Year 7 Curriculum

English

The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum programme of study incorporates a wide range of skills which are designed to consolidate and build on skills developed in Key Stage 2.  The Year 7 scheme of work is varied and interesting, with topics ranging from autobiographical writing to marketing, crime writing, poetry and Shakespeare amongst others.

Speaking and Listening: students will work on developing confidence, pitch and clarity when speaking in various activities such as improvised role play, presentations and class or group discussions. Furthermore, they will develop empathy and consider others' viewpoints when listening to presentations and participating in discussions with their peers.

  • Writing: students will use a wide range of punctuation and a variety of sentence structures and begin to self-consciously craft writing for effect.  Literary devices such as simile, metaphor and irony, will be used creatively to convey imagery and ideas to the reader.
  • Reading: a wide range of literary texts will be studied including non-fiction, modern fiction, multi-cultural poetry, and Literary Heritage texts including Shakespeare. Students will be taught how to respond with clarity and explain their own views on various aspects of the text.

Mathematics

All students follow the Secondary Strategy for Mathematics and the relevant key objectives.  The Framework identifies yearly learning objectives that encourage ambition and provide challenge for all pupils, showing progression in the subject.  The objectives ensure full coverage of the programme of study at Key Stage 3 and establish a minimum expectation for the progression of most students.  Students are set upon ability with differentiation occurring across the ability groups and within each set.  All students have access to the five strands in the Framework for Mathematics within the Secondary Strategy as follows:

  • Mathematical processes and applications
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics

To help to ensure that students are meeting their expected targets, each student will sit an assessment at the end of each half term. Assessments will be used to determine both setting and to highlight areas where students require more focus. 

Science

Autumn Term

Lab Safety Skills, Cells, Solids Liquids and Gases, Variation and Energy

Spring Term

Reproduction, Forces

Summer Term

Circuits, Electricity and Ecological Relationships

Computing

All students should appreciate that computational ideas inform and illuminate other disciplines, this is reflected in the teaching of these disciplines in college. Like numeracy and literacy there is a strand of computing that offers valuable thinking skills to learners of all ages. 

Computing at Christ the King College encompasses Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology, students will understand and explore the world around us in computational terms. They will deal with purposeful applications of computer systems to solve real-world problems. 

In a world suffused by computation, every school-leaver should have an understanding of computing

Computing At School, 2012

  • Algorithms: sequence of precise steps to solve problems
  • Programming: problem solving activity, and there are many different programs that can solve the same problem
  • Data: looking at different way to represent data in a computer
  • Computers and Social Informatics: understand the main components of a computer system
  • Communication and the Internet: principles of how data is transported on the internet
  • Internet and Information Technology: using applications on computer systems to solve real-world problems.

History

All Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to explore a range of enquiries.  These are in-line with new changes to the National Curriculum.  In Year 7, the enquiries cover topics at a local, national and international level for example: ‘How has the Isle of Wight been shaped by its history?’ and ‘Was medieval life nasty, brutish and short?’

Classical Civilisation

In Year 7, students are given an introduction to the Classical world through the study of ancient Greece and Rome. In the first half year, students will explore the world of Greece, looking at the idea of the city state, Greek religion, forms of government and society. In the second half year, students will consider the history of Rome from monarchy, to the republic and the growth of the empire through the study of a selection of famous Romans.

Geography

We will be studying 2 units each term 

Autumn Term

Coasts and map skills – The United Kingdom.

Spring Term

Extreme environments - Glaciation.

Summer Term 

Rocks, soils and weathering – Case study Russia.

French

Year 7 students start to expand their language base, covering a variety of topics, old and new.  They become more aware of the levels they are achieving and working towards.  They are encouraged to be more independent in their study, using reference materials as well as their teacher for help.

Autumn Term

“Scene de plage” – Art and poems

Fashion and body art

Spring Term

Cartoons – Story writing

Autumn Term

Theme parks

Spanish

In Year 7 students are given a base of language across several topics.  They consolidate their language learning skills from other languages and are encouraged to use a variety of reference materials as well as help from the teacher, thus making them more independent.

Autumn Term

Geography and Culture

Spring Term

Art

Autumn Term

Chocolate, food and fair trade. 

Music

After an initial baseline assessment has taken place at the start of the academic year, each student will follow a ‘Performing and Musicianship Skills Program’ for the first five lessons of each term, involving preparation and presentation of a chosen performance piece, either solo or as part of an ensemble, as well as assessments in aural and musicianship skills. The remainder of each term will be focussed on studying the following topics through Composing, Performing, Listening and Appraising activities:

  • Rhythms of the Nile 
  • Medieval music
  • What makes a good song?
  • Blues

Religious Education

Autumn Term

Who is Jesus?

Jesus’ appearance, parents, name in Hebrew, healings, teaching, the titles of Jesus, the Kingdom of God.

Spring Term

Catholicism and Anglicanism.  Eucharist and Mass, the Lord’s Prayer/the Our Father, creeds.

Summer Term

Buddhism

Physical Education

Autumn Term

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Performing at maximum levels, Outwitting Opponents, Cycling, Dance and Volleyball.

Spring Term

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Performing at maximum levels, Outwitting Opponents, Cycling, Dance and Volleyball.

Autumn Term

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Tennis and Rounders.

Assessment follows the National Curriculum and is an on-going process with regular assessment throughout each lesson. 

Art

Art and Design in Year 7 extends the variety of themes and approaches studied.

Students work from a range of sources to develop imaginative, creative and critical thinking and to broaden their experience of media and techniques in two and three dimensions. 

They also study the work of artists and designers and use their research to inspire and inform their own ideas and outcomes.

Design Technology

By the end of the year, students will have been taught safe practices and will have had the opportunity to engage in, improve skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of design and make tasks in Food Technology, Graphic products, Resistant Materials and Textile products.

All students will have employed the use of the design process which helps ensure that they will have gained experience of analysing problems, carried out research, completed annotated sketches showing a range of ideas, developed and improved ideas and evaluated completed work.  Drawing and communications skills will be employed throughout the course.

Students will also have completed planning for manufacture and they will also have completed the making of a product in each of the specialist areas mentioned above.

Drama

Drama is a discrete subject and is timetabled as one lesson per fortnight. The Drama Department’s aim is to develop the creative, imaginative and social potential of each student.  Over the course of the Drama curriculum each student gains experience and develops their ability in using dramatic conventions and skills with confidence. Drama is a tool for developing students’ imagination as well as their social skills and offers the opportunity to improve communication and independent learning skills. It allows students of all abilities to experience a level of success and achievement within a group environment.

Assessment is split in to four sections; performing characters, responding to ideas, staying in role and use of drama techniques. These assessment criteria are consistent across KS3 and work through to the end of Year 9.

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