Year 8

The Curriculum Overview below gives details of the subjects studied in year 8 and how many hours per fortnight they are taught. If you want more details about a particular subject, click on the subject name.

Yr 8 Curriculum Overview

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Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Students learn about Early Modern England. They explore Elizabeth I as an individual and her impact on Tudor society. They will examine why the Spanish Armada was a failure. They then go on to learn about the Gunpowder Plot and judge whether Guy Fawkes was a traitor.  The Great Plague and The Fire of London are then examined as examples of life in 17th century society and the students examine source interpretation of the Civil War and the Restoration. 

Spring Term: Students examine British protest from 1750. They will explore the Industrial Revolution, examining life in the factories and how business grew. They then learn about the Slave Trade and the role of William Wilberforce in its abolition.

Summer Term: Students continue their examination of British protest. They will look at life in Victorian England, and the growth of the British Empire, finally exploring the role of the Suffragettes in gaining the vote for women. 

What skills are developed in the subject?

A range of skills will developed across year 8. This will include the introduction and implementation of key historical vocabulary. Students will also develop their essay writing and source analysis skills, along with their reading, writing and communication skills.

How is the subject assessed?

Students have a formal assessment each half term which will have a focus on a particular skill. These range from essays to source based questions.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One piece of homework per fortnight which should take between 30-50 minutes to complete.

Types of homework activity: There will be a range of homework activity. These include key vocabulary tests, independent research, model building, writing tasks and creating short videos.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Ceramic Structures
Spring Term: Dry-Point Prints  
Summer Term: Fabric Postcards

N.B: Students will all complete the projects listed above but these may be delivered in different terms as we work on a rotation timetable in order to access the required art rooms for the specific skills being taught.

What skills are developed in the subject?

In Year 8 students continue to develop their understanding of the Formal Elements as well as build upon the skills that they have been taught in Y7.  They are encouraged to think independently in order to take creative risks with their work.  Students learn how to gather visual and critical research by analysing the work of others and are shown how to manipulate this research in order to inform their own design ideas.  From their design ideas they go on to make a final realisation that encompasses all that they have learnt.

Students develop skills in a variety of areas including; painting, drawing, collage, dry-point printing, ceramics (slab-rolling and construction), applique, batik, quilting, hand embroidery and embellishment.

How is the subject assessed?

Art is assessed using the National Curriculum Levels. 
When assessing work we look at students abilities in the following areas:

  • Researching and analysing the work of others.
  • Designing and developing ideas based on initial research.
  • Producing a final realisation that successfully relates to the theme of the project.
Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 30 minutes per week.

Types of homework activity: Homework is designed to link in to the activities started in the lesson and to further develop students' skills in the area that they have been studying.  Activities set may include the following; Artist Research Page, Design Work and practising the skills taught in class.  All homework should be completed in the sketchbook.

In order to successfully complete Art homework students will need access to the following equipment at home: water-colour paints and brush, 2B & 4B pencil, rubber, pencil sharpener, ruler, pritt stick, scissors, sewing needle and a fine line pen.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  1. Charleston: Developing student's  knowledge of Charleston as a dance style and it's origin. Also understanding of musicals through watching and appreciating a dance extract from 'Bugsy Malone'. Performance skills developed when learning the set phrase. Composition work: small groups focusing on question and answer, canon, pathways and levels. Appreciation of each others' work and professional dance works. Use of extract from 'Strictly Come Dancing' to further creative responses.  Students assessed on performance and composition skills. 
  2. Chance: Students to learn about the history of Chance and its link to other subjects e.g. Maths (Probability). Composition tasks using the chance methods to decide on actions, groupings, pathways, use of space and dynamics. Students assessed on their performance, composition and appreciation skills.

Spring Term:

  1. Bollywood: Basic aspects of Bollywood technique and expression, such as posture, grace, hand gestures explored. Performance skills developed through learning an energetic set phrase. Composition work in small groups focusing on formations, pathways, directions, contrasting unison and canon. Students assessed on performance and composition skills.  
  2. Use of Text/Poems: Students will explore and research various poems in order to create a group composition using various devices. Students will be assessed on their composition skills.

Summer Term:

  1. Graffiti: students learn a set dance phrase that develop their performance and technical skills. Choreographic tasks in small groups using canon, contrasting unison and pathways.
What skills are developed in the subject?
  • Performance skills
  • Choreographic skills
  • Appreciation/evaluative skills
  • Ability to work alone and with others
How is the subject assessed?

At the end of each scheme students are assessed on their performance and choreography skills.

Homework

Once every half term.

Types of homework activity: worksheets, research tasks, peer and self-evaluation tasks and rehearsals to improve performance skills.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered
  • Food Technology
  • Novelty Product Project
  • Systems
What skills are developed in the subject?

Food Technology - This module includes a variety of practical tasks to introduce and develop individual practical skills, with a focus on working hygienically and safely.

Novelty Product Project - This project introduces students to a range of the materials and processes used when making a product within the context of the Resistant Materials subject area. Students research, design and make a novelty product based on the theme of fish and aquariums and using sheet materials.

Systems - In the Systems Project students will learn how to construct a circuit using a range of components.  They will be able to make decisions about their design and will be able to adapt it to be appropriate for the end user. They will learn how to solder as well as forming and finishing plastics.  There will be an emphasis on working accurately and with precision.

How is the subject assessed?

Practical work is assessed alongside written and design work. A range of assessments are used including teacher, peer and self assessment.

Homework

Hours per fortnight  - 1 - 1.5

Types of homework activity: Research tasks, preparation for practical work (Food Technology), evaluation of practical work, written tasks related to health and safety.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  1. Romeo and Juliet - This topic explores the relevance of this story in today's society and enables students to access, understand and perform Shakespeare's text.
  2. Fairtrade - This topic explores the distribution of wealth and the exploitation of third world poverty. This scheme enables pupils to become active citizens. This scheme teaches pupils the basic principles of theatre practitioner Bertolt Brecht.

Spring Term:

  1. Commedia Del'Arte - This topic explores the archetypal characters within Commedia and the nature of slapstick and improvisation. Pupils will explore exaggerated physicality and voice to create comic characters.
  2. Titanic - This topic explores characterisation making appropriate adjustments for social class.  This scheme introduces non-naturalistic techniques to represent the sinking of the Titanic.

Summer Term:

  1. Missing - This topic explores and develops a narrative about a missing teenager. The topic is issue based exploring family, relationships and internet safety. This topic encourages pupils to develop creativity and imagination.
  2. Musical Theatre - this topic introduces pupils to different musicals and explores the three disciplines of acting, singing and dancing.
What skills are developed in the subject?

Drama develops a wealth of skills; the ability to work as a team, to listen and contribute ideas, to co-operate, compromise and problem solve, as well as creativity, confidence, public speaking and evaluative skills.

How is the subject assessed?

Pupils are assessed on their ability to respond, create, perform and evaluate drama. Pupils are assessed on verbal contributions, creativity and ideas, group work skills, performing in front of an audience and the ability to adopt and sustain a role using characterisation skills. Pupils are also assessed on their verbal evaluations, reflecting on what was effective and what could be enhanced using drama vocabulary.

 

Faculty: English & Drama

Faculty Leader: Ms Chloe Gatt

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 7

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: A selection of Gothic literature and Poetry from the Victorian Era

Spring Term: 'Coram Boy' by Jamila Gavin

Summer Term: William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado about Nothing'

What skills are developed in the subject?

Speaking and Listening:

  • Presentation skills both individually and as part of a group
  • Drama
  • Participating in class discussions
  • Listening for nuances of meaning
  • Listening to others
  • Commenting and feeding back on others' ideas
  • Sustained individual talk
  • Speaking for different audiences
  • Extended individual contribution

Reading:

  • Analysing writers' style
  • Reading for meaning
  • Commenting on writers' purpose
  • Deduction and inference
  • Presentational features
  • Considering the effect of context
  • Intended audiences
  • Independent learning
  • Commenting on structure and form
  • Developed analysis of Shakespearean language
  • Exploring effects of poetic devices

Writing:

  • Planning
  • Drafting and re drafting work
  • Essay writing skills, including discursive essays
  • Writing for different audiences
  • Creative writing
  • Critical analysis

Literacy:

  • Spelling
  • Wider range of punctuation
  • Extended vocabulary
  • Paragraphing
  • Connectives
  • Variety of sentence structures
  • Structuring
  • Citing quotations
  • Appropriate linguistic and literary terminology
  • Syntactical accuracy
  • Exam writing
How is the subject assessed?

Each student will complete two pieces of deep marked work per half term – the latter of these two pieces will be a levelled summative assessment (either assessing reading or writing skills, depending on the focus of the unit). Speaking and listening skills will be assessed formatively and these skills are embedded within each scheme of learning. Homework is an integral part of the assessment process and is closely monitored.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2 hours per fortnight, split into 4 half hour slots

Types of homework activity:

  • Re-drafting creative work
  • Independent reading and study
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation learning/ practise
  • Analytical tasks based on in-class reading

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

Talking about what you are going to do and at what time. Talking about places in the town: what there is or is not. Explaining where places are, understanding & giving directions.  Saying where you and others go.  Using the verb "aller" to say where you are going to go and why. Ordering food and drinks in a cafe. Giving your opinion about food and drinks and saying what you are going to eat and drink and why

Spring Term:

Daily routine: what you and others do, where and when.  School subjects - likes & dislikes. Giving opinions & reasons about school.  Talking about the school timetable and what you are studying. Describing what you do after school and what you are going to do

Summer Term:

Talking about sports and leisure activities.  Using the verbs "jouer" and "faire" to give more complex opinions and reasons.  Introducing the past tense of jouer/faire.  Talking about musical instruments. Saying what you can do. Talking about past, present and future activities.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in French.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight:  1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching French speaking countries and  French speakers.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 3

Topics Covered

In year 8 students look at the wider world and the impact human life is having on populations and the natural environment. The study of sustainability in the tropics and life in the rainforest leads in well to India's climate and culture. Fair trade is a topic also covered in Drama and RS and students get the chance to ask others about their opinions on fair trade. The summer term ends looking at coasts and hydrology, perfect timing for the summer holiday!

Autumn Term: 

Tropical Rainforests: The rainforest location and climate

  • Ecosystems and food chains
  • Goods and services from the rainforest
  • Destruction of the Amazon
  • Eco tourism and sustainability

Spring Term:

Cross Curricular Project with RS and Drama

  • Fair trade products and the benefits
  • The life before Fair Trade
  • The negatives of Fair Trade
  • Impact it has on us as consumers and global citizens

India

  • Location and climate
  • India's role in globalisation
  • TNCs and the impacts
  • In-depth look at Bhopal
  • Cultural wealth, industry, and diversity of India.

Summer Term: 

China

  • An in depth look at the physical and human Geography in this emerging superpower

Coasts and  Hydrology: Water cycle

  • Coastal processes
  • Coastal management
What skills are developed in the subject?

The skills that you can develop in Geography include: Climate graphs; GIS mapping; public speaking; role play; group work; ICT; graphs; sketching; reflection; appreciation of different cultures.

How is the subject assessed?

Written assessments using in depth research, vocab tests, role plays, end of topics tests and peer and self assessment

Homework

1 Hour per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation)

Types of homework activity:

  • Reading and research
  • Monitoring news
  • Continuation of project work
  • Vocabulary tests
  • Assessments
  • Practice climate graphs

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Introductions, cognates, numbers to 100, the alphabet, classroom language, birthdays, school subjects & opinions telling the time, snacks at break, school uniform, Christmas in Germany

Spring Term: Family members, pets, physical descriptions, personal characteristics, sports, hobbies, favourite things, invitations, adventure sports, future tense, past tense

Summer Term: Where you live, house, rooms, furniture, prepositions, places in a town, transport, directions,  buying snacks, plans for the summer, writing in the future tense and past tense together.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in German.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, using Echo Electro,  playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight:  1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching German speaking countries and German speakers.

Faculty: Maths, ICT & Business

Faculty Leader: Mr Malik Abu

Year: 7

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term:

  • Computers and the internet safety - This will look at social media, the dangers of the web, how it will affect the pupils individually and how to stay safe.
  • Python - This will look at programming using a textual language. The pupils will look at basic programming for concepts such as variables, inputs and loops and how they can be applied to solve problems as well as programming in the world.

Spring Term: 

  • Spreadsheets - This will look at how spreadsheets can be used to solve different business scenarios as well as basic spreadsheet skills, functions and formulas.
  • Database - This will look at how databases can be used to solve different criminal scenarios and a murder mystery as well as basic database structures, queries and reports.

Summer Term: 

  • Computer hardware - This will look at the hardware components of a PC as well as how to design their own PC, Binary and Hexadecimal.
  • Scratch - This will look at programming using a graphical language. The pupils will look at basic programming for concepts such as variables, inputs and loops and how they can be applied to solve a problem as well as programming in the world.
What skills are developed in the subject?
  • How to use computers and the internet safely effectively and responsibly
  • Programming concepts in a textual and graphical language
  • Problem solving skills
  • Logical thinking
  • Investigation skills
  • Creative thinking and planning
How is the subject assessed?

Pupils will be assessed once every half term with an end of unit test on the topic they have just completed. These will consist of either a marked test or a controlled task.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2 hours per fortnight

Types of homework activity: Research, Multiple choice questions, Investigations

Faculty: Maths, ICT & Business

Faculty Leader: Mr Malik Abu

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 7

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Looking at all areas of mathematics, particularly algebra including sequences and forming and solving equations, real life situations where statistics are used, and how geometric patterns are formed by maths.

Spring Term: Focusing on the conversions between fractions, decimals and percentages and how these are used in the world around us. Extending knowledge of probability from year 7 and how units of measure are converted.

Summer Term:

Extending knowledge of shapes to compound shapes and volume, surface area of these shapes, bringing this into the real world. connecting ratio and proportion to this. Algebra looking at inequalities.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Extending skills learnt in year 7 as well as applying mathematical skills, ability to solve problems set in real life scenarios, independent learning.

How is the subject assessed?

There are 4 assessments over the year 3 after every 4 topics covered and 1 at the End of the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): One homework is set each week which should take a student approximately half an hour. So a total of two homework's per fortnight total of approximately 1 hour

Types of homework activity: Worksheets, consolidating work in lessons, or preparing students for the next topic. Mini projects about a specific topic in maths and its origin. Website homework with a lesson attached to help students practise learnt topics set in a different context, such as real life scenarios.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Cyclical and Linear Structures

  • National Curriculum Unit 9: Exploring Latin music
  • National Curriculum Unit 14: Exploring the characteristics of a Rondo

Spring Term: Soundscapes

  • National Curriculum Unit 13: Exploring music and media
  • National Curriculum Unit 11: Exploring storytelling in music

Summer Term: Musical messages

  • National Curriculum Units 10 and 15: Exploring song writing
What skills are developed in the subject?

Each topic is taught using integrated performing, composing and listening activities. Students will have the opportunity to play keyboards and percussion instruments and to sing. They will work individually, in pairs and in teams.

How is the subject assessed?

Assessment of performing, composing and listening skills will take place each term during lessons. Students are encouraged to practise in the Music rooms at lunchtime to develop their skills and to prepare for their assessments.

Homework

Hours per fortnight: 2

Types of homework activity: practising performing pieces on keyboard and singing songs being learnt in class, listening to music, extending composing tasks started in class, researching and presenting information about a topic e.g. instruments of the orchestra.

Faculty: Practical Arts

Faculty Leader: Ms Louise Wadham

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 2

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: All students will complete a unit of work in Health-Related Activities which includes fitness testing. They will then also complete either netball or badminton.

Spring Term: Netball or Badminton depending on activity done in Autumn Term, followed by either Football or Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA).

Summer Term: Athletics and Rounders

What skills are developed in the subject?

Practical skills are developed in each of the activities (i.e. badminton, netball), as well as leadership, teamwork, and communication skills. Students also improve their skills in decision making and learn how to follow and accept rules. In addition to this, students learn how to evaluate their own performances and identify how they can make improvements. In OAA students also develop problem solving skills and map reading and navigating skills.

How is the subject assessed?

Students are assessed practically throughout the year, at the end of each practical activity, and will receive a level for their performance. This contributes 60% towards their final level. Students are also given a theory level which is based on the levels awarded for written homework tasks and an end of year written exam.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): Students will be set a piece of homework once a week which should take them about 30mins to complete.

Types of homework activity: Recording verbal feedback, writing evaluations of their performances, researching, completing short answer questions e.g. completing questions on healthy lifestyles and fitness , and learning spellings and definitions of key terms.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 3

Topics Covered

Topics in Year 8 Religious Studies allow for greater depth of study and analysis opportunities.

Autumn Term: 

  • Introduction to Judaism with particular reference to the Synagogue and the Torah.
  • Jewish identity - research lessons exploring themes of dress, food, celebrations.
  • Fairtrade Project cross-curricular work.
    RS main theme: "Are we bothered?" where we explore such ideas  responsibilities to one another; ideas of empathy, justice, fairness, equality, neighbourhood, stewardship and global citizenship. Christian responses: CAFOD, Christian Aid.

Spring Term:

  • Prejudice & Discrimination - Explored through themes of religious and racial discrimination
  • Religious discrimination - Anne Frank with reference to the Holocaust, culminating in the Yr 8 trip to the Synagogue and the talks by Holocaust survivors
  • Racial discrimination - with reference to Martin Luther King - exploring Christian values, based on Christian teachings.

Summer Term: 

Islam - Identity and Belonging
This unit will look at the key duties of the Islamic faith through the 5 Pillars of Islam.

  • Shahadah
  • Salah
  • Zakat
  • Saum
  • Hajj

Skills Development - Some time will be spent developing evaluation skills with specific reference to moral issues in the news.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation

How is the subject assessed?

Throughout the year students will be regularly assessed on skills of knowledge, understanding and evaluation. This will require revision of key words, key concepts and the on-going development and expression of personal opinion. We will do this through end of unit assessments, continual writing project assessments and skills questions.

It would be beneficial for students to keep abreast of current affairs in the news and discuss such things with friends and family where possible.

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation): 1hr

Types of homework activity: Research tasks, writing pieces, question tasks, consolidation tasks, skills questions, questionnaires, project pieces, newspaper article tasks.

Faculty: Sciences

Faculty Leader: Ms Eleanor Parker

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 6

Topics Covered

Topics are not covered in a  specific order in Science to allow for optimum use of practical resources.

Atoms, elements and compounds (CHEMISTRY)
Students study and use the particle model to describe elements and compounds. They understand that the smallest particles of elements are actually atoms and learn the basic Dalton model for an atom. Students understand how elements exhibit patterns and trends in their properties, and how the Periodic Table represents these patterns and trends visually. This develops into how to name compounds and interpret formulas. Students learn how to observe chemical reactions and describe them in word equations.

Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation (BIOLOGY)
Students study photosynthesis in plants, gas exchange systems in plants and in animals (including the structure and function of the lungs and the circulatory system in humans) and the similarities and differences between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.

Levers, moments and pressure (PHYSICS)
Students enhance their understanding of forces by further studying their applications; they look at the turning effects of forces and the tools designed to use this effect: levers and other simple machines. They consider energy transfers and conservation of energy, then pressure on a surface and in gases and liquids. All these concepts are brought together at the end of the term in a discussion of hydraulic machines.

Materials and everyday chemistry (CHEMISTRY)
There is a major focus on scientific enquiry, such as the types of reactions - from precipitation to fermentation - that happen all around us and their everyday uses. Students study metabolic systems, explore chemical synthesis and issues including sustainability of resources and solving problems with waste management. They study polymers and their uses, ceramics and composite materials, as well as the use of secondary sources to investigate trends in changing fuel usage and the development of medicines. Finally, they investigate chemical reactions that take place when cooking food and their importance.

Genetics and evolution (BIOLOGY)
Students study how genetic information is passed from parent to offspring and how evolution is driven by natural selection.

Electricity and electro-magnetism (PHYSICS)
Summary: Students study the nature and effects of static electricity followed by current, voltage and resistance in circuits and, finally, magnetism and electromagnetism. The essential points to cover are: charges and charging by friction, electrostatic effects, current in circuits and at junctions, voltage and energy, resistance, simple magnetism and magnetic fields and, finally, electromagnets and their applications.

Reactions (CHEMISTRY)
Students study and recap on the structure of the Periodic Table and investigate the reactivity of metals and the acidity of different oxides. They then discover the difference between chemical and physical change and look at the characteristics of exothermic, endothermic, combustion, oxidation and reduction reactions.

Living Systems (BIOLOGY)
Students study: the cell is the unit of living organisms; there are similarities and differences between plant cells, animal cells and unicellular organisms; the function of the human skeleton and how movement is brought about via joints and muscles.

What skills are developed in the subject?

Level 4 - Students describe some phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on scientific knowledge and understanding, using appropriate terminology. They recognise that evidence can support or refute scientific ideas. They recognise some applications and implications of science.

Level 5 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, drawing on more abstract ideas and using appropriate scientific terminology. They explain processes and phenomena in more than one step or using a model. They recognise the roles of evidence and creative thinking in the development of scientific ideas, and describe applications and implications of science.

Level 6 - Students describe processes and phenomena related to the topic being studied, using abstract ideas and appropriate terminology. They take account of a number of factors in their explanations, and use abstract ideas or models to support an argument. They apply and use knowledge and understanding in different or unfamiliar contexts. They explain the importance of some applications and implications of science.

Level 7 - Students describe a wide range of processes and phenomena both related to the topic being studied and drawn from other areas of the curriculum. They make links between different areas of science in their explanations. They apply and use more abstract knowledge and understanding in a range of contexts. They link areas of science and ideas in a creative or innovative fashion to produce a hypothesis or explanation.

How is the subject assessed?

By a combination of regular book marking, deep marking tasks, practical assessment, regular homework monitoring and end of topic tests. Students also complete an end of year test which tests them on everything they will have studied throughout the academic year. 

Homework

Hours per fortnight (please check this ties in with HW timetable allocation):

Types of homework activity: These vary between weekly homework tasks which may include research in preparation for the next lesson, questions to review learning in lesson, or a longer term homework project.

Faculty: EBACC

Faculty Leader: Mrs Karen Porthouse-Jones

Year: 8

Hours taught per fortnight: 4

Topics Covered

Autumn Term: Talking about Describing your house and describing rooms in your house.  Talking about your ideal home and your daily routine

Spring Term: Saying what is in your town with asking and giving directions to and from the places in the town.  Describing your town including saying where you are going to go in your town.  Saying where places are and what you do in your town according to the weather.

Summer Term: Sport and hobbies and saying what you like doing in your free time.  Arranging to go out and using the future tense to say what you are going to do and what you would like to do.  Helping at home ad saying what chores you do and are going to do in the future.  Parts of the body and illnesses alongside healthy living.

What skills are developed in the subject?

During your lessons this year, you will be introduced to the skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking in Spanish.  You will be doing this in a variety to ways such as listening to the teacher, listening to cds, playing games, learning new words and phrases, watching dvd clips and doing role-plays.  In your exercise book you will write all new vocabulary and grammar in the front and will use the back to complete listening, reading and homework tasks.

How is the subject assessed?

There are regular vocabulary tests and learning is assessed in class.  There will be a variety of deep marked tasks throughout the year which will cover the skills of Listening, Reading, Speaking or Writing.  There will be an end of year assessment of everything covered throughout the year.

Homework

Hours per fortnight:  1 - 1.5 hours per fortnight, one homework each week which should take between 30-50 mins to complete

Types of homework activity: learning vocabulary, writing paragraphs to consolidate classwork, reading exercises from websites, worksheets, preparing for speaking activities, researching  Spanish speaking countries and  Spanish speakers.