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Teaching Block 1

Year 7 The Basics - Grid co-ordinates, view finder, mark making unit
Year 8 Portraits - Grid, tracing, tone, texture, colour mixing unit
Year 9 Cubism - Collage, blending, fragmented, constructing
Year 10 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 11 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 7 Digital Skills and User Interfaces

Year 8 Computer systems and social engineering
Year 9 Algorithms, programming and solution design
Year 10 Networks, performance and systems development
Year 11 Real-World scenario planning and problem-solving
Year 7 Plastics in everyday life
Year 8 Drawing skills
Year 9 Advanced Design Skills
Year 10 Core Technical Principles
Year 11 NEA
Year 7 Introducing drama
Year 8 Developing drama
Year 9 Drama skills
Year 10 Devising Drama
Year 11 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 7 Social and Political Protest: Animal Farm
Year 8 War and Conflict: Lord of the Flies
Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English literature: To Kill a Mockingbird/Of Mice and Men
Introduction to GCSE English language: Writing to express a viewpoint
Year 10 GCSE Shakespeare: Introduction to Macbeth
Year 11 GCSE English literature: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Macbeth
Year 7 Introduction to kitchen &
healthy eating
Year 8 Bacteria, yeasts &
moulds
Year 9 Food Choice
Year 10 Nutrition
Year 7 Beinvenue au College
Year 8 L'Ere Numerique
Year 9 Qui suis-je?
Year 10 Jours Ordinaires, Jours de la Fete
Year 11 Bon Travail
Year 7 Africa: Climate, globalisation desertification, changing cities
Year 8 North America: Globalisation, Earthquakes, migration, employment
Year 9 Asia: Ecosystems, Weather / climate, natural hazards & population
Europe: Climate, glaciation, resource management & river landscapes
Year 10 Global development
Year 11 UK challenges, weather and climate
Year 9 Auf in die Schule
Year 10 Im Urlaub
Year 11 eine wunderbare Welt
Year 7 Normal conquest & medieval England
Year 8 The Industrial Revolution & the Victorian age
Year 9 Struggles for human rights
Year 10 GCSE Teaching Block 3: Medicine in Britain, 1250 -present
Year 11 GCSE Teaching Block 7: Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941 - 1991
Year 9 The Theoretical Framework of media
Year 10 Making media products/ TV drama
Year 11 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 7 The Basics: During this block students take on a huge amount of new information based on the basic musical elements. We expect students to use new terminology in context almost immediately through discussion, written tasks and mainly through practical singing. Each lesson students learn a new piece of music to sing which demonstrates the element in question. Students will study basic rhythms, pitch, musical structures and textures, dynamics, timbre and tempo.
Year 8 Programme Music: This unit further formalises composition and builds on the work completed in teaching Year 7 block 3. Students now compose with pitch as well as rhythm and create more complex ideas which are based around music which tells stories.
Year 9 Performance & Composition: Students’ time is split between Mr Lamb and Ms Sewell and will focus on instrumental performance with Ms Sewell, and composition with Mr Lamb. This block is aimed at developing both confidence and skill in direct preparation for GCSE music.
Year 10 Score analysis (Bach, Beethoven, Purcell) Performance and Composition
Year 11 Score analysis (Spalding, Afro Celt) Performance and Composition
Year 9 Components of fitness and training methods. Benefits of physical activity, diet
Year 10 Body systems and Commercialisation and technology
Year 11 Movement analysis and sports psychology
Year 7 Ultimate Questions
Year 8 Morality
Year 9 Christian beliefs
Year 10 Crime & punishment
Year 7 Safety in science
Practical chemistry
Separation techniques
Energy
Year 8 Periodic table
Metals & Acids
Electricity & Magnetism
Year 9 Cell structure and transport Cell Division Atomic Structure Structure and bonding Energy transfers Energy resources
Year 10 Communicable diseases Preventing and treating disease Respiration Photosynthesis Electrolysis Energy changes Chemical calclulations Radioactivity Electricity
Year 11 Variation and evolution Genetics and evolution Antibiotic resistance Adaptations, interdependence and competition Chemical analysis Earth's atmosphere Momentum Hooke's Law Pressure Waves

Teaching Block 2

Year 7 Landscape - Application of painting, tints, tones & shades
Year 8 Still life -Enlarging, reducing, collage, observational drawing, simplifying
Year 9 Printing - Development of ideas, printing, etching
Year 10 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 11 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 7 Computational Thinking and Algorithms
Year 8 Data analysis and databases
Year 9 Data representation and programming languages
Year 10 Resilience, robust programs and wider impacts
Year 7 Commercial manufacturing
Year 8 Working with timber
Year 9 Designing and Making Principles
Year 10 Specialist Technical Principles
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Drama explorations
Year 8 Exploring empathy
Year 9 Blood Brothers
Year 10 Scripted Theatre
Year 11 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 7 Voyages (poetry)
Year 8 Introduction to Gothic Literature: Analysing and writing Gothic narratives/poetry
Year 9 Introduction to GCSE English literature: Modern Drama - Educating Rita
Introduction to GCSE English language: Writing to describe and narrate
Year 10 GCSE English literature: Modern Drama: An Inspector Calls; Love and Relationships Poetry
GCSE English language: Writing to express a perspective/viewpoint Language Paper 1 Section A and Section B (creative writing)
Year 11 GCSE English literature: Macbeth
GCSE English language: Paper 2 Section A
Year 7 Nutrition basics
Year 8 Food science
Year 9 Food Production
Year 10 Food Science
Year 7 Mes Passetemps
Year 8 Mes Projets pour l'Avenir
Year 9 Le Temps de Loisirs
Year 10 Le Grand Large
Year 11 Un Oeil sur le Monde
Year 7 Antartica: Resource management, Tourism, climate change
Year 8 South America: Tropical rain forests, rivers, sustainability

Year 9 Ecosystems and changing cities
Year 10 Changing landscapes & fieldwork
Year 11 Resource management
Year 9 Zeit fur Freizeit
Year 10 Rund um die Arbeit
Year 7 Renaissance, Reformation & civil war
Year 8 The first world war and aftermath
Year 9 Key moments of the Twentieth Century; using sources and examining interpretations
Year 10 GCSE Teaching Block 4: Medicine in Britain, 1250 - present & study of The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatments and the trenches
Year 11 GCSE Teaching Block 8: Superpower Relations & Cold War 1941-1991
Year 9 Newspapers, advertising and magazines
Year 10 Music video, social media, games, radio and film
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Electronic Dance Music: This unit focuses on structure, texture and the combination of timbres. Students are required to create a piece of music using a recognised structure (Ternary, Rondo, Arch, Binary) and should utilise a variety of textures (inc. Monophonic, Homophonic and Polyphonic).
Year 8 Now! That’s What I Call Music: Here, students focus on developing their performance skills in relation to the musical elements which they have learned about. Students will perform new pieces weekly from the current Now! That’s What I Call Music Album. There is a focus on reading notation, playing both melody and chords, solo and ensemble performance and keyboard work.
Year 9 Star Wars: Students begin the study of a set piece for GCSE music. We will look at it from many different angles and will not only learn about John Williams’ famous theme, but also learn the skills required for the analysis of music as required at GCSE.
Year 10 Score analysis (Queen, Williams, Schwartz) Performance and Composition
Year 9 Diet and hydration, barriers to participation and training methods
Year 10 Body systems and sports psychology
Year 11 Analysis of performance coursework
Year 7 Seeking the truth
Year 8 Jesus: messiah or ordinary man?
Year 9 Christian practices
Year 7 Cells & body systems
Elements & compounds
Forces
Reproduction
Year 8 Digestion, nutrients & disorders
Sound, ElectroMagnetism and light
Infection & Disease
Year 9 Organisation and the digestive system Organising plants and animals The Water cycle Structure and bonding Periodic table Chemical changes Particles States of Matter Atomic structure Radiation
Year 10 The Nervous system Hormonal Coordination Homeostasis Reproduction Rates of reaction Crude oil Polymers Electricity Efficiency Forces & Newton's Laws
Year 11 Organising an ecosystem Biodiversity and ecosystems Earth's resources Using resources Waves Light Lenses Space Electromagnets Motors & Transformers

Teaching Block 3

Year 7 Nature - Grid, view finder, mark making, observational drawing
Year 8 Pop Art- Collage, layering, observation
Year 9 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 10 Personal response - Observational drawing, rule of thirds, enlarging, formal element investigation
Year 11 Revision/Consolidation
Year 7 Programming concepts and Python projects
Year 8 Programming, logic and data representation
Year 9 Systems architecture, security and the law
Year 10 Resilience, robust programs and wider impacts
Year 7 Considering the environment
Year 8 Commericial manufacturing
Year 9 Core Technical Principles
Year 10 NEA
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Playing Shakespeare
Year 8 From social media to slapstick
Year 9 Devising Drama
Year 10 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 11 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 7 From Page to Stage: Romeo & Juliet
Year 8 Introduction to Tragedy: Othello
Year 9 GCSE Shakespeare: Introduction to Macbeth
Year 10 GCSE English literature: Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and Macbeth
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Heat transfer &
food provenance
Year 8 Nutrition(micro)
Year 9 Nutrition
Year 10 Mock Non-examined assessment
Year 7 Devouvrir le Monde
Year 8 La Culture Francophone
Year 9 Jours Ordinaires, Jours de la Fete
Year 10 Bon Travail
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Oceania: Hazards, glaciation animal adaptations & ecosystems convection
Year 8 Local dimension: Rocks, marine erosion, Geographical skills, Renewable energy
Year 9 Global development
Year 10 UK challenges, weather and climate
Year 11 Revision
Year 9 Wilkommen bei mir
Year 10 Rund um die Arbeit
Year 7 The British empire
Year 8 The second world war
Year 9 GCSE Teaching Block 1 & 2: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918 – 1939
Year 10 GCSE Teaching Block 5 & 6: Early Elizabethan England, 1558 - 1588
Year 11 Revision
Year 9 Making media products/ TV drama
Year 10 Exam preparation* (ends May Y10)
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 African and South American Drumming: This unit focuses on rhythm, structure and texture and introduces more formal composition. Students will be using basic (and in some instances, more complex) rhythms to create layered compositions which vary in texture. These will have formal notation created by the student and will utilise dynamic and tempo more formally too.
Year 8 Exploring Modern Music: Twentieth century “classical” music has provided some of the most thought provoking compositions and performances ever. Along with performing their own complex compositions students consider some big theoretical questions around music. What makes something a piece of music? How do we perceive different types of music?
Year 9 Performance, Composition and Set Works: This final block in year 9 is spent fine tuning all three areas of this year's studies. The class will select another set work to study, and composition and performance development will continue.
Year 10 Score analysis (Queen, Williams, Schwartz) Performance and Composition
Year 9 Body systems and Commercialisation and technology
Year 10 Movement analysis and sports psychology
Year 11 Revision
Year 7 Origins of Judaism
& how Jews live today
Year 8 Is religion still relevant?
Year 9 Buddhist beliefs &
practices
Year 7 Chemical reactions
Acids & Alkalis
Motion & speed
Space
Year 8 Earth chemistry
Ecosystems & adaptations
Pressure & moments
Year 9 Communicable diseases Preventing and treating disease Respiration Photosynthesis Electrolysis Energy changes Chemical calclulations Radioactivity Electricity
Year 10 Variation and evolution Genetics and evolution Antibiotic resistance Adaptations, interdependence and competition Chemical analysis Earth's atmosphere Momentum Hooke's Law Pressure Waves
Year 11 Revision

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Amanda is Chair of the Excel Academy Trust Board. Amanda became a parent governor in 2009 and has enjoyed several responsibilities across this time including being Chair of the Achievement and Standards committee, a member of the Excel Academy Audit committee, and most recently has been appointed as a Member of the Excel Academy Partnership. Her career started out with the Halifax Building Society where she worked as a mortgage advisor for 20 years, before entering the political arena. Amanda is a County Councillor for Durham County Council, representing Framwellgate and Newton Hall ward. Amanda was formerly a student at Framwellgate School Durham, where she met her husband and many other friends, as well as taking on the responsibility of being Deputy Head Girl. Amanda is passionate about the school and local area and is actively involved in the school at every opportunity.

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