Year 7 pupils are taught in their mixed ability form groups. The three main topics taught during Year 7 are:
Living Things and Plant Power (Biology)
Pupils study the structure and function of cells, and the structure and function of some specialised plant cells. A detailed understanding of photosynthesis is developed throughout this topic. Pupils are assessed through enquiries based on the effect of light on photosynthesis, and the distribution of stomata in a leaf.
Changing State (Chemistry)
Pupils develop an understanding of particle theory in relation to solids, liquids and gases. They study different methods of separating mixtures, including filtration and distillation. Pupils are assessed through enquiries based on the effect of temperature on dissolving, and chromatography.
Pupils develop an understanding of balanced and unbalanced forces. They calculate speed using the distance/time equation. Pupils are assessed through enquiries based on the effect of different surfaces on shoe friction, and a second investigation into streamlining.
Pupils will receive a National Curriculum level from the teacher assessment following an enquiry. A formative target is given and a formative question is posed. Pupils are given opportunity to respond to this assessment. This provides an opportunity for individual improvement.
There are summative tests at the end of each topic. A summative examination is set at the end of Year 7. The enquiry levels (and to a lesser extent, the examination) are used to place pupils into sets for the start of Year 8.