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Spring Term: 2019-20

Art and Design / Design Technology (DT) – alternate half-terms

This term’s scheme of work is Recycle Chandeliers. The reference artist is Dale Chihuly, who designs and makes fantastical chandeliers and sculptures. The classes are a mix of the three key stages and a mix of abilities. Emphasis this term will be on baselining the Year 7 pupils on their prior skills, knowledge and understanding of art and design. Pupils in Years 8 and 9 will be encouraged to refine the artistic skills that they have developed through past art and design topics and evidence this in the development of their work. All pupils will record their ideas and thoughts as the topic progresses to the level of their ability.
Within the scheme of work, pupils will develop observational drawing techniques and experiment through the exploration of a variety of media, techniques and processes. They will progress to designing their own chandelier that will be inspired by the recycled/found objects collected. Experimentation of how to change and manipulate the recycled objects, such as plastic cups, bottles, bottle tops and buttons, will be a key focus of the topic. They will also use additional effects to enhance their chandeliers.


Half-termly Carousel lessons

Spring 1st half-term – PE and Forest School; Spring 2nd half-term – Animal Care and PE


This term, Pine will explore the coding language Python which is a written programming language. The group will begin to understand that in order to tell a computer to do something, a program must be written to tell it exactly what to do and how to do it. They will therefore work through Python units using the Espresso coding website, which introduces basic Python. Some members of the group may then progress to making simple quizzes, experimenting with graphics and examining more advanced coding concepts, such as functions and lists.


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.

MFL (French)

Pupils in year 7 will be learning how to talk about what they do in school. They will learn the days of the week to help them to describe their timetable, and will learn how to describe which subjects they like and dislike. They will build on their knowledge of classroom commands by learning the vocabulary for classroom objects. Throughout the term, pupils will continue to revisit number and colours to consolidate knowledge. At the end of the term, the pupils will look at how Easter is celebrated in France.

Pupils in years 8 & 9 will be learning how to talk about their hobbies and sport. They will learn how to say what they like and do not like, and take part in simple conversations with a peer to discuss likes and dislikes. Pupils will be learning about daily routine and will practice talking about their day. They will revisit vocabulary linked to school. Pupils will then learn about parts of the body and learn how to say that they are ill or injured. At the end of the term, the pupils will look at how Easter is celebrated 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.

**Life Skills

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 following a maths mastery scheme of work in numeracy, mastering each skill before progressing on to the next number topic. This term they will develop their numeracy skills with addition and subtraction, moving towards formal written calculations. Later in the term Pine will begin to count up and count down in steps, developing their skills with times tables and division.


This term, Pine will be studying statistics. They will practise collecting and sorting data using a variety of methods. They will then develop their skills displaying the information in charts and graphs including pictograms, bar charts and tables. They will also learn to analyse data and interpret information from a variety of charts, graphs and tables; some will progress on to comparing data given in different formats.


Later in spring term, Pine will be studying fractions. They will study fractions in the context of both shapes and number of objects. Pine will primarily be looking at unit fractions and some will progress onto exploring non-unit fractions. They will begin to explore equivalence in fractions; some will progress onto looking at equivalence in mixed numbers and improper fractions.


Year 7
The students will take part in carousel lessons in which they have a session on an instrument learning the part of a blues structure. The students will choose their favourite instrument and they will put the instrumental parts together to create their own blues structure version. The students will learn about the following blues features and these will be included in the structure:
  • 12 bar blues chords
  • Song writing
  • Improvisation
  • Boogie woogie
Years 8 and 9
Students will learn about the basic elements of composing a simple piece of music to accompany a story/scene. The students will identify the main emotions, situation and characters in the story/scene and will compose a piece of music to represent these elements. In their tasks, the students will focus on the pulse and performing their music in time. They will compose a motif, a drone and an ostinato using the notes of the pentatonic scale. Finally, the students will put their musical ideas together to create a class composition and ensemble.

*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.


Pupils will learn about the basic beliefs of people of the Buddhist faith. We will start by looking at the story of the Buddha and the origins of Buddhism. Pupils will them discuss the main values of the people of the Buddhist faith: Dukkha (that nothing is perfect), Anicca (everything in life is changing all of the time) and Anatta (Karma – if you do good things, you will be rewarded with good things; if you do bad, then you will have bad happen) and the 8 paths to enlightenment. We will then, briefly, look at the Buddhist belief of reincarnation (being reborn after death into another life). Pupils will be given the opportunity to consider their own beliefs and morals and look at whether they have any beliefs that are similar to Buddhist beliefs. We will consider the morals that the followers of Buddhism live by: do not take the life of anything, do not lie, do not drink alcohol, do not steal, be faithful to your partner, and pupils will consider whether these would be easy or difficult to follow. Finally, pupils will look at some of the main symbols of Buddhism: the wheel of life (representing the teachings of Buddha), the lotus flower (progress), the endless knot (wisdom), the parasol (protection), the treasure vase (wealth), the golden fish (happiness), the conch shell (power) and the victory banner (getting through difficult times).

During the second half of the term, learning will focus on Christianity and the Easter Story. We will start by exploring what the pupils already know about the Easter story, pupils will also identify what they would like to find out about. We will then complete work around the main events of the Easter story: the period of Lent and Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. Each week, we will reflect on the actions of the people within the story and begin to explore why they behaved in a particular way and think about how we might have felt or behaved in that situation. We will think about why the Easter story is the most important event to Christians and look at how Christians celebrate Easter today.


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.

Pine will be starting the spring term with the ‘acids and alkalis’ topic, learning how to safely use equipment and chemicals in the Science lab. We will be looking at everyday substances that are acids and alkalis and how we use them in daily life.  Through a range of practical experiments, we will be looking at how different materials behave and how they react with each other. We will use indicators to classify substances as acids or alkalis and we will make our own indicator and test it. The pupils will use the pH scale to test and classify acids and alkalis as strong or weak and will learn the appropriate safety symbols for the substances used.

After half term, we will start a new topic looking at light and sound. The pupils will be investigating different sounds, changing their pitch and volume. They will look at the different parts of the human ear and how the ears work. They will also look at how light travels and how a prism can be used to split white light into its different colours. To extend the pupils knowledge, they will investigate the law of reflection and will measure and predict the angles of reflection.