Year 8 Curriculum

English

The Key Stage 3 National Curriculum programme of study incorporates a wide range of skills which are designed to consolidate and build on skills developed in Year 7.  The Year 8 scheme of work is varied and interesting, with topics ranging from the spy genre to a magazine project, persuasive writing, diaries, poetry, extracts from 'Oliver Twist' and Shakespeare amongst others.

  • Speaking and Listening: students will work on developing confidence, pitch and clarity when speaking in various activities such as improvised role play, presentations and class or group discussions. Furthermore, they will develop empathy and consider others' viewpoints when listening to presentations and participating in discussions with their peers.
  • Writing: students will use a wide range of punctuation and a variety of sentence structures and begin to self-consciously craft writing for effect.  Literary, rhetorical and stylistic devices will be used creatively to convey imagery and ideas to the reader.
  • Reading: a wide range of texts will be studied including non-fiction, modern fiction, multi-cultural literature, and Literary Heritage texts including Shakespeare and Dickens. 

Mathematics

All students follow the Secondary Strategy for Mathematics and the relevant key objectives.  The Framework identifies yearly learning objectives that encourage ambition and provide challenge for all students, showing progression in the subject.  The objectives ensure full coverage of the programme of study at Key Stage 3 and establish a minimum expectation for the progression of most students.  Students are set upon ability with differentiation occurring across the ability groups and within each set.  All students have access to the five strands in the Framework for Mathematics within the Secondary Strategy as follows:

  • Mathematical processes and applications    
  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Geometry and Measures
  • Statistics

To help to ensure that students are meeting their expected targets, each student will sit an assessment at the end of each half term. Assessments will be used to determine both setting and to highlight areas where students require more focus. 

Science

Over the course of the year, students will meet a wide array of concepts which we hope will challenge their thinking and open their eyes to the beauty and wonder of the world around them. At the same time key scientific skills such as data analysis, evaluation and problem solving will be developed. 

Autumn Term

Students are taught, Heating and Cooling, Respiration, Geology and Space.

Spring Term

Students are taught about Atoms, Elements and Compounds, Magnets and Microbes

Summer Term

Students are taught about Light and Sound and Fit and Healthy. Students will also get their first opportunity of undertake GCSE coursework in preparation for Year 9.

Computing

All students should appreciate that computational ideas inform and illuminate other disciplines, this is reflected in the teaching of these disciplines in college. Like numeracy and literacy there is a strand of computing that offers valuable thinking skills to learners of all ages. 

Computing encompasses Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology, students will understand and explore the world around us in computational terms. They will deal with purposeful applications of computer systems to solve real-world problems. 

  • Algorithms: sequence of precise steps to solve problems
  • Programming: problem solving activity, and there are many different programs that can solve the same problem
  • Data: looking at different way to represent data in a computer
  • Computers and Social Informatics: understand the main components of a computer system
  • Communication and the Internet: principles of how data is transported on the internet
  • Internet and Information Technology: using applications on computer systems to solve real-world problems

History

All Key Stage 3 students have the opportunity to explore a range of enquiries.  These are in-line with the new changes to the National Curriculum.  In Year 8, students will investigate a range of enquiries at both a national and international level.  These include, amongst others, topics on Public Health, the Reformation and the English Civil War.

Geography

In Year 8, 2 units are studied each term 

Autumn Term

Economic activity – Development and globalisation.

Spring Term

Rivers including flooding – Case study of the Middle East, comparing coasts and contrasting water use.

Summer Term

Tourism – Case study of Africa

Classics

Year 8 students have studied Homer's Odyssey via recordings of storytellers. As well as giving students an introduction to the world of Greek epic poetry, this course is intended to develop their listening and storytelling skills. Students are now moving on to study other Greek heroes, and to considering what qualities make up a hero.

French

In Year 8 students are encouraged to develop their independent study skills and start to investigate further the structure of the language.  They cover a wide range of topics and start to talk about past and future events.

Autumn Term

Family and house

Food and routine

Spring Term

School and poverty

Weird weather and water use

Summer Term

Charity and response to disaster

Spanish

In Year 8 students are encouraged to develop their independent study skills and start to investigate further the structure of the language.  They cover a wide range of topics and start to talk about past and future events.

Autumn Term

Family and house

Food and routine

Spring Term

School and poverty

Weird weather and water use

Summer Term

Charity and response to disaster

Music

Each student will follow a ‘Musicianship Skills Program’ for the first five lessons of each term, involving preparation and presentation of a chosen performance piece, either solo or as part of an ensemble, as well as assessments in aural and musicianship skills. The remainder of each term will be focussed on studying the following topics through Composing, Performing, Listening and Appraising activities:

  • Reggae Music 
  • Jingles
  • Jazz Improvisation 
  • Film Music

Religious Education

Autumn Term

People of the Bible

The Sacraments

Spring Term

Denominations in Christianity

How did the universe begin?

Summer Term

Judaism

St. Mark’s Gospel

Physical Education

AutumnTerm

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Performing at maximum levels, Outwitting Opponents, Cycling, Dance Trampolining and Volleyball.

Spring Term

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Performing at maximum levels, Outwitting Opponents, Cycling, Dance Trampolining and Volleyball.

Summer Term

Students are taught a selection of activities from the following: Athletics, Cricket, Softball, Tennis, Cycling and Rounders.

Assessment follows the National Curriculum and is an on-going process with regular assessment throughout each lesson. 

Art

Art and Design in Year 8 is taught using a variety of themes and approaches.

Students work from a range of sources to develop imaginative, creative and critical thinking. They use their experience of media and techniques in two and three dimensions to develop and refine their practical skills. 

They also study and analyse the work of artists and designers and use their research to inspire and inform their own ideas and outcomes.

Design Technology

By the end of the year, students will have been taught safe practices and will have had the opportunity to engage in, improve skills and develop their knowledge and understanding of design and make tasks in Food Technology, Graphic products, Resistant Materials and Textile products.

All students will have employed the use of the design process which helps ensure that they will have gained experience of analysing problems, carried out research, completed annotated sketches showing a range of ideas, developed and improved ideas and evaluated completed work.  Drawing and communication skills will be employed throughout the course.  

Students will also have completed planning for manufacture and they will also have completed the making of a product in each of the specialist areas mentioned above.

Drama

Drama in Year 8 provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills learnt in year 7. There is a focus on Use of drama techniques, performing characters, responding to ideas and performance, group skills and staying in role.

Each half term students experience a new project. This year they have experienced Shakespeare, Comedy, Status, Physical Theatre and Fables. Projects offer students a wide variety of drama activity including improvisation, text based work, devising skills and games, focusing on working together.

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