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The Piggott School

A Church of England Academy

Year 7 Curriculum

See how well our Year 7 students are settling in this year - Term 1 2020!




Term 1 & 2 - Telling Tales

The Odyssey

Term 3 

Chaucer’s storytelling – The Canterbury Tales

Term 4

Analysing Shakespeare – extracts from a range of plays

Term 5

Comparing texts – 17th century non-fiction

Term 6

The early novel – Robinson Crusoe, with opportunities to explore modern diverse voices alongside this




1          Positive Real Numbers

1.1       Place Values and Rounding Integers

1.2       Addition

1.3       Subtraction

1.4       Multiplication

1.5       Division

1.6       Index notation, Powers & Roots

1.7       Order of Operations and Using a Calculator

1.8       Factors and Multiples      


2          Negative Real Numbers

2.1       Negative Numbers and the Number Line

2.2       Addition and Subtraction of Negative Integers

2.3       Multiplication, Division of Negative Integers          


3          Introduction to Algebra

3.1       Letters to Represent Integers

3.2       Substituting Numbers for Letters

3.3       Writing Algebraic Expressions and Formulae

3.4       Like Terms and Unlike Terms

3.5       Addition and Subtraction of Linear Expressions     


4          Equations

4.1       Solving Equations in One Variable

4.2       Writing Equations to Solve Problems           


5          Fractions

5.1       Quantities as Fractions

5.2       Equivalent Fractions and Comparing Fractions

5.3       Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

5.4       Multiplication of Fractions

5.5       Division of Fractions

5.6       Rational Numbers and Using a Calculator      


6          Decimals

6.1       Place Values, Ordering and Rounding of Decimal Numbers

6.2       Addition and Subtraction of Decimals

6.3       Multiplication of Decimals

6.4       Division of a Decimal

6.5       Mental Calculation and Conversion between Units


7          Percentages

7.1       Meaning of Percentage

7.2       Percentage of a Quantity 


8          Angles Parallel lines and Triangles

8.1       Points, Lines and Planes

8.2       Angles


9          Transformations Symmetry and Congruence

9.1       Transformations

9.2       Symmetry

9.3       Congruence


10        Perimeter and Area

10.1     Perimeter and Area of a Triangle

10.4     Perimeter and Area Problems


11        Volume and Surface Area of Cuboids including cubes

11.1     Nets of Cuboids, including Cubes

11.2     Surface Area of Cuboids, including Cubes,

11.3     Volumes of Cuboids, including Cubes


12        Collecting, organising, displaying data

12.1     Collection of Data

12.2     Organisation of Data

12.3     Pictograms, Vertical Line Charts and Bar Charts



We follow the AQA Activate study programme, consisting of 10 ‘big ideas’ taught in both year 7 and 8.

In Year 7, we follow Activate 1. The pupils can access the textbook for this on Kerboodle. Class teachers will also often set interactive tasks and homework using the Kerboodle system, to encourage independent learning and to use technology to provide feedback to students.

In the Autumn/Winter term, all students will cover the following topics;

  • Biology – Organisms
  • Chemistry – Particle Model
  • Physics - Energy

In the Spring term, all students will cover the following topics;

  • Biology – Eco-systems
  • Chemistry – Reactions
  • Physics - Waves

In the Summer term, all students will cover the following topics;

  • Biology – Reproduction + Variation
  • Chemistry – Separating Mixtures
  • Physics – Forces + Universe

Every topic will finish with an end of topic test, and a lesson to reflect on the student’s progress and identify any areas that need revisiting. 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.





Students spend the first half of Year 7 studying Britain 1066-1509. The work is divided into a number of key themes:-

Key Theme 1: How did medieval monarchs keep control?

·         Who had the best claim to the English throne?

·         What happened during the Norman invasion?

·         Why did the Normans win the Battle of Hastings?

·         How did the feudal system work?

·         How and why did castles change?

·         Why was it so difficult for kings to control the Church?

·         How did King John anger the barons?

·         Has History judged King John fairly?

·         Which kings had most control?

Key Theme 2: How hard was life for people in medieval town and country?

·         What were the causes of the Black Death?

·         What were the symptoms of the Black Death?

·         What were the consequences of the Black Death?

·         Why did the people rebel in 1381?

·         What was medieval life like?

Key Theme 3: How did medieval religion affect people’s lives?

·         Why could no one ignore the Church?

Review: How much did Britain change between 1066 and 1509?


From approximately February half term, they study Britain 1509-1745:

Key Theme 1: How important was religion in the period 1509-1745?

·         Why and how did Henry VIII make the Break with Rome?

·         What were the consequences of the Break with Rome?

·         When was it most dangerous to speak your mind?

·         Was Guy Fawkes set up?

·         How far do you agree with The Pogues about Cromwell?

Key Theme 2: In what ways did monarchs become less powerful?

·         Why did the Mary Rose sink?

·         How did Elizabeth’s decisions affect her power?

·         How significant was the English Civil War?

·         Who had control after 1660?

Key Theme 3: What was life like in Britain 1509-1745?

·         How diverse was Tudor society?

·         Did a baker burn down London in 1666?


In the summer term, students start to look at Britain 1745-1901

Key Theme 1: Was there a revolution in Britain 1745-1901?

·         Britain 1745-1901: what changed?

·         What does a donkey have to do with the cotton industry?

Key Theme 2: What was life like for people in Britain 1745-1901?

·         What were working conditions like?

·         What should be done about working conditions?

·         What were conditions like in 19th century industrial towns?

Key Theme 3: How did Britain become a more democratic society?

·         What was wrong with democracy in the 1820s?

·         Were the Luddites just mindless thugs?

·         Why did people fight for the right to vote?

·         How effectively did women campaign for electoral reform?



Wrk 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)


Religious Education

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 and 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. 


Computer Science

Year 7

  • 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.



Under The Sea: Initial exploration into the natural form through shells. Skills to be developed, drawing, line, tone, printmaking, 3D skills.

Colour and Pattern: An exploration of colour and pattern. Skills to be developed are colour theory, pattern, design, craft and collage.

My Surroundings: Exploration of architectural details. Skills to be developed are drawing, line, tone, printmaking and 3D skills.




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

Students will be introduced to the study of Drama through a range of activities: practical and theory.

They will primarily focus on the basic skills and techniques required to perform.

In addition, they will be studying three areas of Theatre History.

At the end of the half-term there will be a consolidation quiz (set on SMHW) testing their acquired knowledge about all that they have learnt.

2nd Half-Term
Introduction to Theatre Crafts: Treasure Island

Students will be introduced to different areas of theatre crafts (set design, costume, acting, lighting and sound) through watching live theatre.

Students will analyse and evaluate the National Theatre’s production of ‘Treasure Island’ and use it as a stimulus to create their own work.

At the end if the half-term, students will write a theatre review of the production to consolidate their learning.

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 Nutrition

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.