Virtual Open Evening
Hello Year 6!
We can't hold our usual Open Evening or Open Mornings this year, so we have produced a video. It's the next best thing!
You may also like to see what you would be studying in Year 7. We've picked out the key bits and have added it below.
We know starting secondary school is a big thing and we want to help you as much as we can with this change. We would love to hear your questions about life at The Wordsley School. Ask your parent/guardian to contact us.
We can't wait to meet you all.
In Year 7 History we focus on developing your historical skills of significance, cause & consequence, change & continuity, use of sources and historians’ interpretations to make sure all pupils have the base skills to develop over the following years. These skills are covered through our diverse content with a key focus on British history and wider world events. We start by examining the significance of the Vikings for Britain from their arrival on the shores of Lindisfarne in 783, the development of the longboat, to their eventual settlement within the Danelaw and the significant aspects they introduced to Britain and the Anglo-Saxons who were living there. We then go onto examine the different causes of the Middle Ages being so measly and awful! From the Battle of Hastings, Domesday book, castle development, jobs and everyday life it is a journey of varying causes of why it was such horrid place to live! We then move onto the changes that occurred at the end of this period including the Crusades, Black Death, the War of the Roses. We also assess if things got any better for people during this period. We then analyse the life and actions of one infamous king – Richard III. Finally, to finish the year, pupils will look at original source material about the indigenous peoples of Canada to see how their lives changed and adapted over the course of centuries, helping give pupils a key insight into another culture and important historical sources.
In Geography in Year 7 we begin by discussing what we mean by Geography, exploring both physical and human geography. We then focus on the UK and what it’s like living in the UK. This enables students to improve their place knowledge and develop atlas and map skills. We start with the local area using Ordnance survey maps and move on to looking at major cities with a focus on Birmingham. Why do so many people live there? When did they migrate here and from where? What businesses have made Birmingham so important in the past and now? Would you like there?
We will also investigate The UK’s physical landscape to discover more about what has created and shaped our natural landscape- this includes studying The River Severn, it’s features and the flooding issues that have devastated parts of the UK this year.
The other main focus in Year 7 this year is Weather and Climate. Why does it rain so much? Is our weather getting more extreme? We’ll also carry out a fieldwork investigation linked to the micro climate of the school.
Throughout Year 7 we explore a variety of topics within RE. We begin by discussing why people believe in God and why it is important to study RE. We then move onto a topic called ‘Creation and the Environment’, exploring different views on how the world was created and how we as stewards, should preserve the world we live in. Following on from this topic we then look at ‘Signs and Symbols’ as well as ‘Holy Books’ and how religions celebrate a wide range of festivals. Festivals is a lovely way to end the year as Year 7 have to complete a research project working closely with our librarian.
PSHE & Citizenship
In Year 7 pupils are encourage to gain an insight into themselves as individuals and the world around them. In PSHE, we cover a range of topics including health and physical/ mental well-being and relationships. In the Citizenship part of our curriculum, pupils are encouraged to consider their rights and responsibilities as citizens, to gain a knowledge of democracy and justice and to think about their identities and diversity within our community.
During Year 7 you will have the opportunity to experience all five areas of Design and Technology. This will be done through a number of rotations which will be for 7 weeks. In each area you will design and make a variety of products exploring materials and manufacturing processes.
The areas that you will visit are:
In Graphics you will learn about single point perspective lettering, rendering materials, typography, iconography, packaging as well as digital graphics. The skills that you will learn and develop will enable you to design and make packaging for a range of confectionery products.
In Year 7 we start by looking into Colour theory; the focus is on dexterity and the development of fine motor skills. We research into how natural and synthetic fibres originate and we look at different styles of textile art and textile artists. This leads into designing and making their own piece of textile based on Mexican Huichol Art. We develop technical skills by teaching pupils to use specialist equipment correctly and confidently and their ability to evaluate is continually being developed throughout the unit.
Food & Nutrition
Students study food for around 7-8 weeks in both Year 7 and 8, with a slightly longer rotation in Year 9.
In each year we build and develop different practical skills which equip them for GCSE Food with theoretical knowledge in Nutrition and Good health, Food Science and Food spoilage and provenance.
In Year 7 they learn the basic skills, chopping skills, fruit salad, pasta salad pinwheels, bread, cookies, quiche or egg custard.
In Year 7 we also complete a series of food science investigations where pupils investigate the chemical and functional properties or fruits to prevent enzymic browning and the properties of fats in pastry.
We begin Year 7 by looking at the basics of workshop Health and Safety
Pupils are then given the opportunity through project work to develop their knowledge of the design Process and basic Hand and Machine tool skills. Pupils complete an introduction into materials such as Timber, Polymers and Metals as well as an introduction into CAD/CAM skills and techniques.
In Year 7 we begin to develop pupil’s artistic ability and creativity. We teach them this through a project based on their own self portrait. They learn about proportions and how to observe features more carefully. We encourage them to draw what they see rather than what they think they look like. We hope this will show them that with a bit of support, guidance and technique that they can achieve in this subject if before they weren’t confident. We then research into artists’ work over time and use this as inspiration to further develop their images using a variety of materials.
We aim to give pupils a ‘hands on’ experience of Science from the moment that they arrive at Wordsley. They are trained in lab safety and participate in lots of practical activities. In terms of theory, pupils in Year 7 cover the three scientific disciplines of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In Biology pupils cover areas such as muscles and bones, ecosystems and sexual reproduction. In Chemistry pupils study acids and alkalis, particles and atoms, elements and molecules. As part of their Physics lessons, pupils look at forces, energy, sound and electricity.
During Year 7, pupils will be introduced to a range of texts including Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and a modern-day text of their teacher's choosing. Through their reading of these texts, pupils will undertake a wide variety of fun yet challenging activities to support their development of key English skills including analysis of writers' language choices, exploring the presentation of characters and themes within texts, comparison of texts, imaginative writing and much more. Pupils will read poetry from various time periods and may also be challenged to write poems of their own! We group pupils with those of a similar ability to ensure all pupils receive appropriate support and challenge to enable them to reach their full potential. Alongside their classroom-based lessons, pupils will have access to a wide variety of additional texts from our well stocked school Library. Each week, one 50 minute lesson will be dedicated to pupils reading and discussing the books that they have enjoyed. Many pupils are also given the opportunity to participate in the Accelerated Reader programme which boasts impressive results in the development of pupils' reading ages and comprehension. Full details of the units and skills covered can be found in the 'English' section of the school website. We hope to see you soon!
Pupils studying Computer Science in Year 7 cover the following content:
Staying Safe (Who wants my personal data? Are social networking sites useful? Is this email genuine? Why does this app want my location? How do I stay safe on social media?)
Sequence, Selection & Iteration (What are the key programming concepts? Why does programming matter to me? What could go wrong? How can I make a program? How do we repeat?)
Physical Computing (How do computers get told stuff? What is an input device? What is an output device? Can I make the Micro:bit work? Is wearable technology any good?)
Python Programming (Can I use instructions in a program? Can my program select to do something? What does this code do? How can I create a program with selection? What does this code do?)
Game Design (Is this image suitable for my project? How can I start my game? How do I make it move? Can I make my code shorter & more efficient? Would this game sell?)
In Music, we aim to expose pupils to lots of musical styles and focus on performance, composition and Music Technology. In Year 7 pupils study modules in Rhythm and Pulse, Baroque music, Classical music, Voice and Strings and Music Technology. We aim to build pupils confidence with regards to solo and group performances and encourage the understanding that pupils have of Music Technology; particularly developing their ability to use our Music Technology software (Cubase). Pupils have access to a wide variety of musical instruments and always have the opportunity to develop their skills outside of lesson time.
In Maths at The Wordsley School, we utilise a tiered approach to learning. The stages of progression are given to every pupil and are stuck in their books at the start of every year meaning pupils are aware of how to develop regardless of their ability. Pupils use these as a checklist for their own learning.
Typically, in Year 7 pupils will develop a whole range of mathematical skills depending upon their ability. These may include converting fractions to percentages, measuring and drawing angles, using probability, estimating measures, constructing and interpreting simple graphs and calculating fractions.
Pupils in Year 7 are afforded the opportunity to develop their fitness levels, communication skills, and their ability to evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses. Pupils do this through experiencing a wide range of sports including netball, badminton, rugby and basketball. As well as engaging in team sports, pupils are also encouraged to develop skills in isolation through dance, gymnastics and fitness. We also place a great emphasis on pupils being competent in the water and as such, pupils are expected to engage in swimming lessons and develop their awareness of water safety and basic lifesaving skills.
At Wordsley, pupils are given the opportunity to study Spanish as a foreign language. In Year 7, pupils will study the following topics: Mi Vida (My Life), Mi Tiempo Libre (My Free Time), Mi Insti (My School), Mi Familia y mis amigos (My family and friends) and Mi Ciudad (My town). Pupils gain confidence in speaking and listening and also develop their reading and writing skills.