The Year 7 curriculum for 2021-22 will be as follows, delivered across a two week timetable in three 100 minute lessons per day:

English Maths Science PE MFL Humanities Computing Technology Art Performing

Arts

6 6 5 2 2 4 1 2 1 1

The Year 7 curriculum was praised by Ofsted for being broad, ambitious and demanding. It 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. 

More detail about what students will learn in each subject can be found below. All teachers, in particular English and maths teachers, will ensure that they address any gaps in essential knowledge and skills from the KS2 curriculum that were caused due to periods of school closures in Year 5 and Year 6.

What will all students learn in Year 7?

English

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: Disasters (Non-fiction texts e.g. newspaper articles)

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: What are cells and organs?

Unit 3: How does energy transfer between materials?

Unit 4 How do we inherit our features like eye and hair colour?

Unit 5: What is everything made of? (Atoms, elements, compounds and mixtures)

Unit 6: How do animals and plants rely on each other through ecosystems, food chains and food webs?

Unit 7: What is electricity and how does it work?

Unit 8: How do we know chemical reactions are happening?

Unit 9: What forces keep us on the ground and make objects change speed?

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: Industrial revolution (local study)

Unit 2: The Norman Conquest

Unit 3: Mediaeval 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: Rivers

Unit 3: Tectonic Hazards

Unit 4: Energy

Unit 5: Weather

Unit 6: 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?

Spanish

All Year 7 students will, through the following topics, develop their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills:

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Alphabet and numbers
  • Family
  • Pets
  • Descriptions
  • Sports and free time
  • Town and directions
Computing

Unit 1: The basics of ICT

Unit 2: Online safety

Unit 3: Programming (Scratch)

Unit 4: Google Sheets (data modelling)

Unit 5: Algorithms – Pseudocode and Flowcharts

Unit 6: Programming – Microbit (Mu)

Art

Topic 1: Graphics (basic graphical and drawing skills with a growth mindset focus)

Topic 2: Reception display (creating unique artwork for the main reception wall, based on the school ethos and the local community)

Topic 3:  Artist pages, study of Dean Russ (and colour theory) and Minty Sainsbury. Analytical skills developed and zentangle portraits explored.

Topic 4: Colour bug. Exploring oil pastels, segments and 3D relief art.

Topic 5: Hundertwasser and local landmarks (artist research and designing)

Topic 6: Great artists (major artistic movements in the history of art)  and timeline exploration in recreating artists’ work in a range of techniques

Design and Technology

Resistant Materials

  • MDF and its impact on the environment. 
  • The use of MDF to create a peg creature using specialist hand tools (coping saw, mental files, vice)
  • Understanding of the design process from design brief to product analysis and creation of a final product.
  • The use of plastic and its environmental impact with a focus on single use plastics, reducing, re-using and recycling.
  • A final product made from a reusable plastic where isometric drawing is used to create the design ideas and then developed to a final piece (acrylic stand of choice- headphones, phones, makeup) 
  • The aesthetics of the design is using inspiration from architect Norman Foster

Art: Textiles

  • An introduction to basic sewing skills, including a range of hand-sewing techniques and the use of the sewing machine. 
  • Sewing skills are implemented to create a final piece inspired by textiles artist Rachel Parker.
  • An art/textiles collaboration using inspiration from designer Alexander McQueen and textiles artist Elizabeth Powel. 
  • The inspiration gained is used to develop a piece of fabric artwork that has its pattern cut by hand and embellished using a range of decorative hand embroidery stitches, applique shapes and decorative components

Food Technology

  • Basic food safety and hygiene
  • Healthy Eating
  • Basic knife skills (fruit salad, coleslaw, soup, high fibre apple crumble)
  • Sensory evaluative skills
  • Cafe Culture 
  • Basic cake-making methods (scones, flapjack, melting moments and cupcakes)
  • Food science investigation – fats
  • Health conditions related to an unhealthy diet – fats and sugars
PE

  • Table tennis
  • Hockey
  • Netball 
  • Badminton 
  • Volleyball
  • Tag Rugby
  • Basketball 
  • Handball 
  • Fitness Suite 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Netball 
  • Athletics
  • Summer Games
Performing Arts: Music

Over the course of the year, students will develop their skills in musical theory, performance and composition. The units will cover film music, minimalism, bhangra and a solo music performance project

  • Describing elements of music
  • Piano and ukulele
  • Performing as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • Indian Bhangra drumming
  • Composing a piece of music from an area of study 
  • Evaluating performances
Performing Arts: Drama

  • Creating a Character and script writing
  • Devising based on a theme (Christmas)
  • Characterisation through rehearsal
  • Character development
  • Performing Arts Careers and Interviews
  • Using a script
  • The BFG and Treasure Island
  • Acting styles: Naturalistic, Comedic and Dramatic