Explore Subject Areas
Get to know each of our subject areas!
At the moment, we can’t show you around our school as we normally would. However, we can still give you a glimpse into each of our subject areas. In this section youll find videos from a selection of subject areas. To view the detailed curriculum we have on offer click here
We believe that students deserve a creative and ambitious mathematics curriculum, rich in skills and knowledge, which ignites curiosity and prepares them well for everyday life and future employment. Our mathematics curriculum will give students the opportunity to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
In your English lessons, you will closely read several texts, exploring topics such as growing up, war, love, politics, power and identity. You'll encounter fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and prose throughout the year, alongside improving your writing skills with guidance on descriptive writing, letter writing and story writing. You will be given chances to express your opinions, share your ideas and even present some of them in talks that you will prepare and share with your peers.
The science curriculum has been designed to provide students with a deep understanding of the scientific knowledge and ideas that impact them as individuals within a local and globalised context. As they move through the curriculum, students will be increasingly made to develop their curiosity, provide insight into working scientifically and appreciate the value of science in their everyday lives. Our curriculum provides a platform for more advanced science based study, providing a gateway into a wide range of career opportunities. It also delivers a framework for understanding the natural world and supporting students to become scientifically literate participants in society. The science department delivers lessons in Biology, Chemistry and Physics in a way that builds up from basic ideas over the years in school.
Starting with the Ancient world, students study how the world has developed over thousands of years. From the very first Olympics in 776BC, to the Black Death that swept over Europe in the Middle Ages, to the Native Americans living nomadically around the American West in the 1800s.
KS3 Geography covers a range of engaging topics that aim to encourage a passion for Geography. Students in year 7 start with a ‘What is Geography?’ topic, which introduces key ideas and the Geography that we see in the news today. We then go on to investigate the world around us from freezing Antarctica to the depths of the rainforest to the top of the Burj Khalifa. Activities, such as the Trade Game and improving a squatter settlement, challenge pupils to design, create and decision make. Overall providing students with a breath of geographical knowledge and developing skills that can be used in school and later life.
In a society with an ever-growing demand on communication skills, this subject is essential to the students at Don Valley Acadmey. The department’s primary aims are to enable growth and confidence in learners whilst at the same time encouraging a love for languages and inquisitiveness.
We try to make the lessons fun and interactive and find that Y7’s, in particular, enjoy singing French & Spanish vocab in order to help with memory retention.
Art is a fascinating subject with a huge range of skills to learn and love. You’ll study the world’s greatest artists and use a wide variety of materials. You’ll learn not only to draw and paint but print, take photographs, sculpt and most importantly… use your imagination!
Computers are all around us and, whether we know it or not, most of us use one every day. At Don Valley Academy, we believe that all students deserve a computing curriculum which prepares them for the digital world they live in—both as citizens of that world and creators. You will learn to become digitally literate; someone able to use a computer and so develop their ideas and express their creativity through information technology. You will also become a computer scientist and learn how to program using Scratch, how a computer works, how a computer represents numbers, words and images and how the internet works.
During your Drama lessons you can expect to explore a variety of scripts to develop your understanding of how to take plays from page to stage. You’ll also work creatively to devise your own performance work, focussing on the use of dramatic techniques and conventions to bring your pieces to life.
Drama is a chance for you to develop some important cross curricular skills such as effectively and productively working as a valued member of a team, building your own confidence and learning how to use your voice effectively to share thoughts and opinions with others.
Life lessons give you the opportunity to explore topics from the wider world. They will provide you with skills and knowledge that aid your personal development and give you the chance to debate your opinions. These lessons are a statutory requirement covering topics that focus on Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), Religious Education (RE) and Careers.
Music is all around us! From streaming services to radio, movies to video games, there’s not a day goes by where we don’t encounter it! At Don Valley you can expect to learn to play, compose and appreciate lots of different styles of music. You will explore the elements of music through performance and composition of a piece inspired by communicating with aliens, as well as develop your understanding of pop music production through the use of sequencing software. You will encounter the works of famous composers from across the globe and learn to appreciate the beauty of their compositions. Budding instrumentalists will get the opportunity to learn instruments such as the piano, guitar and drums as well as the chance to play in a steel pan ensemble. Whatever your previous experiences of music, we hope you will enjoy the challenge of developing your skills to achieve your potential.
You will gain so many skills from a physical, social, and mental aspect. Here at Don Valley Aacdemy we offer a well-balanced curriculum where pupils will prosper in a variety of sports. Our department strive to give students the opportunity to excel and will offer their services in extracurricular.
Engineering is a vital and innovative sector to work in. You will learn the practical uses of tools and various materials in our fantastic workshop. We have brilliant computer packages to support your ideas in the design process. You’ll learn how to create modern products using the most up to date materials.