Year 7 Subject Information

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Welcome I am delighted to present your guide to our Year 7 curriculum at South Hunsley School. I hope you will find it useful and informative. It is designed to help prompt and support conversations with your child about their learning throughout the year, and in particular when we send your child’s reports home in December, March and July. We have recently completed an extensive review of our Key Stage 3 curriculum, which runs through Years 7 and 8. We want to be sure students have every opportunity to build upon the excellent progress they have made in their primary schools. We are also keen to lay the strong foundations needed for the new challenges presented by revised GCSE courses which, as you may know, are now graded 9 -1 rather than A* - G. This guide outlines our ‘Big Questions’ curriculum. It sets out the syllabus for each Year 7 subject area and is intended to be a general guide, because the specific level of work and topics covered may vary between students and classes in order to ensure all students can get the most from their lessons. We hope you are able to use it as a starting point in discussing your son or daughter’s learning with them and also to provide a little more information on the content that has been assessed in our termly data reports. If you have questions about any element of this book, or our assessment and reporting systems, please visit our school website or the school VLE where you will find detailed guides. We wish all of our Year 7 students a happy and successful time at South Hunsley. Richard Williman Head of School


English (Reading) Big Questions Are novels just stories? Are we all potential villains? Why should I read poetry?

Knowledge and Skills Use quotations to support understanding Deduce, infer or interpret texts Examine structure and presentation of texts Explore effects of language and grammar Explain writers’ viewpoints and their effect Consider social and historical contexts

English (Writing) Big Questions Why do we adapt our writing? Does a genre limit the possibilities of a text? Are plays for entertainment only?

Knowledge and Skills Write imaginative and thoughtful texts Write texts appropriate to task, reader and purpose Organise ideas effectively Use paragraphs effectively Use sentences accurately and effectively Punctuate sentences accurately Select effective vocabulary Use correct spelling


Maths Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Use and identify types of number. Including primes, factors, multiples, common factors, common multiples and prime factorisation Order different types of number Understand the order of operations Use the four operations with fractions and decimals

What do I know about this number?

Recognise the relationship between operations and inverse operations

What does this symbol mean?

Understand fractions as an operator

Understand powers and associated roots Write and interpret numbers in standard form Use of standard units of mass, length, time money and other measures Rounding numbers to a given degree of accuracy. Using rounded answers to estimate Understand algebraic notation Substitute values into formulae and expressions Understand the vocabulary of expressions, equations, inequalities, terms and factors Expand and factorise brackets

How can this be represented as a ratio? What do I know about this 2D shape?

Use of scale factors, scale diagrams and maps Expressing quantities as a ratio Solve ratio problems Interpret percentages as an operator Use of percentage change Solve problems involving interest rates Find the area and perimeter of 2D shapes Know the names of and recognise polygons Perform and describe transformations

How can we analyse this data?

Describe, interpret and compare data Represent data in an appropriate table, chart or diagram. This includes, frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts and pictograms Interpret tables, charts and diagrams

What do I know about this 3D shape?

Understand the key vocabulary related to 3D shape including edge, vertex and face Find the surface area of 3D shapes Find the volume of 3D shape


Science Big Questions How can I work scientifically? What does the world look like under a microscope? (Biology)

Knowledge and Skills Selecting and using scientific equipment Planning and carrying out investigations Analysing evidence and making conclusions Cells Systems Fertilisation Relationships in Ecosystems Solids Liquids and Gases

What is world around us made of? (Chemistry)

Atoms, Elements and Compounds Acids and Alkalis Separating Mixtures

How does the world around us work? (Physics)

Introduction to Energy Introduction to Electricity Forces and Motion


Art Big Questions How do we record what we see? What can we learn from artists? What is colour? How can artists inspire us? What is pattern? What is texture?

Knowledge and Skills Find inspiration and ideas Choose, explore and make use of different media Recognise and apply different artistic styles Reflect on own work and work of others Identify potential and limits of different materials and media Gather and organise research Use research to help with planning Make and keep observations to help develop artistic creations Develop deeper reflection skills Show how personal intentions are captured in final outcomes Evaluate creative outcomes Use previous experiences of media to record ideas, observations and intentions


Drama Big Questions How can stimuli help us to create work? How can we communicate atmosphere to an audience? How can we make traditional folk tales engaging for a modern audience? Is the use of new technology creating a Utopian or Dystopian future? How can mime and melodrama help to make the audience suspend their disbelief?

Knowledge and Skills Still image Thought-tracking Narration Understanding the documentary genre Physical Theatre Soundscaping Characterisation Interpreting and realising text Creating strong characters Engaging an audience Interpreting stimuli Narration Thought-tracking Mime and movement Characterisation Use of space Understanding the Grand Guignol genre


Food Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Health and safety in the kitchen What is it for and how do Understand risks in the kitchen I use it? Select the best utensils and equipment for the job Recognise the food groups Experience a wide variety of ingredients What are nutrients? Understand sources of nutrients Follow a method to create a dish Understand likes and dislikes, and taste and texture in food What factors affect food Choose and adapt recipes and finishing techniques choice? Cultural influences on food Make sustainable food choices


Geography Big Questions

What can maps teach us?

Could I live in different ecosystems?

Knowledge and Skills Describe key locational places within our world Use geographical terminology Use 4 and 6 figure grid references Interpret relief on a map Use map symbols Use scale on an ordnance survey map Use enquiry skills to find out more about countries within Europe Describe physical and human features on maps Describe different layers of the rainforest Explain plant and animal adaptations to their environment Construct and interpret climate graphs Explain the locations and characteristics of different ecosystems Understand how people live in the rainforest Analyse development to show sustainability Evaluate different threats and benefits related to the rainforest Use geographical terminology Explain factors that affect temperature Use the school to understand microclimates Make comparisons using climate graphs

Why is our weather changing?

Describe and explain the different weather experienced across the UK Analyse contributing factors to climate change Explain the global and local effects of climate change Understand and explain different coastal issues such as coastal pollution and rising sea levels


History Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Knowledge The Roman Empire

What have The Roman army invaders ever done The idea of being civilised for us? The Roman legacy

Why was William known as the Conqueror?

The British in 1066 Claims to the throne The reasons behind the Norman Victory Concepts and skills Chronology, cause and consequence, structure and organisation Knowledge

Why do the Middle Ages matter to me? How measly were the Middle Ages?

The criteria for a good medieval king The kings in the Middle Ages William’s methods of control: feudal system, castles, Domesday Book, law and order The reasons for the murder of Becket King John The Magna Carta and the origins of parliament Concepts and Skills Interpretation, significance, structure and organisation Knowledge The British by the end of the Middle Ages The different identities – Scotland and Wales

Why do different people tell different The Tudor dynasty Catholics and Protestants stories about the The Reformation – Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I UK? and their religious policy

Why was the Tudor period so turbulent?

Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada The power of the monarchy in 1603 Concept and skills Difference, interpretation, cause and consequence Structure and organisation Revision


Information Technology Big Questions

What makes a good game? What can you do with a ÂŁ35 computer?

Knowledge and Skills Create 3D Computer Games Program in a visual programming environment Develop creative skills by designing different levels Develop logical thinking skills by programming and controlling different characters Identify the functions of the vital components within a computer system Understand to use a command-line interface to control a computer Explain how to control electronic circuits using computer programs Create programmes using text-based programming

Can a computer draw like a human? How do computers communicate?

How do everyday objects work? How do I stay safe online?

Use a range of different programming concepts including iteration, selection, syntax, debugging Use computers to store data and information Convert decimal numbers into binary Use a computer to add binary values Show how text values are stored within a computer Control real-life objects Explain how decisions and procedures are used to control every-day objects Improve efficiency in the systems used to control everyday objects Potential dangers associated with online activity Staying safe online and reporting concerns Presenting information to a younger audience about being safe online


MFL Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Knowledge (French) Likes and dislikes School life Free-time and hobbies Where I live Holidays How and why do we Knowledge (German/Spanish) learn languages? Myself How can we actively use School life Family and friends the target language in Free-time and hobbies the classroom? Where I live What key sound patterns Skills do we recognise? Listen and respond to the spoken language Explore the patterns and sounds of language What keywords do we Engage in conversations use to talk about lanAsk and answer questions guage?) Give opinions Develop accurate pronunciation How do verbs work? Read and show understanding of words, phrases and simple paragraphs Write phrases from memory and adapt to create new sentences Develop vocabulary Understand and use basic grammar


Music Big Questions How has the Atlantic African Slave trade influenced Western Music? How much do the Elements of Music influence mood? How can maths help me in Music?

Knowledge and Skills Historical context of the slave trade Vocal and performing techniques Spiritual singing, solo and in small groups Explore the Elements of Music ‘Dawn Interlude’ by Benjamin Britten, using a graphic score Create a soundtrack and graphic score using musical instruments and voice Playing the keyboard with both hands

How should I use my practice time to achieve a confident and fluent performance?

Recording performances

How can music technology help me in Music?

Compose a simple composition

What skills do I need to develop to perform successfully in an ensemble?

Scoring a composition, adding dynamics and tempo

Playing a variety of tunes

Compose more complex pieces Using music software

Explore Latin American music Whole class performance of ‘Lazy Latin’


PE Big Questions How will PE challenge me? Where can I be creative in my sports performances?

Knowledge and Skills Badminton: forehand, backhand, serving, positioning Gymnastics: body position, gymnasts’ skills, developing floor routines Dance: developing a range of movements, developing a sequence, timing and musicality

Fitness: working well within my own abilities, warm How will this improve my ups and cool down, recovery rates, star awards components of fitness. health and fitness?

Games Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Attacking, defending, dribbling, pasting and shooting. What challenges are Strategies and tactics, combining skills with available in games? accuracy. Control, positioning, basic team coordination skills, Why is communication coaching and communication. important in sport? Sports including: basketball, hockey, rugby, netball and football. What tactics and techniques should I use? Field sports softball, rounders and cricket: throwing, bowling, catching, fielding on the ground and batting.


Product Design Big Questions

Is it natural or manmade?

What are smart materials?

What is engineering?

Knowledge and Skills Introduction to the workshop Quality control Health and safety Understand the properties of wood Tools and equipment techniques and skills Understand different manufacturing processes Describe the properties and justify the use of different materials Considering the needs of the user in designing and making Communication skills in 2D & 3D Making use of more complex workshop equipment Final assembly of products Understand how mechanisms work Identify CAM profiles and how they are used in the real world Develop graphic and technical communication skills Use a range of materials to manufacture moving components


RS Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Knowledge Defining Britishness Religious and British identity British values Diversity and its benefits/challenges

What does it mean to be British?

The importance of a multi-cultural society

What does it mean to be a Christian?

Who inspires me?

Food and customs in society Religion and law Skills Reflecting on identity Expressing ideas Valuing diversity Knowledge Christian beliefs and values The Trinity, Miracles, Festivals, Symbols, Buildings, Parables Christian denominations Worship Skill Identifying key themes and content Reflecting on Christian identity Knowledge Who inspires me Leaders and leadership skills Martin Luther King Jnr, Malala, Guru Nanak, Jesus Own leadership and beliefs- my manifesto Skills Researching key leaders Considering leadership skills Developing own leadership skills


Textiles Big Questions

Knowledge and Skills Health and safety in the workshop What is it for and how do Understand risks in the workshop I use it? Select the best tools and equipment for the job Research, plan and make a finished piece Which is more important, Use a sewing machine when creating designs style or quality? Produce more accurate designs Carry out effective quality control Use effective hand sewing skills What are the functions of Follow instructions and guides carefully materials? Work economically with materials Carry out effective quality assurance


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