About the Department
Communication and Culture (Comms) comprises many elements at Wymondham High Academy. The focus of the learning differs from year to year yet the overarching theme is learning about the world around us and being able to express our views on it.
The department this year (2015/16) has 5 members of staff teaching throughout the main school year groups.
Year 7 and 8 has the development of key skills at its heart. Teamwork, memory, organisation, and research skills are all developed during this 2 year key stage. We also cover PSHE topics like Sex and Relationships education and Drug education. We have a detailed GCSE option section so our Year 8s chose the best path forward for them as individuals in Key Stage 4. Lessons are once a fortnight in mixed ability classes.
Year 9 Core Comms is once a week and is where citizenship based learning takes place. We focus on our students’ role in the wider world, how it impacts on them, and how they can make an impact on it. Human rights, our political and legal system, and affecting change are all studied during Year 9 as is further PSHE. Finance is looked at in more depth and previous work on keeping safe is undertaken in line with their needs as they mature. Outside groups are brought in to help with this as we highlight healthy relationships – physical and emotional – and avoiding the dangers and consequences of drugs.
Year 10 and 11 have a tailored program which is amended to fit the needs of the year groups. Drop Down Days are planned and this allows us as a school to make sure the right information about career pathways, options post-16, sex and relationships, and the world of money is in the hands of our students.
We currently run two GCSEs in the department. The most recent academic year should our greatest success yet in GCSE Humanities with 79% of our students gaining an A*-C grade. We are proud of their hard work and success. Humanities as a stand-alone GCSE will end in the summer of 2017 due to changes by exam boards concerning the 1-9 grading system.
This year sees our second GCSE be introduced as a main option choice. Previously, high-achieving and motivated students in GCSE Humanities could opt to study GCSE Sociology as an extra subject. Following our success last year (100% A*-C) we are now running GCSE Sociology as a 3 year course with students starting it in Year 9. Our single option class comprises of 30 eager students! Such big numbers in the first year of teaching is very encouraging and we look forward to their success.
Any enquires related to any aspect of Comms can be directed to Sandallc@Wh-at.net