Through specific imaginative and creative activities, we work on a wide variety of abilities. Our focus allows pupils to express themselves and to communicate ideas and feelings in visual media so that they can be successful in their studies and responsible citizens.
Biology is at the centre of scientific development in the 21st century. The human genome project has opened many doors in the field of medicine and in the way we understand life.
Our aim at Caxton College is for our pupils to acquire a thorough understanding of biological concepts in order to become the next generation’s doctors and scientists.
The department strives to demonstrate that Business Studies is a dynamic and diverse subject. Our aim is to achieve excellence, and we hope that our students will do this also.
In the department, our aim is to teach a syllabus that students will find interesting, useful and challenging in all years. We wish to reinforce the pupils’ skills in working individually and as a group; completing research and data analysis; and presenting their work. The students will have a positive atmosphere that will reinforce their self-confidence, with enthusiastic and dedicated teachers.
The objectives are similar for all pupils who learn German: to develop skills that will allow the pupil to use the German language successfully in real communication situations, and to offer a vision and thorough understanding of the culture and civilisations of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, whilst promoting positive attitudes towards learning foreign languages and towards their native speakers.
History permits our students to develop their own identity through knowledge of what was here before them on a personal, local, national and international level. This allows students to ask themselves questions and to develop different perspectives on the same fact.
The study of History requires that students not accept information that has not first been subjected to a process of critical analysis.
Above all, we work to develop students’ self-confidence so that they do not become discouraged when they make mistakes, and so that they are always willing to take on new challenges.
In the theory section, students will develop a greater understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the body, energy systems, diet and nutrition and how they contribute to providing energy. In addition, they will learn about the sociology and psychology of sport, technical developments in sports, short term preparation, long-term preparation including warming up, cooling down, training methods and fitness testing.
Physical Education is a subject that is useful in the fields of sports medicine, physiotherapy, coaching and even sports journalism.
The principal aim of the Physics Department at Caxton College is to inspire the next generation of physicists to push beyond the current limits of development and understanding, and to involve them in the search for solutions to the problems that we face in the 21st century.
Physics students develop practical skills such as the ability to plan and analyse scientific research. The department considers Physics to be more than just a subject at school, and our aim is for pupils to understand the importance of research and the impact that it has on our everyday lives.
All of this helps the student to understand society and our everyday surroundings. Psychology is a dynamic subject and this department strives to reflect this in all lessons.
The EPQ requires students to carry out research on a topic that they have chosen and is not covered by their other qualifications. They then use this research to produce a written report of about 5000 words and, in the case of practical projects, an artefact or a production. A student can take inspiration from something studied in class or something completely unrelated to their studies.
The EPQ allows students to embark on largely self-directed projects. By taking responsibility for the choice and design of an individual project (or an individual role in a group project) students:
• become more critical, reflective and independent learners.
• develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills.
• increase their planning, research, analysis, synthesis, evaluation and presentation skills.
• learn to apply new technologies confidently.
• demonstrate creativity, initiative and enterprise.
In addition to the report, the EPQ requires students to record their progress in the form of a log book and also to give a presentation to a non-specialist audience. Students start the EPQ in the first term of Year 12 and will complete the main part of the project by the beginning of Year 13. Final presentations will take place during the first term of Year 13.