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Welcome to the Year 7 Page!

 

Blood Sweat and T-shirt enterprise project

 

On Thursday 25th June, our Blood, Sweat and T-shirt enterprise exhibition was a roaring success. The children put on a fantastic display of all the products they had made along with their company records. The children have worked incredibly hard over the last 4 weeks and the exhibition was the culmination of all their hard work. A big thank you to all the parents who attended and supported the children in raising money for OXFAM.

 

Young Sports Leaders

 

On Tuesday 23rd June, as part of the sports leaders programme, year 7 put on a sports activity afternoon for the year 4 children from Chawson first school. The year sevens designed a sporting activity suitable for a group of younger children, they then set it up and ran the activity for the afternoon with different groups of pupils. They did a fantastic job and the children from Chawson left having had great fun and lots of exercise!

 

On Wednesday 17th June year 7 celebrated the culture and language of France with a French themed day. As part of the day our year 7s played a traditional game of boules on the field, explored the work of famous French artists including Monet and Degas and re-created a piece of their work. They also used their ICT skills to research famous French places, people and events to create powerpoints and web pages. Language skills were exercised with the design and production of Asterix inspired cartoons in French and pupils experienced a typical French café- eating croissant, pain au chocolat and brioche whilst drinking hot chocolate and designing a new French ruby kit or perfume bottle. All the pupils involved had a fantastic experience and we hope to make this an annual event. Vive la France!

Bromsgrove and Droitwich Schools Athletic Championships

 

On Wednesday 17th June 25 athletes from year 7 travelled to Abbey Stadium , Redditch to compete in the District Athletic Championships .

 

The team consisted of Matthew Roberts , Ben Mason , Jack Vicars , John Phillips , Jack Griffiths , George Harrison , Declan King , Matthew Simms , Jack Cale , Ben Lacey , Joshua Wylde , Macaulay Carroll , Koa Hawkes- Wagstaff , Jack Morris  and Henry Bennett.

Ellie-Mae Eaton , Mia Bowen , Alexandra Watson , Yasmin Bryant , Leah Heath , Lizzie Kindness , Ciara Morgan , Ellie Moore , Layla Hart and Grace Evans .

 

All athletes competed extremely well with a number of noteable results . A full list of winners will be available within a few days .

A result worthy of a special mention must be Matthew Simms in the 1500 m . Despite losing his trainer on the last lap, stopping to pick it up , Matthew still managed to go on and win the race . An incredible achievement.

Also both boys and girls relay teams managed to claim bronze medal positions .

 

It was a pleasure being with the children who represented the school well and a big thank you to Mrs Hughes for stepping in and officiating at the last minute in order for the javelin event to take place . 

Bank Visit

On Thursday 11th June, Mrs Allerton and Mrs Underhill accompanied six children to Birmingham to visit the regional office of HSBC. The six children have worked in a variety of roles all year for our school bank. The children had a guided the tour round the branch including a look behind the scenes- including the vaults! After a very informative morning, the children were treated to lunch at Pizza hut before getting the train home.

Westacre Election:

Over the last two weeks the year 7’s have been preparing for the mock election to be held on Monday the 15th June. All the children have written their own speech outlining their plans for Droitwich if they were a member of the local council. The children came up with some fantastic ideas; ranging from youth clubs to park security- we obviously have some budding politicians amongst us! After a year group vote, our four year 7 candidates are: Grace Rogers, Blythe Kirkpatrick, Declan King and Yasmin Bryant- good luck to them all on Monday.

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Game Creators

 

Year 7 pupils have been creating their own online games. They used the theme of mountains as their inspiration, combining their ever-improving Computing skills with what they had learnt in their CC lessons to make some True or False games for each other to play. Please have a go at a couple of examples, created by our children using J2E.

A big well done and congratulations to Jack Cale, from 7GM, who came 4th in Worcester’s race for life last weekend.

The children have been busy in English studying Shakespeare’s Macbeth. This week some of the children have written descriptions of the witches from the play and others have written their own spells captured in the, “Weird sister’s spell book.”

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Blood Sweat and T-Shirts

The children are well under way with their enterprise project. The children have put themselves in to small groups and formed their own company- with a company name and logo. They have designed their own products to make using some form of recycling, ready to market and sell in aid of OXFAM. It has been fantastic to see the children working so creatively and cooperatively. As part of this project the children have been doing some work on child labour around the world and the work of OXFAM to combat this problem.

 Look out for further details about an exhibition where the children will showcase their products and company logs.

Macmillan coffee afternoon: A big thank you to all the parents who attended the event and all those who donated a fantastic supply of cakes! The children with your support raised an amazing £145.29

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A group of year 7 children have organised a coffee afternoon to raise money for Macmillan on Tuesday the 19th of May. We would like to invite parents to join us at 2.15pm in the DT block where drinks and cakes will be served. It is great to see the children organising such events and taking an interest and raising money for people in the wider community- your support would be very much appreciated.

Webpage Creators

 

The children in Year 7 have been busy creating their own webpages in many of their Computing lessons this year. They have been using the J2E website which provides them with cloud-based storage for any of their IT work. This means the children can access their work at home and at school. All of the children have their own login details and can access and show off their great Computing skills by following the link below:

The children started off by creating their own webpages about what they had learned in their Volcanoes topic. Have a look at these great examples of webpages, created by children in 7CD.

On Tuesday evening a group of year 7 girls took part and performed at a poetry slam at the Palace theatre in Redditch. The girls did very well, performing their own poem with confidence much to the appreciation of the audience. Well done to: Yazmin Bryant, Leah Heath, Layla Hart, Lola Williams, Leah Weatherby, Danni Knight and Ellie Moore.

Last week was an exciting week for year 7, as 45 pupils headed off to Snowdonia for four days. We had a fantastic time full of action packed activities including: gorge scrambling, orienteering, rock climbing, team building games and the highlight of the week, climbing Mount Snowdon! All the children did incredibly well and 33 of the 45 children reached the summit. The children explored and learnt a lot about the different geographical features of the surrounding landscape. On the final night we had a camp fire where the children all shared their highlights of the week. All the children entered in to the spirit of the week and the centre staff commented on the children’s excellent attitude and behaviour. A big well done to everyone for taking part in such a challenging and adventurous experience.

While some of the children were in Snowdonia the remaining children also had an exciting activity week based around the theme of keeping fit and healthy. The children investigated what made a healthy diet and created their own healthy menus, along with making their own fruit kebabs. We were also lucky enough to have a tennis coach come in to work with the children along with a trainer from the British Military Training organisation. Mr Sankey also came in and worked with the children on a variety of team building activities. Well done to all the children for working so hard and making the week a great success.

The children have been busy ice cream making this week as part of their science topic. The children enjoyed the process, learning a lot about the transfer of heat- they also particularly enjoyed sampling the ice cream they had made!

 Welcome back to all the year 7s. We hope you have all had a good Easter holiday and are looking forward to a busy Summer term.

We would like to welcome Mrs Ardis and Mrs Hughes to the Y7 team who will be covering Mrs Morgan whilst she is on maternity leave.

The term gets off to an exciting start with a 4 day trip to Snowdonia for 45 children on the 21st April- keep a look out on the website for photos! The remaining children also have an exciting time ahead of them with an activity week based on the theme of Keeping Healthy and Fit.

Today the year 7’s enjoyed the fantastic sight of the solar eclipse. All the classes watched the live BBC streaming of the event from around the country. Thanks to Jack Baldwin who brought in protective glasses all the children were able to look directly at the eclipse from the safety of the classroom window. It was a pleasure to hear the gasps of awe as the children viewed the obscured sun.

This week Amber Hewitt in 7GM, brought in her certificate from The Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services to show the year group. Amber was awarded this certificate in recognition of her efforts and achievements in volunteering in the local community: we are all very proud of her.

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On Wednesday Year 7 had a poetry day run by Spoz, a visiting poet and former children’s poet Laureate. All the children wrote their own poems and raps. In the afternoon the children worked in groups to produce a poem on the theme of; It’s good to be me. The children were fantastic and produced some excellent work which they performed in front of the year group. The winning team consisted of: Yazmin Bryant, Leah Heath, Layla Hart, Lola Williams, Leah Weatherby, Dani Knight and Ellie Moore .The winning team will take part in a poetry slam at the Palace theatre in Redditch in April.

This week,Thalia Andrews in 7CD, brought her Archery equipment in to the year 7 assembly and gave a very interesting talk on her hobby of archery.

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On Thursday it was world book day: year 7 entered in to the spirit of the day with some fantastic outfits. The children worked on a set of texts written by Anthony Horowitz- looking at the different features Horowitz uses to engage the reader right from the first paragraph of his novels. In the afternoon we had a whole year group quiz with questions covering a variety of famous authors and characters. It was a great day: the children worked hard and had lots of fun.

Year 7 are taking part in a writing competition launched by the author Anthony Horowitz. We started this work by watching the film, “Stormbreaker,” based on the novel by Horowitz. The children will be doing various writing activities based around Alex Rider, a teenage spy, eventually finishing with their own short adventure spy story. Below are some of the children’s film reviews following their viewing of Stormbreaker.

Welcome back to everyone after half term. We have been very impressed with the level of Mountain homework brought into school following the break- we have had models, poems, board games, paintings and many more interesting ways of displaying the children’s knowledge of mountains, some examples can be seen below.

On Friday Year 7 had a Mountain activity day. All the children took part in four different activities: cooking oat biscuits; a PE activity on the wall bars; making a collage of a mountain using natural materials and an ICT activity where the children planned a mountain expedition. It was a great day where the children were able to explore and display lots of different skills and talents.

On Thursday we were lucky to have Wendy Watkins, a crime scene investigator come in to school and speak to the children about her work. This was a great way to finish our science topic which has been based around crime scene investigations. The children learnt how to take finger prints, shoe prints and about the importance of DNA and the composition of different blood cells. The children learnt a lot and had great fun trying out the different experiments. They also particularly enjoyed seeing Mrs Underhill dress up in the crime scene investigators clothes! (The white figure in overalls and mask below!)

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Following on from our Horror writing day, I would like to say a big well done to all the children who worked extremely hard and produced some excellent pieces of writing- We all watched a short film called, “Alma,” which our stories were based on. Some examples are here for you to enjoy.

Congratulations to the Year 7 football team, who came second in a tournament held at Christopher Whitehead School on Thursday. Mr Thomas says all the children played well and were a credit to the school.

The team were: Will Maxsted, Ben Jallands, Jacob Rochelle, Brandon Byrne, Macaulay Carrol, Josh Bellamy, Jack Griffiths, Matt Simms, Toby Barker, John Phillips, Brandon Scott and Josh Heath.

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This week year 7 have been reading and writing horror stories. We read, The man with the yellow face by Anthony Horowitz. The children started by writing a short synopsis of the story, followed by some descriptive writing. We are looking forward to Monday, when we are having a Horror writing day. The children will be involved in lots of writing activities finishing with writing their own horror stories: examples to follow!

23/1/15

Year 7 Art:

Year 7 have been looking at the work of artist, David Hockney, this week we have been studying the work he did on creating photo montages. The children created their own montage: we went out in to the school grounds with iPads and they chose where they wanted to take their photos. Back in school the children printed out the photos and made their own montage.  The creativity of the children was excellent and the results are impressive.

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12/1/15

Today eleven year 7’s visited Dorset House, a home for the elderly here in Droitwich. The children took samples of their work to show the residents what they have been learning in school. We spent an hour chatting with the residents about school life and listening to stories about the resident’s lives. The children were a credit to the school: polite and chatty. The residents enjoyed the children’s company and thanked us with an enthusiastic three cheers. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at Dorset House who made us so welcome: it was an enjoyable and valuable experience for the children.

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Trip to Warhorse:

45 children and 5 staff made an early start on Saturday morning to head down to London for the day. Arriving in London late morning we had time to have a quick whistle stop tour of central London. We spent some time in Covent Garden where the children were able to watch some of the street performers. We then made our way to Trafalgar Square, much to the delight of the children, who were very impressed with Nelson’s column. We also managed to just have enough time to go to the entrance of the Mall and get a brief glimpse of Buckingham palace.

We then made our way to the theatre. The show was excellent and all the children enjoyed the performance: there were a few tears shed by some of the children as they followed Joey and Albert on their emotional journey! All the children were very sensible, polite and well behaved. It was a fantastic day and all the children were a pleasure to be with. I’m sure everyone was tired after the long day and a very enthusiastic sing along on the journey back!

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This week we have made a start on our science topic: Abduction. The scene has been set and the children have started their investigations! A mystery clear substance has been found, which has led to the children investigating all about Acids and Alkalis.

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6/1/15

Welcome back to all the year 7’s, we hope you have all had a good holiday. We have a busy term ahead of us, starting this Saturday with a trip for 45 children to London to see, “Warhorse.”

We are also starting our new topic on Mountains; we will be looking at the formation of mountains, climate, wildlife, mountain safety, exploration and the effects of Tourism. This always proves to be a popular topic with the children. All the year 7’s will be given a Mountain homework sheet this week with a choice of activities to choose from: We offer a range of formats that this can be presented in to address the children’s different skills and interests e.g. computer presentations, model making, paintings and written projects. Four pieces of work will need to be completed over the term. Please keep a look out for the sheet; (also posted on the website) you may be roped into help make a model mountain! We will be starting the topic with a collection of map work activities where the children will plot major world Mountain ranges. Any photos of holidays in the Mountains or souvenirs would be most welcome.

In English we are starting with Horror writing, nothing too gruesome! We will be reading the short story, The man with the Yellow face, by Anthony Horowitz, as a stimulus for our writing. We will also be using our Mountain topic to help with information writing and the effects of tourism as a form of writing a balanced argument and persuasive texts. Year 7 did very well last term with their reading and we ask that you continue to help us support your children with regular reading at home and by discussion and monitoring of their accelerated reading books that they bring home.

In maths we will continue to follow the key stage 3 objectives and will be starting with data handling followed by Algebra. It is important that the children at this stage have a quick recall of multiplication and division facts, therefore any practice of times tables at home will be much appreciated!

In science we are continuing our Forensics topic with a project called, Abduction, which involves work on acids, alkalis, the ph. scale and the different properties and behaviours of metals.

In Art we will be studying the artist David Hockney and in particular his work on mountain landscapes. In DT we will start by looking at high energy foods used for mountain expeditions followed by cooking.

Later in the term we also have the former children’s poet Laureate, Spoz, coming into school to work with year 7 for two days: more details will follow nearer the time.

A fantastic job was done by all the year sevens this week who took part in the district cross country championships: Layla Hart, Elizabeth Kindness, Yazmin Bryant, Leah Heath, Georgia Dion Smith, Ellie Moore, Matt Simms, Declan King, John Phillips, Josh Heath, Koa Hawkes- Wagstaff, Josh Bellamy, Jack Cale, Jack Vicars, Jack Griffiths, Tommy Brownlee and Ross Clewes.

Congratulations to Lizzie Kindness who placed second and Matt Simms who also came second.

This week’s assembly presentation was by Jack Baldwin and Jack Baker. The boys told us all about their hobby of collecting model trains. They also set up some of their models and had them running around the tracks they had assembled. Thank you  boys it was very interesting.

As part of our conflict topic the children this week have been writing newspaper articles about the assassination of Franz Ferdinand that triggered the start of WW1. Well done to all the children who have worked very hard: below are some examples of their work.

As part of the children’s speaking and listening, the year sevens have been given the opportunity to prepare and deliver a presentation during the Year 7 assembly about a hobby or interest they have outside school. This week Elliot Talbot and Max Clarke started us off with a PowerPoint about their Judo class, along with a practical demonstration! They did a fantastic job speaking clearly and confidently, they finished with a question and answer session with the other children.

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On Wednesday afternoon the whole of year seven took part in a cross country event, the children all did their best, despite the muddy conditions! The top 3 boys and girls will represent the school, in the district cross country championships.  The first 3 girls to complete the course were: Lizzie Kindness, Yazmin Bryant and Leah Heath. The first 3 boys to finish were: Joshua Heath, Mathew Simms and Koa Hawkes- Wagstaff.

Last week as a conclusion to studying Michael Morpurgo’s book: War Horse, year 7 watched the film version. As a follow up the children wrote their own film reviews, below are some fantastic examples of their work.

A big well done to the year 7 football team who played against Parkside middle school this week.

We started well with a great goal by Jack Griffiths and finished the first half up by one goal. However, Parkside had a good second half and the final score was 3-1 to Parkside. Mr Thomas was very proud of the whole team who played very well.

We were pleased to welcome James Robertson from Droitwich library in to school again this week. He worked with a group of 15 children, 3 from each year 7 class. They spent the day producing a newspaper from 1914, looking at the impact of WW1 on Droitwich and a newspaper from 2014 looking at how Droitwich was commemorating the centenary of WW1. The children produced some fabulous work and we would like to thank James for his support.
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Welcome back, we hope everyone had a good half term. The children have come back rested and ready to get back to their work. They were obviously busy over the holiday judging by the fantastic homework on castles we have received. The classrooms are full of posters, booklets, paintings and model castles!

Thank you to all the people who completed our commemoratiive cards: they will all be displayed during our remembrance service.

During this first week back we were very lucky to have James Robertson from Droitwich library come in and deliver an assembly for year 7 about the impact of WW1 on Droitwich.

We also announced this week seven new prefects, congratulations to: Leah Heath, Megan Law, Tyler Bagnall, Ciara Morgan, Joe Garbett, Charlie Hemming and Blythe Kirkpatrick. All applicants were acknowledged and thanked in assembly for making the effort and taking the time to apply: there will be another opportunity next term.

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The children have done some amazing creative writing about War and life in the trenches: some examples can be found below.

Short Story by Ben Jallands year 7

The dreaded day by Eliot Talbot

Life in the trenches by Grace Rogers

Last week was a busy week for the Year 7 pupils . Tuesday and Wednesday we had classes out at Goodrich castle . It was a great trip, despite the rain on Tuesday!

The children explored the castle and found out lots of information on the features of castles ready for our Medieval history unit .

The children behaved extremely well and were a credit to the school.

 

We also had a cooking day last week , where 4 classes designed and made their own pizzas . It was certainly a busy day but great fun. I hope you all enjoyed the pizzas that the children brought home !

 

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The Year 7 team would like to say a big welcome to all the new year seven pupils.

Year 7 staff:

Mrs Doolin Head of year and 7CD

 Mrs Bees 7BE

 Mr Thomas/Mrs Andrews 7AT

 Mrs Morgan 7GM

 Miss Brooker 7BR

 Mrs McDiarmid Maths and French

  Mrs Allerton yr7 TA

 

During our first year 7 assembly we were pleased to announce our new prefect team.

 Congratulations to: Ben Jallands and Elizabeth Kindness, our new Head boy and girl. Senior prefects: Jack Meyrick, Grace Rogers, Grace Evans and Charlotte Ford. Prefects: Ross Clews, Tommy Brownlee, Holly Carter, Megan Broomfield, Georgia Duggan, Georgia Dion Smith, Portia Martin, Ella Smith, Katie Vertigen, Leah Hicks, Anna Gilfoyle, Gabby Pickering, Holly Turner, Yasmin Bryant, Layla Hart, Sophie McCammon and Lola Williams. A big thankyou to all those children who applied. Those who were not successful this time will have further opportunities as throughout the year we will add to the team.

 

Curriculum: Year 7 is a very important year as it is the start of a new key stage, which includes years 7,8 and 9. It is vital that everyone works hard and set themselves high standards as they start key stage 3.

Autumn Term: In English we will be reading and doing work around Michael Morpurgo’s novel, Warhorse.

 In Maths we will be following the key stage 3 objectives and starting with number and algebra. Everyone has been given their new Maths and English sets. There are five English sets and six Maths sets in year seven. We always place children in groups where we feel they will work best and with work pitched at the appropriate level. There is always flexibility in the groups and we meet regularly to review progress and move pupils when appropriate.

 

Our topic this term is Conflict, in which we will be studying conflicts throughout the ages: Romans, Medieval, World War 1, World War 2 and modern warfare.

 

 In science we are starting with a forensics topic where we will become real life CSI’s using science to solve crimes. (Always very popular!)

 

Homework: There will be one piece of English and Maths homework each week along with spellings and times tables to learn. In science and creative curriculum there will be a choice of tasks to be completed over a half term, usually involving research of an area being studied. We offer a range of formats that this can be presented in to address everyone’s different skills and interests e.g. computer presentations, model making, paintings and written projects.

 

We have had a busy start to the term. We started with, “The young Sports Leaders,” award. This is a national award with the option to continue at High school. Working in small groups everyone had to plan, set up and deliver a sporting activity for a group of younger children. After just two days we put on a morning of sporting activities for our new year fives. The year sevens did a fantastic job and displayed many of the leadership skills necessary for the award. Later in the year we will have similar events where we will work with local first schools.

 

 

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This week we launched our Conflict topic with a treasure hunt around the school grounds. It was fantastic to hear the animated discussions about what historical period the artefacts came from. We finished by constructing our own human timeline. A massive thankyou to all those families who sent in their own artefacts for us to share, it was much appreciated. It has been great to see all the enthusiasm and interest shown by everybody.

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