Curriculum Map

The curriculum at USH is continually reviewed as part of our whole-school evaluation processes. Year-on-year, we keep the best of our previous work and we adapt the rest with improved planning and delivery. Click on the link to see an overview of the learning for this academic year.

Year 7 Curriculum Map

Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English A Story Like The Wind - Plight of the Migrant Treasure Island - The desire for adventure Romeo and Juliet - illegitimate love and family conflict
Maths Four operations and the number system including negative numbers and indices Introduction to algebra including solving equations, expanding, simplifying and factorising Area, perimeter and angles Percentages including percentage increase and decrease with a multiplier Fractions Types of number including highest common factor, lowest common multiple and product of prime factors Ratio and proportion Substitution Probability Pre-teaching of key topics for year 8
Science* Organisms and Forces Reactions and Matter Ecosystems and Electromagnets Genes and Earth Energy Waves
History When was the best time to go to the toilet? The story of Britain through public health changes What have archaeologists revealed about Anglo Saxon Southampton? What was remarkable about the Norman Conquest? Who had the power 1066-1500? How can we know what Muslims thought of Crusaders and invaders? How diverse was life in the 12th century? What makes a good story about the Black Death? How did people respond to religious changes in the 16th century? Why did so many people believe in witchcraft 1500-1750?
Geography Fantastic places - explore a variety of fantastic places including Machu Picchu in Peru Europe / UK - focus on map skills including using Ordnance Survey Maps Africa - explore misconceptions and develop understanding of the challenges of rich and poor South America - focus on Brazil and particularly the Amazon Rainforest, to explore the vast ecosystem and how it works Antarctica - exploring extreme environments and debate the future of Antarctica Rivers - developing an understanding of processes that shape river landforms and explore the causes and effects of flooding
Religious Studies What is the status of religion? Good and evil Religion and art Big questions from the major religions Inspirational people and heroes Sacred places and pilgrimage
PSHE Who am I and how do I learn? Bullying and friendship Communities and their influence Rights and responsibilities Finance First Aid Healthy mind and body
Spanish Introductions School Life Family and descriptions Your house Free time and future plans Your town
French Introductions School Life Free time Family and descriptions Your town Weekend plans
Computer Science Baseline/E-Safety Kodu - Programming Grand Designs (Computer Aided Design) Databases Micro Bit Programming Heroes of Computing
Food and Nutrition Chapter 1 - An introduction to practical skills Chapter 1 - An introduction to practical skills Chapter 1 - An introduction to practical skills Chapter 2  - Pastry, Pizza and Pasta Chapter 2 - Pastry, Pizza and Pasta Chapter 2 - Pastry, Pizza and Pasta
Art & Design Technology Drawing - tone and form Painting - "Colour Crazy" Painting - "Colour Crazy" Photography - Photomontage Sculpture - Dale Chihuly Sculpture - Dale Chihuly
Drama Baseline Assessment - devising and script work Detectives Fairy Tales Fairy Tales Fear and Superstition Harry Pushed Her - use of stimulus poem
Music Baseline Assessment, Vocal confidence (Voice Works ), Keyboard familiarity and Pulse Instruments of the Orchestra: timbres and textures, programme music and research Further Keyboard and staff notation - to introduce and reinforce pitch reading The Ringtone Challenge: using ICT, introducing looping, layering etc Folk Music: Covers, Acoustic instruments, Ensembles African Drumming: Ensembles, Polyrhythms, rhythm notation - intro to basic rhythm notation, group work to create call and response and solos Planets and Space: Modes, moods, effects, timbres, textures Embedding these in listening, reviewing and demonstrating the elements of music
Physical Education Boys: Baseline Testing- Basketball, Football Girls: Baseline Testing - Netball,Table Tennis* Introduction of theory: Short/long term effects of exercise Boys: Football, Handball,Table Tennis Girls: Table Tennis, HRE, Basketball *Introduction of theory: Muscles (warm ups) Boys: Table Tennis, Handball, Rugby , HRE Girls: HRE, Basketball, Handball, Netball *Introduction of theory: Types of stretching (prevention of injury) Boys: Rugby, HRE Girls: HRE, Handball * Introduction of theory: Healthy lifestyle, Diet and nutrition (Fuel for exercise) Boys: Athletics Field/Track, Cricket, Softball Girls: Athletics Field/Track, Rounders / Softball, Cricket Boys: Cricket, Softball, Athletics Field/Track Girls: Rounders/Softball, Cricket, Athletics Field/Track

Year 8 Curriculum Map

Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English Hound of the Baskervilles and the 19th Century Gothic Hound of the Baskervilles and the 19th Century Gothic Introduction to Genre Link to Film Studies Introduction to Poetry A Midsummer Night's Dream - fantasy, magic and escapism A Midsummer Night's Dream - fantasy, magic and escapism
Maths Application of four operations and the number system to topics such as surface area, averages and range Review algebra and deepen understanding Review of area, perimeter and angles Area and circumference of a circle, angles in parallel lines, using pythagoras to find the hypotenuse Percentages review Application of fractions to topics such as probability Review of types of numbers Speed and density calculations Ratio and proportion review Application of substitution to draw linear graphs Statistics including pictograms, bar charts, scatter graphs, averages and pie charts
Science* Forces and Matter Organisms and Ecosystems Electromagnets and Reactions Earth and Genes Energy Waves
History Why did the people of France become revolutionaries in 1789? Why was Wilberforce remembered as the leading abolitionist? What was the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Southampton, 1750-1900? Why is it difficult to know what working conditions were like for children in the 19th century? What mattered to the Mughals? What can local buildings reveal about Edwardian Britain? What can our local church’s Roll of Honour tell us about WW1? Why was Shirley bombed during the Second World War? What were the effects of the atom bombs dropped on Japan? When was the key turning point in the US Civil Rights Movement? Who are the British?
Geography North America - the cause, effect and responses of Hurricanes affecting North America Asia - explore how China is rapidly developing in terms of population and development Volcanoes and earthquakes - a taste of GCSE - exploring tectonic plates by focusing on a recent event and exploring the cause, effect and how people respond to the natural disaster Globalisation - how the world works in terms of industry, investment and trade and how globalisation affects them and the world Oceania - exploring issues such as drought in Australia, climate change in Tuvalu and the impacts of tourism Independent Project - choosing a Geography topics to research use the internet and books to research and create a piece of work that will be presented to the class
Religious Studies Questions around religion and science 21st century religion Does religion cause conflict? Dominion or stewardship? Ancient religious beliefs- Greek and Roman Religion and the media
PSHE Is Britain equal? The greatest Briton Healthy body Options and careers Friendships and relationships Finance Media My World
Spanish Chores and pocket money Media and arranging your social life Health and your body Food habits Normal holidays Future holiday plans
Italian Introductions Your family and home Hobbies Town and directions Health and the body Food and eating out
Computer Science Digital Citizenship App Design Blogging (HTML) Scratch (programming) Apprentice Flume
Food and Nutrition Chapter 3 - Soup, Science and Sausage Rolls Chapter 3 - Soup, Science and Sausage Rolls Chapter 3 - Soup, Science and Sausage Rolls Chapter 4 - International Cookery, Proteins and a chocolate finish Chapter 4 - International Cookery, Proteins and a chocolate finish Chapter 4 - International Cookery, Proteins and a chocolate finish
Art & Design Technology Drawing - Portraits Photography - Portraits 3D - Insects 3D - Insects Perspective Sculpture - Figures
Drama "At the youth club" Status and script "Missing": Dan Nolan Melodrama The White Room Stimulus
Music The Blues: working as a band, plus developing keyboard and own instrumental and vocal techniques, with improvising in a 12-bar Blues structure, researching roots and rhythms, conveying a message Minimalism: exploring layers, loops, phasing, repetition Soundtracks: elements, notation, instrumentation Film clip/ Advertising - considering leitmotif and musical devices to highlight action (cluster chords, glissando, effects etc) then underpinning with diatonic chords to emphasis mood; exploring the features of jingles, use of ICT) Reggae, Roots and Rhythm: diatonic harmony and chords, hooks and riffs Dance Music composition/ Popular Music: 4 chord songs - group work, singing and playing in mini bands, musical futures style/ DJing - depending on the group Samba: timbre, layering and syncopation, ensemble skills, vocal harmonies
Physical Education Boys: Basketball and Football Girls: Netball and Table Tennis Boys: Handball and Table Tennis Girls: Badminton, HRE, Football Boys: Football, Badminton, Basketball Girls: Handball, Netball Boys: Basketball, Football, HRE, Rugby Girls: Netball, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis Boys: Athletics Track, Cricket Girls: Athletics Field, Rounders/Softball Boys: Athletics Field, Softball Girls: Athletics Track, Cricket

Year 9 Curriculum Map

Subject Exam Board Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English AQA (Language and Literature) Structure - it's not just what you say, it's how you say it Lord of the Flies - herd morality Lord of the Flies - herd morality Duplicitous characters English Language Mock Exam Prep Power and Conflict Poetry
Maths AQA Number skills including rounding, estimation and standard form Pythagoras to find the hypotenuse or short side Application of area and circumference of circles to include semi-circles and compound shapes GCSE style algebra including factorising quadratics and rearranging equations Drawing linear and quadratic graphs Inequalities Percentages including compound interest Shape including interior and exterior angles Linear sequences Transformations Similar shapes Fractions review Using trigonometry with right angles triangles Surface area and volume Average, pie charts, cumulative frequency graphs, bearings and probability Stem and leaf diagrams, speed calculations Revision for the end of year exam GCSE graphs
Science* AQA Cells, Energy and Atomic Structure Periodic Table, Cell Division and Energy Transfers Organisation, Energy Resources and Structure & Bonding Electric Circuits and Organisation in Plants and Animals Chemical Calculations and Electricity in the Home Communicable Diseases, Preventing Disease and Non-Communicable Diseases
History OCR SHP B How useful is Animal Farm for studying the Russian Revolution? How diverse was life in 1920s USA? What are the lasting images of the Holocaust? The People's Health, 1250-present The People's Health, 1250-present The People's Health, 1250-present Life under Nazi Rule, 1933-45
Geography AQA The Living World - Ecosystems - focus on Malaysian Rainforest Ecosystems - focus on Arabian Desert as a Hot environment Climate Change / Resource Management Resource Management - focus on Food looking at food security and sustainability Natural Hazards - Weather - focus on Tropical Storms Paper 3 skills - including fieldwork opportunities
Religious Studies AQA What is God? Religion and the environment Religion and crime Worship and festivals Wealth and poverty Hinduism
Citizenship OCR How do I fit in- The makeup of the UK? A Case study on immigration and opinions in Britain Poverty and campaigning - Active Citizenship Human rights - Hotel Rwanda case study Human rights and the rules that govern our society Nelson Mandela, Invictus and Apartheid The rule of law - how does the legal system work in the UK?
PSHE N/A Study skills Crime RSE RS- Becoming an adult Healthy mind Community project
Spanish Edexcel Last holiday Clothes and shopping School and future aspirations GCSE course begins - myself Leisure Media
French Edexcel Media Future plans Health Imperfect tense GCSE course begins - Myself Identity and culture
Italian Edexcel School plans Chores and free time activities Last and ideal weekend Healthy living Home and town Holiday and weather
Computer Science OCR Computational Thinking/Python Microbit/Python/Hour of Code Programming Development/Theory Practise Controlled Assessment/Theory Feedback/Programming Development Programming/Revision
Creative Media Production BTEC BTEC Digital Products Magazine Unit Web Design Podcasts Music Video Music Video 2
Food and Nutrition Macronutrients GCSE practical skills Macronutrients GCSE practical skills Micronutrients GCSE practical skills Healthy eating guidelines and Diet related health problems GCSE practical skills Healthy eating guidelines and Diet related health problems GCSE practical skills Love Food, Hate Waste NEA2 Practice The Science Of Food
Art AQA Tribal art Tribal art Landscape Painting Landscape painting Painting and 3D - Food glorious Food Painting and 3D - Food glorious Food
Photography AQA The beginnings of Photography: Camera obscura and Cyanotypes Natural Forms Alphabet photography Portraits Collections Movement
Drama AQA Tony and Wendy Blue Remembered Hills Duologue Stimulus Physical Theatre Devised Mock
Music Eduqas GCSE course begins: AOS 1 Forms and Devices - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance AOS 2 Ensembles - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance AOS 3 Film Music - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance AOS 4 Popular Music - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance Elements of Music in Set Works - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance Fusion - Listening (Appraisal), Composing, Performance
GCSE PE AQA Theory - The consequences of a sedentary? Reasons for having a balanced diet? Practical (In school): Football, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Netball Theory - What is the function and structure of the skeletal system? Bones and muscles of the body?  Practical (In school): Football, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Netball Theory - How do joints differ in design to allow certain types of movement? How do muscles work together to create movement? Practical (In School): Football, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Netball Theory - What does the mechanics of breathing involve? Describe the pathway of air through the body? Practical (In school):  Football, Handball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Netball Theory - Label and describe the structure of the heart? The cardiac cycle and the pathway of blood Practical (In school): Cricket, Athletics, Tennis Theory - What are the immediate / short and Long term effects of exercise on the body? Theory - Define skill and ability? Practical (In school): Cricket, Athletics, Tennis
Physical Education (Core) N/A Boys: Handball, Badminton, HRE, Table Tennis Girls: Table Tennis, Tag rugby, Basketball, Handball Boys: Table Tennis, HRE, Rugby, Basketball Girls:Handball, Basketball, Netball, Table Tennis Boys: Rugby, Basketball, Football, Table Tennis Girls: Netball, Table Tennis, Badminton, HRE Boys: Rugby, Basketball, Football, Table Tennis Girls: Netball, Table Tennis, Badminton, HRE Boys: Athletics, Cricket, Tennis Softball Girls: Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Softball Boys: Athletics, Cricket, Tennis, Softball Girls: Athletics, Rounders, Tennis, Softball

Year 10 Curriculum Map

Subject Exam Board Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
English AQA (Language and Literature) Academic Writing - how to sound like an expert (inc Spoken Language exam) Jekyll and Hyde Macbeth Macbeth English Language Mock Exam Prep An Inspector Calls
Maths AQA GCSE style algebra including rearranging equations and linear simultaneous equations Number skills including standard form Application of circumference and area of circles Pythagoras, algebraic graphs and inequalities including graphing simple regions Percentages including reverse percentages GCSE shape including angles in parallel lines, forming and solving equations and simple circle theorems Linear sequences and transformations Similar shapes, fractions and trigonometry Volume and surface area including prisms GCSE averages including from a frequency table Interpreting pie charts GCSE cumulative frequency including interquartile range GCSE bearings including reverse bearings Probability including probability trees and expected frequencies Stem and leaf diagram, speed calculations, construction and unit conversion Revision for final end of year assessment
History OCR SHP B Paper 3 - Life under Nazi Rule, 1933-45 Paper 3 - Life under Nazi Rule, 1933-45 Paper 3 - The Making of America, 1789-1900 Paper 3 - The Making of America, 1789-1900 Paper 3 - The Making of America, 1789-1900 Paper 2 - The Site Study: Newfoundland Memorial Park (Beaumont Hamel)
Geography AQA Urban Issues and Challenges - focus on Southampton Physical Landscapes - Rivers Physical Landscapes - Rivers / Coasts Physical Landscapes - Coasts Paper 3 Geographical Skills Paper 3 Geographical Skills
Religious Studies AQA Hinduism Religion and punishment Human rights Prejudice and discrimination Christianity and the role of the church Origins and values of Human life Family and gender equality Review and revision so far
Citizenship OCR The role of the media and free press Case study - life in North Korea (Understanding systems of democracy) Main action/marketplace Economy, finance and money The law and the legal system Review/revise Year 10 exam preparation
PSHE N/A The world of work RS Unit - Extremism Addiction RS - Ethical issues Politics and campaigning Year 1 - exams prep Building year 11 skills Work experience prep
Spanish Edexcel School Future plans Health Town Environment Exam preparation
French Edexcel Free time - at home Free time - cinema visit Traditions Town Holidays Exam preparation
Italian Edexcel Identity and culture; family and friends Identity and culture; going out and last weekend Local area: Town Holidays and travels School School and work experience
Computer Science OCR Translators & Facilities/Logic Algorithms/Programming Development Storage & Hardware/Practical Programming Programming Development/Theory SQL & Programming/Theory Practice NEA
Creative Media Production BTEC BTEC Digital Media Products Exploring Media Products Component 1 Task 1 Exploring Media Products Component 1 Task 2 Mock Prep E-Portfolio & Documentation Component 2 Task 1
Food and Nutrition Eduqas Food Spoilage Where Food Comes From Food Science Mock NEA1 Food Miles British and International Cuisine British Street Food Mock NEA2 Factors Affecting Food Choice
Art AQA GCSE Coursework: Beaches and Boats GCSE Coursework:Beaches and Boats GCSE Coursework:Beaches and Boats GCSE Coursework:Beaches and Boats GCSE coursework: mock exam theme GCSE coursework: mock exam theme
Photography AQA Formal Elements of Photography: Composition, Tone shape and light, Shape colour and focus  Formal elements: Line, repetition and texture GCSE coursework project 1: Portraits GCSE coursework project 1: Portraits GCSE coursework project 1: Portraits GCSE coursework project 1: Portraits GCSE coursework project 2: Light and Dark
Graphics AQA GCSE Coursework: Typography GCSE Coursework:Typography GCSE Coursework: Festivals GCSE Coursework: Festivals GCSE Coursework: Festivals GCSE Coursework: Mock exam theme
Textiles AQA GCSE Coursework: Typography GCSE Coursework: Typography GCSE Coursework: Portraits GCSE Coursework: Portraits GCSE Coursework: Portraits GCSE Coursework: Mock exam theme
Film Studies Eduqas Component 2 film study - British Film Component 2 film study - British Film Component 2 film study - Global English language film Component 2 film study - Global English language film Component 2 film study - global non-English language film Component 2 film study - global non-English language film/coursework drafting
Drama AQA Face the Play Face the Play Assessment Blood Brothers Blood Brothers Assessment Component 2: response to stimulus Component 2: Development and Collaboration
GCSE PE AQA Paper 1: Define health and fitness? What are the components of fitness? Practical (In school): Football, Netball, Basketball, Handball, Table Tennis, Badminton Paper 1:Types of training? Methods of training? Calculating intensities? Practical (In school): Football, Netball, Handball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Basketball Paper 2: What is the inverted U Theory? SMART targets Practical (In school): Football, Netball, Handball, Table Tennis , Badminton, Basketball Paper 2: What is the 'Information Processing Model'? Understand types of feedback and its effect on the performer? Practical (In school): Football, Netball, Handball, Table Tennis, Badminton, Basketball Paper 2: Types of aggression? Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation giving sporting examples Engagement patterns and the factors affecting them? Practical (In school): Cricket, Athletics, Tennis Paper 2: What are the positive and negatives of sponsorship and the media on sport? Drugs in sport and their impact on athletes What are the strategies used to fight against hooliganism? Practical (In school): Cricket, Athletics, Tennis
Physical Education (Core) N/A 4 week option block: Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Netball, Fitness, Dance 4 week option block: Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Netball, Fitness, Dance 4 week option block: Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Badminton, Netball, Fitness, Dance 4 week option block: Football, Table Tennis, Basketball, Handball, Netball, Fitness, Dance 4  week option block: Rounders, Softball, Tennis, Cricket 4 week option block: Rounders, Softball, Tennis, Cricket

Year 11 Curriculum Map

Subject Exam Board Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1
English AQA (Language and Literature) Macbeth English Language Mock Exam Prep Macbeth continued Spoken Language exam Mock Mondays - writing skills English Literature mock exam prep: Jekyll and Hyde, Modern Prose, Power and Conflict poetry Mock Mondays - writing skills English Literature revision - at teacher's discretion, in response to mock exam performance Mock Mondays - writing skills English Literature revision - at teacher's discretion, in response to mock exam performance
Maths AQA Any topics not previously covered Mock Exam Prep Revision of key topics based on mock exams 2nd set of mock exams Revise key topics based on exam analysis Exam preparation Exam preparation
Science* AQA Earth Atmosphere, Earth Resources and Genetics Variation, Genetics and Evolution Adaptations and Ecology Exam preparation Exam preparation
History OCR SHP B Paper 1: The Norman Conquest, 1065-87 Paper 1: The Norman Conquest, 1065-87 Revision Exam preparation Exam preparation
Geography AQA Fieldwork - Write up & exam practice Economic Development - understanding population and development around the world including how tourism can help develop a country Economic Development - focus on Nigeria Exam preparation Exam preparation
Religious Studies AQA Identifying and tackling gaps/misunderstandings from different aspects of the course Key beliefs- Hindu/Christian Study and revision Exam preparation Exam preparation
Citizenship OCR UK and its relations with the wider world British constitution National, local, regional and devolved government Study and revision Exam preparation Exam preparation
PSHE N/A College applications and revision tips Family, marriage, life and death Finance - real world spending Study and revision for other subjects Study and revision for other subjects
Spanish Edexcel Holidays Mock Preparation Work experience and global issues Exam preparation Exam preparation
French Edexcel School World of work with Mock preparation Environment Exam preparation Exam preparation
Italian Edexcel World of work and future ambitions Holidays and travels with Mock preparation International Dimension Exam preparation Exam preparation
Computer Science OCR Programming Skills Audit/Theory Programming Skills Audit/Theory NEA Exam preparation Exam preparation
Art AQA GCSE Coursework: Mock exam theme GCSE Coursework: Mock exam theme GCSE ESA: theme set by AQA GCSE ESA: theme set by AQA GCSE ESA: theme set by AQA
Photography AQA GCSE coursework project 2: Light and Dark GCSE coursework project 2: Light and Dark GCSE exam project: theme set by AQA GCSE exam project: theme set by AQA GCSE exam project: theme set by AQA
Design and Technology AQA Non Exam Assessment:theme set by AQA Non Exam Assessment:theme set by AQA Exam preparation and revision Exam preparation Exam preparation
Film Studies Eduqas Component 1 US Hollywood film comparison study Component 1 US Hollywood film comparison study Coursework finalising Revision of all films in preparation for the exam Revision of all films in preparation for the exam
Drama AQA Component 2: Performance and Evaluation Devising Log Component 3: Texts in Practice Blood Brothers Blood Brothers and The Woman in Black exam preparation Blood Brothers and The Woman in Black exam preparation
Music Eduqas Gap Analysis, weekly Keyword Test, Notation dictation and Appraisal practice, Set Brief Composition planning, Performance preparation Finishing Composition and Performance preparation, Mocks Revision Guides and Knowledge Organisers, evaluation of completed course work Deadlines for Performance and Composition Forms and Scores – May 2019 Deadlines for Performance and Composition Forms and Scores – May 2019
GCSE PE AQA Paper 1: What is a Spirometer trace? Lever Systems and mechanical advantagePractical: Preparation for moderation Paper 1: Planes and Axes Analysis of movement giving sporting examples Revision of LeversPractical: Preparation for moderation Paper 1 + 2: Revision of joints Muscles and Bones Use of 'Exampro' to practice long answer questions Practical: Preparation for moderation Exam preparation Exam preparation
Physical Education (Core) N/A 4 week option blocks: Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Handball, Dance, Fitness, Netball 4 week option blocks:  Football, Basketball,  Handball, Table Tennis, Dance, Fitness, Netball 4 week option blocks: Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Handball, Dance, Fitness, Netball 4 week option blocks: Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Handball, Dance, Fitness, Netball 4 week option blocks: Football, Basketball, Table Tennis, Handball, Dance, Fitness, Netball