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Starting new subjects

Young students from local schoolsMany of the subjects you do at secondary school are the same as the ones you did in primary school

BUT, you don't usually study them in topics... instead of using a mix of subjects like you did in primary school to, for example explore the town where you live ie writing and reading books about your town, learning about its history, drawing a building in it, you'll study individual subjects, for example, English, history, art. 

You'll have a form teacher who you will see every day, so they get to know you. Your form teacher may also teach you a subject but each subject you study will be taught by a different teacher who specialises in that subject. In each lesson you'll build on what you learnt at primary school. You'll study these subjects during Year 7 and 8, and probably some or all of Year 9 – some of you will start your GCSE subjects in Year 8 others will begin in Year 9.

Subjects will be timetabled across the school week, so you'll move around the school for lessons, going to a classroom that is used only for teaching that subject, for example in the English department, in a science lab or in a design technology area. Most of the time you will be taught a subject in a double lesson – lasting around one hour but sometimes lessons will be single – lasting about half an hour.

If you don't understand something you should ask the subject teacher or you can talk it over with your form teacher first. Some schools have pupil mentors, older pupils who remember what it's like to be new to the school and who want to help make sure you settle in.

Subjects you will probably study are:


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Language books - French German Spanish
Design and technology
Art and design
artist's palette
musical notes
Physical education
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(personal, social and health education)

In Years 10 and 11 you may get the chance to do topics within these subjects in more detail, such as graphic design, business or drama or even start new practical subjects like construction, childcare or motor vehicle.

Page updated January 2018



MouseWe all need to be able to use information and communication technology (computers),

so you will learn how computers work... they are used to solve problems using algorithms (a type of plan with step by step instructions) and how you can use computers in lots of different ways and across the subjects you're studying.

You'll learn:

  • about hardware (the technology) and software (the computer programs that make computers work)
  • how to write your own programs to solve problems and do creative things 
  • more about the internet, including how to use it safely and responsibly.





Design and technology

ipadLearn to use your imagination and creative skills to... and make products that solve day to day problems

Design and technology is a practical subject covering a range of topics, such as architecture, food technology, product design, resistant materials and textiles.

It uses subjects such as maths, science, engineering, computing and art to design things people want to use.

You'll learn to:

  • take risks with your ideas
  • be resourceful, inventive and enterprising (able to use practical business ideas)
  • develop and understand how design affects our lives by finding out about past and present designs
  • design and make prototypes of products and things for a range of users
  • test your ideas as you go along
  • how to cook and create good food that is also nutritious (good for you).




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