Year 7 Curriculum Map – Easter to May half term  

Maths 

Having covered Ratio and Proportion in the Spring 2 term, students will continue to further their knowledge and understanding of lines & angles, and sequences & graphs: 

 

Lines and Angles  

8.1 Measuring and drawing angles 

8.2 Lines, angles and triangles 

8.3 Drawing triangles accurately 

8.4 Calculating angles 

8.5 Angles in a triangle 

8.6 Quadrilaterals 

Sequences and graphs 

9.1 Sequences 

9.2 Pattern sequences 

9.3 Coordinates and midpoints 

9.4 Extending sequences 

9.5 Straight-line graphs 

9.6 Position-to-term rules 

 

English 

Students build on their knowledge of poetry key terms established in the first half term and study poetry from different cultures.  Students develop their skills of comparison and analysis of linguistic and structural devices.   

Science 

Students will be studying the final three units of Year 7; Biology – Variation and Classification, Chemistry – Pure and Impure Substances and Physics – Energy Resources. The units will be studied in rotation with students studying them in varying order depending on which set they are in.  There will be an assessment covering the content covered since January after the May half term holiday.  

OM 

As part of their study of RE, students will complete a unit on Christian beliefs and practices. Students will then study a Geography  unit on ecosystems and the case study will be tropical rainforests.  

Art 

Project 2 – Portraiture  

Students will continue to research and study Italian painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani. They will show their understanding of his artwork through a carefully designed artist analysis page in their sketchbook, which will include annotation and illustrations. They will be encouraged to form their own opinions on his artwork and his motives/reasons for working the way he did. Students will then explore his style more deeply by creating portraits with Modigiliani’s trademark elongated heads and necks. Alongside their classwork, they will continue to produce a series of observational drawings for their homework in the weekly Drawing Challenges.  

Design Technology 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience all of these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students spend ten weeks in the materials area of technology. Projects covered include designing and making a personal family crest / shield and a focused practical task making a wooden boat. These will cover basic skills that students need to work safely and independently in a workshop with wood and wood-based materials. An extension activity of hot forging metal allows the students to see and experience working with hot metal. Homework that relates to the topics currently covered in lessons is set every two lessons. 

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience all of these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

In Graphics, students will spend 10 weeks designing and making a greetings card featuring an LED light. They will examine how to use images to positively influence others. They will make their own circuit and will gain practical skills in soldering as well as an understanding of how to describe and represent electric circuits. Homework will be set every 2 lessons. This will typically reinforce work covered in lessons or will be designed to prepare students to make progress in lessons. 

Food 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students will be encouraged to then carry out related practical skills at home or an equivalent learning activity if practical experiences are not possible in the home environment.  

Students spend ten weeks in the Food area of Technology.  Students are given a cookbook and make different food products.  These focused practical tasks cover basic skills starting with peeling, chopping and using the hob safely. 

Homeworks set over the ten weeks are to bring ingredients for the task the following week.  Basic level hygiene and safety are covered alongside the practical tasks as well as basic nutrition      

Textiles 

Students will spend ten weeks in the textiles area of technology. Owing to maternity cover by non-specialist staff and the restrictions placed by covid health and safety there will be very limited practical activities in this unit this year. Instead, topics of a more classroom-based nature (including an introduction to textiles, and an apron design task) set by specialist staff will be delivered.  

Homework that relates to the topics currently covered in lessons is set every two lessons. 

French 

Pupils continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  They study topics related to: 

  • Opinions about hobbies 

  • Extended family 

  • Pets 

  • Higher numbers 

  • Detailed descriptions 

  • Where people live 

  • Rooms in a house/apartment 

  • Breakfast foods, routines and habits 

  • Festivals and celebrations 

  • Justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

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They will further develop their understanding of French grammar, including possessive adjectives for masculine, feminine and plural nouns; verb conjugation including 1st/2nd/3rd person singular and plural; partitive article.  They will also intensify their work on understanding and identifying cognates and near-cognates.  They will further develop their understanding and application of high-frequency words in different contexts. 

PE 

Students will take part in activities listed below depending on their group. Athletics, Basketball, Handball, Dance and Table tennis. At the end of the half term students will undertake the PFL (Personal Fitness level) along with an assessment with the activity. Students are tracker and monitored against their own baseline score only. 

Art 

Project 2. Portraiture - The core skills of observational drawing and proportions will be a major part of this project in Half-Term 5 as students start to produce more artist-inspired work and begin experimenting with proportions. Students will begin to plan their Modigliani-inspired elongated self-portrait in their sketchbooks and experiment with colour schemes.  

Drama 

During this unit students will learn about Evacuees during World War II and be encouraged to think about the predicament facing evacuees and asylum seekers.  Throughout their exploration students will develop their technical vocabulary and use a variety of dramatic skills including sound effects to enhance performance.  Along with other skills such as facial expressions and body language students will effectively create freeze frames and whole class improvisations.  Students will explore a range of characters at similar ages to themselves and develop empath by expressing how these characters may have felt at this particular point in history. 

 

Music 

This unit begins by exploring Holst’s “The Planets” to explore the connection between Music and Space and to provide a stimulus for creative composition work.  Pupils explore how Holst uses musical elements and features, including the use of an Ostinato, in “Mars”, before using these features to compose their own “Mars, The Bringer of War” programmatic pieces.   

Pupils learn about the use and manipulation of dynamics including gradations of dynamics and the use of crescendo, performing a theme from “Jupiter” and listening to other movements from Holst’s suite. 

ICT 

Students will spend this half term studying 7.6 Databases and 7.7 Photoshop. The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of technology and enhance the student’s digital capability ready for the next Key Stage in ICT, Enterprise and Computing. The units supplement the more traditional Office and ICT skills focused on in previous years blends the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons.