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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

Year 12 

Curriculum Intention:

Attachment can be explained using learning theory – which is covered later (in approaches). Therefore I am able to introduce learning theory early and in the spring term it will only need revising. They will already know one example of learning theory being applied and linked to another topic.

Research methods is common to all topics and is therefore taught in a discreet lesson once a fortnight by me throughout the year.

The mock exam will cover the earliest topics only – attachment, memory, social influence and research methods. Therefore it will need to be revised before the exam and give an opportunity for students to recap.

Social Influence is taught early because it is an engaging topic with lots of examples of ethical issues with research such and participants being misled/deliberately lied to in order to observe natural behaviour. This links to research methods which is a key element of the whole course.

Year 1 work is easier than Year 2 – that is how the course is designed. Year 2 is more focused on the application of earlier knowledge. For example in Year 2 schizophrenia can also be explained using learning theory. Therefore it builds on earlier knowledge.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

Attachment  (AT)

Social Influence (DS)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

Approaches AT

Biopsychology Year 1 content (DS)

20th April – 18th May

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

Memory (AT)

Psychopathology (DS)

24th Feb – 30th March

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

Approaches (AT)

Biopsychology (DS)

1st June – 13th July

Research Methods (AT) 1 lesson

Revision for Yr.12 exam in June

Issues and Debates Yr.13 work (AT)

Research Methods Yr. 13 work (DS)

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Improvement in grades and feedback. Better organised essays which are more synoptic and include key psychological language used appropriately.

Improved ability to know how to answer Paper 1 and Paper 2 exam questions and select appropriate knowledge – initially using text books and notes and gradually without them. The ability to make links between different topics. Ability to apply relevant examples of everyday behaviour in their answers – for example the law on plastic bags (charging 5p) is an example of negative reinforcement in action – learning theory.

Employability skills:

  • Written and organisational skills
  • Use of evidence to support arguments. Manipulation and presentation of data. Uses of data as part of evaluation.
  • Mathematical skills such as using statistical tests.

Year 13 

Curriculum Intention:

Biopsychology has specific Yr. 2 content which is applicable to the explanation for Schizophrenia and to a lesser extent relationships. Year 2 exam questions require students to do inferential statistical tests on data and therefore we cover these tests at the beginning of the year. Students will need to apply this knowledge later. This is the hardest mathematical and research methods content.

There is time planned for revision at the end of the course – this proved a really good use of time last year and gives the opportunity to recap on Year 1 and Year 2 work.

Curriculum Implementation:

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Sept 2nd - Oct 14th

Issues and debates (AT) complete from summer term

Biopsychology Yr. 13 content (AT)

Research methods – complete from summer term – Yr. 13 (DS)

Relationships (DS)

Jan 6th – 10th Feb

Forensic psychology (AT and DS)

 

20th April – 18th May

Revision

 

Half term

Half term

Half term

Oct 28th – Dec 16th

Biopsychology (AT)

Schizophrenia (DS)

24th Feb – 30th March

Forensic psychology (AT and DS)

 

1st June – 13th July

Revision

 

Christmas Holidays

Easter Holidays

Summer Holidays

 

Outcomes:

Improvement in grades and feedback. Better organised essays which are more synoptic and include key psychological language used appropriately.

Improved ability to know how to answer Paper 1, 2 and 3 exam questions and select appropriate knowledge. The ability to make links between different topics in essay answers.

They show the ability to discuss the issues and debates associated with psychology and link them to the topics already studied. For example to explain that some explanations for behaviour are reductionist – where schizophrenia is explained by an excess of dopamine and other environmental explanations are ignored.

Employability skills:

  • Written and organisational skills
  • Use of evidence to support arguments. Manipulation and presentation of data. Uses of data as part of evaluation.
  • Mathematical skills such as using statistical tests.