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Another fine example of delicious hospitality Year 9 home learning!


Home learning – Year 7 one point perspective artwork


Home learning - A great presentation, identifying the impact of palm oil on the environment.


Home learning – Monday Maths!


Some more fabulous creations in hospitality home learning: building skills at home in readiness for Year 10 by making a pie with velouté sauce and a batch of Easter themed cakes.


Look at this amazing collage produced onto perspex by one of our students in school this week!


Science home learning – A task involved making a model of the Earth’s structure from plasticine.


Look at this amazing Hospitality & Catering home learning. Well done - someone's family are in for a treat this evening!


Money raised for Sport Relief totals £991.31 – Well done everybody and thankyou!


The art department is celebrating the brilliant Frank Stella inspired sculptures from our Year 7 students.


Look at the amazing work of our Year 11 Masterchefs!


Reminder: Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm


Remember that the Art Department are collecting bottle tops to complete a project with recycled material. Please save and send in!


Year 9s visited Kent University for a campus day yesterday. They had a skills based session on what they need in University and toured the site. They completed a photography workshop and took photographs of items and places they thought represented University life.


Year 7 & 8 Netball result against RHA - Year 7 win 9-0 Year 8 win 21-0 Well done CDS girls!


Reminder: Year 9 Parents’ Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm - Ensure appointments are being made or contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight


A small mixed group of students are working on a sculptural piece relating to “places and spaces” for entry into the Turner Contemporary Portfolio Competition – entries due by end of March.


“Grease is the word…” Rehearsals continue for July’s musical performance. Every Thursday after school 2.50pm-4.30pm.


Deadline for Year 8 Options forms - Friday 13 March 2020. Please get these in on time or you run the risk of losing out on your preferred options.


Reminder: Year 7 & 8 Netball at CDS v RHA tomorrow, Wednesday 11 March.


Reminder Year 9 Parents' Evening Monday 16 March at 4.30pm. Ensure your child is making appointments and any problems contact the Year team - Mr Shepperson or Mrs Knight.


Tomorrow, Wednesday 11th, some of our Year 9 students visit Kent University - An opportunity to explore the campus and take part in University workshops.


Year 9 Kent University Workshop – Confidence in Public Speaking Students were given a character and had to prepare an argument for keeping their place on a hot air balloon, which was then presented to the rest of the class. These included Walt Disney and Donald Trump!


Sport Relief – This week a “dance off” is being held daily. Students can go along at lunch time and “bust some moves” with Tik Tok for a small donation to this worthy cause. Watch this space for the total raised at the end of the fundraising!


Year 7 Rugby at Sandwich tomorrow, 4pm against Sandwich, King Ethelbert, RHA, Dover Christ Church


Year 7 & 8 Girls Netball at home against RHA on Wednesday. Girls, check the team sheets please!


Countdown to CDS Cultural Capital days 2nd and 3rd April: Year 7 visit Kent County Cricket ground Year 8 visit Howlett's Wildlife Park Year 9 Historians visit Leeds Castle Year 9 Geographers visit the O2 and QE Park, London Year 10 visit the Olympic Park, Stratford


"Grease is the Word" Countdown to Grease the musical at CDS in July. Rehearsals every Thursday 3pm-4.30pm


Countdown to Year 9 Parents' Evening, Monday 16th March 4.30pm. Ensure that your child is making appointments! Any problems, contact the Year team.


World Book Day focused on “reading is power” and “get social”. Homework is set on ShowMyHomework for Y7-9 to write a review of one of the reading texts that they have read. Closing date, last day of term. Prizes on offer!


Year 10 students took part in a ‘Degree in a Day’ with CCU. They undertook a variety of activities to experience how they would study and research the psychology of video game addiction. Students then presented their work and findings to the group.


7 Things You should know about the teenage brain


Young Minds Parents Helpline is available to offer advice to parents and carers worried about a child or young person under 25


CDS have a daily Mindfulness Club that runs at lunch times. Students should speak to Mrs Knight for more information.


Support your child with anxiety issues.


Need help understanding your teenager's brain? Check this out ...


Support your child with developing strong self-esteem.


At CDS we have a team of Peer Mentors in Year 10 and 11 that support, and mentor, Year 7 and 8 students.


Rugby update: Year 7 & 8 played training games against Royal Harbour – results were very close!

KS3 Curriculum Content

Year 7



Content studied




All four operations, decimals and whole numbers.

Calculations with percentages.

Factors, multiples and HCF and LCM




Collecting like terms

Solving expressions and equations

Expanding single and double brackets


Factorising expressions


Shape Space and Measure:

Calculating perimeter and area of 2D shape

Calculating volume and surface area of 3D shapes

Calculating size of angles in triangles, polygon and quadrilaterals.

Angles on parallel lines

Transformation Geometry




Completing different graphs, tables and diagrams

Reading information from graphs, tables and diagrams

Comparing data




Term 1: Novel - “The Graveyard”

Term 2: Gothic Fiction

Term 3: Poetry – Relationships

Term 4: Creative/Narrative Writing

Term 5: Non-Fiction Reading and Writing

Term 6: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”



Safety in the laboratory, The particle model of matter, Cells, Organisation of the human body, Energy, Forces, Chemical reactions



Term 1/2 – What is geography, The UK

Term 3/4 – Rivers and flooding, Settlement and urban living

Term 5/6 – Energy, Crime



  • Why was the Norman invasion so successful?
  • Who held power in the Middle Ages?
  • Why was Tudor religion like a rollercoaster?
  • How successful was Elizabeth I as monarch?
  • Why did Charles I get chopped?
  • Why was the Slave Trade allowed to continue?



Judaism, Christianity, The Life of Jesus, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Humanism



Describing myself and family; Describing friends; Talking about free time activities and where I live; Talking about customs and festivals.



Formal Elements of art


Matisse patterns



Product Design

Clock project



Stuffed creature


Resistant materials

Moving car project


Food technology

Back to Basics




Baseline Assessment

The assessment will test students’ knowledge to see how aware of the many different facets of computing and ICT. Students undertake an online assessment followed by creating a presentation looking at images and text for different audiences and purpose.


School Network and using email

Students will understand how to log onto the school system and send and receive emails. They will be able to send, receive and forward emails and identify how you should behave when using the school computer system. Students will also be able to explain the terms “Network”, “Server” and “Internet”.



Shakespeare Comic Book

Students will work in teams to create a comic book to show the story of Macbeth. They will plan each image they want to include in their comic book, then use digital cameras to take photographs of their team re-enacting the key moments in the story of Macbeth. Students will then use those images to make the comic book.




Binary & Control

This scheme of work is designed to give learners a basic introduction to binary and how it is used in computing. Students will be able to convert simple binary numbers to denary numbers with the help of a table and then back again. They will also learn how to convert denary to binary to hexadecimal and back again.


Spreadsheets: Spy School

Students have been accepted into Spy School and have managed to find their way to the secret base camp on the volcanic island.

Students will need to complete a number of tasks in order to pass and become a fully qualified spy. Students are going to learn how to use a spreadsheet to help them complete the tasks.


Paint: Repeating Patterns

This scheme of work looks at using a program called Paint to draw a self-portrait. Students will then learn how to use a range of functions to be able to reproduce famous paintings and understand how to use this type of graphics software.



PowerPoint: Adventure Story

Students will learn how to use PowerPoint software and its functions effectively, to create a working quiz that asks several questions and then shows the correct outcome. Students will gain a greater understanding of the functionality of PowerPoint software.


E Safety

In this scheme of work students learn about what is meant by the term “personal data” and understand how to keep safe whilst using social networking websites. They will create a poster about how to stay safe online and a variety of other related activities to deepen their understanding of the danger of online safety.


Animation: Pivot Stick

This scheme of work aims to teach students the fundamentals of animation software. Students will create a range of new animations and learn about many of the functions and functionality of the software. They will create animations which have both story-lines and are professional looking.


Databases: Analysing Data & Asking Questions

In this scheme of work students will understand how databases are used in industry and how to use the plethora of functions available. Students will learn how to carry out searches using a single criteria, greater than and less than searches and be able to combine searches to look for more than one criteria. The will know how to add, modify and delete fields and create tables, forms and reports.



Introduction to musical elements

Binary Form

Introduction to Composing

Instruments of the Orchestra




Term 1 – An Introduction to Drama Skills

Term 2 – Devising using Visual Stimuli

Term 3 – Duologues

Term 4 – Analysing Set Text

Term 5 – Developing Examination Skills

Term 6 – Day Dreaming – Non-Verbal Communication



Term 1 – What is Dance? An Introduction to Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships.

Term 2 – Contemporary Principles in Practice.

Term 3 – Exploring Musical Theatre Performance

Term 4 – Performing Musical Theatre Repertoire.

Term 5 – Exploring Performance Material (Celebrations around the world. Historical, social and cultural celebrations)

Term 6 – Developing Performance Material (Rock ‘n’ Roll)



Health related fitness, Rugby, Football, Netball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Rounders, Softball, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis and Stoolball. Experiencing a broad range of different sports and activities, helps students to develop a range of skills both practically and theoretically. Physical Education focuses on developing the student as a whole, working on team skills, communication and resilience. 



Year 8



Content studied




Calculations with decimals

Ratio and proportion

Calculating with fractions

Factors and multiples

Squares, cubes and roots

Index notation

Prime factors



Algebraic expressions


Expanding and factorising

Using expression and formulae

Solving equations

Straight line graphs


Equations of a line


Area, volume and surface area:

Plans and elevations (GS)

Pythagoras (GS)

Parallel lines, perpendicular lines,


properties of triangles and quadrilaterals,

angles in shapes

Congruency, similar shapes, Enlargement, fractional and negative enlargement, ratio with shape, scale diagrams and map scales


Graphs and Proportion:

Conversation graphs

Distance time graphs

Line graphs

Rates of change (GS)

Direct proportion (GS)



Simple probability

Mutual Exclusivity

Experimental probability and expectation
Choices and outcomes
Two way tables
Venn diagrams and set notation
Tree diagrams
Conditional probability


Representing Data:

Frequency tables

Two way tables

Representing data

Time series

Steam and leaf diagrams

Pie charts

Scatter graphs and lines of best fit




Term1: Novel – “Martyn Pig”

Term 2: Detective Fiction

Term 3: Poems from Other Cultures

Term 4: “Macbeth”

Term 5: Non-Fiction Reading and Writing

Term 6: Novel – “Animal Farm”



Ecosystems, Genetics, Electricity, Waves, Chemistry - reactions of metals, The Earth’s resources



Term 1/2 – Weather and climate, Globalisation

Term 3/4 – Volcanoes and earthquakes, Ecosystems

Term 5/6 – Population and migration, Coasts



  • How ‘vile’ were the Victorians?
  • What was the MAIN cause of World War I?
  • What was the impact of World War I?
  • Which battle was the greatest turning point of World War II?
  • How hard was life on the Home Front?
  • Which decade saw the greatest social change?



Introduction to Philosophy; Empiricism and Rationalism; Existence of God and philosophical arguments; Scepticism and Thought Experiments; Ethical and Religious Issues; Applied Ethics and Human Rights




Saying what you use your phone for; Saying what type of music you like and dislike; Understanding a TV guide; Learning about young people’s lives; Talking about a past holiday; Saying what your holiday was like; Giving an account of a party/festival.



African Masks

Michael Craig Martin – Pop Art

Total Pap – Sea creatures



Product Design/Electronics

Steady hand game



Cultural cushions


Food technology

Cultural street food



Research: Do Aliens Exist?

This project allows the students to look into performing primary and secondary research including internet and paper based research and creating a questionnaire with open and closed questions, analysing the results in a spreadsheet and finally creating a 3 fold brochure to show their views about if they think aliens exist.


Computer Systems.

In this SoW students will learn about the history of computing, input and output devices; computer hardware and software; networking topologies, characteristics, and protocols and how computers talk to each other. They may also use networking simulation software to reproduce the ideal network solution using network hardware. (Routers, bridges, repeaters, and different types of servers.



This unit explains basic computing terminology covering the topics of hardware and software, the history of computers, the Internet and cloud computing.


Sound Effects

Students work in teams to plan, record, edit and evaluate stories created using a variety of sound effects which can be made by themselves with props and readymade sound effects.


Databases: Fair Cop

Students learn about creating and using relational databases, based around a science convention where a murder takes place. They need to solve the crime using basic and advanced database queries.


Animation: Bring History to Life

This is another team activity where students work together to plan, create and evaluate their stop-frame animations to re-enact a historical event of their choice.


Game Programming: Scratch

In this SoW students will use a range of skills to create a game based on Scratch software. Students will be introduced to programming techniques including understanding writing algorithms and creating games using Scratch. Students will learn the range of functions available to help plan, create and test their game.




Developing Keyboard Skills


Jazz and Blues

Popular Music



Term 1 – Exploring The Pantomime Genre

Term 2 – Performing In The Pantomime Genre

Term 3 – Devising From Written Text

Term 4 – Portfolio and Evaluation Skills

Term 5 – Designing For The Stage

Term 6 – The History of Theatre



Term 1 – Identifying Contemporary Principles in Practice.

Term 2 – Developing and Exploring Contemporary Principles in Practice.

Term 3 – The creation of Street Dance (historical, social, cultural and performance context).

Term 4– Street Dance Showcase (creating Street Dance performances).

Term 5 – Exploring Stimuli (historical, social, cultural stimuli).

Term 6 – Choreographic Processes (creating choreography from the exploration of Term Five)



Health related fitness, Rugby, Football, Netball, Rhytmic gymnastics and vaulting, Hockey, Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Rounders, Softball, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis and Stoolball. Experiencing a broad range of different sports and activities, helps students to develop a range of skills both practically and theoretically. Physical Education focuses on developing the student as a whole, working on team skills, communication and resilience.



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