Why is Logic Different?

As a Year 10 student at Logic Studio School you will love learning, with a curriculum centred around tomorrow's jobs. This includes:

 

  • Academic GCSE’s, including all of the Ebacc subjects
  • Small class sizes - maximum of 24 at KS4
  • Qualifications in our specialisms - Business, Creative Media and Computing
  • Employer engagement, industry visits and projects based in the real world
  • A customised curriculum which recognises your abilities as an individual

Curriculum

All Key Stage 4 students have five periods of English per week.  We follow the AQA specifications for Language and Literature.  Although all students study the same set texts, careful thought is given to the pedagogical approach needed to challenge the most able and those in need of more support.  Some students will also take part in weekly literacy support sessions and others will have enrichment and extension lessons.  Students complete at least two pieces of portfolio work per half term, including a half termly assessment.  Prep is set weekly.

In Year 10, we study a range of fiction texts in preparation for English Language Paper 1.  We look at how writers describe settings, create characters, tension and atmosphere and put this into practice in a range of creative writing tasks.  For English Literature, we study the modern play ‘Blood Brothers’, a range of Power and Conflict poetry and ‘Jekyll and Hyde’.  In Year 11 we study ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and prepare for English Language Paper 2, studying a variety of modern and 19th century non-fiction writing.

Students in Year 10 and 11 receive 5 or 6 lessons of Maths each week. Students study the Edexcel 1MA1 specification and final decisions on entry into tiers (Higher or Foundation) are made after the Easter Mock in Year 11.  Students follow the Stage approach and all areas of maths (number, geometry, algebra and statistics) are studied with topics increasing in depth and difficulty as students progress through their GCSE course.

Students in Year 10 are assessed half termly, depending on their scheme of work, with a GCSE Mock at the end of the year. Year 11 have GCSE mocks at the end of the Autumn and Spring terms. Students in Year 10 and 11 receive one piece of PREP a week.

All Key Stage 4 students complete a BTEC First Award in Business Studies. The qualification is made up of four units, three of which are internally assessed with one external exam.  In Year 10 students study Unit 1 Enterprise in Business and Unit 2 Finance for Business (external exam).  In Year 11 they complete Unit 3 Branding and Unit 8 Recruitment and Selection.

Lessons are designed around BTEC assessment criteria and command words.  In Year 10 students complete weekly prep which is focused on developing Unit 2 exam skills.  In Year 11 students may be asked to attend a weekly ‘coursework clinic’ to ensure their internal assessments are complete and on target.  Across the two-year qualification students will develop their analysis, evaluation and justification skills within a business context.

Students will undertake the Edexcel GCSE in Computer Science over three lessons per week, plus 1 hour of prep. The course covers three main areas: Principles of Computer Science, Application of Computational Thinking and a Computer Science Project. It is assessed by two exams and one piece of coursework, all undertaken in Year 11.

Year 10 students undertake a BTEC First Award in Creative Digital Media Production. Over 3 lessons per week for two years, they will undertake 4 units, covering: Digital Media Sectors and Audiences, Planning and Pitching a Media Product, Digital Moving Image Production, Website Production. The course is highly applied, particularly in Year 11 when students will make their own videos and websites. The course is assessed by an exam at the end of Year 10, and 3 pieces of extended coursework. The delivery of this course is supported by extended work during Project Based Learning weeks, which utilise the support of industry professionals.

At KS4 students have 4 lessons of History a week.  History follows the Edexcel exam board and teach topics on Elizabethan England, Crime and Punishment Through Time, Weimar and Nazi Germany, and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991.  In Years 10 and 11 students are assessed regularly both on exam technique and knowledge requirements. This is achieved through a combination of mock exams, and knowledge tests.  Students are set a 1 hour PREP task once a week at GCSE level.  This could be a mixture of reading and comprehension, exam style questions or facts to learn in order to prepare for knowledge tests.

Students in Year 10 and 11 are taught three periods of Chemistry each week.  Students follow the AQA Chemistry specification only.  The Year 10 scheme of work covers Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter, Quantitative chemistry, Chemical changes, Energy changes, The rate and extent of chemical change.

Students in Year 10 and 11 have formative assessments every half term. In the summer term of Year 10 students sit a GCSE mock examination in Chemistry. Students are informally assessed throughout the year by their teacher and good use is made of self and peer assessment through STAR activities.  PREP is set once a week and consists of knowledge test and a task to secure, apply and extend the topics covered in class.

Students in Year 10 and 11 have four Spanish lessons per week.  Students sit Edexcel 9-1 GCSE.  Lessons focus on the skills required at GCSE and are assessed at the end of each module.  Teachers use Pearson’s materials for both Spanish, Viva and Studio, for the basis of our KS4 curriculum and use in-house materials in conjunction with this.  Prep is set once a week and will include vocabulary learning.  Mocks take place at the end of Year 10 and Year 11.

At Key Stage 4, students receive 4 lessons of Geography per week, and follow the new 9-1 Edexcel B Specification. There are three components investigate that cover the two aspects of Global Geographic Issues, UK Geography and fieldwork. Fieldwork is compulsory for the new GCSE specification and our students are expected to do two different one-day fieldwork experiences throughout the two years.  At the end of each topic, students are assessed using a past paper from the topic just covered. All assessments are tracked throughout the year and reported to parents every term.  Students receive PREP every week, which summarises and consolidates the students’ learning, with a series of past GCSE questions that need to be answered.

What can I study?

If you would like to find out even more about the curriculum, click below.  You will also see information about the relevant person to contact for each subject area.

 

Small Class sizes

In Years 10 and 11, students are generally set by ability, albeit in very small year groups. The maximum size for all classes is 24 - significantly lower than the national average. There is a strong emphasis on teacher-led differentiation and targeted intervention lessons for any student not progressing as they should.

PREP

We know teenagers work better at school.  We have responded to this by giving students 50 mins of calm, quiet work at the start of every day.  During this time they consolidate what they have learnt and every day starts with meaningful work and focus. It also means less arguments at home! PREP is at 9.10am and lessons do not start until 10.00 - which is scientifically proven to be better for teenage learning.

 

Personal Coaching

Our attention to student wellbeing and behaviour has been judged as outstanding.  Underpinning all students' lessons and our excellent extra-curricular is a highly effective and unique personal coaching programme: all Year 10 and 11 students meet with a personal coach regularly to discuss their learning and ambitions and how they will achieve their goals. Every single student at Logic is an individual.

 

Employer Engagement

Every 6 weeks we have 'Employer Engagement' weeks. Normal lesson are suspended as students create video games, visit industry workplaces to meet mentors, learn how to debate and pitch business ideas. The activities are varied but aimed at making learning come to life and give our students the confidence they need to succeed.

 

Communication

Excellent relationships between staff, students and parents are at the heart of our school's success.  Alongside two parents' evenings per academic year and formal reports sent home, you will quickly build up a relationship with your child's Prep Tutor.  We pride ourselves on regular friendly, open and honest conversations and staff will contact you with updates on your child's progress.  We always celebrate success and  respond quickly and fairly when there are problems.

 

Careers Guidance

Careers guidance for young people should inspire and motivate them to fulfil their potential. One of the best ways to inspire every pupil is through the creation of real-life contacts with the world of work to help them better understand where different choices can take them in the future. Our CEIAG is outstanding and more detail can be found in the employers section of the website.

Transition

We pride ourselves on the support that is offered to students at key transition points. During Year 10 and 11, students receive talks through assemblies, dedicated career days and 1-2-1 interviews that start to get them thinking about their Post-16 options. We also hold a Year 11 Transition evening in September where offer advice and guidance to parents on this matter.

 

Assessment and Tracking

It is important that students are assessed regularly so that they are given the opportunity to apply their class-based understanding to the types of questions they will receive in external examinations.  In addition to in-class assessment there are also three periods of mock examinations.  These take place in June of Year 10 and  March of Year 11. At this point students experience the pressure of preparing for and sitting multiple exams in a short space of time.

 

Attendance

Good attendance = good progress at school. You will have regular contact from the PREP tutor on how students are progressing in terms of attendance and punctuality.

 

PSHE and Religious Education

The personal development and wellbeing of students is Outstanding. . PHSE and R.E is  delivered through ‘Employer Engagment weeks’ and our PSHE programme. There are numerous opportunities, from partaking in the democratic process, workshops, visits and keynote speakers and a range of activities around well-being, keeping safe, sex and relationships. These are reinforced by a weekly PSHE lesson at KS4. Our weekly assembly programme provides a series of rich, diverse and well-coordinated assemblies.

 

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