Year 7 Round Up!

After a fantastic year, myself and a number of Year 7 students wanted to share with you our highlights from this academic year. It has been a busy one for our Year 7s; we began the year by adjusting and adapting to the challenges of secondary school, we have represented the school in several sporting fixtures and tournaments and we have ventured to London and explored the British Science Museum.

Our Year 7s really have thrown themselves into a wealth of opportunities. They have had a brilliant year so far and I am incredibly excited to see what they bring to Year 8.

Our Year 7 Newsletter Team have worked incredibly hard to help me put this together. Within the newsletter, you will find messages from some of our Directors of Learning, information about what students have been learning this year and reviews of our range of recent trips.

We hope you enjoy reading!

Miss Wright & The Year 7 Newsletter Team

English Spotlight

This year, Year 7 have been working on the following units in English:

  • Literary Villains

  • Growing Up

  • Fantasy

At the very start of the year, the students went on a journey through time, examining the presentation of literary villains throughout history and then bringing this knowledge together in their class reader.

In the Spring Term, Year 7 studied a play called 'Free', about a group of students left alone in a classroom. The students really brought the play and characters to life with their enthusiastic reading and performances. They also looked at non-fiction across time, and wrote their own persuasive speeches on who should run the school: students or teachers.

This term, Year 7 have been doing a fantasy genre study. They have read extracts from a range of seminal fantasy texts, and practised their literary analytical skills on Neil Gaiman's 'Coraline'. They have been writing the opening of their very own fantasy story, and will be creating poetry on their invented mythical creatures.

Over the course of the year, Year 7 have thrown themselves into all aspects of English, immersing themselves in each and every world that they have visited, sharpening their analysis and stretching their imaginations. We can't wait to see what they do in Year 8!

If your child would like to delve deeper into the world of fantasy, whilst developing their reading skills, we recommend choosing a book from our Fantasy Reading List:

  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

  • The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

  • The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

  • The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

If your child would like to prepare for their first unit in Year 8 (Gritty Realism), whilst developing their understanding of social issues, we recommend choosing a book from our Contemporary Fiction Reading List:

  • Refugee Boy – Benjamin Zephaniah

  • Buddy – Nigel Hinton

  • Boys Don’t Cry – Malorie Blackman

  • The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

  • Ghost Boys – Jewell Parker Rhodes

  • Killing Honour – Bally Rai

  • Boy, Everywhere – A. M. Dassu

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – Mark Haddon

If you would like to support your child with their core English skills, we recommend visiting the following websites:

BBC Bitesize KS3

Oak Academy KS3

Sparknotes Literature Text Guides

Mrs Lavender – Director of Learning for English

Messages from our students about English:

I enjoyed English because I get to use my imagination. I especially enjoyed doing Coraline because there were so many twists. I also enjoyed English because we started writing a fantasy story and we get to decide a lot of the story. I love the teachers as well they always understand me if I need help. Eden I

I enjoyed the book/film Holes because it’s very unique. It’s set in a wasteland type area just like a prison and shows what it is like to be in a strict camp just like a prison. The change of characters emotions is another thing I really enjoyed. Josh B

Free was an interactive topic and I really enjoyed playing the role of a character. It helps people’s confidence of reading out loud and they can improve their vocabulary. It was a new experience with a script than just writing in a book. It was a fun activity that I enjoyed and I think others would find it interesting to have a role in a play. Zack L

This year in English I’ve enjoyed doing ‘Free’ because I enjoyed how we all had a character and it was really funny. I also liked how it was interactive. We also got to write about how the characters acted towards others and it was quite creative and really enjoyable. I also liked how it was set in a school and the students were our age, so you could relate to some of the content. Fearne P

Mathematics Spotlight

This year, students have been learning the following topics in mathematics:

  • Negative numbers

They have learned where they will see negative numbers in real life, such as temperatures and finances, and how to do calculations with them.

  • Coordinates

They have learned how to plot and read coordinates in all four quadrants of the coordinate grid, and how we can use algebra to describe all of the points on a line.

  • Area and perimeter

They have learned what how to find the area and perimeter of various triangles and quadrilaterals, as well as of compound shapes made up of these.

  • Units of measure

They have learned how to convert between different currencies as well as common units for length, volume, and mass.

  • Angles and symmetry

They have learned about the relationships between angles in different shapes, as well as properties such as rotational and line symmetry.

  • Representing and interpreting data

They have learned how to represent data using graphs and charts, and how to analyse it using averages and the range

  • Algebraic inequalities

They have learned how to describe something that is limited in the values it takes by using algebraic inequalities, and how to represent these on a number line.

Throughout all of these topics, there has been a focus on investigation and problem solving. Rather than just telling students how to do these things, it is important that they investigate themselves to get a deeper understanding of how each topic can be used to solve a variety of problems.

If your child would like to review any of the learning they have done this year, all students have access to the following website where is a video and quiz for every topic they will have learnt this year, and even a button they can press if they get stuck on a question. They should be familiar with using this, as it is the site that they use for homework: Hegarty Maths

Our involvement in Mathematics has extended beyond the classroom. I would like to wish the following students a huge congratulations for achieving their Bronze certificate in the Junior Maths Challenge this year: Hidaya A, Daniel B, Blador C, Aakash C, Bianka C, Ketsia A, Heidi K, Molly L, Abbie M, Issy M.

Mr Tibke – Director of Learning for Mathematics

Science Spotlight

What a fantastic year of Science for Year 7! They have visited the British Science Museum in London, been involved in the Science Club and British Science Week, all whilst getting to grips with being in secondary school and proper science laboratories.

It has been a steep learning curve however Year 7 have been up for the challenge. We have covered many topics and skills over the last year through problem solving and practical science, whilst linking these to real life and other subjects such as maths, geography, art, history and many more. The topics we have been learning about include:

  • Lab Safety

  • Introduction to the Periodic Table

  • The Human body

  • Energy

  • Forces

  • Cells

  • Mixtures and Separation Techniques

  • Reproduction

  • The Particle Model

  • Current Electricity

  • Combustion

  • Muscles and Bones

  • Ecosystems

  • Food and Nutrition

  • Earth and Space

If your child would like to review any of the learning they have done this year the following links to websites are useful:

Oak Academy Trust - Science

BBC Bitesize - Science

SENECA KS3 Science

YouTube - BBC Teach

Revision guides and workbooks can also be found on amazon or through the CGP website directly: CGP Revision Books

In Year 8 we will be starting the Autumn term on the following topics therefore students may wish to read ahead to prepare themselves for the next topics in the amazing world of Science:

  • Acids and Alkalis

  • Light and Sound

  • Properties of Metals

  • Genetics

We are looking forward to seeing those curious budding scientists next year!

Miss S Willis – Director of Learning for Science

Messages from our students about Science: