The Ashcombe School

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Curriculum summary for Year 7

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Art

Students have produced - Shading and Mark-Making Exercise, Rendering Basic Forms, Shady City and Painted City. Colour theory excercises. Portrait drawings and Painted Portrait based on the Fauvist work of Matisse and Derain. Colour Composition - a study of Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, basic perspective, drawings of rooms in their home and 3 objects relating to their family, producing a painting using warm and cold colours to create space in their composition. Students are working on - Study Totem Poles and art of Haida NW American Indians. They then develop their own design based on an animal of their choice.

Drama

Throughout Year 7, students have been introduced to a variety of Drama techniques which they have applied within both improvised and text based work. They have been given opportunities to experiment with new concepts and ideas, while developing their group work and speaking and listening skills, drawing upon their natural creative abilities. The schemes of work explored, such as storytelling, circus skills, and devising have opened opportunities for students to learn how to constructively evaluate work and analyse Drama as a form, a key skill required for the transition into Year 8.

DT

During Year 7, students develop a range of practical, design and investigative skills through four projects. The first focuses on safety, taking student through an induction of the workshop and the tools and machinery they will use. This is followed by three projects covering the key areas of design and technology; resistant materials, product design and graphic design. The first two of these, the puppet project and key tag project, focus on working in timber and plastcs, building on their design and practical skills and giving students an opportunity to experiment and gain confidence in the workshop. The third project, on the theme of recycling, introduces students to the world of CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacture). For this project they work on their design skills and familiarise themselves with our design package, 2D Design V2 and have the chance to use our vinyl cutting CAM machine.

English

Students study a range of topics in Year 7: the novel 'Holes', the collection of short stories 'Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror', Shakespeare's 'Macbeth', poetry, skills of fiction and myths and legends. At the end of each half term students are assessed. Students are taught through directed reading activities, modelled writing and classs discussion, and a mixture of independent and group work. Key skills that are developed during the year are independent reading, technical accuracy and fluent written expression, and clear and confident use of Standard English. 

French

Students cover six modules of work, including Greetings and Introductions, Numbers, Colours and Classroom Language, Family and Friends, House and Home, Describing your town, Daily Routine and Sports and Leisure Activities. Students practice four attainment skills, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and are encouraged to set their own progress targets, based upon their teacher's advice. They receive at least one lesson per fortnight in the MultiMedia room, where students are encouraged to work independently whilst using a variety of software programmes. Homework is a vital part of the learning process and students are required to complete one written and one learning homework per week. Each student is assessed twice per year in a variety of attainment skills, following which students are offered individual feedback as to what they need to do to improve.

German

Students cover six modules of work, including Greetings and Introductions, Numbers, Colours and Classroom Language, Family and Friends, House and Home, Describing your town, Daily Routine and Sports and Leisure Activities. Students practice four attainment skills, Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing, and are encouraged to set their own progress targets, based upon their teacher's advice. They receive at least one lesson per fortnight in the MultiMedia room, where students are encouraged to work independently whilst using a variety of software programmes. Homework is a vital part of the learning process and students are required to complete one written and one learning homework per week. Each student is assessed twice per year in a variety of attainment skills, following which students are offered individual feedback as to what they need to do to improve.

Humanities

In geography, students are introduced to physical, human and environmental geography within the UK. They spend time developing map skills and practise these on a local walk. Students also look at the hydrological cycle and weather, the landforms and processes associated with rivers and coasts, and consider the sustainable management of these areas. In history, the first unit covers the Norman Conquest, the impact of the invasion, and day to day life for ordinary people. Students use sources to help with their investigations and begin to develop their essay writing skills. In the second unit, the study of the Medieval period continues with more of a focus on religion in the period. In R.S, students first look at ideas within religion, the importance of special times and places and the importance of Jesus for Christians. They are now looking at Judaism and Christianity in more depth.

Maths

Students in Year 7 develop their skills with fractions, percentages, decimals and proportional reasoning. They use algebraic techniques and symbols with increasing confidence. Students generate and solve equations and some study linear functions. Students develop their understanding of shape and space using definitions and reasoning to understand geometrical objects. Some encounter simple algebraic and geometric proofs. They study handling data through practical activities where they collect class data, consider the fairness of games and calculate simple probabilities. In all areas, students communicate mathematics in speech and a variety of written forms, explaining their reasoning to others and applying their mathematics in true to life contexts.

Music

The music curriculum is divided into Instrumental and Music Technology strands. Students have been learning to use subject-specific language to help describe different styles of music and have been reflecting on how these styles reflect culture, time and tradition. Practical performing and composing activities are integral to the lessons and students' skills, knowledge and understanding is assessed in these as well as listening and appraising skills. An understanding of conventional music notation is also part of the curriculum. Projects this year have been: The Orchestra, African music styles, Reggae, The Blues, Audio Editing and processes, and a Vocal project.

PE

Initially, Year 7 students complete a base line testing module and then follow a rotational curriculum based on the following activities: gymnastics, football / netball, basketball, badminton, rounders / cricket, athletics, dance / fitness and tennis. The principle is to develop core skills and incorporate these into mini games and performances. Students also complete an introduction to leadership module that has been written with much reference to the Young Sports Leader Award.

Science

Year 7 have studied a variety of topics, covering all three sciences. These include looking at cells, reproduction and how living things are classified in biology, studying particles, acids and alkalis in chemistry and forces and motion in physics. These subjects form the building blocks for all science studied at school and concepts will be developed as students move through to KS4 and beyond. Their attainment grade is based on their average performance across assessments based on these topics throughout the year.