Curriculum

Course Content Year 7 & 8 – Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, pupils work from a well-structured and exciting curriculum in which they will be able to explore and develop their understanding of a range of subjects.

Pupils will choose their options at the end of Year 8 in preparation to start their GCSE course at the beginning of Year 9.

Art & Design

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have1 x 55 min lesson on a rotation system allowing students to access all the arts subjects. This allows for an estimated 20 lessons in each area

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Students will study the formal elements of art, line, shape, tone pattern, colour. Self-Identity/ Portraiture. Pattern (cultural, decorative, mindfulness). Around the world

Year 8

Students will re-visit the formal elements of art, line, shape, tone pattern, colour. Colour Theory. The Everyday. War.

Assessment:

Students work is assessed holistically at the end of each unit, they are marked on their skills base, manipulation of materials, understanding of techniques and being able to develop ideas in responses to a given stimulus.

SMSC links:

Students are introduced to titles that incoporate spiritual, moral, social and cultural understandings these include stimulus related to art from around the world and war.

Students will learn about the world around them – develop an understanding of art in context to world around them they investigate cultural art ,artists and designers and develop an understanding of why and how art is made they learn about the similarities and differences between the different art forms.

Students are given the opportunity to research and analyse art and art forms from around the world, traditional and contemporary, they give opinions on the work they study and are able to discuss their opinions and justify their thoughts and ideas. Students will discuss a number of art works including the spiritual, cultural and moral context.

Students develop their own art work where they can demonstrate their understanding of cultures and concepts and are able to discuss this to support their thoughts.

Students are given opportunity work with their peers in order to create collaborative pieces of work in some cases.

Useful websites:

Work and resources can be found on Doddle.

www.pinterest.co.uk/studentartguide/beautiful-igcse-gcse-art

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design/gcse/art-and-design-8201-8206

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

www.tate.org.uk/art

www.npg.org.uk

English

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 4 x 55min lessons a week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Introduction to Shakespeare. Messages and Morals. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

Year 8

The Hunger Games. Our Day Out. Characterisation.

Within each scheme of work students also study a range of non-fiction texts, such as newspaper articles, letters and speeches, as well as analysing poetry examples linked to each topic. Furthermore, each unit of work includes, presentation tasks, debating activities and creative writing tasks too.

Assessment:

Each half term students will complete either a reading or writing based assessment task, which focuses on the skills required at GCSE. These include: inference, language analysis, comparison, descriptive writing and writing to argue a viewpoint.

SMSC links:

spiritual, moral, social and cultural.

Students explore the importance of religion in society when studying texts from a historical time period, such as Shakespeare and Dickens.

Many texts studied include their own morals, which are discussed as part of the schemes of work. As well as a full unit focused on texts with a moral or message in year 7, students consider the ethics of The Holocaust and the dystopian society presented in The Hunger Games.

Students use a range of social skills within the classroom when working in pairs and in groups to prepare presentations. In addition to this students consider social trends within the texts and how society has changed over the course of time.

Students will learn a lot about the culture of different social groups during different time periods, especially through the non-fiction texts that are also studied alongside the schemes of work.

Physical Education

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 2x 55min lessons in PE per week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Badminton. Football. Netball. Fitness. Rounders. Athletics. Tennis. Hockey. Softball. Athletics. Handball. +More.

Year 8

Basketball. Mini PEP. Rugby. Volleyball. Cricket. Football. Athletics. Netball. Hockey. Handball. Badminton. +More.

Assessment:

At the end of each half term students will be assessed on their current activity by skill application and knowledge development.

SMSC links:

Students will develop a sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves, others and the world around them. Students will be consistently encouraged to use their imagination and creativity in their learning, and showcase a willingness to reflect on their own and others experiences.

PE in general teaches students about code of conduct, etiquette, handshake before and after matches, applauding the opposition, fair play, unwritten rules and sportsmanship. Students will abide by the rules and regulations, gaining a good understanding of rules of sport and the importance of infringements such as penalties and red cards allow students to understand the consequences of their actions which in turn helps students apply this understanding to their own lives. The concepts of self-discipline to excel are essential. Students will be taught that the only way you can achieve in sport to a high standard is if you work hard and if you can discipline yourself to train and apply yourself.

Students in PE will use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels. Also students will develop their friendship and social mixing through involvement in inter, intra school competition and extra-curricular clubs.

The PE department will encourage a willingness to participate in sporting opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.

Computing & IT

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 pupils will have 2 x 55 minute lessons and in Year 8 pupils will have 1 x 55 minute lesson each week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Students will study, E-safety, Algorithms, Hardware and Software, Spreadsheets and Databases, Animation, Python, Image editing, Web design.

Year 8

Students will study Artificial Intelligence, Gaming, Micro-bits, Image creation, Python.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed at regular points during each unit through classwork and homework and at the end of each topic to identify the progress they have made.

SMSC links:

Pupils will learn about the world around them and how to ensure that they stay safe and are able to communicate effectively in the digital world.

Pupils will give opinions and justify their ideas about their own lives and those from different countries on how technology is used in a positive way. Discussions will take place about different moral and ethical issues of using digital technologies.

They will use a range of social skills within the classroom when working with others and will hopefully be given the opportunity to use a multitude of pieces of software effectively.

They will learn have to consider different cultures and the use of technology in those countries, some with less use and others who are at the forefront of this use of technology.

French

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 3x 55min lessons in French per week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Personal Information. School. Free Time. Where I live. Holidays.

Year 8

Hobbies. Paris. My Identity. Life at home. Talents and Ambitions.

Within each scheme of work students also study a range of non-fiction texts, such as newspaper articles, letters and speeches, as well as analysing poetry examples linked to each topic. Furthermore, each unit of work includes, presentation tasks, debating activities and creative writing tasks too.

Assessment:

At the end of each module, pupils will be assessed on their listening and reading skills plus either writing or speaking.

SMSC links:

Pupils will learn about the world around them – especially from French-speaking countries around the world. We will learn about the similarities and differences between their own country and others.

Pupils will give opinions and justify their ideas about their own lives and those from different countries. Discussions will take place about different moral and ethical issues from around the world.

They will use a range of social skills within the classroom when working with others and will hopefully be given the opportunity to meet real French people and to experience the culture of a different country first hand.

They will learn a lot about the culture of different countries including, literature, songs, films and celebrations.

PSHCE

Time Allocation:

1 x55 min lesson per week.

Curriculum Content:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will work on 3 main themes to cover topics related to both PSHE and Citizenship. It is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHCE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Throughout both years we aim to use theatre companies, speakers and external agencies to support with the teaching and learning of this subject.

Year 7

Transition and induction. Body and changes (SRE). Bullying awareness. Healthy lifestyle and fitness. Growth mindset. Business and enterprise.

Year 8

Body image. Positive relationships. Careers and options. Drug and smoking awareness. Human rights. British values.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed at the end of each topic, however, the personal nature of PSHCE education means that it cannot be assessed in the same way as most other subjects therefore as well as the final assessment for each topic we also recognise and evidence progress and attainment in the knowledge, understanding, skills and attributes PSHCE strives to develop.

SMSC links:

SMSC is embedded into the PSHCE curriculum across each groups. Ensuring students constantly reflect on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We use PSHCE to allow all students to reflect on their beliefs and experience, feeling and values as well as learning about others and oneself. We encourage students to think about and recognise right from wrong, respect the law and understand consequences as well as discussing moral and ethical issues. PSHCE enables students to engage with the British Values of democracy, the rule of law and respect and tolerance. Through PSHCE, students are able to appreciate cultural influences, understand, respect and celebrate diversity.

Dance

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 1 x 55 min lesson on a rotation system allowing students to access all the arts subjects. This allows for an estimated 20 lessons in each area.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Students will study the basic skills of dance through the 5 basic dance actions, Students will study different dance styles, Students will develop knowledge of performance and choreography through group work, Around the world.

Year 8

Students will explore dance through a theme: Gangs/war, Thriller, props.

Assessment:

Students work is assessed at the end of each unit, they are marked on their skills in both performance and choreography showing a good understanding of how to perform set teacher taught actions accurately along with creating their own dance phrases with collaboratively with their peers.

SMSC links:

Students are introduced to titles that incoporate spiritual, moral, social and cultural understandings these include stimulus related to art from around the world and war.

Students will learn about different cultures by exploring different dance styles or themes, how they originate and where they come from. Students will also develop a good understanding of how working in groups develops their communication and interactive skills.

Students learn how to work with a peer to develop trust through contact work and lifts. Students learn how to do this through a gradual approach of going from simple leans and support movements to eventually lifting another student off the ground.

Students are given the opportunity to research dance styles, observe and analyse them from around the world, Students will discuss a number of dance styles including the spiritual, cultural and moral context.

Students will develop an understanding of how dance has evolved over the years. In year 8 students will study a particular artist who evolved dance in the pop music world. Students will develop their own version of this famous dance and they are able to express themselves through characterisation as well as dancers.

Useful websites:

Work and resources can be found on Doddle.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLnEjHuMFsA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOnqjkJTMaA

Humanities

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 1 x 55mins lesson.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Geography: British Isles, Britain Population, India, Rivers, Floods and Local Fieldwork (Human). History: Romans, Medieval England and The British Empire. RE: The Island, Buddhism, Sikhism and Christianity.

Year 8

Geography: Weather and Climate, The Role of Stone, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Africa and Local Fieldwork (Physical). History: Tudors, Civil War, Slavery, Living Conditions, World War One and World War Two. RE: Jesus Son of God, Sacred Earth, Islam and Judaism.

Assessment:

Students will be assessed at the end of each unit. Designed to develop core skills needed for GCSE.

SMSC links:

Spiritual – Students study key elements of what constitute a religion in The Island module.

Moral – Study of WWI allows students to consider their own personal values and opinions.

Social – Understanding of how lives are affected by emigration and immigration.

Cultural – students investigate diverse cultures throughout the world and time. Showing students the range of experience humans encounter.

Design & Technology

About:

Design & Technology allows our pupils to be creative, imaginative and inspired. Under the guidance of our talented and experienced staff, students produce work of an outstanding standard and several teams have won prestigious competitions with F1 and the RAF. Together with our excellent purpose-built facilities and consistently high exam results, students at Leasowes have developed a real passion and enthusiasm for Design & Technology.

Our spacious, well-equipped workshops and design studios, CAD/CAM facilities and workshops offer pupils the opportunity to explore, design, create and evaluate while applying the principles of creativity, Mathematics and Science (STEM). Leasowes students push the boundaries of their project work and we always thoroughly enjoy seeing what they can achieve, both here and beyond.

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils have two lessons of D&T per week. Pupils will spend between seven to nine weeks to complete a project and then rotate to the next teacher within the department.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Product Design, pupils will design and manufacture an Earphone wrap product and packaging suitable for sale. They will develop their skills using Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture, such as the Laser Cutter. Materials Technology, pupils will be introduced into a range of practical skills using a mixture of modern and traditional skills. Textiles & Fashion, pupils will design and manufacture an emoji cushion, using a range of skills and processes. Food & nutrition, the main focus is on cooking & nutrition, giving pupils the opportunity to develop their practical skills and know-how to prepare and make a wide range of high quality foods. STEM, some pupils will complete an additional project with the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Year 8

Product Design, pupils will design and manufacture a product for their hand held gadgets. They will continue to develop skills using Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture, such as the Laser Cutter. Materials Technology, pupils will design and manufacture a storage product using a combination of different materials, using traditional and modern processes. Textiles & Fashion, pupils will design and manufacture a product using recycled materials, while developing their skills and techniques. Food & nutrition, the main focus is on cooking & nutrition, giving pupils the opportunity to develop their practical skills and know-how to prepare and make a wide range of high quality foods. STEM, some pupils will complete an additional project with the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Assessment:

In Design & Technology pupils will be assessed throughout the design process, including their research (exploring), design ideas, practical skills and evaluation. Pupils will also complete an end of project examination for each rotation.

SMSC links:

Spiritual

  • Explore creativity through product design.
  • Explore emotions through design development.
  • Reflection time to access own ideas.
  • Use imagination in individual work and group work.
  • Appreciation of beauty through discovery of materials and design.

Moral

  • Encourage respect for others and their work.
  • Work cooperatively.
  • Encourage respect in classroom environment.
  • Encourage respect for equipment.
  • Promote trust.
  • Encourage sustainability through recycling and Upcycling.

Social

  • Promote a sense of community.
  • Encourage independence and self respect.
  • Celebrate success with displays and exhibitions.
  • Encourage group/class discussion.
  • Promote group work and accept roles within a group.

Cultural

  • Appreciate how culture influences design.
  • Explore a range of materials and equipment used by different cultures.
  • Gain inspiration though visiting exhibitions.
  • Respect diversity of cultural values and beliefs.

Useful websites:

Work and resources can be found on Doddle.

Mathematics

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8 sow have been divided into different steps incorporating NC mathematics POS. Year 7 work on steps 0/1/2. Year 8 on 1/2/3.

Curriculum Content:

The curriculum contents taught in KS3 ensures all pupils are:

Fluent in fundamental of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasing complex problems over time so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

Able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to variety of routine and non-routine problems with increased sophistication, including breaking down.

Year 7

Number. Algebra. Ratio and rates of change. Geometry and measures. Probability and Statistics.

Year 8

Number. Algebra. Ratio and rates of change. Geometry and measures. Probability and Statistics.

Assessment:

Students are assessed once per half term based on the steps they are studying. Weekly homework tasks are set to consolidate and challenge further. Both written and oral based tasks are used to assess students’ progress. Students are further assessed through presentations, group and individual work.

SMSC links:

At our school we aim to give all our students an appreciaiton and richness of maths. Maths in nature is embedded in Symmetry, Patterns, Sequences.

We promote discussion about mathematical understanding and challenge assumptions, supporting students to question information and data that they are presented with.

In classrooms we look use mini whiteboards to promote self-esteem and build self confidence.

In maths pupils appreciate maths language and symbols have developed from many different cultures around the world: eg Egyptian, Indian, Islamic, Greek and Russian etc.

Useful websites:

Work and resources can be found on Doddle.

vle.mathswatch.co.uk/vle

www.mathsgenie.co.uk/

www.corbettmaths.com/

www.doddlelearn.co.uk/

www.kerboodle.com/

Science

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 4x 55 minute lessons per week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

In Biology students will study: Life Processes, Organs, Reproduction, Drugs, Interdependence, Environment and Adaptation.

In Chemistry students will study: Separating Techniques, Acids and Alkalis, Particle Theory, Metals and Non-metals and Chemical Reactions.

In Physics students will study: Energy, Waves, Light, Earth and Space.

Year 8

In Biology students will study: The body, Drugs and alcohol, Nutrition, Gas Exchange and DNA.

In Chemistry students will study: Pollution, The Atom, The Periodic Table, Reactions of Metals and The Rock Cycle.

In Physics students will study: Pressure and Fluids, Forces, Energy, Power and Efficiency and Electricity.

Assessment:

Students are assessed with a mixture of in-class assessments and end of unit tests per term.

SMSC links:

Spiritual – The science schemes of work involve the search for meaning and purpose in natural and physical phenomena. Some topics lend themselves to taking into account different people’s faiths and values e.g. creation of the universe and evolution life.

Moral – Students are given the opportunity to realise that moral dilemmas are often involved in scientific developments. For example, organ transplants and new stem cell research.

Social – Students work together when carrying out group practical work. This provides opportunity to develop team working skills and to take responsibility. Pupils must take responsibility for their own safety during practical work. These groups are made from a variety of backgrounds.

Cultural – Science is an easy way for students to appreciate the credit which should be given to scientific discoveries of other cultures. That these discoveries which are so important to us are made all over the world.

Drama

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 1 x 55min lessons in Drama per week. Some classes are on a rotation.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Stage craft- (Different types of stage and the staging areas, still images and in interpretation). Roald Dahl- Matilda or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Theatre Styles(Non-naturalism and Greek Theatre)

Year 8

Horror (Real life stimuli and building tension). Script- Blood Brothers/ Too much Punch for Judy. Devising and responding to a stimulus-War/A different state of mind)

Assessment:

At the end of each module, pupils will be assessed on their making performing and responding.

SMSC links:

Pupils will learn about the world around them through gaining an understanding of the social, historical and cultural context of the stimuli given to them. The projects studies are didactic in nature and designed to help students gain an understanding of the world around them.

Pupils will give opinions and justify their ideas in response to various stimuli, some of which will be real life stories taken from history.

They will use a range of social skills within the classroom when working with others and will hopefully be given the opportunity to experience real life theatre through external visits to theatres in the community.

The curriculum will teach the students about the artistic influences from different countries including, literature, songs, films and celebrations.

Music

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Elements of Music. Rhythm and Drumming. Keyboard Skills. Around The World.

Year 8

Blues. Reggae. Pop Music. War and Conflict (Songwriting).

Assessment:

Students will be assessed in performing, composing, listening and appraising skills. Students will be given opportunities to evaluate their own work and that of other students.

SMSC links:

Students will learn about the music around them and the impact it has on everyday life. They will look at similarities and differences between a variety of musical styles.

Discussions will take place about different moral and ethical issues from around the world, especially during the Blues Music unit.

They will use a range of social skills within the classroom when working with others and will learn to communicate effectively and perform as an ensemble.

They will learn about the culture of different countries through music.

Spanish

Time Allocation:

In Years 7 and 8, pupils will have 3x 55min lessons in Spanish per week.

Curriculum Content:

Year 7

Personal information. Free time. School. Family and friends. Where I live.

Year 8

Holidays. Apps, music and TV. Food – meals and restaurants. Going out – arrangements and preparations. Tourist information.

Assessment:

At the end of each module, pupils will be assessed on their listening and reading skills plus either writing or speaking.

SMSC links:

Pupils will learn about the world around them – especially from Spanish-speaking countries around the world. We will learn about the similarities and differences between their own country and others.

Pupils will give opinions and justify their ideas about their own lives and those from different countries. Discussions will take place about different moral and ethical issues from around the world.

They will use a range of social skills within the classroom when working with others and will hopefully be given the opportunity to meet real Spanish people and to experience the culture of a different country first hand.

They will learn a lot about the culture of different countries including, literature, songs, films and celebrations.