The sections below detail the curriculum for Year 7 pupils at Hexham Middle School.

Should you wish to know more about the curriculum followed at HMS please contact admin@hexhammiddle.org.uk. Your query will be passed to the relevant Curriculum Leader and we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

Animation

  • How animation is created
  • How and why does animation work?
  • Developing an animated character
  • Using backgrounds
  • Creating animated film
  • Creating thaumatropes and flip books

Spring 1 & Spring 2

The Work of an Artist

  • Studying the work of Moritz Escher
  • Ways in which repeating pattern can be created
  • Developing tessellating motifs
  • Designing graphic images

Summer 1 & Summer 2

The Surrealists

  • The work of Dali, Earnst and Magritte
  • Developing imaginary landscapes through visual research
  • Creating images on scraperboards

Autumn 1

Flow Charts

  • The purpose and use of flowcharts
  • Flowchart symbols
  • How to draw a flowchart
  • How to write an algorithm in preparation for a flowchart
  • How to use that algorithm to create a flowchart
  • Numerous practice flowchart exercises to increase student confidence

e-Safety: Viruses, Password Security and Digital Footprints

Autumn 2

Computational Thinking

  • Computational thinking
  • Decomposition
  • Pattern recognition
  • Abstraction
  • Algorithms

e-Safety: Viruses, Password Security and Digital Footprints

Spring 1 & Spring 2

Representing Data: Images, Sounds and Text

  • Different ways of representing data through graphics, sounds and text.

e-Safety: Cyberbullying and Grooming

Summer 1 & Summer 2

An Introduction to Python

  • The basics of how to use Python, how to run a program and how to write a simple program to output text. 
  • Creation of a simple chatbot that will respond to user input.

e-Safety: A Creator’s Rights

Autumn 1, Autumn 2 & Spring 1

Food Technology

  • How to store foods safely and hygienically.
  • The importance of protein in our diet and the main nutrients provided by the Eatwell Plate food groups.
  • The eight tips for healthy eating.
  • The five-a-day message and the importance of portion size.
  • The development of practical skills through cooking a range of savoury and sweet dishes.
  • Adapting recipes appropriately.
  • Explore a range of factors which can affect food choice.

Spring 2, Summer 1 & Summer 2

Design Technology

Domestic Products

  • Designing and making a photo frame and clock inspired by the design movement of Memphis.

Home-based Learning

  • Exploring the evolution of a product and development of a concept for the next generation.

Autumn 1

Poetry and Prose

The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond and The Ballad of Frankie and Johnny

  • Recount – newspaper article.
  • Descriptive writing including figurative language, writing and performing a ballad, role play: trial of a character.

Autumn 2

Classic Literature

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Speckled Band

  • Non-fiction – non-chronological report on aspects of the Victorian Era.
  • Character analysis essay.

Spring 1 & Spring 2

Modern Fiction

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

  • Presentation – what would you do with £1 million?
  • Narrative – writing in role as characters.
  • Character comparison and analysis.
  • Persuasive writing – formal letter writing.
  • Book and film comparison essay.

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Seminal World Literature

Shakespeare: an overview

  • Study of Tudor England, particularly Shakespeare’s London.
  • Letter of complaint, non-chronological report.
  • Overview of Romeo and Juliet including opportunities to act, recite parts by heart, study of key scenes.

Autumn 1

School Life

  • Subject
  • Telling the time
  • Conjunctions
  • Designing a timetable

Autumn 2

Clothing

  • Vocabulary
  • Materials
  • Design a school uniform

Spring 1

Animal Habitats

  • Descriptive language
  • Verb endings: -er, -re, -ir
  • The Smurfs

Spring 2

Sports and Hobbies

  • Opinions
  • Famous sportspeople
  • Verbs: faire and jouer

Summer 1

Travel and Tourism

  • Points of interest
  • Designing a brochure

Summer 2

French Stories

  • Tintin and more

Autumn 1

Geography Skills

  • Map work
  • Longitude and Latitude
  • Human vs. physical and the impact on processes
  • Changes to geography
  • Describing places
  • Local geography

Autumn 2

From Russia with Love

  • The physical and human geography of Russia
  • Population – rural vs urban
  • Chernobyl
  • Conflict with Ukraine
  • Impact of Russia on the world
  • Russian tourism

Spring 1

Restless Earth

  • What is a hazard?
  • Earth structures
  • Plate tectonics
  • Volcanoes

Spring 2

Restless Earth (continued)

  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunami
  • Recent events: Japan, Nepal, Haiti, Caribbean

Summer 1

Changing China

  • China past and present
  • Three Gorges Dam
  • Ghost China
  • One Child policy
  • Made in China
  • Mobile China
  • Sustainable China

Summer 2

Fascinating Places

  • Svalbard
  • Grand Canyon and the national parks
  • Easter Island and many more

Autumn 1

Medieval Britain (1066 – 1509)

  • What makes a leader
  • Three kings
  • Battle of Stamford
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Bayeux Tapestry
  • William’s control
  • Harrying of the North
  • England – the feudal system

Autumn 2

Medieval Britain (1066 – 1509)

  • English homes – changing towns
  • Why was Jerusalem important in medieval times
  • Thomas Becket

Spring 1

Medieval Britain (1066 – 1509)

  • King John and the Magna Carta
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants’ Revolt

Spring 2

War of the Roses

  • Kings and Queens
  • Henry VIII
  • Edward VI
  • Mary Tudor
  • Elizabeth I
  • The history of crime

Summer 1

Native Americans

  • The great American Desert
  • Surviving in a tipi
  • Buffalo

Summer 2

A local history study

Autumn 1

  • Revise and refresh: number and place value
  • Number skills: HCF, LCM, four operations with negative numbers, square root, cube root, order of operations, prime factor decomposition, laws of indices, significant figures
  • Equations, functions and formulae: simplifying, using formulae, brackets and powers, STEM focus, factorising

Autumn 2

  • Equations: one step equations, two-step equations, equations with unknowns on both sides, trial and improvement
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages: four operations with fractions, equivalence, percentage increase and decrease, recurring decimals, repeated percentage change

Spring 1

  • Working with powers, expressions and equations
  • Angles and lines: angles in parallel lines, angles in triangles, angles in polygons
  • Perimeter, area and volume: area of parallelograms and trapeziums, plans and elevations, surface area and volume of prisms, area and circumference of circles, Pythagoras

Spring 2

  • Sequences and graphs: linear sequences, the nth term, pattern sequences, midpoint of lines, straight line graphs
  • Real-life graphs: financial graphs, distance-time graphs, rates of change, misleading graphs

Summer 1

  • Transformations: reflection and translation, rotations, enlargement including fractional scale factors, STEM problem solving
  • Ratio and proportion: STEM focus, metric and imperial, sharing in a given ratio, proportion, unitary method, proportional reasoning

Summer 2

  • Statistics: two-way tables, averages and range, grouped frequency, pie charts, misleading data, scatter graphs and correlation
  • Probability: probability scale, experimental probability
  • Developing investigative skills: Nrich investigative tasks, developing reasoning skills, group project learning

Autumn 1

Understanding Scales

  • Major & minor scales
  • The arrangement of intervals within major & minor scales
  • Performing a class ensemble in four parts
  • Performing scales in similar and contrary motion

Autumn 2

Major Scale Composition

  • Composition of a piece of music using the notes from major scales
  • Adding accompaniments such as a pulse, drone, rhythm or chords

Spring 1

Chromaticism

  • The chromatic scale and how chromaticism is used in music
  • Playing the chromatic scale in a variety of ways
  • Playing the whole tone scale

Spring 2

Impressionism

  • Study of Debussy including the prelude ‘A l’apres midi d’un Faun’
  • The compositional style of Debussy and his use of  instrumentation, chromaticism and development of the ‘Whole-Tone Scale’

Summer 1

Extended Composition (linked with Art)

  • Creating a variety of moods using different scales and compositional devices

Summer 2

Music in Advertising

  • How music is used in advertising including background music, songs, jingles, etc.
  • Creating a new product and compose an advert, including accompanying music

Autumn 1

  • Invasion Games 1:
    • Netball
    • Football

Autumn 2

  • Run4Fun
  • Gymnastics
  • Dance

Spring 1

  • Invasion Games 2:
    • Hockey
    • Rugby

Spring 2

  • Cultural Games:
    • Aussie Rules Football
    • Gaelic Football
    • American Flag Football

Summer 1

  • Athletics

Summer 2

  • Golf
  • Striking and Fielding:
    • Rounders
    • Cricket

Autumn 1

  • Relationships

Autumn 2

  • Personal Finance

Spring 1

  • Drugs Education

Spring 2

  • Global Issues

Summer 1

  • Sex Education

Summer 2

  • Enterprise

Autumn 1

Cells

  • Cells as the fundamental unit of living organisms
  • Using a microscope
  • The functions of the cell components

Particles

  • The particle model
  • Changes of state, shape and density
  • Atoms and molecules
  • The properties of the different states of matter
  • Changes of state in terms of the particle model

Autumn 2

Light

  • The similarities and differences between light waves and waves in matter
  • Light waves travelling through a vacuum; speed of light
  • The transmission of light through materials: absorption, diffuse scattering and specular reflection at a surface
  • Colour

Spring 1

Body Systems

  • The structure and functions of the human skeleton
  • The structure and functions of the gas exchange system in humans

Elements, atoms and compounds

  • Introduction to the periodic table and chemical formulae
  • A simple (Dalton) atomic model
  • Differences between atoms, elements and compounds
  • Chemical symbols and formulae for elements and compounds

Spring 2

Forces

  • Forces as pushes or pulls, arising from the interaction between two objects
  • Using force arrows in diagrams
  • Hooke’s Law

Summer 1

Reproduction

  • Human reproduction: the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, menstrual cycle (without details of hormones), gametes, fertilisation, gestation and birth.
  • Plant reproduction: flower structure, wind and insect pollination, fertilisation, seed and fruit formation and dispersal.

Summer 2

Acids and Alkalis

  • Defining acids and alkalis in terms of neutralisation reactions
  • The pH scale for reactions of acids with metals
  • Reactions of acids with alkalis to produce a salt plus water

Space

  • Our sun as a star; other stars in our galaxy
  • Other galaxies
  • The seasons and the Earth’s tilt; day length at different times of year, in different hemispheres
  • The light year as a unit of astronomical distance

Autumn 1

Creation & Stewardship

  • How did the universe begin?
  • What does it mean to be a steward of creation?

Autumn 2

Buddhism

  • The birth of Buddha
  • Siddattha Gotama
  • Three marks of existence
  • Four noble truths

Spring 1

Living Christianity

  • What does it mean to be a Christian?
  • Church
  • Denominations
  • Protestantism and Catholicism

Spring 2

The Teachings of Jesus

  • What is Jesus’ message?
  • The Bible
  • The Bible as a source of authority
  • Old/New Testament
  • The Gospels
  • The Good Samaritan

Summer 1

Inspirational People, Human Rights & Equality

  • Why do we need to promote human rights?
  • Equality
  • Racism
  • Sexism
  • Diversity in religion

Summer 2

Inspirational people, Human Rights & Equality

  • The Holocaust
  • Martin Luther King
  • Pope Francis II
  • Oscar Romero
  • Mother Teresa
  • Gandhi