Year 7 - Autumn

Year 7 Curriculum overview - Autumn term


In the first half term, year 7 will be securing their basic literacy skills whilst writing to describe themselves. They will also be doing some cross curricular work with Food Technology in order to expand their descriptive vocabulary.

After October half term, year 7 will be exploring Poetry and Paintings in order to develop their reading and comprehension skills. There will also be a focus on developing spoken language for discussion. In addition, we will be linking up with the Art Department on a visit to an Art Gallery.


In maths we will continue to develop the core skills of number- covering place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed.

Money – counting, finding amounts, giving change and developing financial awareness.

Time – ordering everyday events, reading time on analogue and digital time and developing an awareness of functional time.

The pupils will have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.

Additionally, this term there will be topics on shape, measures, patterns, sorting data, fractions, area, capacity and mass.

Understanding Our World – Science

Healthy Lifestyles - Pupils will find out about food and digestion. They will also explore other aspects of health and fitness including the harmful effects of smoking.

Classifying Materials - Pupils will find out about the properties of different materials and the way in which some of these properties can be explained using the idea of particles.

Understanding Our World – Computing

Introduction to Alfriston ICT, exploring Word and PowerPoint - Pupils will learn how to log on to the school network and access the school’s on-line learning resources. They will improve their digital literacy skills by paying close attention to the essentials of how to behave online and become familiar with the SMART rules for internet safety. They will also build on existing IT skills and focus on using editing and formatting tools within familiar software packages, exploring the range of information they can include. They will become adept at manipulating text, image and other objects and confident and reliable in saving and retrieving work in progress.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

This term pupils will be looking at what life was like during the Middle Ages. They will be investigating where people lived, especially castles, and who lived in them. They will be finding out about what life was like for different groups of society such as the rich and poor.

This term year in Geography pupils will be focusing on getting to know the UK in more detail; its places and regions and the different types of settlements that make up the United Kingdom. They will be investigating different types of settlements, their physical features and what they offer to people who live there.

Understanding Our World – Religion and Ethics (R and E)

What makes things special? - What is Religion and Ethics? Pupils will have the opportunity to share things they have already learned and to think about things that are special to them. This unit will be linked to one of the Citizenship modules. Pupils will look at special stories, celebrations and people and follow some children on their own special visits too. They will be able to use key questions to help them to join in discussions and write down their ideas.


Colour and Pattern are the key themes for the term. Pupils will start their time by looking at the work of Paul Klee, find out about him and creating art work in his style. We will then find out more about you and the things that you like. Pupils will use a range of art techniques such as different drawing materials and types of paints and have a go at printing and photography.

Design and Technology – Resistant materials

Pupils will begin the year by spending three weeks looking at the different areas of Design and Technology - understanding design in society; designing and making & evaluating.

Pupils will then focus on resistant materials for the next term and a half. Pupils will be introduced to safe practice in the workshop and the use of hand and machine tools. Projects will be based around the theme of ‘designing for myself’. Pupils will make a key-ring from acrylic, a hook using the Hegner saw and pillar drill and a final project of a photo frame.

Design and Technology – Textiles

Pupils will begin the year by spending three weeks looking at the different areas of Design and Technology - understanding design in society; designing and making & evaluating. During this time, they will design and make a small draw string sports bag that could be used in PE.

Pupils will then be working in textiles for the next term and a half. We will focus on 'designing for myself' creating simple hats and accessories on a theme of their choice as well as developing their skills with 'Focused Practical Tasks', allowing them to access the use of the sewing machines and other pieces of small equipment. They will learn about the fabric decoration technique of 'applique' to decorate their hats. Alongside this pupils will investigate from where fibres and fabrics come and how important it is to choose materials carefully for different uses.

Performing Arts – Music

Making Music - Pupils will be concentrating on key words - rhythm, duration and ostinato. There will be plenty of opportunities to play drums and tuned percussion instruments as well as recorders and Boomwhackers! Each lesson will include singing, listening and performing activities and assessments will be based on Machine Music.

Performing Arts – Dance

Elements of dance - This term, pupils will be focussing on the four key elements of dance, Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships. Pupils will need to bring their PE kit to lesson as they attend lessons exploring these key words, studying and taking inspiration from professional work and choreographing their own routines.


Pupils will learn how to organise themselves efficiently for physical education lessons and understand the importance of taking part in regular exercise. Activities this term will be made up of a programme of basic skills, multi skills and a selection of mini games. The skills will be developed through a range of activities and will be applied during mini games.

An emphasis will be placed on team-building and developing social relationships through practical experiences. Pupils will experience using our swimming pool and rules and regulations that surround it.

Social Skills

Pupils will be split into smaller groups and receive a rotation of Social Skills, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy. For the Social Skills classes pupils will talk through what they have covered in Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy and it will be reinforced in a circle time format. Following this, pupils will play games or do team building exercises in order to build friendships with the other pupils, learn/practise social and emotional skills, and become accustomed to the style of Social Skills lessons ready for year 8 and 9 when the classes are much larger.

For the Occupational Therapy Classes pupils will cover expectations about appearance in school, which includes the school dress code, buttons and dressing, and hair tying. In the second part they will explore learning where things are in school, which will include finding routes around school, using maps and navigating around the school.

For the Speech and Language Therapy Classes pupils will cover Classroom Skills, which includes listening skills, showing you are ready to work, respecting others, indoor and outdoor voice and learning teacher’s names. They will also explore how to use their visual timetable, bag packing, homework diaries, and asking for help.


New to the school - This module provides an introduction to the school and to Citizenship. There will be opportunities for pupils to find out what the school is like, how it functions as well as its rules. They will then think about friendships and relationships and begin to consider their future challenges and choices - both personal and in school.

Passport for Life – Home economics

In Home Economics the pupils will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.

Year 7 pupils will focus on the importance of a healthy diet. They will learn that it is made up from a variety and balance of different foods and drinks, as depicted in the ‘Eatwell’ Guide. They will be able to identify and classify unfamiliar dishes according to the 5 groups depicted in the Eatwell guide.

  • How does the proportion of foods eaten compare to the Eatwell guide?
  • Should they be eating more/less from different groups

Passport for Life – Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning the pupils will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.

In year 7 there will be a large focus on organising ourselves and being prepared for each lesson as well as becoming familiar with the rules and ready for learning. The main theme throughout the lessons will building relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting and exploration.