Year 8 Curriculum Map – Easter to May half term  

Maths 

Having covered Decimals & Ratio and Lines & Angles in the Spring 2 term, students will continue to further their knowledge and understanding of Calculating with Fractions, and Straight-line Graphs:  

 

Calculating with fractions 

8.1 Ordering fractions 

8.2 Adding and subtracting fractions 

8.3 Multiplying fractions 

8.4 Dividing fractions 

8.5 Calculating with mixed numbers 

Straight-line graphs 

9.1 Direct proportion on graphs 

9.2 Gradients 

9.3 Equations of straight lines 

 

 

English 

Students build on and develop their understanding of Shakespearean language and authorial intent through the study of ‘The Merchant of Venice’.  Students will explore the methods by which Shakespeare presents different characters in the play and his intent in their presentation, in particular students will focus on the character of Shylock, thus students build on their skills of exploring characterisation from Year 7.   

Science 

Students will be studying the penultimate units of Year 8.  There are three units that will be studied in rotation, one unit of which will have been studied before the Easter holiday.  The three units are; Biology – Respiration, Chemistry – Extracting Metals and Physics – Waves and Sound. These units will be completed before the May half term holiday.  

Geog 

Coasts - Students will gain an understanding of different wave types and the characteristics, different types of coastal landforms and how they are created by erosional and depositional forces. Students will then develop a case study of a how a vulnerable coastline can be managed. 

Hist 

Students will be studying Britain 1750-1900. They will explore how did the Industrial Revolution changed Britain. Students assess the impact that the Industrial Revolution had on the country and local area.  Students investigate living conditions, poverty and attitudes towards the poor during the 19th Century. Including the cholera epidemics, the Peterloo massacre and Chartism.  

RS 

 Students will focus on Eastern religions, cultures and philosophers. This will include Buddhism and Hinduism and Shintoism. Students will create a multicultural celebration/ festival.  

Graphics 

COVID and shutdown update – Owing to the practical nature of some of these lesson it may not be possible for students to experience all of 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 all of 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 which allows the user to take written notes. 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 

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: 

  

  • TV programmes 

  • Musical preferences 

  • Actors/actresses 

  • Digital technology 

  • Cinema 

  • 24-hour clock revision 

  • Leisure activities 

  • A past shopping trip 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

  

They will add to their knowledge of French grammar, including a specific focus on adjectival agreement, forming and answering questions, negatives, synonyms, further consolidation of three tenses (present, perfect, near future) with appropriate expressions of time.  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 continue to develop their skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

  

They study topics related to: 

  

  • School subjects 

  • School routines 

  • Telling the time 

  • Ideal school 

  • Developing justified opinions 

  • Developing dictionary skills 

  

They add to their knowledge of German grammar, including a specific focus on word order with “weil”, word order with expressions of time, possessive adjectives for 1st, 2nd and 3rd persons, prepositions, the use of “es gibt” with the accusative, further modal verbs, the formation of the conditional tense for describing an ideal school.  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 

Students will take part in activities listed below depending on their group. Athletics, Tag Rugby, Hockey and Table Tennis. At the end of the half term students will undertake the PFL (Personal Fitness level) along with an assessment with the activity. Students are tracker and monitored against their own baseline score only.  

Art 

Project 2. Reimagining Our Environment – In Half-Term 5 students will continue to work on their environment project (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). Students will continue to produce an A3 landscape media experiment piece by adding a different media/technique over the course of around 5 weeks (already started before Easter). Students will also be looking at various artists who incorporate landscape into their work. Students will utilise the Reading Warriors slide to help them digest and understand the text and therefore better understand the artists and their work.  

 

Alongside their classwork, they will continue to produce a series of observational drawings for their homework in the weekly Drawing Challenges.   

 

Drama 

“Who dunnit”……Using their best investigative skills this unit deals with students ability to sequence events in a justifiable order.  Through looking at clues they can speculate on a number of different endings, re-order events in an attempt to change the original meaning or create a new story.  Students are given the opportunity to tell the same story or work on their devising skills in order to create a new drama from different viewpoints.  This unit allows students to develop their skills by speculating on different endings, recognise different layers of meanings in a variety of narratives. 

Music 

This unit develops pupils’ understanding of bass lines and chords as a harmonic foundation upon which a melody can be constructed upon and as a foundation for improvisation. Pupils begin by learning about the history, origin and development of the Blues and its characteristic 12-bar Blues structure exploring how a walking bass line is developed from a chord progression.  Pupils also explore the effect of adding a melodic improvisation using the Blues scale and the effect which “swung” rhythms have as used in jazz and blues music. Pupils are introduced to seventh chords and how these are formed and their characteristic sound used in jazz and blues music.  Pupils examine the lyrics of blues songs before composing their own set of lyrics for a performance of their blues song using different textural layers.  Finally, pupils explore Ragtime Music as a type of jazz examining how chords have been used differently in a “vamp” style. 

ICT 

Students will spend this half term studying 8.4 Python 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.