9 January 2015

Dear Parents

Welcome back to another school year. I thought that you might like to know some details about what Year 8 will be studying during the spring term.  A brief summary follows:

Art

Pupils will design and create 3D papier-mache hats for the fashion show. Their theme will be cities and places, either real or fantasy.

Biology

Pupils will study genetics.  They will find out how we aquire our features and why DNA was such an important scientific discovery. They will then move on to look at respiration, investigating the respiratory system and the structure of the heart.

Chemistry

Pupils will become familiar with the structure of the periodic table and use this knowledge to predict how materials will react with each other. In the second half of the term, pupils develop their evaluative skills and suggest improvements to investigations.

English

Pupils will study a range of media and non- fiction texts. They will learn how to evaluate a text’s effectiveness. They will learn about some of the differences between formal and informal writing styles. Pupils will develop note-making and research skills.

French

Pupils will be talking about personality, friendship, music, clothes and what they really enjoy doing.  They will also describe  where they live and talk about meals.   They will consolidate the present, near future and perfect tenses; learn how to use reflexive verbs to talk about relationships; and practice agreeing and disagreeing giving reasons for their opinions.  Other grammar points covered include: adjectival agreements, comparative adjectives; prepositions; the verbs boire and prendre; and using il faut to talk about what you have to do.

Geography

Pupils will be studying earthquakes.  They will learn about tectonic plate movement, the cause of earthquakes and look at case studies of earthquakes that have affected rich and poor countries

German

Pupils will focus on topics such as food and drink, meals, healthy and unhealthy lifestyles, daily routine, excursions, giving directions, descriptions and festivals. Through these themes they will consolidate the perfect tense, look at negatives, imperatives, prepositions, modal verbs, adjectival endings, separable and reflexive verbs.

History

We will complete our studies of Cromwell and the Civil War and the Irish campaigns. We will then move on to look at some elements of social history, including the life of the poor and the life of women at that time, and the sorts of lifestyle people led back then; what did they do in their spare time? What did they eat?  Alongside a study of these events we aim to continue developing the writing and source skills that have been looked at in previous years.

ICT

The pupils will look at how computers process data (representation) and be introduced to binary, including ASCII. The pupils will investigate computer networks, and be introduced to Python programming (syntax).

Maths

Pupils will study equations of straight line graphs as well as  rounding with significant figures and using standard form. Interpreting statistical diagrams and applying the four operations to fractions will also be studied.

Music

Pupils learn how musical intervals influence the harmony and mood of a composition. They perform and write music that explores these effects.  In further composing they use the three basic chords that establish any musical key to construct their melodies. Classroom singing includes popular songs with repetitive vocal accompaniment patterns.

Physics

Pupils will complete the work they started in the autumn term on light.  They will then move onto work on electricity and magnetism.  Emphasis will be on refining the skills that have been practised in earlier modules.

RS

Pupils will be exploring issues of peace and conflict with reference to Christianity, Islam and some non-religious views will also be studied.  The philosophicaland moral issues of pacifism will be explored and the links between religion and war and religion and peace.

Spanish

Pupils will cover the following topics; 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.

Systems Technology

All pupils will be working on a number of different modules this term, such as, aerodynamics, construction technology, basic electricity, research and design, robotics, mechanisms, pneumatics, hydraulics, materials and processes, and industrial control.  Pupils will complete 3 advanced assignments.

Technology

Pupils will use their 3D drawing skills in the design of a range of products and they will develop their computer aided design and manufacture skills by using and incorporating new technologies such as laser cutting and 3D printing into their work.

Boys Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will becovered in the Spring term.  In team games such as football and hockey, the aim will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic year and to gain confidence within the competitive environment. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work including basketball and badminton.

Girls Physical Education

A range of sporting activities will becovered in the Spring term.  In team games such as netball and hockey, the aim will be to develop skills taught in the previous academic year and to gain confidence within the competitive environment. During single P.E. lessons, pupils will be involved in smaller units of work including basketball and badminton.

PSHE

Drinking and alcohol: alcohol- the facts: teenage drinking: design a poster:

Contraception and safer sex: facts: rights: what is acceptable in a sexual relationship: myths:quiz. You and your safety: Safety at home and in the street: first aid: poster work- fire.

Drugs and drug-taking: facts and fictions: ecstasy: drugs and the law.

I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you might support your child in their studies.

Yours faithfully

M A Makin

Director of Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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