Year 7

"Pupils' behaviour is outstanding. Pupils enjoy attending the school and are full of enthusiasm for their learning. Pupils feel safe and are very positive about their school. They are polite and respectful towards others. Conduct in lessons and around school is impeccable." - Ofsted, June 2014

Year 7 Staff:

Miss R Bratton Director of Year 7
Mrs A Taylor 7AT
Mrs S Duerden 7SD
Miss L Varilone 7LV
Mrs J Campbell 7JC
Mr C Eno 7CE

Click here for information about Year 7 Extended Learning Assignments (ELAs)

World Book Day

The Year 7 team were impressed by the number of pupils who came dressed as their favourite book characters for World Book Day on Thursday 1st March.

During assembly there was a parade where pupils showed off the hard work they put into making the costumes. Staff had a very difficult time choosing their favourites out of the many fabulous costumes.

A book gift voucher was the prize for the best costumes.

The prize went to:
Ben as the Tin Man with runners-up: Daniel, Louie, and Thomas.

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Year 7: Feeling Tropical with a Caribbean Themed All Different All Equal

Year 7 enjoyed a Caribbean themed day as part of Aston Fields Middle School’s, All Different All Equal initiative.
Pupils rotated around five, hour-long activities organised by the Year 7 staff. Activities included:

• Caribbean food tasting with the help of Andi Collins of caterers AIP, who demonstrated and shared a Caribbean fruit smoothie as one of the foods for the pupils to taste

• Getting Arty with oil pastel art work

• Getting Active with Traditional Caribbean games

• Getting Creative with Travel brochures: promoting the wonders of the Caribbean

• Getting Musical with a drumming workshop, where pupils worked with ‘Glamba’ led by the inspirational Nick

It was a great day with fun had by all. The Year 7 staff were thrilled with the pupils’ participation and enthusiasm.

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Year 7 Mindful Mountain

Year 7's display this year is based around the theme of a Mindful Mountain.

Miss Varilone spent time with each of the Year 7 pupils on Transition Day looking at what it means to be mindful.

Pupils filled their brain templates with words associated with the theme. The display is a visual reminder of the importance of being mindful of our own feelings and the feelings of those around us.

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Cash Scrambles

The pupils and staff at AFMS participate in an annual fundraiser in November to raise money for Sanyu Babies Home in Kampala, Uganda.

Pupils use their imaginations and ingenuity to create stalls with games, tasty goodies and activities to entice their peers to part with their money for this worthy cause.

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 Worcester Cathedral Trip

Year 7 visited Worcester in March in order to experience life in Tudor England. They took part in a wide variety of workshops including Tudor Health and Medicine, Falconry, Music and entertainment as well as finding out more about Prince Arthur and the wives of Henry VIII using the architecture of the cathedral. They were even able to try their hand out on a game of Stool Ball, a game which Tudor children would have played - a fore-runner to cricket and rounders; I'm sure Mr Molesworth will be selecting a school team soon. It is always fantastic to work in an environment of real history and hopefully pupils are now more versed in an understanding of Tudor life in preparation for more in depth study in Year 8.

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Y7StemYear 7 STEM Workshops

Throughout the academic year, Year 7 pupils participate in workshops lead by STEMworks, an organisation that specialises in hands on workshops linked with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Workshops to date have included:
•Building wind-powered electric items
•Building solar-powered cars
 

Year 7 Science: Forensic Workshops

Annually the science department at Aston Fields Middle School arrange for Forensic Workshops to be delivered to Year 7 pupils, by three experienced Crime Scene Investigators from Think Forensic.
The pupils investigate techniques such as finger printing, blood spatter and microscopy. A mock up murder of Professor Pickles in the Lab, leads the pupils to investigate a crime scene using real CSI equipment to solve the case.
The pupils are always excited about putting on their forensic suits, working in teams to collect evidence and solve the crime!
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Y7TheatreYear 7 Experience the Theatre

M&M productions are coming into Aston Fields Middle School again this year to perform a pantomime to our students. M&M Productions are a professional theatre company that bring the theatre with them with an impressive mobile stage. The students really enjoy the audience participation, the actors’ upbeat performances and the impressive theatrical effects and it is a chance for all pupils to experience the atmosphere of ‘live’ theatre.
 

 

 

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French Trip 2017

Day 1

Menin Gate War Memorial was our first destination of what turned out to be a memorable trip. This was a fantastic opportunity for the pupils to see where soldiers from many countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia fought during World War 1. We then had time to unwind and treat ourselves in some of Ypres’ chocolate shops before heading to our next destination. We travelled the short distance to Passchendaele; this was one of the many battlegrounds during World War 1. The pupils had the opportunity to explore the underground bunkers and trenches used during the battle, whilst also learning about different weapons used and who they were used by.

To finish our fantastic first day in France, we made our way to the Chateau which would be our home for the next three nights.

Day 2

We started the day by visiting the St. Omer Market, where the we had chance to explore different stalls selling a range of fresh French produce. This was our first chance to put their French speaking skills to use. We then made our way to the boulangerie and this was the highlight of the day with both staff and pupils enjoying themselves whilst making croissants. The chocolate factory was the final visit of our fun-filled second day in France; pupils tried their hand at decorating their own chocolate bars and were then given the chance to spend their money in another chocolate shop.

Day 3

Nausicaa sea life centre was the first stop of our final day in France. The pupils explored the centre in small groups, meeting lots of animals along the way such as: excitable penguins and very clever sea lions. Pupils later relaxed by eating lunch on the beach whilst we enjoyed the warm French sun! Unfortunately this was short lived due to a change in weather. Later on we visited the old town in Boulogne where we got a feel of French culture by walking around the local church.

Day 4

Before we made the long journey back to school, we visited a hypermarket, this was the final chance pupils had to buy French produce and gifts for their friends and family. After a busy and exciting few days in France we said goodbye and headed to Calais where we caught the Eurotunnel back.

 

 

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Year 7 Cheltenham Science Festival

What is the Cheltenham Science Show?

How long is a piece of string? What makes the world turn? And why does chocolate taste so good? From the state of the planet, to the latest stem cell research, to the secrets of the perfect cup of tea – nothing is off limits at The Times Cheltenham Science Festival. We are joined by some of the world’s greatest scientists, big thinkers and comedy geniuses to help us answer some pretty big questions.

Annually, the science team take all of Year 7 to the famous Cheltenham Science Festival. Where the above questions are answered, and more!