Year 7 & 8 Curriculum Update

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Dear Parent/Carer

I am writing with a start of 2023 curriculum update. This module has started well, with Year 7 and 8 students fully engaged in their learning across the curriculum.

A reminder that students study a range of subjects in Year 7 and Year 8 including English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French or Spanish, Religious Studies/Ethics, Art, Drama, Design and Technology, Computing, Music, PE as well as Healthy Minds lessons. These subjects are delivered through the IB MYP – International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme, which aims to prepare students to be successful in school and become active lifelong learners, encouraging students to make practical connections between their studies and the work around them. The IB MYP also embeds the qualities we want our young people to develop as promoted through the IB learner profiles of:

  1. Inquirers
  2. Knowledgeable
  3. Thinkers
  4. Communicators
  5. Principled
  6. Open-minded
  7. Caring
  8. Risk-takers
  9. Balanced
  10. Reflective

Through this module students will be having their interim (Mid Year) IB MYP assessments in class and will be tested on the knowledge and skills they have been learning and developing through the year. If you would like further information on your child’s learning  in Year 7 and Year 8 please click here for the Year 7 curriculum booklet or here for the Year 8 booklet. 

Year 7 and Year 8 have also begun their additional reading lessons in this module. As you know they are reading ‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton. The novel, set in the 1960s, is still relevant today and will support the Healthy Minds lessons that our young people already access as part of our curriculum. If you have any questions on how to support your children with their reading, please do not hesitate to email

A reminder that all Year 7 and 8 students are able to access the IB MYP World Map of Reading Challenge to win Literacy points, certificates and tokens for the Inter College Reading Trophy. To promote reading for pleasure, The Leigh Academy Virtual LIbrary is available to all, wherever students have access to the internet. It is full of wonderful texts, usefully placed in groups by genre or topic. Students can also request texts and leave book reviews, both of which will lead to more Literacy rewards

Your son/daughter’s report will be published on MYCAS on 21st March. If you wish to discuss your child’s progress or have any queries please do not hesitate to contact your child’s tutor in the first instance or college team who will be able to respond or  direct you to the relevant member of staff.

Your Sincerely

Julia Collins