Year 7

Art

Through our Art curriculum we aim to provide students with an experience that is non-Eurocentric and which challenges racial, cultural, religious, homophobic and gender-based prejudice. The students at Batley Girls’ High School have the right to an arts experience that extends knowledge and understanding of themselves, the wider arts community and the social, political, cultural, economic and historical context in which art traditions have evolved.

Each student experiences in each year and will encounter a variety of media and techniques. In KS3 students will develop their skills and understanding with progressive complexity and sophistication, so that they are able to make informed choices and work with increasing independence into Key Stages 4 and 5.

Our syllabus meets with the requirements of the New National Curriculum and is designed to lead to excellence in GCSE with Fine Art, Textile Design and Graphic Design disciplines providing many of our students with a strong foundation from which to excel in further arts-related studies.

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 is taught to Years 7 and 8 only and is organised with an emphasis on building an understanding of skills and concepts in art. Students work with different process and materials and have an opportunity to discover, through the different ways of working. Process areas will be revisited during the Key Stage and the teaching of concepts will develop from a basic exploration of colour, pattern and texture to an understanding of the dynamics of composition and art across the world. Through a strategy of progression the syllabus is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to excel at GCSE and A Level.

Year 7 Project List
1. Skills Workshop – covering all basic skills: painting, drawing, colour, looking at artists.
2. Myself: art as self expression, drawing and painting.
3. Aboriginal Art – art from other cultures, painting and symbolism.


Computer Science

The curriculum for Computer Science has been developed to give our students foundation skills, knowledge and understanding of computing that they will use across the school, at home and in their future careers. Through this programme of study, students will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, they will develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of digital content.

Students will learn:

– How to to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely.
– The basics of computer systems, understanding hardware, software components and how information is stored.
– What binary is and how to convert between binary and denary.
– Plan and create a project using Scratch.
– How to create a webpage using html and css.
– How to use several different applications to create digital content, including Photoshop, Illustrator, DrawPlus, Office packages and Google Documents.


Design Technology

Design Technology is taught in Years 7 and 8 only. Students follow a carousel programme in each year, completing projects in four material areas: Food, Graphics, Product Design and Textiles.

Students are set briefs designed to encourage them to analyse, investigate, develop, reflect, plan, test, and evaluate. Each brief requires students to produce outcomes of good quality.

Over the two year course, students will consider the needs of different consumers, look at relevant environmental issues and impacts, and investigate the working properties of a range of materials.

Each student will be introduced to using a range of new materials and equipment safely and correctly. The use of new technologies is encouraged. Projects set allow use of Computer Aided Design and Manufacture, the laser cutter and sublimation printer.

All projects are structured to enable spiral learning. As they progress across the projects, students are expected to develop their ‘design and make’ skills and understanding with increasing complexity and sophistication. They should also be able to work with increasing independence. Students are expected to act on feedback and make improvements from one project to the next.

Design Technology is a part of the STEM subject offer at BGHS. We take part in STEM week activities each year, as well as offering drop in lunchtimes for students to complete tasks or develop skills further.

Design Technology courses are not currently offered beyond Key Stage 3, however students are able to study Textiles and Graphics as part of the GCSE Art & Design offer.

Year 7 students begin the year being taught in their tutor groups. During the first three weeks, they complete a series of introductory tasks designed to introduce the staff, material areas and the design process.

For the remainder of the year, students are taught in sets. Each set will complete an approximately 8 week long project in each of the material areas, as detailed below:

– Food – Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables.
– Graphics – Inventors & Inventions Stamps.
– Product Design – Modern Desk Tidy.
– Textiles – Printed Drawstring Bag.


English

Our English curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to allow students to enjoy reading and creating a range of different texts. Students in Year 7 and 8 devote one lesson per week to reading and skills and follow the Accelerated Reader programme. Students are encouraged to read widely and their progress in reading is closely monitored and recorded.

In Term One of Year 7, students will study a two week transition unit, looking at descriptive writing and a modern novel, focusing on narrative writing, language analysis, structure and essay writing.

In Term Two, students will study a modern drama text, focusing on comparison, synthesis and structure, as well as a Shakespeare play. For the Shakespeare unit, students will study A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR Twelfth Night and will focus on summary, structure and language analysis.

In Term Three of Year 7, students will study an introduction to Gothic poetry, focusing on analysing language, form and structure as well as a fairy tale unit, looking at narrative writing and reading comprehension in preparation for their Progress test.

At the end of Term Three, students will sit a progress test which will test their comprehension of a fiction text and their ability to write creatively.

NB: Term Two and Term Three (The Novel and Shakespeare) assessment will focus on an extract and then broaden out to the text as a whole. Term One (Drama) will not have an extract but will focus on character or theme.


Geography

Geography at Batley Girls’ High School has been designed to help students widen their understanding of both human and physical geography. Topics are designed to provide an opportunity for all students to understand more about the world and the challenges it faces.

Over the course of their learning, students will deepen their understanding of geographical processes, the impact of change and of complex people-environment interactions. They will also explore the interrelationships between places and environments at local and national scales. Students are also given a range of opportunities to visit places of geographical interest and regularly take part in fieldwork to help develop their geographical skills.

Topics studied in Year 7 include:
– Geographical Skills.
– Amazing Places.
– China.
– Natural Hazards.


History

In History we have designed a programme that covers content from ancient history through to the modern day. We have also developed a rigorous scheme of assessments for Key Stage 3 that will enable learners to develop the skills that are needed for success in both Key Stage 3 and 4. Students will complete regularly assessed work but there is a formal assessment at the end of each unit.

Key Stage 3 History is based around a series of enquiry questions that are designed to encourage analysis of change, continuity, cause and consequences.

Students will begin the course with a local history study based around a significant person named ‘Catherine Exley’. She is of local importance as her diary provides us with a documented account of her journey to the Napoleonic wars and back. This study allows students to investigate local history and investigate how it links to important world events as well as looking at source analysis skills.

Students will then study a course entitled ‘What did the Ancient civilisations do for us?’ This is a wider world study and enables students to have a good grasp of chronology. This unit focusses on ancient medicine, which not only links with STEM but also allows students to have the background knowledge necessary for studying the history of medicine at GCSE.

In addition, students will study a unit of work entitled, ‘Power and Punishment (1066-1215); was the King able to do whatever he liked?’ This challenges the students to investigate the changing power of the monarchy from the Battle of Hastings until the signing of the Magna Carta.

The remaining units entitled, ‘Why did the battle of Bosworth happen?’ and ‘How successfully did the Tudors control England?’ are thematic studies, which strengthen the students’ knowledge of British History through the War of the Roses and into Tudor Britain. This further strengthens the sense of chronology and prepares them for study in Year 8.


Mathematics

As students enter KS3 our initial focus in Maths is to ensure that every student has a real understanding of number. We are spending a considerable time within lessons on numeracy skills, times tables and all the key concepts that need to be in place before students can begin to make real progress.

Our aim is to develop mastery, which is a deep understanding, as opposed to surface knowledge or just rote learning. We want them to understand ‘WHY’ they are doing something, what it really means, rather than purely learning a procedure. We are achieving this through a variety of strategies including websites such as Mathematics Mastery Program, Numeracy Ninjas, MyMaths, MathsWatch, BBC Bitesize KS3.

Half termly assessments are used to identify areas for improvement, so that we can incorporate this into our teaching.

Maths is a subject in which progress frequently relies on the understanding of previous key topics, therefore it is essential that your daughter attends all lessons. On the unavoidable occasions that they are absent, it is crucial that they catch up on any work missed. Homework is set on a weekly basis and is recorded in their planners.

Areas covered in KS3:

– Number
– Algebra
– Geometry and Measures
– Statistics
– Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change


MFL

In French, pupils follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.
The aims of the course are to use the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing to equip pupils to cope with everyday situations in French.
As they progress through the two year course they will become increasingly proficient in their use of spoken and written language and be able to understand spoken and written French in a variety of contexts. The knowledge and application of grammar is interwoven in all tasks.
Course Content Summary
(Year 7) List of topics studied:

Term 1
– Introductions.
– Say where you live, what languages you speak and your nationality.
– Learn numbers and the months of the year.
– Describe your appearance and that of another person.
– Name and describe your favourite object.
– Name French speaking countries.
– Describe your personality.
– Describe your family.
– Give opinions of school subjects.

Term 2
– Talk about school and where you live.
– Talk about different places to live.
– Talk about leisure activities and personal possessions.
– Talk about animals and colours.
– Talk about food.
– Give opinions of food and drink.
– Talk about your favourite restaurant and order food.
– Understand quantities and recipes.

Term 3
– Understand places in town.
– Describe a town.
– Say what activities you can do at different places.
– Ask for and give directions.
– Arrange to go out.
– Discuss meeting places.
– Identify and describe the location of places on a map.

Language lessons require pupils to be actively involved in their learning. There are many opportunities to practise the four skills using a variety of techniques and materials, such as pair work, group work, role-play, films, songs and ICT as well as more traditional work from the textbook.
We use a range of materials. Translation skills will be a focus in writing too.

Homework
Homework is set once a week, usually a learning vocabulary homework.
There is an assessment at the end of each topic (half-termly), but there is continuous assessment taking place during lessons, especially in speaking and listening tasks.


Performing Arts

In KS3, Music and Drama are taught under the umbrella of Performing Arts. Students learn both Music and Drama discreetly and also combine them to create multi discipline performances. Students are given many opportunities to learn a wide range of different skills as well as explore different historical, cultural and contemporary themes and issues. Students work individually, in pairs and in small groups developing their confidence and communication skills. The two-year programme culminates in a commission where students create a performance piece to be shown to Year 6 students on Common Transfer Day.

Topics include:

– African Drumming.
– Samba.
– Keyboards.
– Singing.
– Basic Drama skills such as mime, freeze frame and vocal projection.
– Advertisements and Jingles.
– World Music.
– Storytelling.
– Pantomime.
– Soap Opera.


Physical Education

In Year 7, students will build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in Key Stages 1 and 2. By the end of their first year at Batley Girls’ High School, students will understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. Students will develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.

Students will become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They will also start to learn to become independent learners. Activities include: Dance, Fitness, Gymnastics, Swimming, Football, Rounders, Cricket, Athletics and Tennis.


PSHE

The core aims of our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme are:

– Building resilience.
– Developing our students’ skills and awareness so that they are able to keep themselves safe.
– Knowing how to build healthy relationships.
– Promoting humanitarian and British Values.

In Year 7, students are introduced to the key themes of ‘My Life, My Choice’. Each half term students will consider different issues on the key themes to help them think about their life and their choices.

In Year 7, students look at the following topics:

– Introduction to life at Batley Girls’ High School – getting to know their form and form tutor.
– Careers and future planning: including careers talks and the careers convention.
– An introduction to financial management including basic budget management.
– Democracy and citizenship, including what makes a good citizen.
– Healthy mind and body – including diet, sleep and personal hygiene.
– Keeping myself safe – including in practical situations for e.g. road safety and in virtual situations for e.g. online usage and social media.


Religious Education

In Year Seven, students study the six major world faiths: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism and Buddhism.

Students study the beliefs and practices of these faiths. This means that they will look at important key beliefs, religious practices and key religious festivals.

Students have the opportunity to consider the impact that faith has on the life of the individual believer, as well as how it is shared among religious groups. They are also given the opportunity to reflect upon people’s beliefs and consider their own point of view.


Science

In Year 7, students will be taught in 3 blocks. Year 7 will start with an ‘Introduction to Science’ where students are introduced to the science labs, made aware of various equipment and the Health and Safety regulations of working in a science lab. They will then complete baseline assessments. After this, students follow a programme of study mapped which is based around 10 key themes, which build and link to the GCSE Science content.

In Term 1, Block 1 students will be taught the following topics:
– Forces.
– Organisms.
– Matter.
– Genes.

Term 2, Block 2 will cover the following topics:
– Reactions – Metals/Non Metals and Acids/Alkalis.
– Waves – Sound and Light.
– Ecosystems – Interdependence and Plant Reproduction.
– Earth – Earth Structure and Universe.
– Year 7 Science Progress Exams.
– STEM WEEK, Enrichment activities.

Term 3, Block 3 will cover the following topics:
– Energy.
– Electromagnets.