Year 8

The Year 8 curriculum for 2021-22 will be as follows, delivered across a two week timetable in three 100 minute lessons per day:

English Maths Science PE MFL Humanities Computing Technology Art Performing


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The Year 8 curriculum was praised by Ofsted for being broad, ambitious and demanding. It is designed to ensure that all students gain the necessary knowledge, experiences and skills to become curious, reflective and resilient learners who are ready to reach their potential in a complex, rapidly changing world. Through our curriculum we take pride in all that we do, respect the thoughts, beliefs and personal qualities of others and seek to be the best we can be both personally and academically. 

More detail about what students will learn in each subject can be found below. All teachers, in particular English and maths teachers, will ensure that they address any gaps in essential knowledge and skills from the KS2 and KS3 curriculum that were caused due to periods of school closures in Year 6 and Year 7. 

What will all students learn in Year 8?



Unit 1: Comparing political speeches (Martin Luther King and Barack Obama or Colonel Tim Collins and Winston Churchill)

Unit 2: Love poetry (seen and unseen poems)

Unit 3: Narrative writing (novel openings including pre 20th century literature)

Unit 4:  Play (Philip Pullman’s stage adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein)  

Unit 5: Novel (race and prejudice)


Half-term 1: Sets 1&2: Factors and powers; Working with Powers. Sets 3&4: Number; Area and Volume

Half-term 2: Sets 1&2: 2D shapes and 3D solids; Real life graphs. Sets 3&4: Expressions and Equations; Real life graphs

Half-term 3: Sets 1 & 2: Transformations; Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. Sets 3&4: Decimals and Ratio; Lines and Angles.

Half-term 4: Sets 1&2: Constructions and Loci. Sets 3&4: Calculating with fractions

Half-term 5: Sets 1&2: Probability; Scale Drawings and Measure. Sets 3&4: Straight line graphs; Percentages, decimals and fractions

Half-term 6: Sets 1&2: Graphs. Sets 3&4: Statistics, graphs and charts


Unit 1: Which forces make objects float, sink or cause damage?

Unit 2: How do cells get energy and how do plants grow?

Unit 3: What happens when substances warm up and cool down?

Unit 4: What are light and sound and how are they different?

Unit 5: What are the different types of chemical reactions?

Unit 6: How do organ systems work ?

Unit 7: How do magnets work and what can they be used for?

Unit 8: How can using the earth’s resources affect our atmosphere and cause pollution?

Unit 9: How do we arrange the elements in the periodic table? 

Unit 10: How did life evolve from single cells?


In all units, students will learn how to make chronological and thematic links, assess change and continuity, evaluate significance, and analyse and evaluate primary and secondary evidence, including different interpretations:


Unit 1: The making of the UK (Tudors and Stuarts)

Unit 2: Mysteries of the new world

Unit 3: Sugar, empire and slavery

Unit 4: The Holocaust

Unit 5: Crime and punishment in Whitechapel

Unit 6: Women’s rights


In all units, students will learn map skills (including OS maps and compass directions) numerical skills including data analysis, how to analyse graphs and how to use case studies and carry out investigations:

Unit 1: Climate Change

Unit 2: The Equator

Unit 3: Antarctica

Unit 4: Challenges facing the UK

Unit 5: India

Unit 6: Enquiry into the community of Wallsend

Religious Studies

Across these units, students will learn the key beliefs and practices of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism as well as considering their responses to philosophical and ethical dilemmas


Unit 1: How do religious people express themselves?

Unit 2: Why is there evil in the world?

Unit 3: Why is life so special?

Unit 4: Do animals have rights?

Unit 5: How do religious people celebrate?

Unit 6: What has religion got to do with gender and sexuality?

Modern Foreign Languages


  • School and future plans
  • Food and drink
  • Holidays


  • Physical descriptions and personality
  • Family and friends
  • Free time and leisure
  • Town and directions

Unit 1: Computing systems: hardware and software

Unit 2: Data science

Unit 3: Databases (data handling)

Unit 4: Programming: Microbit and Python

Unit 5: Graphic products / Photoshop

Unit 6: Introduction to networks


Topic 1: Pop Art: designing, repeat patterns, watercolour, oil pastels and related artists

Topic 2: Insects: observation drawings, peer critique, collage, wire modelling and watercolour

Topic 3: Traditional drawing skills and graphic communication

Topic 4: Portraiture: human features with a focus on proportion and scale

Topic 5: Formal elements: exploring the formal elements of art visually in a range of media.

Topic 6: 3D relief: cardboard heads and artist study


Resistant Materials

  • Steady hand game: health and safety; soldering; cutting and manufacturing an MDF house for the design and circuit; line bender to shape the final product
  • Memo board: design ideas; use of templates; cutting and manufacturing a memo board using a variety of tools and equipment

Art: Textiles

  • Skills: hand-embroidery; sewing machine; fabric printing; research into the work of Ellie Hipkin for inspiration
  • Empower through embroidery: research into Victoria Villasana for inspiration; hand-embroidery; fabric printing; sewing machine

Food Technology

  • Hand-held pastry products: food safety and hygiene; food spoilage and high risk foods; various pastry-making methods including shortcrust, puff pastry and filo; making of pasties, sausage rolls and sweet mince tarts; written evaluations; nutritional labelling
  • Multicultural food (Italy): practical skills including sauce-making (reduction and starch), fresh pasta (including lasagne and ravioli) and bread/pizza; written evaluations; food science

  • Rugby
  • Netball
  • Basketball
  • Handball
  • Gymnastics 
  • Fitness Suite
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Hockey 
  • Dodgeball 
  • Tag Rugby 
  • Athletics
  • Summer Games 
Performing Arts: Music

Over the course of the year, students will develop their skills in musical theory, performance and composition

  • Describing elements of music
  • Piano and ukulele
  • Indian Bhangra drumming
  • African Djembe drumming
  • Performing as a soloist and in an ensemble
  • Composing a piece of music from an area of study 
  • Evaluating performances
Performing Arts: Drama

  • Writing and performing a monologue
  • Devising based on a theme (Friendship)
  • Characterisation through rehearsal
  • Performing Arts careers and interviews
  • Character development
  • Using a script
  • A Christmas Carol, Chicken, Romeo and Juliet
  • Acting styles: naturalistic, verbatim and classical