Year 8 - Summer

Year 8 Curriculum overview - Summer term


In the first half term, Year 8 will be exploring the language of arguing and persuading. There will also be opportunity to develop Speaking & Listening skills through some debate on a variety of current topics such as whether talent shows are positive or negative.

After May half term, Year 8 will be studying a Roald Dahl novel developing comprehension skills and reading for pleasure. There will also be a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum.


In maths we will continue to develop the core skills of number- covering place value, counting, ordering, arithmetic and times tables. Problem solving skills are developed.

Money – counting, finding amounts, giving change and developing financial awareness.

Time – ordering everyday events, reading time on analogue and digital time and developing an awareness of functional time.

The pupils will have regular sessions using RM Easimaths. Some will start to use MyMaths and other ICT resources.

Additionally, this term there will be topics on displaying data, codes, averages, sequences, angles, shapes, nets and probability.

Understanding Our World – Science

Cycles of Life - Pupils will find out about the human reproductive system and how it works. They will also be finding out about the ways in which plants reproduce. At the end of the theme some aspects of genetics and inheritance will be considered.

Communication - The first part of this theme is about sound and how our ears work. The second part looks at the way in which electricity has been used to help us communicate over long distances.

Understanding Our World – Computing

Using Graphics - Pupils will explore how to work with graphics to create their very own logos and include these in documents. They will make a range of documents following a given style and layout. Pupils will choose from a variety of software titles and create suitable content.

Making Presentations - Pupils will practise using PowerPoint to create a number of presentations for different purposes such as advertising, learning and giving information. Some of these will be presented to the class in a traditional way and others will be set up to run automatically.

Understanding Our World – Humanities

Pupils will compare the Tudors with Benin, an African kingdom and its culture. They will be finding out about Benin using different objects and identifying how they lived. They will be thinking about what objects tells us about the past.

They will also be investigating amazing Africa. They will be comparing the lives of children in Africa with our lives in the UK. They will be finding out about their culture and the animals that live there.

Understanding Our World – Religion and Ethics (R and E)

What can we learn from special stories? - Pupils will explore special stories, looking at some of the six main religions of the world and finding out about writings that are special to each one. They will also think about the reasons why certain stories are important for a particular group of people. There will be opportunities to find out about different types of writing – for instance, biography, poetry and letters - in these traditional stories and pupils will have the chance to use thinking skills strategies to help with their learning.


Animated Art is the theme this term. We will be looking at a range of cartoons and model making techniques as well as the Op Art movement which includes artist such as Bridget Riley and Jackson Pollock.

Design and Technology – Resistant materials

Creating Storage – Pupils will design and create two items one to store books and the other for jewellery. They will develop their research, designing, wood work and painting skills. As well as this they will have to work to a given specification and theme. As an extension they will create a piece of acrylic jewellery based on style of Art Nouveau.

Alongside this, pupils will be asked the questions, 'What is good design' and 'What makes it good or bad'?

Design and Technology – Textiles

Creative textiles – Pupils will start their time in textiles creating a simple cushion out of a shirt, which they will then add an embellishment, such as a flower to which they will create in felt with they have made themselves. Following on from this they will either extend their dressmaking skills in a small group and/or create a textile landscape.

Alongside this, pupils will be asked the questions, 'Why do we wear different clothes for different activities' and 'What makes different fabric good for different clothing'?

Performing Arts – Music

Music around the world - Pupils will be able to investigate music from different continents and will try to copy some of their characteristics in their own compositions. Key words will be texture, structure and pitch – these will help us with all our activities. Singing will form part of our performing in lessons and all pupils will have the opportunity to develop their vocal skills. The assessment task will be based on High road, Low road!

Performing Arts – Dance

Dance through the movies - This term, pupils will learn a variety of different dance styles such as street and contemporary. Taking inspiration from the movies, pupils will recreate what they see on screen and choreography their own routines.


This term will be spent introducing new Athletic skills, including the importance of warming-up, sprint and middle distance running, long jump, high jump, not forgetting the throwing events shot put, discus and javelin. Pupils will hopefully gain Personal Best performances in at least three of the above events, which are continuously being recorded onto a master sheet. Good Hurdling technique will be introduced. At the end of term pupils will be encouraged to confidently compete in Alfriston School Sports Day 2018. Hitting, fielding and bowling skills will be developed to make pupils confident team players and have a better understanding of the rules of the game of Cricket and Rounders. An introduction to the game of Tennis will allow development of new skills in mini-game situations.

Social Skills

Lessons will be delivered on a rotation of theory, discussion/circle time, and practical activities to allow for learning and practice. During the third term pupils will be exploring relationship skills such as what makes a good friend and peer pressure. Pupils will also develop their decision-making skills, including their ability to think of multiple solutions to a problem and the consequences which might follow. Finally, pupils will challenge their ability to make goals and persist in achieving them.


Growing up, making decisions - Pupils will be considering medicines that are good for us and drugs that are bad for us, discussing the dangers of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco, as well as the dangers of illegal drugs. Later in the unit there will be opportunities to think about the elderly, ways in which they can be helped by us and by others in the community.

Passport for Life – Home economics

In Home Economics the pupils will focus on basic cooking and food preparation skills. Pupils will learn how to work safely in the kitchen as well as developing, an understanding of what Home Economics is and learn the important hygiene and healthy eating rules. They will learn about basic nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet. Pupils will cook a wide range of dishes from a variety of simple recipes. Pupils will gain independence in the kitchen and begin to discuss the skills they are learning.

Pupils will understand the importance of being active and looking after themselves. They will learn that a variety of food is needed in the diet because different foods contain different substances that are needed for health. They will learn that all food and drink provide nutrients and understand that energy is provided by the different nutrients groups.

  • Are there any groups of foods that supply similar nutrients?
  • Which foods provide the most/least?

Passport for Life – Outdoor learning

In Outdoor learning the pupils will be outside in the woodland area having a hands-on opportunity to learn about the natural environment through directed tasks and play. They will be guided to use their own initiative to solve problems and cooperate with others. The students will be given a large amount of freedom in their learning.

In year 8 the main theme throughout the lessons will be building relationships and team work. Some of the activities throughout the year will include den building, fire lighting and exploration. The students will also be introduced to using tools such as knives, loppers and saws.