Year 7

Curriculum Content

English

In Year 7, students will be developing spelling, punctuation and grammar skills (SPaG) based on our gospel values. They will also study: a pre-1914 novel, poetry from other cultures, a modern novel and a story telling unit. Students will also work on examination skills and will be given the opportunity to read widely and independently; thus encouraging an appreciation of literature. There is a recommended reading list which can be found on the website. The course allows students the chance to improve their speaking and listening skills through individual, pair and group work.

Maths

Students follow the Key Stage 3 Mathematics framework, via a series of contextual topics. Each topic is designed to encapsulate the National Curriculum areas of Number and Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Handling Data, but in a way which demonstrates the relevance of skills and builds understanding of the application of each skill in a wider environment. There is an emphasis on using and applying maths in each of these areas, completing rich tasks which develop investigative and problem solving approaches.

Topics the students will study include; Designing a school (Area and Perimeter), Harry Potter (ratio and proportion), The Zoo (Fractions, Decimals and Percentages) and Pirates of the Caribbean (Coordinates, Graphs and Bearings).

Students are encouraged to develop their mathematical and thinking skills through a variety of activities and learning approaches. These include demonstration, illustration, dialogue, problem solving and the use of ICT, in particular taking advantage of the school’s subscription to MyMaths.co.uk. Students are regularly engaged in oral and mental work and are regularly expected to collaborate and communicate mathematically with others, explaining their ideas and strengthening their verbal reasoning skills.

Assessment is through questioning, written work, homework and assessments at the end of each term, where progress is monitored and intervention arranged for students who are failing to make expected levels of progress. Students are taught in mixed ability groups for the first half term and subsequently streamed groups which are regularly reviewed. Parents are informed when changes are made.

Science

Students follow the KS3 Science programme of study. The programmes of study cover the National Curriculum areas of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Working Scientifically. There is a specific focus on investigative skills and the development of the scientific method.

In Year 7 students will study acids and alkalis, particles, elements, compounds, mixtures and chemical reactions in Chemistry. In Biology students will study cells, the structure and function of body systems and reproduction. In Physics students will study forces, sound, light and space.

Assessment is through questioning, written work, the observation of experimental technique and written unit examinations every term. Students are taught in ability groups and these are reviewed on a regular basis.

Geography

Year 7 students develop their geographical skills and appreciation of the values and attitudes of others. Year 7 students study a variety of countries and develop their map skills. In Year 7 students

study the following topics; UK to Europe, Natural resources and energy, Brazil, Japan, Rivers and flooding, Russia and Italy. They also investigate Geological time scales, rocks and limestone

History

In Year 7 students study the Roman Empire with particular emphasis on the invasion and conquest of Britain. The Boudican revolt against Rome is studied in detail as well as various aspects of life in the Roman Empire.

Students then move onto studying life during the medieval era. There is a focus on medieval England with a study of particular events such as the black death/peasants revolt/murder of Thomas Becket.

Religious Education

Students follow the locally agreed syllabus framework for Religious Education throughout Key

Stage 3. Year 7 work places a huge emphasis on the students own experiences and relevant emotions: happy, sad, awe and wonder. This also forms the basis of their first assessment. Pupils relate this to themselves and examples within society and the world. Such as: the Seven Wonders of the World.

Students also study the six main world religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism), such as the symbols, holy book, place of worship etc. As a Church of England School there is a specific focus on Christianity throughout the remainder of the year. Students discuss and evaluate the life of Jesus, including evidence from the Bible (such as parables, discipleship and miracles) and key Christian festivals (such as Christmas and Easter).

A final significant topic is the Church, relating to different denominations and the important features of churches which all students have the opportunity to see for themselves on our visit to a local church.

Art

All students will complete three projects with a focus on developing key skills in drawing, painting, idea developing, textiles processes and learning how to investigate and analyse other artists’ work.

Basic Skills: the aim is to generate robust baseline data through a series of class and homework tasks which address all areas of the Art National Curriculum. Skills include drawing, painting, idea development and how to analyse artists’ work.

Cultural Patterns: a textiles project which develops student understanding of pattern making, printing techniques and hand sewing skills.

Local Landscapes: developing an understanding of perspective through drawing and paint local landscapes. Learning how to control the paint brush, a range of painting techniques and an understanding of colour theory.

Music

Students build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians, whilst learning to appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

In Year 7 this is done through the study of Rhythm, Notation and pitch, the Instruments of the Orchestra, Programme music and Gamelan – shadow puppets. Topics provide a range of opportunities for both solo and ensemble performances.

A formal assessment of practical skills is undertaken at the end of every topic and listening work is carried out regularly during lessons.

Drama

Students are assessed over three areas, creating, performing and responding. These areas allow students to engage in the development of creative work, performance opportunities and understanding effective evaluation techniques.

In Year 7 the above skills are assessed through storytelling, mime and Greek Theatre.

Technology

All students in Year 7 study a range of technological activities including food technology and design technology for 2 hours per two week cycle. The courses studied are based around a variety of design-and-make practical activities using a wide range of resistant and compliant materials including wood, metal and plastics. Pupils work in a variety of workshops with specialist teaching staff and on a wide range of project based activities displayed around the workshops and classrooms. We work on a carousel basis whereby classes rotate from each of the different subject areas after a 9/10 week project.

Understanding materials and how they can be used to manufacture a range of products is tested both practically and with regular homework exercises. Students are able to take their products home once completed.

ICT

All students in Yr 7 now follow the new Computing curriculum. The new programme of study requires pupils to study at least two programming languages, understand computational thinking, understand binary, as well as undertaking creative projects. Specifically Year 7 students learn: Esafety, Programming using Logo, Website design, Art using Turtle programming, Scratch visual programming, Making a comic strip, How computers work, Binary and decimal data, Designing pages for a yearbook.