus on interpretation, acting technique and knowledge. 1 Year

1 Lesson per Week


Mandarin, The most widely spoken language in the world? Why would you not want to study mandarin and have an insight into one of the richest cultures in the world. Mandarin may be easier than you think – no verbs, no plurals, no tenses … But there over 80,000 characters.  Learning mandarin will keep your brain well-oiled and give you the opportunity to achieve the HSK1 qualification. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Contemporary British Theatre – Play Reading for Fun This Elective will give you the opportunity to read and learn about different styles of Contemporary British Theatre. Characters and plots will be analysed within the sessions, developing a broader knowledge of 21st Century Theatre. You will explore ‘In-Yer-Face’ Theatre and the writers’ intentions behind the text. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Living away from Home We will focus on developing and extending students’ practical cooking skills and building their self-confidence so that they are well prepared before transitioning to University. We will look at budgeting for food, how to shop wisely as well as what equipment is best to buy when initially leaving home. The course will also provide students with knowledge of how they can take control of their health and wellbeing. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Maths for Science This is a course for students studying Biology, Geography and Psychology. There are a number of statistical tests that are used in Biology, Geography, Psychology and many other fields of study. Even if you study A level Maths you probably will not meet some of these techniques. This elective will introduce you to the key concepts and techniques. Examples will be based on past exam questions in a range of subjects: what you learn will be relevant to your A level. There is no qualification, but your grade at A level may improve. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Music Performance Performance and rehearsal practice for auditions, grade exams, house music solos and A level recitals. Feedback and critique from peers and music staff.
Support and practice for additional tests for grade exams including aural, sight reading, dictation, technical exercises/studies and scales.
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Philosophical Thought Experiments Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. We’ll look at a selection of these experiments which raise some rather unnerving questions. Whether you’re an avid reader of philosophy or just like a good discussion about life and the universe these sessions will get you to examine some of life’s big questions from a very different standpoint. We’ll consider beetles in boxes, whether machines are minded and whether or not you really should pull that lever on the train line. 1 Term

1 Lessons per Week


Our Place in Society By exploring the presentation of women in traditional and modern (social) media, we will discuss how to navigate our place in modern society: how to challenge harassment; stereotypical attitudes; body image; work and pay; gender identity and sexuality. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Current debates in UK and World Politics Politics is a fascinating and complex subject; a subject that both unites and divides people. An introduction to politics will provide you with a grasp of some of its underlying principles and systems. As well as teaching you about how Jersey and the UK are governed, you’ll also learn about how we currently integrate with the EU and the potential changes brought about by Brexit. We will also look at how UK and world politics has evolved in the last few years and the challenges democracy faces both at home and abroad.In short, you’ll cover a number of different aspects of how government and politics work, and gain a different perspective on how politicians reach the decisions that affect every aspect of our lives. All you need to bring with you is an opinion and a willingness to take part in political debate. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


The Psychology of Aggression – Nature or Nurture This enrichment course will consider both sides of the nature/nurture debate in relation to the causes of aggression. This will include social psychological approaches such as social learning theory, deindividuation and institutional aggression. We will contrast this with biological explanations such as genetics and neural and hormonal mechanisms. We will conclude by looking at potential evolutionary factors influencing aggressive behaviours such as sexual jealousy, mate selection and the evolutionary benefits of warfare. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour Do you ever wonder what drives people to commit crime? Is it nature or nurture that shapes criminal behaviour? This taster course will introduce you to one of the most fascinating applications of psychology – examining and tackling criminal behaviour. We will explore some of the most controversial case studies when investigating issues, such as the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system, police investigation, offender profiling and crime analysis, lie detection and false confessions, expert witnesses, jury behaviour, criminal thinking styles and last, but not least, the rehabilitation of complex offenders. You should choose to take this course if you have an inquiring mind and are interested in the complex explanations for why people engage in crime or if you wish to pursue a career in a psychological, forensic or criminal justice related setting. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Taming the inner Chimp with a spot of mindful meditation In this course we will be looking at The Chimp Paradox, which is a powerful mind management model, Thought Chatter and Consciousness which will help you become aware of the struggles that take place within your mind and how you might apply this understanding, awareness to everyday life. We will also participate in a little mindfulness meditation to quieten our minds and boost our wellbeing. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


TEFL This is a whole year course for those wishing to complete the qualification. Through the course, you will learn how to teach English to speakers of other languages. This would be a fantastic skill and qualification to have if you would like to travel or live in another country. It would also provide skills that would be useful in a future teaching career. Even if you are not considering teaching English in the future, this would certainly help you to know your own language better and fine tune your grammatical knowledge. As part of the elective, you can follow the online TEFL qualification with i-to-i, click here . Completion of the course would qualify you to teach English as a foreign language. The course is assessed with an online test, followed by completion of a lesson plan and essay. In the summer term, there may be the opportunity for those who are keen to undertake some lesson observation and teaching with the EAL (English as Another Language) team in Jersey, supporting primary school children whose native language is not English as they develop their language skills. 3 Terms

2 Lessons per Week


An introduction to video production Learn how to work a camera, edit your footage and export it in different formats. Compulsory for any A-Level PE students. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


What the papers say… Purpose: A critical analysis of the week’s news exploring themes, bias and personal response. Each week, a participant will present an article for consideration and discussion.
Outcome: An increased and more informed understanding of contemporary affairs enabling participants to link ideas and arguments with their studies and understanding of how our political, social and economic world works (or doesn’t!).
Expectation: Participants will be expected to read broadsheet newspaper and contribute to debate.
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Yoga Yes, yoga can increase your flexibility, improve your balance and decrease your cholesterol. BUT it can also help your brain and improve learning memory, as well as, reduce fear, anxiety and stress. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Women in Science Fiction Film Exploring the representation of women in Sci-Fi films. From Maria in Metropolis (1927) to Ripley in Alien (1979) and Katniss in The Hunger Games (2012). Sci-fi has long been accused of being a male-dominated universe. The film industry has changed dramatically over the years, but change appears to have come at a much slower pace on-screen, with female characters once often restricted to damsels in distress. You’ll watch a selection of films and learn how these representations have developed over time. Great for media students. 1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


Write for rights Sometimes a letter can change someone’s life. That’s the premise of Write for Rights, Amnesty’s global letter-writing campaign. Every year, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. And it’s not just letters – it could be petitions, emails, Tweets, Facebook posts, photos, postcards. Your words really can change lives.
Each week we’ll learn about our human rights and explore Amnesty’s 2018 campaign through discussions and letter writing.
1 Term

1 Lesson per Week


 

Elective

Monday P3

Tuesday P2

Thursday P4

Friday P5

Book Buddies Project Miss Rollo

Book club: Soviet Literature. Mrs Hotton

Boxing Miss Devine

Certificate Financial Studies Mrs Jervis Mrs Jervis

Creative Writing Miss O’Dea

Cult Films Mrs Le Feuvre

Extended Project qualification Mr Aguiar

Italiano per principianti / Italian for Beginners! Mrs Silvestri-Fox

Latin Mrs Batty

Further Maths Maths Maths Maths Maths

Jean-Paul Sartre and Existentialism Mr Langhorn

Jobs for the Girls Mr McGarva

LAMDA speech and drama Miss Stirk

Mandarin, The most widely spoken language in the world? Visiting Teacher

Contemporary British Theatre – Play Reading for Fun Miss Stirk

Living away from Home Mrs De Louche

Maths for Science Mr Barker

Music Performance Mrs Le Feuvre

Philosophical Thought Experiments Miss Hopkins

Our Place in Society Ms Duncan

Current debates in UK and World Politics Mr Herbert

The Psychology of Aggression – Nature or Nurture Mrs Jervis

The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour Miss Gomes

Taming the inner Chimp with a spot of mindful meditation Miss Lea

TEFL Mrs Vernaglione Mrs Vernaglione

An introduction to video production Mr Vibert

What the papers say… Mr Howarth

Yoga Visiting Teacher Visiting Teacher

Women in Science Fiction Film Miss Hearn

Write for rights Miss Hearn