Curriculum Overview

Art

Year 7

  • Applying line, tone, pattern and colour to sustained observational and imaginative drawings, paintings and print making
  • Independent research about artists, designers and architects
  • Linking with the local community and developing project work on the theme of the Royston Arts Festival

 

Year 8

  • Applying line, tone, pattern and colour to sustained observational and imaginative drawings, paintings and print making
  • Independent research about artists, designers and architects
  • Exploring art from other cultures

 

Year 9

  • Portraits
  • Researching the question of how portraits explore and express identity and personality.
  • Analysing expressive portraits by established and contemporary artists.
  • Developing observational drawing and painting skills, focussing on portraiture, watercolour and pencil drawing.
  • Generating independent ideas for an expressive self-portrait.
  • Building a low relief sculpture.
  • Ceramic sculpture skills: armature construction.

Business

Note: Business is only taught from Year 9

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Chocolate Bar project

  • Market Research Primary and Secondary
  • Use of 4 P’s
  • Product
  • Price
  • Promotion 
  • Place

Autumn Term 2: Chocolate Bar project

  • Design and Packaging 
  • Advertising 
  • Break Even 
  • Pricing

Spring Term 1: Eco Charity Bag Project

  • Third Sector
  • Environmental Issues
  • Design research

Spring Term 2: Eco Charity Bag Project

  • Product Business Plan
  • Design
  • Advertising Social Media
  • Selling

Summer Term 1: Tycoons in schools

  • Functions of a Business
  • Types of Business Ownership
  • Idea/research

Summer Term 2: Tycoons in schools

  • Business Plan

Computer Science

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Databases

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Creating a Corporate Image
  • Control and Monitoring

Spring Term 1: 

  • iMovie
  • Binary

Spring Term 2: 

  • Twine (Cross-curricular writing)

Summer Term 1: 

  • Microbit

Summer Term 2: 

  • Spreadsheet Model Investigation

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Web Design - HTML Code

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Web Design - Structure and formatting using Google Sites

  • Data Use and Misuse

Spring Term 1: 

  • iMovie (Film Trailers)

Spring Term 2: 

  • App Inventor (Thunkable)

Summer Term 1: 

  • Microbit

Summer Term 2: 

  • Spreadsheet
  • Cross curricular Athletics Project

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Graphics

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Text based programming

Spring Term 1: 

  • Logic gates

Spring Term 2: 

  • Multimedia Project

Summer Term 1: 

  • Compression & Coding

Summer Term 2: 

  • Computer Hardware

Design Technology

Year 7

Carousel System of 4 D&T Areas. Units to be taught in a 9 week rotation.

Resistant Materials:

  • Battery Powered Vehicle

Graphics:

  • Logo Design
  • Gift Bag

Food:

  • Safe Hygienic Working Practices
  • Nutrition and balanced Diet
  • Practical Applications of Raising Agents (Scones, Fairy Cakes, Bread)
  • Knife Skills (Soup, Vegetable cous-cous, Pasta Salad)
  • Evaluative Skills

Textiles:

  • Cushion Project

 

Year 8

Carousel System of 4 D&T Areas. Units to be taught in a 9 week rotation.

Resistant Materials:

  • Design and Make - Clock Project

Graphics:

  • Variety of Graphics Techniques
  • Drawing Skills - 2 point perspective and isometric sketching
  • Graphic Design packaging project

Food:

A 9 week rotation developing Food skills, understanding of nutrition and healthy diets, sensory analysis tasks, learning how to calculate the costing of Food dishes. Planning their own choice of dishes and becoming more independent.

Textiles:

  • Lesson 1 - LO to be able to understand a design brief (Design and make a prototype of a tie dye textile doorstop to be sold in London Zoo online gift shop) Activities: research a client effectively and identify possible design ideas
  • Lesson 2 - LO to develop creative, relevant ideas for a design
  • Lesson 3 - LO to experiment with tie dye techniques in order to make design decisions about colour and pattern
  • Lesson 4 - LO to learn how to make a working 1:1 scale model of their design in paper - how to use tape crossing a join, lines of symmetry, adding a gusset to create depth
  • Lesson 5 - LO to re-apply learning from lesson 3 - tie dye sheet material accurately and safely - Students must be able to start and finish with backstitch and turn corners and curves.
  • Lesson 6 - LO to learn how to cut fabric accurately, using a template and pins, to learn how to use a sewing machine accurately and safely. To iron safely. To design effectively with fabric pens, or an applique motif.
  • Lesson 7-8 LO to be able to use a sewing machine accurately and safely. Activity - students pin their prototypes and sew with the machines, leaving a gap for stuffing. Working inside out.
  • Lesson 9 - To learn how to Evaluate the product and the process and why this is important.

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: 

Rotation 1 (approx 10-12 lessons)

  • Drawing skills (Iso sketching, 2 Point Perspective)
  • Materials knowledge and Product Analysis exercise
  • Colour theory and colour rendering
  • 3D CAD Solidworks Lego car (3-4 lessons)
  • Wood practical - puzzle

Autumn Term 2: 

Rotation 2 - Repeat

  • Drawing skills (Iso sketching, 2 Point Perspective)
  • Materials knowledge and Product Analysis exercise
  • Colour theory and colour rendering
  • 3D CAD Solidworks Lego car (3-4 lessons)
  • Wood practical - puzzle

Spring Term 1: 

Rotation 1 (approx 8-9 lessons)

  • Diet and Health 
  • 8 tips to eating healthy worksheet and Q&A
  • Eatwell guide
  • Micro-Micro nutrient basics
  • Quick Hygiene and quiz
  • Cooking Practical
  • Packaging design and development
  • 2D design V2 CAD drawings of design and final package

Spring Term 2: 

Rotation 2 repeat (approx 8-9 lessons)

  • Diet and Health 
  • 8 tips to eating healthy worksheet and Q&A
  • Eatwell guide
  • Micro-Micro nutrient basics
  • Quick Hygiene and quiz
  • Cooking Practical
  • Packaging design and development
  • 2D design V2 CAD drawings of design and final package

Summer Term 1: 

Rotation 1

  • Ergonomics and Anthropometrics modelling project
  • Following the iterative design process. Model, test, feedback, re-design/improve, remodel. Repeat

Summer Term 2: 

Rotation 2 repeat

  • Ergonomics and Anthropometrics modelling project
  • Following the iterative design process. Model, test, feedback, re-design/improve, remodel. Repeat

Drama

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Mime

Autumn Term 2: 

Spring Term 1: Devising through teacher in-role

Spring Term 2: 

Summer Term 1: Scripted work

Summer Term 2: 

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Performance unit

Autumn Term 2: 

Spring Term 1: Introduction to practitioner - Frantic Assembly

Spring Term 2: 

Summer Term 1: Puppetry and technical theatre

Summer Term 2: 

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Practitioner studies - Brecht

Autumn Term 2: 

Spring Term 1: Devising from stimulus

Spring Term 2: 

Summer Term 1: Performance unit

Summer Term 2: 

English

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Childhood: Poetry anthology and writing skills

Autumn Term 2: War: Private Peaceful (novel) and Non-fiction

Spring Term 1: War: Private Peaceful (novel) and Non-fiction

Spring Term 2: Imaginative world: Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island and creative writing

Summer Term 1: Imaginative world: Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island and creative writing

Summer Term 2: Shakespeare - Heroes and Villains

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Short stories

Autumn Term 2: A Woman in Black (novel)

Spring Term 1: Poetry through time

Spring Term 2: Shakespeare text, e.g. Twelfth Night or Much Ado About Nothing

Summer Term 1: Rhetoric - persuasive texts and writing

Summer Term 2: Oliver Twist

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: To Kill A Mockingbird

Autumn Term 2: To Kill A Mockingbird

Spring Term 1: Poetry: Power & Conflict

Spring Term 2: Dystopian writing

Summer Term 1: English Language GCSE skills

Summer Term 2: Macbeth

French

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Talking about myself

Autumn Term 2: School

Spring Term 1: Hobbies

Spring Term 2: My Town

Summer Term 1: Holidays

Summer Term 2: Daily Routine

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Leisure and free time (Films, TV, reading)

Autumn Term 2: The Perfect Tense - a trip to Paris

Spring Term 1: My identity

  • Personality
  • Relationships with others
  • Style
  • My likes and dislikes

Spring Term 2:

  • Describing my home
  • Mealtimes at home

Summer Term 1: A talent show

Summer Term 2: Using the past, present and future tenses

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: My social life

  • Facebook
  • What I think of people
  • Arranging to go out

Autumn Term 2: Healthy living

  • Parts of the body
  • Healthy eating and keeping fit

Spring Term 1: My future

  • Jobs
  • The imperfect tense
  • Using different tenses together

Spring Term 2: On holidays

  • Going on holiday and describing what happened on holiday
  • Using the conditional

Summer Term 1: Me in the world

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • What happiness is to you

Summer Term 2: Me in the world

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • What happiness is to you

Geography

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Where does our food come from?

Autumn Term 2: Plastic Soup

Spring Term 1: How do rivers shape our world?

Spring Term 2: What is life like in China?

Summer Term 1: Settlement

Summer Term 2: Settlement

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Risky Hazards

Autumn Term 2: Risky Hazards

Spring Term 1: Weathering and Coasts

Spring Term 2: Weathering and Coasts

Summer Term 1: Population and Migration

Summer Term 2: Africa

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Geography in the news

Autumn Term 2: Expedition Everest

Spring Term 1: Are we Global citizens? The geography of mobile phones

Spring Term 2: How do plate tectonics shape our world?

Summer Term 1: How can weather become extreme?

Summer Term 2: Why are tropical rainforests important?

History

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: The Norman Conquest

Autumn Term 2: Medieval England

Spring Term 1: Angevin Monarchs

Spring Term 2: Black Death, Peasants' Revolt, Richard II

Summer Term 1: Wars of the Roses

Summer Term 2: Black Tudors

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Tudors

Autumn Term 2: Tudors

Spring Term 1: Stuarts

Spring Term 2: Stuarts

Summer Term 1: Georgians

Summer Term 2: Slavery in the Americas

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Industry and Empire

Autumn Term 2: Industry and Empire

Spring Term 1: Women's Suffrage

Spring Term 2: WW1

Summer Term 1: WW2 and the Holocaust

Summer Term 2: The Cold War

Maths

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Number 1: Whole numbers and decimals
  • Geometry and Measures 1: Measures, perimeter and area
  • Algebra 1: Expressions and formulae

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Number 2: Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Geometry and Measures 2: Angles and 2D shapes
  • Algebra 2: Graphs

Spring Term 1: 

  • Number 3: Mental calculations and problem solving
  • Data 1: Statistics
  • Geometry and Measures 3: Transformations and Symmetry

Spring Term 2: 

  • Algebra 3: Equations
  • Number 4:  Written calculations and problem solving with decimals
  • Geometry and Measures 4: Constructions and properties of 3D shape

Summer Term 1: 

  • Algebra 4: Sequences
  • Geometry and Measures 5: 3D Shapes
  • Ratio and Proportion 1: Ratio and Proportion

Summer Term 2: 

  • Data 2: Probability
  • Assessment: End of Year Assessment
  • Real Life Maths 1: Everyday Maths

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: 

  • Number 5: whole numbers and decimals
  • Geometry and Measures 6: Measures, perimeter and area
  • Algebra 5: Expressions and formulae

Autumn Term 2: 

  • Number 6: Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Geometry and Measures 7: Angles and 2D Shapes
  • Algebra 6: Graphs

Spring Term 1: 

  • Number 7: Calculation including decimals and problem solving
  • Data 3: Statistics
  • Geometry and Measures 8: Transformation and scale

Spring Term 2: 

  • Algebra 7: Equations
  • Number 8: Powers and roots
  • Geometry and Measures 9: Constructions and Pythagoras’ Theorem

Summer Term 1: 

  • Algebra 8: Sequences
  • Geometry and Measures 10: 3D Shapes
  • Ratio and Proportion 2: Ratio and Proportion

Summer Term 2: 

  • Data 4: Probability
  • Assessment: End of Year Assessment
  • Real Life Maths 2: Everyday Maths

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: 

Foundation

  • Integers and place value
  • Decimals
  • Algebra basics
  • Tables & pie charts

Higher:

  • Calculations, checking and rounding
  • Algebra basics
  • Averages and range (part 1)
  • Perimeter, area and circles (part 1)

Autumn Term 2: 

Foundation:

  • Rounding to decimal places
  • Scatter graphs
  • Statistics and sampling
  • Algebra (index laws)

Higher:

  • Indices, roots, reciprocals and BIDMAS
  • Algebra (substitution and index laws)
  • Perimeter, area and circles (part 2)

Spring Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Factors, multiples and primes
  • Expanding and factorising single brackets
  • The averages
  • Perimeter and area

Higher:

  • Factors, Multiples and Primes
  • Setting up and solving equations
  • Averages and range
  • 3D forms and volume, cuboids, cylinders

Spring Term 2: 

Foundation:

  • Indices, powers and roots
  • Expressions and substitution into formulae
  • 3D forms and volume
  • Plans and elevations

Higher:

  • Algebra (expanding double brackets, factorising quadratics)
  • Sequences
  • Scatter graphs
  • 3D forms and volume, cones and spheres
  • Inequalities

Summer Term 1: 

Foundation:

  • Fractions
  • Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs
  • Probability
  • Constructions

Higher:

  • Fractions
  • Graphs: the basics and real-life graphs
  • Probability
  • Constructions, loci and bearings

Summer Term 2: 

Revision for the end of year test

Music

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Rhythm and Notation 

  • Rhythm, notation 
  • Rhythmic phases
  • Revision of notation on a stave

Autumn Term 2: Keyboard Skills (2) 

  • Further developing musicianship and note reading skills
  • Composing for the piano

Spring Term 1: Folk Music

  • Dorian Mode and its use in British Folk music
  • Ukulele lessons

Spring Term 2: Variations

  • Composing their own set of variations based on Frère Jacques
  • Major/Minor

Summer Term 1: GarageBand/Songwriting

  • Understanding the structure of a song

Summer Term 2: Drama

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Intervals and Chords 

  • How to form a chord
  • Using chords in pop music - Rock Around the Clock

Autumn Term 2: Für Elise

  • Structure, keyboard skills and variation

Spring Term 1: Indian Music/Bhangra

  • Historical/Social context
  • Composing/Performing

Spring Term 2: Writing Film Music / GarageBand

  • Pupils compose music for their own films using GarageBand

Summer Term 1: Samba and Stomp

  • Looking at rhythm and pulse and non traditional instruments

Summer Term 2: Drama

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: African

  • Drumming & Singing: Call & Response, polyrhythms, cross rhythms, unison, improvisation & rhythmic rounds.

Autumn Term 2: Songwriting

  • Using the musical ‘Wicked’ as a stimulus explore structure, instrumentation, chord progressions, melody, accompaniment

Spring Term 1: Reggae

  • Origins of Reggae music, culture and religion.
  • Ensemble performance skills and interpretation.

Spring Term 2: Film

  • Compose a short soundtrack to accompany a scene.

Summer Term 1: Dance

  • Explore Salsa, Tango, then electronic dance music 
  • Using logic, compose a club dance fusion piece

Summer Term 2: Cover Project

  • Building on Musical Futures project in Year 8, students rehearse a song in small groups

Physical Education

Year 7

Autumn/Spring Terms (3 of the following per term)

  • Basketball,
  • Football,
  • Rugby,
  • Netball,
  • Hockey,
  • Swimming,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Dance,
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activity.

Summer Term:

  • Athletics,
  • Tennis,
  • Cricket,
  • Rounders,
  • Softball.

 

Year 8

Autumn/Spring Terms (3 of the following per term)

  • Basketball,
  • Football,
  • Rugby,
  • Netball,
  • Hockey,
  • Swimming,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Dance,
  • Outdoor & Adventurous Activity,
  • Health Related Fitness.

Summer Term:

  • Athletics,
  • Tennis,
  • Cricket,
  • Rounders,
  • Softball.

 

Year 9

Autumn/Spring Terms (3 of the following per term)

  • Basketball,
  • Football,
  • Rugby,
  • Netball,
  • Hockey,
  • Gymnastics,
  • Dance,
  • Table Tennis,
  • Badminton,
  • Health Related Fitness.

Summer Term:

  • Athletics,
  • Tennis,
  • Cricket,
  • Rounders,
  • Softball.

PSHE

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Economic wellbeing

  • What influences my decisions
  • Making informed decisions
  • Why decisions matter
  • Design an app
  • Improving the school site

Autumn Term 2: Health & wellbeing

  • Knife crime
  • Healthy living
  • First Aid
  • Physical health and mental wellbeing

Spring Term 1: Careers & WRL

  • START Programme
  • Employer visits
  • Revision techniques
  • Real Game?
  • Enterprise activity?

Spring Term 2: Citizenship

  • Human rights
  • British values
  • Democracy
  • Identity
  • LGBT

Summer Term: SRE

  • Good friends and toxic friends
  • Puberty
  • Sexting

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Health & wellbeing

  • Fireworks and safety
  • County lines and drugs
  • Body image
  • Sexting
  • Knife crime

Autumn Term 2: Economic wellbeing

  • Banking
  • Money management
  • Money choices
  • Spending
  • Saving 

Spring Term 1: Citizenship

  • British values
  • LGBT
  • Prejudice
  • Rule of law
  • Legal system

Spring Term 2: Careers & WRL

  • YE?
  • START Programme
  • Real game?
  • Enterprise activity?

Summer Term: SRE

  • Relationship abuse
  • Contraception and pregnancy
  • Body image
  • Being safe

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Citizenship

  • Sustainable development goals
  • Orange trading game
  • Gender equality
  • Poverty
  • Water and sanitation

Autumn Term 2: Careers & WRL

  • START Programme
  • Revision techniques
  • Real Game

Spring Term 1: Health & wellbeing

  • Actions and consequences
  • Bullying
  • SEAL
  • Stress
  • Knife crime

Spring Term 2: 

SRE

  • Consent
  • Contraception
  • Sexting
  • Domestic abuse
  • Relationships

Summer Term 1: Economic wellbeing

  • Staying in control
  • Secure finances
  • Money choices
  • Budgeting

Religious Studies

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Introduction to philosophy

Autumn Term 2: Buddhism

Spring Term 1: Introduction to ethics

Spring Term 2: Sikhism

Summer Term 1: What was so radical about Jesus?

Summer Term 2: What was so radical about Jesus?

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Hinduism

Autumn Term 2: Suffering

Spring Term 1: What is Judaism?

Spring Term 2: Multiculturalism

Summer Term 1: Freedom of speech and worship

Summer Term 2: Freedom of speech and worship

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: The development of Christianity

Autumn Term 2: Wealth, poverty and religion

Spring Term 1: Islam

Spring Term 2: Religion, extremism and terrorism

Summer Term 1: The role of religion in modern society

Summer Term 2: The role of religion in modern society

Science

Year 7

Biology

Autumn Term 1: Movement

Autumn Term 2: Interdependence

Spring Term 1: Variation

Spring Term 2: Cells

Summer Term 1: Cells

Summer Term 2: Plant Reproduction

Chemistry

Autumn Term 1: Particle Model

Autumn Term 2: Particle Model

Spring Term 1: Metals and Non-Metals

Spring Term 2: Earth Structure

Summer Term 1: Separating Mixtures

Summer Term 2: Acids and Alkalis

Physics

Autumn Term 1: Sound

Autumn Term 2: Energy Cost

Spring Term 1: Speed

Spring Term 2: Voltage and Resistance

Summer Term 1: Light

Summer Term 2: Energy Transfer

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: Energy, Ecosystems

Autumn Term 2: Respiration and Circulation

Spring Term 1: Atoms, Elements and Compounds

Spring Term 2: Human Reproduction, Photosynthesis

Summer Term 1: Waves, Light and Sound

Summer Term 2: "Working Scientifically" skills

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: 12 Key KS3 Practicals: 4 Biology, 4 Chemistry, 4 Physics

Autumn Term 2: 12 Key KS3 Practicals: 4 Biology, 4 Chemistry, 4 Physics

Spring Term 1: 12 Key KS3 Practicals: 4 Biology, 4 Chemistry, 4 Physics

Spring Term 2: GCSE Course: Cells Biology, Atomic structure and compounds, Energy

Summer Term 1: GCSE Course: Cells Biology, Atomic structure and compounds, Energy

Summer Term 2: GCSE Course: Cells Biology, Atomic structure and compounds, Energy

Spanish

Year 7

Autumn Term 1: Myself and my family

Autumn Term 2: Freetime activities

Spring Term 1: My school

Spring Term 2: My family and my friends

Summer Term 1: Where I live

Summer Term 2:

  • Eating out
  • The future tense

 

Year 8

Autumn Term 1: My family and friends

Autumn Term 2: My town

Spring Term 1: Holidays

Spring Term 2: Music and Technology

Summer Term 1: Eating out

Summer Term 2: Arranging to go out

 

Year 9

Autumn Term 1: Talking about yourself

Autumn Term 2: Jobs and careers

Spring Term 1: Diet and Lifestyle

Spring Term 2: Rights and responsibilities

Summer Term 1: Visits abroad

Summer Term 2: Buying souvenirs and revision

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