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Year 6

The English team is passionate about our subject and we hope to encourage a love of language and literature in our students. Our year 7 syllabus is varied and interesting, covering a different topic each half term. We study Jekyll and Hyde, Myths and Legends and a modern novel (from JK Rowling, Darren Shan or John Boyne) as well as teaching a variety of writing styles and techniques in our thematic curriculum. Year 7 students are also very welcome to join our popular creative writing club which runs weekly after school.

Each English class will have a library lesson once a fortnight where students will be encouraged to read independently. Many students choose their own books, with guidance from our experienced librarians but we also hold guided reading sessions like the ones they will have experienced at primary school. Students complete reading files where they record the books they have read, write reviews and collect stickers for each novel they complete. To bring literature to life, we often have visits and workshops from authors.

As we consider reading for pleasure to be the key to good literacy, we would like each student to complete a project, based on their wider reading, over the summer holidays before starting at Finham Park. They should bring this to their first English lesson. Details are here. (add link to task!)

We look forward to welcoming your child to the English department.

In the MFL Department we teach French and Spanish to A level. Year 7 students will be allocated to one of these languages. When you complete the paperwork for your child's transition to Finham Park please let us know if you have a particular preference for a language and let us know the reasons behind this. We will do our best to accommodate your preference.

Students study a language in years 7 to 9, and the majority of students continue with their language to GCSE level as part of the EBacc. You can help your child at home with memorisation of new vocabulary and practice for assessment - it doesn't matter if you don't speak the language: we issue vocabulary sheets for each unit of work!

We consider experiencing real life in France and Spain to be an important part of language learning and we offer residential visits subject to staffing. We use our links with our partner schools in France and Spain to support these visits.

We are also one of a small number of schools in Coventry to offer Mandarin Chinese to Pre-U level. All year 7 and 8 students take 2 enrichment modules in Mandarin with an option to continue in year 9 as part of the option process. They then have the option to take GCSE in years 10 and 11.

Your child may like to use the following websites to prepare for language learning at Finham Park:

The Library is a very busy place at Finham Park and all Yr7 students are shown how to best use it within days of starting school. They can start borrowing library books straight away and can come into the library before school, at break and lunch times, and after school.

As well as using the library during breaks and lunch for meeting up with friends or quietly reading, the library also has a range of games to play e.g. chess, draughts, scrabble. During class time, Year 7 students will use the library for regular English reading lessons and may have research lessons with other subjects e.g. Geography.

The Library has a wonderful range of fiction and fact books, and friendly library staff encourage students to read for pleasure and can also help with any research tasks students may have. There are 15 computers for student use with printing facilities and a silent study area with individual study spaces.

This year, a brand new and exciting Year 7 curriculum has been introduced. Students have been taught a diverse range of topics which aim to create a passion for and lifelong love of Geography alongside the growth of key Geographical skills.

Year 7 Geographers start by exploring "Our city" and then move on to investigating the "wild and wonderful weather" that influences different parts of the globe. In the spring term we examine the relationship that the UK has with the European Union and then travel in our studies to the exciting world of ecosystems. The final term is spent studying the continent of Africa and then the geographical processes associated with "Raging Rivers".

As you can see the year is crammed packed with exciting opportunities to ignite true enthusiasm for the subject.

Students coming to Finham Park School can look forward to an exciting curriculum in History which covers a range of different time periods. We start with a unit of work on the skills you need to become a great historian for your time at Finham where you will get to become an archaeologist and solve a mystery about bones! We will then put your skills into action when we look at the Norman Conquest and life in Medieval Britain, which includes a study of the gruesome Black Death! Following this we complete an investigation on the Medieval King John to work out whether or not he was as bad as History has made him out to be. In the Spring Term we study the hair-raising reign of the Tudors before looking at the Industrial Revolution and slavery using the case studies on the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the use of child labour in the factories of Victorian Britain. We hope you'll agree that these are all exciting opportunities and that you'll be as enthusiastic for history at Finham as we are!

Key Stage 3 students are taught in group sets of approximately 20 and we teach a modular system. This means that in Years 7 students experience all areas of Design and Technology by completing a carousel within the department, experiencing a different specialism each term. Three modules will be completed over the first year. We have a range of facilities and rooms within the school and the projects are organised to allow students to experience as many of these throughout their key stage 3 projects so as to prepare them for taking the subject at Key Stage 4 should they wish to do so. Areas covered within Design and Technology at Finham Park School are:

  • Food Technology
  • Textile Products
  • Resistant Materials
  • Graphic Products
  • Electronic Products
  • Product Design
  • and Engineering

The current projects that students take part in during Year 7 are:

  • Interior Design
  • Trinket Box and USB Light
  • You Are What You Eat - Healthy eating and basic nutrition

As part of the Year 7 Performing Arts rotation, pupils are introduced to the basics of drama for 9 weeks of the year. Here they will develop teamwork and evaluation skills through teaching that encourages problem solving, the sharing of ideas and which promotes mutual respect. Gradually building in confidence, pupils will perform devised scenes and explore a range of stimulating material such as "The Ghost of Thomas Kempe". They will be introduced to the explorative strategies (hotseating, still images etc) that will enable students to communicate their ideas and explore issues affecting the world around them. Through practical, stimulating lessons, pupils discover the use of voice, gesture and movement to create diverse, exciting characters and will be set individual targets to steer their development.

In PE, we want to inspire young people to participate and enjoy physical activity. We want them to recognise the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle which continues into adulthood. We want to instil this through effective teaching and learning that is constantly looking to move forward, providing opportunities for pupils to assume responsibility for their learning, to engage inquisitive minds and provide learners with a high standard of learning that is expected of them every lesson.

At Finham Park, we want to make Physical Education into its own unique brand that motivates and excites pupils of all ages and abilities. We are striving to be an ever developing department with a passion for allowing pupils to grow and learn. We want to provide moments of inspiration and enjoyment that will remain with them beyond their time at Finham Park.

Annually the school plays over 200 fixtures. We have huge success against Coventry Schools, but also gain success in County, Regional and National Competitions. This year our boy's cross country team were ranked in the top 24 in the UK. Annually our trampolining team makes it to the regional finals. For the first time in the school's history three out of our 5 football teams made it to the Coventry Football finals. There is no other Coventry school who plays such a variety of inter-school fixtures.

All students have the opportunity to compete for the school or their college through a structured inter-college programme. Finally, at the end of the year all students are involved in a world class sports day.

We also offer an extensive enrichment programme, which includes badminton, fitness, netball, tennis, basketball, rugby, trampolining and football. We run a variety of trips including biannual ski trips. Our hope is that your child enjoys and takes up the extensive opportunities given to them.

The Social Sciences Faculty welcomes you to Year 7 - but what are the Social Sciences? At Finham Park, Year 7 students will all study PSHE and also have the opportunity to discover what Psychology is all about, if they choose this as one of their Enrichment choices.

PSHE is an important subject to get students to think about themselves and their own development and attitudes, and to learn more about the issues in the world around them. PSHE is a diverse subject with many different topic areas - we'll look at topics such as personality, learning skills, health education, the Media, What Are British values?, anti-bullying and positive social skills, careers - and more. PSHE also teaches in a varied way, and so students will use texts, ICT, media and film, artwork, group work and presentations, so there is something to suit all.

Psychology lessons take place as part of Enrichment, and are a chance to introduce the subject and what it's all about; to learn about some famous discoveries and experiments which reveal things about our brains and behaviour, and to get students involved in conducting experiments on each other!

Students will also study PSHE in Year 8, 10 and 11, and at GCSE level the Faculty also currently offers Psychology and Citizenship. We're one of the largest Faculties in the Sixth Form - we hope that all of our Year 7 students would end up choosing to study either Psychology, Law or Sociology to A Level.

A good summer task for Year 6 students would be to gather together 10 news stories - 5 stories which show how great our country can be, and 5 which show the problems that people can cause - we'll discuss them at the start of the term!