Summer Homework
Dear students and parents/carers,

We are very excited to welcome you to the RPA community. It is really important that you hit the ground running in September so we have produced a homework booklet for you to complete over the summer break. The aim of you completing this work is to consolidate and build on the skills you have developed in Key Stage 2. We expect you to use this pack as an opportunity to show us your best work! We have also included a novel for you to read.

The booklet is split into two sections: core subjects and non-core subjects. We do expect you to complete the homework set for the core subjects of maths, English and science. In addition to the core subjects please choose two options from the rest of the pack.

You can choose how you present and submit your work, however, it must be in hard copy form (written or word processed) for your tutor or subject teacher to review. Please give all of your homework to your tutor in the first week back at school. Please ensure that all loose sheets have your name and title of homework on it. Sheets for the same subject should be stapled or paper clipped together. The tutor will then review the homework or distribute to the relevant teacher.

We look forward to giving out rewards for pupils who produce excellent work.

We hope you enjoy completing the variety of tasks and look forward to seeing what you can produce!

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 Contents  Description  To be completed / chosen
 English  Read a book and review it.  Compulsory
 Maths  Fractions revision.  Compulsory
 Science  Slip 'n' Slide Experiment.  Compulsory
 Art  Still life exercise.  Optional
 Design & Technology  Using recycling to create a new product  Optional
 Humanities  How well do you know your school? Create a research pack.  Optional
 Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)  Choose one of five tasks.  Optional
 Music  Learn treble clef and bass clef notation.   Use 'Music Tutor' app.  Optional
 Physical Education  Keep an exercise log and research one fitness test.  Optional

Core Subjects

English Summer Work

Task 1:
Read at least one novel from the reading list below. We have put a recommended text in your Year 7 pack.

Task 2:
Write a book report on the novel you read. This will be marked and graded by your teacher and so should show the best of your writing skills and understanding of the novel. Consider:
  • The plot of the story
  • The main themes
  • The characters
  • The writing techniques used and what you thought of them
  • What you liked or didn’t like about the book
Summer Reading List for Transition Into Year 7
  • 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte
  • 'Skellig' by David Almond
  • 'Friedrich' by Hans Peter Richter
  • 'The Daydreamer' by Ian McEwan
  • 'Holes' by Louis Sachar

Mathematics Summer Work

The maths summer homework theme is fractions and is divided into the following sections:
  • Intro to Fractions -compulsory
  • Reducing Fractions
  • Ordering Fractions
  • Multiplication and Division of Fractions
  • Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
You must complete at least the introduction section. You will find tips and explanations in each section as well as the exercises.

The maths homework is a separate booklet. You can download it here.

Science Summer Work

In science, we learn by doing, by experimenting and by discussing our recorded findings. We like students to interact and be excited about science, ask us your questions! Tell us your stories about when you observed some science happening outside of the lab too! Science is all about explaining the world and in our lab, we will give you the knowledge to explain the world around us.

Most importantly, get involved in experiments, ask questions about why everything is happening. You will learn through experiencing science for yourself and you will pass your exams by learning how to explain and apply a scientific concept, not by memorising facts.

It is important in the labs to:
  • Listen and follow instructions so you know what is happening. This is so you remain safe.
  • Remember your book and record your scientific knowledge in it in every lesson. This is so you can refer back to it when you need to.
  • Do your homework and hand it in when the teacher tells you to. This means that you will progress towards your target grade.
  • Record all observations, measurements and conclusions from the practicals that you do. This is because although practicals are great fun, they are learning opportunities and should be evidenced in your books.

Slip 'n' slide experiment - Which type of shoe has the best grip?

In this investigation, you will place a shoe on a ramp, raise the ramp and measure the height at which the shoe starts to slide.

Resources needed:
  • Different types of shoes. You can use your own shoes.
  • Ramps or boards.
  • Protractors if measuring the angle of the ramp
  • Independent variable: The type of shoe.
  • Dependant variable: The height of the ramp at which the shoe starts to slide.
  • Control variables: The ramp. The starting position of the shoe on the ramp.

Place a shoe on a ramp, raise one end of the ramp and measure the height at which the shoe starts to slip down the ramp.

Repeat the experiment three times for each shoe and find an average.

Risk assessment
A risk assessment is not necessary for this investigation.

Collecting results
The experiment should be done three times for each type of shoe. There is no need to test more than five different shoe types. Use the table on the next page to collect your data.

Presenting results
Results can be presented as a bar graph of the different shoes against height (cm) of ramp. Use the graph on the next page to present your findings.

Interpreting data
The students should be encouraged to quantitatively compare the heights that different shoes started to slip.

The answer should compare the shoes by stating which shoes have better grip and explain how they could tell which shoe had the best grip. They could also explain why that shoe had the best grip (i.e. the surface of their soles is rougher, this creates more friction between the shoe and the surface, etc). They might also give examples of designs/materials of soles that provide more grip.

Other Subjects

Students must choose a minimum of two other sets of homework from the options below.

Art Summer Work

Still life project

The definition of Still Life is “a painting or drawing of an arrangement of objects, typically including fruit and flowers and objects contrasting with these in texture, such as bowls and glassware.”

Choose at least one activity from the following list:
  1. Make a still life arrangement of some fruit & take photographs of what you have set up.
  2. Draw the fruit which you have arranged from 4 different angles. Use a pencil to sketch & then use your pencil to add tone to your drawing.
  3. Find an Artist who paints still life & whose work you like. Make a copy of one of your chosen Artist’s paintings.
  4. Make an imaginative painting or collage, which combines ideas from your still life drawings & your chosen Artist’s work. Be as creative as you can be & use colour.

Design and Technology Summer Work


What can you make from something you no longer need? Using one or more old products (this could be anything e.g. –packaging, clothing, broken appliance) that you no longer want -create a new product.
  1. Draw your ideas onto paper and explain the idea you have
  2. Using the unwanted items, create your new product.
  3. Bring both into school in September or take a photo of your new product if it is too big to carry in.
You can use whatever you want to for this. Be imaginative (but make sure that whatever you use is no longer needed!)

Humanities Summer Work (history, geography, religious studies, psychology)

Task: How well do you know your new school? Create a research pack on your new school for each subject within humanities

  • Style -you have complete freedom. For example, one page of writing for each subject and pictures, posters, and other visual aids.
  • Structure –you have complete freedom but you may want to spend some time explaining what each subject is about and the skills that you will need to develop. For example, history is... then research the history of the school or the local area, some famous people who have lived here, famous events that have happened in the area etc.
  • You must include a key element of all the subjects in your research pack. For example, you may draw and label your own graph to show geographical skills with key historic sites in the local area.

Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Summer Work

You will be allocated one of either French, German or Spanish for your language choice. We will not be able to tell you what you have been allocated until September. However, if a particular country interests you, you can choose one task from the following list to complete. If you want to do more than one task, that is fine too!

Task one: Do some research on a famous sportsperson who comes from that country.
Task two: Do some research on a famous singer who comes from that country.
Task three: Do some research on a famous actor who comes from that country.
Task four: Do some research on the typical food that can be eaten in that country.
Task five: Do some research on great places that can be visited in that country.

Music Summer Work

Task 1: Learn treble clef and bass clef notation

  • Download the free app “Music tutor” from the app store
  • Before trying out the app, research the note names and how they relate to the stave
  • Attempt the various games that are available

Task 2: Elements of Music

Listen to a variety of different genres of music and write a page about: the use of dynamics; instrumentation, tempo and rhythm; and melody and harmony.

PE Summer Homework

Task 1: Keep a log of all of the strenuous exercise that you do over the summer. Then, produce a table of your work including:

  • Date:
  • Time:
  • Location:
  • Duration of exercise:
  • Type of exercise:
  • Description of exercise:
  • Intensity (how hard you were working):

Task 2: Research one of the fitness tests listed below. (you will be doing these in September).

  • Describe the testing procedure:
  • List equipment needed:
  • Outline which components of fitness it measures:
  • List the muscle groups being used:
  • Describe which energy systems are used:
  • Explain which sportspeople may use this test:
  • Research the normative data to compare scores:

Fitness tests:

  • Multistage Fitness Test
  • Sit and Reach
  • Press-up Test
  • Sit-up Test
  • Flying 30m Sprint Test
  • Illinois Agility Test
  • PWC170 Test
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