Year 8 Curriculum
English
Novel: The Edge or Private Peaceful
Two Assessment tasks – formative + summative focusing on:
 Persuasive Writing
{Michelle is currently writing this unit. Should be done by E.O.Y}
Poetry Analysis WWII
Two Assessment tasks – formative + summative focusing on:
 Essay writing – PEE focus
Comparison of two poems
{Michelle will work on tweaking and adding relevant assessments. Should be done by Oct 2015}
Narrative Focus
Two Assessment tasks – formative + summative focusing on:
 Descriptive /Creative
{Writing this needs to be tweaked to fit in with new AQA requirements and have two relevant assessments.}
Pre 1914 Short Stories/Lang Paper 2
Two Assessment tasks – formative + summative focusing on:
 Comparative Essay Writing
What do you learn about the two animals and their relationships with humans? Paper 2 Lang AQA
Macbeth
Two Assessment tasks – formative + summative focusing on:
 Letter from Lady Macbeth
 Essay Writing
How does Shakespeare present the relationship between Macbeth and his wife in Act 1, scene 7?
How does Shakespeare use language and dramatic devices to reveal the changes in character of Macbeth?
Of Mice and Men
Assessment: End of Year exam
AQA Lang Paper 1 Based on Extract from 'Of Mice and Men'.
Maths
Number 1
Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Number 2
Positive and negative numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) Square numbers, square roots, cube numbers and cube roots.
Number 3
Factors and highest common factors, multiples and lowest common multiples. Multiplying and dividing by the power of 10.
Number 4
Fractions (equivalent fractions, adding and subtraction, multiplying and dividing) BIDMAS
Geometry & Measures 1
Area of triangles, Area of parallelogram and trapezium, surface area of 3D shapes (cube cuboid and prism).
Algebra
Understanding algebra notations variables, terms and expressions, collecting like terms, expanding brackets, simplifying, factorising and solving equations.
Percentages
Calculating percentages. Calculating the result of a percentage change (increase and decrease
Geometry & Measures 2
Parallel and perpendicular lines. Angles in triangles and quadrilateral construction.
Probability
Probability scales, mutually exclusive events, experimental probability and calculating probabilities.
Interpretation of Data
Information from charts. Pie charts scatter graphs and correlation.
Circles
The circle and its parts, circumference of a circle, formula for the circumference of a circle and formula for the area of a circle.
Proportion
Direct proportion, graphs and direct proportions and comparing direct proportion and inverse proportion.
Sequences
Using flow diagrams to generate sequences, the nth term of a sequence, working out the nth term of a sequence and the Fibonacci sequence.
Congruence and Scaling
Congruent shapes, enlargement, shapes and ratio and scales.
Graphs
From linear equations, gradient of a straight line and graphs from simple quadratic equations.
Comparing Data
Grouped frequency tables, drawing frequency diagrams, comparing data and average
Revision
Science
Introduction to Chemistry
 What is difference between Elements & compounds
 Periodic Table
 Symbols of Elements
 Formulas & Naming Different Compounds
 Word Equation & Symbol Equation
Our Planet
 Learning about Solar System
 3 Different types of Rocks
 Weathering & different types of weathering
 Acid rain
 Erosion Rock Cycle
Living Things – Body Systems
 Cell, tissue & organs
 The Digestive System
 Food & a Balanced diet
 Breathing Inhaling & Exhaling
 Heart & Circulation
 Excretion
 The Nervous System
Ecology
 Eco System
 Structure Of leaf & Photosynthesis
 Food Chain & Food Web
 Food Pyramids 7 Energy Flow
 Predators & prey
 Habitats & Adaptations
Light & Space
 Materials & Light
 Mirror & Reflection
 Refraction
 Colours of Rainbow
 Sources of light
 Solar System
 Phases of Moon
 Seasons & Eclipses
Heat & Sound
 Taking temperature
 Difference between Heat & temperature
 Conduction & Insulation
 Radiation & convection
 Sound, how sound travels
Geography
What is Geography
 Understanding the reason behind the study of geography
 Be able to identify Physical and Human Environment
 Learning about different Landscapes and landforms
Tourism
 What Tourism is
 Why tourism is important to the countries economy
 How this can be managed
Rivers and Floods
 Rivers in the lowland and uplands
 Learning about the water cycle
 Learning about Floods and impact on flooding has caused
Weather and Climate
 Learning about weather
 How it is measured
 How to be able to produce a weather report
Rich and Poor Counties
 Understanding what makes a poor/rich country
 Identify different ways to measure wealth and development
Volcanoes
 Learning about Volcanoes and the Hazards
ICT
Gangsta Zoo (Spreadsheets) (6 Lessons) & Online safety: Cyberbullying and grooming (2 Weeks)
Introducing MS Excel in a fun way where Gangsta Zoo is a project where students will need to use spreadsheets do work on the tasks.
DTP Leaflets
Be able to produce leaflets and booklets professionally.
Information, Reliability, Validity and Bias (8 Weeks)
How to assess the validity of Information, be able to identify biased and inaccurate information, learn different techniques to search for information effectively.
Python
Be able to program in Python and identify errors and fix the errors in order to run the program.
Computer Viruses/ Passwords/Digital Footprint/Binary
Be able to identify what a virus is. Identify different ways to avoid getting a computer virus. Be able to identify what a digital footprint is and who might wish to access and make use of their digital footprint.
Representing Data, Including Text, Sounds and Images
Understanding of bitmap, Pixel be able to format and save images for different purpose.
Art & Design
Graffiti project
 Essay on chosen artist
 Sample work of lettering styles
 Design ideas for final piece
 Start work and complete final piece
 Introduce new topic: Surrealism.
Surrealism
 Choose an object and change its texture
 Preparatory studies
 Create a piece of artwork in your chosen medium
Surrealism
 Choose an object and draw it in an unusual location
 Preparatory studies
 Create a final piece of work in chosen medium.


Islamic Studies






Arabic Lang






Quranic Studies
 Makhaarij
 Tafsir of Surahs Qadr
 Alaq
 Duas/Hifz
 Recitation of Shams
 Layl
 Makhaarij
 Tafsir: Teen
 Sharh
 Duas/Hifz
 Recitation: Fajr
 Ghashiyah
 Makhaarij
 Tafsir: Duhaa
 First 5 Verses of Baqarah
 Recitation: A’laa
 Taariq of AlBaqarah
 Recitation: Burooj
 Inshiqaaq
 Duas/Hifz
 Parents
 Rules: Letter Raa
 Duas/Hifz
 Recitation: Mutaffifeen
 Duas/Hifz
 Tafsir: Ayatul
 Kursi, Last 2 Verses
 Rules: Letter Laam
 Recitation: Selective
 Tafsir: Manners
 Tafsir: Respecting
 Duas/Hifz
 Rules: Letter Raa
PSHE
 New school year
 Future aspirations
 Economic Wellbeing
 Healthy Choices: Risks and dangers
 Alcohol and Tobacco
 Healthy Choices: Illegal substances.
 Relationships
 Equal opportunities