Year 7 - Summer

Year 7 Curriculum overview - Summer term


Year 7 will spend the first half term exploring their creative writing in response to ‘The Arrival’ by Shaun Tan which explores contemporary issues of people moving place. We will explore the concept of being a refugee and what it is like to leave your home and country to find a new home in a new place.

After May half term, Year 7 will then move on to develop their reading skills by looking at advertising. We will explore a range of adverts and how they show meaning, in addition to the opportunity to create some of our own.


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 displaying data, codes, averages, sequences, angles, shapes, nets and probability.

Understanding Our World – Science

Electricity on the move - Pupils will find out about simple electrical circuits. They will measure current in different situations, compare series and parallel circuits and they will find out about resistance.

Balance in Life - In this theme pupils will find out more about living things and what they need to survive. They will find out about photosynthesis and will consider the importance of this for all life on Earth by exploring food chains and food webs.

Understanding Our World – Computing

Using PowerPoint - Pupils will evaluate an existing PowerPoint presentation before creating their own presentation About Me, which will be delivered to and evaluated by the class.

Using Microsoft Office - Pupils will begin to use Excel in a simple model and use spreadsheets to make calculations. They will send and receive emails and learn how to share documents and work collaboratively online. They will continue to learn about some of the risks of the online community and improve their skills for dealing with these effectively.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

Pupils will be finding out about the causes and effects of the Black Death. They will be investigating what people thought caused it as well as looking at the symptoms and some of the strange cures that people used to help people. They will then be understanding more about the importance of the Church to people in the Middle Ages.

As well as this, pupils will be looking at different adventure landscapes in the UK. They will be focusing on how they can protect such places and how they can encourage people to have fun outdoors whilst respecting their environment. They will look at the pros and cons of living in more remote places.

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

How do we express ourselves when words are not enough? - Pupils will consider symbols that are important to some people in their worship and beliefs. There will be examples of art, music, dance and clothing that can be shared and investigated from a variety of world religions. They will also find out how some people put their beliefs into action and they will have the chance to use thinking skills strategies to help with their learning.


‘Art from around the World’ is our theme this term. Pupils will be looking at a range of different types of art and skills needs to create them. Some of the areas we will look at are African masks, aboriginal art, bark painting, origami, weaving and lots more.

Design and Technology – Resistant materials

Pupils will have changed D&T focus at February half term. In resistant materials 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 have changed D&T focus at February half term. In textiles for 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

Stories in Music - Pupils will be finding out how stories are told in music, looking at different types and styles of musical composition. Key words will be timbre, structure and pitch, helping pupils to compose their own pieces using these ideas. Singing will be an important part of this topic and pupils will have the opportunity to participate in small groups. The assessment task will be based on Voices of the Lion!

Performing Arts – Dance

Dance through the movies - This term, pupils will learn a variety of different dance styles such as street and contemporary. Taking inspiration from the movies, pupils will recreate what they see on screen and choreography their own routines.


Basic Athletic skills will be introduced, including running technique, starts, finish, throwing the rounder’s ball and standing jumps, which will give you the confidence to compete in Alfriston School Sports Day 2018. Health and safety Athletics rules will be taught. Games similar to Rounders will be played which will be fun, competitive and introduce basic ball skills requiring co-ordination and team work. Overnight residential, involving two days of activities will take place when students will experience a variety of outdoor activities and will sleep away from home. This is free and is part of Alfriston’s PE curriculum, so it is expected that all students will participate in this valuable experience.

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 the use of the homework diary, for example what is included in the homework diary and how it can be used, what needs to go in a homework diary and completing homework diary scenarios. Remaining sessions will be used to rehearse previous sessions and either repeat, if needed, or explore at a higher level.

For the Speech and Language Therapy Classes pupils will explore expressing of opinions, which includes being passive, assertive and aggressive, identifying pros and cons, and expressing your ideas coherently to others. The final topic is friendship skills where pupils will explore asking social questions, what makes a good friend and starting conversations with friends.


Being a good citizen - Pupils will be looking at ways in which accidents can be avoided and how to deal with emergencies. There will also be opportunities to take part in elementary first aid activities. Pupils will think about the responsibilities of owning a pet and some of the work will focus on the issues raised in the Citizenship unit – How the law protects animals. Pupils will welcome new pupils on their induction day later in the term.

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.