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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Key Stage 3

Our curriculum is designed to enable every pupil to discern their vocation and to be well-equipped to follow it as active citizens in service to the world. We incorporate the British Values of Democracy, the Rule of Law, Mutual Respect, Individual Liberty and foster a community in which different faiths and beliefs are respected.

In Year 7 all students study English, maths, Science, RE, PE, Music, PSHEE, Design and Technology, Art, Computing, History, Geography and choose a foreign language from French and Spanish.

Click on a subject to view a drop down table of topics taught each half term.

Art 

  Year 7
Natural Forms
Year 8
Pop Art, Food and Me
Year 9
Cultural Connections
Aut.1 Observational drawing
Tonal drawing
Mark Making
Artists research
Art analysis
Design and layout skills in sketchbook
Pop up mechanisms
Design and layout skills
Tonal drawing
Mark Making
Aut.2 How to use artists  to inspire ideas
Artists research 
Art analysis
Layout skills
Observational drawing
Block shading
Pen rendering skills
Lettering 
Onomatopoeia
Recognising different cultural characteristics
Design skills
Pencil crayon rendering and mark making
Spr.1 Design skills
Coloured pencil rendering
Refining idea
Observational drawing
Facial proportions
Tonal shading
Mark Making
Clay construction techniques
Spr.2 3D construction (clay or recycled materials) Applying an artist’s style 
Pen rendering skills
Tonal drawing
Mark making
Collage techniques
Sum.1 3D construction (clay or recycled materials) Designing a block print
Printing techniques
Tonal drawing
Mark making
Collage techniques
Sum.2 3D construction (clay or recycled materials)
Evaluating final outcome
Creating an outcome using taught techniques/skills Acrylic paint techniques

Biology 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Cellular basis of life
Cells
Cellular basis of life
Organisation
Bioenergetics
Heredity and life cycles
Genes and the environment
Aut.2 Cellular basis of life
Cells
Cellular basis of life
Organisation
Bioenergetics
Heredity and life cycles
Natural selection and evolution
Spr.1 Health and Disease
The skeleton and muscles
Heredity and life cycles
Recycling of nutrients
Plants and their reproduction
Organisms and their environment
Plants and growth factors
Spr.2 Organisms and their environment
Food chains
Organisms and their environment
Sampling populations
Classification
Cells
GCSE Topic 1
Sum.1 Heredity and life cycles
Human growth
Health and disease
Diet and a healthy lifestyle
Immunity and disease
Cells
GCSE Topic 1
Sum.2 Heredity and life cycles
Human growth
Health and disease
Diet and a healthy lifestyle
Immunity and disease
Cells
GCSE Topic 1

Chemistry 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Introduction to science
Mixtures and Separation 
Combustion Making Materials
Aut.2 Mixtures and Separation Combustion
The Periodic Table
Making Materials
Reactivity
Spr.1 Acids and Alkalis The Periodic Table
Metals
Reactivity
Spr.2 Particles Metals GCSE: The Periodic Table
Sum.1 Particles Metals
Rocks
GCSE: The Periodic Table
Sum.2 Atoms Rocks GCSE: The Periodic Table
Investigative skills

Computing 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 PC basics (unplugged) E-safety: Website design – Hot Topics E-Safety: Text based e-safety game coded in Python
Aut.2 E-safety: quiz in Scratch E-safety: Website design – Hot Topics E-Safety: Text based e-safety game coded in Python
Spr.1 Scratch: Heli-cave and Rock, Paper, Scissors Intro to Python Cyber Security
Spr.2 Creating your own game in Scratch Programming with Kodu – The Maze and Side Scroller Dynamic website creation using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS
Sum.1 Programming in Python Creating your own game in Kodu Dynamic website creation using HTML5, JavaScript and CSS
Sum.2 Programming with the Micro:bit Python Challenges Set 1 –coding in C# Unity.
Set 2 - Kodu

Drama 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Story-telling Devising from a given stimulus Brecht
Aut.2 Story-telling  Devising from a given stimulus Brecht
Spr.1 Wacky Soap The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty Blood Brothers
Spr.2 Wacky Soap  The Terrible Fate of Humpty Dumpty Blood Brothers
Sum.1 Melodrama Artaud Comedy Theatrical Styles
Sum.2 Melodrama Artaud Comedy Theatrical Styles

English 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Myths & Legends: Mythos Introduction to Prose: Creative Writing, Novel study Lived Experiences: Non-fiction, Novel study 
Aut.2 Myths & Legends: Mythos Introduction to Prose: Creative Writing, Novel study Lived Experiences: Non-fiction, Novel study
Spr.1 Introduction to Poetry: Pre- and post-1900 anthology Multimodal Expression: Non-fiction, graphic and audio-visual storytelling Social Pressures: Much Ado About Nothing, Modern poetry
Spr.2 Introduction to Poetry: Pre- and post-1900 anthology Multimodal Expression: Non-fiction, graphic and audio-visual storytelling Social Pressures: Much Ado About Nothing, Modern poetry
Sum.1 Introduction to Shakespeare: Anthology Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR Julius Caesar Protest Writing: Poetry, prose and non-fiction
Sum.2 Introduction to Shakespeare: Anthology Oracy: ‘Dragon’s Den’ project Protest Writing: Poetry, prose and non-fiction

Library lessons set texts spread over the year:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Fly Me Home
After Tomorrow
The Giver
A Monster  Calls
After the Fire

French 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Basic vocabulary, numbers and adjective Families, jobs present tense verbs French Culture and Leisure
Aut.2 Family  Free Time, Past tense avoir and etre  Future plans
Spr.1 Home and Region Going out – modal verbs  Health and fitness
Spr.2 In town , directions and navigation. Food, Drink and Festivals  The imperfect tense in different French settings
Sum.1 School and Daily Routine Holidays Travel 
Sum.2 Sports and hobbies Teenage Life Working life in France and rights

Geography
 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 What is geography?
My places and geographical skills.
How do we make sense of our world? 
Latitude, longitude, seasons, biomes and time zones.
What are Contemporary Geographical Issues? – Climate change, Plastic Pollution
Aut.2 Where on earth is everyone?
Population change and urbanisation
What’s happening to global biomes? Tropical rainforests and deserts What are Contemporary Geographical Issues?  – Water (Issue Evaluation) and Global Migration
Spr.1 How do rivers influence the landscape? How and why is Japan unique?  How important is ice to our planet? (including Antarctica Case Study)
Spr.2 How does our use of resources affect the planet? What is development?  1.A – The Challenge of Natural Hazards. Tectonics – Earthquakes, volcanoes and Tsunamis
Sum.1 What is weather and climate?
(including small scale enquiry)
Should we defend our coastlines? (Including North Norfolk Fieldtrip and enquiry) 1.A – The Challenge of Natural Hazards. Tropical storms and Extreme weather in the UK.
Sum.2 What is weather and climate?
(including small scale enquiry)
Should we defend our coastlines? (Including North Norfolk Fieldtrip and enquiry) 1.A – The Challenge of Natural Hazards. Tropical storms and Extreme weather in the UK.

History 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 The Norman Conquest King James
The Civil War
WW1
Aut.2 The Church in the Middle Ages Cromwell to Glorious Revolution The End of WW1
The Russian Revolution
Spr.1 Challenges to the Monarchy Slave Trade and Empire Between the Wars – Nazi Germany
Spr.2 Challenges to the Monarchy
Life in the Middle Ages
Slave Trade and Empire WW2
Sum.1 The Tudors Part 1 – Henry and the Break with Rome. The Industrial Revolution The End of WW2
The Holocaust
Sum.2 The Tudors Part 2 – Edward, Mary, Elizabeth. Politics and Reform The Cold War

Maths (Foundation)

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Number techniques Shape 2D & 3D Symmetries Sequences, Equations & Functions, Statistics
Aut.2 Algebra, Fractions Decimals and Percentages Statistical Measures Scales and Measures
Spr.1 Primes, Factors, Measures, Probability Expressions, Linear equations, & Formulae Pythagoras, Volume, Probability
Spr.2 Angles in Triangles & Quads, Ratio, Fractions Constructions, Number, Basic Pythagoras Venn Diagrams, Real life graphs, independence
Sum.1 Sequences, Perimeter, Area and Volume Experimental Probability Quadratic sequences, Angle geometry
Sum.2 Graphs, Transformations. Straight lines, Functions Loci & Contractions

Maths (Higher) 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Number, Statistical diagrams Shape 2D & 3D, Properties of shapes Equations, Inequalities
Aut.2 Algebra, Fractions Decimals and Percentages Statistical analysis Statistical Analysis and Comparison
Spr.1 Primes, Factors LCM &HCF, Probability Linear & quadratic equations, Formulae Proportion, Arcs and Sectors, Quadratic graphs
Spr.2 Angles in polygons, Ratio and proportion Constructions, Pythagoras, Reasoning Reciprocal graphs, Sequences, Quadratics
Sum.1 Functions, Perimeter, Area and Volume Experimental Probability Quadratic factorising, Circles
Sum.2 Graphs, conversions Transformations Straight lines and perpendiculars Trigonometry in 2D and simple 3D

Music 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Building Bricks: Elements of Music and Graphic Scores Music and Purpose: Music for Special Occasions Music and Image: Programme Music
Aut.2 Building Bricks:  Instruments of the Orchestra, History of Western Classical Music and Introduction to the Ukulele  Music and Purpose: Music and advertising Music and Image: Film Music
Spr.1 I’ve Got Rhythm: Body Percussion and Chair Drumming  The development of Pop Music: Blues and Rock n’ Roll  Popular Song: Ensemble performance
Spr.2 I’ve Got Rhythm: Djembe Drumming The development of Pop Music:  Four Chord Song Popular Song: Song Writing
Sum.1 Medieval Music and its Catholic links
and Western Classical notation 
20th Century Art Music: Serialism Music from the Americas: Samba and Salsa
Sum.2 Developing the Voice 20th Century Art Music: Minimalism Music from the Americas: Latin American Inspired Music

PE (Boys) 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Health and Fitness, Football, Basketball Football, Basketball, Health and Fitness Football, Basketball, Health and Fitness
Aut.2 Health and Fitness, Football, Basketball Football, Basketball, Health and Fitness Football, Basketball, Health and Fitness
Spr.1 Health and Fitness, Football, Basketball Cross Country, Table Tennis, Rugby Cross Country, Table Tennis, Rugby
Spr.2 Health and Fitness, Football, Basketball Cross Country, Table Tennis, Rugby Cross Country, Table Tennis, Rugby
Sum.1 Athletics, Tennis, Cricket Athletics, Tennis, Cricket Athletics, Tennis, Cricket
Sum.2 Athletics, Tennis, Cricket Athletics, Tennis, Cricket Athletics, Tennis, Cricket

PE (Girls)
 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Health and Fitness, Netball, Dance Health and Fitness, Netball, Trampolining Health and Fitness, Netball, Trampolining
Aut.2 Health and Fitness, Netball, Dance Health and Fitness, Netball, Trampolining Health and Fitness, Netball, Trampolining
Spr.1 Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey
Spr.2 Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey Cross Country, Basketball, Hockey
Sum.1 Athletics, Tennis, Rounders Athletics, Tennis, Rounders Athletics, Tennis, Rounders
Sum.2 Athletics, Tennis, Rounders Athletics, Tennis, Rounders Athletics, Tennis, Rounders

Physics
 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Forces Moving by force More electric circuits
Aut.2 Forces Electric circuits Floating and sinking
Spr.1 Sound and light Electric circuits Magnets and electromagnets
Spr.2 The Earth in Space Making images GCSE Science: Nuclear physics
Sum.1 Heating and cooling More about force GCSE Science: Nuclear physics
Sum.2 Heating and cooling More about force GCSE Science: Nuclear physics

PSHEE
 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 My identity, our community, our world. Being inclusive, being successful, Truths about smoking Money Management
Aut.2 Healthy diet and lifestyle  Anti-Bullying, First Aid Careers Guidance
Spr.1 Money habits: Spending, Saving, Consuming  Our Laws, consequences of crime.  Public v private. Achieving your Goals
Spr.2 Me as a citizen, the world of work and intro to Careers. British Political system, real life money dilemmas, The Media and Me
Sum.1 Relationships and Sex Education  Relationships and Sex Education  Relationships and Sex Education
Sum.2 Relationships and Sex Education  Relationships and Sex Education  Relationships and Sex Education

RE

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Belonging: Identity and Community A Covenant People A Study of World Religion: Islam
Aut.2 Understanding the Bible and Liturgical Year Early Church History: St Peter and St Paul A Study of World Religion: Judaism
Spr.1 The Creation of Life and Stewardship British Church History Morality and World Religions
Spr.2 Lent and Easter Vocation and Modern Day Discipleship Relationships and Sex Education
Sum.1 Celebrating the Liturgical Year Sacramental Life: Sacraments of Healing  Edexcel RE GCSE Introduction
Paper 1: Section 1
Beliefs and Teachings
Sum.2 The Wider Religious World: A Study of Hinduism  A Pilgrimage of Faith: Places of Christian Pilgrimage Edexcel RE GCSE Introduction
Paper 1: Section 1
Beliefs and Teachings

Spanish

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Core text 7.1
Classroom Introduction and basic vocabulary 
Core text 8.1
Where you live, what there is to do, description of town
Hotels, trains, Souvenirs 
Aut.2 Core text 7.2
Family, description
Core text 8.2
Rooms, Furniture, positions, activities at home
Clothes, lost property
Spr.1 Core text 7.3
Animals, colours, places
Core text 8.3
Sports, free time, time expressions, opinions, weather 
New technology (GCSE Theme 1)
Spr.2 Core text 7.4
School subjects, opinions, time
Core text 8.4
Nationalities, drinks, fruit, souvenirs, holiday activities
Films and TV
(GCSE Theme 1)
Sum.1 Core text 7.5
Transport, daily routine at school, food in canteen
Core text 8.5
Role play scenarios – café and tourist office. Directions. More places in town.
Birthdays, festivals and Christmas
(GCSE Theme 1)
Sum.2 Core text 7.6 (Review)
School uniform
Core text 8.6 (Review)
Review of Year 7 and Year 8 
Friends and family
(GCSE Theme 1)

Technology

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Aut.1 Timbers and Mechanisms 
Materials: woods/timbers
Lighting 
Materials: woods/timbers, concrete, polymers
Storage 
Materials: polymers, woods/timbers, metals
Aut.2 Architecture
Materials: papers and boards
Jewellery
Materials: metals, woods/timbers, polymers
Electronics
Materials: metals, polymers
Spr.1 Media Case/Container
Materials: textiles
Beanbags
Materials: textiles
Dresses/Pattern Cutting
Materials: textiles
Spr.2 Food Preparation and Nutrition
Healthy Eating
Food Preparation and Nutrition
Cakes and Pastries
Food Preparation and Nutrition 
Food Around the World
Sum.1 People and Objects
Painting and drawing skills
Cubist Sports Figures
Representing movement using paint
Expressive Elements
Human Rights mixed media piece with a message
Sum.2 People and Objects
Painting and drawing skills
Cubist Sports Figures
Representing movement using paint
Expressive Elements
Human Rights mixed media piece with a message