08 September 2016

Parents of Pupils in Year 7

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another school year. In the autumn term in year 7 the pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.   At the end of the term they will be divided, using assessments, into two ability groups for the majority of their subjects.

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


Pupils will explore still life as a starting point for 2D work. They will collect visual and other information by using look, think and draw methods and studying approaches and techniques used by artists who work in the theme of still life.


The characteristics of living things; cells, tissues and organs; use of microscope; food and diet of humans; digestion and digestive system; how the body uses food to release energy in respiration (aerobic and anaerobic); breathing and gas exchange; circulation including the heart and blood vessels.


In the first half of the term pupils will discover the different types of chemical reactions that occur in chemistry and link these to everyday life. They develop their practical skills by planning practicals with the focus on safety. In the second half of the term they will extend this understanding by investigating ways to separate compounds and mixtures.


In the first half term pupils will explore extracts from stories, poems and non-fiction writing about adventure, meeting real life explorers, as well as some famous fictional adventurers. In the second half term pupils will consider the question “Who am I?” by exploring the theme of identity through poems, songs, plays, novels and autobiographies. They will develop their skills as analysts and wordsmiths. Both units of work will culminate in formal end of unit written assessments. In addition, pupils will study a class reader to reflect the composition of the group.


Pupils will learn how to express their likes and dislikes, talk about their survival kit, describe themselves, discuss other people and describe a musician.  Pupils will learn how to conjugate regular -er verbs, avoir and être.  They will also look at adjective agreement and possessive adjectives.


Pupils will use ordnance survey maps to develop skills including; four and six figure grid references; compass directions; map symbols; the use of scales to measure distance and the use of contours to understand the relief of land.


Topics will include: greetings; introductions; numbers; the German alphabet; talking about where the pupils live; family; pets; colours and birthdays. Through these themes pupils will be introduced to nouns, genders, articles, regular and irregular verbs. Particular attention will be made to pronunciation and also developing cultural understanding by looking at German speaking countries and festivals.


The pupils will look at England just before 1066, including the life of Edward the Confessor, then move on to an examination of 1066, culminating in an in depth analysis of the Battle of Hastings. They will then look at how William established his power in the country through political, social and physical means. We will then spend time on social history looking, in particular, at the contrasting lives of monarchy, lords and peasants. Alongside an examination of these events, we also aim to develop skills of communication, whether written or verbal, and source analysis.


This term we will be learning about e-safety and staying safe online. The pupils will learn about digital footprints and how to behave on social media as well as what to do if there are problems. In the second half term we will be learning about programming and will use Scratch to create games.


This term, pupils will study number skills including negatives, decimals and written methods of calculation. Also, algebra will be introduced through sequences and patterns. Perimeter and area of 2D shapes form the geometry topic, whilst in statistics we will look at averages, diagrams and collecting data.


Pupils will explore the building bricks of music through listening and improvising a descriptive composition. They will hear and compose oriental styled music and music with a strong pulse. Some lesson time is given learning vocal material for our Christmas events.


In the first half term the focus will be on forces and study will include different types of force, springs, friction and mechanics.  Skills will include graph drawing and the interpretation of data.  In the second half term we will concentrate on energy, energy from food, energy changes, fuels and renewable energy resources.  Skills will include the planning of investigations and summarising information.


Pupils will study a unit titled ‘Does it make sense to believe in God?’. This unit introduces pupils to some of the philosophical questions about belief in God. It seeks to enable pupils to deal with questions about the nature of God and arguments about the reality and nature of God.


All pupils will cover the following areas; greetings, talking about your personality, talking about family members, age and birthdays, pets, saying what you like to do in your spare time, the weather and school subjects and life. Throughout these themes, pupils will be introduced to regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, the use of definite and indefinite articles, adjectives and adjectival agreements. Particular attention will be made to pronunciation and developing understanding by looking at Spanish speaking countries and festivals.

Design Technology

As in previous years, pupils in Year 7 will be taught design technology in two groups which will rotate mid-way through the year.

Initially, half the year group will develop 3D drawing skills as well building upon their computer aided design skills. They will reinforce and further develop practical skills by 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.

As the school broadens its design technology provision in line with new national expectations, the other half of the year group will study textiles technology. Emphasis will be upon the safe and accurate use of equipment, as well the background and working properties of a range of materials.

Pupils will change technology classes at February half term.

Boys Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the autumn term. In the team games such as rugby and hockey, the emphasis will be on developing basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work involving indoor hockey and health related fitness.

Girls Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the autumn term. In the team games such as netball and hockey, the emphasis will be on developing basic skills and increasing the understanding of match play. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work involving indoor hockey and health related fitness.


The pupils will cover 6 topics: ‘You and other people’ focusing on bullying and the school bullying code; ‘You and your family’ exploring that cause of conflict within families; ‘You and other people’ looking at disabilities; ‘You and your time’ pupils will look at effective ways to manage their time; ‘You and your achievements’ will review progress and setting targets; ‘You and your money’ pupils will explore budgeting and saving.

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

Yours sincerely

M A Makin

Director of Studies









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