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

Subject English



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? • 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 • 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

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.




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. 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. 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.

Subject Modern Foreign Languages (French or Spanish)

Music & Big Band




Key content In Year 8, all students study either French or Spanish. • My portrait • My family and other animals • House and home • My town and local area • Free time and future plans • Review and revision • African Drumming • African Singing • Tango • Feelin’ Good/ Protest Music Through Big Band lessons, every form group is transformed into a big band. Students tackle a couple of set works each term and develop a catalogue of great tunes they can play on their own or in an ensemble. We learn to improvise, to play by ear and to read from notation. Students experience a broad range of activities covering all areas of the National Curriculum: • Outwitting an opponent – Football, Netball, Handball, Striking and Fielding • Accurate Replication – Badminton, Table Tennis • Exercising Safely and Effectively – Health Related Fitness • Performing at Maximum Levels – Athletics Identifying and solving problems, along with exploring and communication emotions and ideas, are considered in the context of the above activities. As well as the above, students also cover theoretical knowledge in the build up to GCSE P.E., embedded in their practical lessons and independent learning tasks. The central part of the weekly Reading lesson involves silent individual reading for 30 minutes in the library (with the adults hearing individuals read, discussing reading habits and preferences with students or setting up small group guided reading activities). The first 15 minutes of the Reading lesson involves an active starter activity based on a genre, author or theme. These starters are often student-led. In the final part of the Reading lesson, students reflect in their reading journals on what they are reading. This course covers four specialisms: Resistant Materials, Graphics, Food and Textiles. Each specialism exposes the students to a range of skills and techniques which they will apply and develop during Key Stage 3 and beyond. We teach students how to think about, design and plan for making; how to develop ideas, and write and speak with an academic Design and Technology approach. They will model and develop excellent skills through mini designing and making projects including bookmark making, a juggling ball project, patchwork quilt design and USB design.

Curriculum by year year 8  
Curriculum by year year 8