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Year 7 Subject Information

For further information about all Key Stage 3 courses please contact Mr A. Edwards (Deputy Headteacher) or Ms E Holley (KS3 Co-ordinator) on 0151 235 1430
English

English Subject Leader: C Wright     

Year 7 English teachers: H Moffat, J.Fodey, H.McTague, J Fenton, S Palmer, S Griffiths, A Gould, C.Wright

In Year 7 English, pupils will be studying a wide range of fiction from different times and cultures; furthering their skills in selecting and retrieving information; analysing a writer’s use of language and structure, and considering how writers influence us as readers.

They will experience a variety of writing styles, with a clear focus on developing strong literacy skills.

Term 1

  • 19th century non-fiction
  • 19th century - "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens
  • Poetry from around the world / Poetic Techniques

Term 2

  • “Romeo and Juliet”
  • 20th and 21st century non-fiction

Term 3

  • ‘Out of this World’ Science-fiction short stories - selecting and retrieving information; analysis of the author’s use of language, and character representation
  • Modern fiction, from a range, including “The Hunger Games” (Suzanne Collins), and “Northern Lights” (Philip Pullman)

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Mathematics

Mathematics Subject Leader: C. Roche                   
Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator: S Whitehead

Year 7 Mathematics teachers: A McCabe, L Tisdale, J Sanderson, M Appleton, S Whitehead, M Waterhouse.

Year 7 are following a Mastery scheme of work. Mastery of mathematics is a continuum. At each stage of learning students should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. Mastery is not about just being able to memorise key facts and procedures, this tends to lead to a superficial understanding which can easily be forgotten.

Term 1

  • Number – Place value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. A good indication of when a student has mastered content is when they can deal with questions that link multiple topics together.

Term 2

  • Number – Fractions Equivalent, compare and order, converting from, simplifying and Negative Numbers
  • Statistics 1 – Understanding the data handling cycle. Collect, organise and interpret data. Draw and interpret charts and graphs
  • Negative numbers – Use the four operations with negative numbers.

Term 3

  • Algebra 1 Introduction of algebra - Use and understand algebraic notation. Substitute numerical values into scientific formulae. Simplify and manipulate algebraic equations. Solve simple algebraic equations.
  • Geometry – Lines and angles – Parallel and perpendicular lines, regular polygons, reflective and rotational symmetry. Properties of triangles, quadrilaterals and circles. Use a protractor to measure and draw angles. Angles around a point, on a straight line, in a triangle and in a quadrilateral. Draw and interpret pie charts.

Extra Reading/Research

MyMaths, MathsWatch, BBC Bitesize

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Science

Science Subject Leader: J Prior

Year 7 Science teachers: M Boyle, T Granby, J Shillcock, K McGunigle, J Lyons, N Ashton, M Boyle, D Lewis.

Term 1

Topics/skills covered:

  1. Introduction to science
  2. Cells
  3. Light
  4. Sound
  5. Particle model
  6. Structure and function of body systems

Term 2

Topics/skills covered:

  1. Atoms and elements
  2. Forces
  3. Reproduction
  4. Acids & Alkalis

Term 3

Topics/skills covered:

  1. Chemical reactions
  2. Space

Extra Reading/Research

www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/science
www.scibermonkey.org

Key Words: nucleus, membrane, permanent vacuole, ribosome, mitochondrion, unicellular, diffusion, osmosis, cytoplasm, cell wall, amoeba, ray, reflection, refraction, opaque, transparent, translucent, angle, shadow, eclipse

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Religious Education

RE Subject Leader: S Miller

Year 7 RE teachers: R Campbell, S Miller, R McCrink, A Kennedy, M Murphy, T Harrison, B Kelly-Ince.

Term 1

  • Who is God?
  • Who is Jesus?

Term 2

  • What is the Kingdom of God?
  • What are the signs of Catholic Identity?

Term 3

  • What are the signs of identity for Jewish people?
  • What are the joys and challenges of living as people of God

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

PE

PE Subject Leader: N O’Hare

Year 7 PE teachers: P Sellwood, W Townson, T Phipps, L Johnson, I Forgie, D Hanwell, P Aspinall

In Year 7, PE lessons will encourage pupils:

  • To develop physical competence and help promote physical development and skilful performance
  • to know about and value the benefits of participation in physical activity while at school and throughout life
  • To develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performance across the areas of activity
  • To develop the ability to remember, adapt and apply knowledge, practical skills and concepts in a variety  of movement related activities
  • To develop a knowledge of safety factors and appreciation of the principles of safe practice.

Pupils will also develop the following:

  • Observational skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Self-esteem through development  of physical confidence
  • Inter-personal skills

Throughout Year 7 pupils take part in a variety of activities and an example of the Year 7 programme of Study is as follows

Term 1:

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Rugby, H 4 L, Boxing

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Football, Basketball, Badminton

Term 3

  • Athletics, Cricket

Fitness assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Art

Art Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 7 Art teachers: C Gillmore, C Mylchreest

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Students explore self-identity through a project based around portraiture.
  • They will investigate some key artists including Lichtenstein, Picasso, and contemporary digital artists, Craig and Karl. Students will explore line, proportion and colour theory whilst developing a knowledge and understanding of a range of materials including paint and print.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Students will explore their own environment through a topic called ‘street scene’. Students will develop drawing skills including perspective, pattern and texture. They will look at artists such as Hundertwasser and his rich use of pattern and colour.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Students will extend skills and deepen understanding of key elements of process and technique covered in Terms 1 and 2 through a focused final project entitled ‘Landscape’. Students will create final drawings, painting and prints around this theme.

Extra Reading/Research

Students would benefit from looking artists who have produced self-portraiture such as Van Gogh. They should try to create work at home based on these styles.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Design Technology

Design Technology Subject Leader: P Dougan

Year 7 Design Technology teachers: P Melia, J Donegan, S Williams

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

Students will revolve termly around the 3 areas the Design and Making process. By the end of the year they will have covered all 3 topics outlines below.

  • Sketching and drawing styles including Isometric, 1 point perspective

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Technical analysis
  • Research, specifications and  briefs

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Making: Small jewellery box

  • Basic wood joints
  • Hand tools
  • Forming metals and plastic.

There are after school projects which students can attend for example making and personalising short tennis racquets.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Food Technology Subject Leader: J Mortimore

Year 7 Food Technology teachers: J Mortimore, S Williams, L Crockett, J Donegan, 

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Introduction to kitchen safety & hazards
  • Fruit salad
  • Personal hygiene
  • Potato salad
  • Food storage
  • Apple crumble
  • Food poisoning
  • Swiss roll
  • Yule log

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Chicken stir fry
  • The Eatwell Guide
  • Macaroni cheese
  • Carbohydrates
  • Flapjacks
  • Protein
  • Chicken fried rice
  • Fats

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Chicken korma
  • Sponge cake
  • Nutritional labelling
  • Mini quiche
  • Jam tarts
  • Vegetarian diets
  • Strawberry cheesecake
  • Vegan diets
  • Milkshakes & smoothies

Key Words:

Hazards; oxidisation; bacteria; cross-contamination; bridge; poisoning; boiling; baking; danger zone; high-risk; frying; macronutrients; micronutrients; carbohydrates; protein; fats; vitamins; minerals; melting; best-before; use-by; vegan; vegetarian.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Geography

Geography Subject Leader: P Melanaphy

Year 7 Geography teachers: P Melanaphy, A Slaughter, J Savage, C Woods

Term 1

Map Skills - Learning important geographical skills such as 4 and 6 figure grid references, 16 figure compasses, scale and field sketching.

Urbanisation - Investigating the function of settlements with specific focus on Liverpool; studying the development of Liverpool as a city as well as looking at urban development on a global scale; learning about the advantages and disadvantages of urban living; slums and poverty within cities, as well as looking at sustainable ways of living within an urban area.

Term 2

Natural Resources - Identifying the various natural resources we use every day; debating the value of renewable vs. non-renewable energy; investigating the impacts of disasters when accessing these materials.

Weather & Climate - Investigating weather and climate patterns; looking at the impact of weather hazards and the destruction they cause; studying types of rainfall and how the weather is measured; completing a geographical investigation into microclimates around school.

Term 3

Glaciation - Defining glaciation is and how it shaped the UK; looking at geological timescales and where the glaciers came from; using OS maps to map glacial landscapes.

Russia - Understanding how Russia is a globally significant place and home to a diverse range of landscapes and environments; exploring Russia’s varied physical regions; analysing enormous spatial variations; learning about the role that geological, climatic, ecological and human processes have all played in Russia's history and the different timescales for the changes that these processes bring to places.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

History

History Subject Leader: C Duffy

Year 7 History teachers: Mr Duffy, F Rushe, N Davies, L O’Toole.

Term 1

  1. ‘What is History?’ – An introduction to historical skills that will be used when studying history such as chronology, bias, reliability and utility. A local study on Roman Chester to apply some of these skills to a period of history pre 1066.
  2. The Norman Conquest – Why there were claimants to the throne in 1066, the Battle of Hastings and the theme of how William the Conqueror kept control after his victory of England. Historical skills addressed - chronology, cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance and historical interpretations. Pupils will also look at historical evidence including the Bayeux Tapestry to question the story of the Battle of Hastings.

Term 2

Medieval Life – pupils will study different aspects of medieval life with an emphasis on comparing it to life today. Significant topics will focus on the church and state, for example, the murder of Thomas Becket and the Magna Carta which will be used to primarily highlight the beginnings of modern day democracy. Key social events in history will also be studied, for example, the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt. Historical skills will be addressed - cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance, using evidence and historical interpretations

Term 3

  1. The Tudors – the key focus will be Henry VIII and the development of the church, state and society at this time. Pupils will study Martin Luther and the Reformation and the development of the Protestant religion in England making comparisons to the Catholic Church. Historical skills will be addressed – chronology, cause and consequence, change and continuity, significance, using evidence and historical interpretations.
  2. The Gunpowder Plot – the main focus of this topic is to decide whether the Catholics tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament or whether it was a conspiracy. The pupils will take part in a debate and present their findings. Using evidence and the skill of debate are the main focus of this topic.

Extra Reading/Research

KS3 History Britain 1066-1509: Invasion, Plague and Murder, (Aaron Wilkes, Third Edition, 2014).

Key Words:

Reliability, utility, bias, primary source, secondary source, claimant, heir, monarchy, feudal system, Domesday Book, Magna Carta, bubonic plague, reformation, Protestant, Catholic.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Information Technology

ICT Subject leader: J Mitchard

Year 7 ICT teachers: K Rowan, S Strawson, Miss McGee.

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Computer science - pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
  • Digital literacy - covering the following: Hardware/Software, Health and Safety, E-safety, Keeping Data Safe, Choosing the right tool for the job.
  • The role of control technology (Flowol), understanding how to represent algorithms using flow charts, how to convert between binary and denary and how to complete binary addition.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Using Scratch to develop visual programming skills
  • Understanding how to use sequence, selection and iteration
  • Being able to use variables, data types and functions to design create a game

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

Music Festival – in which pupils organise a Music Festival in the local area:

  • Create a logo for the organisation
  • Perform investigation (copyright, plagiarism)
  • Create and use a database to organise and select the music for the event (Data Protection Act)
  • Create a spreadsheet to manage the finances for the event
  • Create an audio clip to advertise the event on the radio
  • Create a teaser video to advertise the event online
  • Create an e-newsletter (website)

Extra Reading/Research

Get coding! There are many coding website that pupils should enrol on to develop their coding/programing skills such as CodeAcademy. Practice really does make perfect! In school this year we will be using Scratch which is free to download and use at home to build on what is done in class.

Key Words:

Input device, output device, storage device, peripherals, server, monitor, processor, spyware, virus, hacker, spam, health and safety, ergonomics, posture, injury,  binary, Hex, Denary, E Safety, Cyberbullying, Grooming, Sexting, Gaming, Social Media, Digital Footprint, computational thinking, coding, Scratch, Sequence, Repeat, Loop, Sprite

Anything else?

During the first term pupils will take part in the UK Bebras challenge. This competition introduces computational thinking to students. It is sponsored by Oxford University and Google and organised in over 40 countries; it is designed to get students all over the world excited about computing. They will also take part in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org, reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through a one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages Subject Leader: A Bower

Year 7 Modern Foreign Languages teachers: L Goodridge, S Saleh, C Murphy, C McConville.  

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Mi Vida

  • ¿Cómo te llamas? – Greetings and introductions. Basic pronunciation and alphabet.
  • ¿Qué tipo de persona eres? Using the verb ‘to be’ along with personality adjectives. Masculine and feminine agreements.
  • ¿Tienes hermanos? Using the verb ‘to have’ to talk about how many brothers and sisters you have.
  • ¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños? Numbers 1-31 and months, saying when your birthday is.
  • ¿Tienes mascotas? Talking about pets and saying what colour they are.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Mi tiempo libre

  • ¿Qué te gusta hacer? – Using opinions to say what you like to do in your free time.
  • ¿Cantas Karaoke? – Saying what you do in your free time using the present tense of -ar verbs.
  • ¿Qué haces cuando llueve? - Talking about the weather and saying what you do depending on the weather using cuando.
  • ¿Qué deportes haces? – Sports and activities using jugar – to play and hacer – to do.
  • ¿Eres fanático? - Reading about people’s favourite things to do and understanding challenging texts.
  • ¿Qué haces en tu tiempo libre? – Taking part in longer conversations to say what you do in your free time.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Mi insti

  • ¿Qué estudias? – Saying what subjects you study and using –ar verbs to say what ‘we do’.
  • ¿Te gustan las ciencias? – Giving opinions on school subjects, using me gusta(n) plus el/la/los/las
  • ¿Qué hay en tu insti? – Describing your school, using words for ‘a’, ‘some’ and ‘the’.
  • Durante el recreo – Talking about breaktime and using -er and -ir verbs.
  • ¿Te gusta tu insti? – Understanding details about schools.
  • ¿Cómo es tu insti? – Writing longer texts about your school.

Extra Reading/Research

Linguascope, Duolingo

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Music

Music Subject Leader: C Mulligan

Year 7 Music teachers: C Mulligan, J Sanderson, L Quirk

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered:

  • The elements of music (pitch, tempo, timbre, structure, melody, dynamics, texture)
  • Italian terms for tempo and dynamics.
  • Singing skills.
  • Keyboard skills – In the Jungle.
  • ICT – introduction to soundation.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Instruments of the orchestra.
  • Keyboard skills – Ode to Joy.
  • Ensemble skills.

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered:

  • Rhythms of the world – time signatures, rhythmic notation (quavers, crotchets, minims, rests, dotted notes)
  • ICT – Introduction to Sibelius notation package.
  • Keyboard skills – Indian Raga.

Extra Reading/Research

BBC Bitesize, A young person’s guide to the orchestra.

Key Words:

pitch, tempo, timbre, texture, dynamics, melody, structure, allegro, andante, largo, forte, mezzo forte, piano, orchestral families (woodwind, brass, percussion, strings), time signatures, quavers, minim, semibreve, rests, dotted notes

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.

Drama

Drama Subject Leader: D Jones

Year 7 Drama teachers: D Jones, E Charlton, S Saleh

Term 1

Topics/Skills covered: Performing to an Audience 1:

  • Body language and facial expression
  • Characterisation
  • Role play
  • Group work skills
  • Confidence development
  • Performing in front of their peers.

Term 2

Topics/Skills covered: Devising and Strategies

  • Flashback
  • Narration
  • Non-linear plot
  • Dramatic Tension
  • Voices in the Head

Term 3

Topics/Skills covered: Page to Stage 1

  • Formatting a script
  • Stage directions
  • Interpreting a given role

Extra Reading/Research

  • Attend school trips to the theatre
  • Participate in school play
  • Attend Drama club

Key Words:

body language, facial expression, stage directions, tone, pitch, characterisation, role, audience, strategies, vocal, physical, actor, director, devising, improvisation.

Assessments take place 3 times a year and results are reported to parents.