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 Geography the students learn how immigration around the world has impacted population and in History they focus on the impact of immigration in the USA in the 1920s. The students use this information to produce population graphs in Maths.

How has Britain changed and developed?
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In year 7 students will learn about how the Romans affected life in Britain and why their empire eventually collapsed. They will consider how gaming has changed the way we interact with each other, how architecture in the local area has changed over time and how the methods of keeping fit have changed and developed. The students will learn about what life was like in Britain when Dracula was written, the impact that bands like ‘The Beatles’ and ‘Rolling Stones’ have had and how wages and the cost of living have changed over time.

The students will learn about how Mary and Elizabeth Tudor affected Britain and how the Tudors have shaped our appearance. They will consider how fashion, types of communication and the English language have changed and developed and how music has reflected its surroundings in different periods. Finally the students will debate how dependent we are on fossil fuels and how much money we actually need.

Who has the power and why is there so much conflict in the world?
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In year 7 the students will consider why there was so much conflict in the Middle Ages and why the power of Medieval Kings was challenged. They will learn how to sort and filter these Kings and Queens using various IT applications and study how poets have responded to conflict. They will study the distribution of wealth across the world, what reggae can tell us about colonialism and discuss the atomic bomb to decide whether scientific developments always make our lives better. They will also consider the concept of power by looking at team work and by producing self-portraits. The students will visit Warwick Castle and read ‘Five children on the Western Front’ to compliment this theme.

In year 8 the students will learn why the Spanish Armada failed, decide whether the Gunpowder Plot was a set up and learn why Charles I lost the English Civil War. They will consider how music is used to comment on issues in society and research how much money is needed to become President. They will extend and justify these opinions using the French language. The students will read ‘The Tulip Touch’ to compliment this theme.

How can we live morally?
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In year 7 students will consider various ethical theories to help them decide how to act in various situations. They will consider self-discipline in sport, how music influences the way we behave and the role of charity in helping people in times of trouble. Students will debate what can be done about the amount of food wastage, the methods that can be used to protect the natural world and why the internet can be dangerous. Finally they will consider whether luck can be calculated. The students will visit a Martial Arts Centre to compliment this theme.

In year 8 the students will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation together with the negative side of fashion. They will also discuss the causes of crime and how criminals should be treated. They will debate how we can use the Earth’s resources more responsibly, whether gambling is bad and whether we should recycle more. They will study the ethical issues arising from using computers and how vocal music can be used to convey a mood.

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 students will consider religion and why Henry VIII caused so many religious arguments. They will consider how ideas about the universe have shaped our world, why music varies between countries, why fashion is important to young people and where we would be without programming. Finally they will debate whether numbers are real and what the world will look like in the distant future. The students will visit the Science museum to compliment this theme.

In year 8 students consider the impact of new ideas that emerged during the French Revolution. They will also learn about the development of hardware and software and the techniques used in advertising. The students will debate the success of the Euro currency, whether it is acceptable to borrow other people’s ideas to create something different and why Darwin was so significant.