Year 8 Curriculum Map – Half term 4 (February to Easter) 

Maths 

Having covered Real-life graphs and Ratio & Proportion in the Spring 1 term, students will continue to further their knowledge and understanding of Decimals and Ratio, and Lines & Angles:  

 

Decimals & Ratio 

6.1 Ordering decimals and rounding 

6.2 Place-value calculations 

6.3 Calculations with decimals 

6.4 Ratio & proportion with decimals 

Lines and Angles 

7.1 Quadrilaterals  

7.2 Alternate angles & proof 

7.3 Angles in parallel lines 

7.4 Exterior and interior angles  

7.5 Solving geometric problems 

 

English 

Students continue to develop their skills of analysing poetic craft by studying poetry centred around the theme of revenge.  They will be provided with the opportunity to build on their poetry comparison skills and knowledge of poetic devices from Year 7.  Students will compare the content, language and structure of 2 poems based around the theme of revenge and compare how these strong emotions are presented by the poets.     

Science 

Students continue with the Topic 8’s for Biology (Respiration), Chemistry (Extracting metals) and Physics (Waves & sound). The topics are taught on a rota so the order may vary by class. Each topic takes two weeks to complete and will not results in a topic test due to remote learning, this may be completed when students return to school. The topics build previous learning on lungs and gas exchange, elements and chemical reactions. The physics topic introduces basic wave concepts. 

British science week takes place during the week beginning 5th March 2021. Pupils will be exposed to themed activities to promote wider science learning and embed cross-curricula links. 

Geography 

In Year 8 students will study a unit called ‘Global Fashion’ this is to fulfill the requirements of the Geography NC to study human geography relating to development, globalisation and economic activity. They students will learn about globalisation through the fashion industry and how global trade makes the world a smaller and more interconnected place. Students will explore case studies such as the TNC Nike and Rosa’s story - a worker in a clothing factory. In their geography lessons they will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation and the impact that their fashion choices have on people around the world and the environment. Students will be assessed on NC skills and concepts throughout the unit and there will be a formal assessment at the end. This Geography unit links with the History unit on ‘sugar, empire and globalisation; and the RS unit on tolerance, fairness and equality. The unit will also develop and build the skills and knowledge needed for GCSE Geography AQA Paper 2 

History 

Students will study the Industrial Revolution this is to fulfil the requirements of the History NC Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901. This will include an introduction and overview of the Industrial Revolution; why the population exploded between 1750-1900 and why the population was on the move from the countryside to the towns. Students will find out whether they would have been a good industrial entrepreneur. They will make a judgment about whether the National Portrait Gallery was right to spend £500,000 on a portrait of ‘Prestonian’ Richard Arkwright.  They will discover how working life changed and investigate conditions in factories and coal mines. Finally, they will take part in a debate about child workers. Preston changed dramatically during this period and links to local history will be explicitly made. They will be assessed on NC skills and concepts throughout the unit and there will be a formal assessment at the end.  

Religious Studies 

RS will study the Holocaust, Judaism and other examples of persecution and genocide such as Rwanda, South African Apartheid , Cambodia and modern day religious/cultural persecutions such as those in Burma. This will be linked to Amnesty club and will encourage students to take part the Heart Human Rights International competition. 

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

In year 8, for 10 weeks, students will examine the link between graphic design and activism. They will gain an understanding of how images have been used throughout history to affect political and social change. They will look at how a contemporary climate activist group has used techniques such as block printing and screen printing to create engaging images. They will then design and develop images and slogans using similar printing techniques and will have the opportunity to create their own climate rebellion banners, posters and clothing. Homework will be set every 2 lessons. This will typically reinforce work covered in lessons or will be designed to prepare students to make progress in lessons.    

Design Technology 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Students spend ten weeks in the materials area of technology. The major project is a design and make practical task for a novelty wooden item. This builds on the basic practical skills covered in year 7 whilst introducing a more comprehensive design and planning element to their work. If time permits an extension activity will use CAD/ CAM in order to introduce modern manufacturing techniques. Homework that relates to the topics currently being covered is set every two lessons. 

Food & Nutrition 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials. 

Students will be encouraged to then carry out related practical skills at home or an equivalent learning activity if practical experiences are not possible in the home environment.   

Students spend ten weeks in the Food area of Technology.  Students are provided with a cookbook for the ten weeks in Food.  Students can build upon their making skills and use a variety of different cooking methods from bread making to sauce making.  Safety and hygiene are taught alongside the practical tasks in more depth than in year 7.  Nutrition is also taught in more depth during the focused practical tasks.  Homework is for students to bring ingredients for the consecutive lesson. 

Textiles 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience these practical skills. Lessons / remote lessons will focus on covering the same curriculum with practical experiences replaced as needed with demonstrations and online materials.  

Due to maternity cover with some none specialist staff practical lessons using sewing machines cannot be covered this term. Students spend ten weeks in the textiles area of technology. The knowledge covered focuses on fibres and fabrics with some element of using what students have learned to then design a pencil case. Homework that relates to the topics currently being covered is set every two lessons. 

French 

Pupils will continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.  

  

They will study topics related to:  

  

  • Planning meals for a special event 

  • Planning a trip in the future 

  • Using the future tense in a range of contexts 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

 

They will add to their knowledge of French grammar, by extending their knowledge and use of the near future tense in the context of food and drink and planning a special trip.  They will show their knowledge of three tenses, from the modules they have studied so far by linking past and current learning.  They will practise using the interrogative in a range of contexts and tenses.  They will develop their use of high-frequency words and how to apply them in different contexts.  They will further their knowledge of cognates and near-cognates. 

German 

Pupils develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

  

They study language related to: 

  

  • Sports 

  • Free time 

  • Digital technology 

  • Friendship 

  • Opinions 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

  

They further develop their understanding of German grammar, including more verbs in the present tense, irregular verbs in the present tense, word order with time expressions, first and third person plural verb conjugations, future plans with the present tense (implied future).  They develop their use of high-frequency words and how to apply them in different contexts.  They further their understanding of cognates and near cognates. They develop their cultural literacy skills by writing in different formats. 

PE 

 

Art 

KS3 Grid Assessment 2 – Conducted over the first two lessons of this half-term, students will complete their second and final Art assessment of the year. The first lesson consisting of a line drawing and the second lesson tonal shading. The grid assessment will be altered this year to allow all students to complete it remotely, regardless of whether they have access to a printer or not. This assessment will be used to determine student progress in the formal elements of line, shape, form, texture, and tone. Students will be graded 1-5, which will feature on their report (if applicable). 

 

Project 2. Reimagining Our Landscape – In Half-Term 4 students will begin a brand-new project, which we will be running as a department for the first time. Mr Cassidy has kindly developed this scheme of work to include a ‘digital sketchbook’ element to make it accessible for students during periods of remote learning, but which can also be easily adapted to suit normal classroom-based teaching. The project will begin with students producing a landscape media experiment piece and looking at various artists who incorporate landscape into their work.  

  

Drama 

Throughout this ½ term students will explore how stories can be deconstructed to create new versions. During the process they will consolidate knowledge and application of the key drama skills learnt and develop use of key drama skills in a dramatic forum.   Students will work together in groups to examine how fairy tales have developed and changed over time and explore the similarities and differences between the fairy tale story of ‘Cinderella’ and Carol Ann Duffy / Tim Supple’s ‘Ashputtel’.  Students will use key drama skills to stage the story: narration and role play, explore dramatic contrasts in Ashputtel and use key drama skills to stage dramatic contrasts – split scene along with exploring the characters within a well know fairy tale and developing vocal and physical attributes in characterisation. 

Music 

This unit allows pupils to become familiar with music for different films and to recognise film genres.  They will learn how some musical features can be combined to create sounds for different film genres and they will perform a film music theme on the keyboard, and to adapt it to compose for a film clip. 

The unit explores why and how music is used in film.  It will build student’s skills in performing, listening and composing, as well as provide opportunities for appraising. Students will explore compositional techniques employed in film music and use these to produce their own compositions to a short piece of film. Students will contextualize their knowledge through listening of several varying film music examples and have the opportunity to arrange and perform both existing examples as well as their own compositions. 

ICT 

Students will spend this half term studying 8.4 HTML and CSS and 8.5 Advanced Game Shooter Programming The skills learned from these projects teach new perspectives and understanding on the world of technology and enhance the student’s digital capability ready for the next Key Stage in ICT, Enterprise and Computing. The units supplement the more traditional Office and ICT skills focused on in previous years blends the theoretical knowledge covered with practical activities. Homework that relates to the topics covered is set on Doddlelearn.co.uk online homework platform every two lessons.