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KS3 Curriculum Content

Year 7

 

Subject

Content studied

Mathematics

 

Number:

All four operations, decimals and whole numbers.

Calculations with percentages.

Factors, multiples and HCF and LCM

Ratio

 

Algebra:

Collecting like terms

Solving expressions and equations

Expanding single and double brackets

Sequences

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

 

Statistics:

Averages

Completing different graphs, tables and diagrams

Reading information from graphs, tables and diagrams

Comparing data

 

English

 

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”

Science

 

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

Geography

 

Term 1/2 – What is geography, The UK

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

Term 5/6 – Energy, Crime

History

 

  • 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?

RS

 

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

Spanish

 

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

Art

 

Formal Elements of art

Landscapes

Matisse patterns

DT

 

Product Design

Clock project

 

Textiles

Stuffed creature

 

Resistant materials

Moving car project

 

Food technology

Back to Basics

 

Computing

 

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.

Music

 

Introduction to musical elements

Binary Form

Introduction to Composing

Instruments of the Orchestra

Minimalism

Drama

 

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

Dance

 

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)

PE

 

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

 

Subject

Content studied

Mathematics

 

Number:

Calculations with decimals

Ratio and proportion

Calculating with fractions

Factors and multiples

Squares, cubes and roots

Index notation

Prime factors

 

Algebra:

Algebraic expressions

Substitution
formulae

Expanding and factorising

Using expression and formulae

Solving equations

Straight line graphs

Gradients

Equations of a line

 

Area, volume and surface area:

Plans and elevations (GS)

Pythagoras (GS)

Parallel lines, perpendicular lines,

transformations,

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)

 

Probability:

Probability 
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

 

English

 

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”

Science

 

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

Geography

 

Term 1/2 – Weather and climate, Globalisation

Term 3/4 – Volcanoes and earthquakes, Ecosystems

Term 5/6 – Population and migration, Coasts

History

 

  • 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?

RS

 

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

 

Spanish

 

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.

Art

 

African Masks

Michael Craig Martin – Pop Art

Total Pap – Sea creatures

DT

 

Product Design/Electronics

Steady hand game

 

Textiles

Cultural cushions

 

Food technology

Cultural street food

Computing

 

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.

 

Technology

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.

 

Music

 

Developing Keyboard Skills

Reggae

Jazz and Blues

Popular Music

Drama

 

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

Dance

 

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)

PE

 

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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