In the first part of the term, year 8 will be developing their writing skills by exploring personal diary entries from a range of sources. There will also be a focus on developing spoken language in the context of role plays.
Later on they will look at creative writing with a cross-curricular link with Art. The final outcome will be writing and filming their own Monster story.
In maths we continually develop the core skills of number- place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed. Money and time skills are regularly developed to improve functional skills.
The pupils have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.
Additionally, this term there will be topics on shape, measures, patterns, sorting data, fractions, area, capacity and mass.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – SCIENCE
Elements, mixtures and compounds – In this theme we will explore the range of materials that exist and will carry out practical activities to develop an understanding of what is meant by the words mixture, element and compound. To enhance this understanding we will spend time separating different mixtures and exploring the reactions of some of the metal elements.
Looking at Light – During this theme we will carry out practical activities that will lead to an increased understanding of light and the way in which it behaves. We will make devices that use mirrors and lenses and we will use what we learn to see how our eyes work.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – HUMANITIES
Pupils will be getting to know the Tudors. They will be focusing on the lives of the Tudor monarchs and how they ruled especially thinking about whether they were a successful monarch or not.
In addition, pupils will find about Brazil; its major towns, landscape and culture. They will be learning about the importance of the Rainforest, its animals and the environment in which they live.
UNDERSTANDING OUR WORLD – RELIGION AND ETHICS (R AND E)
What does it mean to be a Christian? – Pupils begin by understanding the nature of Christianity. Next, pupils will consider ways in which Christians worship, finding out about some of the things that help them. They will think about new ways to look at the religion and its stories. There will also be an opportunity to look at examples of Christianity in paintings and sculpture. Pupils will be able to use key questions to help them to join in discussions and write down their ideas.
Animated Art is the theme this term. Pupils will be learning a range of cartoons and model making techniques. They will develop an understanding of how to create a character and produce stop motion films in groups. Pupils will also have the opportunity to explore the Op Art movement which includes artist such as Bridget Riley- this can be used as a great way for pupils to relax and express themselves.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Pupils in years 8 spend half of the year working with Resistant Materials and half with Textiles. Half of the year group start in September with Resistant Materials and half with Textiles. The groups then swap areas after the February half term.
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – RESISTANT MATERIALS
Creating Storage – Pupils will design and create two items one to store books and the other for jewellery. They will develop their research, designing, wood work and painting skills. As well as this they will have to work to a given specification and theme. As an extension they will create a piece of acrylic jewellery based on style of Art Nouveau.
Alongside this, pupils will be asked the questions, ‘What is good design’ and ‘What makes it good or bad’?
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY – TEXTILES
The focus for pupils in textiles will be on the importance of recycling. They will research various designers who currently do this to give them inspiration. Following on they will firstly make a small body adornment such as a brooch. This helps the girls to focus on fine motor skills and hand sewing.
They then design and make a cushion or a bag working on the theme of ‘food and drink’. We investigate fabric decoration techniques such as tie dyeing, batik, silk painting, block printing and patchwork. Pupils will start this project researching into artists who use ‘Food & drink ‘ as their inspiration.
PERFORMING ARTS – MUSIC
Instruments, fun and games – Pupils will be concentrating on the enjoyment of music, finding out about timbre, pitch and duration as key words. There will be plenty of opportunities to learn about orchestral instruments and to use tuned percussion in pupils’ own performances. Each lesson will include singing, listening and performing activities and assessments will be based on Sounding the Alarm.
PERFORMING ARTS – DANCE
Elements of dance – This term, pupils will be focussing on the four key elements of dance, Action, Space, Dynamics and Relationships. Pupils will need to bring their PE kit to lesson as they attend lessons exploring these key words, studying and taking inspiration from professional work and choreographing their own routines.
The physical education programme for this term is health related fitness, netball and swimming. Health related fitness lessons will assess level of fitness and record progress over the term. Pupils will develop a better understanding of importance of taking part in regular activity. Netball will allow the students to develop co-ordination skills and apply team work during mini games. During swimming lessons, the students will continue to develop stroke technique and efficiency in the water.
Lessons will be delivered on a rotation of theory, discussion/circle time, and practical activities to allow for learning and practice. During the first term pupils will be developing their Self-awareness. This will begin by building group cohesion and establishing group rules and expectations, followed by helping the group learn about themselves and each other. This includes being able to identify what I am good at, but also what I would like to improve on. Then pupils explore emotions, thoughts and behaviours of themselves and others.
Making friends and feeling safe: Pupils will think about emotions and friendships and how they can be a good friend to others. There will be a visit from the community police to discuss how to keep and feel safe at all times and in groups pupils will consider bullying, what it is, how it can be prevented as well as coping strategies.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE
Pupils in years 8 spend half of the year working in Home Economics and half in Outdoor Learning (Forest School). Half of the year group start in September with Home Economics and half with Outdoor Learning (Forest School). The groups then swap areas after the February half term.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE – HOME ECONOMICS
In Home Economics the pupils will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.
Pupils will understand the importance of being active and looking after themselves. They will learn that a variety of food is needed in the diet because different foods contain different substances that are needed for health. They will learn that all food and drink provide nutrients and understand that energy is provided by the different nutrients groups.
PASSPORT FOR LIFE – OUTDOOR LEARNING (FOREST SCHOOL)
In Outdoor learning (Forest School) the pupils will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.
In year 8 the main theme throughout the lessons will be building relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting and exploration. The students will also be introduced to using tools such as knives, loppers and saws.