Content studied in Years 7 and 8

For details of what students study in Year 7 and Year 8, and details of assessment in Maths, please click here

Supporting your child 

The following links are useful resources to use at home:



Content studied in Year 7

In Year 7, students study the novel 'Once', Shakespearean Heroes and Villains, Fantasy Fiction and Creative Writing.

Content studied in Year 8

In Year 8 we start the year by studying either War Horse or Now is the Time for Running. Later in the year we will cover Gothic fiction, a non-fiction unit based on survival, war poetry and a Shakespeare play. We will also be building on the language skills covered in Year 7: How to analyse a writer's use of language and structure, evaluating the impact of writer's choices, comparing texts and transactional writing.


Supporting your child 
Wider reading outside of school is vital in helping students build a sophisticated vocabulary. This can be both fiction and non-fiction. There are also some Year 7 schemes of work on the VLE. There are also a set of key subject words which should be learnt:

Verb, adjective, emotive language, metaphor, connotation, setting, rhetorical question

Simple sentence, Compound sentence Complex sentence 

Point- Evidence- Explanation 

Pathetic fallacy

Direct address




Asking your child if they can spot the use of these devices in their own wider reading will encourage them to memorise and apply this knowledge.



Content studied in Years 7 and 8

For details of what students study in Year7 and Year 8, please click here.

After every topic, students complete a short assessment, there are two tiers – Higher and Foundation.

Supporting your child 

The following links are useful resources to use at home:



Content studied in Year 7

In Year 7 students learn basic drawing skills while drawing from life. They learn how to draw ellipses, symmetry, blending tones, colour theory and measuring using a pencil to improve accuracy. They learn how to work in pencil, pastels, watercolours and paint.

During lockdown students learned about the Elements of Art- Line, Colour, Form, Space, Colour, Shape and Texture. They learn about Gargoyles and artists who work in clay. They then found inspiration to inspire design ideas for their own clay gargoyles. Some explored realising these ideas in clay.

Content studied in Year 8

In Year 8 students learn about portraiture and have studied the work of Chuck Close. They will produce A3 pencil self-portraits using his ‘grid method’. After Christmas students will move onto a new unit – ‘Beautiful Bugs’ where they will explore much looser drawing skills. They will also learn about patterns and various printing techniques.



Content studied in Year 7

Skills, techniques, Bean and Berkoff, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, characters and script writing.

Content studied in Year 8

Commedia dell’arte, melodrama, script work, Bugsy Malone, superheroes, devising

Term 2/4/6 assessments occur in last lesson of term (practical) and students have self-evaluation booklets we use in school where we set teacher targets. Click here for a copy of assessment levels


Supporting your child 

Ways to support your child in Drama:  ask them about the topics they have studied and the techniques they have used; get them to teach you a drama game or technique; encourage them to discuss tv programmes/films/plays/musicals they have seen or see with you and ask them to evaluate aspects of them eg the lead actor’s use of facial expression or the lighting effects or the use of sound and music; ask them to research potential jobs available in the creative industries; encourage them to watch some online performances.


Get them to explore the following websites:

There is a great book produced by the National Theatre called ALL ABOUT THEATRE



Content studied in Year 7

During Year 7 students explored the elements of music, rhythm and pulse, form and structure, instruments of the orchestra and a project on world music. They developed their listening, musical notation and appraising skills. Some units required composition whereas some were more performance based. All students had the opportunity to perform on a range of classroom instruments as well as keyboards.

Content studied in Year 8

Year 8 have started the year with studying the blues. They have explored the context of this musical genre and learnt some of the key aspects of how to play the blues. All students have learnt a 12 bar blues chord sequence in C Major, A blues scale and a simple repeated bass line. Students have worked in pairs on keyboards and guitars and have performed to each other. Students have not had a formal assessment, but their finished work has been recorded so that they may feedback and consider how to make progress.


All students have completed an informal listening test which has allowed them to listen to a range of blues music and learn about some of the important features from that musical style.


Supporting your child 

Please do ask them about what they have been learning about in lessons. Encourage them to further their listening around the topic they are studying. Ask them to tell you all about the context of the topic that is being covered in class. They may be able to show you some of the practical skills that they have learnt.

In addition, all student KS3 and GCSE Music students will have a login to Focus on Sound, this is a wonderful musical learning environment and one where they can explore instruments, theory, compositions and then test themselves on their knowledge. It also has exam based questions for those students at GCSE level. Here is the link:

Students may also wish to explore some of the following useful theory websites:  

Helpful Music Theory Websites:

Helps train your ears and develop your aural skills.

Lessons, exercises and lots of theory support.

Music theory courses and exam preparation

Music theory, Piano lessons and some great support and help for Composition, forms and structures.


Content studied in Year 7

Historical skills, Norman Conquest, Tudors and Stuarts, Industrial Revolution and History of Brighton. 

Content studied in Year 8

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Civil Rights, World War One and Trench Warfare, World War Two. Students will be assessed using GCSE questions. They also complete a full GCSE style examination for their Medicine in the Trenches unit.

Supporting your child 

The following links are useful resources to use at home:




Content studied in Year 7

  1. Introduction to Geography using photographs and OS Maps 
  2. Where do we Live?  Looking at settlement patterns, growth of cities, issues with housing, brownfield/greenfield sites. 
  3. Welcome to the UK – geography of the UK, the UK as part of Europe, history of migration and multiculturalism in the UK. 
  4. Rivers – Processes, landforms and management. 
  5. Natural Hazards – focus on volcanoes, structure of Earth and plate tectonics. 
  6. Energy Matters – different types of energy production, current and future issues of providing energy and being sustainable.


Content studied in Year 8

  1. Russia (assessing progress – exam questions describing maps, final piece is a response to the content taught; not levelled as we don’t have to in term 1)
  2. Development – Assessing progress in weeks 3-4- describing development indicators, data analysis and decision-making students will be given a level. 
  3. Africa – Assessing progress throughout with data task and graphs.  No levelled piece as we don’t in Term 3 but final piece is an African collage. 
  4. Coasts – Assessing progress throughout but at the end with exam questions and a level given. 
  5. Weather – Assessing progress with weather instruments and investigation of microclimates around school.  No levelled piece at end but they will be writing a report about what they found in the school grounds. 
  6. Global Warming and Climate Change – assessing progress throughout but end of year exams will assess this unit and all units covered in Yr8 – this will be given a level.

Supporting your child 

The following links are useful resources to use at home:



French- Year 7

For Year 7 French we use Pearson Studio 1. We covered the topics of school, the time, likes and dislikes, daily routine, sports, hobbies, technology, holidays and describing where they live. We explored present tense verbs in plural and singular forms, including reflexive and irregular verbs such as faire, avoir and être.

French- Year 8

In Y8, we use a combination of the Studio 2 Vert (standard) and Studio 2 Rouge (more challenging) courses. We have studied books, film and TV and have looked at extending our opinions. Going forwards we will be studying Paris and tourism, our home and prepositions, food, our friendships and style, and our skills and talents. Students will learn to speak in multiple timeframes - past, present and future. 


Spanish- Year 7

In Year 7 Spanish, we use Pearson Viva 1. We learned to talk about ourselves and our friends using adjectives, about sports and hobbies, school and the time, and Spanish towns and cultures. We explored present tense verbs in plural and singular forms, including the verbs vivir and tener.

 Spanish- Year 8

In Year 8, we use Viva 2. Students will cover the topics of holidays, food and parties, daily routine, describing a home, and music and TV. Students will learn to speak in multiple timeframes - past, present and future. 

Assessments in both languages take place before Christmas, Easter and the Summer. Work is set and marked regularly to monitor progress. Targeted questioning and student feedback are used in lessons.

Supporting your child 

To support your child in languages, we would encourage you to:

·         read books in French - ones aimed at small children are very good as the structures are relatively simple

·         watch the news, films or TV in French

·         go on Duolingo to broaden vocabulary

·         go on Quizlet to practice vocabulary and grammar

·         use ActiveLearn to complete Listening, Reading, Writing and Grammar tasks relevant to the course



To follow

DT & Food and Nutrition

Content studied in Year 7

In Year 7 students studied textiles, structures and drawing. We didn't cover Food and Nutrition but will pick this up in Year 8. Click here for the Year 7 scheme of work.

Content studied in Year 8

In Year 8 we will continue building on work from Year 7, as well as covering the Year 7 Food and Nutrition content. Click here for the Year 8 scheme of work. 

Supporting your child 

All lessons are available on the VLE and demonstration videos for all practicals will be available on the King’s DT YouTube channel. 


Content studied in Year 7

In Year 7 students studied how to use the computer systems, networks, computational thinking, the history of computing. We and started Tinker programming and GROK Python coding during lockdown. 

Content studied in Year 8

All of Year 8 will be taught the Number Systems and LMC that would have been covered in Year 7 and extended for Year 8. During lockdown students were taught Python programming remotely using GROK software. This will be taught to students again in year 8 at school, not using GROK

Supporting your child 

All lessons and resources are available from the VLE.


Content studied in Year 7

  • Topics covered in Year 7: Overview of 6 World Faiths, Arguments for the Existence of God, Judaism, The Shoah, Christianity, Islam 

Content studied in Year 8

  • Content to be covered in Year 8 and methods of assessing progress; Christian Denominations, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Christian Role Models, Christian Stories.

We use a variety of assessments using short and long answer GCSE style questions.

Supporting your child 
We would recommend parents accessing BBC Bitesize and SENECA to support their children with RP.