Year 7 and 8 Curriculum

Students study the taught curriculum below in Years 7 and 8. This offers both breadth and focus on a wide range of skills and knowledge. 

  • English - 4 hours per week - this includes an hour of Accelerated Reading for all students
  • Maths - 3 hours per week
  • Science - 3 hours per week 
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics (PRE) - 1 hour per week following the locally agreed syllabus  
  • Physical Education - 3 hours per week in year 7 and 2 in year 8 
  • Geography - 1.5 hours per week in year 7 and 2 in year 8 
  • History - 1.5 hours per week in year 7 and 2 in year 8
  • Art – 1 hour per week 
  • Design Technology - taught as a rotation of Resistant Materials, Food and Textiles - 2 hours per week 
  • Computing – 1 hour per week 
  • Music – 1 hour per week 
  • Drama – 1 hour per week 
  • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) – Almost all students will study two hours of languages per week in Year 7 and 8 and will study both French and Spanish, focusing on one language in each year.  Students that we feel will benefit from additional literacy intervention study one hour of languages per week with the second hour used for additional literacy and numeracy support

Students in year 7 and 8 are taught in mixed ability group for all subjects with the exception of Maths; this is set by prior attainment and based on outcomes in Year 6 and teacher assessments.

Once a week, during tutor time, the whole school takes part in Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) time, supporting our ambitions of raising reading ages. In years 7 and 8, students have a 15 minute start to one lesson per day that is used for DEAR time. 

Targeted support is given to students who have reading and / or literacy levels that require support to successfully access the wider curriculum. 

For any questions regarding the curriculum in Years 7 and 8 please contact Mr J Byrne (Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for curriculum). 

A copy of the instrumental lessons in school can be found here.