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Autumn Term: 2019-20

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

This term, Pine will be looking at the art of Fauvism.
The lesson activities are designed to enable the pupils to demonstrate the characteristics of Fauvist art through samples of artworks.
Pupils will begin to develop or further develop their drawing  techniques, and a key focus will be on colour theory, primary colours, complimentary colours and hot and cold colours.
Artist references will be Henri Matisse and Andre Derain. The final outcome to be achieved will be to create small art works using a variety of mediums in the style of the Fauves.


Half-termly Carousel lessons

Autumn 1st half-term – Animal Care and PE; Autumn 2nd half-term – double Swim

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 cover Digital Literacy, which explores the skills and knowledge needed to successfully interact with the modern, digital world. The topics will be split into:

  • Digital Life, where pupils will explore their own computer device use, how they use technology, positives and negatives of the internet, and a balanced approach to using technology
  • Digital Detox where pupils will explore whether they have a balanced approached to technology, how to spot the signs of over use, and how to distract themselves from over use
  • Digital Costs, where pupils will explore and understand that it is possible for you spend real money through a smartphone/games console. They will identify situations that cost real money and those that will not, and understand what you can do in these situations and where to get help and advice.

Some pupils will also explore the World Wide Web and Critical Thinking, and discus whether everything they see online is trustworthy.


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 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.

*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, pupils in Pine will be learning to understand the structure of numbers and will be working with increasingly large numbers. When adding and subtracting numbers they will be developing both their mental and written methods and working with numbers up to 4 digits. They will be asked to apply these strategies in various problems. Pupils will be revising their knowledge of the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication facts and beginning to learn the 6, 7 and 9 times tables. They will then use this knowledge to support them in answering a range of multiplication and division problems in both practical and written tasks.


The focus for the term is shape. The pupils will be naming a range of 2D shapes and beginning to discuss the different features, such as number of sides. They will also be using them to create pictures and repeating patterns. They will then extend their understanding of shape by exploring transformations, specifically reflection and rotation.


The focus for the term’s statistics unit will be on collecting, presenting and interpreting data in various graphs and charts. Pine will be required to design their own mathematical investigations and will be asked to work both in groups and individually. Students will be encouraged to answer and ask questions about the data they have collected and will be comparing results with each other.


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.


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.