The Year 7 curriculum for 2020-21 will be as follows, delivered across a two week timetable:

English Maths Science PE MFL Humanities Computing Technology Art Performing

Arts

6 6 5 3 2 4 1 1 1 1

Each lesson will be either 90 or 100 minutes long. The curriculum above is the same curriculum that was praised by Ofsted for being broad, ambitious and demanding. More detail about what they will learn in each subject can be found on the Year 7 curriculum section of the school website. All teachers, in particular English and Maths teachers, will first address any gaps in essential knowledge and skills from the KS2 curriculum. Therefore, although the content described on the website will remain the same, the order in which it is taught might be different in 2020-21.

The Year 7 curriculum is designed to ensure that all students gain the necessary knowledge, experiences and skills to become curious, reflective and resilient learners who are ready to reach their potential in a complex, rapidly changing world. Through our curriculum we take pride in all that we do, respect the thoughts, beliefs and personal qualities of others and seek to be the best we can be both personally and academically. 

What will all students learn in Year 7?

English

Stories, plays and novels chosen will vary according to your child’s set:

Unit 1: Modern Short Stories (taken from AQA’s Telling Tales anthology)

Unit 2: Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus, Othello or King Lear)

Unit 3: Novel (Salt to the Sea, Mortal Engines or Revolver)

Unit 4: War poetry

Unit 5: Myths and monsters (Literary allusions)

Maths

Half-term 1: All sets: Analysing and displaying data; 

Number skills and calculation methods.

Half-term 2: All sets: Expressions, functions and formulae. Sets 1&2: Fractions. Sets 3&4: Decimals and measures

Half-term 3: Sets 1&2: Angles and shapes; Decimals;

Sets 3&4: Fractions; Probability.

Half-term 4: Sets 1&2: Equations. Sets 3&4: Ratio and Proportion

Half-term 5: Sets 1&2: Multiplicative Reasoning; Perimeter, Area and Volume. Sets 3&4: Lines and Angles; Sequences and Graphs

Half-term 6: Sets 1&2: Sequences and Graphs. Sets 3&4 Transformations.

Science

Alongside these topics, students will also learn practical science skills including lab safety skills

Unit 1: What makes up our universe?

Unit 2: How does energy transfer between materials?

Unit 3: What are cells and organs?

Unit 4: What is everything made of? (Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures)

Unit 5: How do we inherit our features like eye and hair colour?

Unit 6: How do we know chemical reactions are happening?

Unit 7: What forces keep us on the ground and make objects change speed?

Unit 8: How do animals and plants rely on each other through ecosystems, food chains and food webs?

History

In all units, students will learn how to make chronological and thematic links, assess change and continuity, evaluate significance, and analyse and evaluate primary and secondary evidence, including different interpretations

Unit 1: Why is Wallsend important?

Unit 2: The Norman Conquest

Unit 3: Medieval Britain

Unit 4: World empires: Mongolian, Persian and African kingdoms

Unit 5: Medicine through time

Unit 6: The wars of the roses

Geography

In all units, students will learn map skills (including OS maps and compass directions) numerical skills including data analysis, how to analyse graphs and how to use case studies and carry out investigations.

Unit 1: Exploring the UK

Unit 2: Rainforests

Unit 3: Issues of human and physical geography affecting the world today

Unit 4: Tectonic hazards

Unit 5: Enquiry into the school’s microclimate

Religious Studies

Across these units, students will learn the key beliefs and practices of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism as well as considering their responses to philosophical and ethical dilemmas.

Unit 1: What is God?

Unit 2: Who makes the rules?

Unit 3: How do we know what’s true?

Unit 4: Who owns the world?

Unit 5: How does religion give people a sense of belonging?

Unit 6: War: what is it good for?

Modern Foreign Languages

On a carousel basis, students will study the following topics in both French and Spanish across Year 7 and 8:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Descriptions
  • Town and directions
  • Ordering food and drinks
  • Sports and free time
  • Shopping
  • Holidays
Business and Computing

Unit 1: Google Drive and word processing

Unit 2: Online safety

Unit 3: Business Challenge

Unit 4: Programming – Blockly – Appshed

Unit 5: Algorithms – Pseudocode and Flowcharts

Unit 6: Programming – Microbit

Art

Unit 1: The art of silliness (creativity and drawing skills)

Unit 2: Colour theory,  Hundertwasser and local landmarks (artist research and painting)

Unit 3: Viewfinder (enlargement using the grid technique)

Unit 4: Collage (use of mixed media)

Unit 5: Great artists (major artistic movements in the history of art)

Design and Technology

Resistant Materials

  • Isometric drawing (name tag for backpack)
  • MDF and the coping saw (peg creature)
  • Plastics, acrylics and CAD/CAM (keyring)
  • Electronics (steady hand game)

Art/Textiles

  • Sewing by hand and with a machine (applique)
  • Embellishment and embroidery (fabric skulls)

Food Technology

  • Healthy Eating and basic knife skills (fruit salad, coleslaw, soup, high fibre apple crumble)
  • Cafe Culture and cake making (scones, flapjack, melting moments and bottomless quiche)
PE

Table tennis

Hockey

Netball 

Badminton 

Volleyball

Tag Rugby

Basketball 

Handball 

Fitness Suite 

Gymnastics 

Netball 

Athletics

Summer Games

Music

Over the course of the year, students will develop their skills in musical theory, performance and composition.

  • Describing rhythms
  • Piano and ukulele
  • Performing in a band
  • African djembe music
  • Evaluating performances
Literacy

In addition, students will have one Literacy lesson per week in which they will learn and practise the necessary skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar to access all other areas of the curriculum to the best of their ability.