In year 7 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:
Design and technology – This is a rotation where students study food, graphics, photography, resistant materials and textiles.
Personal development – Includes religious education
Arts – This is one period of art, drama and music
Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.
For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link (in each drop down) to view the full subject page.
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Baseline and introduction to ‘Horrible histories in art’
- Observational drawing
- Texture and mark making
- Art time line
- Prehistoric art
- Art of the ancients – Classic Greek theatre (masks)
‘Horrible histories in art’ continued
- Egyptian art paper making
- Middle ages
- Eastern dragons and clay work
‘ Horrible histories in art’ continued
- Modern art time line
- Expressionism and music
- Pop art and consumerism
• All about me – introducing the office suite
• E-safety – early guidance on online safety
• PPT game design – designing a maze-style game in PowerPoint.
• Welcome to Holgate – shooting and editing a welcome video for new year 7s.
• Virtual pet – students design and program a virtual pet using Scratch
Design and technology
Workshop – key ring fob, students will explore design and making using cutting techniques.
Food and nutrition – health and safety and good food plate. Various recipes explored including savoury scones and pleasing pasta.
Photography – please refer to individual photography information.
Graphic communication – logo design, students will explore design, development and processes. What makes a good design? What elements do designer use to sell us stuff?
Drama skills/breadwinner script
Native American Indians (exploratory)
Greek theatre (historical)
English language and literature
Islands and isolation. Core text: William Shakespeare – The Tempest
Rationale: To focus on acceptance and belonging, exploring a range of cultures and how these can affect everyday life.
- Introduction to Elizabethan theatre
- Words in context
- Writing to describe
- Increase confidence in identifying and applying grammatical constructions.
Children in Literature. Core text: Charles Dickens – Oliver Twist
Rationale: To explore how writers depict children in literature, focusing on rags to riches. Exploration of 19th Century literature.
- Poverty and wealth
- 19th Century literature
- Victorian Britain
- Personal growth
- Words in context
- Selecting evidence from the text
- Narrative voice
- Developing a voice and becoming a character
- Consolidating grammar taught in Key Stage 2
Love and Relationships. Core text: Marcus Sedgwick – Midwinterblood
Rationale: To explore the depiction of distinct types of love and relationships over time: family, friendship, societal, cultural and romantic.
- Introduction to The Gothic
- Influence of folk cultures and heritage
- Overt and subtle use of power and control in society and communities
- The role of community
- Narrative conventions and structures
- Appearance and reality
- Retrieval, prediction and inference
- Analysing characterisation and use of narrative structures
- Developing reader response
- Consolidating Speaking & Listening skills and developing confidence with presentations.
Theme: identity and culture
- Introduce myself
- Where I live / languages I speak
- Learn about French speaking regions
- Describe yourself and other people
- Describe your personality
- Talk about which pets
Themes: identity and culture, current and future study and employment
- Talk about where you live
- Giving directions
- Talk about school life
- Give opinions about school subjects
Theme: local, national, international and global areas of interest
- Learn about my area
- Learn about food and drink
- Give opinions about food and drink
- Say where you can eat out and ordering food
What is Geography?
• What is geography?
• What are the three types of geography?
• Journey around the world
• Map Skills
• What is the UK like?
• Interpreting landscapes
• Erosion and weathering
• Population change
• What is weather and climate?
• Water cycle
• Climate graphs
• Extreme weather
• Celebrate Africa as a continent
• Development Gap
Geography of my stuff
• Transnational corporations
• Geography of chocolate
• Food miles
• Climate change
Fieldwork on microclimates around school.
• How did the Romans change Britain?
• How significant were the Romans to Britain?
• Why did Boudicca’s revolt fail?
• What do sources reveal about the Roman Empire?
• Why was there a murder in Rome?
Vikings and Anglo Saxons
• Who were the Anglo-Saxons?
• What was life in Anglo-Saxon Britain like?
• Was Alfred ‘Great’?
• Who was Aetheflaed?
• Saxon Burials
• Who were the Vikings?
• Viking home life
• Were the Vikings the ‘bad boys’ of history
The Norman Conquest
• Raiders and Invaders
• What was buried at Sutton Hoo?
• Why was 1066 a year of crisis?
• The Battle of Stamford Bridge and Gate Fulford
• The Battle of Hastings
• William’s problems
• Why did William harry the North?
• The feudal system
• Motte and Bailey Castles
• Impact of Norman rule
• Murder of Becket
• Eleanor of Aquitaine
• King John
• Magna Carta
• The Black Death
• The Peasants Revolt
• Richard III
• Golden age of Islam
• Byzantine Empire
• Causes of the first Crusade
• Crusader control of the Holy Land
• Muslim response to the first Crusade
• Richard the Lion Heart
Silk roads and African Kingdoms
• What were the Silk Roads?
• What can objects tell us about the Silk Roads?
• What was traded?
• African Kingdoms introduction
• The Kingdom of Mali
• Who was Mansa Musa?
Algebraic thinking, place value and proportion
- Understand and use algebraic notation
- Equality and equivalence
- Place value
- Ordering integers and decimals
- Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence
Application of number, directed number and fractional thinking
- Solving problems with addition and subtraction
- Solving problems with multiplication and division
- Fractions and percentages of amounts
- Operations and equations with directed number
- Addition and subtraction of fractions
Lines and angles, reasoning with number
- Constructing, measuring and using geometric notation
- Developing geometric reasoning
- Developing number sense
- Sets and probability
- Prime numbers and proof
Find your voice 1
Gota rhythm-African drumming
Keyboard skills 2
Find your voice 2
All about me and careers
- Self esteem
- Using the start profile
- Healthy lifestyles
- Planning for a healthy lifestyle
- The dangers of energy drinks
- RE curriculum: philosophy of religion (see RE curriculum)
Financial education/ changing faces
- Loans, savings and interest rates
- My attitudes to money
- RE module symbols of peace (see RE curriculum)
- Romantic relationships
- Emotional literacy
- RE curriculum – pilgrimages (see RE curriculum)
Bullying and safety – antiracism – mental health
- What is bullying?
- Staying safe online
- Safety in relationships
- What is discrimination
- Skills for managing bullying
- Anti-racism in religion – (see RE curriculum)
- What is good mental health?
- Coping with stress
- Managing anxiety
- What is a considered photograph?
- Basic camera settings
- Aperture/macro photography
Students study the same activities in years 7 to 9 as this gives them the opportunity to show a greater level of progression in their tactical awareness, knowledge of the rules and skill level in each of the activities.
Autumn term – philosophy of religion
- Ultimate questions and belief
- Belief in God
- Big Bang and evolution
- The Design Argument
- Experiencing God and miracles
- Problem of evil
- Christmas and customs
Spring term – signs and symbols/pilgrimages
- Symbol of poppies
- Water as a symbol
- World religious symbols
- Christian symbols
- Hajj 2
Summer term anti-racism
- Anti-racism Christianity
- Anti-racism Islam
- Anti-racism in different religions
- Racism in our community
- Vision for justice and equality
- Singing for freedom
- Particles and behaviour
- Structure and function of body systems
- Elements, atoms and compounds
- Chemical reactions
- Adaptation and inheritance
- The Earth
- Motion and pressure