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Curriculum Intent

Curriculum topics by year group

In this section you will find the topics covered across the curriculum from Year 7 to Year 11 pupils for the academic year 2020/2021.
For further information on our curriculum please contact Miss Lealman (Deputy Headteacher). flealman@fairfieldhighschool.co.uk 

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  • Year 7

    English

    • Transition Unit: Autobiography
    • Poetry
    • Introduction to 19th Century Fiction
    • Charity
    • Introduction to Shakespeare
    • Modern Fiction

     

    Mathematics

    Autumn Term

    • Algebra- Sequences
    • Algebra – Algebraic Notation and Equivalence
    • Number – Place value, integers and decimals
    • Number – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

    Spring Term

    • Number – Four Operations problems
    • Number – Fractions and percentages of amounts
    • Number – Directed Number
    • Number – Four operations with Fractions

    Summer Term

    • Geometry and Measure – Constructions and geometric notation
    • Geometry and Measure – Geometric reasoning
    • Number – Developing number sense and proof
    • Probability – Venn Diagrams and Sets

     

    Science

    Autumn Term

    • Working Scientifically
    • Physics - Forces
    • Chemistry - Particles
    • Physics - Energy

    Spring Term

    • Chemistry - Elements, mixtures and compounds
    • Chemistry - Reactions
    • Biology - Living Systems

    Summer Term

    • Biology - Reproduction
    • Biology - Diet and health
    • Physics - Space

     

    Religious Studies

    • The Island:
    • Introduction to RS
    • Birth Customs
    • Codes for Living
    • Sources of Authority
    • Festivals
    • ​Denominations

     

    History

    • History Skills Unit
    • Local History on the Moravian Settlement and Multicultural Britain
    • The Middle Ages 1066-1500
    • ​Tudors 1500-1603 (Henry VIII and Religious Changes)

     

    Geography

    • The Disaster World - Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
    • ​World Knowledge - Atlas Skills and the Map of the World
    • The Tropical World - Introduction to the Tropical Rain Forest and Deforestation
    • ​The Map World - O.S Map Skills
    • ​Climate Change - Global Warming, Natural and Human Causes

     

    Life Skills

    • Transition - Settling into Secondary School
    • ​MYRIAD .B Course - Mindfulness Programme
    • ​Citizenship - Democracy
    • Bullying (including E-Safety)
    • Health and Hygiene (including Puberty)
    • Drugs - Smoking
    • Careers
    • Personal Finance
    • Health and Safety

     

    German

    • My identity
    • Family and pets
    • Free-time
    • School
    • Travel

     

    French

    • My identity
    • Family and pets
    • Free-time
    • School
    • Sports, technology and media

     

    Computing

    •    Using PC safely and effectively
    •    Understanding Computers
    •    Programming a Microbit
    •    Learning HTML
    •    Computational Thinking
    •    Programming with KODU

     

    Technology

    • Food - Introduction to nutrition and healthy eating with related practicals 
    • Textiles - Designing and making a soft toy
    • Electronics - Designing and making an illuminated product
    • Product Design - Designing and making a moving sign

     

    Art and Design

    • Observational drawing
    • Graphic Design 
    • Colour theory (painting skills)
    • Exploring artwork from different cultures (African art)

     

    Physical Education

    Practical
    •    Baseline assessment
    •    Dance
    •    Volleyball
    •    Netball
    •    Trampolining
    •    Badminton
    •    Rounders
    •    Athletics
    •    Cross Country

    Theory
    •    Components of fitness
    •    Muscular and skeletal system
    •    Somatotypes
    •    Principles of training
    •    Types of training

     

    Drama

    • Celebrity - characterisation skills
    • Evacuees and Refugees - devising skills
    • Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations - an introduction to scripted skills

     

    Music

    • ​​Stomp - Body percussion
    • Band skills
    • Instruments of the orchestra
    • Programme music
    • World music (Indian, Gamelan, Flamenco and Calypso)
  • Year 8

    English

    • Poetry (A Scheme of Learning unseen skills in preparation for GCSE)
    • Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
    • Points of View Writing
    • Modern Novel 
    • Narrative Writing
    • Dracula (Play)

     

    Mathematics

    Autumn Term
    •    Ratio and Proportion – Ratio problems
    •    Ratio and Proportion – Multiplicative change
    •    Number – Multiplying and dividing fractions
    •    Geometry and Measures – Coordinates
    •    Data – Representing Data
    •    Probability – Tables and Probability

    Spring Term
    •    Algebra – Brackets, equations and inequalities
    •    Algebra – Sequences
    •    Algebra – Indices
    •    Number – Problems involving fractions and percentages
    •    Number – Standard Form

    Summer Term
    •    Geometry and Measure – Angles in parallel lines and polygons
    •    Geometry and Measure – Area of 2D shapes including circles
    •    Data – The data handling cycle

     

    Science

    Autumn Term

    • Working Scientifically
    • Biology - Genes and evolution
    • Chemistry - Acids and alkalis
    • Biology - Photosynthesis and respiration

    Spring Term

    • Physics - Electricity and electromagnets
    • Chemistry - Useful materials
    • Biology - Ecosystems

    Summer Term

    • Chemistry - Earth and atmosphere
    • Physics - Levers and pressure
    • Physics - Waves

     

    Religious Studies 

    • What is good and what is challenging about following a faith?
    • Special Places
    • Spirituality (including Spirited Arts competition)
    • Buddhism
    • Judaism and Hinduism

     

    History

    • Tudors 1485-1603 (Tudor Monarchs: Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I)
    • Slavery and Civil Rights: African Americans including the Slave Trade and the 1960s Civil Rights Movement
    • World War One and World War Two

     

    Geography

    • Urban Issues
    • Population
    • Rivers and Flooding
    • Coasts and Erosion
    • Development and Economic Activity
    • Africa

     

    Life Skills

    • Sex and Relationship Education
    • Child Sexual Exploitation
    • Domestic Abuse
    • Careers and Progression
    • Drugs - Alcohol
    • Citizenship – Local Council and Community
    • Personal Finance

     

    German

    • Holidays
    • Media
    • Health
    • School
    • Making plans to go out

     

    French

    • Town
    • Holidays
    • TV and cinema
    • Paris
    • Relationships and identity

     

    Computing

    •    Spreadsheet Modelling
    •    Cyber Crime
    •    Introduction to Python
    •    Programming with KODU
    •    Understanding Sound
    •    Apps with APPSHED

     

    Art and Design

    • Observational drawing
    • Nature project (painting skills)
    • Abstract expressionism
    • Exploring artwork from different cultures

     

    Technology

    • Food - Diet related conditions and special diets with related practicals
    • Textiles - Designing and making a bag for life for a client
    • Product Design - Designing and making a steady hand game
    • Business Studies - Business ethics and introduction to Business Studies

     

    Physical Education

    Practical
    •    Baseline assessment
    •    Dance
    •    Volleyball
    •    Netball
    •    Trampolining
    •    Badminton
    •    Rounder’s
    •    Athletics
    •    Cross Country

    Theory
    •    Fitness testing
    •    The Cardiovascular System
    •    Aerobic and Anaerobic respiratory systems
    •    Components of fitness
    •    Data analysis
    •    Muscular system
    •    Types of training

     

    Drama

    • Monologues and Duologues - vocal skills
    • Pantomime - exploring style and genre
    • Slavery - devising skills
    • Stylised Theatre - scripted skills
    • Black Lives Matter devised project responding to a stimulus
    • Hard to Swallow - BTEC style project exploring how a play is made

     

    Music

    • The Blues
    • Rhythms of the world (Samba and African)
    • Film music
  • Year 9

    English

    • Poetry
    • Introduction to Romeo and Juliet
    • Dystopian Fiction
    • Victorian Literature
    • 20th Century Play

     

    Mathematics

    Autumn Term
    •    Algebra – Straight Line Graphs
    •    Algebra – Forming and solving equations
    •    Geometry and Measure – Volume and surface area
    •    Geometry and Measure – Constructions and congruency

    Spring Term
    •    Number – Using percentages
    •    Number – Maths and Money
    •    Geometry and Measure – Transformations
    •    Geometry and Measure – Pythagoras’ Theorem

    Summer Term
    •    Ratio and Proportion- Rates
    •    Probability
    •    Algebra – Algebraic Representations

     

    Science

    Autumn Term

    • Biology - Cell structure and transport
    • Chemistry - Atomic Structure
    • Physics - Energy (part 1)

    Spring Term    

    • Biology - Cell division
    • Biology - Organisation and the digestive system
    • Chemistry - The Periodic table
    • Physics - Energy (part 2)

    Summer Term

    • Biology - Organising animals and plants
    • Chemistry - Structure and bonding
    • Physics - Energy resources
    • Physics - Electrical Circuits (part 1)

     

    Religious Studies

    • Peace and Conflict (including Arts and Minds competition)
    • Community Cohesion
    • Believing in God
    • Freedom Writers/Remembering the Holocaust

     

    Geography

    • AQA GCSE Geography - 3 Year Course:
    • Living with the Physical Environment: The Challenge of Natural Hazards and The Living World
    • Physical Landscapes in the UK

     

    Life Skills

    • Careers (including Options)
    • Personal Finance
    • Drugs - Cannabis
    • Sex and Relationships Education
    • Human Rights
    • Government and Politics

     

    History

    • World War Two 1939-1945
    • GCSE History Course starts in January 2018:
    • Medicine Through Time c.1250 to Present Day

     

    German

    • Family and relationships
    • Hobbies and free-time
    • Daily life and special occasions

     

    French

    • Family and relationships
    • Hobbies and free-time
    • Daily life and special occasions

     

    Computing

    • Spreadsheet Modelling
    • Networks
    • Python Nest Steps
    • Understanding Graphics
    • Understanding Sound
    • AI and Machine Learning

     

    Art and Design

    • Portraiture
    • Studying an art movement
    • Set design project
    • Street art

     

    Technology

    • Food - Lifestages and food choices with related practicals
    • Textiles - Designing and making and educational toy for a target market
    • Product Design - Designing and making a product to be sold in the zoos gift shop
    • Business Studies - Breakeven, Cashflow Forecast and Balance Sheets

     

    Physical Education

    Practical

    • Dance
    • Volleyball
    • Netball
    • Trampolining
    • Badminton
    • Rounders
    • Athletics
    • Cross Country

    Theory

    • Health
    • Fitness
    • Diet
    • Nutrition

     

    Drama

    • Stanislavski and naturalism - exploring style and genre
    • Brecht and Epic Theatre - devising project
    • Our Day Out - BTEC style project exploring how a play is made

     

    Music

    • The Blues
    • Dance music
    • Pop music and cover bands
  • KS4 Exam Board Specifications

    In this section you will find links to the exam board course specifications delivered within each Faculty.
     

    English Faculty

    GCSE English Literature - AQA

    GCSE English Language - AQA

     

    Mathematics Faculty

    GCSE Mathematics - Edexcel

     

    Science Faculty

    GCSE Combined Science Trilogy - AQA

    GCSE Biology - AQA

    GCSE Chemistry - AQA

    GCSE Physics - AQA

     

    Humanities Faculty

    GCSE History - Edexcel

    GCSE Geography - AQA

    GCSE Religious Studies - Edexcel

    BTEC First Award Travel And Tourism

    BTEC Tech Award Health And Social Care

     

    Modern Foreign Languages Faculty

    GCSE French - Edexcel

    GCSE German - Edexcel

     

    Computing Faculty

    GCSE Computer Science - OCR

    Cambridge Nationals Creative iMedia - OCR

     

    Performing Arts

    GCSE Physical Education - AQA

    BTEC Tech Award Music Practice

    BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts (Acting, Dance and Musical Theatre)

     

    Technology Faculty

    GCSE Business - AQA

    GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition - AQA

    GCSE Design and Technology - Edexcel

    GCSE Art and Design - AQA

    BTEC Tech Award Enterprise

    BTEC Tech Award Art And Design Practice

     

 
 
 
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