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Summer Term Curriculum

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Subject Description

Art and Design

Our main priorities for setting art tasks for Year 7 have been:

  • Practical, making tasks that encourage time away from screens
  • Tasks that have a degree of choice within them
  • Tasks that do not require specialist equipment

Where possible we have tried to follow skills and techniques we would have been covering in school - for example, observational drawings and contextual links to Renaissance Art.

Computer Science

Pupils have been learning about computer systems and networks, looking at the components that make up a computer, and thinking about the core principles that are the foundation of any computer technology - for example the need for all types of storage media to be able to represent a 1 or a 0. We have also looked at the internet and being safe online. Pupils are currently producing a piece of work that shows what they have learnt. We will be moving on to looking at some common algorithms used in computing.

Design and Technology

At the start of the school closure, pupils were looking at the theoretical side of design and technology based around metals. This included the physical and working properties of metals, the sources and origins of metals and finally how to manipulate and join metals. All this information is taken from the GCSE Design and Technology syllabus and will stand pupils in good stead going forward. Alongside this, pupils have been developing their communication skills through various drawing tasks. The idea of this is to give pupils more confidence when communicating their ideas when problem solving. Now, pupils have just started a creative problem-solving project called, 'Cities in the Ocean' where they are looking at the future of the world and how technology can solve existing and future issues.  

Drama

Students have been learning about the History of theatre since school closure. This has given students the opportunity to learn about types of theatre that we wouldn’t usually cover in school. It has also seen the students develop their overall theatrical knowledge and how to present this in the written form.

English

All pupils in Key Stage 3 have received fortnightly skills lessons and have been reminded of the importance of continuing with their independent reading at home. Pupils have been asked to update their personal reading logs at the beginning of skills lessons.

Half term 1) Spy Unit

Lessons encouraged pupils to develop their writing skills, through a series of exciting spy missions. Pupils designed their own spy gadgets, planned spy missions and produced two non-fiction texts – a persuasive advert and a newspaper article.

Half term 2) Introduction to Poetry

Lessons introduced pupils to different forms of poetry and a range of poetic techniques. Pupils completed a number of creative writing tasks and wrote their own poems.

Geography

Our aim during the period of school closure has been for students to engage with relevant, everyday geographies and build on these to develop a deeper understanding of global connections.

Students in Year 7 have been exploring the continent of Africa and have considered misconceptions, similarities and differences between themselves and Maasai tribespeople, animal conservation, and more recently the issue of mining for coltan (a product used in mobile phones).  Lessons have been delivered in a positive way, with some expert input and stories from Miss Hayes.  It is a topic she is passionate about having spent several months in Africa.

History

Year 7 have continued their study of the Medieval era with a focus on what life was like during the Middle Ages. Students used source material from the Luttrell Psalter to investigate how life differed in the Middle Ages based on social class. Students then explored the devastating impact of the Black Death before moving on to studying the longer term social, economic and political impact in the form of the Peasants’ Revolt in 1348. Students will end the year by studying what changed in the years 1450-1550. Optional extensions are available via the Catalogue every week. All the lesson resources are available via the Catalogue and we recommend that these are used to catch up on any work missed.

During the final half term students will be invited to at least one optional live lesson that will take place 3-4pm and will provide an overview of what has been studied remotely. These sessions are optional but recommended as students will receive instant feedback to any questions they may have. The links to these sessions will be distributed via SMHW.

Mathematics

Students have continued to work through the Maths scheme of work they started in September, studying topics in number, algebra, ratio, geometry, and data. This work has included online submission through Hegarty Maths and Mymaths, as well as some work being submitted via Show My Homework. We continue to provide numeracy and extension work through the Head of Year’s daily bulletin.

French

From mid-March pupils finished off their topic of school and practised speaking questions on school and previous topics; they also completed assessments on this work.  Since then, pupils have worked on the topic of free time, including sport, mobile technology and likes and dislikes; these topics have been a vehicle for practising ER verbs along with “avoir” and “être”, along with some high-frequency general vocabulary.  Pupils have continued all-important speaking and pronunciation work in French as far as it is possible to do so remotely.  We have continued with the work we had in any case planned, although it has been adapted for remote learning, so that pupils have the best possible springboard for the continuation of their studies to Year 8 and beyond.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

German

From mid-March pupils finished off their topic of school, which included school clothing, and also continued work on present tense verbs, adjectives and German word order.  They also completed assessments on this topic.  Since then, pupils have moved onto the topics of family and pets, expanding their vocabulary and continuing to consolidate and practise their knowledge of the basics of the German grammar.  We have continued with the work we had in any case planned, although it has been adapted for remote learning; pupils should therefore have the best possible springboard for the continuation of their studies to Year 8 and beyond.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

Spanish

In Spanish, pupils have finished off their topic of school, which included school facilities, and also continued work on present tense verbs and adjectives. They have also revisited the use of opinion sentences.  Since then, pupils have moved onto the topics of family and pets, expanding their vocabulary and continuing to consolidate and practise their knowledge of the basics of the Spanish grammar.  We have continued with the work we had in any case planned, although it has been adapted for remote learning; pupils should therefore have the best possible springboard for the continuation of their studies to Year 8 and beyond.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites.

Music

In Music, pupils have been given the opportunity to develop practical skills in performance – especially focused on keyboard and ukulele; and composition – especially focused around using Garageband or similar music software. There have also been opportunities for pupils to get involved in various additional musical activities focused on both performance and composition.

PSHE

In PSHE students have covered a range of important topics throughout the year. They have looked at citizenship and the importance of communities in the wider context as well as within the school. Health and wellbeing has been an important focus for much of the learning in PSHE. The meaning of wellbeing was introduced to students and they were shown the importance of understanding one’s self worth and looking out for their mental health. During remote learning there has been a greater focus on equipping students with coping with Covid19. They have received and will receive lessons on respect for one another, mental health in lockdown, the importance of sleep, and how to navigate social media in a healthy way. Recently, students have also received important topical information around the Black Lives Matter movement in order for them to be given factual knowledge and feel well-informed to make their own judgements.

 

Physical Education

It is essential that students are remaining as active as possible while home-learning, and have every opportunity to get out of the house, raise their heart rate and release pent up energy. The PE department have been providing a range of challenges for all ages and abilities that students can get involved in. In addition to our recent PE Interform and Healthy Selfie Competition, in the coming months we will be having a week celebrating National School Sports Week with plenty of opportunities for students to try out different sports while in the safety of their home, garden or local park. Following that we are planning for several upcoming Virtual Fixtures against other schools as well as a Virtual Sports Day. Everyone has the opportunity to join in. All our sports, challenges and activities are all possible with minimal equipment and adhere to all lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Students in RPE have been studying one of the oldest questions in philosophy, the Problem of Evil.  This started with an introduction to how the traditional definition of God seems to be incompatible with the existence of suffering in the world, and they have then explored a range of responses to this question, from a wide range of sources including historical thinkers, different religious traditions, and as a purely philosophical question.  Through the topic students gain an understanding of the complexity of argument around existential questions, and develop their understanding of a balanced, reasoned response.

Science

In the first term of Year 7, students studied a unit called Being a Scientist, in which students learnt the foundations of how to perform practical work and collect data. This was followed by core units of Biology, Chemistry and Physics, in which students learn some of the fundamental knowledge required in secondary school science. In the second and third terms, students study a series of units where they start to build substantial understanding of key areas in science.

These units are: The Living World, Reproduction, Simple Chemical Reactions, Atoms, Light, and Space. Due to the fact that the topics are taught on a rota, students completed some of these topics and partially completed others before the start of lockdown.

During lockdown, students have covered the units The Periodic Table, Understanding Health, Forces and Motion, Photosynthesis and Waves. We have carefully planned lessons for Year 8 so that students will study the topics and lessons they have missed, as well returning to the units that have been taught during lockdown.