Year 7 Thematic Journey
Intent – What are we aiming to achieve through our curriculum?
- To provide an outstanding education, which is personalised to the learning needs of students.
- To ensure a varied and well balanced curriculum is adapted each half term through our Year 7 themes:
- All about Me – focussing on the transition between Primary and Secondary school, allowing students and staff to build a good rapport.
- Adventurers and Explorers – Focussing on different habitats around the world and their ecosystems. We learn about famous explorers and their adventures.
- Titanic – focussing on the journey of the Titanic and life on board the ship. We look at the unjust treatment of those in third class.
- Farm to Fork – focussing on developing an awareness of where our food comes from, learning about plants and animals and preparing healthy meals.
- London – focussing on knowing that London is our capital city and learning about its heritage and landmarks.
- Victorians – focussing on knowing who Queen Victoria was, comparing aspects of Victorian life and understanding how life now is different to life then.
- To provide a calm, engaging, learning focused environment, which is safe, caring and nurturing.
- To increase resilience and independence and develop students’ ability to self-regulate.
- To develop students’ essential life skills, developing their knowledge and the ‘cultural capital’ they need to succeed in life.
- To promote physical and emotional well-being.
- To prepare students during transition from their primary school for the next stage of their journey in education.
Implementation – How are we delivering our curriculum?
- Students have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is adapted to meet students’ learning needs.
- The Zones of Regulation are used to support students to regulate behaviour.
- Individual targets are set annually in EHCP meetings. Opportunities are made in class to address these targets.
- A range of resources are used to allow students to access their learning.
- Teaching and learning through topics builds on knowledge and experiences allowing students to generalise and draw links more easily between subjects.
- To provide rich and varied cultural capital opportunities aligned to our themes, this may include trips, visitors, online experiences and theme days within school.
- To build on previous learning acquired during their time in primary school.
- To track progress termly to be able to share progress with families and use to support our students.
- To enable home learning each half term aligned to each theme.
- Regular use of Class Dojo to promote sharing learning regularly with families and promoting student achievement.
Impact – What difference is the curriculum making to our students?
- Lack of confidence can often be a barrier to learning, and one that we aim to overcome in Year 7 by ensuring students believe that they can succeed.
- The Zones of Regulation are used in Year 7 to help develop students’ ability to self-regulate.
- The use of a points based (money) system is used to reward students who demonstrate they are ‘Ready, Respectful and Safe’ in each lesson.
- To provide a safe and exciting environment to make learning enjoyable and memorable.
- To enable students to have a successful transition from primary to secondary provision.