Curriculum Overview Year 8 & 9 The leadership team at Charles Read believes that the design of the curriculum is key to ensuring students achieve their academic potential, and experience a broad and balanced range of subjects. We continually evaluate its effectiveness to ensure it meets the needs of our students. Key Stage 3: Year 8 & 9 As a small academy Charles Read it is essential we offer an innovative and enriching curriculum. This year we have combined Year 8 and Year 9 to create a ‘Stage not Age’ curriculum. This means that students in both year groups work side by side in many lessons to ensure that they are working at a sufficient level to both stretch and support their learning. This means that despite our small numbers in these years we can achieve setting in Maths, English and Science which enhances differentiation in their learning. Students also work together in Technology and the Arts. Subjects: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Food Tech, Resistant Materials, French, PE, Humanities, CPC, Music, Dance, Drama, Art Enrichment As part of the curriculum offer students must choose 3 Enrichment activities a week. These activities take place during the day and are rotated or amended termly. As an academy sponsored by the David Ross Education Trust we are committed to developing individuals with a broad range of experiences. These activities include, but are not limited to; Fitness Classes, Photography Club, Multicultural cooking, Netball, Rugby, Small animal care, Drama, Glee Club, Smash It Up Badminton, Young Journalist and much more! Curriculum Overview Year 8 English SUBJECT TEAM KS3 CURRICULUM Students develop a more analytical approach to their studies in English, commenting upon creative choices. 1. ‘Spooky Stories’ and story-telling 2. Media – Presentations of War Subject Leader: 3. ‘Globetrotting’ travel writing Miss E Reynolds 4. Macbeth 5. Graphic Novels KS3 Teachers: 6. Crime Scene Investigation Miss J Jackson Mrs C Whatton Final term – examination preparation Throughout the year, students will develop their understanding of spelling, grammatical and punctuation rules to ensure accuracy in their written work across the curriculum. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Encourage your child to read a wide range of genres for pleasure throughout the year. Read the books in which your child takes an interest and discuss them together. Remind your child that they should redraft and write with accuracy in all their written subjects. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Maths SUBJECT TEAM KS3 CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Each child will have a question-by-question Years 8 and 9 apply the basic skills they have learnt in Year 7 and below and analysis for their main assessments. If your apply them to more challenging contexts maths is strong enough, re-teach the topics your child has performed poorly in. Please Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, pupils will contact the school for help and guidance. Subject Leader: develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply Mr S Bannister knowledge rapidly and accurately. KS3Teachers: Mr G McBride Mr S Bannister Ensure your child is completing all homework set and on time to keep up with the curriculum. Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification Seek opportunities to use maths in everyday or proof using mathematical language. life. Best buys at the supermarket; distance, time, speed and acceleration calculations can break up long car journeys. Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking What maths do you use in your job? Could you down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking show your child some examples? solutions. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Science SUBJECT TEAM KS3 CURRICULUM Students will cover physics, chemistry and biology through the year through the 11 topic areas, building on the work covered in previous years. The course covers:1. Inheritance and selection 2. Fit and healthy 3. Plants and photosynthesis 4. Plants for food Subject Leader: 5. Reactions of metals and metal compounds Mrs Booth 6. Patterns of reactivity 7. Environmental chemistry KS3Teachers: 8. Using chemistry Dr Jagger Ms Burrell 9. Energy and electricity 10. Gravity and space 11. Speeding up 12. Pressure and moments The lessons will contain both theoretical and practical work There will be tests completed at the end of each section of work. Throughout the year, students will cover a large number of topics and development skills in using practical equipment in the science room to help embed their knowledge HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Encourage all students to revise work covered in lessons and complete all homework set. Curriculum Overview Year 8 ICT SUBJECT TEAM YEAR 8 CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Students will learn about a wide range of computing areas including programming, online safety and producing creative outcomes. Subject Leader: Mrs Booth Year 8 Teachers: Mr Spendlove 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. How a computer works Graphic Design Magazine Covers Cloud computing Algorithms Binary Programming - Python Throughout the year, students will be learning through a wide range of computing activities to improve their knowledge in preparation for year 9 and KS4. Encourage all students to revise work covered in lessons and complete all homework set. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Design &Technology SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader: Mrs Booth Year 8 Teachers: Mrs E Booth Mr I Spendlove Mr McBride YEAR 8 CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Students will continue to develop their skills in both the use of equipment methods of production and knowledge of food nutrition. In Resistant Materials they will complete wood based tasks and develop their basic electronic skills The course covers:Food 1. Methods of cooking 2. Combining ingredients 3. Vegetable preparation Encourage all students to practice skills 4. Children’s food they have learnt in school and to use their 5. Nutrition designing skills. Resistant Materials 1. Notepad project 2. Moisture tester - Electronics 3. Tea light – Metals 4. Pull Along Toy Homework project – Chocolate project Throughout the year, students will develop a range of skills and gain experience and confidence in using equipment within the room. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Geography SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader : Mrs S Revitt YEAR 8 CURRICULUM The inter-relationship between human and physical geography is explored 1. Settlement 2. Conservation 3. Brazil Natural Hazards Map work and differing scales is revisited. Final term – examination preparation Throughout the year, a variety of presentational skills are introduced and / or enhanced. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Encourage all students to be aware of their surrounding as shown in news programs or other types of media Curriculum Overview Year 8 History SUBJECT TEAM YEAR 8 CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS The concept of change in the historical sense: Subject Leader: Mrs S Revitt 1. Age of Revolution 2. The Age of Invention 3. The Age of Conflict. The relevance of sources and the bias they may include. Assessments occur at the end of each unit. Throughout the year, a variety of presentational skills are introduced and / or enhanced. Encourage all students to be aware of changing technologies, both historical and present day. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Religious Education SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader: Mrs S Revitt YEAR 8 CURRICULUM The development of tolerance and understanding of others by an in depth study of world religions. 1. Islam 2. Christianity 3. Hinduism 4. Judaism Encourage the ability to express a viewpoint with clarity and confidence. Final term – examination preparation Throughout the year, a development of their own opinion on different aspects of religion. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Encourage all students to be aware of different standpoints of different religions as seem through a variety of media. Curriculum Overview Year 8 French SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader: Mrs A Walker KS3 CURRICULUM Students use the 5 language skills, focusing on writing and speaking skills. Students prepare projects throughout the year based on the following themes: Making friends around Travel and tourism the world Wider world All about me School and education Media The projects enable the students to learn language to perform the tasks, using real life communication situations HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Encourage all students to listen to French radio on the internet and French songs. Encourage all students to use memrise.com to learn and develop their vocabulary. Curriculum Overview Year 8 PERFORMING ARTS SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader : Mr C Keady Subject Teacher : Miss L Chapman KS3 CURRICULUM Music: During this topic, students will be developing their performing, practical, listening and composing skills. Knowledge of World Music will be developed further. Dance: Students will develop and perform different movement patterns in a variety of dance styles to refine their technical and expressive skills. Music topics that are covered: 1. Blues 2. What makes a good song? 3. Samba 4. Latin Jazz 5. Programme Music & Film Music 6. Music and Media Dance topics that are covered: 1. Learn to create dances using compositional principles e.g. motif, development, unison, canon, group relationship and staging. 2. Learning dance sequences from visual material. 3. Students will describe, analyse and evaluate dances, developing communication and leadership skills. 4. Perform in front of class and assess own and others performance. Throughout the year, students’ performing and listening skills are a focus - developing confidence, solo and ensemble work. HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Students will need to complete a number of research based activities. Encouragement to complete homework on time and to listen to different world music is essential. Curriculum Overview Year 8 Physical Education SUBJECT TEAM Subject Leader: Ms L Chapman KS3 CURRICULUM HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT LEARNING AT HOME/SUPPORT MATERIALS Students develop their confidence to take part in a range of physical activities, improving their general fitness, endurance, co-ordination, spatial awareness, leadership skills and communication skills during the year. Through acquiring and developing skills in traditional sports Encourage students to attend extracurricular clubs they will gain knowledge and understanding of a range of strategies at the Academy, keep active outside of school through either attending a fitness/sports club or and tactical game play. adventure activities. Different methods of training Conditioned games A range of exercises and drills Analysis of own and others’ performances. Termly assessments Students will know the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and know the different aspects that will enable them to lead one.