Toad Attack by Patrick Lawrence
After a toad lands on his head as he leaves his house one morning, Leo is determined to find out where it has come from and why. Together with his friend Rosa, he needs to come up with some answers before the angry residents of Upper Dab take matters into their own hands and the toads become toast! A brilliantly quirky comedy caper with a diverse and inclusive cast of characters. QUICK READ
The Ghost Tower by Gillian Cross
The night Dot and Ryan take a sneaky Halloween visit to a condemned tower, they discover more than they bargained for when they catch a glimpse of an endangered species of bat. It's clear that the bat colony and the tower need to be saved, but Dot and Ryan were never meant to be there and it's not going to be easy to get the grown-ups on side ... Can they find a way to stop the demolition and save the bats before it's too late? QUICK READ
All Out Attack by John Hickman
This exciting coming of age story follows a boy from a tower block as he joins a premier league football academy. When Jackson's granddad is taken to hospital, Jackson's football suffers. When he loses his temper on the pitch, he puts his position on United's team at risk. Join Jackson as he struggles with the trials of football and family. QUICK READ
Still Water by Chris Priestley
Evacuated from London at the outbreak of war, Rosie is taken in by kind Mrs Taylor and her daughter Mary. But all is not as it seems. Mary resents and bullies Rosie, and Mrs Taylor is hiding a dark secret. When Rosie comes across a strange girl swimming in a local pond, she hopes they will become friends. But instead her appearance leads to a horrifying revelation that will have terrifying consequences... QUICK READ
The Lost Diary of Sami Star by Karen McCombie
Being at home is hard for Hannah. With Mum, Dad and Vix always fighting they've got no time for her or her worries, she might as well be invisible. But when she finds an abandoned diary in the park containing snippets and photographs of the colourful life of the mysterious Sami Star, Hannah hopes she's found the real friend she always needed. Little does Hannah know Sami needs her too... A heart-warming story of finding friendship in the most unlikely of places. QUICK READ
Mr Penguin and the Fortress of Secrets by Alex T. Smith
Follow Mr Penguin and Colin as they crash-land on a snowy mountain. Will they be able to solve the mystery of the missing pets? What are the strange noises coming from the abandoned fortress? And will Mr Penguin conquer his fear of flying? QUICK READ
The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson
Marinka dreams of a normal life, but her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. For Marinka's grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother's footsteps, but her house has other ideas...
The Secret of the Night Train by Sylvia Bishop
One small girl - one BIG adventure. When Max is sent to Istanbul to stay with her boring Great Aunt-Elodie, little does she expect to be plunged into a thrilling night-time adventure across Europe. And when the mysterious Heartbreak Diamond goes missing, Max must find her feet in a whirling world of would-be diamond smugglers, thieves and undercover detectives. Will she discover the real diamond thief before they reach their destination? Or does the answer lie closer to home... .
Things a Bright Girl can do by Sally Nicholls
Through rallies and marches, in polite drawing rooms and freezing prison cells and the poverty-stricken slums of the East End, three courageous young women join the fight for the vote. Evelyn is seventeen, and though she is rich and clever, she may never be allowed to follow her older brother to university. Enraged that she is expected to marry her childhood sweetheart rather than be educated, she joins the Suffragettes, and vows to pay the ultimate price for women's freedom. May is fifteen, and already sworn to the cause, though she and her fellow Suffragists refuse violence. When she meets Nell, a girl who's grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women have their place. But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could believe. As war looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
The Land of Neverendings by Kate Saunders
Emily watched, in a trance of astonishment, as the bear opened the picnic basket, took out a tartan rug and spread it on Holly's bed. And then the penguin spoke. Actually spoke. 'What's going on? This isn't Pointed End!' The bear said, 'It looks like a human bedroom. We must've come through the wrong door.' 'But there aren't any doors to the hard world in Deep Smockeroon! And we don't have a human bedroom any more. We're in a box in the attic.' What if there exists a world powered by imagination? A world of silliness, where humans and their toys live on long after they've left the Hard World . . . and what if the door between that world and this one was broken? Welcome to the Land of Neverendings.
Clownfish by Alan Durant
Dak's dad has been dead for seven days when suddenly he reappears. He's the same in almost every way, with one startling exception: Dad has turned into a clownfish, and now lives in a tank at their local aquarium. Dak is delighted by the news - he has Dad back, even if he isn't quite as he was before. Deciding to keep Dad's transformation a secret, Dak visits him at the aquarium as often as he can, and ends up spending so much time there that they offer him a job. This is how he comes to meet Violet, the owner's prickly but kindhearted niece; when the aquarium is threatened with closure, the pair must work together to save it. For Dak, the stakes couldn't be higher ... after all, if the aquarium shuts down, what will happen to the fish?
Girl 38 by Ewa Jozefkowicz
Past and present are woven into this novel set in contemporary times and WWII Poland. Based on a real life story about friendship and endurance in the darkest situation. Kat is a 12-year-old girl who loves working on her super-heroine comic, Girl 38 - the girl she longs to be like. But she's not brave, or fearless. At school, Gem is no longer her 'best friend'. And at home Kat is lonely while her parents are busy working long hours. She's even a bit afraid of her elderly neighbour, Ania. But when Ania has an accident Kat surprises herself by rushing to the rescue - just like Girl 38. Their unlikely friendship blossoms, and with it Kat's determination, as Ania reveals the haunting story behind the portrait of a girl she's left unfinished. Inspired by Ania - her daring leap to freedom and her search for her lost friend, Mila, who was taken away by soldiers to a 'walled village' at the outbreak of WWII - Kat unravels the mystery of the girl in the painting and finds a happy ending for Girl 38.
The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargreave
Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.
The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell
When Suzy hears a strange noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for the Union of Impossible Places. Whisked on board by a troll-boy, Suzy's world is turned upside down when she's asked to deliver a cursed package to a fearsome sorceress. And quite suddenly, Suzy realizes the fate of the Impossible Places is in her hands...
Little Badman by Humza Arshad
You've probably heard of me, right? Little Badman. No? Oh. Well. . . Doesn't matter. You will do one day. I'm gonna be big. I'm Humza Khan, the greatest eleven-year-old rapper Eggington has ever known; soon everyone will know my name. Only problem is school has got really weird, man. All my teachers are disappearing and our aunties are taking over. It wasn't too bad at the start, they keep feeding us delicious snacks. Like, all the time. But now these aunties are trying to mess with my music, so me and my best friends Umer and Wendy are going to hunt for the truth. Cos something big and bad is going on and we won't let anything mess with my music... or you know, the world.
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll
London, 1922. A discovery from ancient Egypt . . . A cursed package . . . The untold story of a young pharaoh . . . When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for. Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey - to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse . . .
Asha & the Spirit Bird by Jasbindar Bilan
Asha lives in the foothills of the Himalayas. Money is tight and she misses her papa who works in the city. When he suddenly stops sending his wages, a ruthless moneylender ransacks their home andher mother talks of leaving. From her den in the mango tree, Asha makes a pact with her best friend, Jeevan, to find her father and make things right. But the journey is dangerous: they must cross the world's highest mountains and face hunger, tiredness - even snow leopards. And yet, Asha has the unshakeable sense that the spirit bird of her grandmother - her nanijee - will be watching over her.
The Midnight Hour by Benjamin Read
Emily's parents have vanished into the secret world of the Midnight Hour - a Victorian London frozen in time - home to magic and monsters. Emily must find them in the city of the Night Folk, armed only with a packed lunch, a stowaway hedgehog and her infamously big mouth. With bloodthirsty creatures on her tail, Emily has to discover the truth to rescue her parents. What family secret connects her to the Midnight Hour? And can she save both worlds before she runs out of sandwiches?
Halo Moon by Sharon Cohen
In Ethiopia, Ageze has unearthed an ancient device that can make predictions. It tells him: there is a date, there is a place, there is a moment when it will happen. A disaster that will change everything. Halo Moon loves stars, and the night sky is full of them in her remote Yorkshire village. It's a place where nothing interesting ever happens, let alone a catastrophe. So when a stranger appears at the end of a near-impossible journey and tells her lives are at risk, she can barely believe it. But if she doesn't help Ageze, everything and everyone she knows might disappear for ever ... As Halo says: there's a hundred ways to start this story, a hundred ways to tell it. Each one is impossible. Each one, unbelievable. But it did all happen and I promise it's all true.
Lightning Chase me Home by Amber Lee Dodd
Kiran Millwood Hargrave Amelia Hester McLeod is named after two of her mum's favourite explorers. Two amazing, fearless, awesome women: Amelia Earhart and Lady Hester Stanhope. But Amelia herself doesn't always feel very brave or very bright. She lives on a windblown island in a creaky old house right beneath the North Star. Her dad is sad and silent since her mum left them, and her absent-minded grandpa suddenly seems convinced something strange is about to happen to her. When Amelia makes a birthday wish to be reunited with her missing mum, a wild magic is stirred from the sea...
And the Ocean was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down. The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.
The Truth About Martians by Melissa Savage
Mylo knows there's no such thing as Martians - at least, until a flying saucer crash-lands next to his family's New Mexico farm. And then he starts to hear the voice, like someone's trying to communicate with him, asking for help. Desperate to be as brave as his older brother Obie - who passed away over a year ago - Mylo has to investigate the crash. Along the way, he ends up discovering more about the universe than he ever could have imagined.
Escape from Syria by Samya Kullab
Escape from Syria is a fictionalized account that calls on real-life circumstances and true tales of refugee families to serve as a microcosm of the Syrian uprising and the war and refugee crisis that followed. GRAPHIC NOVEL
The Button War by Avi
An unflinching tale of ordinary boys living during WW1 as tensions - and desperations - mount among them. The first button they found. The second button they stole... Twelve-year-old Patryk has never left his Polish village and doesn't know much about the outside world. Then one August, with the clatter-clatter of an aeroplane, the Great War explodes into his village. As the Germans and Russians fight for control, Patryk and his friends begin their own battle to find the best military button. It starts as a dare, but soon the boys find themselves trapped in a dangerous war. Just how far are they prepared to go to win?
Titles available from all good bookshops and it may well be worth checking the
Coventry Libraries catalogue.
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.
We look forward to welcoming your child to the English department.
In the MFL Department we teach French and Spanish to A level and Mandarin to Pre-U 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. In addition, we are now part of the Mandarin Excellence Programme which means
your child in Year 7 can choose to sign up to a fast track Mandarin learning programme. Information evenings are provided in the May/June time should you require further details.
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, Spain and China to be an important part of language learning and we offer residential visits subject to staffing. We use our links with our partner schools 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
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