West Heath School

Year 7 Curriculum Offer

ENGLISH 


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The English Faculty aims to provide students with an accessible, bespoke and varied curriculum based on the needs of individuals and within Government guidelines.

We encourage students to become avid readers of both fiction and non-fiction texts and have an excellent Dyslexia friendly selection in our new library;   library sessions are incorporated into the weekly plans and it is also available at social times.  We support our students to develop into confident, articulate speakers through robust speaking and listening lessons, providing a plethora of opportunities to practice both in and out of the classroom and with support of our Speech and Language Department.

We endeavour to provide our students with the skills needed to write with accuracy, clarity and succinctly whether writing to respond, to entertain, to inform or when analysing and comparing texts and moving image.

Overview of content of curriculum available in English

Year 7 English is delivered and assessed through a comprehensive programme of study. Students learn through a series of active, real-world projects that encourage them to work to develop skills necessary for life.  The week is planned to include reading comprehension, writing, SPaG and speaking and listening.

Projects and comprehension activities are on texts which include: The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Friend or Foe.

Reading is a fundamental part of the English programme; the faculty encourage all students regardless of ability to build excellent reading habits.

The curriculum actively promotes students to: develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information, acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language, appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage, write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences and use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly

The English and Literacy teams provide bespoke intervention to ensure success for all students.

Courses Available:

  • Literacy assessment (online) to provide individualised computerised learning
  • Literacy intervention on a 1:1 basis comprising bespoke programmes, Toe by Toe and Alpha to Omega

 

MATHS

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Maths

In Year 7 we use the National Curriculum as the basis for our Scheme of Work. Students attend five forty minute lessons a week and are taught in mixed ability groups. The teachers of these groups are always supported by at least one Teaching Assistant. We use MyMaths textbooks alongside various other resources such as the MyMaths website, Bitesize and Active Maths. Work is differentiated in order to meet the needs of individual pupils. Pupils’ progress is monitored constantly and assessed at the end of every term. At the end of each academic year pupils take a MyMaths end of year exam. New pupils who join later in the year are assessed using the appropriate test.

Courses Available:

  • Most students follow a Year 7 Scheme of Work based on the National Curriculum.
  • Students working below the expected standard will have Numeracy and work will be given that is appropriate to their level.

 

SCIENCE

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Science

Year 7 students will be following the curriculum for Key Stage 3, all classes will be following the same course, but more able learners will be working to obtain a higher level of achievement. The syllabus includes chemistry, physics and biology and will build upon the student’s prior learning in this subject area. As well as learning individual science topics they will also develop areas such as, practical and enquiry skills, critical understanding of evidence and communication skills. Year 7 topics include:

  • Living Systems
  • The nature of Matter
  • Forces and Motion
  • Diet and Health
  • Atoms, Elements and Compounds
  • Levers, moments and pressure
  • Genetics and Evolution
  • Reactions
  • Electricity and Electromagnetism

Courses Available:

  • Students follow the programme of study for key stage 3 students, Smart Science text books and support materials are used.

 

ART

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Art & Design

The curriculum for art and design Year 7 aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. The study of art allows pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and crafts and also allows the learners to experience computerised design and techniques to allow them to fully realise their outcomes in a range of media.

Courses Available:

  • Arts Award Explore and Discover
  • Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25.

To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels.

 

CAREERS & CITIZENSHIP

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The school is committed to investing in our students’ health and wellbeing. We believe that by doing this that we assist the process of raising the students’ achievements.  Students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across, and beyond, the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own self-worth, work well with others to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, social, and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We teach them how societies are organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy through our school council. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity, culture and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. They will learn skills to prepare them for their working lives as citizens of Britain and the wider world. This encompasses ‘Every Child Matters’.

Topics include:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • This is Me
  • Body Changes
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Healthy Eating
  • Smoking Education
  • Alcohol Education

 

 

  • Introduction to Citizenship
  • Topical Events
  • Communities
  • Voluntary Groups
  • Making a Difference
  • Children’s Rights

 

 

  • Spending Needs and Wants
  • Banking Budgeting and Saving
  • Making Things Better
  • Negotiating and Decision-making
  • Then and now
  • Looking Forward
  • E-Safety and On-Line Grooming

 

In the course of Year 7, students will have a group session with an independent, impartial careers advisor.

Courses Available:

Students follow a modified and combined version of the Key Stage 3 Citizenship and PSHE curriculums.

Progression Routes
Key Stage 3 Careers and Citizenship
Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Preparation for Working Life
AQA Level 1 / 2 Preparation for Working Life

 

CREATIVE CRAFTS & DESIGN

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The curriculum for Craft in Year 7 aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria. They will generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology. Learners will be encouraged to select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]. Armed with this learning they will select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics. All learners will evaluate explore and evaluate a range of existing products. Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria.

Courses Available:

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts, music and performances around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels.

 

FOOD

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Overview of content of curriculum available

Year 7 Students embark on their food journey working in our well equipped professional kitchen and are given a full and comprehensive syllabus of food and recipes for the year. They will make hot, cold, sweet and savoury dishes based on a new topic each half term. Topics include; meat, fish, farinaceous, and fruit and vegetables. In the bakery term they will make a traditional decorated fruit Christmas cake from scratch to take home. Lessons are often delivered with an emphasis on healthy lifestyle choices along with a cross curricular element, e.g mathematics/literacy, humanities or even languages. Dishes in year 7 traditionally include dishes including Moussaka,   Thai fishcakes, vegetable curry, together with simple dishes like fruit kebabs or student own designed cupcakes. Students are taught to work hygienically, wash up by themselves and use knives and equipment safely.

Courses Available:

  • Bespoke learning programme written by subject teacher but based on the National Curriculum

 

HUMANITIES

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Overview of content of curriculum available

Through the Humanities curriculum, students are encouraged to develop and deepen their knowledge and understanding of their relevance as a citizen of Britain, where they come from and an appreciation of differing cultural and religious beliefs here in Britain today. Each term has a focus on area of the Humanities curriculum:

  • Term 1 – History
  • Term 2 – Geography
  • Term 3 – Religious Education

Topics explored are in line with the National Curriculum for each discipline of History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study and include:

Term 1 History 1066 – 1485, that is to say the Battle of Hastings through to the Battle of Bosworth Field, and the relevance of The mid to late Middle Ages on our lives today. Skills of studying the value of primary and secondary sources will be explored, as well as change and consequence.

Term 2 Geography

An introduction to the 3 broad divisions to study this discipline: physical; human and environmental.

The topic encompasses the development of skills around reading and using maps, from an atlas to GPS systems.

Term 3 Religious Studies

This term encompasses knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of the 6 major world religions: Christianity; Islam; Hinduism; Buddhism; Sikhism; and Judaism. The main beliefs, religious texts and symbols will be explored through studying the experiences of children of a similar age to our Year 7s.

Courses Available:

  • A modified version of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study

Progression routes

  • Key Stage 3 Humanities in Year 8 (not dependent on the completion of Year 7 German)
  • A commencement of GCSE History in the Summer term of Year 9
  • GCSE History in Key Stage 4

 

IT & COMPUTING

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through desktop publishing and other computer skills. Supporting these skills online safety and keeping young people safe on the internet is combined in all topics. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to help support them in all subjects across the school along with basic programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable to function in other lessons, further education and as an active participants in a digital world

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

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Overview of content of curriculum available

Students in Year 7 are first introduced to German as a modern foreign language spoken in the context of exploring Europe. We identify the German-speaking countries, the geography of Germany, the climate, some of the main customs of Germany and German food.

Students then employ a variety of different strategies in learning a new language. They are soon able to exchange basic greetings and talk about their families in simple sentences. The lessons are a balance of reading, writing speaking and listening, including the use of ICT packages to reinforce learning.

Topics explored are in line with the National Curriculum MFL Programme of Study and include:

  • The historical influence of German on the English language
  • Greetings
  • Pronunciation of German alphabet and phonemes
  • Names and numbers • Days of the week, months and seasons
  • The Weather
  • Objects and nouns
  • Colours
  • Classroom items
  • School Subjects
  • The Family
  • Personal Characteristics

Courses Available:

A modified version of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 MFL Programme of Study

Progression routes

  • Key Stage 3 German in Year 8 (not dependent on the completion of Year 7 German)
  • A commencement of OCR Entry Level Certificate in German in the Summer term of Year 8
  • Completion of OCR Entry Level Certificate in German in Year 9
  • GCSE German in Year 10

 

MUSIC

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Music

The curriculum for music in Year 7 aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. They will learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. They will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Courses Available:

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts, music and performances around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

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Overview of content of curriculum available in Performing Arts

The curriculum for Performing Arts in Year 7 aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to perform In drama and to this end it sits within the ‘arts’ faculty, alongside visual arts and music. In our school “Drama aids learners to explore feelings, knowledge and ideas, leading to understanding.”   We think that when this subject is taught correctly it can help children to understand/relate and deal with life situations that can occur. It is also very beneficial to aid with speech Language & Literacy and is highly regarded within the school as such resources are well provided.

Courses Available:

Arts Award Discover is the introductory award open to children and young people aged up to 25. To achieve Discover, children and young people discover the arts, music and performances around them, find out about artists and their work and share their experiences with others, gaining a certificate at the end. This award provides a great introduction to the arts and to other Arts Award levels.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

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Overview of content of curriculum available

The curriculum for PE year 7 aims to ensure that all students have to opportunity to build on the physical and mental skill set learned in KS2, so that they can confidently apply emerging skills and techniques across a range of physical activities. These will teach them to;

  • Use strategies and tactics to outwit an opponent in direct competition (Basketball, Football, Badminton)
  • Take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group (Team building and Orienteering)
  • Perform dances using advanced dance techniques in a range of dance styles and forms.
  • Swim 20m in a recognised stroke.

Students will be given the opportunity to compete in various disciplines against other schools in the local area.

 

SELF SCIENCE

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Self- Science has been part of the basic core curriculum at West Heath since the school’s inception. The subject incorporates various psychological approaches including aspects of:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • NLP( Neuro Linguistic programming)
  • CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive Psychology as developed by Martin Seligman

These combined approaches plus the S.E.A.L. initiative (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) help to form our programme of promoting greater emotional intelligence in our students. The S.E.A.L. programme focuses on: Self Awareness, Managing Feelings, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills. Why focus on Emotional Intelligence? ‘Emotional Intelligence is a master aptitude that profoundly affects all other abilities.’ Daniel Goleman Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. The Self Science Department works closely with the C&C (Citizenship & Careers) Faculty in order to ensure that all aspects of the PSHE National Curriculum are delivered. Self Science is delivered twice weekly to students from Year 7 to Year 11. There is also an added option for a student to request a weekly 1:1 Self Science session.

Overview of content of curriculum available in Self Science

  • S.E.A.L.
  • Anger Management
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Conflict Resolution
  • RSE:
  • Friendships
  • Mindfulness
  • Character Strengths
  • Rapport
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Co-operation and collaboration
  • Stress management

 

TEXTILES


 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Textiles

Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to explore creative ideas and record their experiences in portfolios of work.  Pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, historical research and other art and crafts. Pupils learn how to use the sewing machine in a safe environment and gain an understanding of Health and Safety.  Pupils use a full range of media to complete their final piece.

Gifted and talented students are fast tracked to gain additional skills and knowledge by completing another portfolio of work in greater detail.

Portfolio 1 – Self Image

Portfolio 2 – What’s in a building?

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Portfolio 3 – Recreating Landscapes