Key Stage 3: Subject: Design and Technology

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 Project: Identification Badge – Resistant Materials and Graphics

Project – High Visibility Jacket Textiles

Project – Technical Drawing Skills
Graphic ProductsProject – Christmas Stocking Textiles
Project – Recycling Graphics and Resistant Materials

Project – Apron and Logo Textiles and Graphics

Term 2 Project – Acrylic Animal Coasters
Resistant Materials
Project – Periodic Jigsaw Puzzle
Resistant Materials
Project – Cake Shop Food

Project – Packaging Graphic products

Term 3 Project – Food- Pizza Project Project – Biscuit Product Development
Project – Acrylic Jewellery


Key Stage 3: Subject: Art & Design

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

In this unit students start by exploring their own identity. They create images that reflect ideas about themselves, and work from observation, memory and imagination. They develop skills in using traditional materials and processes that can later be combined with 3D re-cycled materials. They learn about approaches made by artists who have images of themselves and others.

Objects and viewpoints.
In this unit students explore familiar objects from different viewpoints as the starting point for their work. They develop ideas by selecting and abstracting qualities of objects to use as the basis for a collage. They learn about the ideas and approaches of the Cubist painters and their influences and make connections
with other artists who worked from still life.

Life Events.
Students explore an event in their own life as a starting point for image making. They analyse paintings, prints, photographs and digital images, including examples of photojournalism, to learn how visual qualities can be manipulated to evoke strong reactions and to represent ideas, beliefs and values. They make
connections between 18C and 19C
paintings and contemporary visual culture.
Term 2

What’s in a building?
In this unit, students explore ideas and feelings about buildings and their experiences of walking through spaces. They record interesting features such as doorways, arches, windows, porches and courtyards, using 2D media and photography. They develop designs for
3D work based on their studies and produce a piece of work using re-cycled materials. They look at the work of architects, designers and sculptors.

Shared view.
In this unit students explore and use natural and other materials to construct a temporary, site-specific work that represents a shared view of their locality. They work in groups to make a collective response. They analyse works from different times and cultures where ideas, values and beliefs are shared and communicated through art, craft and design. IT is also used in the group powerpoint presentation.

Personal places, public spaces.
In this unit students explore examples of public art in their locality. They research the different ways in which ideas, beliefs and values are represented and shared in their local area and in different times and cultures, including those of today. They explore ways of representing their own ideas and then collaborate with others to make a mural or a 3D form for a specific location.
Term 3

Recreating landscapes.
In this unit students explore landscape as the starting point for 2D and 3D work. They collect visual and other information by visiting a landscape and by studying the methods, approaches and intentions of artists and craftspeople who use the environment as inspiration. They manipulate the visual and tactile qualities of materials to convey mood and feeling about landscape.

Animating art.
In this unit, students are encouraged to explore the moving image to communicate ideas about particular genres or styles of art They analyse a variety of different techniques from painting, drawing,
collage, photography, illustration and digital imagery. They should learn how to represent ideas using the moving image, and make connections between this and their chosen artist or style.

Change your style.
In this unit, students explore contemporary design and the ways in which artists take ideas from the work of others and synthesise these into a new creative forms.
They develop their own ideas and design and make a body adornment. They investigate the influence of art from different cultures and traditions on fashion and design and the use of re-cycled materials. This will culminate in a fashion show.


Cyfnod Allweddol 3: Pwnc: Cymraeg Ail Iaith
Key Stage 3: Subject: Welsh Second Language

Thema Astudiwyd
Themes to be studied

Blwyddyn 7
Year 7

Blwyddyn 8
Year 8

Blwyddyn 9
Year 9

Dros y flwyddyn
Over the year

They will focus on use of the present
tense and the conditional tense. They will revise and learn key question words and patterns for answering. They will learn basic mutation rules and how to express and justify opinion. They will also study the set poems for the Urdd Eisteddfodau.

They will continue to use the present
tense, and the conditional tense. They will study the short form past tense and irregular verbs. They will revise key question words and patterns for answering. They will build upon their understanding of grammar and mutation rules. They will be encouraged to develop and extend answers. Opinions will be given and supported with valid reasoning. They will also study the set poems for the Urdd Eisteddfodau.

They will continue to use the present
tense, conditional tense and the short form past tense and irregular verbs. They will focus upon using the imperfect tense and the future tense. They will revise key question words and patterns for answering. They will continue to develop their understanding of grammar and mutation rules. They will be encouraged to develop and extend answers. Opinions will be given and supported with valid reasoning. They will also study the set poems for the Urdd Eisteddfodau.

Tymor 1
Term 1

Fi fy hun
Introducing myself
Ysgol, pynciau, gwisg, rheolau
School – subjects, uniform, rules

Yr Ardal The area Cyfarwyddiadau
Anifeiliaid anwes

Amser Hamdden Leisure Time Cadw’n Heini
Keeping fit

Tymor 2
Term 2

Y Teulu & Disgrifio Pobl
The Family & Describing people
Y Cartref
The Home

Chwedlau / straeon lleol
Legends / Local stories

Delwedd Image Gwyliau

Tymor 3
Term 3

Arian ac arian poced
Money & pocket money
Ffair Ysgol
School Fair

Technoleg/ffonau symudol/iaith tecstio
Technology/mobile phones/text language

Y Brif ddinas
The Capital City
Y Wladfa – Patagonia
The Welsh colony


Key Stage 3: Subject: Mathematics

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Properties of numbers
Sequences and Patterns Whole numbers and decimals Area and perimeter
Fractions and percentages Grouped data and simple statistics

Properties of numbers
Angles and shapes Linear sequences Probability
Expressions and formulae
Measures and mensuration

Powers and roots
Sequences and graphs Measures and mensuration Proportional reason Equations and formulae
2D and 3D shapes

Term 2

Decimals and measure Equations and formulae Functions and graphs Transformations
Percentages ratio and proportion
Properties of shapes

Functions and graphs
Percentages Proportional reasoning Transformations Equations and formulae
Whole numbers decimals and fractions

Calculations and calculators
Probability Functions and Graphs Transformations
Using algebra
Angles and constructions

Term 3

Constructions Using algebra More probability
Solving number problems

Constructions Using algebra Solving problems

Equations, formulae and graphs More Probability Problem solving


Key Stage 3: Subject: Geography

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 1.  Map Skills  – free map from O.S.
2.  Inside the Earth  – model volcano * Assessment 1.
1.  The Population Explosion
class survey on country of birth.
2.  Settlement Patterns
mapping home region.
1.  Global Climate – Climate
Change – questionnaire.
2.  Indigenous People – the Brazilian Amerindians (enquiry based work) Assessment 1.
Term 2 3.  The Tsunami Hazard  – perception, emergency aid. Assessment 2.
4.  Our Nation –  the United Kingdom – citizenship.
3.  New Trends in Shopping – the Internet Revolution. Assessment 1.
Transport Problems – congestion
and solution
3.  The European Union  –
4.  About Italy –“Planning a holiday” leaflet.
Term 3 5.Our Home – Wales :
Croeso i Gymru. Cultural identity.
6. Farming – research.
4.  S t  B rigid’s T raff ic S u rve y – an
investigation. Assessment 2.
5.  Weather – model weather instrument *- data recording, poetry.
5.  Tourism  – Mallorca travel
brochure * Assessment 2.
6.  Rivers – lead into GCSE.


Key Stage 3: Subject: Music

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Bridging Unit: Music Express
Graphic Scores and/or Winter

Samba Music/Ensemble Skills
Keyboard Skills and/or Winter

Blues Music
Musical Devices and/or Winter

Term 2

Musical Elements
Music Theory

Music and Mood

Musical Structure
Dance Music

Term 3

The Orchestra
Music of Wales – (Vocal Project)

Chords/Love Song
World Music – (Vocal Project)

Film Music
Musical Theatre –
(Vocal project)


Key Stage 3: Subject: Science

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Tissues and Transplants

Acids and Alkalis

Energy and Sustainable Living

Food Glorious Food


Heat Transfers



Elements, Mixtures and

Term 2

Sex and Science

Bubbles, Bangs and Burning

Forces and their effects

Materials and Recycling

The Way of the Dodo



Using Forces


Term 3

Ecology Matters

What a Waste

Electrical Circuits

Going for Gold

All that Glitters

Sound and Hearing


Chemical Reactions

Electricity and Magnetism


Key Stage 3: Subject: History

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 ·    Introduction – What is History?

·    What was life like in Britain and Wales before the Normans?

·    Why was there a crisis in 1066?

·    Why did William win the Battle of Hastings in 1066?

·    How did the Normans attempt to gain control of England and Wales?

·    What was Britain and Wales like in the 1500s?

·    Were there important changes in people’s private lives between 1500 and 1750?

·    What was the Reformation and why did it occur?

·    Why did Henry VIII dissolve the monasteries in
·    Britain and Wales?

·    How did Slavery help cause an
Industrial Revolution in Britain?·    Why was there an Industrial Revolution in Britain between c. 1750 and 1900?·    How did Industrialisation impact on British society?
Term 2 ·    What was life like for ordinary people in the Middles Ages?

·    The Clash of Church and Monarchy?

·    What do we know about Robin Hood and Twm Sion Cati?

·    How did the church change during Edward VI’s reign?

·    Did Mary 1 deserve her reputation as Bloody?

·    Why was Elizabeth’s reign seen as a ‘Golden Era?’

·    How did the government react to the industrialisation of Britain?

·    How did Britain export its Industrial Revolution and Political ideas, and how did other countries react to this?

·    What were the causes of the First World War?

·    Why was the war such a bloody and drawn out conflict?

Term 3 ·    How bad was King John

·    The Conquest of Wales

·    The Black Death

·    Who were the Puritans and what did they believe?

·    Was the Gunpowder Plot genuine or a set up?

·    Why was there civil war in Britain and Wales from 1642?

·    Why did Charles 1 lose the Civil war?

·    How fair was the execution of Charles 1?

·    Oliver Cromwell – was he a hero or a villain?

·    How was war to be avoided in the future?

·    How was the Holocaust made possible in 20th Century Europe?


Key Stage 3: Subject: FRENCH

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 Bienvenue:
1.  Comment tu t’appelles
2.  Mes affaires
3.  Comment ça s’écrit
4.  Quel age as-tu
5.  L’anniversaire
6.  Les couleurs
7.  La Francophonie
8.  Special Noël
Mes loisirs:
1.  Les sports
2.  Que fais-tu?
3.  Jouer
4.  Qu’est  ce  que  tu  aimes faire?
5.  Le week end
6.  Le temps et les activités
7.  Special Noël
Salut :
1.  Je me présente
2.  Le passé composé
3.  Qu’est ce que  tu  as  fait hier
4.  Le week end dernier
5.  La semaine dernière
6.  Les vacances dernières
7.  Special Noël
Term 2 Toi et moi:
1.  Où habites-tu?
2.  La famille
3.  Les animaux
4.  Les yeux et les cheveux
5.  Tu es comment?
6.  Special Pâques
Chez moi:
1.  Nous habitons…
2.  Les directions
3.  Les types de maisons
4.  Le plan de la maison
5.  Chez moi
6.  Dans ma chambre
7.  Special Pâques
Ma vie:
1.  La routine quotidienne
2.  Les verbes pronominaux
3.  Qu’est ce qu’on pourrrait faire ce soir?
4.  Ce soir…
5.  Ma famille et copains
6.  Special Pâques
Term 3 A college:
1.  Les matières
2.  L’heure
3.  L’emploi du temps
4.  Une journée au college
5.  Les vêtements
6.  Le defile de mode
Les vacances:
1.  Où vas-tu?
2.  Qu’est    ce    que   tu    vas faire?
3.  Aller en ville/tourisme
4.  Acheter des souvenirs
5.  Au quick
6.  Le film
Divers :
1.  J’ai mal docteur !
2.  A table
3.  Le petit déjeuner
4.  La        nourriture etles magasins de bouffe
5.  L’invitation
6.  A Paris !


Key Stage 3: Subject: ICT

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 Introduction to ICT – About Me
presentation task.Databases – making a Christmas shopping database.

Presenting Information – Reliability,
Validation and Bias – presentation on a contentious issue whilst considering sources of information.

Safe Social Networking. Producing
a podcast about how to use social media safely.

Term 2

Presenting Information – Producing a Newspaper – a collaborative task with links to Year 7 English.

Spreadsheet modelling – analysing the class sports performance using spreadsheets.

Digital photography. How to plan, capture and edit a portfolio of digital images.

Term 3

Spreadsheet Modelling – creating
an Edwardian castle in Google Sketchup using a spreadsheet price list.

Handling Information – using
databases to explore genetic inheritance.

Digital Video. Pupils plan, shoot
and edit a short video. This takes place on collaboration with Drama and English.



Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 Invasion games:
Understanding the principles of attacking and defending in all invasion games including rugby, netball, football and hockey.Creative:
GymnasticsHealth, fitness and well-being: Circuit training/ healthy eating target books
Competitive activities:
Netball – girls Football – boys Hockey – girls Rugby – BoysCreative:
GymnasticsHealth Fitness and Well-being:
Fitness training, circuit training
Competitive Activities:
Dance 1960’s genre
Term 2 Competitive Activities:
Hockey – Girls
Rugby / Football – BoysAdventurous Activities: Problem Solving activities Orienteering
Competitive Activities
Rugby – Boys
Tag Rugby – GirlsAdventurous Activities: Problem Solving activities Orienteering
HockeyHealth, Fitness & well-being: Core circuit training and fitness testing – flexibility/stamina/speed
Term 3 Competitive:
Striking and fielding games: Tennis and Rounders
Competitive: Athletics Tennis
Competitive: Athletics Tennis Rounders


Key Stage 3: Subject: English

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 Pupils will be completing work on their
Transition Project initially, which will be used for a display.Poetry booklet – reading and writing poetry from the St. Brigid’s Anthology, which covers a range of styles and themes.Short stories and travel writing – pupils will write their own versions, having read and discussed a range of examples.

Autobiography project.

War theme: class reader–Private
Peaceful.WW1 poetry – developing analytical skills.Class reader: The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, accompanied by film adaptation

Advertising focus: study of moving and still image.

Fiction based unit: e.g. Lord of the Flies

20th Century poetry e.g. Ted Hughes

Northanger Abbey/ Jane Eyre/ Great

Pre- 1914 poetry: e.g. Emily Dickinson

Non-narrative unit: non- fiction analysis and writing – speeches, letters, reports, advertisements etc.

Term 2 Storytelling focus – Creation Myths,
Greek Myths, Welsh legends and
Beowulf.Poetry from other cultures and traditions.Instructions

Individual presentation on a topic of interest.

Novel: Underground to Canada

Newspaper and screenplay writing.

School theme: reading range of extracts from Jane Eyre and Tom
Brown’s Schooldays to Cider With
Rosie.Poetry on school theme.Argument and discussion – teenage issues.

Drama: Our Day Out

Persuasive writing – analysis and own work.

Introduction to GCSE:

Narrative writing – GCSE style tasks

ESB preparation – leading to formal examination in summer, which may be used as GCSE Speaking and Listening assessment piece.

Term 3 Contemporary novel: e.g. Skellig

Pre-1914 poetry: e.g.William Blake selection.

Shakespeare: The Tempest project and associated drama and design work.

Research skills: biographical/historical contexts.

Persuasion: speech writing and delivery

Stories about imagined worlds – extracts and film adaptations; hero’s journey format.

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream project – drama, design and research work.

ESB preparation continued

Descriptive writing – GCSE style tasks

Shakespeare play – GCSE

‘Students should see their English teacher in respect of possible changes to the course content and/or structure.’


Key Stage 3: Subject: Religious Education

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 An Introduction to World Religions; Worship – Holy Communion; Festivals – Advent and Christmas Identity and Belonging: Rites of
Passage.Creation and the Environment
The Five Pillars of Islam;

Pilgrimage – Hajj

Term 2 Special Places: The Church and the Synagogue.

Lent and Easter.

Judaism – Beliefs and Practices The Work of Charities

Good and Evil

Prejudice and Discrimination

Term 3 Sacred Writings – The Bible Festivals – Pentecost


Faith in Action

GCSE; Topic 1: Relationships


Key Stage 3: Subject: Dance

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 In this unit pupils focus on popular
dance styles of different eras. They explore a range of dances, using step and gesture patterns, body shape, contact work and contrast in dynamic and rhythmic patterning.
In dance as a whole, pupils think about how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues, and their feelings. As they work, they develop an awareness of the historical and cultural origins of different dance.
In this unit pupils explore the
different types of dance and focus specifically on developing their knowledge and understanding of composition. They develop their understanding of communicating the choreographic intention as performers and choreographers.School Days – expressive arts
In this unit, pupils develop their
knowledge of dance styles and forms, focusing on a range of themes that give rise to different types of dance, e.g. abstract, comic, dramatic and narrative.Strictly Ballroom – strictly competitive.Salsa, Cha cha cha and Jive
Term 2 1970s Dance – Disco Dance

Saturday Night Fever

Pupils perform at the Urdd competition with Disco Dancing.


Using newspaper headlines of the recent events.

Creative Dance.

Chaos and Conflict

West Side Storey

Street Jazz, Hip Hop.

Term 3 1950s Dance – Rock n roll

Fun Day Performance

World of work – Cultures and eras

Creative & Clog Dancing – Wales

Llangollen, International Eisteddfod
Dance Trip.

Social Events, Political issues,
Chaos.Creative DanceFun Day performance


Key Stage 3: Subject: Drama

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1 In the first term students will be
introduced to some basic drama concepts; Freeze, Still Image, Focus etc…
They will also explore characterisation through an improvised structured drama based on evacuees
In the Winter term of this year
students explore Physical Theatre and look at the performer as a non- human. With the actor at the heart of the theatrical experience
students use expression and communication of body language, focussing on gesture and space to create performances that tell the dramatic story in a physical way.
In the first term students will
complete a Theatre Staging and Set Design unit, where they explore the artistic and practical demands of set design and apply ideas of atmosphere, symbolism and entertainment with their own design ideas.
Term 2 In the second term students will complete a Story Teller unit. They will explore the art and history of telling stories. And look at the story
circle as a performance space. They will use this format to present their own supernatural or ghost story
In the Spring Term students looked at Greek Theatre, Melodrama and Pantomime as a springboard to creating their own ‘larger than life’
In the Spring Term students will explore how filmic language applies to the dramatic form
exploring units of action, shot story
board, visual imagery, mis en scene, practical filming requirements, scenic development, framing, camera skills, shot style and techniques, 180 degree rule and continuity, all important for the creation of film and television.
Term 3 In the Summer Term students learn to work with a script,
culminating in a short performance. They will explore the poem
‘Overheard On a Saltmarsh’ and a selection of scenes from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to create an open air performance.
In the Summer term students complete a Mask unit and look at
the rules and techniques of wearing masks on stage. They will explore ‘Trestle theatre Company’ and Commedia D’elle Arte to develop skills in mime, how to frame the mask, facing front and bringing the mask to life.
In the Summer Term students will
complete a ‘Devising’ unit. Students will explore the skills and techniques involved in devising their own drama and put apply this practically in their own dramatic creation.