Year 7 Curriculum Map – Half term 4 (February half term to Easter) 

Maths 

Having covered Fractions & Percentages and Probability in the Spring 1 term, students will continue to further their knowledge and understanding of ratio and proportion: 

 

Ratio and Proportion  

7.1 Direct proportion  

7.2 Writing ratios  

7.3 Using ratios  

7.4 Ratios, proportions and fractions  

7.5 Proportions and percentages 

 

 

English 

Building on their knowledge from the previous term, students are invited to consider the theme of superstition and its relationship to the Shakespeare text ‘Macbeth’.  Students develop their contextual knowledge and explore Shakespeare’s intent in the play and his ideas.  Students will explore Shakespeare’s use of language and characterisation with a focus on the changing character of Macbeth and Shakespeare’s presentation of other characters in relation to his demise and the supernatural. 

Science 

Students will continue the three topics introduced in half-term three (Environment & Adaptations, Acids & Alkalis and Electricity). These topics are taught on a rota so the weeks may vary by class. Due to being taught remotely, these topics will not result in a formal test at this time.  

British science week takes place during the week beginning 5th March 2021. Pupils will take part in some themed activities to promote wider science learning and embed cross-curricula links. 

Opening Minds 

Students will continue to develop their Aspire and Blooms Thinking skills by investigating a topic all about India. This unit will over aspects of Mumbia, shanty towns, Indian culture and religions, recycling and the environment. It will also allow students to compare their own lifestyles to the lives of those in LEDC’S and consider philosophical and ethical questions about happiness. The department would also like to work on The International Silver award during this unit, by encouraging an international link with a partner school in India. Students will also be encouraged to take part in Amnesty club activities and Eco Club with tasks linked to extra-curricular activities. This will last a full term. 

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

In Graphics, students will spend 10 weeks designing and making a greetings card featuring an LED light. They will examine how to use images to positively influence others. They will make their own circuit and will gain practical skills in soldering as well as an understanding of how to describe and represent electric circuits. Homework will be set every 2 lessons. This will typically reinforce work covered in lessons or will be designed to prepare students to make progress in lessons.    

Design Technology 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students spend ten weeks in the materials area of technology. Projects covered include designing and making a personal family crest / shield and a focused practical task making a wooden boat. These will cover basic skills that students need to work safely and independently in a workshop with wood and wood-based materials. An extension activity of hot forging metal allows the students to see and experience working with hot metal. Homework that relates to the topics currently covered in lessons is set every two lessons. 

Food & Nutrition 

C COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials. 

Students will be encouraged to then carry out related practical skills at home or an equivalent learning activity if practical experiences are not possible in the home environment.  

Students spend ten weeks in the Food area of Technology.  Students are given a cookbook and make different food products.  These focused practical tasks cover basic skills starting with peeling, chopping and using the hob safely. 

Homeworks set over the ten weeks are to bring ingredients for the task the following week.  Basic level hygiene and safety are covered alongside the practical tasks as well as basic nutrition      

Textiles 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials. 

Students will spend ten weeks in the textiles area of technology. Projects covered are typically both design and make and focus around designing an apron. Practical tasks will however be limited this term due to maternity cover and none specialist staff not being able to use sewing machines with the class. Some fundamental hand skills may be covered instead. Homework that relates to the topics currently covered in lessons is set every two lessons. 

French 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. They complete their work on the school topic and they extend their knowledge and skills by studying topics related to:  

 

  • French-speaking countries 

  • Weather 

  • Sports including winter sports 

  • Leisure activities, including holiday activities 

  • Sports in French-speaking countries 

  • Hobbies 

  • Opinions about hobbies 

  • Forming and answering questions 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

 

They will further develop their understanding of French grammar, including cognates, -ER verb conjugations, conjugation of the verb “faire”, “aimer” plus infinitive, the use of the interrogative, including “Est-ce que?” and “Qu’est-ce que?”, the use of “à” and “de” with sports and games and expressions of frequency.  They will develop their literacy skills by experimenting with different modes of writing, eg Haikus. They will develop learning strategies such as using key sounds to learn groups of words.  They will further develop their understanding and application of high-frequency words in context. 

PE 

 

Art 

KS3 Grid Assessment 2 – Conducted over the first two lessons of this half-term, students will complete their second and final Art assessment of the year. The first lesson consisting of a line drawing and the second lesson tonal shading. The grid assessment will be altered this year to allow all students to complete it remotely, regardless of whether they have access to a printer or not. This assessment will be used to determine student progress in the formal elements of line, shape, form, texture, and tone. Students will be graded 1-5, which will feature on their report (if applicable).  

 

Project 2. Portraiture – Students will probably have some remaining colour theory tasks from the Formal Elements project still to do. Once these have been completed, students will move on to Portraiture: an exciting project in which students will explore a variety of ways of creating portraits and studying the human figure. Artist analysis is a key part of art and design and in Half-Term 4 students will need to show their understanding of the 20th Century artist Amedeo Modigliani through their research and artist-inspired artwork.  

Drama 

Students will explore the issue of stereotyping through a well-known fairytale.  The unit will allow the group to experiment with a range of drama conventions and pupils will be encouraged to use their bodies to portray characters & to experiment with their use of voice & expression.  Throughout the term students will focus on basic physicalisation skills & practise their use of controlling, moving & employing creativity within this element of drama to make their performance skills more visually interesting. Pupils will expand their imagination & will be encouraged to express these ideas within the group. The aspect of morality, prompted by the Merchant & the Masked Man characters allows the pupils to think about morality in general & the basic rules of right & wrong. 

Music 

This unit introduces pupils to the genre of Rock ‘n’ Roll and its emergence in the 1950’s.  Pupils learn about the origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll and features which are characteristic of its style including bass lines, chords and revise the twelve-bar blues as a basis upon which many Rock ‘n’ Roll songs are constructed.  Pupils learn about the construction of triads and how these are formed from bass lines as a type of chord producing harmony.  Pupil’s take part in an ensemble performance of “Rock Around the Clock” before composing their own Rock ‘n’ Roll songs using features they have learned about during the unit. 

ICT 

Students will spend this half term studying 7.4 Spreadsheets and 7.5 Advanced Programming. The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of technology and enhance the student’s digital capability ready for the next Key Stage in ICT, Enterprise and Computing. The units supplement the more traditional Office and ICT skills focused on in previous years blends the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons.