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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Year 7 Curriculum

Curriculum Content - Summer Term 2020


Year 7 - All work is issued via Show My Homework and/ or Google Classroom.

Term 5 – Non-fiction texts

Students have the opportunity to explore a range of non-fiction texts from across different centuries, focusing on a different form each week.

Each week students will read four different texts, or extracts from longer texts, and complete three sets of tasks: comprehension, identifying and exploring stylistic features, creative writing.

Week 1 – Diaries

Week 2 – Letters

Week 3 – Speeches

Week 4 – Articles

Week 5 – (Auto) Biographies

All twenty texts and their accompanying tasks are found within the one booklet. Each week is clearly identifiable and students are expected to complete the work a week at a time.

Term 6 – Robinson Crusoe

Students will be issued with a project-based booklet exploring extracts from Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore some of the context surrounding the text and its creation.

This term students will continue to practise their comprehension and analysis skills, as well as having the opportunity to think and work creatively.

Ongoing Work

Just as they would be doing were we to still be in school, students should also be reading for at least 20 minutes a day.

Year 7 have a reading list with recommended texts that complement each term’s scheme of learning – these can be found on the Piggott Sharepoint in the 2019-20 Home Learning Folder in the English section. There is also a reading list featuring texts from other cultures (we might not currently be able to travel abroad physically, but it does not mean we can’t imagine and learn about other places).

Audible stories have also made a number of texts free to listen to:

An ‘Extension Tasks’ folder can also be found on the Piggott Sharepoint in English/ Home Learning 2019-20.

In cases where students had more than one additional teacher, some ‘non-lead’ teachers may set additional small tasks. Other ‘non-lead’ teachers may liaise directly with the lead teacher and leave the setting of work to them solely.





Topics that we will cover 

  • Revision of previous terms topics (Waves, Reactions and Ecosystems)
  • Forces
  • Human Reproduction
  • Separating Mixtures
  • Variation
  • Universe

We follow the activate 1 book which the pupils can access on Kerboodle.


  • Balanced and unbalanced
  • Speed
  • Gravity

Human Reproduction

  • Adolescence
  • Reproductive systems
  • Fertilisation
  • Development of a fetus
  • Menstrual cycle

Separating Mixtures

  • Pure substances and mixtures
  • Solutions and solubility
  • Filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatography


  • Continuous and discontinuous
  • Adapting to change


  • The night sky
  • Solar system
  • Earth and moon
  • Changing ideas

More detailed breakdown of work will be set every 2 weeks for pupils to complete on Show My Homework, this will usually consist of some note taking and researching and a quiz to check understanding.  Our curriculum means that we are always revisiting topics to build on the foundations so will be able to pick up anything that pupils are finding tricky when we are back.




Students would first of all have completed their work on Britain 1509-1745. They would have looked at the issue of the power of monarchs across the time period by investigating the sinking of the Mary Rose, the threats faced by Elizabeth I, the English Civil War and how the power of monarchs changed after 1660.

They would then have completed this part of the curriculum by looking at what life was like for people during this period. As part of this, students will be looking at a new topic focused on diversity so that they can gain an understanding of the position of non-white people in Britain in Tudor and Stuart times.
Once this was completed, students would then move on to a new unit on Britain 1745-1901. They would gain a broad overview of what Britain was like during this period and some of the big changes that took place as part of the industrial revolution. They would then look at the impact that these changes had on ordinary people by investigating working conditions, particularly for children; the process of factory reform and living conditions in the industrial towns. Finally, towards the end of the summer term, we would have looked at the political changes that took place as Britain became more democratic with an investigation into the Chartists and the Luddites, as well as the women’s suffrage movement.

In order to ensure that students get a good grounding in these different topics, we have been setting different tasks via SMHW, starting with an investigation into the sinking of the Mary Rose.


Work will be set on each of the following themes in various forms, but most likely a PowerPoint or a worksheet that will specify notes that need to be copied into exercise books and will include a variety of tasks that need to be completed and self-corrected with an answer sheet.
Regular vocab learning will also be set as well as Duolingo once a fortnight.

Au collège (At school):
•    A day at school - regular present tense -er verb endings 
•    Uniform

En ville (In town):
•    Places in town, including simple directions 
•    Café menu and ordering
•    Buying souvenirs/market items 

A la maison (At home):
•    Say/describe where you live and describe house / floors / rooms
•    Bedroom + il y a / il n'y a pas de... / j'ai / je n'ai pas de...



Half Term 1

  1. Introduce sports – with verbs to play / to go
  2. Add opinions (likes / dislikes and other opinion phrases)
  3. Introduce basic hobbies with range of verbs in first person. Higher sets should include paradigms of regular and irregular verbs
  4. Möchtest du – making invitations plus word order

Half Term 2

  1. Introducing school subjects with opinions and reasons (using denn and weil – if set 1 or 2)
  2. Talking about schooluniform (items of clothing and tragen)
  3. Timetable and time using online resources to introduce this



Outline of Work Summer Term 2020

Work will be set on each of the following themes in various forms, but most likely a PowerPoint/Googleslide or a worksheet that will specify notes that need to be copied into exercise books and will include a variety of tasks that need to be completed and self-corrected with an answer sheet.
Regular vocab learning will also be set as well as Duolingo / Memrise once a fortnight.

Module 4 Descripciones – Descriptions

  • Hair and eyes
  • Facial features
  • Stature
  • Present and imperfect tense
  • Reading about crimes looking for Cognates
  • Wanted Poster describing a criminal

Module 5 El colegio – School

  • School subjects
  • Giving opinions using adjectives
  • Saying what your favourite subject is
  • Telling the time
  • Speak about your school timetable
  • Describe what your school is like and what there is / isn’t 


Year 7 Chinese  Outline of Work Summer Term 2020

Work will be set on each of the following themes in various forms, but most likely a PowerPoint or a worksheet that will specify notes that need to be copied into exercise books and will include a variety of tasks that need to be completed and self-corrected with an answer sheet.

继续学习家(Continue study: At home)
生日(My birthday)

  • Knowing how to say yourself and family member’s birthday 
  • Make sure remember the birthday date’s order. 

动物 (My pets):

  • Knowing how to say, read and write these vocabulary in Chinese. 
  • Knowing how describe these animals using correct measure words.

中国人的家( Culture knowledge of Chinese family)

  • Different culture between Chinese and English. 

爱好 (Hobbies):

  • Learning four hobbies at first lesson
  • I like watching TV (continue learn more hobbies)
  • Can you swim (Merge to sport)
  • I surf the net on Monday
  • Young people’s hobbies

学校 (School):

  • Chinese is cool!  
  • What time is your class?
  • My timetable
  • Is your class big ?
  • School in China ( Culture knowledge)


Topic 1: Hinduism

Lesson 1 - Hindu Key beliefs
Lesson 2 - Karma and Reincarnation
Lesson 3 - Scriptures
Lesson 4 - Symbolism and the Hindu Temple
Lesson 5 - Hindu worship and the Temple at Home
Lesson 6 - 4 Stages of Life in Hinduism 
Lesson 7 - Hindu Festivals

Topic 2: Judaism

Lesson 1 - Abraham
Lesson 2 - Exodus and Moses
Lesson 3 - Pesach
Lesson 4 - Shabbat
Lesson 5 - Kosher
Lesson 6 - Torah and Shema
Lesson 7 -Synagogue
Lesson 8 - Holocaust 

Design & Technology

Due to the nature of the Design & Technology course it is, unfortunately, not possible for students to complete the same content that they would have studied in school at home. We will therefore set a number of different mini design tasks that will enable the students to develop the same creative and problem-solving skills at home. We will try and make these tasks as flexible as possible as we appreciate that students may be limited by the resources available at home.

If possible, students should submit evidence of the work that they have produced online via SMHW.

Each mini design task will focus on developing the following skills:

Key stage 3
Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making.
Use research and exploration to identify and understand user needs.
Identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them.
Develop and communicate design ideas using annotated sketches.
Select from and use a range of materials taking into account their properties. (we understand that students will not have access to materials, but they should still consider material properties when designing)
Test, evaluate and refine their ideas and products.

Other Resources Available:

Pupil Portal — Albany Academy
Focus e-learning – This gives access to a number of online resources that can be accessed via a smartphone, tablet or computer. The relevant Focus e-learning link will be included on the tasks set on SMHW as this can only be accessed via the school’s licence.

SOLIDWORKS | 3D CAD Software Packages for Education

SolidWorks 3D CAD modelling – CAD modelling can help develop skills that apply to a number of different industries including product design, architecture, engineering, computer game design and animation to name just a few. If any students would like to develop their 3D modelling skills at home please email Mr Smith (  from their school email account and he will send the download instructions and licence details. Unfortunately, this is only available on PC and doesn’t work on a Mac. 


Year 7

  • Learning to create Algorithms using Flowcharts (main unit) – 2 weeks. Students were asked to complete a booklet (printed and shared online).
  • Weekly quiz: ongoing recap of previous topics
  • Choice of various online resources including Blockly, HourOfCode, Code Combat, Small Basic etc.

Post Easter:
Points to note:

  • Lessons will be released to students on day of actual class and where possible,  at least 1 week to be given to submit homework.
  • Sample answers will be given out where appropriate so students can self-mark work.
  • All work to be supported / guided by teachers via provision of teacher led videos or associated tutorials,  specific websites for guided and relevant research
  • All lessons will be concise and appropriately short so as not to overwhelm students. 
  • Students are encouraged by their teachers to contact them in case of any issues 

Proposed Units:

  • Weekly/Fortnightly quiz: ongoing recap of previous topics to continue
  • Cyber Security: (4 weeks)

Learn about dangers to your Computer / devices and how to keep them safe, learn about some cybercrimes and safety. Students to complete lesson by lesson booklet shared on SMHW. Submit via SMHW. Fully guided unit.

  • Python: (6-7 weeks)

Learn to do basic, textual programming in the Python programming language using easy to use tutorials. Lesson by lesson booklet and challenges provided to students shared on SMHW. Submit via SMHW. Fully guided unit.

  • Data Representation (2 weeks)

Learn about Binary number representation, ACII codes etc. Everything will be available on SMHW. Fully guided unit.

  • Computational Thinking (duration TBC)

Have fun with algorithms, learn to write pseudocode, investigate the co-relation between flowcharts and pseudocode, other concepts of Computational Thinking like decomposition, abstraction, pattern matching, encryption etc. All resources will be available on SMHW. Fully guided unit.


Year 7 Projects to be covered this term:

  • Colour & Pattern – An exploration of drawing, colour and pattern
  • Skills – research, drawing, mark making, colour theory, design, pattern



Year 7

1st Half-Term
History of Theatre: Greek Theatre / Commedia Dell’Arte / Melodrama

Students will be studying three areas of Theatre History. This is broken down in to weekly studies and tasks set on Show My Homework (SMHW). 

On week 3 there will be one assignment / extended study task set to submit via SMHW and at the end of the five week study there will be a consolidation quiz testing their acquired knowledge about all three areas.

2nd Half-Term
Alice in Wonderland: An Exploration

Students will be exploring the Lewis Carroll story of Alice in Wonderland. Focusing on specific moments from the plot (narrative), characters, themes and design. This again is broken down in to weekly studies and tasks set on SMHW. 

On week 4 there will be one assignment / extended study task set to submit via SMHW and at the end of the six week study there will be a consolidation quiz testing their acquired knowledge about the ex-ploration.

Any queries please contact Mrs Tomo


Core PE

During this time it is important that students keep themselves active. In order to support students with this we will set a weekly physical challenge which will cover the different components of fitness:

  1. Strength
  2. Speed
  3. Agility
  4. Balance
  5. Cardio Vascular endurance (aerobic power)
  6. Coordination
  7. Flexibility
  8. Muscular Endurance
  9. Power (anaerobic power)
  10. Reaction time

Alongside this we will be setting quizzes which will cover the following areas:

  1. Health and Fitness
  2. The body and how it works in relation to exercise
  3. Types of exercise
  4. Effects of exercise on the body
  5. Types of training
  6. Nutrition
  7. Fitness Testing
  8. Contemporary issues in sport

Students will also find further challenges on the PE twitter page @PiggottPE
There are many workout videos available on the internet including:
Body Coach
Just Dance
Jessica Ennis
Youth Sports Trust


Food and Preparation

Your lessons are once a fortnight so work has been set to cover 2 lessons- you decide when to complete the theory based task and when you can complete the practical task. 
You may need to adapt recipes/ quantities/ ingredients- but have a go- please send photos of your practical tasks- as they are great to see! 

A plan of your home learning is as follows: depending when your lesson should take place, your teacher will set the work on SMHW.