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Year 7 Virtual Induction

Welcome to your Year 7 Virtual Induction. This page is designed to help make a connection with our newest Dartfordians. We hope that you will enjoy exploring our induction challenges listed on this page. They form part of our induction and will be used for discussions between form tutors and new Year 7s in 2021-22.

We have scheduled our on-site induction to take place over 3 days between Tuesday 6th July and Thursday 8th July at the school field. Each new form will spend a morning or afternoon session meeting their new form tutor, new classmates and enjoying activities. Parents will be invited to attend this session but also have the option to drop off and pick up their son. We will confirm arrangements with regards to which day your son’s form is invited, timings, and parking, in late June.

You will receive a copy of our Induction Handbook, during the week of our on-site induction. The Induction Handbook contains important information for September.

Here is a link to the school videos which give a virtual tour of the school site.

If you have any queries before the scheduled updates come through, please contact us at: admissions@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk .  

Summer School 2021 Materials

Maths: Lesson 1; Lesson 2; Lesson 3; Lesson 4

English: The Art of Debate; Absolute Balderdash; Book Titles; Drama - Radio Plays

Science: Presentation; Questions


Japanese: Tasks; 10 words you already know; Kanji words; Japanese Sports


Sports Science

Key documents from Y7 Induction days

Welcome to Year 7 - 2021

Summer School - Induction

Year 7 Induction - English

Year 7 Induction - Mathematics

How to register a sQuid account (your son will have already received his personal 16 digit registration number and 3 digit security code at the Induction day)

Key Stage 3 - Induction Challenges


Choose your 3 challenges from the options listed below.

You will be able to upload challenges from June 21st, and will be emailed details about logging on and uploading your challenges on June 14th.

We exhibit the Year 7 Induction Challenges at the 7@7 evening in the Autumn Term.

Ecology Challenges

Make a bug hotel and submit a picture, the following link will give you some tips: https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/actions/how-build-bug-mansion

Making a bird-feeder from a plastic bottle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yV6V6rtpyc

Science Challenges

Chemistry Challenge: NHS Rainbow Sugar Density column - Why not try to get a full seven layers, just using sugar, food colouring and water: see https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/colorful-sugar-density-tower/

Physics Challenge: Furthest Fliers - How far can you make a sheet of A4 paper fly? https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/26050831

Tier 1 challenge: Add 3g of Blutac (other adhesive gums are available) Tier 2 challenge: Forget distance (and the blutac... if you'd like) this plane needs to do a loop (it is possible).

Biology Challenge6 Easy Biology Science Experiments For Kids - dive into studying life and living organisms! These are all easy and simple to do at home, and all of them are liquid or water-based, so you’ll likely have everything you need on hand to bring these science projects to life. https://www.woojr.com/6-easy-biology-science-experiments-kids/

Computer Science Challenges: Learn to Code a Virtual Robot -  Can your logic allow the robot to navigate an area with an increasing number of obstacles in the way? Earn medals as you progress to more complicated terrain. Click the link to accept this challenge: https://www.lightbot.lu/

Sports & PE Challenges

Music Challenge

The DGS Music Department welcomes you to our school. We have musical activities for all, from Orchestras, Choirs, Drumming and Guitar groups. We want to see your musical efforts and talents. Please complete a musical performance and upload it. This could be anything: a garden recital, singing a song, creating a family band, chair drumming, kitchen items drum set... get creative! For the collection so far go to @DGSMusic1 or the main school feed.

Art and Drawing Challenges

Poster Design: either research a current environmental issue and create an A3 poster to inspire people to change. Or research an inspirational charity and design an A3 informative poster to promote it.

Make Your Own Sketchbook:  https://www.accessart.org.uk/sketchbooks-making-your-sketchbook-your-own/   Use the link above to create your own four page sketchbook. Fill it with one drawing, one painting and one doodle that tell us a story about your life, and decorate the front page.

Candid Camera: Take a photograph of yourself reading your favourite book in an unusual place, and write about why the choice of place was appropriate to your book.

Roots and Shoots Sculptural Challenge: https://www.accessart.org.uk/roots-shoots-sculptural-challenge/ . Create your own sculpture and take a photograph of it. Choose a ‘source’ item to start off your sculpture. You can then build up and down to create ‘shoots’ and ‘roots’ using a variety of materials. 

Maths Challenge

DGS Summer Maths Challenge: The Maths department is challenging you to create your own maths problem and display it in your own home for all to see. Be as creative as you can! Examples of places to put this could be as a poster in the window, or drawn in chalk in the garden. Examples can be found at @dgsmathematics 


 Virtual Museum Tours: Want to go to a museum? You still can: · https://www.timeout.com/london/news/you-can-do-virtual-tours-of-almost-every-major-london-museum-and-gallery-032520 

BBC Museum from Home selection at https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/enxcd4/live/c954wh

Maybe you'd prefer a zoo? Or an aquarium? · https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/a31784720/best-virtual-tours/

'The Great Indoors' - Bring the outdoors indoors, in the Scouts 'Great Indoors'. · https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/ 

Kurzgesagt in a Nutshell - Like Science, but don't like lectures? Genuinely mind blowing: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXVk37bltHxD1rDPwtNM8Q