Maths

Students in year 7 will develop their proportional reasoning to solve real life problems. They will deepen their sense of shape through the manipulation of area, perimeter and volume. They will begin to solve problems by representing unknowns with algebra. They will look at new ways of representing data as graphs and charts, challenging their accuracy when drawing, interpreting and measuring. They will expand on their existing knowledge of shape properties to solve multi–step problems, requiring them to reason accurately.

English

Chronological journey through literature

We begin the year exploring archetypal characters through the study of classical stories and ancient myths before moving on to exploring the genres of tragedy and comedy in Romeo and Juliet. We then move to the rebellious poetry of the Romantic era before immersing students in the Victorian period through the study of Oliver Twist. We end the year by exploring a selection of Sherlock Holmes stories as an introduction to the detective genre.

Science

BIOLOGY: Skeletons, cells and microscopy will lead you to understand what goes on inside your body; we will then look at how organisms connect and interact with their environment. Life cycles, genes and adaptations will show you how amazing living things really are.

CHEMISTRY: Solid, liquid and gases are studied in relation to their properties and we will explore how materials can be separated. We will look at the chemical reactions of metals, acids and salts and understand what our Earth is made of and why its movement is important.

PHYSICS: Our forces topic will explore the effects gravity and speed calculations; electromagnets will model and design circuits and we will take a closer look at electrical energy and energy in food and fuels. We will also discover how light and sound help us to interpret the world around us.

Computer Science

In year 7 Computing we begin the year by looking at the effective use of computers and E-Safety. Once students have a grasp of using the computer they will have an introduction to basic programming using Kodu. We then move on to Computing Principles and looking at how Computers represent information. Students will then progress they computer programming skills first using Scratch and then text based programming using Small Basic. Our final project will develop the students digital literacy and creative skills through App Development using MIT App Inventor.

History

In the Autumn term students cover an overview of ancient civilisations followed by the role of state and church in Medieval society.

In the Spring term students complete a depth study into the Tudor dynasty and its impact which leads onto the English Civil war including a local study into the witch craze.

In the summer term students cover ‘Civil rights - from slavery to emancipation and beyond’ this is followed by a depth study into the Native American society and culture.

Geography

Students begin to look at the qualities required to be a good geographer. We look at the following topics: Where in the World am I, and Physical Landscapes in the UK. The aim is to develop a sense of place, locational knowledge and the concept of scale. We continue to develop awe and wonder of our changing planet as we explore natural hazards around the world and address misconceptions of Africa. We then explore globalisation through the journey of a US one-dollar bill and finally look at the opportunities and challenges the UK faces.

French

Introduction To France & The French Language

Beginning Year 7, students are introduced not only to the French language, but also to French culture. The Present Tense is introduced, along with regular verbs (‘er’, ‘ir’ and ‘re’), allowing students to form straightforward sentences in all four disciplines. The different genders are explained, leading to the reason for adjectival agreement, as is the Infinitive, in conjunction with how to use a bilingual dictionary. The Conditional Tense is introduced only in the first person singular at this stage (‘je voudrais’), particularly with speaking exercises. Regular pronunciation practise is actively encouraged to promote confidence. Grammar used is within the realms of topic related vocabulary.

Physical Education

In Year 7 PE, students will participate in a broad range of indoor and outdoor sports (including athletics, dance, games and gymnastics). In each sport, they will develop a range of basic skills and techniques to improve their performance. Students will gain an understanding of tactics and strategies and will be able to apply these in a range of sports. Whilst practising in conditioned situations, students will learn how to analyse their own performance and demonstrate improvement. Students will also gain an understanding of how to construct a warm up and cool down and will improve their communication and organisation through being able to lead these for small groups.

Drama

The Drama department at The Colne prides itself on meeting the needs of all students and engaging them with a curriculum that is varied, bright and challenging. We start with an introduction to theatre skills and techniques which encourages their performance skills and confidence. As we move to the year students learn about different genres of study from Theatre In Education to physical theatre. Students will learn to perform in a variety of characters which enthuse their interests naturally. We finish the year with a nod to Shakespeare.

Art

Year 7 and 8 students study three projects, one each term. I, Me, Mine is an exploration of self-portraiture, developing drawing skills, use of facial proportions, basic painting and colour theory. In the Formal Elements of Art project students explore the use of line, tone, shape, colour and pattern in artist’s work , developing skills with different media, experiment with applying the formal elements and also look at 20th Century Art History. Finally, students learn about Perspective and Composition, developing knowledge and application of linear, visual, aerial perspective and foreshortening

Food Technology

Students study an introduction into safe food storage and cooking temperatures How to handle and use a knife correctly, using the Arch and Claw methods and safely carrying and cleaning of knives.

Basic cookery is covered via the Eat Well guide, including fruit, vegetables and healthy eating

Textiles & Electronics

Students will learn a variety of design and hand-sewing techniques. The overall project will culminate in an individually designed keyring using conductive thread and other electronic components. Students will learn the theory of textiles, materials and electronics throughout the course.

Design & Technology & Engineering

Students will be taught Technical Drawing skills, designing, how to use workshop and hand tools.

These skills will be used to build a products using metal and wood.

Health & Safety will be a explained and implemented throughout as will an understanding of material science and manufacture.

STEM

The Science Department runs the STEM rotation. This allows students to gain an understanding of how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics combine is the workplace and in the wider world. Year 7 STEM students will look into the science behind nutrition.

Religious Education

We base our curriculum on the 6 conceptual areas identified by the Essex Agreed Syllabus. Year 7 begins with Hinduism (BELIEFS, TEACHINGS AND SOURCES) we look at the stories about several gods and goddesses. We explore what these stories tell us about Hindu views of the divine. Students retell an allocated story in their own words and via different mediums. In the Spring Term we look at Judaism covering 2 concept areas of the Essex Agreed Syllabus (PRACTICES AND WAYS OF LIFE and EXPRESSING MEANING), we focus primarily on the story of Moses and the impact then and now of the 10 Commandments. Exploring their practical implications. We then look at how Jewish people remember the Passover through the Seder plate and the ritualised meal. This leads us onto taking responsibility and the Jewish recognition of adulthood in the Bar and Bat Mitzvah. In the final term we look at Buddhism, with particular focus on the life of the Buddha; exploring beliefs about existence and suffering. Giving students the opportunity to reflect on the meaning of truth. (QUESTIONS OF MEANING, PURPOSE AND TRUTH). Throughout the year we compare aspects of these religions with Christianity, the main religion of the United Kingdom.

Citizenship

KS3 Citizenship starts through students identifying the importance of rules and laws and how these play a significant role in both their school life and wider society. Students examine how these rules and laws have a link to the rights and freedoms that citizens of the UK enjoy today. Students spend time developing their knowledge of the differences between life in the UK compared to countries where there is less of a focus on rights. Finally, students learn what it means to be an active citizen.

Music

Pupils start by exploring melody through composing and performing Graphic Scores, discovering musical elements. We continue melodic exploration through independent learning, learning the piano and notation, this leads to a melodic composition. Next, we look at instruments of the orchestra. We examine Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, looking at musical elements. After Easter, we start our journey around the world, starting in Africa looking at drumming techniques. To finish, we transfer practical skills to technology, to compose different styles of music.