All Year 7 students have a mini test on heredity when they come back from the two week break. This will cover two supporting learning targets:

LT2a: I can describe a simple model of DNA, crediting those that discovered its structure
LT2b: I can show how genetic information is transferred from one generation to the next


A range of resources have been shared with students to help them to revise:

  • Videos to remind students what we have studied in class
  • Knowledge organisers – theses are single sheets containing all of the knowledge that students need for each learning target

For their revision to be effective students should:

1. Watch the videos (making notes if they want to)

2. Look at the knowledge organisers. Memorise sections. Cover up parts of the screen/paper and test themselves. Then get someone else to test them.

3. Take the I AM LEARNING QUIZES that have been set. (Student log into I AM LEARNING through the school website)


Students often think that either reading or making notes is the best way to revise, but research shows that self-testing  is far more effective. Especially when this testing is spaced out with increasing gaps between the testing.



Please help your son or daughter by…

  • …getting them to space their practice. Little and often is far better than trying to cram. For example an effective schedule for self testing might look like this:
    • Monday 22nd May – Watch vdeos and make notes → 20 mins self testing
    • Tuesday 23rd May – Review notes → 20 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES
    • Wednesday 24th May – 15 mins self testing
    • Friday 26th May – 15 mins self testing
    • Monday 29th May – Review notes → 15 mins self testing
    • Wednesday 31st May – 10 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES
    • Friday 2nd June – 10 mins self testing
    • Sunday 4th June – 10 mins self testing & I AM LEARNING QUIZZES


  • …getting involved in their self-testing. Get them to show you the knowledge organisers and ask them questions based on the content they need to learn.


Students have been given a slip for you to sign to confirm that they have been self-testing. Or alternatively you can email me to confirm:


Thanks for your support

Year 7 Spanish Extended Study

Students have a sheet with a description of a house in Spanish. Read the text carefully, and answer at least 4 out of the 8 questions in English, due in for Thursday 30th March. Any problems, please see Mrs Sprakes.

Year 7 Extended Study for the 2 week break – MyMaths

All year 7 students have been set a personalised set of MyMaths activities for the two week break.

These are designed to stretch, introduce new concepts or prepare students for FIX when they return to school.

To login, student use: xpschool rectangle137. To access “my portal” they have a 3 digit username and 3 letter password.

Students should complete the online lesson first for each activity before they attempt the homework task. They should aim to get 80%.

The deadline is 8pm on Monday 6th March. Students have have a varied number of exercises to do – around one per day over the two week break, so please encourage your son or daughter to do little and often. Each exercise typically takes around 20 mins.

If internet access is going to be a problem, if your son or daughter is struggling with the work, has lost their username and password or if they have any other problems, please get them to email me on

Year 7 – STEM Extended Study over the Christmas break

Students have a range of tasks to complete. All details are on google classroom:

  1. FIX work: Some students have some additional work to complete, they were given a letter and copies of the work to take home yesterday. If you are uncertain about whether or not your son or daughter needs has been given some work to do, please contact me on
  2. Rock Cycle Story Redraft: All students need to make sure they have responded to all of my comments on their rock cycle stories. This needs to be completed by Tuesday 3rd Jan, when we return to school.
  3. Times tables rockstars: This will be checked on the first Friday back (6th Jan) and students need to complete two weeks worth of practice in that time. 20 games in the studio, 20 games in the garage, earning at least £2000.
  4. Mathletics: Students have been set 6 exercises that will help prepare them/give us a baseline for their next learning expedition. Their usernames and passwords have been attached to the post on google classroom.

Have a great break! Thanks for your support as always.

Year 7 Extended Study for Spanish

Extended Study – Research a typical school day in Spain and write down 5 things about it in English, eg. start / finish time, how long for dinner, etc. for next lesson. Can do as a Google Doc and share.

Also think about craftsmanship and quality and look through your book to underline any titles and correct spellings in Spanish.

Answer any questions or tasks in your book

Deadline Thursday 17th November


Y7 Autumn Break extended study – STEM

Students have a fact into fiction story to write about the rock cycle. Instructions and a writing frame are on google classroom. This needs to be complete for Monday 31st October. Ideally students should work on the google doc, but hand written is fine.

Students should also do two weeks of practice on times tables rockstars. They need to play 20 games in the studio, and 20 games in the garage. They should aim to earn £2000 in total. Their current total is posted on google classroom.  The deadline for this is Friday 4th Nov at 8pm.

Year 7 Spanish


Go onto espanol extra (details below)


UN :xp200


30 mins on Alphabet and Spelling topic

If you can’t get onto it remember you have your alphabet in your spanish book.

Remember to do any spellings or extra work in your spanish book all by Thursday

Keep up the good work!