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Subjects you'll study in Year 7



What is English all about?

  •  Learning how to communicate ideas and opinions effectively.
  •  Selecting and analysing information from a text.
  •  Reading a wide range of literature and enjoying it!

Which topics will we study?

  • Non- fiction writing and speeches
  • Analysing wildlife representations in media
  • ‘Natural World’ Poetry
  • Gothic Descriptive Writing
  • Romeo and Juliet


What is Mathematics all about?

Maths is one of the best subjects to develop your analytical, research and problem solving skills. Not only will maths give you the knowledge to tackle scientific, mechanical, coding and abstract problems, it will also help you develop logic to tackle everyday issues like planning projects, managing budgets and even debating effectively.

Mathematical modelling is currently being utilised to support the government in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Graphs are used to present data and models using the exponential function have been used to predict trends.

Which topics will we study?

  • Number – four operations with positive and negative numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages, ratio and proportion, indices, rounding.
  • Algebra – writing and simplifying expressions, brackets, solving equations, substitution, inequalities, graphs of straight lines, simultaneous equations.
  • Geometry & Measure – perimeter, area, volume, transformations, angles with parallel lines and polygons, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry, area and circumference of circles.
  • Statistics – reading and interpreting a wide range of tables and charts, drawing pie charts, stem & leaf diagrams, scatter diagrams, averages and range, probability theory, sample space diagrams, tree diagrams, two-way tables.
  • Problem Solving – students are exposed to a wide variety of problems in order to develop a systematic and logical approach using standard and non-standard methods.


What is Science all about?

Science is all about the world around us and how it behaves. In science we watch, listen, observe and record. Chemistry is the study of chemical reactions. Physics is the study of particles and energy. Biology is the study of life and living organisms.

Which topics will we study?

  • Biology:  Cells; Structure and function of body systems; Plant Biology
  • Chemistry: Particles and their behaviour; Elements, atoms and compounds; Reactions; Acids and Alkalis.
  • Physics: Forces; Space Physics.
  • You will also have the opportunity to consider how the topics you learn about lead to different careers.


What is Art all about?

Art is about having fun and exploring creative possibilities. You will all be good at something whether it is painting, drawing, printing, photography, or mixed media.

Which topics will we study?

After spending the first term doing a series of skills based workshops, you will study five important artists, past and present, to give you a background knowledge of their work and influences. Some of the artists studied are Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Seurat, Edvard Munch, Pollock, and Mantegna.

You will learn to build a sketchbook throughout the year responding to each of these artists using a different media discipline, such as painting, photography, collage, printing, drawing skills, pastels, 3D and clay work.

Design & Technology

What is Design & Technology all about?

 “Design and Technology is a subject that enthuses and motivates young people because it is open ended and creative and uses problem solving – and these are just the type of skills employers are looking for.” (Rhys Morgan – Royal College of Engineering)

The vast majority of our students enjoy its practical, hands on approach to learning, which is underpinned with knowledge and understanding. This is applied across the different areas of the department which include food technology, graphics and resistant materials.

 Which topics will we study?

  • Table Tennis Bat: Pupils look at ergonomics and make a table tennis bat using a rage of tools and materials.  Table tennis is a popular activity during break and lunch for many of the students and we look forward to testing out the bats!
  • Snack Bar Project: Pupils have to work in an apprentice-style activity to design and make the wrapper, the snack bar and present their finished products to the class.  Students learn how to use computer-aided design and understand the uses of a range of different packaging materials.
  • Laser Cut Pencil Case: Pupils learn about computer aided design and manufacture and will use the laser cutter to produce a wooden pencil case.
  • Cooking and Nutrition: An introduction to food hygiene, preparation and cooking methods. Students will create a range of dishes using a variety of cooking methods to help them work safely and successfully in the kitchen.



What is Humanities all about?

In the Humanities department you will study Geography and History. These are important topics that will teach you about the world and the people in it.

History is the study of significant events and people from the past, how we lived our lives and how our lives changed or stayed the same throughout time, all of which explains the story of how we live our lives in the present.

Geography is the study of the world around us today, focussing on the physical features of the earth, human and societal developments, the environment and how we interact with it.

Currently we are living through unusual times in modern human history and our lives are being altered by the pandemic. It is a fascinating example of how humanity shifts to cope with fast-moving circumstances. We can look to history for examples of how we tried to deal with previous pandemics, and we can look as geographers to see how society and our environment was affected by them. During this time we encourage you to consider how historical precedents have been used to inform our new ways of living, and how our relationships with society and the planet are evolving in order to keep us all safe from harm. There are several activities in this pack for you to do, in order to introduce you to the fascinating subjects of history and geography and help prepare you for your future study of Humanities at The Hayesbrook School.

 Which topics will we study?

  • Geography: Weather and Climate, Rivers, Geography of the UK, Map skills, Earth as a natural resource, Economy.
  • History: Anglo-Saxon England, Norman Conquest, Middle Ages, Tudors & Stuarts.


What is MFL all about?

MFL aims to harness your enthusiasm for learning a second language, and develop your understanding of other cultures. Through reading, writing, listening and speaking we will strengthen your language learning skills, and have fun in the process. We will use role-play, interactive vocabulary games like “beat the teacher” and make use of peer testing and lots of quick fire questioning to assist with the retention of new language. At home, students will use Quizlet to practise key vocabulary and language structures, and Knowledge Organisers will provide vocabulary lists to support them. In Year 7 you will study Spanish.

Which topics will we study?

In Year 7, you will learn how to talk about:

  •  Yourself (we will enjoy getting to know all about you)
  •  Your family and any pets you have
  •  Your hobbies and free time
  •  Where you live and what there is to do in your town
  •  Your school life


What is ICT all about?

Over the last few weeks we have all been using ICT more than we have ever done. We have been doing lessons online, using FaceTime or other similar apps to communicate with friends and relatives as well as learning about new apps such as Zoom. Next year you will be thinking about all things related to ICT such as:

  •  Learning how to be safe online and understand the parts of a computer.
  •  Learning how to be confident when using packages in lesson and how to programme.

Which topics will we study?

  •  Online safety
  •  How to programme BBC micro:bits
  •  Kodu
  •  The different elements of the components of a computer
  •  How to use Scratch programming to create stories, games, and animations
  •  How to use the various Microsoft offices package


What is Music all about?

Music is an integral part of all our lives, played at all the vast events and milestones in life; christenings, birthday parties, weddings etc. We often listen to music to uplift us, make us feel better but did you know that music scientifically enhances your learning and brain development? 

At The Hayesbrook you will be given the chance to learn how to read, play, write and perform.  Everyone should have the opportunity to develop their musical potential through exploration, experimentation, exposure, and enrichment. Which is why you will be given a chance to perform not only to your peers, friends and family but also aim to tour. 

We have many paths for you to get involved in music through our curriculum, clubs and instrumental lessons.  To support your learning, we have an instrument loan system where you can borrow musical instruments such as:

Guitar (acoustic, electric or bass), Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Violin, Cello,  Keyboards and Amplifiers

DJ-ing is now a recognised instrument by many GCSE boards.  You will have access to state-of-the-art decks to practice on during breaks and lunchtimes.  With the possibility of having individual or group lessons with a professional DJ.

Music technology is crucial to us as it makes music accessible to everyone.  You will learn on our new iMac suite on industry software such as GarageBand and Logic Pro X how to write, create, organise and mix music.

In October we will have a concert where you will be given a chance to show your talent and skills to your families, friends and peers.  We have an exciting range of trips and visits planned for your time at The Hayesbrook School such as concerts and theatre performances.

 Which topics will we study?

  • In year 7 you will study the following topics in music:
  • Rhythm and pulse (this involves group composition of body percussive pieces like STOMP!) & Singing
  • Keyboard Skills (learning how to read and play the keyboard) & singing
  • Instruments of the orchestra (getting exposure to the different families of instruments and learning to play different parts together like an orchestra) & singing
  • Major/Minor (By learning how to play different pop songs which have Major and Minor keys and chords) & singing
  • Cartoon Music (Looking at how music helps and adds to a cartoon. You will compose music for a cartoon) & singing

Physical Education

What is Physical Education all about?

Physical Education at Hayesbrook is about having fun whilst learning and developing physical skills and understanding, through a broad and balanced variety of physical activities. The overall aim is develop well rounded individuals, who feel confident and happy as they progress through their teens. We do this through an inclusive approach to curriculum, and a real focus on excellence for those who show interest in taking their sport further.

Which topics will we study in year 7?

Football, health and fitness, rugby, handball, basketball, cricket, baseball, athletics

What will be the key focus in lessons?

  • Skills, techniques and performance
  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Decision making and teamwork
  • Health and well being
  • Safe preparation for physical activity



What is PSHCE all about?

PSHCE will give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and characteristics that you need to keep yourself healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Together we will focus on three key themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World and develop skills and understanding through classroom discussion, real-world experience and through research projects.

Which topics will we study?

  • Managing Transition - dealing with change/independence, staying safe/ travel/ strangers/ getting to know new people, eating healthily/ sport & fitness at secondary school/ online safety/ personal hygiene
  • Fairtrade and Ethical Shopping – human rights/sweatshops & designer brands/ Fairtrade/ poverty and religious attitudes
  • Anti-bullying, Stereotypes and Diversity - how we communicate positively/ what are stereotypes?/ diversity - racial, religious, LGBT/ anti-bullying Ambassadors/ school anti-bullying policy/ cyberbullying (WhatsApp/Instagram/Snapchat etc) / disabilities and disablist language
  • Staying Healthy - obesity and eating disorders/ physical exercise & staying active/ energy drinks & caffeine/ balanced diet
  • Introducing Politics - All kinds of government/political systems (democracy to dictatorships)/ politics is everywhere (education, healthcare etc) / democracy in the UK (houses & parties)/ voting & elections.
  • World Religions - Global religions (Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism) living in multi-faith societies/ British diversity and British values