West Heath School

Year 8 Curriculum Offer

8p Visual Timetable

ENGLISH 


english-2

 

 

 

The English Faculty aims to provide students with an accessible, bespoke and varied curriculum based on the needs of individuals and within Government guidelines.

We encourage students to become avid readers of both fiction and non-fiction texts and have an excellent Dyslexia friendly selection in our new library;   library sessions are incorporated into the weekly plans and it is also available at social times.  We support our students to develop into confident, articulate speakers through robust speaking and listening lessons, providing a plethora of opportunities to practice both in and out of the classroom and with support of our Speech and Language Department.

We endeavour to provide our students with the skills needed to write with accuracy, clarity and succinctly whether writing to respond, to entertain, to inform or when analysing and comparing texts and moving image.

Overview of content of curriculum available in English

Year 8 English builds on the programme of study from year 7.  All students have the opportunity visit the West Heath library at least once a week to develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information.

The week is planned to include reading comprehension, writing, SPaG and speaking and listening.

Reading remains an essential part of the curriculum and within lessons students participate in a range of focused reading texts.   Schemes of work are centered on selected texts, are continually reviewed to ensure that they meet the exacting standards of our students as well as curriculum needs.  Topics have included but not limited to: War Poetry, War Horse, Friend or Foe, Of Mice and Men and Twisted Tales.

The English and Literacy teams provide bespoke intervention to ensure success for all students.

Courses Available:

  • Literacy assessment (online) to provide individualised computerised learning
  • Literacy intervention on a 1:1 basis comprising bespoke programmes, Toe by Toe and Alpha to Omega

 

MATHS

maths-2

 

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Maths

In Year 8 we use the National Curriculum as the basis for our Scheme of Work. Students attend five forty minute lessons a week and are taught in mixed ability groups. The teachers of these groups are always supported by at least one Teaching Assistant. We use MyMaths textbooks alongside various other resources such as the MyMaths website, Bitesize and Active Maths. Work is differentiated in order to meet the needs of individual pupils. Pupils’ progress is monitored constantly and assessed at the end of every term. At the end of each academic year pupils take a MyMaths end of year exam. Results of this exam will be used for setting in Year 9. New pupils who join during the year are assessed using the appropriate test.

Courses Available:

  • Most students follow a Year 8 Scheme of Work based on the National Curriculum.
  • Students working below the expected standard will have Numeracy and work will be given that is appropriate to their level.

 

SCIENCE

science-2

 

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Science

Year 8 students will be following the curriculum for Key Stage 3, all classes will be following the same course, but more able learners will be working to obtain a higher level of achievement.  Year 8 students will be building upon skills and concepts met in year 7, and continuing to develop a range of skills to support their scientific understanding and application.   The syllabus includes chemistry, physics and biology well as learning individual science topics they will also develop areas such as, practical and enquiry skills, critical understanding of evidence and communication methods.  Year 8 topics include:

  • Photosynthesis, respiration and circulation
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Energy
  • Reproduction and growth
  • Materials and everyday chemistry
  • Waves
  • Ecosystems
  • The Earth and atmosphere
  • Space

Courses Available:

  • Students follow the programme of study for key stage 3 students, Smart Science text books and support materials are used.

 

ART

art

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Art & Design

Following on from Year 7 the learners in Year 8 refine their creative work, further exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. The study of art allows pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and crafts and also allows the learners to experience computerised design techniques to allow them to fully realise their outcomes in a range of medias. Then evaluating and analysing their creative works using the language of art, craft and design. They will also learn about some of the great artists, craft makers and designers, to allow them to better understand the historical and cultural development art and art movements.

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award

To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

CAREERS & CITIZENSHIP

cc-2

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

The school is committed to investing in our students’ health and wellbeing. We believe that by doing this that we assist the process of raising the students’ achievements.
Students are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across, and beyond, the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of the school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own self-worth, work well with others to become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their own experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, social, and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We teach them how societies are organised and governed. We ensure that they experience the process of democracy through our school council. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity, culture and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning. They will learn skills to prepare them for their working lives as citizens of Britain and the wider world.

Topics include:

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
  • Simple CV Writing
  • What kind of a person am I?
  • Rights, Responsibilities and the Law
  • The Law and You
  • The Police
  • The Courts and Punishment

 

  • Drugs and Medicine
  • Drugs Your Body and the Law
    Protecting Your Body – contraception, preventing STIs, HIV and jabs
  • The Dangers of Alcohol, Solvents and Glue
  • Society and Change

 

  • The Young Consumer
  • Financial Matters
  • Balancing the Books
  • What is Work?
  • E-Safety and On-Line Grooming

 

In the course of Year 8, students will have a group session with an independent, impartial careers advisor.

Courses Available:

Students follow a modified and combined version of the Key Stage 3 Citizenship and PSHE curriculums.

Progression Routes
Key Stage 3 Careers and Citizenship
Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Preparation for Working Life
AQA Level 1 / 2 Preparation for Working Life

 

CREATIVE CRAFTS & DESIGN

dt-2

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

Following on from Year 7 the learners in Year 8 refine their creative work, further Design and use research and exploration, such as the study of different cultures, to identify and understand user needs. Identify and solve their own design problems and understand how to reformulate problems given to them. They will develop specifications to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that respond to needs in a variety of situations. Learners will use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses.

Courses Available:

Arts Award Bronze
To achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

FOOD

food

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

Year 8 continues on from year 7, where the dishes become more complex, and each student is encouraged to “experiment” with flavours, textures and tastes. They are prompted to taste and evaluate their food more using technical phrases. As with all years, year 8 students are encouraged to take their completed food home to share and discuss.
Students have an opportunity to request recipes and share any experiences or skills they have with peers in the class by demonstrations or discussions. Dishes in year 8 include a full roast dinner, Tiramisu and choux pastry. Students in year 8 are encouraged to work more independently but as with all students, individual full support is provided.

Courses Available:

  • Bespoke learning programme written by subject teacher but based on the National Curriculum

 

HUMANITIES

hums

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

Students in Year 8 continue their exploration of their knowledge and understanding of their relevance as a citizen of Britain, where they come from and an appreciation of differing cultural and religious beliefs here in Britain today, by studying another country.  Each term has a focus on area of the Humanities curriculum:

Term 1 – History
Term 2 – Geography
Term 3 – Religious Education

Topics explored are in line with the National Curriculum for each discipline of History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study and include:

Term 1 History  Students will study the reign of Charles I through the Civil Wars to the end of the Stuarts. The significance of these events will enhance the knowledge and understanding of the roles and relationship of parliament and the monarchy today. The interrogation of different types of sources studying the value of primary and secondary sources will be explored, as well as change and consequence.

Term 2 Geography  Students learn how to conduct an enquiry-based learning project, using key geographical terminology such as: where a country is in the world; climate; population; and cultural features. Students begin with a class mini-study on Brazil and then choose a country in Africa, on which to base their own project. Their findings are presented to the class.

Term 3 Religious Studies  Building on the knowledge of the 6 major religions, students will learn more about the meaning behind major religious festivals in Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Judaism, using the theme of ‘The Five Senses’.

Courses Available:

  • A modified version of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 History, Geography and Religious Education Programmes of Study

Progression routes

  • Key Stage 3 Humanities in Year 8 (not dependent on the completion of Year 7 Humanities)
  • A commencement of GCSE History in the Summer term of Year 9
  • GCSE History in Key Stage 4

 

IT & COMPUTING

ict

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and other computer skills. Supporting these skills online safety and keeping young people safe on the internet is combined in all topics. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable to function in other lessons, further education and as an active participants in a digital world.

 

MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

mfl-2

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

Students in Year 8 continue to expand and deepen their knowledge of the German language and customs. We look at some of the main festivals in Germany and the history behind Reunification Day in October.
Students employ a variety of different strategies in learning a modern foreign language. The lessons are a balance of reading, writing speaking and listening, including the use of ICT packages to reinforce learning.

Language topics and grammar explored are in line with the National Curriculum MFL Programme of Study, and include:

  • The revision of family members
  • Describing people using several sentences
  • Sentence level work on ages of people
  • Simple sentences using the verb ‘to have’
  • Introduced the accusative case – learning how to use genders in sentences after verbs
  • The cultural topic of Christmas in Germany
  • We build on our greetings to cover the development of a question and answer conversation to get to know a person.
  • The vocabulary for and cultural traditions of, Easter in Germany
  • Describing the weather in different seasons

During the Summer Term we begin the OCR Entry Level in German course which they will complete in Year 9 and be entered for the exam.

Courses Available:

A modified version of the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 MFL Programme of Study

Progression routes

  • Key Stage 3 German in Year 8 (not dependent on the completion of Year 7 German)
  • A commencement of OCR Entry Level Certificate in German in the Summer term of Year 8
  • Completion of OCR Entry Level Certificate in German in Year 9
  • GCSE German in Year 10

 

MUSIC

music

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Music

Following on from Year 7 the learners in Year 8 refine Their creative work, further playing and performing confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression. They will improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions. In music they will use the staff and other peers to form bands and explore relevant notations of music appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions. They will identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award – to achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

perf-arts

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Performing Arts

Following on from Year 7 the pupils in Year 8 refine their creative work and learn to speak confidently and effectively, using Standard English confidently in a range of formal and informal contexts, including classroom discussion.

Pupils learn to give short speeches and presentations, expressing their own ideas. They will also be participating in formal debates and structured discussions, summarising and/or building on what has been said. They will use improvising, rehearsing and performing play scripts and poetry in order to generate language and discuss the work they are looking at.

Courses Available:

Bronze Arts Award – to achieve Bronze, a Level 1 award on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), young people take part in an arts activity they enjoy, go to an arts event, research their arts inspiration and share their skills with others. Bronze is available to young people aged 11 to 25.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

pe-2

 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available

The curriculum for PE year 8 aims to continue to develop the skills and techniques introduced in year 7 so that they are confident and proficient in outwitting opponents as an individual or as part of a team, taking part in outdoor adventurous activities and performing dances.

In addition to this learners will have the opportunity to:

  • develop their techniques and improve their performance in other competitive sports (Trampoline, Athletics, swimming)
  • analyse their performance compared to previous ones and demonstrate the motivation the achieve a personal best (Fitness, circuit training).

Students will be given the opportunity to compete in various disciplines against other schools in the local area.

 

SELF SCIENCE

self-science

 

 

 

Self- Science has been part of the basic core curriculum at West Heath since the school’s inception. The subject incorporates various psychological approaches including aspects of:

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • NLP( Neuro Linguistic programming)
  • CBT ( Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive Psychology as developed by Martin Seligman

These combined approaches plus the S.E.A.L. initiative (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) help to form our programme of promoting greater emotional intelligence in our students. The S.E.A.L. programme focuses on: Self Awareness, Managing Feelings, Motivation, Empathy & Social Skills. Why focus on Emotional Intelligence? ‘Emotional Intelligence is a master aptitude that profoundly affects all other abilities.’ Daniel Goleman Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. The Self Science Department works closely with the C&C (Citizenship & Careers) Faculty in order to ensure that all aspects of the PSHE National Curriculum are delivered. Self Science is delivered twice weekly to students from Year 7 to Year 11. There is also an added option for a student to request a weekly 1:1 Self Science session.

Overview of content of curriculum available in Self Science

  • S.E.A.L.
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Perceptual Positioning
  • Mindfulness
  • Character Strengths
  • Rapport
  • Self Esteem & Confidence
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Sensory Acuity
  • Relationships & Sex Education
  • Co-operation and collaboration
  • Stress management

 

TEXTILES


 

 

 

Overview of content of curriculum available in Textiles

Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to explore creative ideas and record their experiences in portfolios of work building on the skills learned in year 7.  Pupils become more proficient in drawing, painting, historical research and other art and crafts. Pupils learn how to use the sewing machine in a safe environment and gain an understanding of Health and Safety.  Pupils learn new, more technical and intricate design techniques on the sewing machine and computer and use a full range of media to complete their final piece.

Gifted and talented students are fast tracked to gain additional skills and knowledge by completing another portfolio of work in greater detail.

Portfolio 1 – Objects and Viewpoints

Portfolio 2 – Animating Art

Gifted and talented
Portfolio 3 – Shared Views