Lower School

The Academy is embarking on a new curriculum across all subjects during the academic year 2019/2020. We will update this curriculum page by September 2020.

For additional information for each subject please contact the Head of School - Lower: Mr. Taylor.

All Year 7 students study English, Maths, Science, RE, PE, Geography, History, a Modern Foreign Language, Computing, Music and Creative Media.

Art

Year 7

Mark Making Project

  • Tonal shading

  • Mark making

  • Texture

  • Observational drawing

Colour Theory project

  • Primary, Secondary & Tertiary colours

  • Mixing colours

  • Tints and Shades

  • Vincent Van Gogh painting style

The Big Hoot / Wolves in Wolves

  • Pattern design

  • 3D clay sculpture

Computing

Year 7

  • Intro Unit ‐ Using Computers Safely, Effectively and Responsibly

  • Unit 1 ‐ Introduction to coding through Kodu

  • Unit 2 – Graphics

  • Unit 3 ‐ Control systems with Flowol

Geography

Year 7

  • Half term 1 – Economic Activity

  • Half term 2 – International Development

  • Half term 3 – Rivers

  • Half term 4 – Hydrology and Coasts

  • Half term 5 – Weather and Climate

  • Half term 6 – Russia

History

Year 7

Theme: Power & Control

  • Half term 1 – Romans *Significance

  • Half term 2 – Medieval Life & 1066 *Cause & Consequence

  • Half term 3 – Tudors *Similarities & differences

  • Half term 4 – English Civil War *Interpretation

  • Half term 5 – French Revolution *Similarities & differences

  • Half term 6 – Industrial Revolution

Maths (Foundation)

Year 7

  • Half term 1 - Analysing and Displaying Data, Number Skills

  • Half term 2 - Expressions, Functions and Formulae, Fractions

  • Half term 3 - Angles and Shapes, Decimals

  • Half term 4 - Equations

  • Half term 5 - Multiplicative reasoning, Perimeter, Area and Volume

  • Half term 6 - Sequences and Graphs

Maths (Higher)

Year 7

  • Half term 1 - Analysing and Displaying Data, Number Skills

  • Half term 2 - Expressions, Functions and Formulae, Decimals and Measure

  • Half term 3 - Fractions, Probability

  • Half term 4 - Ratio, Proportion

  • Half term 5 - Lines and Angles, Sequences and Graphs

  • Half term 6 - Transformations

English

Year 7

  • Half term 1: Gothic Writing

  • Half term 2: Class Reader

  • Half term 3: Nature Poetry

  • Half term 4: Shakespeare (Either: The Taming of the Shrew or A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

  • Half term 5: Childhood ‐ Language Paper 2 Non‐fiction focus

  • Half term 6: Writing to Argue

Modern Foreign Languages

Year 7

Year 7 French follows ‘Allez 1’ and Spanish follows ‘Zoom 1’. The topics studied run largely parallel in each language and cover:

  • All about me

  • School

  • Home and local area

  • Food

  • Lifestyle and free‐time activities

  • Holidays

Key grammatical and linguistic concepts include:

  • The present tense

  • Adjectives and nouns

  • The perfect tense

  • Expressing opinions

  • The near future tense

Drama

Year 7

Drama is offered to all year 7 in a rotation system with all students having at least 6 weeks of Drama. In this time they will learn and explore basic drama techniques and skills. They will learn how to perform in front of others and evaluate their own and others’ performance’s. Drama in year 7 helps them to grow In confidence.

Dance

Year 7

Dance in Year 7 is offered through Core PE and students will have a 6/7 week block of this activity. During this they will learn the basic skills needed as a dancer and key choreographic and performance skills. Afterschool and Lunch clubs are also offered for both year groups.

RE

Year 7

What does it mean to belong? Students will study the meaning and purpose of a community, applying their knowledge and understanding to the school community. They will learn about the five House saints.

Is there more to life than meets the eye? Within this module students will study the seven sacraments and the festivals Christians celebrate throughout the year. Learning the meaning and purpose and explain the influence they have on individuals.

Vocation: Students will look at what vocation means, how we are all called to a vocation and what needs to be done to achieve that vocation.

World Faith: Hinduism. Exploring the beliefs and practices of Hinduism.

Music

Year 7

  • “Stomp” – introduction to key musical skills

  • Music Tech Introduction to DAW software

  • Rap

  • Music Tech ‐ Introduction to notation software