9 January 2015

Dear Parents

I thought that you might like to know some details about what Year 7 will be studying over the next term. A brief summary follows:

Art

Pupils will be personalising and decorating themed jackets for the fashion show.

Biology

Movement and the skeleton (hydro-, exo- and endo-); coordination of movement by the nervous system; sense organs (ear, eye, tongue, nose and skin); the role of hormones (thyroxine, insulin, adrenaline and sex hormones).

Chemistry

Pupils will continue develop an understanding of how to separate compounds and mixtures. They will develop their practical skills and suggest ways of improving practical methods. In the second half of the term pupils discover the states of matter in which most materials exist. Pupils extend their practical skills with a focus on controlling variables

English

Work will involve some study of poetry including revising and developing understanding of poetic techniques. Spellings of high frequency words will continue to be tested periodically to ensure accuracy. Pupils will plan their own writing in various forms using planning strategies such as a flow chart and they will read a range of media and fiction texts.

French

Pupils will talk about their hobbies; using computers and mobiles; the sports they play and the activities they do. They will also use aimer + the infinitive to say what they and others like doing.  They will talk about their town/village; learn to give and understand directions; talk about where they go; invite someone to go somewhere; and talk about what they can do in town.  Grammar covered includes consolidation of regular -er verbs; using aimer, vouloir and pouvoir + the infinitive; and using a + the definite article.

Geography

Pupils will be studying Africa. They will study an overview of the physical and human geography of the continent. Then they will learn about the Horn of Africa, looking at the countries located here and the challenges they face in the 21st century.

German

Pupils will focus on topics such as sports and freetime activities, technology, school, telling the time, descriptions and giving opinions. Through these themes they will look at word order, qualifiers, expressions of frequency, possessive adjectives and prepositions.

History

Pupils will look at different aspects of life in medieval England. We will look at the lives of people in the villages and towns and even try to re-enact a particularly harsh winter in medieval times. In addition we will look at health issues such as the Black Death and living conditions in towns. Henry II’s relationship with Thomas Becket will be studied,  as will The Peasants’ Revolt. If we have time, we may even get look at The Crusades. Alongside an examination of these events, we also aim to continue developing skills of communication, whether written or verbal, and source analysis.

ICT

Pupils will focus on spreadsheet modelling and algorithms (including psuedocode).   They will look at sequences in control which is an introduction to visio

Maths

Pupils will be introduced to algebraic methods and graphs. They will also be working with parts of a whole and making predictions with probability. Shape work includes properties of polygons.

Music

Pupils hear music that uses repetitive rhythmic or melodic patterns as a building block. They learn about the importance of a steady pulse and compose rhythms for a small percussion ensemble. Classroom singing includes pieces with a steady beat. Pupils also learn how to balance small steps and larger leaps between notes when writing a melody.

Physics

Pupils will complete the work on energy resources with the emphasis on renewable energy.  Conservation of energy will be a prime focus.  The remainder of the term the pupils will concentrate on electricity and will discover what an electric current is, be able to give examples where electricity is used and be able to make simple circuits.

RS

Pupils will begin to explore the philosophy of religion and will endeavour to answer the question ‘Does it make sense to believe in God?’ Pupils will cover arguments for and against the existence of God, they will consider their own beliefs and what has influenced their beliefs.

Spanish

Pupils will study the following areas: talking about family members, talking about pets, describing appearance and character, talking about where they live, describing their house.  Within these contexts the following grammatical concepts will be covered; possessive adjectives, singular and plural of nouns, adjectival agreements, the present tense of regular and irregular verbs full paradigms.

Systems Technology

Pupils will work on a number of different modules this term, such as, aerodynamics, construction technology, basic electricity, research and design, robotics, mechanisms, pneumatics, hydraulics, materials and processes, and industrial control.   Pupils will attempt 3 advanced assignments.

Technology

Pupils will continue to develop their practical skills through working with wood, metal and plastics in a range of different design contexts. Pupils are encouraged to combine hand skills with computer aided technologies to create more demanding, challenging and higher quality outcomes. Pupils will also investigate, and work with, a range of complex mechanisms.

Boys Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will becovered in the Spring term.  In team games such as football and hockey, the emphasis will be on refining basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work including basketball and gymnastics.

Girls Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the Spring term.  In teamgames such as netball and hockey, the emphasis will be on refining basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play.  Taster sessions in football and rugby will also be included to add some variety to the games programme.  During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work including basketball and gymnastics.

PSHE

You and your body: growing and changing; becoming a woman / man; questions: role-plays; feelings about body changes; discussion / group work. Eating and exercise: healthy diet ; food diary ; unhealthy diets / lifestyles; exercise ; risks of dieting– to include peer-pressure concerned with losing weight, conforming to stereotypes.  Drugs and drug-taking: what are they? what is drug abuse? why do people start taking drugs: Attitudes: how to find help: smoking: the facts: the cost: attitudes towards smoking: why do people smoke?; make an anti-smoking poster.  You and your money: you as a consumer.

I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you might support your child in their studies.

Yours faithfully

M A Makin

Director of Studies

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