Secondary Curriculum

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ENGLISH

At Bobby Moore Academy, we believe that all pupils should be exposed to canonical texts or, as Matthew Arnold once put it, 'the best that has been thought and said'. The study of English Literature is founded upon the idea that texts speak to each other, that allusion and intertextuality is vital for pupils' understanding of what they read. With this in mind, pupils will develop their knowledge of literary heritage in the first term and then use this to interpret further texts.

They will study texts in depth, supported by theoretical interpretations, giving pupils an appreciation of how English literature and the English language have shaped the world today. In addition, the department seeks to develop the writing and reading of our pupils, challenging them to be knowledgeable, creative, insightful and inquisitive in all areas.

BMA Recommended Reading List

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term
Myths and Legends - Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Romeo and Juliet Nineteenth Century Gothic Fiction
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term
Great Expectations Hamlet The Romantics

 MATHEMATICS

Our vision for Mathematics at Bobby Moore Academy is straightforward. Every pupil will be a successful mathematician. All pupils will leave Bobby Moore Academy numerate and able to apply their skills in mathematics beyond school.  Pupils will have an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics to complement their understanding and skills.

We believe that every child can succeed in mathematics consequently, we strive to ensure no ceiling is placed on any pupil’s ability to achieve. Mathematics is a subject to be understood, not just memorised, pupils are taught why things work, not just how. This means that we spend longer on fewer topics each year in order to explore them in depth.  Pupils are challenged to build a deep understanding of topics, not just to grasp the surface concepts before they move on.

Homework

For 2018-19, students receive the following homework each week in maths:

  • A written worksheet, to be completed in students’ blue books and then glued in (not just written on the sheet).
    Set every Thursday, due every Tuesday.
  • A memorisation task, using their knowledge organisers, completed by filling in a retrieval practice sheet (both sides).
  • Completing any outstanding Hegarty Maths tasks to at least 90% accuracy
    The latter two tasks are both set during students’ ICT maths lesson, with a week to be completed.
Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term

Number systems

Place value, including different bases

Triangles and quadrilaterals

Fractions including multiplication and division of fractions

Order of operations

Introduction to algebra 

Linear equations

Percentages

Handling data

Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term

Prime numbers and factorisation

Fractions

Negative numbers

Sequences

Linear graphs

Angles in parallel lines and constructions

Length and area

Circles

3D shapes

Percentage change

Ratio

Volume of 3D shapes

Using statistics

Introduction to probability

 SCIENCE

Over the course of their five years studying Science at Bobby Moore Academy, pupils will develop their ability to visualise, explain and generalise. In each unit of work, pupils will begin to visualise a Big Idea that underpins a thorough understanding of the topic for any scientist. They will use this Big Idea to answer a series of Big Questions, applying their new knowledge of science to explain everyday phenomena. Later on in the curriculum, they will begin to make observations and measurements, from which they will derive generalised laws that can be applied to more complex situations. The primary aim of this curriculum is to provide pupils with a set of logical tools with which they can understand the world. Further to that, pupils will study episodes in the history of science in order that they might one day take their own place in one of the scientific disciplines.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term
Particles and Energy:
Solids, liquids, gases
Temperature, heating and cooling
Energy transfers
Density and pressure
The Human Body:
Cells
Organs and organ systems
Respiration and Digestion
Response to exercise
Waves and Space:
Sound and Light
Reflection, refraction and diffraction
Applications of waves
The Solar System
The universe
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term
Plants and Ecosystems:
Plant organs and structures
Photosynthesis and respiration
Food chains and webs
Adaptation and Competition
Earth:
Earth structure and Plate tectonics
Weather and atmosphere
Global warming
Sustainability
Forces:
Mass, weight and gravity
Displacement, velocity and acceleration
Newton's Laws
Elastic Objects
Applications of forces

 HISTORY

History at Bobby Moore Academy is a chronological study of the development of Britain from the Anglo-Saxon period onwards. The pupils will begin in Year 7 looking at the Anglo-Saxons and assess the changes brought to England by numerous waves of invaders, including the Norman Conquest. The pupils will consider changes to religion, society and government to form a coherent picture of England in the medieval period. The pupils will study major events in the later medieval period, including the Black Death and the War of the Roses, to consider changes to power in England. In Year 8, pupils will continue with their chronological study of History and cover the turbulent period of Tudor rule, the Renaissance and the threats to the Stuart throne. The pupils will then continue to consider the changing role of the monarchy and power in society through their study of the English Civil War. In Year 9, the historical study will become more global in outlook and examine the role of Britain in the world until the twentieth century.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term

Anglo Saxon England

The Norman Conquest

Medieval England

Medieval monarchs

The Crusades

Late Medieval England

Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term

Henry VIII

The Renaissance

The later Tudors and Stuarts The creation of Great Britain

 ETHICS AND MORALITY

Through Key Stage 3, pupils at Bobby Moore Academy will study the world's major religions. In Year 7 and 8, the focus will be Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Pupils will study the history, beliefs and values of each religion to consider how these religions have shaped the world and continue to do so. Pupils will build their factual knowledge of each religion before considering the role the religion plays in the lives of followers as well as considering the challenges faced by these followers in the modern world.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term
Judaism - History and beliefs Judaism - Rituals and the Holocaust Christianity - History and beliefs
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term
Christianity in the modern world Islam - History and beliefs Islam in the modern world

GEOGRAPHY

In Year 7, pupils will be answering the question ‘What is geography?’ Pupils will study physical, human and environmental geography. They will learn how natural environments provide people with resources and opportunities. Focusing on the British coastline, pupils will study what factors impact the shape of the coastline and what effect this has on neighbouring settlements.  They will learn about the need for sustainable development and management of our planet. In Year 8, pupils will investigate the differences between developing, emerging and developed countries. Pupils will study development indicators and explore the effect they have on the people within these countries. In the summer term, Year 8 pupils will return to the topic of extreme weather pulling on their study of physical and environmental geography to understand its effect on the human population.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term
Biomes - Deserts and Rainforests Rivers and Coasts - Migration and Population Hazards (Extreme Weather) - Globalisation 
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term
Development - A focus on Africa Polar Environments - Population Pressure Extreme Weather - Limited Resources

 DRAMA

In Year 7, pupils will be introduced to the subject of Drama. They will study theatre through the ages. Pupils will devise, develop and perform their own play from a set stimulus. They will create their own performance with a distinct point of view incorporating the various performance skills and styles of the practitioners they have studied. The pupils will perform a section from a play to an audience of their peers. In Year 8, pupils will explore comedy as a theatrical genre. They will study twentieth century Black Theatre before preparing and performing their own version of 'A View from the Bridge’.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term
Introduction to Drama
Ancient Greek Theatre
Medieval Theatre
Devising from a stimulus
Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre
Soap operas
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term
Commedia dell'Arte A Midsummer Night's Dream Twentieth century Black Theatre
A View from the Bridge

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

The Physical Education curriculum aims to nurture in all pupils an understanding, and appreciation of, the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. We believe all of our pupils should study a range of sports and understand how to make healthy choices. Our curriculum offers pupils an understanding of basic physiology and an introduction to sports science. Across the entire Physical Education curriculum, we promote leadership and healthy competition and reward and recognise sportsmanship and fair conduct.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term

Football

Netball

Gymnastics

Fitness

Athletics

Rounders

Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term

Football

Netball

Basketball

Fitness

Athletics

Rounders

 SPANISH

At Bobby Moore Academy, all pupils will begin their study of Spanish in Year 7. Pupils will be encouraged to speak in Spanish throughout the lessons and be confident in their delivery of the Spanish words and phrases they learn. The aim is to create a love and appreciate of the Spanish language. Pupils will build key language skills using contexts familiar to them from their everyday lives. They will also learn the vocabulary they need to communicate with Spanish speakers and the necessary strategies to become independent language learners. Pupils will be introduced to the culture of Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries.

Year 7 – Autumn term Year 7 – Spring term Year 7 – Summer term

Spanish pronunciation

Introductions

Hobbies

Christmas in Spain

School

Family and friends

Spanish painters

My home town

Spanish festivals

The Day of the Dead
Year 8 – Autumn term Year 8 – Spring term Year 8 – Summer term

Holidays in the past tense

Technology

Music

Hispanic singers

Food and drink

Shopping

Fashion

Socialising
Holiday accommodation