1. Seniors class is made up of selected students who during their stay in First Class, have shown ability to -
    1) Complete all homework on time before the following week;
    2) Achieve high quality work with almost all A and B grades.
    Older and more advanced students can take special assessment tests to move up faster.

    This page gives information on all the subjects which can be studied at Seniors (Intermediate) level. Subjects offered are:
    English Language & Literature (Required), Maths (Required),
    OPTIONS Sciences, History, Geography, French and Spanish.
    All students attend our Monday morning Philosophy and Society seminar. This acts as a school gathering, and we look at all kinds of topics. Requests for topics are welcome.

    For a general overview of subjects taught, and extra issues like private tutorials, religion, the Restricted Programme for students with health or other difficulties go HERE.

    A Seniors student takes AT LEAST THREE option subjects, additional to the two Required subjects; unless on the Restricted Programme.
    You may have studied some of the topics in a subject described below. Seniors takes them to a more in-depth and detailed level.

    class SENIORS star.png ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE (Required subject)
    There are 2 class hours a week, with homework now 1.5 hours a week.
    At this level all the items of First Class are reinforced and extended. Rules of presentation are applied more strictly.
    The art of analysing questions and building answers from the question itself is taught.
    There is more emphasis on preparation of structured essays, and presenting research. Report and review writing, and business letters are covered.
    Interpretation of language is explored, including persuasiion and subtext. Literary forms are explained and exercised.
    Longer items of text are examined: news articles, speeches, stories and reviews. Literary pieces include a small Chaucer item; mythology; a selection of poems; early science fiction such as Huxley's "Brave New World," and Forster's "The Machine."
    Students are encouraged to take a critical approach, with their own independent thinking. The skills of comprehension are used to closely examine a text. Summary (precis and paraphrase skills are trained, together with research skills and university style formal quotation.
    The same technique of essay writing is continued, with a target wordcount of 500.
    The skill of story writing is explored, and short items of literature. The art of summary, both precis and paraphrase, is taught.

    You can also look at English and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE. This page includes our friendly and effective approach to spelling. The Literature page is HERE.

    class SENIORS star.png MATHS (Required subject)
    Many students dislike Maths so we have ensured our Maths teacher is endlessly patient and kind. Where she finds a student who likes the subject that is very welcome indeed and every encouragement will be given to reach top capacity.
    Two hours per week classes with one hour homework.
    Students need to acquire a scientific calculator which can be purchased online.
    TOPICS:
    Numbers – traditional arithmetic, appropriate use of scientific calculators, understanding number relationships, fractions, decimals, percentages, values, ratios, money and currency.
    Space, shape and measure – angles & geometry introduction, circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, area, time, distance, units of measure.
    Handling data – graphs & charts, averages, introduction to probability.
    Algebra – an introduction to basic algebra skills.

    You can also look at Maths and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.

    A Seniors student takes AT LEAST THREE option subjects,
    additional to the two Required subjects; unless on the Restricted Programme.

    class SENIORS star.png SCIENCES (Option)
    There are two Science courses at this level. Both explore Biology, Physics and Chemistry and students take both courses. Two hour s of class per week with one hour's homework.
    Course I draws from the IGCSE syllabus to prepare the essentials for higher study.
    BIOLOGY Variation, Breeding. Respiration, Smoking. Balanced diet. Drinking and overeating. Photosynthesis, Respiration in plants. Pesticides. Greenhouse crops. Fertilisers.
    PHYSICS Measuring objects. Density. Speed. Types of forces. Simple electrical circuits. Astronomy. Production of energy. Renewable and non-renewable energy. Pressure and moments. Energy exchanges.
    CHEMISTRY Metals and metal compounds. Rate of reactions, patterns of reactivity. Acid Rain, Measuring Pollution, Global warming, Energetic reactions. Kevlar. Vulcanisation.
    Changes of mass in reactions.
    Course II looks at current events, new research, fun and fantastic facts and statistics, students own request topics. This is not a predictable course as it adapts to the students' individual interests and to current events.

    You can also look at Sciences and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.

    class SENIORS star.png HISTORY (Option)
    The intermediate and advanced levels of history are taught by one of our most expert teachers who brings a strong academic background in politics and economics to the subject.
    At this intermediate level history is explored systematically, focusing on the modern period of the last few centuries. Issues of war, economics, the 'great man' explanation, feminist history, city and country life and how it has changed under technological pressures, are examples of topics. Others are based around major historical change, such is railways, sewers or the internet and how they have revolutionised human life.
    One successful project looked at the history of the places where each student in the class lived.
    This level of teaching in history changes quite often depending on the students who are in the class. Topic requests are always welcome.
    One hour class per week with one hour's homework.

    You can also look at History and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
    class SENIORS star.png GEOGRAPHY (Option)
    With intermediate students we can take a rather more 'serious' approach. Seniors Geography enables students to develop a wider knowledge of the physical and human world around them. Some topics revisit areas covered in First Class, but work them in greater depth and more formally.
    One hour class per week with one hour's homework.
    The physical geography of the world.
    Water; the hydrological system, rivers, water uses, rivers water the resource.
    Meteorology & weather systems, tropical storms.
    Earths structure; earthquakes and volcanoes.
    People and work; industry and employment.
    Tourism ( national and global), UK National parks.
    Energy; renewable vs. non renewable resources, pollution, acid rain, global warming.
    Ecosystems and biomes; tropical rainforest, deserts.

    You can also look at Geography and how it develops through the progressive class levels HERE.
    class SENIORS star.png LANGUAGES (Options French, Spanish)
    We offer both FRENCH and SPANISH to IGCSE level.
    Students can begin a language with no prior knowledge of it. They attend either a basic group or an advanced group in one or both languages. There is no requirement to take study to exam level. It is though important to have a 'taster' of at least one language at school age.
    TOPICS cover a wide range of everyday situations, and include both written and pronunciation work.

    You can also look at French and Spanish and how they developto exam level HERE.

    For a general overview of subjects taught, and extra issues like private tutorials, religion, the Restricted Programme for students with health or other difficulties go HERE.
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