Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Year 7

Year 7 at Oasis Academy John Williams is packed with learning opportunities and experiences, with 24 hours of timetabled lessons each week, across a broad range of subject areas. There is also an additional hour of learning time each week invested in CEIAG, preparing students for the next phase of their education, as well as 15 minutes each morning in Learning Mentor. This time is used by Learning Mentors (tutors) to ensure that students are ready to learn. This is supplemented by a wealth of extension, enrichment and intervention provision made through our Period 6 programme.

Home based learning

With respect to learning outside the Academy, students should expect to receive at least 30 minutes of homework per subject per week. With 12 subjects, this means students should spend at least 6 hours each week investing in learning at home. The purpose of homework is to support prior learning in lesson and/or prepare for learning to happen in future lessons. It is also intended to support students in learning the skills of time management, independent study and self-direction. In the event that students do not have set homework tasks, it is our expectation that they are investing the equivalent time to learn, for example by memorising their knowledge organisers.

Marking and feedback

In terms of marking and feedback, students can expect regular and ongoing verbal feedback from teachers, as well as opportunities for peer and self-assessment. Our staff will also use a combination of whole class feedback, individual written comments and assessment marking in order to support students in realising improved academic outcomes. We recognise the distinction between practicing the acquisition of new content and development of skill and bringing both these elements together for performance in formal assessment. For this reason, it is only in the case of the latter that students are likely to receive marks, or a grade.
Subjects

By clicking on the links below, you can access further subject specific information about course content, additional guidance about homework and feedback, as well as detail about support for independent learning.

 

Subject Guides

Art

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Drawing workshops

Facial proportions

Vincent Van Gogh Colour theory Gustav Klimopt 
art nouveau Cubism/fauvism

Portraiture

Portraiture

Still Life Pop Art


Home based learning

Students will receive at least one formal homework every three weeks based upon the learning being completed in class. This will either be an activity or 30 mins revision for a test.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Drama

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Introduction to Drama

The Ramayana

Nursery Rhymes

Roald Dahl

Equality and Inclusion

Slapstick and Mime


Home based learning

Formal homework will be set at least once per topic and will be assessed through end of term assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback will be received through the use of progress trackers which record all practical achievement. Verbal feedback will be given during practical lessons for work in progress. Whole class feedback will be given after assessments with common mistakes identified. This will be evidenced through the end of year exams.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

English Language and Literature

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Oliver Twist (Victorian London, Victorian crime, the form of a novel, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger, Oliver, morality) x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2lessons of Expressive Writing 

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Oliver Twist (Victorian London, Victorian crime, the form of a novel, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger, Oliver, morality) x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2lessons of Expressive Writing 

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature A Midsummer Night's Dream  x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2lessons of Expressive Writing  English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature A Midsummer Night's Dream  x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2 lessons of Expressive Writing  English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Metaphor in Poetry   x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2 lessons of Expressive Writing  English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Metaphor in Poetry & Either Daydreamer by Ian McKewan or Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl   x1 lesson of Reading for Pleasure   x2lessons of Expressive Writing 


Home based learning

Independent reading/writing tasks and preparation for spelling, punctuation and grammar testing.
 

Marking and feedback

Where appropriate, written feedback in books. Whole class feedback on written tasks. Verbal feedback given during lessons.  Grading of end of year exam.  
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Food Technology

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Heatlth and Safety, 

bacteria and shortbread

Section 2: Principles of Nutrition

Section 3: Diet 

and Good Health

Section 1: Commodities Section 5: Where food Comes From Section 6: Factors Affecting Food Choice


Home based learning

Is given weekly. It is either sourcing ingredients for practical work, or completing a task for the starter in a lesson. The task will be either based on learning from previous lesson, or pre learning based on Knowledge Organisers and is peer assessed as appropriate.

 

Marking and feedback

Constant whole class feedback given during practical lessons. 1 Practical given a fine grade per term, with improvement points identified. 1 piece of written work given feedback.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Geography

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Introduction to Geography

The Great British Treasure Hunt (Map Skills)

Settlement (Bristol) Wet World (Weather) Sustainability Revision and Sustainability


Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 1 hour, every 2 lessons working on a range of tasks such as revision, written work and model making.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback in preparation for, or following assessments.
 

Knowledge Organisers

History

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

The Romans

The Norman Conquest

Securing the Conquest Medieval Life The Tudors The Tudors


Home based learning

Students will be expected to use their knowledge organisers (along with any other appropriate resources) to revise for knowledge recall tests.
 

Marking and feedback

As well as regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal feedback termly following assessment.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Making Sense of History 1066-1509 Textbooks

Mathematics

In Year 7 we follow Mathematics Mastery, a programme which programme empowers and equips teachers to improve pupils’ enjoyment, resilience, understanding and attainment in maths. It is based upon the following principles:

  • Studying fewer topics in greater depth
  • Mastery for all pupils [ability is not innate and is increased through effort]
  • Number sense and place value come first
  • Problem solving is central  
     

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Place value, addition and subtraction

Place value, multiplication and division; Geometry: 2D shapes in a 3D world

Geometry: 2D Shapes in a 3D world cont; Fractions

Algebra

Percentages and Pie Charts

Revision and Percentages and Pie Charts cont.


Home based learning

Students will be set weekly tasks or revision from HegartyMaths.
 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive immediate feedback from HegartyMaths, and have one formal assessment marked with personalised intervention after each topic of study.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Music

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Rhythm & Pulse

Musical Elements

Pitch & Melody Programme Music / Instrumental Skills World Music World Music


Home based learning

In addition to revision, formal homework will be set at least once per topic and will be assessed through end of term assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback will be received through the use of progress trackers which record all practical achievement, listening achievement will also be included when appropriate (not every term). Verbal feedback will be given during practical lessons for work in progress. Whole class feedback will be given after listening assessments with common mistakes identified. This will be evidenced through the end of year exams.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Physical Education

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Theory- Stages of a warm up and cool down and 6 functions of the skeleton

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football.

Theory- Stages of a warm up and cool down and 6 functions of the skeleton

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football

Theory- Components of fitness

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football

Theory- Components of fitness

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football

Theory- Physical, Mental, Social Health

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football

Theory- Physical, Mental, Social Health

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, dance, rugby, netball, volleyball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, football


Home based learning

Given the practical nature of the subject and in addition to revision, extended formal homework will be set once per topic area (3 times throughout the year).
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback 3 times a year  with a DIT task (one on each of the 3 topic areas in their booklets).
 

Knowledge Organisers

Religious Studies

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Does God exist?

What does it mean to be  a Christian?

How should we live? What does it mean to be a Muslim? Is there life after death? Revision 


Home based learning

Students will be expected to use their exercise books and knowledge organisers (along with any other appropriate resources) to revise for knowledge recall tests and assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback  following each assessment point.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Science

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Working Scientifically 

B1.1 Cells

C1.1 Particles and their behaviour 

P1.1 Forces

B1.1 Cells

C1.1 Particles and their behaviou 

C1.2 Elements, atoms and compounds 

P1.2 Sound, B1.2 Structure and function of Body  Systems

B1.3 Reproduction 

C1.3 Reactions 

B1.3 Reproduction 

C1.3 Reactions  P1.3 Light 

C1.4 Acids and Alkalis 

End of year Exams 

Big Practical Project 


Home based learning

One 30 minute homework per week.
 

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once per topic (roughly once every two weeks.)
 

Knowledge Organisers

Spanish

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Introductions

Family

School Free Time My Life Reflection and project.


Home based learning

Learn for a  vocabulary test every other week.  In addition Written/Reading homework when appropriate. 
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in- class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly . 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support