Year 8

Introduction:

Welcome to the Year 8 Strategy homepage. 

Year 7 is new and exciting, if not a little daunting; year 9 assumes a higher status because the curriculum is geared towards GCSE options. Which leaves Year 8 to be seen as a ‘stop-gap’, where there are no big decisions to make, and nothing is particularly new or exciting anymore. However, at Dormston, we could not disagree more. Building on the successes of Year 7 is crucial, we recognise the increasing maturity of our students and ensure that the Year 8 curriculum represents a significant step-change in terms of challenge and complexity. Whilst Year 8 may not be a year of ‘big decisions’, it is one where pupils will continue to build on prior knowledge, take greater responsibility and reflect on their own skills and achievements to ensure they are preparing themselves for their upcoming GCSE’s and life post 16.

Main Components of the Strategy:

The Year 8 strategy covers 3 main areas: The Curriculum, Pupils and Parents. 

The CURICULLUM – Our aim is to:

  1. ensure that all subject teachers are preparing their pupils well for their future examinations through a clear mapped out overview of what they are teaching over the year.
  2. ensure all pupils have access to subject Knowledge Organisers.
  3. ensure pupils have the opportunity to extend their learning through the provision of Non-Required Work.

PUPILS – Our aim is to:

  1. prepare our pupils for their future examinations and GCSE choices.
  2. ensure pupils prepare and take responsibility of their own learning – study skills and time management.
    1. ensure pupils see the value of education and how it can support their future career plans.
    2. identify any pupils who may be struggling with any of the above and provide bespoke intervention to support them.

We run a comprehensive PSHE programme that covers many topics to support the points above.  Year 8 PSHE Curriculum Overview:

  • Autumn 1 – Crime and Consequences
  • Autumn 2 –  Careers and Stereotypes
  • Spring 1 – Children’s Rights and Responsibilities
  • Spring 2 – Family, Relationships and Conflict
  • Summer 1 – Wellbeing and Managing Emotions
  • Summer 2 –  Self Esteem and Body Image

 

PARENTS – Our aim is to

  1. keep parents informed of their child’s progress so they can support their progress
  2. share key information with parents so that parents have a range of strategies which can be used to support their children throughout the year
  3. support individual parents as required

Reports and key information is shared with parents through Go4Schools.  In addition to this there are a series of Parent Information Evenings & a Parents’ Consultation Evening during the year.

Key Dates for Year 8

DATE

EVENT

OVERVIEW

RESOURCES

 

 

16/09/19

 

Year 8 parents introduction evening

Overview of Year 8, including expectations, PSHE and Careers programme, Literacy and Numeracy overview and key dates. Delivered by Year 8 Strategy leader Miss Barrett.

 

 

Click here for copy of presentation

 

 

26/11/2019

 

 

 

Year 8 Stereotypes Day

Periods 1-4. Variety of activities linked to stereotypes and misconceptions in the workforce. Guest speakers from a variety of different professions and industries.

 

 

15/01/2020

 

Year 8 Data and Effort Scores

Year 8 effort and current grades data collected for each subject. Will be shared with parents via Go4Schools.

 

 

See Go4Schools

 

30/01/2020

 

Year 8 Parents Evening

Pupils are to make appointment with subject teachers to discuss current effort and attainment.

 

 

02/03/2020

 

Careers Week

Subjects across the school will discuss and promote different career options within their discipline.

 

 

18/03/2020

 

Year 8 Data and Effort Scores

Year 8 effort and current grades data collected for each subject. Will be shared with parents via Go4Schools.

 

 

See Go4Schools

 

15/06/2020

 

 

KS3 Exam Week

Students will sit an end of year exam for each subject in exam conditions.

 

 

08/07/2020

 

Final Year 8 Data and Effort Scores

Year 8 effort and current grades data collected for each subject. Will be shared with parents via Go4Schools.

 

See Go4Schools