In year 8 students have 30 lessons a week, these are allotted as follows:

Year 8

Below is a general overview of the topics students are taught throughout the year in each subject.

For a more in depth outline of each subject please click on the link for the subject page.

If you would like to speak to us about any aspect of our curriculum, or to request a printed version of our topic map, please get in touch.

Art

• Sweet treats observational drawing
• Pop art
• Day of the dead 2D and 3D
• Psychedelic art

Visit our art page for more information

Computing

• Band manager
• Game maker
• Hour of code
• Movies
• Micro:bits networking
• Modelling

Visit our computing page for more information

Dance

• Dance in the media
• Strictly Come Dancing
• Musicals

Visit our dance page for more information

Design and technology

• Food science
• Soldering skills
• Lego project
• Textiles skills
• Mixed material project

Visit our D & T page for more information

Drama

• War and conflict
• Blood brothers
• Style and genre

Visit our drama page for more information

English

• Descriptive writing
• Of Mice and Men
• Settings and characterisation in Shakespeare
• Investigating the truth in texts
• Newspapers

Visit our English page for more information

Geography

• Be Cool
• Blues and twos
• Survival academy
• Shake, rattle and roll

Visit our geography page for more information

Global awareness

• Democracy
• Peer education project
• Relationships
• CEIAG
• Study skills
• Environment

Visit our global awareness page for more information

History

• Enlightenment revolutions
• The British Empire
• The abolition of slavery
• Civil rights in the USA
• Industrial cities
• Women’s rights in the 20th century

Visit our history page for more information

Maths

• Percentages
• Fractions
• Algebra
• Coordinates
• Inequalities
• Units, measures and conversions
• Area and perimeter
• Construction and scale
• Bearings
• Ratio
• Proportion
• Statistics
• 3D shapes

Visit our maths page for more information

Media

• Film studies- analysis
• History
• Genre
• Film making

Visit our media page for more information

Modern foreign languages

Students choose from one of the following

French 
• Free time
• Health
• Future plans

German 
• In the town
• Holidays
• School
• Media

Spanish
• Home and region
• Holidays
• Food

Visit our modern foreign languages page for more information

Music

• Class band
• Musical theatre
• MIDI
• Games music
• Fusion music
• Jingles
• Small group performance
• Hip hop
• Jazz
• Song writing

Visit our music page for more information

Philosophy and ethics

• P4C
• Spirituality in the media
• How is Islam different?
• Diversity in the community
• I’m not racist, but…
• Differences in people

Visit our philosophy and ethics page for more information

Physical education

• Preparing for exercise
• Movement
• Developing technique
• Teamwork
• The benefits of physical activity
• Scoring systems
• Competition
• Officiating
• Tactics and strategies
• Methods of training
• Achieving a personal best
• Valuing physical activity
• Analyse a performance
• Fitness testing
• Leadership
• Making informed choices

Visit our PE page for more information

Science

Biology
• Gas exchange
• Cell organisation
• Aerobic respiration
• Digestive system
• Variation
• Anaerobic respiration
• Natural selection
• Selective breeding

Biology learning journey

Chemistry
• Elements and compounds
• Simple or giant structures
• Thermal decomposition
• Oxidation
• Acid reactions
• Rock cycle
• Earth resources

Chemistry learning journey

Physics
• Speed
• Moments
• Magnetic force
• Current and magnetism
• Electric charge
• Potential difference
• Reflection
• Refraction

Visit our science page for more information