Parents of Pupils in Year 7

12 September 2014

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. In mathematics this process is carried out prior to the autumn half term.

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:

Art

This term the pupils will further develop their knowledge of colour theory and their ability to mix and apply colour by producing a painting of a tree. They will focus on the positive and negative aspects of space.

Biology

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.

Chemistry

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.

English

The pupils will learn how to write to a narrative structure by writing a ghost story. Classes will also study poetry and writing in specific forms. They will have classroom reader (Kensuke’s Kingdom or Skellig) and encounter a mixture of non- fiction and fiction texts.

French

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.

Geography

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

German

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.

History

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.

ICT

Pupils will study the uses of ICT and methods of communication. We will then focus on: staying safe online and look at personal information; cyber bullying using email; texts and chat rooms; where to get help and internet use at school.

Maths

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.

Music

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.

Physics

In the first half term the focus will be on forces and study will include different types of force, springs, friction and pressure.  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.

RS

Pupils will cover two units this term: ‘What can we find out about Christianity through art and architecture?’ and ‘Does it make sense to believe in God?’ Pupils will gain a deeper understanding of the role of art and architecture within the Christian faith and will visit Durham Cathedral as part of their studies. The second unit introduces pupils to some of the philosophical questions about the 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.

Spanish

All pupils will cover the following areas; greetings, introductions, numbers, the Spanish alphabet, school subjects, the classroom and classroom objects, teachers, saying what you do in lessons, expressing opinions and giving reasons and talking about snacks. Throughout these themes, pupils will be introduced to regular and irregular verbs, the use of definite and indefinite articles and adjectives and adjectival agreements.  Particular attention will be made to pronunciation and developing understanding by looking at Spanish speaking countries and festivals.

Systems Technology

Pupils will work on a number of different modules which will include: aerodynamics, construction technology, basic electricity, research and design, robotics, mechanisms, pneumatics, hydraulics, materials and processes, and industrial control. During the term they will complete 3 introductory assignments.

Technology

Pupils 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.

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.

PSHE

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 faithfully

M A Makin

Director of Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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