The English Learning Area is made up of a team of fourteen friendly and experienced teachers who are always ready to help you grow your love of reading and develop the accuracy and style of your own writing. Having a good understanding of English will also help you with your other subjects; it will help you to access new and interesting concepts, enabling you to thrive!
We have a great grasp of what you have covered in primary school and we are ready to take the next step of your learning journey with you. Teachers are passionate about English and they want you to love their subject too. You will learn about a range of poets and study a number of literary texts and their contexts.
Students at St Wilfrid’s are also given the opportunity to meet writers; many students find this inspiring. There will also be plenty of opportunities for you to be creative and you will be invited to enter a range of competitions. You will also read and analyse non-fiction texts and develop your own writing style. Being able to express yourself and make others listen will help you to make your mark on the world!
Year 7 students are also introduced to Drama. You will have the opportunity to take part in practical lessons, join Drama club and take part in the House Pantos.
The English teachers at St Wilfrid’s are dedicated and will help you to thrive and become the best you can possibly be.
Mathematics is a very important subject and can be found in almost every industry and workplace, for example: engineering; manufacturing; economics; and environmental science. Having a good understanding of mathematics will also help to prepare you to study for other subjects. It will help you understand mathematics in the workplace and in turn, help you to shape the future of our world!
Here at St Wilfrid’s, you will experience a variety of approaches to teaching mathematics. This makes lessons more interesting and, best of all, it will help you understand the many different mathematical concepts. Knowing when to apply your learning in different situations is very important and we will give you plenty of opportunities to practise this.
We are well aware that not everybody understands the many new and different concepts at the same time, which is why we have a well-established and strong support system. Every lunch time there is someone available to help you with your classwork or homework, or guide you as you do more practice. In addition, our Year 11 and 12 students act as mathematics mentors in our support programme to help you in Years 7 and 8, so it’s not just the teachers who help support learning: it’s everybody!
The mathematics teachers at the Academy are friendly, always willing to help and are driven by one goal: to help you become the best mathematician that you can possibly be.
In Science at St Wilfrid’s, you will learn about how the natural, chemical and physical worlds work; about how things were discovered, and what might be possible to solve some of the problems with the world and our environment.
In Years 7 and 8, you will learn in a hands-on practical way, rotating topics covering the three branches of science in biology, chemistry and physics.
You will understand how applying a scientific process to an investigation enables you to trust the outcome and form a valid conclusion, including how data can be used to improve your conclusions. You will also spend the first years at the Academy developing an understanding of key knowledge that will prepare you to study science at GCSE and beyond.
Many of our students stay with us to complete their A-Levels and pursue careers in scientific fields such as medicine and dentistry and careers in various industries. It all starts where you are now, loving to learn about how the world around you works.
Art is all around us and is anything that is designed or created. You will be introduced to many different areas of art, from traditional drawing and painting to more creative ways of working such as collage, mixed-media, digital and photography. We develop your skills by looking at different artists (often contemporary) that you might not have heard of. We make sure you have a clear understanding of the different periods of art that have influenced artists today.
To be successful, you need to have an open mind and a willingness to try things out. More often than not we hear students saying they ‘can’t draw’, but we understand that drawing is only a very small part of what we are learning and creativity is the key to a successful Art student! Basic equipment required includes drawing pencils, coloured pencils and a small paint set, so that you can continue work at home. Most things you need will be available in our Art classrooms.
At GCSE we offer a Fine Art or Photography course so there really is something for everyone when it comes to progressing your skills.
Computer Science is a really exciting subject because computers are everywhere! You will learn important and innovative things such as what makes a computer work and how a computer can play music or display an image. You will learn how to program a computer by writing code in logo, scratch & Python.
You will be taught about all of the different hardware that combines together to make a computer function, as well as how to program the hardware to create a dance mat using a Makey Makey board, program a Micro:Bit to become a jukebox and use a text-based programming language called Python to write code for a variety of different scenarios.
To be successful, you will need problem solving skills, a good foundation of maths and a thirst to never give up when you face a setback.
After Key Stage 3, we offer Computer Science at GCSE as well as a more creative option called iMedia, where you can design and create advertising products such as videos and images.
The Design and Technology Learning Area includes Design & Technology as well as Food Preparation and Nutrition. D&T can open the doors to rewarding, successful and extremely well-paid careers, such as Product Designer, Architect, Tailor, Software Engineer, Civil engineer, and jobs in the building and construction industry. Food Preparation and Nutrition will help you prepare for a career as a sports nutritionist, in food product development, in catering or in food photography.
In Year 7 D&T you will be able to design and make a variety of different products. Some of these may include:
- A plastic desk organiser, made by heating plastic and moulding it into shape
- An electronic torch, made from scratch using soldering irons
- A fabric pencil case, that you will sew together using a sewing machine
- A metal and wooden wind chime, made using saws and a drill
Don’t worry if you’ve never used any tools or machinery before as you will be shown how to use them safely by a team of highly trained and helpful teachers. As well as practical lessons you will also complete some theory work on your iPads or in the well-equipped computer suite. You will also learn new design and drawing techniques such as isometric drawing and the graffiti design challenge.
In Food Preparation and Nutrition, you will be working in food rooms equipped with handheld and electrical equipment. We are passionate about teaching you how to store, prepare and cook food using different methods and skills. We recognise that food is more than just a curriculum subject as it helps you develop essential life skills, build confidence and secure friendships. You will need the Academy apron, enthusiasm, a willingness to work, an awareness of Health and Safety and a smile! As we move through the food course you will encounter topics that include: Food and nutrition; Food safety; Food choice; Food provenance; and Food science.
To be successful, you will need to listen, act on feedback and use the resources to develop your technical skills and understanding of food. Using iPads helps us research and explore different foods, cultural and religious influences, labelling, nutritional analysis and recipe developments.
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. You will explore the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies that are spread across it. You will examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that people and places can have an impact on each other. In Geography, we seek to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time.
Geography provides opportunities to experience and understand the world around us from inside the classroom and out on field trips. You will explore the UK and our local area and develop key map skills. You will be able to explain the weather and climate and understand how the industry and economy of the UK has changed. You will also investigate the challenges and opportunities we have in the UK today.
To be successful, you need to bring skills from English, Maths and Science and be ready to investigate, interpret and think critically about places and natural phenomena. Becoming a Geographer at St Wilfrid’s needs you to explore and question the world around you. Are you ready?
You will acquire an understanding of key events that have shaped the world we live in. You will also develop skills in using historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, and significance. We aim to develop a lifelong interest in the past, your family, local community, national heritage and wider world.
Year 7 has four modules: An introduction to studying History; Anglo-Saxon and Norman History; Religion in Medieval Britain; and the English Civil War. The first module focuses on developing historical skills, the second module explores the Norman Conquest and its legacy, the third module explores religion and society in Medieval Britain, and the final module examines the causes and events of the English Civil War.
History features a variety of engaging teaching methods and students are encouraged to examine historical evidence, work collaboratively in order to solve historical questions, and use iPads to extend knowledge of the past. Our subject is incredibly popular at GCSE with over 100 students opting for it each year. The skills acquired at Key Stage 3 enable our students to flourish at GCSE, with outstanding results in Y11.
Learning a new language is exciting, sharpens your mind and helps improve memory and concentration. It will strengthen your problem-solving skills and is a great way to boost your confidence. It is a skill that you can demonstrate and the ability to speak another language will open up a whole host of opportunities for you.
You will learn how to grasp the basics of speaking a new language, before moving on to learn how to express your opinions in extended phrases. You will learn how to discuss your family, pets, talk about school subjects, sports and hobbies, your local area, and express your likes/dislikes. Not only will you learn how to speak, read, understand others and write in your new language, but you will research and learn about the country of origin and the French-speaking world.
As you move on to GCSE, you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the language further. You will improve your communication skills whilst leading yourself on a path towards an exciting career as a translator, interpreter, journalist or intelligence operative. You may simply use your second language to enable you to live/work in another country or to help communicate when you travel the world.
Music brings everyone together and allows a universal language to be understood and appreciated by all. Topics range from learning to read and write music notation, understanding rhythm and metre, as well as keyboard skills.
Music is a practical subject and the curriculum has been designed to equip you with a range of performing, composing and listening skills. You will gain experience in keyboard, vocal and music technology techniques. Activities range from practical performing assignments to iPad work, using music-specific apps. We focus on the key skills, processes and knowledge that you will build upon in GCSE Music. Students study all types of music from Renaissance to Rap.
We have excellent facilities including a large selection of instruments and a busy extra-curricular programme. Students are also able to learn a musical instrument with one of our specialist instrumental tutors on a 1:1 basis.
Careers may include becoming a singer, musician, song writer, composer, music educator, producer, artist manager, marketing and PR manager or music journalist.
PE is a popular lesson because of the fun involved and the chance to socialise and work with others. It’s an opportunity for challenge, success and feeling good about yourself.
You will experience a range of activities such as rugby, netball, football, basketball, badminton and table tennis. You will also have gymnastics/ dance lessons and have the chance to try cricket, rounders and athletics in the summer. Boys and girls are often taught separately but sometimes we have mixed classes. We use a range of facilities including the sports hall, gym, astro turf and pitches at Feniscliffe.
There are chances to play for Academy or House teams, or join one of the popular ‘All Star’ clubs.
PE is important because it teaches you how to exercise safely and keep healthy. It strengthens you as a person by teaching life skills such as leadership, organisation, communication and helps your mental health. We are not really concerned about how good you are at sport, we just want you to try your best, to improve and have a positive experience!
In Religious Education you will develop important life skills such as investigation, analysis and evaluation. You will develop your thinking skills as well as skills of reflection. This will help you to develop a fuller understanding of others, the world in which you live and your potential contribution to it.
Religious Education at St Wilfrid's will allow you to explore the world's major religions and other belief groups.
- You will be given the opportunity to think about the challenges presented by these beliefs and values, and your place in the world.
- You will explore how religious and other belief groups' beliefs and values are expressed through traditions in religion, society and cultures.
- You will think about your own beliefs and values which will support you to develop moral decision-making skills.
- You will develop a better understanding of yourself, others and the wider world.
- You will develop your awareness of beliefs, values, practices and traditions that are important to families, communities and society - locally and globally.
- Finally, you will develop a richer understanding of the world in which you live.