Subjects

Literacy - Year 5 Literacy lessons cover the third year of Key Stage 2. Pupils read and study a range of genre and develop their writing through modelled and purposeful tasks. They read to research information and to develop their own private reading. Regular spelling and grammar practise ensures technical writing skills are improved and extended. Pupils are given opportunities for developing their speaking and listening skills through topical discussions and presentations.

Numeracy - In Year 5 pupils have followed a course based on the National Numeracy Framework, which builds on the work covered in Lower School. This involves work on the number system, calculations, problem solving, handling data and measures, shape and space. There is an emphasis on mental calculation. Pupils are taught to discuss and develop a variety of calculation strategies and written methods.

Science – During years 5 and 6, pupils are taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content. In Year 5 the programme of study is divided into five units, which are “Properties of Materials”; ”Earth in Space” ;”Forces”;” Materials 2”(separating mixtures and changes);”Living Things and their Habitats” (reviewing Habitats and looking at life cycles, including humans).

Computing – In Year 5 the curriculum focuses on the following key themes: Finding Things Out; focuses on our pupils understanding and using electronic information to handle data and undertake research. Developing Ideas and Making Things Happen; enables our pupils to understand and use elements of control technology, sensing, modelling and simulations in their learning. Exchange and Share Information; this theme is about our pupils being able to communicate effectively with others through the sharing of information and in the presentation of their ideas in electronic format. All pupils review, modify and evaluate their work as it progresses.
Philosophy - The aim of Philosophy is to aid the development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of attitudes, beliefs and practices of religions and demonstrate respect for the diversity of beliefs in society. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they learn, and develop their own opinions. Year 5 pupils study Inspirational People, Pilgrimage, and Life in a Hindu Home.

Art - During Year 5 pupils concentrate on acquiring basic skills, using a variety of materials and working from observation, memory and imagination. Themes are explored in Art, which link with the pupils’ work in other subjects, and which introduce them to the work of artists from different periods and cultures. To begin with, the pupils learn key words, colour mixing skills and simple line drawing. They then study aspects of Aboriginal art and storytelling. Following this, they study Shells and fish with an Art History focus on Paul Klee. Finally, the pupil’s focus is Surrealism looking at the works of Dali and Magritte, along with other examples. At the end of each module, they produce a final piece of work which is assessed by their peers and by the teacher.

Design Technology - Year 5 is the third year of Key Stage 2 Technology and pupils are taught in specialist areas. As well as learning basic skills, pupils are taught to plan, make and evaluate. This year pupils have been given the opportunity to work with wood, electrical circuits, food and textiles. Textiles: hot pot holder using fabric crayons, hand and machine stitching.Food: hygiene and safety work, tasting, refrigerator cookies, small cakes and scone based pizza.Resistant materials: key ring made from acrylic.

French - In Year 5 the emphasis is on oral and listening skills with simple reading and writing used in a meaningful context. Continuity and progress are ensured throughout the school by the use of the French Course “Équipe”, supplemented by other resources such as computer games, video films, songs and games. They are also introduced to French speaking cultures world-wide.

Geography - Pupils in Year 5 follow a course in Geography that is designed to build on their knowledge from Lower Schools. The course involves three modules: an introductory module to Geography based on a passport to the world and geographical skills, a river module and a case study on the island of St. Lucia.

History – Pupils in Year 5 cover Tudor Exploration and the impact it made on Tudor life. Pupils study post World War Britain, looking at the different social and economic changes going on in society.

Music

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Year 5

Term 1. Developing musical skills. In this topic, Year 5 pupils will get the opportunity to develop their singing and keyboard skills through performing and composing.

Term 2. Notation and keyboard skills. Following on from the skills developed in term 1, pupils will be learning about musical notation, with a focus on understanding different rhythms. They will put this into practice by learning a range of short songs on the keyboard.

Term 3. Composition and programme music. Students will be developing their compositional skills by working in groups to compose music for events and stories

Physical Education - At Daubeney our aim is to develop physical competence by enabling pupils to engage in worthwhile activities through a broad, balanced and structured curriculum. In Year 5 pupils participate in five areas of experience: gymnastics, dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities and a variety of team and individual games. It is the aim for pupils to learn basic skills and tactics in a variety of sports/events, plus develop simple sequences within gymnastics and dance.

Year 5 Homework Timetable

Literacy - Year 6 Literacy lessons cover the fourth year of Key Stage 2. Pupils continue to read a wide range of genre and use this reading to further develop their vocabulary, grammar and punctuation skills. Writing for a range of purposes continues with more challenging topics to ensure all pupils are stretched to reach their potential. In order to prepare for SAT tests they re-visit the spellings in the National Curriculum and all of the grammar terminology expected for pupils in Year 6. They learn the differences between formal and informal speaking and gain experience in debating current issues that may affect them in the future.

Numeracy – In Year 6 pupils have followed a course based on the Mathematics Primary Framework, which builds on the work covered through the rest of Key Stage 2. This involves work on counting, securing number facts, calculations, problem solving, handling data, measures and understanding shape. There is an emphasis on mental calculation. Pupils are taught to discuss and develop a variety of calculation strategies and written methods.

Science – During years 5 and 6, pupils are taught to use practical scientific methods, processes and skills through the teaching of the programme of study content. In Year 6 the programme of study is divided into five units, which are “Animals including Humans” (Health, the impact of diet and lifestyle, the Circulatory System); “Electricity”; “Light and How we See”; Classifying Living things”; ”Evolution and Inheritance”.

Computing – In Year 6 the curriculum focuses on the following key themes: Finding Things Out; focuses on our pupils understanding and using electronic information to handle data and undertake research. Developing Ideas and Making Things Happen; enables our pupils to understand and use elements of control technology, sensing, modelling and simulations in their learning. Exchange and Share Information; this theme is about our pupils being able to communicate effectively with others through the sharing of information and in the presentation of their ideas in electronic format. All pupils review, modify and evaluate their work as it progresses.

Philosophy - The aim of Philosophy is to aid the development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of attitudes, beliefs and practices of religions and demonstrate respect for the diversity of beliefs in society. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they learn, and develop their own opinions. Year 6 pupils study: What it means to be a Muslim, How Beliefs help in Good and Bad Times, and Poverty and Justice.

Art - During Year 6 pupils concentrate on consolidating basic skills, using a wide range of techniques and materials, and working from observation, memory and imagination. They continue to learn about different kinds of art from various periods and cultures, thus developing their visual awareness and helping them to develop a visual language to express their own ideas. To begin the year, the pupil’s study focus is Animals in danger. They research endangered species and the environment. The Art History focus for this topic is Henri Rousseau’s ‘Tiger in a tropical storm (surprised!)’ They use pastels and watercolour to produce their final piece. The next module is Indian art, here pupils study Ranoli/Kolum/Mugga patterns with a printing focus outcome, where pupils make their own printing blocks and print using paints. Finally, Natural forms. Where pupils study the work of Georgia O’Keeffe as an Art history focus and produce a chalk pastel final piece.
Design Technology - Year 6 is the final year of Key Stage 2 Technology and pupils will further develop their practical skills as well as learning to research, plan, make and evaluate. This year pupils have been given the opportunity to work with wood, electrical circuits, food and textiles. Food: healthy eating, weighing and measuring, fruit salad, apple crumble and biscuits. Textiles: toy animals using felt and hand sewing. Resistant materials: hand held game.

French - In Year 6 the aims are to develop the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Continuity and progress are ensured throughout the school by the use of the French Course “Équipe”, supplemented by the use of ICT and other resources. The course aims to broaden their awareness of cultural differences in French speaking countries world-wide.

Geography – Pupils follow topics that build upon skills learned in their previous years, such as mapping. The two main topics covered are Mountains (locations and environment) and Settlements (from farms to cities). A short study on Climate Change also takes place.

History – In Year 6 pupils use a range of skills, including interpretation, when studying the topics; The Victorians and The Greeks (The Olympics). Looking at The Victorians and the effect it had on this country.

Music

Term 1. Ukulele skills. Students will be learning how to play chords on ukulele and then put them into small group performances.

Term 2. African Music. Students will be learning about the music of Sub-Saharan Africa through performing, composing and listening. They learn how to represent music through different notations and compose using polyrhythms and pentatonic scales.

Term 3. Reggae Music. Students will be learning how to play chords on the keyboard and play melodies at the same time. They then move onto creating group performances of famous Reggae songs using vocals, keyboards, ukuleles and percussion.

Physical Education - At Daubeney our aim is to develop physical competence by enabling pupils to engage in worthwhile activities through a broad, balanced and structured curriculum. In Year 6 pupils participate in a range of individual and team games, dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities and athletics. It is the aim for pupils to refine their existing skills and extend their understanding of team and individual tactics, plus develop the complexity of their compositions within gymnastics and dance.

Year 6 Homework Timetable

Literacy – The Year 7 English course is the first year of the KS3 National Curriculum. During Year 7 pupils’ work involves reading, writing and speaking and listening. Reading skills are extended via private reading, class readers and close reading activities. Pupils also learn about the life of Shakespeare and begin to study one of his most well-known plays. Pupils write in different styles during which the language skills are addressed. Activities to develop speaking and listening skills are addressed through the use of drama and course work. Spelling and grammar continue to be taught and consolidated and remain an important part of the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

Numeracy – Year 7 pupils now consolidate number skills and further development in early algebra, number relationships and the use of simple formulae. Pupils have carried out work on measures, geometry as well as statistics which has involved the collection of data, and production of charts and graphs. Throughout the course pupils have had a variety of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to problem solving and real life situations.

Science – During the year 7 and 8 curriculum pupils are taught to work scientifically, which involves looking at scientific attitudes; experimental and investigation skills; evaluating and analysing data and standard measurements. In Year 7 the programme of study is divided into six areas:- “Particles”; ”Cells and Reproduction”; “The Earth, Atmosphere and Space”; “Simple Chemistry and Acids and Alkalis”; “Ecology and Variation”; “Energy and Electricity”.

Computing- Our pupils will be able to word- process documents, use data through spreadsheets and databases, write sequences of instructions, and present information in a variety of ways and find information effectively. The National Curriculum programme of study for ICT in Key Stage 3 groups the knowledge, skills and understanding pupils need to acquire into themes. These themes, in reflecting what people normally do when they work with ICT, are as follows: Finding information; Developing ideas; Communicating information; Evaluating.

Philosophy - The aim of Philosophy is to aid the development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of attitudes, beliefs and practices of religions and demonstrate respect for the diversity of beliefs in society. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they learn, think about how beliefs influence lifestyle and develop their own opinions. Year 7 pupils study: God and the Universe, What's Wrong with the World?, How can War be Justified?, and What does it mean to be a Sikh?

Art - During Year 7 pupils extend their skills in two and three dimensional work, using a wide range of techniques and materials. They continue to develop their visual awareness by studying the work of artists from different periods and cultures and extend their own visual language by experimenting with some of these techniques in their own work. Year 7 begin the year with Expressionism/ Feelings topic, where the Art history focus is ‘The Scream’ by Munch. Pupils produce their own interpretation of the work. Following this, pupils study African masks, they research and study masks, designing their own with a focus on natural colours. They then work collaboratively to produce 3D, papier Mache masks. Their final piece of work in Year 7 is working on Abstract self-portraits using oil pastels. The focus is on symbolism, enlarging, and the importance of peer and self-evaluation.

Design Technology - Year 7 is the first year of Key Stage 3. As well as developing and refining practical skills pupils will become familiar with the design process. This year pupils have been given the opportunity to design and make items using wood, graphics, electrical circuits, food and textiles. Food: healthy eating and basic nutrition, “meals for a day” including - breakfast, healthy muffins, pasta bake with cheese sauce and pizza.Textiles: picture for a young child using batik and the sewing machine.
French - In Years 7 and 8 the Programme of Study for French involves developing language skills, language learning skills and cultural awareness. All pupils are taught to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of French through use of the target language and a range of media and resources.

Geography – Pupils follow the new KS3 guidelines. Pupils use a range of skills to study their own locality and their identity within it. The UK and the key areas of industry and energy are studied. Fair Trade is a special study. Our role and links to the EU are examined and a special study of Brazil and the Rain Forests is made along with work on rivers and flooding.

History – Pupils study the rise of the Roman Empire and its effect on this country then and now. They also learn about significant individuals and events in the history of Britain (Medieval Britain) from 1066 to 1485. They evaluate and use sources of information applying their historical knowledge to analyse the past and explain how it can be represented in different ways.

Music

Term 1. The Blues. Students will be learning about the origins of the blues before going onto learning a famous blues song on the keyboard. This is then followed up by a brief introduction to the guitar and how to play basic blues chords on the guitar.

Term 2. Impressionism. In this project, students will be learning about the history impressionist music and how to compose their own impressionist music. They will learn a range of techniques that composers use in order to ‘paint and image in the mind of the listener’.

Term 3. Britpop. In term 3, Year 7 will be learning about the rise of Britpop music in the 1990’s. They will then form small bands and learn how to perform ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis.

Physical Education - At Daubeney our aim is to develop physical competence by enabling pupils to engage in worthwhile activities through a broad, balanced and structured curriculum. In Year 7 pupils continue to participate in a range of individual and team games, plus dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities, and athletics. It is the aim for pupils to perform with a greater degree of precision, control and fluency and increase their knowledge and understanding further by taking on the roles of coach or officiator.

Year 7 Homework Timetable

Literacy – Year 8 English covers the second year of the three year Key Stage 3 course. The reading, writing, speaking and listening skills taught in Year 7 are further developed and consolidated. Pupils write in imaginative and formal style, and in response to modern and pre-1914 literature. They study poetry and another well-known Shakespeare play using drama activities to enhance their understanding and language skills. In their final term they undertake a unit of work to prepare them for the challenges ahead and to ensure they understand the expectations of English in their chosen upper school.

Numeracy – In Year 8 pupils have followed a course that includes development of numerical, algebraic and statistical skills, including the understanding of number relationships and the use of formulae. The pupils have studied geometry and measures and through experimentation have further developed their understanding of probability. Throughout the course there have been opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge and skills in problem solving and real life situations. The work covered in this year has laid the foundations for the pupils to build upon in their Upper Schools.

Science – During the year 7 and 8 curriculum pupils are taught to work scientifically, which involves looking at scientific attitudes; experimental and investigation skills; evaluating and analysing data and standard measurements. In Year 8 the programme of study is divided into six areas:- “ Atoms, Elements, Mixtures, Compounds and Materials”; “Digestion and Health”; “Light and Sound”: “Respiration”; “Motion and Forces”.

Computing – Pupils will be developing skills to ensure they are confident, creative and productive users of ICT. They will be mastering more advanced technical skills and techniques and understand how to apply these skills purposefully, safely and responsibly. Year 8 pupils will be finding, developing, analysing and presenting information, modelling situations and solving problems.

Philosophy - The aim of Philosophy is to aid the development of pupils’ knowledge and understanding of attitudes, beliefs and practices of religions and demonstrate respect for the diversity of beliefs in society. Pupils are encouraged to reflect on what they learn, think about how beliefs influence lifestyle and develop their own opinions. Year 8 pupils study ‘Jesus: Why Does He Matter to Christians Today?’, ‘What Happens When We Die?’, ‘What Inspired Martin Luther King?’ and ‘How Should Animal be Treated?’

Art - During Years 7 & 8 pupils extend their skills in two and three dimensional work, using a wide range of techniques and materials. They continue to develop their visual awareness by studying the work of artists from different periods and cultures and extend their own visual language by experimenting with some of these techniques in their own work.

To begin the year, Year 8 study Day of the dead, here pupils compare and contrast the cultural beliefs regarding death between the U.K and Mexico. In the module the pupils study both observational drawing and collaboratively construct a 3D skull. The next module they study is Futuristic Insects, the Art history focus is H.R. Giger. As a final piece of work, Street Art is the focus. The pupils study contemporary graffiti as an art form. Their final piece is worked in chalk pastels on black sugar paper. They learn and develop skills such as overlapping, drop shadowing, 3D vertical fade and blending.

Design Technology - Year 8 is the second year of Key Stage 3 and is building on experience gained from the previous three years, it aims to prepare pupils for their time at Upper School. Pupils are encouraged to work independently; they will become more familiar with the design process as well as further developing and refining their practical skills.Textiles: investigating colouring techniques and using the sewing machine to make a cushion. Food: bread project/healthy eating, bread rolls, flavoured bread, pizza, butterfly cakes.

French - In Years 7 and 8 the Programme of Study for French involves developing language skills, language learning skills and cultural awareness. All pupils are taught to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding of French through use of the target language and a range of media and resources.

Geography - The Geography course aims to consolidate and develop geographical skills further whilst preparing pupils for Upper School. Pupils study Earth, Water and Fire (Earthquake, Tsunami and volcanoes), a coastal erosion investigation, sport aid 2012 Olympics study; a study of a rose- a thorny issue? Pupils also look at changes in shopping and the impact of the internet.

History - In Year 8 pupils learn about significant individuals and events in the history of Britain from 1500 to 1750. They also study black peoples of America, looking at their culture and achievements. They make connections with events and political and social developments in US and Europe. Pupils evaluate and use sources of information applying their historical knowledge to analyse the past and explain how it can be represented in different ways. They finish the year with a short unit on crime and punishment; focused on the different views of crime and punishments and how punishments have changed through history. The Black peoples of America and Crime and punishment units of work are the agreed links with year 9 work at Upper School.
Music

Term 1. Ground Bass and Anthems. In this term, students will firstly be developing their keyboard and notation skills further by performing music that uses a ground bass. After this, they return to working in small groups to compose an anthem for a sporting event.

Term 2. Film Music. Students will be learning about the key techniques that composers use when writing music for film. They will have the chance to learn famous examples of film music before moving onto composing their own music.

Term 3. Instrumental Skills and ‘In The Deep End’. In this term, pupils will get the chance to develop their skills on a range of instruments found in a rock band. After they have completed this, they will go onto aurally learning a song in small groups.

Physical Education - At Daubeney our aim is to develop physical competence by enabling pupils to engage in worthwhile activities through a broad, balanced and structured curriculum. In Year 8 pupils participate in a range of individual and team games, plus dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities, and athletics. It is the aim for pupils to continue to perform, officiate and coach with increasing confidence and accuracy, applying knowledge of more advanced tactics/compositional skills in order to achieve success.

Year 8 Homework Timetable

German The ability to understand and speak a second European language is increasingly useful in today’s global world, as well as being one of the most rewarding life skills that can be learned. As all European countries make the study of a second modern foreign language compulsory until the age of 16/18, the study of a modern foreign language is essential for equal career opportunities for British students. Linguists develop many useful and transferable skills and GCSE qualifications in a modern foreign language are highly regarded amongst universities and employers, especially with the introduction of the English Baccalaureate. There is now a wide range of university and vocational courses which include the study of a European language. Many university courses now include an optional or obligatory language module both in Arts and Science degrees. Some now even require a language GCSE to access specific courses.

At Daubeney Academy, KS3 pupils can learn German with the aid of both experienced teachers and enthusiastic Foreign Language Assistants, thanks to our strong links with Bamberg University in Germany. Taster sessions cover conversational German skills and pupils move quickly onto more advanced linguistic techniques once they have opted to continue the subject after Easter in Year 7.

Music technology gives students the option to compose, produce and record music using a range of different computer hardware and software. The music department is well equipped with iMac computers, iPads, microphones and recording interfaces. This allows students to experience using professional equipment in an educational environment. Topics that are studied include:

  • Dance Music.
  • Writing music for film.
  • Minimalism.
  • Recording and remixing songs.

Performing arts option - Popular Culture and Drama gives students the possibility to express themselves in active, exciting and extremely creative ways. Students have a chance to explore variety of themes, issues and topics derived from film, theatre, art or mass media, using the Explorative Strategies (eg. still image, thought-tracking, role-play ect) and Drama Medium. (Year 7)

In addition, this year in year 8 - each half term- we are focusing on film study such as: High School Musical, Greece, Bugsy Malone, War Horse and Hairspray. The main topics include friendship and peer pressure, civil rights, 1950’s fashion, WW1 or American Culture. There are also variety activities running thorough each half term, such as:

  • Preparing for Life performances
  • Costume design
  • Writing songs
  • Set Design
  • Puppets and Masks Design
  • Writing scripts
  • Writing documentary response
  • Debating on historical and social context
  • Sound and Music
  • Preparing props

Mandarin The Option Mandarin offers the chance to learn the complexity of the Chinese Mandarin language. The ability to speak basic Mandarin is paramount to these lessons. However, pupils have the opportunity to learn about the Chinese culture and experience activities commonplace in China e.g. Origami, Chinese calligraphy, table tennis. This lesson is taught by an experienced teacher visiting from China.

Ethics.This option allows pupils the opportunity to discuss and debate ethical and moral issues from differing points of view. Through discussion and questioning, pupils are able to develop their own opinions about important matters which affect everyone and can develop their own questioning skills. Topics studied include 'Is Life Precious?', 'Charity and Suffering' and 'Crime and Punishment'.

Young Leader Award The Young Leader Award is a great introduction into leadership, giving students knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities.

The Young Leader Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem as they take on responsibility of leading their peers and younger children.

The course will also prepare students for the nationally recognised sports leadership awards offered by the local secondary, and upper schools.