In Year 7 we consider it essential that students develop strong routines and habits around out-of-school learning from the offset. We also want them to develop their enthusiasm and natural curiosity for learning new things and, above all, engage fully in the curriculum. At the same time, we are aware of the anxieties students and parents alike can feel in managing the transition from primary to secondary school, and homework can form part of this pressure.
In the Autumn term;
Year 7 students’ main focus will be on settling in to the routines of a new school environment; ensuring the know their way around school, are well-equipped and aware of their expectations and responsibilities as year 7 students. They will also be expected to be reading for pleasure and will share and discuss what they are reading with their peers during form time. In addition to this, students will be working on their Ignite speeches as part of their work in oracy lessons and form time, which will be performed at the beginning of the Spring term.
In the Spring term;
Students will receive their Independent Learning Booklet. This booklet will be kept at home for the majority of the year and will be checked periodically by tutors. The booklet will provide materials and guidance for each subject that will enable students and parents to work together at home to develop key knowledge, skills and understanding independently.
Students will also receive their first cross curricular project Ignite (add linked document here) in the Spring term, which will involve applying their knowledge skills and understanding to an overarching task that will take 6 weeks to complete. Full guidance will be given on how to complete the tasks and detailed feedback will be provided.
In the Summer term;
Students will receive their second cross curricular project (add linked document here) which will relate to the academic subjects not covered by the first project. Again this project will develop students’ ability to work independently and apply their learning to new contexts.
Students will also ensure they have completed their Independent Learning Booklets and are regularly revising for their end-of-year assessments.