Year 7 Team


Sonya Shears

7SH Tutor
Year 7 Learning Leader
sonya.shears@thevalley.herts.sch.uk

Joanna Hughes

7HU Tutor
joanna.hughes@thevalley.herts.sch.uk

Mandy O’Sullivan

Year 7OS Tutor
mandy.osullivan@thevalley.herts.sch.uk

Debbie Jones

Year 7 Learning Partner

Margaret Gibbs

Year 7 Learning Partner

Lisa Kitchener

Year 7 Learning Partner

Steph Oaks

Year 7 Learning Partner

All year 7 classrooms are situated within one dedicated area of the school. We have classrooms which overlook the woodlands and we are on the first floor. Within the year 7 area, there are 3 good sized classrooms and a smaller room used for small group work and as a breakout space when needed. The children within year 7 are currently split across three classes where they complete the majority of their learning. Each class has a dedicated Form Tutor, who delivers ‘Core Learning’ lessons. In addition to the teachers, there are 4 learning partners who work flexibly across all the classrooms providing support within the classroom as well as leading small group activities.

A thematic approach to learning is followed within year 7. Each half term pupils complete their learning around a central theme. Having a singular theme helps the children to make connections within their learning across subjects. Pupils have ‘core learning’ sessions, incorporating Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities, these are taught by their Form Tutor. Form Tutors also teach Outdoor Learning and Learning for Life. Subject teachers deliver Computing, DT, PE, Art, Food Technology and Performing Arts lessons. During these lessons, the learning partners attend to offer continued support.

Having a dedicated Year 7 area and core team of staff allows the pupils to feel secure and to build strong relationships with staff. Having additional learning spaces and a dedicated team of adults who know the pupils well, allows for flexibility and ensures that learning is tailored to the needs of the pupils. Year 7 has a dedicated area of the school grounds to use during social times. We are working hard to develop this area with the pupils to create an exciting outdoor space.