Year 7 - Lessons

English – You will learn to write in a variety of forms and styles. You will be encouraged to read widely, and you will study a novel with your teacher and class. You will also have opportunity to study poetry, media texts ana non-fiction.

Maths – You will have four Maths lessons a week in year 7, initially taught in mixed ability form groups. Around half term you will be taught in sets, in two half year groups. You will continue to study Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measures and Statistics. Functional Maths Skills will also be taught where you can apply your knowledge to different real life situations.

Science – You have 3 Science lessons a week where you will learn lots of things about cells, reproduction, acids and alkalis, energy resources and electricity to name but a few. You will do different experiments, some using test tubes or even Bunsen Burners.

French –You will have three lessons of French a week in which you will learn how to understand and how to communicate information about yourself and others, about your family and pets and those of other people. You will also learn how to give opinions about things such as school subjects and music. You will use the Interactive Whiteboard, the Internet and the VLE.

Technology – The Technology department operates what is known as a carousel system. This enables all pupils to gain experience of as many different subjects as possible. During years 7 and 8, pupils study a subject within the Design & Technology framework for 1 term before moving onto the next subject. Currently, the subjects offered in year 7 are Resistant Materials Technology, Food Technology and Textiles Technology. In year 8 Textiles is substituted by Graphics.

Art - You will learn to draw objects from observation which you will then use to create prints. You will also learn how to create a pop art paper mache sculpture. You will do a project on painting landscape in Fauvists style.

Drama – Drama lessons happen once a week as a stand alone subject. In the Autumn term, there is a chance to be involved in the whole school production. There is also a theatre trip to Chicken Shed. Then in the summer term there is the Year 7 and 8 performing arts evenings.

Drama lessons:

  • Teach us good communication skills
  • Develops our organisation skills
  • Helps us to develop confidence in ourselves
  • Helps us to relate to other people and take on board their opinions
  • Develops our imaginations
  • Develops our negotiation skills
  • Encourages us to think for ourselves
  • Teaches us different Dramatic techniques
  • Gives us the opportunity to act different characters
  • Helps us to understand ourselves and how we are feeling
  • Helps us to understand our own strengths and weaknesses
  • Lets us explore different issues

Music – Music lessons happen once a week.

You will learn:

  • how to play a keyboard
  • how to make music as a solo and in a group
  • how to sing
  • how to write your own music
  • There is a lower school concert which involves every year 7 class during your first term at Chancellors
  • We take a trip to the "MusicMix" concert held by the BBC concert Orchestra
  • You can join the choir, the ukelele band and many other groups including the flute and string ensembles.

History – In History lessons you will be investigating the lives of people in Roman times and, later in the year, Medieval times. You will be looking at the way battles were fought in these two periods in History and also at how life and beliefs changed. As St Albans was both a Roman town (Verulamium) and later an important Medieval centre we will spend a day there in June learning about various aspects of the two towns. History lessons will allow you to learn new skills and use them to explore the past.

Geography – Year 7 Geography is studied in two lessons each week. We cover the topics of farming, map reading, the local area, settlement and population. It is a lot of fun. We take the Year group out into the local areas to learn about it this is called Local Studies and we also go to visit a dairy farm where there is an option to try out what milking a cow feels like! We show lots of films and use computers on a regular basis. There are not that many tests as we like to do project work which gives pupils a chance to really explore a topic. Everyone always finds that Geography in Year 7 is interesting and loads of fun.

ICT – In year 7 pupils are given opportunities to develop the essential skills and knowledge to become confident users of ICT. Most pupils will be expected to achieve National Curriculum level 4 or higher. Each pupil is given a target derived from a baseline assessment that he/she should be aiming to achieve by the end of the academic year. ICT clubs run at lunchtimes for all students and help-lessons can be arranged by appointment. The National Curriculum programme of study for ICT in Key Stage 3 groups the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to acquire into themes. These are cover in the following units of work:

  • Unit 7.0-Computer Basics & File Management
  • Unit 7.1-Planning and creating a presentation
  • Unit 7.2-E-safety
  • Unit 7.3-Making a leaflet
  • Unit 7.4-Spreadsheet modeling
  • Unit 7.5-Data handling

Physical Education – In year 7 pupils follow a programme encompassing a range of different activities from netball to football and dance. The girls and boys lessons are mixed sex with most activity blocks lasting a half term. There are 2 PE lessons a week that involve 2 different sports, mostly 1 inside and 1 outside. Boys and girls follow a different programme that involve a variety of individual sports such as gym and team games such as rugby etc.

Religious Education – RE lessons take place once a week, homework is set each week and pupils are assessed at the end of each unit of study. Year 7 units of study include: Introduction to RE, God for all faiths or none?, What is the nature of God in Sikhism? Jesus – Man or Son of God?, What does justice mean to Christians? and How do we know right from wrong?

The School Day

The school day may seem strange to start off with, but like everything else here you will get to grips with it quite quickly.

8.25am – Warning bell
8.30am – 8.50am – Registration/Assembly
8.50am – 9.50am – Lesson 1
9.50am – 10.50am – Lesson 2
10.50am – 11.10am – Morning Break
11.10am – 12.10pm – Lesson 3
12.10am – 1.10pm – Lesson 4
1.10pm – 1.55pm – Lunchtime
1.55pm – Lesson Bell
2.00pm – 3.00pm – Lesson 5