Year 7 will spend the first half term exploring their creative writing in response to ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan which explores contemporary issues of people moving place.
After May half term, Year 7 will look at persuasive writing. We will explore a range of posters and adverts and consider how they show meaning, and create some of our own.
In maths we continually develop the core skills of number- place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed. Money and time skills are regularly developed to improve functional skills.
The pupils have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.
Additionally, this term there will be topics on displaying data, codes, averages, sequences, angles, shapes, nets and probability.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – SCIENCE
Electricity on the move – In this theme we spend time making many electrical circuits that do many different things. To understand what is happening in each case we measure current and find out about resistance.
Balance in Life – In this theme we find out more about living things and what they need to survive. We spend some time exploring photosynthesis and the importance of this for all life on Earth by exploring food chains and food webs.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – HUMANITIES
Pupils will be finding out about the causes and effects of the Black Death. They will be investigating what people thought caused it as well as looking at the symptoms and some of the strange cures that people used to help people. They will then be understanding more about the importance of the Church to people in the Middle Ages.
As well as this, pupils will be looking at different adventure landscapes in the UK. They will be focusing on how they can protect such places and how they can encourage people to have fun outdoors whilst respecting their environment. They will look at the pros and cons of living in more remote places.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – RELIGION AND ETHICS (R AND E)
How do we express ourselves when words are not enough? – Pupils will consider symbols that are important to some people in their worship and beliefs. There will be examples of art, music, dance and clothing that can be shared and investigated from a variety of world religions. They will also find out how some people put their beliefs into action and they will have the chance to use thinking skills strategies to help with their learning.
‘Art from around the World’ is our theme this term. Students will be looking at a range of different types of art and the skills needed to create them. Art is formed on a range of materials such as fabrics, stone and wood and girls will explore the purposes and audiences of the art work produced.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Pupils in years 7 spend half of the year working with Resistant Materials and half with Textiles. Half of the year group start in September with Resistant Materials and half with Textiles. The groups then swap areas after the February half term.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – RESISTANT MATERIALS
Pupils will have changed D&T focus at February half term. In resistant materials pupils will be introduced to safe practice in the workshop and the use of hand and machine tools. Projects will be based around the theme of ‘designing for myself’. Pupils will make a key-ring from acrylic, a hook using the Hegner saw and pillar drill and a final project of a photo frame.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – TEXTILES
Pupils will have changed D&T focus at February half term. In textiles we will focus on ‘designing for myself’ creating simple hats and accessories on a theme of their choice as well as developing their skills with ‘Focused Practical Tasks’, allowing them to access the use of the sewing machines and other pieces of small equipment. They will learn about the fabric decoration technique of ‘applique’ to decorate their hats. Alongside this, pupils will investigate from where fibres and fabrics come and how important it is to choose materials carefully for different uses.
PERFORMING ARTS – MUSIC
Stories in Music – Pupils will be finding out how stories are told in music, looking at different types and styles of musical composition. Key words will be timbre, structure and pitch, helping pupils to compose their own pieces using these ideas. Singing will be an important part of this topic and pupils will have the opportunity to participate in small groups. The assessment task will be based on Voices of the Lion!
PERFORMING ARTS – DANCE
Dance through the movies – This term, pupils will learn a variety of different dance styles such as street and contemporary. Taking inspiration from the movies, pupils will recreate what they see on screen and choreography their own routines.
Basic Athletic skills will be introduced, including running technique, starts, finish, throwing the rounder’s ball and standing jumps, which will give you the confidence to compete in Alfriston School Sports Day. Health and safety Athletics rules will be taught. Games similar to Rounders will be played which will be fun, competitive and introduce basic ball skills requiring co-ordination and team work. Overnight residential, involving two days of activities will take place when students will experience a variety of outdoor activities and will sleep away from home. This is free and is part of Alfriston’s PE curriculum, so it is expected that all students will participate in this valuable experience.
Pupils will be split into smaller groups and receive a rotation of Social Skills, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy. For the Social Skills Classes pupils will talk through what they have covered in Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy and it will be reinforced in a circle time format. Following this, pupils will play games or do team building exercises in order to build friendships with the other pupils, learn/practise social and emotional skills, and become accustomed to the style of Social Skills lessons ready for year 8 and 9 when the classes are much larger.
For the Occupational Therapy Classes pupils will cover the use of the homework diary, for example what is included in the homework diary and how it can be used, what needs to go in a homework diary and completing homework diary scenarios. Remaining sessions will be used to rehearse previous sessions and either repeat, if needed, or explore at a higher level.
For the Speech and Language Therapy Classes pupils will explore expressing of opinions, which includes being passive, assertive and aggressive, identifying pros and cons, and expressing your ideas coherently to others. The final topic is friendship skills where pupils will explore asking social questions, what makes a good friend and starting conversations with friends.
Being a good citizen: Pupils will be looking at ways in which accidents can be avoided and how to deal with emergencies. There will also be opportunities to take part in elementary first aid activities. Pupils will think about the responsibilities of owning a pet and some of the work will focus on the issues raised in the Citizenship unit, ‘How the law protects animals’. Pupils will welcome new pupils on their induction day later in the term.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE
Pupils in years 7 spend half of the year working in Home Economics and half in Outdoor Learning (Forest School). Half of the year group start in September with Home Economics and half with Outdoor Learning (Forest School). The groups then swap areas after the February half term.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE – HOME ECONOMICS
The pupils working in Home Economics will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.
Year 7 pupils will focus on the importance of a healthy diet. They will learn that it is made up from a variety and balance of different foods and drinks, as depicted in the ‘Eatwell’ Guide. They will be able to identify and classify unfamiliar dishes according to the 5 groups depicted in the Eatwell guide.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE – OUTDOOR LEARNING (FOREST SCHOOL)
The pupils working in Outdoor learning (Forest School) will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.
In year 7 there will be a large focus on organising ourselves and being prepared for each lesson as well as becoming familiar with the rules and ready for learning. The main theme throughout the lessons will building relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting and exploration.