Year 7

Further information can be requested from the relevant Faculties.

SUBJECT: CONTENT:
ENGLISH

Term 1: ‘Frankenstein’ (play script version)

Term 2: ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens

Term 3: Poetry: A selection of poems written before and after 1914

Term 4: ‘Hamlet’ or ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare

Term 5&6: World Literature: myths and legends by various writers and ‘Chinese Cinderella’ by Adeline Yen Mah

  • Understand the literary forms of drama, poetry, prose
  • Understand and analyse the impact of writers’ methods on the presentation of themes and characters in a variety of texts
  • Develop contextual awareness
  • Narrative writing: plan, structure and write a diary entry from a literary character’s perspective, accurately using a range of sentences, punctuation, language and literary techniques
  • Descriptive writing: plan, structure and write a descriptive piece in response to a visual image, accurately using a range of sentences, punctuation, language and literary techniques
  • Persuasive writing: plan and structure the presentation of a point of view, using the devices of persuasive writing effectively and employing a range of sentences, punctuation and vocabulary successfully
  • Know, understand and follow rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling, helped by fortnightly SPAG lessons
  • Use a range of speaking and listening skills to argue a point of view and take a role
  • Know, understand and follow rules of grammar, punctuation and spelling, helped by fortnightly SPAG lessons

 

MATHS
  • Properties of Number
  • 2D Shapes
  • Further Properties of Number
  • Manipulating Algebraic Expressions
  • Decimals
  • Angles
  • Fractions
  • Probability
  • Equations
  • Percentages
  • 3D Shapes
  • Collecting and Displaying Data
  • Conversions
  • Graphs
  • Constructions
  • Pythagoras Theorum
SCIENCE

Transition unit

  • Cells, tissues, organs and microscopes
  • Particles/ changes of state
  • Energy transfers
  • Diet & digestion
  • Atoms, elements & compounds
  • Electricity
  • Reproduction
  • Chemical reactions
  • Forces & motion
  • Science skills
GEOGRAPHY
  • The Geography Programme: investigating the different types of Geography
  • Countryfile: Practice of a range of map skills including grid references, symbols, scale and relief
  • Home and Away: investigating site and settlement with a link to a fieldwork study outside of school
  • Waterloo Road: investigating the water cycle and how this links to flooding
  • Newsnight Special: investigating the causes, impacts and responses to flooding in a MEDC and LEDC
  • Extreme Living: investigating the impact of extreme living factors on the lives of people in different countries
  • Regional Weather: investigating the measurements and impacts of weather
HISTORY

 Introduction to History and Skills

  • Neolithic Revolution
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Norman Conquest and Control
  • Medieval Life
  • The Black Death and Peasants Revolt
  • Islamic Empire and the Crusades
  • Tudor England and the Religious Reformation
  •  Stuart England and the English Civil War
  • Discovery of the New World
  • French Revolution and the aftermath
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Beyond Belief:

  • Introduction to studying RS.
  • Personal beliefs and differences between them

Sikhism Transition Unit:

  • Identity and the 5Ks.
  • Commitment and the Amrit Ceremony
  • Leadership and Guru Nanak
  • Respect and the Guru Granth Sahib
  • Equality and the Gurdwara

Christianity and Holy Week:

  • Who was Jesus?
  • Why did Judas betray Jesus?
  • What is sacrifice?
  • CSI Christianity – why was the tomb empty?

Hinduism:

  • One God or many?
  • The caste system
  • Ghandi
  • Caring for the environment
FRENCH
  •  Greetings
  • Where I live
  • House and home
  •  Animals and pets
  • Festivals
  • Leisure
  • A typical school day 
SPANISH

Unit 1: Greetings and introducing myself
Unit 2: At school
Unit 3: Family, pets and descriptions
Unit 4: Home and family life
Unit 5: Free time activities
Unit 6: My town and my region

Skills covered:

  • Listening/Reading for gist
  • Listening/Reading for detail
  • Communicating in Speaking: Seeking and giving information
  • Communicating in Writing: from lists to longer paragraphs (approx.100 words)
  • Translation from and into Spanish
GERMAN

Topics covered are:

  • Classroom language: school items/requests/alphabet for spelling out words
  • Introducing yourself: name/age birthday/where you live
  • Family: members of the family and pets
  • Describing people: appearance and character
  • School: subjects / likes and dislikes with reasons/timetable/uniform
  • Telling the time
  • Food and drink (snacks)
  • Festivals (Christmas/Carnival/Easter)
  • Sport

Skills covered:

  • Listening/Reading for gist
  • Listening/Reading for detail
  • Communicating in Speaking: Seeking and giving information
  • Communicating in Writing: from lists to longer paragraphs (approx.100 words)
  • Translation from and into German
COMPUTER SCIENCE

In Year 7, students will work their way through 6 topic areas.  These topics will be revisited 2-3 times over the course of the year to help the students to remember the information for longer. 

The topics covered are:

Topic 1: E-Safety and Cyber Security

Topic 2: The use of office software

Topic 3: Game programming in Scratch

Topic 4: Understanding how computers work and use of binary

Topic 5: Using LOGO - First steps in a text based language

Topic 6: Networks and the Internet

To find out more about the tools we will use within these topics, information and downloadable software can be found from the sites below.

Topic 3:  https://scratch.mit.edu

Topic 5:  http://www.softronix.com

 

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (Food Technology)
  • Recall and apply the principles of The Eatwell Guide and the 8 tips for healthy eating, to their own dietary choices.
  • Function of nutrients in the diet.Follow recipes using appropriate ingredients
  • Use Hob, grill, oven and blender and other equipment to safely prepare and cook a range of dishes.
  • Develop understanding of heat transfer, reasons we cook food and understanding cooking times.
  • Recall and apply the principles of food safety and hygiene. Identify the conditions that food poisoning pathogens develop and the symptoms
  • Identify factors that influence food and drink choices. The impact of poor nutrition on health. To consider the nutritional needs at key life stages.
  • Be given regular opportunities to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of food science principles and to consolidate their literacy and numeracy skills by using them purposefully in order to learn.
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY (Graphics & Resistant Materials)
  • Using hand tools; and machines including pillar drill, band facer, polishing machine.
  • Materials and their properties including Acrylic, MDF and Jelutong.
  • Processes including cross and draw filing, wet and dry, polishing, marking out and mitre joints. 
  • 4’Rs and sustainability issues
  • Understand the design features that Designers Pixar and Alessi apply to works 
  • Learn key terminology in the paper making process
  • Be able to identify plastic using SPI codes and recognise recycling symbols.
  • Analyse existing logos and be able to apply knowledge to own design
  • How to write an accurate product specification including all relevant key features.
  • Understand and identify key mechanical and physical properties of materials and why we select them.
  • Use the vacuum forming machine safely to create blister packaging
  • Develop modelling skills using Polymorph
  • Using 2D design to create their blister packaging design
  • Select and use tools safely in the graphics workshop.
ART

The Art & Design course is split into 2 courses: Fine Art and Textiles

Art: Landscape

  • Students will build on skills and learn specific drawing and painting techniques
  • Students will study composition and colour theory
  • Through drawing and painting, students will explore colour to capture the landscape in an imaginative way
  • Key artists are used to inform the practical experimentation and teach students about the Modernist art movement

Textiles: “Great Britain”

  • Introduction to a range of techniques to build a solid foundation of skills
  • Students will gather a range of images to explore their theme, responding to the work of contemporary artists
  • Students will build upon their knowledge of composition, design and colour
  • They will learn practical printmaking and hand stitching techniques
  • Through design work they will learn to develop ideas to design a personal final outcome using stitching and applique

 

MUSIC
  • Elements of Music
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • STOMP project on Rhythm and Pulse
  • Programme Music (Music that tells a story)
  • The Beatles
  • World Music (Gamelan)
  • 12-Bar Blues and Improvisation

Students develop skills in:

  1. Performing (Piano, Vocals, Percussion)
  2. Composing
  3. Appraising/Listening
DRAMA (taught on a termly rotation with Dance)

Students in Year 7 explore a whole range of dramatic techniques including:  Role- Play, Improvisation, Tableau, Mime, Narration, Thought Tracking, Split Stage and Choral Movement.

Throughout Year 7 students are encouraged to demonstrate confident and clear speech in performance, awareness of movement when creating characters and energy and commitment in all group work.

Units covered include:

Unit 1.The Evacuees.

Unit 2. Greek Theatre

Unit 3. Melodrama.

Assessment is a weekly feature in each unit studied. The ability to reflect and further act on feedback helps to raise the standard of performance in Drama written work.

DANCE (taught on a termly rotation with Drama)

Unit 1 – Parkour

Understand key aspects of Dance including actions, space, dynamics and relationships alongside how to show a theme.

Enhance understanding of creating duets and solos alongside ways to travel across the space.

Understand how to structure Dance using transitions alongside lifting and balancing safely.

Work effectively in a team.

Understand how centre of gravity informs counter-balance and counter-tension.

 

Unit 2 – Bollywood

  • Understand key characteristics of a contrasting Dance style.
  • Historical context alongside modern changes and development.
  • Understand key choreographic devices used within the style.
  • Wider cultural understanding of the world in which we live.
  • Understand motif and motif development.

Unit 3 – Contemporary

  • Understand how Dance and Science can link.
  • Understand the term ‘stimuli’ and how they can be used to inspire and initiate the creation of movement.
  • Develop skills to successfully show a stimulus.

 

PE
  • Swimming
  • Gymnastics
  • Netball
  • Football
  • Cross-Country
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Tennis
PSHE
  • Approaches to Learning – types of learning, organisational skills and brain training activities.
  • Health and Hygiene – Factors of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of personal hygiene.
  • Work Related Learning – Importance of jobs and job satisfaction, different careers, importance of budgeting, work-life balance, equality in the work place and introduction to transferable skills.