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Summer Term Curriculum

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Subject Description

Art and Design

 Our main priorities for setting art tasks for year 8 have been:

  • Practical, making tasks that encourage time away from screens
  • Tasks that have a degree of choice within them
  • Tasks that do not require specialist equipment or that give flexibility if some equipment can’t be found
  • Where possible we have tried to teach the same skills and techniques we would have been covering in school - for example using Cubism as an inspiration for investigating portraiture, collage and photography. 

Computer Science

Pupils have been working on a unit all about Data Representation and Binary. This is an important topic for pupils as it explains how a computer represents and stores all sorts of data: images, text, numbers, sound and more. Pupils have learned what binary is, how to convert numbers between binary and denary (decimal), how to perform simple binary calculations like a computer, how a computer stores images and sounds and explored how data can be compressed through various algorithms such as Huffman code. This is subject content that forms part of the Computer Science GCSE course, which some pupils may opt to study later in the school.

Design and Technology

At the start of the school closure, pupils were looking at the theoretical side of design and technology based around polymers. This included the physical and working properties of polymers, the sources and origins of polymers and finally how to manipulate and join polymers. All this information is taken from the GCSE Design and Technology syllabus and will stand pupils in good stead going forward. Alongside this, pupils have been developing their communication skills through various drawing tasks. The idea of this is to give pupils more confidence when communicating their ideas when problem solving. Now, pupils have just started a creative problem-solving project called, 'Cities in the Ocean' where they are looking at the future of the world and how technology can solve existing and future issues.  

Drama

Students have been learning about the History of theatre since school closure. This has given students the opportunity to learn about types of theatre that we wouldn’t usually cover in school. It has also seen the students develop their overall theatrical knowledge and how to present this in the written form.

English

All pupils in Key Stage 3 have received fortnightly skills lessons and have been reminded of the importance of continuing with their independent reading at home. Pupils have been asked to update their personal reading logs at the beginning of skills lessons.

Half term 1) Exploration of Different Cultures

Remote lessons encouraged pupils to explore different cultures from across the world. Through a series of activities, pupils researched their chosen country and explored a range of cultural elements such as film, music, art and literature. At the end of the unit, pupils produced a written review of their chosen cultural form.  

Half term 2) Introduction to Shakespeare

Remote lessons introduced pupils to the social and historical context of William Shakespeare. Pupils learned about Elizabethan England and the history of the Globe theatre. Pupils were also introduced to Shakespeare’s use of language and the genres of Shakespeare’s plays: comedies, histories and tragedies.  

Geography

Our aim during the period of school closure has been for students to engage with relevant, everyday geographies and build on these to develop a deeper understanding of global connections.

Students in Year 8 have been looking at a topic named ‘The Geography of My Stuff’.  Students have explored how our world works using everyday items in the home like food, fashion items, and chocolate!  Students have been able to see the connections they have to the global economy, transnational companies, trading systems, and people around the world.  Globalisation, business, and the economy are important parts of Geography; this topic has introduced students to these concepts.

History

Year 8 have spent considerable time studying a thematic unit about the role of Empire and Slavery in the production of sugar from the Medieval era until Present Day. This half term, students will study the Civil Rights Movement in America. Optional extensions are available via the Catalogue every week. All the lesson resources are available via the Catalogue and we recommend that these are used to catch up on any work missed.

During the final half term students will be invited to at least one optional live lesson that will take place 3-4pm and will provide an overview of what has been studied remotely. These sessions are optional but recommended as students will receive instant feedback to any questions they may have. The links to these sessions will be distributed via SMHW.

Mathematics

Students have continued to work through the Maths scheme of work they started in September, studying topics in number, algebra, ratio, geometry, and data. This work has included online submission through Hegarty Maths and Mymaths, as well as some work being submitted via Show My Homework. We continue to provide numeracy and extension work through the Head of Year’s daily bulletin.

French

From mid-March pupils finished off their topic of school and practised speaking questions on school and previous topics; they also completed assessments on this work.  Since then, pupils have worked on the topic of free time, including sport, mobile technology and likes and dislikes; these topics have been a vehicle for practising ER verbs along with “avoir” and “être”, along with some high-frequency general vocabulary.  Pupils have continued all-important speaking and pronunciation work in French as far as it is possible to do so remotely.  We have continued with the work we had in any case planned, although it has been adapted for remote learning, so that pupils have the best possible springboard for the continuation of their studies to Year 9 and GCSE.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

German

From mid-March pupils finished off their topic of school, which included school clothing, and also continued work on present tense verbs, adjectives and German word order.  They also completed assessments on this.  Since then, pupils have moved onto the topics of family and pets, expanding their vocabulary and continuing to consolidate and practise their knowledge of the basics of the German grammar.  We have continued with the work we had in any case planned, although it has been adapted for remote learning; pupils should therefore have the best possible springboard for the continuation of their studies to Year 9 and GCSE.  Pupils have also been given a range of extension tasks based on our subscription websites, online videos and songs.

Spanish

Spanish Single Linguists

In Spanish, students started off in March by doing a quick recap on places in town before revisiting the topic of holidays. By making use of a variety of e-learning resources (Quizlet, Languagenut, This is Language and Gimkit), some key grammar points have been reinforced, such as the difference between the present, past and future tenses. Additionally, there has been an emphasis on encouraging students to develop reading and writing skills by inferring meaning from a text in the Target Language, skimming and scanning for key words, and structuring a piece of written work by using visual aids (mind maps). All in all, this idea of recycling key points which have already been covered has been aimed at reinforcing some of the previously-laid foundations in language learning.

Spanish Dual Linguists

In Spanish home learning we have been revisiting the topic of holidays. This is an important topic at GCSE level and it is the first topic in the Year 8 scheme of work. We started off by revising the preterite (past) tense. This included studying the verbs “to go” and “to be”, as well as regular AR, ER and IR verbs. Then we moved on to talking about holiday plans in the future tense. We culminated the topic by writing a letter to our pen pals in Zaragoza, detailing past and future holiday plans.

Music

In Music, pupils have been given the opportunity to develop practical skills in performance – especially focused on keyboard and ukulele; and composition – especially focused around using Garageband or similar music software. There have also been opportunities for pupils to get involved in various additional musical activities focused on both performance and composition.

PSHE

In PSHE students have covered a range of important topics throughout the year. They began the year with a topic on Drugs which gave students factual information as well as presenting the social implications of drug use. This included clear definitions of terminology as well as clarifications of misconceptions they may have had. Students completed a unit on creating a personal brand in which they could explore entrepreneurial skills and how aspects of business work. This allowed them to focus on themselves and consider their own interests and passions. During remote learning there has been a greater focus on equipping students with coping with Covid19. They have received and will receive lessons on respect for one another, mental health in lockdown, the importance of sleep, and how to navigate social media in a healthy way. Recently, students have also received important topical information around the Black Lives Matter movement in order for them to be given factual knowledge and feel well-informed to make their own judgements.

 

Physical Education

It is essential that students are remaining as active as possible while home-learning, and have every opportunity to get out of the house, raise their heart rate and release pent up energy. The PE department have been providing a range of challenges for all ages and abilities that students can get involved in. In addition to our recent PE Interform and Healthy Selfie Competition, in the coming months we will be having a week celebrating National School Sports Week with plenty of opportunities for students to try out different sports while in the safety of their home, garden or local park. Following that we are planning for several upcoming Virtual Fixtures against other schools as well as a Virtual Sports Day. Everyone has the opportunity to join in. All our sports, challenges and activities are all possible with minimal equipment and adhere to all lockdown restrictions and social distancing guidelines.

Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Students in RPE have been exploring the differences that exist within faiths.  Often we think of religions as monolithic groups, without thinking about how individuals might have differences in their beliefs.  So far, we have explored three religious traditions, Sikhism, Judaism, and Hinduism, focusing on three key things.  Starting with an exploration of events that are central to the origins of the faith, students have then explored central institutional beliefs, before looking at how this might be enacted, or lived out today, and where this may vary.  Through the topic students start to understand how the idea of religion can vary depending on culture, personal experience, and history, allowing them to appreciate and engage with some of the diversity within the subject.

Science

Students in Year 8 study a range of science topics, during which they continue to build their understanding of key scientific concepts. These units are Cell Biology, Breathing and Respiration, Understanding Health, Waves, Matter, Forces and Motion, Periodic Table, Reactions of Acids and Separating mixtures. Due to the fact that the topics are taught on a rota, students completed some of these topics and partially completed others before the start of lockdown. During lockdown, students have covered the units DNA and Diversity, Energy for the Home, Environmental Chemistry, Pressure and Moments, Photosynthesis, Energy Changes in Chemical Reactions. We have carefully planned lessons for Year 8 so that students will study the topics and lessons they have missed, as well returning to the units that have been taught during lockdown.