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6th Form

Curriculum Information

In English this term, we will be developing descriptive and narrative writing skills. This
includes using sensory description and devices. Later on in the term we will be analysing
fiction using Goodnight Mr Tom or The Graveyard Book.

This term for year 7 in maths we are concentrating on Number, starting with addition and
subtraction in the context of data handling and measurement. We will then develop our skills
in multiplication and division with a focus on factors and multiples. We will complete the term
looking at fractions and percentages of an amount as well as equivalent fractions, decimals
and percentages. Some year 7 students will be concentrating on number rules, partitioning,
addition and subtraction before looking at comparing and ordering numbers and counting in

In science this term we will investigate topics in biology, chemistry and physics. We will be
learning about cells, tissues and organs, and also how our muscles and bones work in
biology. Chemistry will see us understanding mixtures and experimenting on how we can
separate them. The topic of energy will be covered for physics.

In PSHE, we will be looking at healthy living and its impact on our lives. The students will be
learning about the importance of a balanced diet, the consequences of not having a
balanced diet and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In the second part of the
Autumn term, we will be moving on to learning about relationships, identity and safety. We
will be covering maintaining friendships, avoiding toxic ones, families and long term
commitments, romance and teenage relationships, bullying or banter, bullying online and
how to keep safe. All PSHE lessons will involve class discussions and will be taught at an
age appropriate level.

Humanities: History, Geography & RE.

In History this term, we will start by finding out about migration to Britain from the Stone Age
to the arrival of Anglo-Saxon invaders. After half term, we will be looking at the events of
1066 and the Norman conquest of England.

In Geography this term we will be learning about maps and mapping with a focus on the
United Kingdom. The students will be using a range of sources such as maps, globes, and
aerial photographs, reading and interpreting maps, and using grid references and scale.
Students will be consolidating and extending their knowledge of the world’s major countries
and their physical and human features.

In Religious Education, we will be learning about different religious festivals. Each lesson will
be devised to educate the students on the belief and traditions of other religions. The
religions that the students will be covering are Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and
Hinduism. Over the course of the autumn term the students will be learning why we have
religious festivals, what they have in common and how festivals are celebrated from clothing
to food.

We will be focussing initially on programming concepts of Sequence, Repetition and
Selection. Some will also look at creating functions. We will be doing this using a block -
coding program. During sustainability week we will consider the impact that technology is
having on the wider environment. Later in the term, we will look at methods of
communication, producing professional emails, posters with clarity and purpose and also
create a simple web-page

DT (Design and Technology):
The project for this term is Ugly Dolls. Students will design their own Ugly Doll, make and
template and learn how to cut fabric correctly. They will also learn basic sewing skills
including different stitches and use the skills learnt to make and finish the Ugly Doll. They
will also evaluate their progress and have the opportunity to suggest improvements.

CDM (Creative Digital Media):
In Creative Digital Media this term, we will be using digital SLR cameras to take photographs
around the school and learning how some of the functions of the camera can be used. The
images taken will be adjusted in Photoshop to experiment with different editing techniques.
Later in the term, students will create a small portfolio of images that reflect a theme of their
choice and showcase some of the skills they have developed.

In year 7 this term, we will be building on our knowledge of musical notation and be learning
about dotted notes and triplets - how they work and how they sound. We will be
experimenting with these different rhythms in practical and listening tasks. After half term, we
will be looking at Music in the Media - learning about how music is used in adverts, TV
programmes, film and radio and we will develop our own music for a media product.

During the autumn term students will be looking at ancient Greek vases and learning about
myths and legends and the ancient Olympics. The Fitzwilliam Museum visited Gretton on
15th September to assist with this. Students will be creating their own vase designs with
mono prints of their own dragon designs and Greek style patterns. They will then create a
painting of their dragons.

Forest School:
In Forest School this term, we will be making the most of the autumnal season and our
students will have the opportunity to take part in activities such as picking blackberries to use
in recipes in their food tech lessons and additionally using seasonal berries to make natural
paints and dyes. We will also be making the most of the availability of other seasonal

resources such as conkers, and using these for other natural arts and crafts projects
alongside some tool use to facilitate this.

Students will learn some of the skills that are so important to the foundation of drama. We
will be working on concentration, co- operation and teamwork skills through a series of
games and exercises. After half term we will be focusing on contributing towards our annual
Christmas production. Students will learn about the genre of panto and understand a number
of its features. Students will also have the opportunity to perform in the show. Others might
choose to take on one of the other very important roles in the production process by helping
with props, costume, set design or they may choose to be part of the singing group or the
technical team.

Students will learn to use different tactics, skills and techniques to outwit an opponent within
invasion sports alongside understanding rules of a match. These sports include football,
basketball, benchball, netball and rugby.


Food Technology:

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