Year 7 and 8 marks an exciting phase in the lives of our pupils.  It is the period when they build on their primary education and prepare for their Year 9 choices (which will be made in Year 8).  Our curriculum is designed so that pupils can master the basics as well as extend their knowledge.

 

There are four key principles underpinning the design of the academy’s curriculum:

 

  • All pupils have access to a broad, balanced and coherent curriculum that supports learning.
  • A strong core ensures that basic skills are embedded at an early stage so that pupils are able to access the wider curriculum
  • A range of learning pathways, support and challenge for all pupils.
  • An extended curriculum ensures all pupils have access to catch-up, extension and enrichment.

 

SUBJECTS STUDIED IN YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8

 

Alongside English, maths and science, all our pupils study geography, history, religious education, art, design and technology, computing, modern foreign languages (Spanish and French), drama, music and PE. Our music for all programme ensures all children have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument at Key Stage Three.

 

Subject

Group 1

Group 2

English

5

5

Mathematics

4

4

Science

4

4

Religious Education

2

2

Geography

2

2

History

2

2

MFL (Spanish/French)

2

0

Art/Textiles & Drama

1

1

PE

2

2

SMSC/SRE

1

1

Direct Instruction

0

2

 

Groups 2 - Students who are not on track to achieve their targets in the core may be expected to attend practice sessions in English, mathematics, science, geography, history and / or Spanish in morning meetings or as part of the co-curricular electives in the afternoon.  Pupils will also complete direct instruction English and maths instead of a language.

 

Groups 1 will be involved with university style big lectures will focus on enquiry-based themes around critical thinking, philosophy, politics and ethics.  All KYear 7 and 8 pupils are expected to complete one independent ‘Stretch Project’ each assessment cycle.  Projects are mainly completed at home; however, pupils are supported by their Form Tutor and through stand-alone year group sessions that take place at intermittent points within a cycle.   

 

YEAR 7 AND YEAR 8 ASSESSMENT 2020/21

Key Stage 3 National Curriculum Levels were abolished by the Department for Education from September 2014.  All schools in England are now expected to develop their own model of assessment and publish it for parents.

  1. 5 year curriculum of study across all subjects have been designed.
  2. At up to three points in the year, students will take an examination-style assessment which will inform our teaching.
  3. This approach will prepare students best for the new GCSEs, and allow us to compare student performance across the school.

PATHWAYS, ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING

All pupils are placed on a coloured Progress Pathway for each subject: Blue, Grey, Purple and Yellow. These pathways represent a journey from pupils’ attainment on entry to their expected attainment at the end of Year 11. Pupils are expected to meet criteria in each subject to be ‘secure’ on their pathway. We are confident that any pupil who remains ‘secure’ is on track to achieve the high expectations we have in place for them at the end of year 11. The attached diagram is an illustration of this model.

Progress Pathways are based, initially, on pupils’ attainment in Reading and Mathematics in the Year 6 SATs. However, where we identify potential in other subject areas, pupils may be moved to a higher pathway. The first review of pathways will take place following the first Assessment Week, which acts as a baseline for many subjects.

ASSESSMENT WEEKS AND PROGRESS TESTS

Pupils have 3 Assessment Weeks per year during which they sit a Progress Test in every subject. The dates of these are in their planner and on the school calendar. The content of each Progress Test is cumulative, such that the topics or skills assessed on the first test will be reassessed on the following 2 or 3 tests. Teachers will provide guidance in lessons on what topics and skills pupils need to revise. Progress Test content is also available to download from the subject pages, to allow parent to support their child’s learning at home.

PROGRESS TESTS

Over the year, parents receive three Progress Reports, around three weeks after the Assessment Week. These contain AELs (Attitude to Effective Learning grades) and Pathway results (below, developing, secure, exceeding) for each subject. One of these will be a Progress Overview which also includes a written comment from your child’s form tutor. The first report of the year will include information for parents on how you can support your child further.