Year 8 Curriculum Overview
Year 8 Curriculum Overview

There are two tutor groups in Year 8. The role of the tutor is to oversee the pastoral care of pupils within their class. They have daily contact with their tutor group during the registration period and also during PSHEC (Personal Social, Health, Economic and Citizenship) lessons and tutorial sessions.

All subjects in Year 8 are taught by specialist subject teachers. A summary of the curriculum is provided below.

There is the opportunity to set the pupils in mathematics and English if deemed appropriate. Timetables are available via the parent portal. Homework is set on a regular basis with a maximum of 45 minutes each per subject.

Curriculum Overview

Subject Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
English Spelling conventions. Figurative language. Punctuation. Formal and informal English.
Study various authors. Non-fiction texts. Creative writing.
Literary analysis; adaptation of writing to different audiences and purposes; recognition of bias and objectivity; figures of speech; media studies; study skills. History of the theatre; Introduction to Shakespeare; Macbeth; Poetry studies.
Mathematics Probability. Rounding, significant figures, standard form and indices. Area, volume, surface area, including circles. Algebra. Straight line graphs and gradients. Angle rules and constructing angles. Fractions, decimals and percentages. Shape construction. Four rules of number to include decimals and fractions Graphs. Transformations. Ratio and proportion. Problem solving. Scale drawings. Data handling.
Science Atoms, elements and compounds
Sound and heat
Keeping Healthy
Studying disease
Separating mixtures
Arabic All Arabic speaking students will follow an Arabic for Arabs course and all non-Arab students will follow an Arabic for foreigners course. Both courses are set annually by the Ministry of Education.
Art Portraits Customising clothes based on the work of an artist
Fashion Show
Lino cut
Textile print
Design Technology Pine Derby Project in collaboration with Science
Summer Garment Project: Using tie dye/experimental heat press sublimation printing techniques.
Cultural Foods.
Pastry Project.
Adapting recipes
Fashion Show Project in collaboration with Art.
Wood Carving Project.
Creative Design Tasks.
French Oneself, school routine and subjects, daily routine, use of reflexive verbs and conditional expressions Family details, health, food, mealtimes and routines, likes and dislikes with reasons Visiting another country, holidays, booking a holiday, use of past, present and future tenses
Geography Coastal environments
Shopping, past, present and future
Weather patterns over Europe
Investigating Brazil
Can the Earth cope?
Ecosystems, population and resources
History The making of the UK 1500-1750 The making of the UK 1500-1750 Black Peoples of America
Societies in change

Unit 10 – Reliability, validity, bias
Complex searches – Boolean Operators
Unit 12 – Integrating applications to find solutions

Unit 15 – Managing a project – Spring Fair Year book activity.
Islamic Studies Muslim students will follow an Islamic Studies programme, for either Arabs or non-Arabs as appropriate. The curriculum is set annually by the Ministry of Education.
Kuwait Social Studies Facts about the Islamic world. Arabia before the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and early Islam.
Music Reggae
Night music
Film music
PE & Games Swimming
Volleyball, Basketball, Netball, Football
Fitness testing

Please note that the above topics may change during the year as we start to incorporate the New National Curriculum changes.