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25/02/21

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

Know someone who is passionate about the and interested in how construction can be made more sustainable? This , are offering a opportunity for students aged 14+. Applications close on March 6th: https://t.co/wmEYM08YVu. https://t.co/vLEcJUVzQI

25/02/21

Retweeted From RGS-IBG Schools

It's now 37 weeks to so here's another climate change tile to print off and collect. Are you up to speed on the ? Released every Wednesday! https://t.co/IcI6n173cK

25/02/21

Here are some examples of Year 11 students work on extending paragraphs using opinions in different tenses. This is very important to maximise marks in Speaking and Writing assessments. https://t.co/gOEEPyXX89

25/02/21

In 7V pupils are making full use of in it’s a wonderful digital exercise book (feedback is immediate),and recordings are excellent to work on tasks. https://t.co/hhBgfoPf8e

24/02/21

Thank you for another fantastic parent guide. 'What parents need to know about TikTok' https://t.co/DhjZ4xV8c7

23/02/21

Have you signed up yet for our 'Morning ' Every Mon/Wed/Fri with Miss Gulvin on . Students/Staff/Parents are all welcome, those already joined are learning valuable skills. https://t.co/jd8dOZQET0

22/02/21

Did you know has a range of brilliant Quizzes for the grammar points that we study in class? Here’s the one that Year 11 have been getting to grips with today https://t.co/OBo9BKc5tn as they revise Direct Object. https://t.co/yMDzHJfvfe

22/02/21

Our Year 8 students have been taking part in GCSE Taster lessons here is Art & Photography with 8S - Students got the chance to try out tactile .Students were asked to not look at their page and draw by feeling their face. https://t.co/rPtROPg8Mp

22/02/21

This week see's the first of our 'Women in Leadership' articles. Click the link below to read more about Amy - Assistant producer in TV. https://t.co/pC2FT3tShc https://t.co/XDGreFMGii

22/02/21

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The Resilience Awards are to celebrate young people’s achievements throughout this past challenging year and beyond. Find out more at https://t.co/1LhV5z6LBv https://t.co/crCJYo2ySd

22/02/21

Welcome back to all our students and staff this morning, we hope you had a half term! https://t.co/lf3M8NXKAF

19/02/21

Beautifully written story, heartwarming and uplifting. Feel free to RT. https://t.co/p5zHzpayTG

19/02/21

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18/02/21

A great active challenge for why not play against friends? https://t.co/AolzfZ7eJZ

17/02/21

Thank you to everyone who joined in with our Jan-u-Fit . https://t.co/l1bl1BRAUT

16/02/21

Our Year 9 students were asked to write a paragraph to say how long they have been doing a particular sport, give an interesting and complex opinion and mention a benefit of doing this . Listen to these amazing audios! https://t.co/UEb0GaOzst

16/02/21

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We have heard from that we are not doing enough to fight climate change. Young people are the ones fighting for their future and the future of our planet. This we want to introduce young people to careers in green industries. Get involved! https://t.co/eQ1e2s9VVZ

16/02/21

Happy Pancake Day! We are looking forward to seeing your creations... https://t.co/qen9ZmC8Zx

15/02/21

For all students 11-18 can be difficult for some. https://t.co/83y4qEAvsJ

15/02/21

For anyone with little ones at home looking for something to do in this weather ... look no further! have some daily great craft ideas. https://t.co/BzxUw1ltbI

15/02/21

Calling all Y12 & 13 A Level English students, Miss Sayer is encouraging you to all get involved with this one. https://t.co/rLkHsZOUXt

12/02/21

We got there - you have all been amazing demonstrating and with your approach to work and engaging in activities. NO homework, it's a halfterm Parents we couldn't do what we do without your support Thankyou https://t.co/GT2RRU4N3a

12/02/21

Looking for a creative challenge next week - why not enter our Challenge. https://t.co/EUFhfSG5uN

12/02/21

Encouraging your creativity next week is back this half term . We are excited to see what our students will create, please share your entries with us. https://t.co/GZKAo5qCvm

12/02/21

Calling all fairy tale writers - introducing the 'Fractured Fairy Tales Competition'. We look forward to seeing our students entries https://t.co/gB0dga5SUS

12/02/21

Really pleased to see you managed to enjoy the screenfree time as a family making memories!

12/02/21

So glad to see her getting outside in the fresh air having fun!

12/02/21

Introducing an extract from Year 13 Film student Hannah’s short film – a dark and experimental exploration of astral projection. Please use the link below to view https://t.co/I6VoJ9F9YS via

12/02/21

Celebrating Chinese New Year! Keep following our feed today, Dumplings video to follow later! https://t.co/7TnHhMemVU

11/02/21

We are looking forward to seeing 35 of our Year 5 students on late this afternoon for a Classics - ‘Explore fascinating myths and legends from around the world and learn more about your favourite Mythological heroes.’ https://t.co/Wa3uDNDPsw

11/02/21

Lots of great photos coming in, we are glad to hear you are all enjoying another snow afternoon https://t.co/YSz6hKaq3i

11/02/21

Year 12 Film students have been learning about Meadows’ anti-Thatcher views in This is England. Deindustrialisation, North and South divide and a lot of political unrest! https://t.co/Nsk1WATTsJ

11/02/21

Wow this is amazing look at your WDYW images from yesterdays 'Valentines' theme. https://t.co/W99bSZusyV

11/02/21

Our Bronze participants have been busy collaborating with one another to come up with their team names and logos! Take a look at some of their creative designs https://t.co/6niwKBgA78

11/02/21

We've had an update on 'Willow' another of our sponsor . Watch the video below to see how she is getting on - well done Willow! https://t.co/MHS5ceWsfV

10/02/21

We are glad to see so many of you enjoyed your free lesson yesterday, got outside and enjoyed the fresh air and snow! ❄️☃️ https://t.co/xohATKTViC

10/02/21

Recently our Year 11 PE had fun drawing the , system and any other details they could think of on an old t-shirt to help with their . Fantastic to see different types of revision being used! https://t.co/EbdlvkEhrP

10/02/21

Star Feature Alert: Introducing Ameena one of our Y9 photographers. https://t.co/MuIHqEdhxj

The Foundation Years

The Year 7 and 8 curriculum is designed to give students a firm foundation based on the broad curriculum of 15 subjects. Students study the core subjects, i.e. English, Maths, Science in 6 lessons per fortnight and MFL in 5 lessons. The school recognises the importance of self-expression and believes that the performing arts subjects contribute towards increasing the students’ confidence hence all students study dance, drama and music in 4 lessons. We encourage all students to become enterprising young adults; the Business and Enterprise course teaches our students about the world of business and entrepreneurship.

The Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) is a unique feature of our curriculum which embed enrichment in school life for every Invicta students. Fifty clubs and societies run by teachers from Musical Theatre to Creative Photography, from Bee Keeping and Gardening to Body Balance and Lacrosse are enjoyed by students and teachers alike.

The table below summarises the subjects studied by students in Year 7 and 8, and the number of lessons per fortnight.

English 6 lessons
Mathematics  6 lessons
Science 7 lessons
MFL (French) 5 lessons
MFL (German) 5 lessons
MFL (Spanish) 5 lessons
History 3 lessons
Geography 3 lessons
Art 2 lessons
Design and Technology  2 lessons
Food Preparation and Nutrition 1 lessons
Business and Enterprise 2 lessons
Computing 2 lessons
Religious Education 2 lessons
Performing Arts (rotation of Dance and Drama) Dance 2 lessons
Performing Arts (rotation of Dance and Drama) Drama 2 lessons
Music 2 lessons
Physical Education 2 lessons
Personal Opportunities Programme (POP) 2 lessons

English

Subject: English

Year 7

Topics Covered

• Poetry

• Knowledge About Language

• Dystopian Fiction (2 Terms)

• Journeys

• Shakespeare

Recommended Extra Resources

Visit the theatre to see a live performance; read as much variety of fiction and non-fiction as possible

Recommended Reading List

• See Year 7 reading list on the IGS website; students will also be given a booklet at the start of the year in which they can find a recommended reading list

• Students should also access the Visual Search area of the Library site (available through the Student Portal) as this has termly reading lists which tie in with the topics studied in class

Useful Tips

• Be confident in offering your opinions and reactions to the texts you read 

• Always justify your ideas from the text

• Remember to plan and proof-read any extended answers

Subject: English

Year 8

Topics Covered

• Poetry

• Women

• Gothic Literature (2 Terms)

• Childhood

• Shakespeare

Recommended Extra Resources

Visit the theatre to see a live performance if possible; read as much variety of fiction and non-fiction as possible

Recommended Reading List

• See Year 8 reading list on the IGS website; students will also be given a booklet at the start of the year in which they can find a recommended reading list

• Students should also access the Visual Search area of the Library site (available through the Student Portal) as this has termly reading lists which tie in with the topics studied in class

Useful tips

• Be confident in offering your opinions and reactions to the texts you read 

• Always justify your ideas from the text

• Remember to plan and proof-read any extended answers

 

 

 

Maths

Subject: Maths

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Factors, multiples, decimal calculations, negative numbers
  • Simplifying expressions and substitution
  • Calculating averages and displaying data
  • Powers, BIDMAS and estimation
  • Expanding brackets and factorising expressions
  • Solving problems with fraction calculations
  • Scatter graphs
  • Probability
  • Angles and shapes
  • Decimals
  • Solving equations
  • Transformations
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Ratio
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume
  • Sequences and graphs
  • Constructions
  • Circles

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides

CGP KS3 Maths Study Guide – Higher (ISBN: 978 1 84146 030 7)

CGP KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4)

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner

Recommended Reading List

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

Subject: Maths

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Round and estimation
  • Angles and Polygons
  • Single brackets and equations
  • Scatter graphs and frequency tables
  • Error and bounds
  • Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Inequalities
  • Fractions and percentages
  • Probability
  • Simultaneous equations
  • Fractions and ratio
  • Constructions and measure
  • Cumulative frequency
  • Negative numbers, substitution into formulae and rearranging formulae.
  • Circles
  • Forming equations
  • FOIL and factorising
  • Volume and surface area
  • Straight line graphs
  • Enlargement and similarity
  • Highest Common Factor and Lowest Common Multiple

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guides

CGP KS3 Maths Study Guide – Higher (ISBN: 978 1 84146 030 7)

CGP KS3 Maths Complete Study & Practice (ISBN: 978 1 84146 383 4)

Websites

www.mrbartonmaths.com (online e-book)

www.mathsisfun.com (good explanations)

www.corbettmaths.com (videos and worksheets)

https://hegartymaths.com/login/learner

Recommended Reading List

  • How Many Socks Make a Pair?: Surprisingly Interesting Everyday Maths Rob Eastaway
  • Singh, S (2002) The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking
  • Singh, S. (2014) The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets

Useful Tips

  • Show all workings clearly with each calculation on a new line. 
  • Look at and redo questions from previous topics and past revision homeworks when revising.
  • Practise the topics you find most difficult first.
  • Make sure you understand how to use your scientific calculator.

 

Science

Subject: Science

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to Science
  • Matter
  • Cells and Organisation 
  • Energy 
  • Forces Part 1 
  • Chemical Reactions
  • Ecosystems
  • Periodic Table 
  • Anatomy
  • Recommended Extra Resources
  • BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
  • Use the revision and extension resources that have been uploaded onto the student portal.
  • Use the extension stretch and challenge wall: https://padlet.com/h_hollett/diotty0x9pxk 

Recommended Reading List

  • Newsround Science and Nature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15743115
  • BBC Science Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcscienceclub?lang=en
  • BBC Science Podcasts

Useful Tips

  • Revise little and often – you need to recap your science work each fortnight, in order to prepare for end of topic assessments, and to revise topics studied.
  • Complete the furthering your understanding section of the homework booklet for extra challenge
  • Come to science clubs – ask science staff for dates and times.

 

Subject: Science

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Electricity
  • Variation, Inheritance and Evolution 
  • Biological Processes 
  • Chemical Energy 
  • Forces Part 2 
  • Space 
  • Organic Chemistry 
  • Living in Kent 

Recommended Extra Resources

  • BBC Bitesize website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zng4d2p
  • Use the revision and extension resources that have been uploaded onto the student portal.
  • Use the extension stretch and challenge wall: 
  • https://padlet.com/h_hollett/xh1n7jx65phd

Recommended Reading List

  • Newsround Science and Nature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15743115
  • BBC Science Twitter: https://twitter.com/bbcscienceclub?lang=en
  • BBC Science Podcasts:

Useful Tips

  • Revise little and often – you need to recap your science work each fortnight, in order to prepare for end of topic assessments, and to revise topics studied.
  • Complete the furthering your understanding section of the homework booklet for extra challenge
  • When choosing your Science Fair Project make sure you pick a topic that interests you! Those always make the best projects.
  • Come to science clubs – ask science staff for dates and times.

MFL (French)

Subject: French

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • C’est la rentrée – basic information about me, what I like, introduction to French phonics.
  • Mon collège – My school (my subjects, my uniform, my day, etc.)
  • Mon temps libre – Hobbies (sports/ activities)
  • Ma famille – my family
  • Ma ville, en ville - where I live and in town 
  • Revision 

Recommended Extra Resources

  • Cahier d’exercice A Dynamo 1 – ISBN 9781292248943
  • Cahier d’exercice B Dynamo 1 – ISBN 9781292248950

Workbooks based on our textbook to reinforce what it is taught in lessons.

Websites :

  • https://uk.language-gym.com/ interactive website to help practice vocabulary learning, reading and listening comprehension as well as verb conjugation.
  • https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.
  • http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours ( before 9 am and after 4pm)
  • http://www.lepetitquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques
  • (6-10 years old). An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

  • You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English.
  • You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French toddlers : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library. Here is a sample of what you can find.

  • Tchoupi dans la nuit - ISBN 9782092537237.  A story about a little boy who discover the world at night. 
  • Petit Ours Brun Joue dans le sable. - ISBN 9782227748064. The story of Little Brown bear who plays in the sand.
  • Martine. A French classic! A series of books that follow Martine’s adventures.
  • La petite poule rousse. Another classic for children.

Useful Tips

Make sure you learn your vocabulary regularly, using a variety of memorising techniques- a little bit everyday, is better than two hours the night before the spelling test !!

 

Subject: French

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Vive les vacances! Talking about holidays in general and a past holiday.
  • J’adore les fêtes! Talking about festivals.
  • Les loisirs – talking about hobbies ( tv, technology, musique, etc.)
  • Le monde est petit – talking about where you live (your region, your house, your routine)
  • Le sport en direct – talking about sport.
  • Recommended Extra Resources
  • Cahier d’exercice  Dynamo 2 ROUGE – ISBN 9781292248974

Workbook based on our textbook to reinforce what it is taught in lessons and challenge students. 

Websites :

  • https://uk.language-gym.com/ interactive website to help practice vocabulary learning, reading and listening comprehension as well as verb conjugation.
  • https://quizlet.com - interactive website to help you learn the vocabulary.
  • http://zut.languageskills.co.uk/index.html - good source of interactive activities to practise a variety of skills – Free to use outside school hours ( before 9 am and after 4pm)
  • http://www.lepetitquotidien.fr/dossiers-thematiques (6-10 years old). An authentic newspaper for young French readers. Suitable to challenge any keen linguists who want to read for pleasure about what’s happening in the world. Some part of this website require to subscribe but a good amount of articles are available for free. Worth exploring!

YouTube :

  • You can access a variety of videos explaining French grammar in English.
  • You can also access short authentic French cartoons designed for French toddlers : simple stories to understand with the support of the images, but great listening practise ! Search for Tchoupi , Petit ours Brun and TroTro.

Recommended Reading List

Ask your French teacher to borrow a book from our library. Here is a sample of what you can find.

  • Tchoupi dans la nuit - ISBN 9782092537237. A story about a little boy who discover the world at night. 
  • Petit Ours Brun Joue dans le sable. - ISBN 9782227748064. The story of Little Brown bear who plays in the sand.
  • Martine - A French classic! A series of books that follow Martine’s adventures.
  • La petite poule rousse - Another classic for children.

Useful Tips

  • Take the time to reflect on your mistakes to understand what went wrong and what you can learn by correcting them.
  • Act upon feedback.

MFL (German)

Subject: German

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Greetings and introductions
  • Family and friends
  • Freetime
  • School
  • Going out in town

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt 1 Workbook by Malcom Pacey
German Grammar 11-14 by Oliver Gray and Trevor Stevens
Key Stage Three German CGP Revision Guide

https://uk.language-gym.com/

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Aschenputtel, ELI German Easy Readers
  • Der Hase mit der roten Nase, Helme Heine
  • Oh wie schön ist Panama, Janosch
  • Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
  • Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, Otfried Preußler

Useful Tps

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

When revising for a speaking assessment, practice asking and answering questions with a friend without looking at your answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…).

Subject: German

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Holidays
  • Media
  • Food and healthy lifestyle
  • After school
  • Festivals
  • Going out

Recommended Extra Resources

Stimmt 2 Workbook by Malcom Pacey

German Grammar 11-14 by Oliver Gray and Trevor Stevens

Key Stage Three German CGP Revision Guide

https://uk.language-gym.com/

www.languagesonline.org.uk

www.education.vic.gov.au/languagesonline

www.germanrevision.org.uk

Recommended Reading List

  • Aschenputtel, ELI German Easy Readers
  • Der Hase mit der roten Nase, Helme Heine
  • Oh wie schön ist Panama, Janosch
  • Für Hund und Katz ist auch noch Platz, Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
  • Der Räuber Hotzenplotz, Otfried Preußler

Useful Tips

Spread your homework time over a number of days so that you learn your vocabulary little and often.

When learning vocabulary, remember to listen, say, cover and write the words to help you practice all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Use the electronic textbook to go over reading and listening exercises done in class and use the marked one done in class to check your new answers.

When revising for a speaking assessment, practice asking and answering questions with a friend without looking at your answers.

Create revision posters for particular grammar points.

Use mind maps to help revise topics (think of headings such as Grammatical concepts, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, etc…)

 

MFL (Spanish)

Subject: Spanish

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Me presento
  • Mi burbuja
  • Mis pasatiempos
  • Mi casa
  • En mi ciudad
  • Mi insti

Recommended Extra Resources

Claro 1 Workbook
Quizlet (application or website, ideal for vocabulary revision)
studyspanish.com (ideal for practising your pronunciation)

Recommended Reading List

  • Lola en la biblioteca (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Abuela (Arthur Dorros)
  • El Cuento de Ferdinando (Munro Leaf)
  • Días de clase (Daniel Nesquens)
  • La y Lolo (Carmen Gómez Ojea)

Useful Tips

  • Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling
  • Read back through your notes on a regular basis, paying particular attention to any corrections made to ensure that you are revising accurate information
  • In class we learn through using pictures, sounds and movements: ensure that you do the same in your revision to make it more effective.

 

Subject: Spanish

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • La gente
  • ¿Vamos a salir?
  • Mis vacaciones
  • La comida
  • De moda
  • Barcelona

Recommended Extra Resources

Mira 2 Workbook
Quizlet (application or website, ideal for vocabulary revision)
wordreference.com (a useful online dictionary with verb conjugation tool)

Recommended Reading List

  • Lola en la biblioteca (Charlesbridge Publishing)
  • Abuela (Arthur Dorros)
  • El Cuento de Ferdinando (Munro Leaf)
  • Días de clase (Daniel Nesquens)
  • La y Lolo (Carmen Gómez Ojea)

Useful Tips

  • Learn vocabulary little and often by listening to and repeating the word aloud, then practising the spelling
  • Try to complete a ‘Verb of the Day’ on days when you do not have a Spanish lesson: as we learn more tenses this will help you get to grips with them quicker and feel confident using them.
  • Act on corrections and feedback as soon as your book as marked: this will improve the accuracy of the notes from which you are revising and give you next steps for moving forward.

 

History

Subject: History

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Castles, the feudal system, the church
  • Life in Medieval Britain
  • Henry VIII and the Reformation
  • Aspects of life in early modern England

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/middle_ages/

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions-and-resources/?time-period=medieval

Recommended Reading List

  • The Time Travellers Guide to Medieval England, Ian Mortimer
  • Elizabeth I, Red Rose of the House of Tudor,Kathryn Lasky
  • The Tudor Court novels of Phillipa Gregory

Useful Tips

  • Never take any one single source of historical information at face value- always cross-check and compare with other sources.
  • Remember that all sources are useful in history – it just depends on what questions you ask.
  • Remember to ask the five key questions when using sources: who wrote it, when, where, what does it tell us and why?

Subject: History

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • The Slave trade
  • The industrial revolution
  • Causes of World War One
  • The events and experience of World War One
  • Causes and events of World War Two

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Websites

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
sessions-and-resources/?time-period=empire-and-industry

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/
sessions-and-resources/?time-

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/z4crd2pperiod=
early-20th-century

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/20th_century/
second_world_war/revision/2/

Recommended Reading List

  • Behind the Bedroom Wall, Laura Williams
  • A Respectable Trade, Phillipa Gregory
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, John Boyne
  • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
  • War Horse, Michael Murpurgo
  • Testament of Youth, Vera Brittain
  • All Quite on the Western Front, Erich Remaraque
  • Regeneration, Pat Barker

Useful Tips

  • Never take any one single source of historical information at face value- always cross-check and compare with other sources.
  • All sources are useful in history – it just depends what questions you ask.
  • Remember to ask the five key questions when using sources: who wrote it, when, where, what does it tell us and why?

 

Geography

Subject: Geography

Year 7

Topics Covered

• Global knowledge - atlas skills, global culture and food, introduction to sustainability and eco buildings.

• Map skills – grid references, direction, scale and reading contour lines.

• Fieldwork skills – local and in St Omer France.

• Globalisation – global connections, trade, evaluation of TNC activity. 

• How does the weather and climate have an impact upon people and environment?

• Weather around the world – weather and climate, climate graphs, climate zones and biomes, extreme weather.

• What is the link between the human and physical geography of Russia -

• Appreciation of physical characteristics- climate, landscape, resources.

• Link between population patterns, economic activity and the physical characteristics.

• Rivers - Key features of the hydrosphere, location of the world’s main rivers, key processes of erosion transportation and deposition and key landforms.

• The water cycle, drainage basins and water scarcity.

• Young Geographer of The Year Competition - Independent work for the Key stage 3 diploma task.

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Malala Yousafzai (2013) ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’
  • David Attenborough (2009) ‘Life Stories’
  • Robert M Sapolsky (2002) ‘A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa’
  • Alastair Bonnett (2014) ‘Unrult Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities and Other Inscrutable Geographies’
  • Khaled Hosseini (2013) ‘The Kite Runner’
  • Stay up-to-date and aware of current news events related to topics studied.

Useful Tps

  • Allow time to make revision resources from the start of the course, particularly for more challenging topics.
  • Complete quizzes online to regularly recap learning.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to review your targets and how to improve.

 

Subject: Geography

Year 8

Topics Covered

• Why do we need environmental protection? What actions can I take? - Ecological footprints, individual waste diaries and plastic pollution.

• Is Antarctica worth saving? - Interdependence of food chain and the environment including climate, Impacts of tourism and scientific research, Viewpoints on conservation.

• Can we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely? - Tectonic hazards basic causes -plate boundaries, Pangea, continental drift. Why live in tectonic areas and how the risks can be monitored and managed for earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis.

• What is development? - Development definitions and indicators, spatial patterns of development. Reasons for poverty applied to Asia. Economic and urban growth and impact upon lives – positive and negative – focus upon China and India, Sustainable Development goals

• What are the challenges and opportunities within Africa? - Key countries, climates zones and physical landscapes within Africa. Physical and social challenges focussing upon horn of Africa. Links between china and Africa. Introduction to the complexity of sustainable development and impact of individual decisions explored though flower plantations in Kenya.

• How developed is the Middle East? - Location and countries, key features of the physical geography -landscape, tectonic zones and resources. Analysis of opportunities and challenges and the contrasts in development – Yemen versus UAE.

• What is the future of the planet – a geographer’s view? - Focus upon climate change as a controversial issue. Causes, effects and evaluation of differing viewpoints.

Recommended Extra Resources

Recommended Reading List

  • Malala Yousafzai (2013) ‘I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’
  • David Attenborough (2009) ‘Life Stories’
  • Robert M Sapolsky (2002) ‘A Primate’s Memoir: Love, Death and Baboons in East Africa’
  • Alastair Bonnett (2014) ‘Unrult Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities and Other Inscrutable Geographies’
  • Khaled Hosseini (2013) ‘The Kite Runner’
  • Stay up-to-date and aware of current news events related to topics studied

Useful Tips

  • Allow time to make revision resources from the start of the course, particularly for more challenging topics.
  • Complete quizzes online to regularly recap learning e.g.: mapzone to practice map skills and BBC bitesize for tectonics.
  • Experiment with different presentation methods where this is appropriate.
  • Look back at previous assessments to review your targets and how to improve.

Art

Subject: Art

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Mono printing
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic
  • Written analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide on Student Portal.

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

Practice observational drawing by looking at the object for 80% of the time.

Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

Subject: Art

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Observational drawing
  • Tonal description
  • Colour Theory
  • Texture
  • Colour mixing
  • Watercolour
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • Written analysis

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide on Student Portal.

Recommended Reading List

  • Tate.co.uk
  • NPG.co.uk

Useful Tips

Practice observational drawing by looking at the object for 80% of the time.

Draw only what you see.

Enhance written analysis by using PEE.

 

Design and Technology

Subject:  Design and Technology

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • 20th Century Design Movements
  • Drawing Techniques
  • The Iterative Design Process
  • Materials Theory
  • Electronic Systems
  • CAD/CAM
  • Working with wood and plastic materials

Recommended Extra Resources

  • www.technologystudent.com
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize
  • Kitroniks – Electronics Tutorials
  • Student Portal departmental teacher PowerPoints

Recommended Reading List

  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from the work around you.
  • Revise booklet as it holds all work covered.

Subject: Design and Technology

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • The Environment and Sustainability
  • The Iterative Design Process
  • Smart and Technical Materials
  • E Textiles
  • CAD/CAM
  • Print Techniques
  • Working with textile materials

Recommended Extra Resources

  • www.technologystudent.com
  • BBC GCSE Bitesize
  • Kitroniks – E Textiles and Wearables Tutorials
  • Student Portal departmental teacher PowerPoints

Recommended Reading List

  • Which – Magazine
  • Designing – Magazine
  • Frank Lloyd Wright – by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer and Peter Gossel

Useful Tips

  • Take inspiration from the world around you.
  • Revise booklet as it holds all work covered.

 

Food Preparation and Nutrition

Subject:  Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Food Safety
  • Nutrients
  • Healthy Eating
  • Heat Transfer
  • Macro nutrients
  • Commodities
  • Food Miles
  • Culinary Skill
  • Sensory Analysis
  • Food Science

Recommended Extra Resources

Online:

BBC Good food: www.bbcgoodfood.com

Food miles: http://www.foodmiles.com

Change for life, BBC: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life

Understanding the science of food: http://www.thecookeryteacher.com

Marine conservation society: https://www.mcsuk.org

British cheese: http://britishcheese.com/education

YouTube Fun kitchen food science clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0USi4DbRVVQ

BBC bitesize KS3: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zb8jmp3

Stefan Gates, Gastronauts, food science made fun! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0f5hnnSGWXhNQxDJdxlPsQ

Keeping abreast of stories in the news relating to food

Recommended Reading List

  • Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Mary Berry Foolproof Cooking – Mary Berry
  • Range of other cooking books (can borrow ones from Food – with permission)

Useful Tips

  • Links to science lessons (see recommended reading list)

 

Subject: Food Preparation and Nutrition

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Food Provenance 
  • Macro nutrients 
  • Nutritional Needs 
  • Cereals 
  • Meat 
  • Vegetarian and Vegan 
  • Food Safety
  • Culinary Skills 
  • Food Science 
  • Adapting Recipes 

Recommended Extra Resources

Online:

BBC Good food: www.bbcgoodfood.com

Food miles: http://www.foodmiles.com

Change for life, BBC: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life

Understanding the science of food: http://www.thecookeryteacher.com

Marine conservation society: https://www.mcsuk.org

British cheese: http://britishcheese.com/education

YouTube Fun kitchen food science clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0USi4DbRVVQ

BBC bitesize KS3: https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zb8jmp3

Stefan Gates, Gastronauts, food science made fun! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0f5hnnSGWXhNQxDJdxlPsQ

Keeping abreast of stories in the news relating to food

Recommended Reading List

  • Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver
  • Mary Berry Foolproof Cooking – Mary Berry
  • Range of other cooking books (can borrow ones from Food – with permission)

Useful Tips

  • Links to science lessons (see recommended reading list)

Business and Enterprise

Subject: BEN and Business and Enterprise

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Creating business ideas
  • Demand
  • Market research
  • Business aims and objectives
  • Operations
  • Marketing
  • Customer service

Recommended Extra Resources

Websites:
Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

BBC Bitesize Website

Stay up to date with news

TV Programmes:

Dragons Den (BBC iPlayer)
The Apprentice (BBS iPlayer)
How to Save the Highstreet (BBC iPlayer)

Journals:

Real Business: https://realbusiness.co.uk/ 

Apps:

BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business 

Recommended Reading List

  • The Impact of Big Business, M Jarman
  • How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions, Rachel Bridge
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson
  • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
  • #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

Useful Tips

Flashcards

Learn key terms early on

Subject: BEN and Business and Enterprise

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Skills and qualities
  • Post 18 routes
  • Personal finance
  • Preparing for work
  • A changing world

Recommended Extra Resources

Websites:
Newsround: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround 

BBC Bitesize Website

Stay up to date with news.

TV Programmes:

Dragons Den (BBC iPlayer)

The Apprentice (BBS iPlayer)

How to Save the Highstreet (BBC iPlayer)

Journals: 

Real Business: https://realbusiness.co.uk/

Apps:

BBC News: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business

Recommended Reading List

  • The Impact of Big Business, M Jarman
  • How I Made It: 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal How They Made Millions, Rachel Bridge
  • Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson
  • Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
  • #Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

Useful Tips

Flashcards

Learn key terms early on

 

Computer Science

Subject: Computer Science

Year 7

Topics Covered

Digital Citizen

  • Use of desktop computers and iPads at IGS
  • How to stay safe online
  • Threats and measures

Computer Hardware

  • Components of the computers
  • Hardware and software
  • Input, output and storage devices
  • Binary conversions
  • Units

Drawing Shapes

  • Algorithms
  • Sequence, selection and iteration
  • Python programming 

Flowcharts and Pseudocode

  • Algorithms including use of flowcharts and pseudocode
  • Design, write and debug programs 
  • Creating algorithms in Flowgorithm
  • Variables and data types

Recommended Extra Resources

Website: BBC Bitesize KS3 Computer Science

Website: W3 schools

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M27 and E14
  • Computational fairy tales, Best Practices in Spell Design, CS Detective (al written by Jeremy Kubika)
  • Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmar
  • Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman
  • Who was Ada Lovelace? By Lucy Lethbridge

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

Subject: Computer Science

Year 8

Topics Covered

Data Representation

  • Binary addition
  • Unit file size calculations
  • ASCII and character representation
  • How images are represented 

Scratch Animation

  • Use of procedures and variables in flowcharts and programming
  • Design, implement and debug efficient programs using Scratch

Web Design

  • The difference between the Internet and the WWW
  • Design, implement and debug a functional website using HTML and CSS 

Boolean Logic

  • Logic gates and truth tables for AND, OR and NOT
  • Implementing logic programming in Scratch 

Recommended Extra Resources

Website: BBC Bitesize KS3 Computer Science

Website: W3 schools

Recommended Reading List

  • Cs4fn magazines in M27 and E14
  • Computational fairy tales, Best Practices in Spell Design, CS Detective (al written by Jeremy Kubika)
  • Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmar
  • Computer Coding for Kids by Carol Vorderman
  • Who was Ada Lovelace? By Lucy Lethbridge

Useful Tips

Redo questions from the previous topics without looking at the solution when revising.

Make use of revision resources on Student Portal.

Use Gap Analysis after each assessment to identify key areas to work on before the next assessment. Ask your teacher if you are not sure about something.

 

Religious Education

Subject: RE

Year 7

Course Content

 

3 religious, philosophical and ethical units focusing on the shape of religion in the UK today and across the world. Thematic focus provides links between religious traditions and expands understanding of contemporary context and issues.

Topics Covered

  • Judaism/Christianity & Forgiveness
  • Hinduism & Afterlife
  • Sikhism & Equality

Recommended Extra Resources

Each unit contains a Topic Checksheet with links to relevant websites and publications. Students can supplement this with:

 

Useful Tips

Every lesson is built around specific skills – Knowledge, Understanding and Evaluation. These skills provide the framework for engaging with complex issues to do with belief in contemporary society and across the world. Make sure you are aware of the different ways of thinking and writing for each of the skills. This will help you to use the knowledge you already have and apply it to new and confusing ideas with confidence.

Subject: RE

Year 8

Course Content 3 religious, philosophical and ethical units focusing on the shape of religion in the UK today and across the world. Thematic focus provides links between religious traditions and expands understanding of contemporary context and issues.

Topics Covered

  • Islam & Devotion
  • Ethics & Morality
  • Buddhism & Balance.

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Each unit contains a Topic Checksheet with links to relevant websites and publications. Students can supplement this with:

 

Useful tips

Every lesson is built around specific skills – Knowledge, Understanding and Evaluation. These skills provide the framework for engaging with complex issues to do with belief in contemporary society and across the world. Make sure you are aware of the different ways of thinking and writing for each of the skills. This will help you to use the knowledge you already have and apply it to new and confusing ideas with confidence.

 

Performing Arts - Dance rotation

Subject: Dance

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Rotation 1 - Carnival Dance: an introduction to actions, dynamics, space and relationships
  • Rotation 2 - Dance Around the World
  • Rotation 3 - Choreographic Projects 1: choreography with a prop

Recommended Extra Resources

Online dance lessons for young people delivered by:

Recommended Reading List

Definition sheets and reading materials provided on Student Portal.

  • Hope in a Ballet Shoe – Michaela DePrince
  • Taking Flight – Michaela DePrince  
  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland
  • No Ballet Shoes in Syria – Catherine Bruton

Useful Tips

  • Keep an open mind about what Dance is as you will explore a variety of areas of the subject including performance, choreography and theory. 
  • Watch as much love dance performance as possible in lots of different styles. Reflect on how you felt during the performance, what creative ideas or interpretations did you have? Can you explain why? 
  • Consider taking part in KS3 Dance Club or being a part of RAG Show or the School Production. 

Subject: Dance   

Year 8

Topics Covered   

 

  • Rotation 1 - Choreographic Projects 2: response to audio setting
  • Rotation 2 - MOTIONHOUSE – Charge: an introduction to contact and partnering work
  • Rotation 3 - Street Dance: creating an education recourse for primary students 

Recommended Extra Resources

Online dance lessons for young people delivered by:

Recommended Reading List

Definition sheets and reading materials provided on Student Portal.

  • Hope in a Ballet Shoe – Michaela DePrince
  • Taking Flight – Michaela DePrince  
  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Young Readers Edition – Misty Copeland
  • No Ballet Shoes in Syria – Catherine Bruton
  • AQA GCSE Dance Specification

Useful tips

  • Join the KS3 Dance clubs.
  • Take part in the RAG Show which takes place in December and gives you a chance to perform in multiple different dance styles and with students from other year groups.
  • Try and take as many dance classes as you can by joining a club or taking free dance classes online. 
  • Go to see as much live dance performances as you can. This can be a professional theatre or an amateur club performance. 

 

Performing Arts - Drama Rotation

Subject: Drama

Year 7

 

Topics Covered

  • Teambuilding
  • Scriptwork
  • Research
  • RAKtivism (Exploring the benefits of practising kindness and committing Random Acts of Kindness)
  • Improvisation
  • Physical theatre
  • Devising from different stimuli
  • Pair work
  • Group work
  • Performance skills and related vocabulary
  • Whole School Production related work
  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

 

Recommended Extra Resources

 

Recommended Reading List

 

  • Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
  • Playful Plays:Vol.1 David Farmer

 

Useful Tips

  • Observe! Professional actors often inform their performances by observing other people who are different from themselves. Consider the different pace of an older person or a very young child. The gestures and facial expressions people use when they experience different emotions.
  • Try to see live theatre – local amateur productions are a good place to start!
  • Join a theatre group.
  • Check the portal for support materials and discussions

Subject: Drama

Year 8

 

Topics Covered

  • Research to inform Drama
  • Physical theatre
  • Stock characters
  • Scripted work
  • Devising from different stimuli
  • Theatre in Education (T.I.E)
  • Theatre Review
  • Pair work
  • Group work
  • Performance skills and related vocabulary
  • Whole School Production related work

 

Recommended Extra Resources

Support materials posted on the portal

 

Recommended Reading List

 

Useful Tips

  • Access the new OCR specification that we follow at GCSE. Have a look and see if the course suits you, if you have any questions your Drama teacher will always available to answer any questions.

 

Music

Subject: Music

Year 7

 

Topics Covered

  • Music foundation elements
  • Music sight reading
  • The Baroque period
  • The Classical period
  • The Romantic period
  • The Blues
  • Jazz
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll

Recommended Extra Resources

BBC Radio 3

https://www.teoria.com/ (for aural skills)

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

  • Join in one of our many ensembles and perform in our termly concerts. The best musicians always take a wider interest in music!
  • Keep up regular practice if you are learning an instrument – at least 20 minutes a day, five times a week.

Subject: Music

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Music sight reading
  • Song writing
  • Music production
  • The modes and folk music
  • Film music

Recommended Extra Resources

Revision Guide

 

Recommended Reading List

  • Daily quality newspaper Arts’ coverage
  • BBC Music Magazine (available in School Library)

Useful Tips

  • Join in one of our many ensembles and perform in our termly concerts. The best musicians always take a wider interest in music!
  • Keep up regular practice if you are learning an instrument – at least 20 minutes a day, five times a week.

 

Physical Education

Subject: PE

Year 7

Topics Covered

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tag Rugby
  • Team Building
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Capture the Flag
  • Orienteering
  • Lacrosse
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Fitness

Recommended Extra Resources

www.kentnetball.co.uk - Netball

http://www.kcaa.org.uk - Athletics

http://www.suttonvalencehockey.com - Hockey

http://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk - Athletics

Recommended Reading List

  • Jessica Ennis Autobiography – Unbelievable
  • Alex Morgan - Breakaway: Beyond the Goal
  • Finishing Kick – Paul Duffau
  • Grace, Gold and Glory – My Leap of Faith – Gabrielle Douglas

Useful Tips

  • Research the rules of the sports you are playing by looking on the relevant Governing Body websites. This would be useful to complete before you start the lesson.
  • Watch YouTube clips of the sports you are playing so you get an idea about how to play the sports.

Subject: PE

Year 8

Topics Covered

  • Netball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Tag Rugby
  • Team Building
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Capture the Flag
  • Orienteering
  • Lacrosse
  • Athletics
  • Rounders
  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics

Recommended Extra Resources

www.kentnetball.co.uk - Netball

http://www.kcaa.org.uk - Athletics

http://www.suttonvalencehockey.com - Hockey

http://www.paddockwoodac.co.uk - Athletics

Recommended Reading List

  • Jessica Ennis Autobiography – Unbelievable
  • Alex Morgan - Breakaway: Beyond the Goal
  • Finishing Kick – Paul Duffau
  • Grace, Gold and Glory – My Leap of Faith – Gabrielle Douglas

Useful Tips

  • Research the rules of the sports you are playing by looking on the relevant Governing Body websites. This would be useful to complete before you start the lesson.
  • Watch YouTube clips of the sports you are playing
  • so you get an idea about how to play the sports.