Year 8 Subject Information

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Please view all the Key Stage 3 (Year 8) subjects and their curriculum pathway below

English
English literature and language curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

‘Conflict and Chaos’- Romeo and Juliet.

Key Concepts

Perspective

Key Skills Developed

Reading skills:

  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Developing a personal response
  • Accurate referencing
  • Analysing writers’ intentions
  • Making connections between texts
  • Analysing language
  • Structure and form.

Writing skills:

  • Developing clear and ambitious vocabulary
  • Using a range of punctuation
  • Crafting a variety of sentences for effect
  • Developing ability to write creatively with an awareness of audience
  • Purpose and form.

Terms 3-4

Topic/Unit

Identity

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

Reading skills:

  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Developing a personal response
  • Accurate referencing
  • Analysing writers’ intentions
  • Making connections between texts
  • Analysing language
  • Structure and form.

Writing skills:

  • Developing clear and ambitious vocabulary
  • Using a range of punctuation
  • Crafting a variety of sentences for effect
  • Developing ability to write creatively with an awareness of audience
  • Purpose and form.

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Journeys and Growth (A)- Poetry

Key Concepts

Creativity

Key Skills Developed

Reading skills:

  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Developing a personal response
  • Accurate referencing
  • Analysing writers’ intentions
  • Making connections between texts
  • Analysing language
  • Structure and form

Writing skills:

  • Developing clear and ambitious vocabulary
  • Using a range of punctuation
  • Crafting a variety of sentences for effect
  • Developing ability to use devices such as pathetic fallacy and metaphor

Context skills:

  • Learning and understanding life in Victorian England
  • Starting to embed context into literary analysis

Term 6

Topic/Unit

Revision dependent on PPE and set needs

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

Reading Skills:

  • Comprehension
  • Inference
  • Developing a personal response
  • Accurate referencing
  • Analysing poets’ intentions
  • Making connections between poems
  • Analysing language, structure and techniques of poetry

Writing Skills:

  • Using language to create an emotional response
  • Applying imagery and metaphor, applying structural devices to poetry
  • Structuring comparative essays

Context Skills:

  • Learning and understanding biographical history of poets
  • Relating poets’ perspectives to their geographical/social/cultural background
  • Embedding context into analysis and considering own context when producing creative work
Maths
Maths & Statistics curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Equations and inequalities: Sequences, Forming and solving equartions

Key Concepts

Form

Key Skills Developed

  • Graphical representations of these sequences help draw out the difference in how they behave.
  • Throughout the unit, students are encouraged to explore different models for solving an equation and reason which models are useful for solving different equation types.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Graphical Representation: LInear graphs, accuracy and estimation

Key Concepts

Relationships

Key Skills Developed

  • Students develop strategies for identifying and drawing graphs of linear functions.
  • Estimation is encountered in a variety of contexts and is an opportunity to practice rounding and unit conversions.

Term 3 

Topic/Unit

Proportional reasoning: Ratio, real life graphs and rate of change, direct and inverse proportion To apply ratio and proportion in problem solving. To recognise and calculate with percentages

Key Concepts

Relationship

Key Skills Developed

  • The models of ratio tables, double number lines, bar models and linear graphs are used to support development of flexible strategies and understanding of procedures.
  • To use and recognise ratio.
  • To calculate ratio and proportion problems and understand relationship.
  • To find ratio of amounts.
  • To convert between fractions decimals and percentages.
  • To find percentage of amounts and percentage increase and decrease.
  • To be able to express quantities as a percentage of another.

Term 4

Topic/Unit

Representations and reasoning with data: Univariate data, Bivariate data

Key Concepts

Form

Key Skills Developed

  • Each of the statistical methods taught in this unit are used to construct an argument for or against the hypotheses.
  • Time is spent discussing the different measures of centrality and the merits of each.
  • In this unit, students develop their understanding of statistical diagrams and measures to bivariate data.

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Angles: Angles in polygons, Bearings

Key Concepts

Logic

Key Skills Developed

  • Students work on more complex problems using these rules and these provide a context for setting up and solving equations.
  • Students solve a variety of problems using the angle relationships built up in this unit and in previous units.
  • The problems that students encounter in these lessons also provide an opportunity to practice applying the conventions for rounding and applying scales when measuring lengths.

Term 6

Topic/Unit

Area, volume and surface area: Circles and composite shapes, Volume and surface of a prisms

Key Concepts

Form

Key Skills Developed

  • Opportunities for students to apply their understanding to geometric problems involving the area and circumference of a circle.
  • The primary focus for this unit is on developing an understanding of volume and use of formulae within this context.
Science
Science curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Matter

Key Concepts

Relationships

Key Skills Developed

  • Using the arrangement, energy and forces between particle to describe scientific processes.
  • Use chemical symbols and formulas to describe and name compounds.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Reactions

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Pupils will undertake a number of scientific experiments to carry out the chemical reactions studied- they will work on their scientific skills including method writing, presenting data, making conclusions and evaluating their methods.
  • There will also be a focus on showing chemical reactions as word and symbol equations.

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Forces and Energy

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Pupils will be able to label forces acting on an object and be able to use the GUESS method as a way to layout their equations for calculating weight, pressure and speed.
  • They will continue to work on their scientific skills including designing products and testing their designs to solve problems given to them.

Term 4

Topic/Unit

Organisms

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Identify different cells from diagrams, and be able to annotate and label different diagrams of the organ systems within the body.
  • Analyse data and interpret data to formulate conclusions and make suggestions.
  • Research and referencing skills are built on.

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Waves and Electromagnetism

Key Concepts

Systems

Key Skills Developed

  • Pupils will mainly build on their scientific practical skills – collecting, organising and presenting data and carrying out methods.
  • As well as writing conclusions and evaluating their methods. Analysing sources and researching and referencing skills.

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Ecosystems

Key Concepts

Systems

Key Skills Developed

  • Develop their scientific skills interpreting their data and explaining results, evaluating the validity of a hypothesis, explaining the improvements or extensions to the method.
  • Producing life cycles and timelines.
History
History curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

How much did Britain change as a consequence of the Industrial Revolution

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing

Term 2

Topic/Unit

How far was the Industrial Revolution a Revolution for all?

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Why was there a revolution in Britain’s attitude towards empire since the 18th century?

Key Concepts

Global interactions

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing

Term 4

Topic/Unit

How do people challenge systems in order to acheive equality?

Key Concepts

Global interactions

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing

Term 5

Topic/Unit

How do people challenge systems in order to achieve equality?

Key Concepts

Global interactions

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing

Term 6

Topic/Unit

How have women challenged political systems in order to achieve the right to vote in GB and across the world.

Key Concepts

Global interactions

Key Skills Developed

  • Assessment
  • Judgements of cause
  • Historical investigation
  • Source analysis
  • Change and continuity
  • Importance
  • Extended writing
Geography
Geography curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Weather Hazards

Key Concepts

Change

Key Skills Developed

  • Understanding of weather processes and different hazards they cause
  • Investigating and problem solving skills
  • Research skills
  • Drawing and labelling diagrams
  • Extended writing

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Fantastic and impossible places

Key Concepts

Time, place and space

Key Skills Developed

  • Understanding of tectonic and sub aerial processes throughout
  • To make balanced decisions.

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Globalisation: How are our buying habits linked to the rest of the world?

Key Concepts

Global interactions

Key Skills Developed

  • Understanding of the world, supply chains
  • Where different resources come from – impact such as sweat shops, wars, community.

Term 4

Topic/Unit

The‌ ‌World‌ ‌of‌ ‌Water‌ ‌and‌ ‌Flooding:‌ ‌River‌ ‌Processes‌

Key Concepts

Systems

Key Skills Developed

  • Understanding of the formation of rivers and how they are managed

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Our Physical World- Glaciation

Key Concepts

Systems

Key Skills Developed

  • Understanding how upland areas have been formed and how these processes may change in the future.

Term 6

Topic/Unit

Our Human World: South Africa

Key Concepts

Time, Place and Space

Key Skills Developed

  • South Africa: How is South African physical and human geography different to that of the UKs
Performing Arts
Performing arts curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

Exploring Identity

Key Concepts

Identity

Key Skills Developed

  • Using the theme “refugees” to explore the concept of identity and how relationships play a part in shaping identity.
  • Learners will explore practical non-naturalistic skills and techniques that will allow them to present the theme of identity through relationships as they develop an understanding and empathy for those suffering around the world.
  • Key Skills: Analysis, rehearsing, performing, evaluating, empathy

Terms 3-4

Topic/Unit

Interpretation of Style

Key Concepts

Aesthetics

Key Skills Developed

  • An exploration of historical theatre in the Greek Theatre style to understand the aesthetics of cultural expression.
  • Learners will be introduced to Greek Theatre, its aesthetics and conventions while developing interpretation skills during collaborative learning.
  • Learners will then present their interpretation of Greek Theatre using modern poetry as the stimulus.
  • Key Skills: Text analysis, poem reading, performance, rehearsal, dramatic techniques, dramatic skills, evaluation.

Terms 5-6

Topic/Unit

Responding to a Stimulus

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • An exploration of devised theatre and how it is created in a professional company.
  • Learners will be introduced to the concept of innovation in performance and rehearsal and how they can use existing skills and techniques to explore a stimulus and develop a response as a communication of personal expression.
  • Key Skills: Creating, devising, structuring, performing, evaluating, improvisation
Music
Music curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

Keyboard Skills & The Blues

Key Concepts

Time signatures, recap pitch and rhythm notation, singing, melody writing, basic keyboard skills, layout of keys, functions, playing with 5 digits, adding LH and bassline composition and performance

Key Skills Developed

  • Vocal
  • Listening
  • Keyboard
  • Notation
  • Composition
  • Performance skills

Terms 3

Topic/Unit

Ground Bass, Mood & Tonality

Key Concepts

Bass line, chords, melodic sequences, counter melody, chords, keyboard skills, playing by ear, ostinato, maintaining an independent part in an ensemble, composing parts for an ensemble. Identifying major and minor keys.

Key Skills Developed

  • Vocal
  • Listening
  • Keyboard
  • Notation
  • Composition
  • Performance skills

Terms 4-5

Topic/Unit

Elements of Music

Key Concepts

Rhythm notation, ostinato, round, performing and composing a chant, dynamics, pitch

Key Skills Developed

  • Vocal skills
  • Listening skills,
  • Rhythmic notation
  • Composition skills
  • Teamwork

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Rap / Reggae / Cover Versions

Key Concepts

Focus on Rap & Reggae music – history of both genres. How was the music initially created. Making an arrangement of a folk tune (Swing Low Sweet Chariot), singing in parts, developing improvisation and composition ideas, analysing cover versions in differing genres, composing / performing a cover version of a pop song.

Key Skills Developed

  • Vocal skills
  • Listening skills,
  • Keyboard skills
  • Composition skills
  • Teamwork

 

Food Technology
Food Technology curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Food Safety and Hygiene

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Health and Safety and knowledge of food hygiene practices to be developed.
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Sensory Evaluation

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Introduction of food evaluation and sensory evaluation.
  • Health and Safety and knowledge of food hygiene practices to be developed
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives

Terms 3

Topic/Unit

Healthy Eating

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Introduction of Healthy Easting and Government guidelines with the EWG.
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives

 

Terms 4

Topic/Unit

Vitamins and Minerals

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Introduction of vitamins and minerals and how they link to a healthy balanced diet
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives

Terms 5

Topic/Unit

Food Science

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Food Science and Practical Investigation.
  • Group work.
  • Methods of heat transfer
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Seasonality

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Food Provenance
  • Food waste and Seasonal foods.
  • Further use of equipment, ovens and knives
PSHRE
PSHRE Curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Legal and Illegal Drugs

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Knowledge of effects and impacts of different types of drugs and the laws surrounding them.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Buddhism

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Developing a wider understanding of key Buddhist beliefs and how this impacts on the lives of followers.

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Human Rights, discrimination and stereotypes

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Analysis of stereotypes and impacts of discrimination.
  • Pupils will be able to identify human rights.

Terms 4

Topic/Unit

Mental Health

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Analysis of different mental health disorders and ways of finding support.
  • Pupils will also learn resilience and personal safety skills.

Terms 5

Topic/Unit

Crime and Punishment

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Explanation and justification
  • Analysis of religious views
  • Knowledge of UK Legal system

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Staying safe on and offline

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • To develop awareness of how to stay safe when using the internet and analyse how to spot fake news.
  • Pupils will also examine the laws surrounding consent and abuse.
Art
Art, Photography & Graphics Curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

Perspective

Key Concepts

Perspective

Key Skills Developed

  • We will be learning about one-point and two-point perspective and how to use them to create drawings and images.
  • We will be studying different artists, such as Patrick Hughes, Giorgio De Chirico.
  • We will create optical imagery and a final relief sculpture (in term 2).

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes

Key Concepts

Time, Space and Place

Key Skills Developed

  • Students will be introduced to different landscape artists and will be able to confidently discuss their work using terminology.
  • Students will experiment with a range of media that reflects how an artists can represent time, space and place

Term 4

Topic/Unit

Landscapes, Cityscapes and Seascapes

Key Concepts

Time, Space and Place

Key Skills Developed

  • Students will experiment with more digital means of creating art.
  • Using programmes such as Google Draw.
  • Student will also learn how to distinguish the difference between photomontage, photo collage and photo joiner using their own photographs

Terms 5-6

Topic/Unit

Portraiture

Key Concepts

Portraiture, Self-Portraints, Photos

Key Skills Developed

  • We will create drawings and imagery based on the face and the facial structure, features and how we see the human face.
  • We will use drawing, painting and a mix of media to portray these images.
  • Students will look at artists who have created Self-Portraits and portraits of others.
Design Technology
Design Technology curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

Workshop safety

Key Concepts

Development

Key Skills Developed

  • Development and introduction to woodworking tools techniques and shaping processes.
  • How to handle coping/Tenon saws, using vises, files and sandpaper to prepare wood.
  • Skills guidance in working with machinery – Scroll saw, belt sander.

Terms 3-4

Topic/Unit

Shop front design

Key Concepts

Aesthetics

Key Skills Developed

  • Students are given the opportunity to design a store/shop of their design under their chosen theme.
  • In DT Students introduced to industry standard modelling techniques.
  • Utilising craft knives, cutting mats and safety rulers to produce a miniature scale model of a shop front. 3D elements are created with basic nets and added, along with acetate plastic for window coverings.
  • Rendering drawing and design techniques are introduced in the hopes that students are able to realistically represent materials and textures on their prototype model.

Terms 5-6

Topic/Unit

Wood skills demo

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Students return to complete their woodworking skills demonstration piece. Joints are included on both pieces of wood, (dovetail and box) and 4 tools are utilised in mini challenge sections to show that the student has become proficient with the equipment. (coping saw, Tenon saw, Pillar drill and Scroll saw.)
Textiles
Textile curriculum pathway

Terms 1-3

Topic/Unit

Tote Bag project

Key Concepts

Product manufacture and machine skills

Key Skills Developed

  • Developing previously learned skills e.g. Embroidery, Embellishments and Applique.
  • Increasing knowledge of designing and it’s purpose. Introduction to sewing machine e.g. how to thread machine, how to wind/change bobbin, how to use machine for construction as well as decorative techniques.
  • Troubleshooting simple errors.
  • To self assess own work and to establish how you would alter your design to suit gained manufacturing knowledge

Terms 4-6

Topic/Unit

Cushion cover project

Key Concepts

Developing product manufacture, machine skills, introduction to ‘fastening’ understanding how they work and their place on a product e.g. zips or buttons

Key Skills Developed

  • Product design/manufacture- Increasing confidence on machine through the manufacture of a second product, introduction to overlocking machine and a range of fastenings e.g. zips, buttons etc, understanding their purpose in context- to professionally finish fabric and to make product usable e.g. being able to remove cushion cover to wash etc.
  • To self assess own work and to establish how you would alter your design to suit gained manufacturing knowledge
IT
IT curriculum pathway

Terms 1-2

Topic/Unit

Computer Programming

Key Concepts

Key Skills Developed

  • Learning how simple functions all have the same cycle and how this can be adapted to everyday life.
  • Understanding exactly how computers work, a skill they may need to know in the future.

Terms 3-4

Topic/Unit

Software Systems

Key Concepts

Students will be enhancing their knowledge on how to use google suite effectively. This will focus on key software tools that will be useful when moving into GCSE years such as Google forms, sheets, sites, keep and Gmail. They will be exploring how to use these software tools to enhance their online learning and how to make things easier to use.

Key Skills Developed

  • This will link to there real life interactions with computer system software they they will need to use for GCSE.
  • It will also help them in their life after education as the majority of employment now use computers and some sort of email distribution software.

Terms 5

Topic/Unit

Computer Programming

Key Concepts

Introduction to Scratch programming, input-process-output cycle, data storage and variables

Key Skills Developed

  • Learning how simple functions all have the same cycle and how this can be adapted to everyday life.
  • Understanding exactly how computers work, a skill they may need to know in the future.

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Computer Programming

Key Concepts

Creating a Scratch game related to a global context of recycling, assessing programming code and how the content meets a brief.

Key Skills Developed

  • Learning how simple functions all have the same cycle and how this can be adapted to everyday life.
  • Understanding exactly how computers work, a skill they may need to know in the future.
PHE
PHE curriculum pathway

Terms 1-6

Topic/Unit

Core games

Key Concepts

Invasion games, net and wall, striking and fielding, Athletics, Dance, GYM, OAA, Fitness activities

Key Skills Developed

  • Hard skills
  • Soft skills
  • Techniques
  • Tactics
Spanish
Spanish curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Unit 1: Mi ciudad

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skill focus – using present and future tense.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Unit 2: Mi casa

Key Concepts

Creativity

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and speaking skill focus, using and adapting ir verbs and using 1st person singular reflexive verbs.

Terms 3

Topic/Unit

Unit 3: Mis vacaciones

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Reading focus, comprehension and inference skills.

Terms 4

Topic/Unit

Unit 4: La tecnología

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skills – using present and past tense together.

Terms 5

Topic/Unit

Unit 5: La comida

Key Concepts

Culture

Key Skills Developed

  • Speaking skill focus – correct pronunciation, informal/formal speak.

Terms 6

Topic/Unit

Unit 6: ¿Qué hacemos?

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and reading focus – comprehension and inference.
French
French curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Unit 1: En ville

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skill focus – using present and future tense.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Unit 2: Ma maison

Key Concepts

Creativity

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and speaking skill focus, using and adapting ir verbs and using 1st person singular reflexive verbs.

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Unit 3: Vive les vacances!

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Reading focus, comprehension and inference skills.

Term 4

Topic/Unit

Unit 4: La technologie

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skills – using present and past tense together.

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Unit 5: La nourriture

Key Concepts

Culture

Key Skills Developed

  • Speaking skill focus – correct pronunciation, informal/formal speak.

Term 6

Topic/Unit

Unit 6: À Paris

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and reading focus – comprehension and inference.
German
German curriculum pathway

Term 1

Topic/Unit

Meine Stadt

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skill focus – using present and future tense.

Term 2

Topic/Unit

Mein Haus

Key Concepts

Creativity

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and speaking skill focus, using and adapting ir verbs and using 1st person singular reflexive verbs.

Term 3

Topic/Unit

Ich liebe Ferien

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Reading focus, comprehension and inference skills.

Term 4

Topic/Unit

Bist du ein Medienfan?

Key Concepts

Communication

Key Skills Developed

  • Writing skills – using present and past tense together.

Term 5

Topic/Unit

Essen und Trinken

Key Concepts

Culture

Key Skills Developed

  • Speaking skill focus – correct pronunciation, informal/formal speak.

Term 6

Topic/Unit

Ich gehe aus

Key Concepts

Connections

Key Skills Developed

  • Listening and reading focus – comprehension and inference.