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Years 7-8

In years 7 and 8 students study a wide variety of subjects and each subject will have a regular amount of home learning to support the work completed in school. An idea of what to expect throughout these two years is listed below:

English                            Geography                                             Design Technology                              ICT/Computing  

Maths                              RE                                                           Food Technology                                PE/Dance

Science                           Modern Foreign Languages                   Music  

History                            Drama                                                      Art/Textiles

English

One activity to consolidate class work across a range of formats and one additional essay question to assess understanding.

Frequency: 2 pieces per 5 weekly unit

Extra home learning challenges:

Maths

2 pieces of work consolidating what has been learnt in lessons that week.  One piece of work (the FAR) which goes over the key points of the unit of work.

Frequency: 1 piece of Home Learning per week, with a FAR Home Learning once every 3 weeks.

Extra home learning challenges:

Science

Home learning contains simple recall questions followed by a more detailed 6 mark question which is normally marked by the teacher. This is coupled with the engagement of premade revision resources in preparation for end of unit assessments.

Frequency: Unit lengths vary across Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Every third lesson involves a Home Learning task.

Extra home learning challenges:

  • A whole range of differentiated AFL activities that compliment the learning in Y7and Y8 Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Activities include: research, simple model making, reports, short- answer questions, newspaper style writes and many more!
  • Location: The portal
  • Useful website for Y7 & 8 Science

History

An activity to consolidate class work, which will take a range of formats including: quiz questions, creating leaflets. As well as revision/preparation for in-class assessments which happen half termly.

Frequency: 1 piece per fortnight

Extra home learning challenges:

Know your family history

Interview as many family members as you can to build up a picture of your family history. Try to go back as far as you can:

  • Where have they come from?
  • How long have they been here?
  • How widespread is your family?
  • What work do they do or used to do?
  • Which historical events have they lived through?
  • What music did they used to like and how did they dress?
  • What did they watch on TV when they were young?

Know your village, town or city

Wander around the place you live and identify as many buildings as you can from different historical periods.

  • Produce a picture diary or your own drawings to show the range of architecture from different periods. 
  • Have any famous people lived here?
  • Have any famous events taken place here?

Know the films and TV programmes you watch

Pick 5 of your favourite historical films or TV programmes and write a report that explains the historical context for these programmes.

  • What are they about?
  • What was happening at the time?
  • Who was in charge of the country ate the time?
  • How did these countries interact with other places?

Geography

One activity to consolidate class work, which will take a range of formats. E.g. researching, creating leaflets, storyboards, sketches, projects.

One revision resource to help students to consolidate their understanding of the topic and to help them to prepare for their end of unit in class assessment.

Frequency: 2 pieces per half term

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Geography in the news review – use the template in the home learning section of the portal.
  • National Geographic website – some great articles to explore from around the world:-
  • They also have a world map with flags to colour
  • Geography selfie – take a photo of yourself in a geographical location – describe the features and send to your teacher.
  • Help the local wildlife near your home – see link to the Wildlife Trusts website
  • Modelling geographical landforms – use any materials you like, e.g. cardboard, play dough, cake, natural materials such as stones, sticks and soil to create a model of a landform of your choice, e.g. Mt Everest, Mt Etna, deserts, the Grand Canyon or a famous landmark e.g. Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty. 
  • Some good revision resources 
  • Get outdoors and appreciate nature – see the Ordnance Survey website:-
  • They also have free maps to colour
  • BBC bitesize

RE

One activity to consolidate class work, which will take a range of formats. E.g. a creative piece of work, an informative poster

One revision resource to help students to consolidate their understanding of the topic and to help them to prepare for their end of unit assessment.

Frequency: 2 pieces per half term

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Complete the tasks from the RE Takeaway task sheets available on the portal
  • Year 7: Religious leaders workbook (Portal)
  • Year 8: Ethical issues workbook (Portal)
  • KS3 RE quizzes

Modern Foreign Languages

One activity to consolidate class work, which will take a range of formats. E.g. vocabulary learning using a variety of strategies including Quizlet quiz questions, short reading activities and writing a paragraph when they have enough knowledge of the topic. Speaking tasks will be set to learn and perform in class. Some HL will be research about the target language country. 

Frequency: Weekly

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Access quizzes on Quizlet, Duolingo, languagesonline.org.uk, use YouTube to research grammatical explanations or new vocabulary and improve pronunciation and listening skills or even listen to fairy tales, or children’s TV programs like Pepper Pig. Hallo aus Berlin episodes, find songs about each topic to learn and perform.
  • Create a model, leaflet, poster or PowerPoint about target language countries, including history, culture and arts, festivals and customs, recipes and food, buildings and individual towns or cities.
  • Read for pleasure by adding subtitles to the YouTube “German / French fairy tales” Switch all your sources of media, including gaming, your phone, Netflix to the foreign language. Buy a copy of your favourite book and read simultaneously.
  • https://www.zut.org.uk/general/rfp.html - short articles in French, suitable for beginner in the “Reading for Pleasure” section.
  • https://german.net/reading - easy and engaging texts to develop reading and comprehension skills (A1/2 LEVELS) Marks short comprehension exercises immediately.

Drama

Attend a lunchtime Rehearsal club

Attend a lunchtime Drama club

Read a copy of the text you are studying

Frequency: No compulsory tasks, but students are encouraged to engage in Y7 and Y8 Enrichment opportunities

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Access National Theatre on Demand and watch live plays (Username:  27p&7Kb)u+, Password:  5Ff*8Wq+o#) Suggested: Peter Pan, Treasure Island
  • Listen to Drama on Podcasts
  • Join a Drama club outside of school
  • Linked to the work you have explored in lessons:
  • Create a mood board of the themes and ideas
  • Create a character profile
  • Design a costume for your character
  • Design the set for your piece
  • Create a storyboard
  • Write a Script
  • Create a Lighting Plot
  • Create a Sound Plot

Design Technology

  • Show what you know tasks – related to ongoing lesson learning
  • Investigative work
  • Developing working hypothesis response
  • Prepare for end of Year Exam

Frequency:  Written/investigative tasks set weekly, Have a go practical tasks – set half termly

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Have a go activities linked to all modules – range of activities designed to develop practical skills
  • Independent investigation work – Year 7 - Design in the news; Year 8 – Sustainable Design

Food Technology

  • Preparation for practical sessions
  • Following each practical – food science activities linked to practical
  • Show what you know tasks – related to ongoing lesson learning
  • Investigative work
  • Developing working hypothesis response

Frequency: Theory based tasks are set weekly.  Have a go practical activities are also set half-termly

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Have a go activities linked to all modules – range of activities designed to develop practical skills
  • Independent investigation work – food in the news

Music

One activity to consolidate class work, which will take a range of formats. E.g. quiz questions, creating leaflets etc.

The main additional ‘outside lesson’ learning offer in Music is extra-curricular clubs that run most days at lunch time and after school.

Frequency: Once a half term in line with the unit schedule if appropriate. Optional enrichment sessions on most days of the school week

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Find and view a ‘Live stream’ concert. Take notes about the musical features and/or write a press review.
  • Fashions of the time (research the famous styles that people wore in different music eras).
  • Political movements of the time (70,80,90s)
  • Discuss Music that is used at key events, births, marriages and deaths.
  • Discuss the meaning of song lyrics
  • Put a radio/music system in the kitchen, Listen to the Radio/YouTube/IPod as you cook as a Family. Take turns in choosing the music - make conversation based on musical aspects (melody, instruments, tempo, meaning of the lyric)
  • Research a song/artist/genre and  tell your family about it 
  • Talk about how music is used in movies you watch 
  • Who was your favourite band member – what instrument do they play?
  • What was your favourite song
  • Include Grandparents or friends and family and ask what they listened to and what was the music like they listened to and what their thoughts were when they heard the music of the 70s/80s

Art/Textiles

One activity to consolidate class work which includes research, watching videos on techniques and trying these out to improve skills.

Observational drawings and preparation work for class.

Frequency: 1 piece a fortnight

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Access YouTube videos on Artists, Cultures and Techniques studied in class.
  • Create a drawing, painting or sculpture consolidating on the visual elements to create independent work.
  • Paint or draw still life material and everyday objects.
  • Artists who use discarded materials to make artwork to create a sculpture and creating their own version.
  • Kissing Me Better Charity artwork to send to hospitals to put a smile on patients faces.

Year 7

  • Research Colour theory. In particular tertiary colours, complementary colours and warm or tones of colour.
  • Read about the Artists being studied in class.
  • Flip learning opportunities to learn a new skill

Year 8

  • Explore how Artists:-
  • Draw nature and find their favourites Artists.
  • Create natural form drawings and paintings independently to those studied in class.
  • Take rubbings of textures and use these in their art.
  • Prepare stained papers ready to draw on in class.
  • Make card mask sculptures and research how to do this.
  • Read about the different techniques and cultures being studied in class.
  • Flip learning to learn new skills.

ICT and Computing

One activity to consolidate class work supporting metacognition, which will take a range of formats. E.g. quiz questions, creating leaflets, flash cards, mind maps and more.

One longer written question to assess understanding overall.

Frequency: 2 pieces per unit (unit length approx. 5-6 weeks)

Extra home learning challenges:

  • Access quizzes TeachICT.com
  • Create a leaflet, poster or power point about one of these topics:
  1. History of Computing (key people like Alan Turing, Charles Babbage)
  2. Parts of a computer and how they work
  3. A programming language you have studied (Scratch, HTML, Python)
  • Badges on iDEA relevant to topics studied and wider curriculum
  • Watch: The Imitation Game (12)
  • Watch: Is Technology taking over? 

PE/Dance

Attend an after-school extra-curricular sports club 3:30 – 4:30pm

Represent the school in competitive fixtures & competitions

Frequency: No compulsory tasks set. Students are encouraged to join Y7 and Y8 Enrichment opportunities & Extra-Curricular Clubs weekly.

Extra home learning challenges:

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