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The Psychology Curriculum at BGGS

Introduction

Our teachers are passionate about their subjects. They work hard to share their specialist knowledge and enthusiasm for their discipline with their classes and will explain to students what they are going to teach them.

We also want you, as parents/carers, to understand our curriculum too. So we invited our Curriculum Leaders (Heads of Department) to share some of the reasons why they teach what they do and the difference it will make for our students.

We have been publishing this curriculum information in a regular series here on our website along with information about  and how we assess the impact what we teach is having on our students. Look back through the News feed to see these articles.

“We are committed to help your daughter be the very best version of herself that she can be – through academic study, opportunities to participate in the arts and a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This guide will help you understand what we have chosen to teach at Bordesley Green Girls’ School and why”                                          

Ms P Hyare, Acting Headteacher

In this article, we focus on Psychology at Bordesley Green Girls' School and Sixth Form

 “Every human is unique with free will” - Humanistic Psychology.

 

If you are fascinated by how the brain works and why people think and behave the way they do, then psychology is the course for you!

Studying psychology will allow you to think about information in a variety of ways, including thinking about how it is relevant to your life and experiences. This will enable you to gain an awareness of important issues such as mental health which will give you the ability to understand your own needs as well as others.

All aspects of psychology have real life application including developing treatments for addiction, helping to make eye witness testimonies more accurate to prevent miscarriages of justice and developing an understanding of why some people are more likely to obey unjust authority. Psychology will also equip you to use your knowledge of human behaviour throughout your life and grow into a more empathetic individual.

This course will allow you to develop higher order thinking skills, such as application to real life case studies, implications of psychological research and analysis of different approaches within psychology. This will provide you will transferable skills to enable you to succeed in all your subjects and prepare you for a wide range of careers.

How we assess the impact of what your child is taught:

PSYCHOLOGY

How will classwork be marked/

monitored/

graded/

self-assessed?

KS3

N/A

KS4

Exercise books marked using marking policy and feedback sheet completed – includes working at level, things that need to be improved, what went well and a question/reflection for students to complete.

Selection of books monitored (book scrutiny) each half term per GCSE class.

Tests are kept in a folder with a progress grid showing target and result for each mid topic and end of topic test and re-sit tests.

KS5

Exam questions and timed essays completed in class are marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid via a mixture of peer assessment, self-assessment and teacher marking.

Levels and scores are given as well as WWW and EBI.

What classwork will be marked?

KS3

N/A

KS4

Exercise books, which includes practice exam questions,  mid-topic tests and end of topic tests and homework booklets (for some topics)

Tests are kept in a folder with a progress grid showing target and result for each mid topic and end of topic test

KS5

Timed essays, end of topic tests and mock exams are marked.

Students expected to take ownership of learning at this key stage so notes made in lessons are not marked.

How will students ‘reflect’ on marking/ feedback?

KS3

N/A

KS4

Feedback sheet includes WWW, ways to improve work, key marking codes and a question/reflection for students to complete.

Students will also complete WWW and EBI type reflections after practice exam questions, mid-topic and end of topic tests and complete a progress grid showing target and results for tests (kept in their folder).

Students will complete improved answers in green pen

KS5

Students will complete WWW and EBI type reflections after timed essays, practice exam questions and mid-topic and end of topic tests and mock exams.

Improved answers are made by students using green pen.

 

How will Homework be marked/

monitored/

graded?

KS4 – For some topics, students have exam question homework booklets, marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid, students are given comments explaining WWW and EBI and make improved answers in green pen.

 

KS5 – Timed essays marked using the AQA mark scheme and holistic marking grid, students are given comments explaining WWW and EBI.

What are the formal Assessments? When are they marked?

Mid-topic tests and end of topic tests and mock exams (KS4)

 

Timed essays throughout the topics, end of topic tests and mock exams (KS5)