Parents of Pupils in Year 8

22 April 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another school year.  I thought that you might like to know some details about what your child will be studying during the summer term.  A brief summary follows:

Art

In preparation for our biennial fashion show, pupils will be designing and making a mad hatters style hat. Each pupil will select a theme and will research objects related to the theme, taking these images through to a design drawing, analyzing and selecting suitable materials for their designs.  Pupils will spend the remainder of the term making their designed hats in preparation for the fashion show.

Biology

Pupils will study plants and ecological relationships.  They will find out how plants create their own food and how we use plants for food. We will then study ecological relationships, looking at habitats and how different organisms are able to live in ecosystems with others.

Chemistry

Pupils will apply their practical skills to the topic ‘rocks and materials and their properties’.  Pupils will independently plan a range of practicals and will begin to complete detailed risk assessments. During the practicals pupils will focus on working accurately ensuring their results are reliable by increasing the sample sizes.

English

This term, pupils will prepare for their summer exams.  This will involve a comprehension paper based upon three sources. They will also complete two writing tasks. The first will be a longer task requiring pupils to inform, explain or describe. The second task is shorter and will require pupils to persuade, argue or advise.

French

Pupils will talk about where they live and where they would like to live using part of the conditional tense. They will also describe their house, discuss meal times and shopping for food and drinks. They will continue to use both the near future and the perfect tense but this time, within the context of a talent show.


Geography

Pupils will continue to study the earthquakes topic in the lead up to the summer examination, with a focus on comparing and explaining the different levels of damage caused by earthquakes around the world.  They will then study coasts, to include field work at Robin Hood’s Bay which will allow them to develop the skills required to complete a controlled assessment in the future.

German

Pupils will focus on entertainment and fashion. We will look at topics such as going out, clothing, style, arguments for and against school uniforms. Through these themes we will cover grammatical topics such as the present, past and future tenses, forming questions and using ‘wenn’ clauses.

History

We have just begun our study of Britain in the period 1750-1900. We will look at the growth of industry, including a local study of the Trimdon Grange colliery, and then go on to look at the Transport Revolution of the 19th Century. Working and living conditions will be studied next and this will be followed by an examination of how people spent their leisure time before examining the growth of Empire.

ICT

This term pupils will be coding HTML, which involves web page structure, hyperlinks, inserting images, and using style tags. Also covered this term are databases – an introduction to SQL. Toward the end of term Javascript coding will be used to draw accurate, colour filled images.

Maths

Pupils will be reviewing addition and subtraction of fractions before moving on to multiplication and division.  They will be finding the area and circumference of circles, solving progressively more challenging equations and rearranging formulae.  In preparation for starting the GCSE course in year 9, they will look at work on direct and inverse proportion.

Music

Pupils learn how music can be built around layers of melodies, partly through composing and singing rounds. They play and compose music using the three main chords that form the basis of many different styles. African music and the blues are used to illustrate this

Physics

The difference between heat and temperature will be highlighted.  A study of the transfer of thermal energy will examine the differences between conduction, convection and radiation.  The properties and uses of conductors and insulators will be looked at.  The applications of convection, conduction and radiation to everyday life will be studied.

RS

Pupils will study Christian beliefs about Jesus through the medium of art. They will explore the use of colour and symbolism in religious paintings and seek to interpret meaning from the paintings.

Spanish

Pupils will consolidate the following topics in preparation for the summer exam; saying what your town is like, asking about places in town, making and responding to invitations, talking about the weather and seasons, saying what you do in town. Within these contexts pupils will learn to develop their written work and spoken word accordingly, review and consolidate present and future tenses and consolidate all grammatical concepts seen to date. They will also be introduced to the preterite tense and imperfect tense.

Systems Technology

All pupils will be working on a number of different modules this term, such as, Aerodynamics, Construction Tech, Basic Electricity, Research and Design, Robotics, Mechanisms, Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Materials and Processes, and Industrial control.  There will be 3 intermediate assignments.

Technology

Pupils will develop their 3D drawing skills at the start of the term, before moving on to refine their hand skills. Later in the term, pupils will carry out a series of designs and make activities where they will work with wood, metal and plastic.

Boys Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the summer term. In team games such as tennis and cricket, the aim will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic year and to gain confidence within the competitive environment. In athletics, pupils will be given the opportunity to improve in a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored. There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place at Middleborough Sports Village this term.

Girls Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will be covered in the summer term. In team games such as tennis and rounders, the aim will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic year and to gain confidence within the competitive environment. In athletics, pupils will be given the opportunity to improve in a variety of individual events and their performances will be recorded and monitored. There will also be some preparation work for sports day which takes place at Middleborough Sports Village this term.

PSHE

The following topics will be covered: You and Your values: What influences how you behave: Idols and Heroes: You and the Law: Police duties and powers: Helping the Police: Reprimands and prosecutions: What do you think of the Police?; You and the Media: The influence if advertising: Advertising and children: The Commercial Break: You as a Citizen: The European Union: How does the EU affect you: Should Britain join the Euro?: The EU and the environment: The local environment: Changing the way we live.  You and the world of work: Employment and unemployment:  Understanding business.

I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you might support your child in their studies and revision for the internal examinations which begin on Monday 18th May.

Yours faithfully

M A Makin

Director of Studies

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