Our Year 8 Curriculum Further information can be found on the curriculum pages for each subject area.

Subject English

Maths

Science

Subject Art

Key content • Dystopian Futures: What is the best of all possible worlds? • Gothic Fiction: Why do we enjoy being frightened? • The Tempest: Is this play a comedy or a tragedy? • Ice: How can words change form like water? • Voices: How can I make people listen to me? http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/english • Number: Primes and indices, prime factorisation, rounding and significant figures, add and subtract fractions • Algebraic expressions: Negative numbers and inequality statements, calculate and evaluate expressions with rational numbers, linear equations • 2D geometry: Construct triangles and quadrilaterals, find unknown angles, conversion between units, area and perimeter of parallelograms & trapeziums • Proportional reasoning: Convert between fractions, decimals and percentages, percentage increase/ decrease, find the whole, ratio, speed, distance & time • 3D geometry: Circumference and area of circles, conversion between units, 3D shapes and their nets, surface area and volume • Statistics: Collecting and organising data, construction and interpretation of graphs, interpret and compare statistical representations http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/maths • Diet and Health: How and why should we look after our bodies and what we might encounter • Light and Sound: The behaviour and nature of light and sound • Chemical and Material Behaviour: How chemicals interact in the world around them • Circuits and Magnets: The behaviour and generation of electricity • Plants and Photosynthesis: The life and health of the green portion of life on Earth • Polymers and Plastics: Looking at the properties of common materials around us http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/science

Key content In Year 8, students have the opportunity to build on skills, understanding and knowledge of Year 7 and to reinforce their visual vocabulary. http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/art-and-technology

Subject BRIDGES PSHE

Drama

Humanities

Key content We aim to promote the development of our students as healthy, independent and responsible members of society. PSHE is combined with BRIDGES at Key Stage 3. The BRIDGES framework has been designed to summarise the main character traits and learning dispositions that we believe are fundamental to being an effective learner and to success and fulfilment in life grouped under the headings Bravery, Resourcefulness, Integrity, Discovery, Grit, Emotional Intelligence and Self Discipline. All Key Stage 3 students have a BRIDGES lesson with their form tutor every Monday morning and are introduced to one or two new habits of mind or learning characteristics every two weeks through a special BRIDGES assembly so that, by the end of their first two years at INA, students have learned about and worked on all fifty two dispositions. PSHE themes covered: Peer pressure, Safe behaviour, Healthy lifestyles, Sex and relationships, Review of the year. http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/curriculum/bridges The content of the Drama curriculum is rich and varied with learning that is; • text-based - exploring Shakespeare and other plays practically whilst also developing literacy skills • issue-based - for example, exploring civil rights, peer pressure, social isolation etc. helping students to develop their empathy skills • skills-based - for example, learning practical techniques in masked drama, physical theatre and voice work Assessment focuses on three main areas of Drama learning: Creating - This area of Drama helps students to develop their creative and collaborative skills and every single Drama lesson includes an element of group work. Performing - This area of Drama helps students to develop presentation and communication skills. Responding - This area of Drama develops students speaking and listening skills, through discussion of key concepts and evaluation of drama work, enabling students are able to develop verbal reasoning skills and the art of constructive criticism. Year 8 brings into focus some key PSHE topics, most especially peer pressure and the way our behaviour can be influenced by and affect others. Students are given the opportunity to look at a variety of issues from a range of different perspectives, and to consider the ways in which Drama can be used to communicate message and affect social change. http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/drama In Year 8, the curriculum is designed to build on the knowledge and skills gained in Year 7. For Religious Education, students study religion and conflict and Hinduism. For History, students study power and the monarchy and the British Empire. For Geography, students study dangerous places and Africa and Asia. http://isaacnewtonacademy.org/secondary/curriculum-areas/humanities

Subject Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)

Music & Big Band

PE