Themes
How does the Earth operate?
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In Year 7 the students learn about volcanoes. They learn about their causes and consequences in Geography, make a presentation about them in Computing and write a piece of flash fiction about their consequences in English. The students make their own volcano in Art and explode it in Science.

In Year 8 the students learn about the weather. They learn about the factors that affect the weather in Geography and learn about the impact of climate change using non-fiction texts in English. The students then use this new learning to create animations about the weather in Computing.

In Year 9 the students learn about immigration. In History they learn about the impact of immigration on the USA in the 1920s. In Maths they produce population graphs. They annotate these graphs in Geography in order to learn about how immigration has influenced population.

How has Britain changed and developed?
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In Year 7 the students learn about multiculturalism. In English they analyse the poem ‘Ode to Harrow’ and they produce visual interpretations in Art. In Geography they learn about multiculturalism in Harrow.

In Year 8 the students learn about healthy eating. They learn about the nutritional information that appears on food packaging in DT and in Science they test foods for these nutrients. In History the students use this knowledge to evaluate how healthy food was in London during the Industrial Revolution. In Modern Foreign Languages the students learn about how foreign food has influenced cuisine in Britain.

In Year 9 the students learn about the religions practiced in Harrow. In Geography they use the most recent census data to research how many people follow each religion in Harrow. In RS students learn more about these religions. In Maths they present this census information on pie charts.

 

Who has the power and why is there so much conflict in the world?
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In Year 7 the students learn about the Kings and Queens in the Middle Ages. In History they learn about the impact of these Kings and Queens on England. In Computing they create a database of these Kings and Queens. In Modern Foreign Languages they learn about the Middle Ages in France.

In Year 8 the students learn about the treatment of animals. In Religious Studies they deduce how animals should be treated from various ethical theories. In English they study ‘The Tyger’ by William Blake. In Modern Foreign Languages they learn to speak about animals in French.

In Year 9 the students learn about World War II. In History they learn about the events of WWII. In Computing they learn about code breaking in World War II. In Modern Foreign Languages they learn about the impact of Nazism on France.

How can we live morally?
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In Year 7 the students will learn about Comic/Sport Relief. They will learn about the charities that Comic/Sport Relief supports in Religious Studies. They will write a script to advertise these charities in English. In Modern Foreign Languages they will translate this script into French. They will then use this script to create an advert in Computing.

In Year 8 the students will learn about Capital Punishment. They will learn about the ethical issues surrounding capital punishment in Religious Studies. They will present these viewpoints in English. In Modern Foreign Languages they will translate these viewpoints into French.

In Year 9 the students will learn about Sustainable Development. In Geography they will learn about how plastic water bottles are made and how environmentally friendly they are. In Maths they will make graphs which show how many plastic bottles are thrown away. In Design Technology they will design a sustainable water bottle. In Religious Studies they will learn about stewardship.

What are human lives like?
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In year 7 the students will study the lives of people during the Black Death as well as the lives of people living today in the United Kingdom and Africa. They will also learn how various peoples express their faith. The students will learn about African fashion, the impact of Shakespeare and significant festivals in French culture. They will also consider the role of dancing in our lives and how African miners communicated using the Gumboot dance. Finally they will debate whether the Earth can sustain us and whether we just ‘google’ everything. The students will visit the Globe and read ‘If you were me’ to compliment this theme.

In year 8 the students will learn about human lives during the Industrial Revolution and lives in Brazil and Asia today. They will also study Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. They will discuss what the blues says about slavery, how the media influences our culture and how British food has been inspired by other cultures. The students will learn how their body fights disease and whether we rely on mobile apps for everything. Finally they will use various mathematical techniques to help decide whether the Great Fire of London or the Plague was most significant. The students will visit the Victoria and Albert museum to compliment this theme.

What ideas have shaped our world?
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In Year 7 the students will learn about Space. In Science they will learn about the stars and the planets. They will pick their ten favourite facts and use these to write science fiction stories in English. In Music they will compose a futuristic piece of music to accompany their science fiction story.

In Year 8 they will learn about Stalin. In History they will learn the causes of his rise to power in the USSR. In Drama they will turn this into a short play. In English they will write a dramatic story about his rise to power.

In Year 9 the students will learn about religious leaders. In Religious Studies they will use a criteria to decide who they think the most inspirational religious leader was. In English they will write a persuasive speech to convince others of their choice.