What we are learning this term in Year 7
Hello and welcome to Summer Term 2. This term is extremely busy with lots of events and trips coming up. Alongside this we will still be working hard in our curriculum subjects, focusing on the topics below.
|English||This term we will be focusing on the work of Roald Dahl, specifically Charlie and the Chocolate factory. We will be writing book reviews and comparing versions of the same story.|
|English – Home learning opportunities||Find another Roald Dahl story and read a small section each night. Draw some characters from famous stories. Look at the illustrations in Roald Dahl books.|
|Maths||We continue to work on the four strands of maths and develop our skills in number, shape space and measure, handling data and using and applying.|
|Maths – Home learning opportunities||Use and apply monetary skills when out in the community. Become more independent when using money to make purchases.
Students can count and add objects in functional situations, for example laying a table or putting away clothes. To extend this students could multiply the amounts and work out different calculations and find the difference.
Find and match objects on a shopping list and match prices.
Identifying shapes in the home and community.
Using standard and nonstandard units of measure in functional situations such as measuring wrapping paper to wrap presents or using ml when cooking.
|Science||This half term we will be learning about plants. Pupils will learn the names of different parts of plants, and the jobs they do. The students will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate what plants need to grow well, and will present their findings to their classmates. Furthermore, they will have chance to predict what will happen in an exciting investigation into the transportation of water within plants. They will work in a hands-on way to identify the parts of a flower, and will explore the different stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.
|Science – Home learning opportunities||http://www.hyperstaffs.info/work/biology/Handford/artifact/index.html
Explore how bees pollenate plants.
Explore how you can become involved in the garden!
|Computing||This term in I.C.T. we will be learning about e-safety guidance and how to communicate e-safety effectively.|
|Computing – Home learning opportunities||Pupils can use a series of websites to enhance their skills at home.
and for e-safety for your young people you can find information HERE
|Mental Wealth||Students will continue to work on exploring emotions, understanding how they feel and what strategies they can use to maintain a calm and settled state.
Students will also be accessing the Golden Mile initiative in order to promote exercise and fitness.
|Mental Wealth – Home learning opportunities||At home, students could continue to access strategies such as breathing techniques or the use of sensory items.
www.calm.com offers a variety of different interactive scenes with calming music alongside breathing techniques.
Continue to talk about feelings and emotions and give students the opportunity to access sensory items, outside time or other strategies when they need to.
|Citizenship||This term will involve learning about volunteering and how we can help in the community. We will be doing voluntary jobs around the school.|
|Citizenship – Home learning opportunities||http://www.redcross.org.uk/Get-involved/Volunteer?gclid=CMGgwP7iz8wCFUyeGwodIzwEcw
Research the role of a volunteer.
|PE||This term will be preparing for sports day, including learning lots of different athletics activities such as shot put, javelin, relay racing and jumping.|
|PE – Home learning opportunities||http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/athletics/7538200.stm
Watch a triple jump master class with British jumper Phillips Idowu.
Read about Olympic and World Champion Mo Farah
|Food Technology||As it’s the summer term Year 7s will be learning All about Salad. They will be tasting different salad leaves and making different types of salad. These will include a potato salad, coleslaw, green salad, mixed salad and Wardolf salad. The emphasis will be on correct preparation and understanding why it is healthy.|
|HDIW||This term we will be designing and making hand puppets. These will have a farm theme to coincide with our countryside project competition to be judged in July.|
|WGWCF||This term will focus on environments. Looking at different ecosystems, the life they support and whether they are threatened by any man made development or climate change.|
|LGC||Our art lessons will coincide with making scenery and props for our summer production and for the leavers prom!|
The Year 7 Team
Hannah Corrall, Kate Monger, Claire McErlean and Emma Vaughan
10/07/17- A visit from Zoo Lab
On Monday as part of WGWCF, the whole of year 7 had a visit from Zoo lab. They bought some animals in for the students to meet.
We met Alan the snail, Stanley the millipede, Milly the tarantula, Ruby the corn snake, Ernie the gerbil and Henry the tortoise.
The students listened really well and asked lots of questions. Some students touched and held the animals whilst others said hello.
Here are some things 7CM found out…
A millipede has 268 legs.
Snakes feel very soft.
Snails have a slimy foot so they can stick to surfaces and climb walls.
Tortoises hide in their shell if they are scared as their skin is really stretchy (Henry didn’t hide from year 7!)
14/6/17- Marwell Zoo
On Wednesday 14th May students in year 7 went on a Rotary Club Kid’s Day Out to Marwell Zoo. The students had a wonderful time in the sunshine, exploring the zoo and seeing lots of animals. We went around the zoo in groups, meeting up to have packed lunch together. We had an ice cream when we got back to school. It was a great day out. The monkeys were funny and we enjoyed seeing the meercats sunbathing!
16/05/17 On Thursday IPAD Jo came to 7CM. Jo bought the IPADS and we discovered an app where you can draw a picture and then play it. Your picture plays music! Claire drew a picture of Brandon wearing purple glasses. We enjoyed making patterns.
Dillon and Brandon Petford.
05/05/17 Ipad project
On Thursday 7Cm starting taking part in an IPAD project, using IPADS to make music. The first app we used was called Toka band. You can put characters into different positions. They play different instruments and make different sounds. We had a lot of fun!
Cameron ‘ I liked the spooky cat’
Brandon ‘ I liked the opera singer, you could play her jumper!’
Gabs ‘I like the alarm clock, it sounds like a cooking timer.’
Leo ‘ I like the rapper.’
Today Gabs, Leo, Cameron, Ruby and Callum went on a trip to Holden farm. We had a great day experiencing life on a working farm. Our day started with grinding our own flour and making bread which we later took home to sample. We fed and stroked the chickens, we saw sheep, we made our own little sheep by wrapping wool and this was all before lunch! After lunch we watched a digger dance, followed a tractor trail through the warm grass and went on a lovely sensory walk to find wild garlic. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed experiencing a new environment.
Osborne are currently taking part in the Golden Mile initiative. The students walk, run or drive around a 250m lap and then log the number of laps they do. All the students are really enthusiastic about it and are eager to log their laps and see how far they have traveled.
Here are 7CM in action!
7CM really enjoyed all of the World Book Day activites with this year’s theme ‘Do Something Booky.’ We all visited the Book Swap, run by Osborne College, swapping our books for new ones. We loved interacting with the sensory stories in the Bag Books workshop too. It was a lot of fun!
7HC thoroughly enjoyed taking part in World Book Day events today.
Highlights included participating in a Shakespearean workshop run by a professional Actor, where the students created freeze frames to depict different scenes in Romeo and Juliet. We discussed events in our favourite books and made freeze frames of some of these. We enjoyed creating a Jungle Book scene with the students becoming different animals.
We also enjoyed getting some new books at the Book Swap and sharing them with each other.
Finally we used potatoes and made characters using different craft materials. We created pigs, bees, a tractor and even sweetcorn!!
As part of our How Does It Work sessions, 7HC have been making cushion covers.
We designed our lettering and chose patterned material to compliment our background colour. We then learnt how to sew by hand using a running stitch.
After this, the students had a go with the sewing machine, using different types of stitches and practicing sewing in a straight line. Once they had mastered this, we sewed together our cushion covers and appliqued the letter designs.
I am sure you agree they look fantastic!
In Science we have been learning about light. Today in 7CM we explored reflection. We used mirrors to reflect pictures we had drawn. Some students worked out that we had to write our names backwards in order to see them written correctly when reflected. We also made arrows which, when reflected, appeared to get longer as the mirror moved. We had a lot of fun exploring reflection.
We entered a scarecrow competition as part of the Harvest Festival at Winchester Cathedral and we won!
The pupils worked collaboratively together to make their scarecrow and bird using recyclable resources. Mary and Paul (as voted for by our pupils) were created through several curriculum subjects that incorporated collecting and sorting through different recyclable man-made materials, identifying different 3D shapes, whilst having ample opportunities to work together to develop their problem solving skills.
The pupils learnt the concept of recycling/reusing materials and how their rubbish at home can come in very handy.
The pupils were very proud of their scarecrow and bird. Throughout the project they worked hard, listened to each others ideas and were delighted at their end result.
In Year 7 music, we are learning all about Samba! We watched and listened to a Brazilian carnival, indentifying sounds and instruments. It was really colourful and very noisy! Kasandra liked the sound of the whistle. We have been playing lots of Samba instruments like the Surdo drums, Caixa shakers, the Ganza and the Agogo bells. Each instrument has it’s own rhythm. We have had a go on all the different instruments and now we are going to create our own Samba piece. We always start our piece by saying ‘Are you ready to Samba!’ It can be quite tricky to keep all the different ryhthms going. Dillon’s favourite is the Agogo bells and Lee likes the Surdo drum. Gabs enjoys using a beater on the Caixa drum whilst Leo enjoyed shaking the Ganza. Cameron enjoys helping everyone set up their instruments, he keeps the heart beat of the piece really well. Kasandra enjoys the different beats. Brandon is really good at chanting the rhythms and remebering all the instruments names. It’s a lot of fun and very energetic!