Autumn Term: 2019-20
Art and Design / Design Technology (DT) – alternate half-terms
Termly Carousel lessons
Autumn term – Animal Care and PE; Spring term – double Swim; Summer term – PE and Forest School
In PE this term, Pine will be learning how to play lacrosse and tag rugby, evaluating work and developing a range of different ways of passing, sending, changing direction and travelling with a ball using a lacrosse stick or a tag rugby ball. Learners will also have opportunities to be a warm-up leader, to referee a game, to compete in a tournament and to learn about fair play and respect during games.
This term Pine will look at how the internet developed, along with learning about the hardware and software parts that make up computer systems. They will begin to understand how theses communicate with one another and with other systems, including the process of sending data from a home network to a server located in a different country. The group will design a simple computer network and look at the advantages, disadvantages and threats to computer networks.
This half term, Pine will be looking at the topic Ballad Poems with a focus on exploring language and structure in poems. They will be reading The Highwayman and The Lady of Shallot and developing their knowledge of poetic devices and imagery. In addition to this, Pine will be developing their reading skills in a weekly reading lesson. Students will focus on various extracts to develop reading strategies, improve inference skills and participate in guided reading. This will aid students in future English lessons and ensure they are more confident in approaching new texts with the necessary skills.
Pupils in year 7 will be learning how to greet each other in French. They will learn how to say their name and ask someone how they are. They will learn French numbers up to 20 and learn how to ask and tell someone their age. Pupils will then learn the names of colours in French and learn how to express their likes and dislikes. Throughout the term, pupils will learn a variety of classroom commands. At the end of the autumn term, pupils will learn about Christmas in France.
Pupils in years 8 & 9 will be consolidating their knowledge of greetings and simple conversations in French. They will revisit French numbers up to 20 and then learn numbers up to 50. Pupils will use this knowledge to practise saying a telephone number. Pupils will revisit colours and then learn about pets and animals. Pupils will be encouraged to develop their conversational skills and will learn how to hold a simple conversation to exchange information with a peer. At the end of the autumn term, pupils will learn about Christmas in France.
For the first half term our topic will be weather and climate. Learners will watch and listen to weather forecasts, and identify the symbols used and what they mean. In addition they will discuss why weather forecasts are important and how weather can affect people’s day-to-day lives. They will look at the causes of weather systems and why different countries have different climates and we will reflect on the impact of this. The learners will have the opportunity to collect weather data through creation of basic apparatus. Throughout the term learners will develop skills in communication and problem solving.
The second half term will look at the Ice Age. Learners will reflect on how the country that we live in now has changed over time. The learners will build on their knowledge of weather and climate and compare the climate of today with that of Britain in the Ice Age. There will be comparison of the animals and people of the time with those of the modern day, and consideration of how the animals of the Ice Age were adapted to live within the cold environment. The learners will be provided with opportunities to develop their understanding of the Ice Age through examination of historical sources including pictures, recounts of the time and recreated artefacts
Work and resources will be adapted to enable our learners with a visual impairment to be fully involved and immersed in the topic, alongside their sighted classmates.
This term, students will be looking at managing money and planning a summer event. They will work as a team and practise their planning skills alongside making choices and decisions. They will research where to buy items, considering the costings of them. The pupils will use the internet to safely source products. Pupils will learn how to plan an event from start to finish taking all resources into account. They will take part in the event or host the event for others. They will evaluate the success of their event.
This term, Pine will be studying fractions and decimals. They will study fractions in the context of both shapes and number of objects as well as beginning to complete arithmetical questions with fractions. Pine will be looking at halves, quarters and tenths, and will begin to explore equivalence in fractions and decimals.
During the measurement units, Pine will be focusing on length, weight, capacity, volume and temperature. The measurement lessons will initially focus on sorting and comparing lengths, weights, capacities, volumes and temperatures and will then progress on to using standard units (such as litres) to measure, calculate and record.
This term Pine will be studying angles. They will be exploring amount of turn, as well as comparing, ordering and categorising angles.
- 12 bar blues chords
- Song writing
- Boogie woogie
Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
This term, the focus of PSHCE will be around Health and Wellbeing. The title of the module is ‘Who am I?’ and will support learners to think about themselves and others, both physically and emotionally. The pupils in Pine will identify and reflect on their feelings, lifestyles and relationships with others, and find activities that help them to stay calm in difficult situations. Lessons will cover personal strengths, self-esteem, mental health issues, friends, family, eating disorders and sexual orientation. We will liaise with our Emotional Health and Wellbeing professional and our school nurse in case our learners need emotional support.
Physical Education (PE)
This term Pine will be developing their athletic skills in order to compete in different athletic events (for example javelin, sprinting, wheelchair races and hurdles) during our annual sports day.
Pine will also have fun learning all about orienteering and cricket, and will increase their fitness levels and stamina by running cross-country at our local field. Learners will also have the opportunity to compete in Level 2 and Level 3 tournaments, and be a sports leader.
In swimming, we are excited to have the Flintshire Sub-Aqua Group back; they have very kindly offered taster sessions in scuba diving at our pool this term. Pine class will also be continuing to attend Dee Banks School swimming pool to improve their swimming skills and stamina by swimming between 25m to 100m using three different strokes.
Pine will be looking at beliefs and ideas that people of different religions and faiths hold. They will explore their own beliefs and develop an understanding of the difference between beliefs and facts. During the autumn term, Pine will be looking at a range of different festivals and the importance of them to the people of each faith. We will look at the stories behind the festivals as well as how people celebrate in the modern day. The festivals for study are Harvest (a Christian festival), Diwali (a Hindu festival), Hanukkah (a Jewish festival) and Christmas (a Christian festival). Pine will discuss the celebrations that they have with their friends and families, and begin to offer suggestions as to why these celebrations are important. They will be involved in delivering a Harvest assembly and the annual seniors carol concert.
Pine will be starting the autumn term learning how to use equipment safely in the Science lab. We will then be starting a topic on heating and cooling. Through a range of practical experiments, we will be looking at how different materials heat up and cool down, with a focus on changes from solids, liquids and gases. We will be learning how to measure temperature and temperature changes and making predictions on what will happen to materials when heated. Through practical work, we will test different things to see how good they are at staying hot and cold, comparing metals, plastics and wood. In extension work, some pupils will learn about how heat transfers along a solid in terms of the particles within the material.
After half term, we will start a new topic looking at the cells that are the tiny building blocks of living things. The pupils will be looking at the different features and functions of animal and plant cells, learning how to use microscopes in the lab to find these features. We will then move on to looking in more detail at different organs of the human body – where they are, what their jobs are and opportunities to investigate these.