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Handbook year 8 - 2013.14

  1. 1. YEAR 8 HANDBOOK Telephone: 96 142 41 74 Email: Secondary-secre@caxtoncollege.net YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  2. 2. KEY STAGE 3 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK WELCOME! Dear Parents, CONTENTS Secondary Educational We are delighted to welcome your son/daughter to Year 8. System ......................... 2 IPad Project ………………………..3 Tutorials ........................ 4 Within this handbook I hope that you will find all the useful information that you and your child require to enjoy a great year at Caxton College. As well as lots of practical information concerning the running of the school, we have also included advice and recommendations from the Heads of Department involved in your child’s education. Finally, may I say that we aim to provide your child with a secure and friendly working environment, in which the academic and social features of learning can prosper to the full. Pauline Larbaigt Coordinadora de Year 8 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK Assessment & Reporting......5 Progression Policy ………………..6 Subjects ........................ 7 Complementary Activities....22 Extra-Curricular Activities..23 Homework.......................23 School material.................24 Transport........................24
  3. 3. THE SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM Secondary Education in Caxton College covers 3 key stages as follows: important stage in their education, lasting 2 years.  “Key Stage 3” (Year 7 to Year 9) Caxton College is a recognised examination centre for the University of Cambridge examination board (CIE) as well as the Edexcel London Board. In Year 9 students sit IGCSE ESL (English as a Second Language), so that they can focus on the EFL (First Language English) exam for IGCSE throughout Years 10 and 11. In Year 11 pupils sit their IGCSE exams (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), thereby enabling them to obtain the Certificate of ESO in the Spanish system (Certificate of Obligatory Secondary Education).  “Key Stage 4” (Year 10 & 11)  “Sixth Form” (Year 12 & 13). This period covers the teenage years of our students (from 11 to 18 years old), which is why we consider this to be the ideal time, not only to instil in them good study habits, but also to make them responsible for their own actions and decisions, to show them how to make the best use of their leisure time and, of course, to try to mould them into better people. At this time, the tightly-linked cooperation of teachers, parents and students is essential. As a result of this collaboration between the school and the home, our students obtain excellent results with which to apply for University, while, on the way, they grow into excellent individuals. "Accept responsibility for your actions, and adopt a healthy attitude to life” In Key Stage 3 (Years 7—9), students must study all the subjects in the British Curriculum and they must pass them in order to progress onto the following year. The IGCSE exams are a very important part of our students’ education. Access to Sixth Form depends on their grades from Year 11. At present, in order to gain access to Spanish Universities, students submit their A Level grades as well as those obtained in 2 extra Spanish subjects which are chosen by the students themselves, depending on the career they wish to follow in the future. In Year 10, students start their 4th and final obligatory key stage, a very Spanish System British System Cycles 6º Primaria Year 7 Year 8 KEY 1º ESO 2º ESO Year 9 3º ESO Year 10 4º ESO Year 11 1º Bachillerato Year 12 2º Bachillerato Year 13 STAGE 3 KEY STAGE 4 SIXTH FORM 2 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK Public Examinations IGCSE ESL IGCSE AS level/ Advanced level
  4. 4. PROYECTO IPAD In Caxton College our aim is to always be at the forefront of education, and we constantly strive to offer the highest quality teaching and learning methods. The introduction of new technologies has had a very positive effect on our students, allowing them to experience interactive activities and to develop their potential as individual learners. IPads are used as an alternative tool for learning, with teachers carefully choosing the most appropriate method for the topic in question: textbooks, oral discussion in class, or the use of kindles. In addition, iPads allow the students to learn in any place and at any time, and thus enable them to share their knowledge in a variety of ways and with a wide range of people. We have recently launched Project 1:1 iPads for students from Years 7 and 8, which means that every child in these year groups will bring their own iPad to school. The iPads are used in all areas of the curriculum with the aim of encouraging the students to take more responsibility for their own learning, to develop creativity and improve teamwork. Students from Year 9 to Year 11 regularly work on the school iPads (we have two fully-equipped trolleys for this purpose, with 26 iPads on each), which can be used for different purposes: Students can film performances and presentations in order to self-assess their work; make their own films (using iMovie) at the end of a topic, use the Pages app to develop their ability to create texts, and even carry out scientific experiments with them. Some of the positive changes that we have identified in our students following the introduction of the use of iPads as an education tool are as follows:  They are more committed to their own learning, more motivated and willing to work harder.  Their levels of self—confidence and attitude towards their own learning have improved.  They are able to finish a greater number of tasks and reach higher targets than those predicted.  They are responsible for their own iPads.  The iPads allow them a greater freedom of choice, and thus, a greater sense of responsibility regarding their work.  They face up to challenges and use their own reasoning and skills to solve problems. We are really looking forward to continuing this exciting and challenging journey on the iPad Project! 3 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  5. 5. TUTORIALS / COMMUNICATIONS VIA THE WEB 2. During tutorials, students learn Public Speaking skills, give talks and hold debates. They will also receive career guidance and learn study techniques. 3. The school web page now includes a private area for parents, where they can send and receive emails, follow their child’s Progress List which is updated weekly, see term grades and receive documentation such as handbooks, talks from the Psychologist and other items of interest. 1. The students have the help of a tutor throughout Secondary school. Students meet their tutor first thing every morning. The tutor is responsible for monitoring individual students and, holds one-to-one interviews with them periodically to give them any support or advice they may need. As well as the meetings with tutors held by the school, parents can always request a personal interview to talk about their child’s progress whenever they wish. Personal & Social Education At school great importance is placed upon the personal development of our pupils, as this is the basis of everything they will do in the future. PSHE: Year 8 students attend a weekly class in Personal, Social, Health Education. This is a time for thought and for personal and group work, following a programme of “Education in Values”. Solidarity in the Classroom: In addition, in school students take part in the Programme “Solidarity in the Classroom” created by Fundar, the Foundation for Solidarity and Volunteer work in the Valencian Community. The activities contained in the Programme are designed to instil values such as good relations, tolerance, cultural diversity and voluntary work with the aim of making the whole educational community more aware of, and committed to, these values. 4 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  6. 6. ASSESSMENTS & REPORTS>>> In Year 8 there are three assessment periods. At the At the end of the year, all pupils who fail to achieve at end of each one, parents will receive a report with the least a grade C in any subject will be required to sit an grades achieved by their child in both academic per- exam in August. formance and effort. Grades: In all subjects taught in English, teachers assess using National Curriculum criteria, as occurs in all British centres abroad. These are then converted to a Caxton grading scale from A to E. Please note that the grades A—E will often feature a + or – sign to indicate a student’s position in relation to the actual criteria, and provides better differentiation among the students. For example a C+ would indicate There are exams at the end of every term, and final achievement heading in the direction of improvement exams in the third term in the core subjects. They towards the next grade, whereas a C- serves to illusmake up 30% of the final year grade in the Brit- trate that the student is falling short of a grade. ish subjects, and 20% of the year grade in the Spanish subjects. <<<Examinations and Tests   If a student misses an exam or tests, they date knowledge and to gain an objective pic- must provide a medical certificate. If not, ture of a child’s progress.  Exams are very important in order to consoli- they will receive a zero mark. They also prepare students for future external British examinations.   If a student has an unjustified absent the day before or the day of an examination, Parents should bear in mind that students may not repeat examinations except in very serious they will not be allowed to sit the exam, and they will receive a zero grade. or exceptional circumstances. We recommend that you do not plan any family trips or other activities which would oblige your child to miss any school days. 5 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  7. 7. <<<Criteria for Progression from Year 8 to Year 9  Students can only re-sit exams during the August evaluation with a maximum of 3 subjects failed.  If a student has failed more subjects, a panel of teaching staff will decide whether the student will be able to repeat the year or not.  In some subjects, the re-sits may consist of a project to be handed in, instead of an exam.  A pass grade at this level represents grades A to C  students in their first year in the school as regards Spanish and Social Sciences. In addition: Students will only be allowed to progress to the next year with a maximum of one subject failed.  Special consideration will be given to foreign In order to sit subjects failed in June, there is a Students must demonstrate an adequate level of study skills, behaviour and effort for entering the following year group. re-sit evaluation at the end of August. <<<Monitoring of “At Risk” students From the first term, students will be monitored by subject teachers and the relevant Head of Department if they have been identified as failing in a subject. They will be set specific targets for improvement. Those students who are failing in a number of subjects will also be monitored by their Head of Year. Parents of these pupils will be contacted periodically during the term in order to give added feedback on their child’s academic development in a particular subject area. If, during the term, a student shows measurable signs of improvement, he/she will no longer be monitored and can work independently. Private Classes >>> If your child has a private tutor for any subject, we recommend that you let his/her tutor know. This helps to build up an understanding of your child’s commitment and approach to learning. 6 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  8. 8. SUBJECT INFORMATION From Years 7 to 9 students study  Religion or Ethics the following subjects:  Science  English Language & Literature  Career  Mathematics Skills (Personal Development)  A Foreign Language (French or German)  Physical Education  PSHE (Formación Humana)  Art, Music & ICT  Spanish Language & Literature  British History and Geography  Spanish History & Geography ENGLISH>>> Head of Department: Stephen Miller First Term Advertising Literary Non-Fiction: “Shackleton” Second Term Third Term Prose: Cirque de Freak: Darren Shan Communication unit Poerty (ballads & lyrics) Short stories and detective writing Genre: Diary writing “Noughts and Crosses” Assessment Policy: Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, both in class (through conversation, drama, essays etc) and by means of homework. There are regular core assessments for the year group, as well as an end-of-year exam, which is worth 30% of the final grade. IPad Project: Ipads will be used with the aim of improving listening comprehension, speaking fluency in English and pronunciation. The apps that the students will use are: Key Note, Pages, Showbie and iMovie. Homework: Homework is given once per week and students are expected to spend approximately 45 minutes on it . All students are expected to read two extra books in English per term. These may come from the library, home or be bought (the school will recommend books). Students will complete a book review for each book read. This should be signed by parents. Web Pages: Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 8 - www.bbc.co.uk/KS3bitesize/english - www.revisionaid.co.uk - www.channel4.com/learning - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites 7 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  9. 9. Recommendations: Helping with written homework: How to help with reading: : Students should have access to books or magazines in English and develop the habit of reading them. When you watch films at home, try to watch them in English with subtitles in English, this will improve your child’s reading ability and comprehension. Always ask your child if they have checked punctuation,  Remember that talking about reading is very important, so grammar and spelling in his/her written homework. Encourage your child to use a dictionary when doing homework. This will help to check spellings and to broaden their vocabulary. discussing a book will also help to develop their reading comprehension skills . A thesaurus can also help your child to broaden and vary his Keep reading time relaxed, comfortable and pleasurable; a English books: Book fairs are held in the school several times a year, and there are reading books available in the school shop and in the library. quiet place, with the television turned off is best. As your child progresses, talk about authors, characters, themes and plots or what new information has been learnt . If your child reads silently ask him/her to re-tell the part that has been read and encourage the 'pointing out' of relevant sections in the text. If your child has hobbies and interests, encourage him/her to read about these in English. or her vocabulary . English courses abroad: Many parents have opted to take or send their son/daughter to England during vacations. This has immense benefits for the development of the use and understanding of the language in a range of contexts. The school can advise you on the best course for your needs, about which we have detailed information, and know personally. MATHEMATICS>>> Head of Department: Kevin Worthington First Term Second Term Third Term Negative Numbers, Factors, Powers & Roots Area of Triangles and Parallelograms, Volume of Cuboids. Stem & Leaf, Pie Charts, Scatter Graphs. Angle Rules, Quadrilaterals, Constructions. Graphs, Gradient of a Line, Real-life Graphs. Order of Operations, Decimals Multiplication and Division. Probability, Experimental Probability. Powers of 10, Estimation, 4 Rules with Decimals, Efficient Calculations. Changing the Subject of a Formula. Fractions and Decimals, Percentage Changes. Congruence, Transformations, Shape and Ratio. Proportion, Ratio. Simplifying & Expanding, Index Notation. Solving Equations, Substitution. Circumference and Area of a Circle, Bearings, Scale Drawings. Data Comparison and Representation. Homework: Homework will be set once per week and should last about 1 hour. In addition, pupils are encouraged to set aside some time over the weekend to go over their work and highlight any problems. Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 8 Class Structure: For the purposes of teaching Maths, Year 8 pupils are first separated into two bands according to tutor group; for example, tutor groups 8A&B and 8C&D. For each band there will be 3 Maths groups, setted by ability. The higher groups will contain the most able students while the lower group will contain those students who continue to experience difficulties in the subject. These groups will be monitored closely and changes made as and when required throughout the year. 8 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  10. 10. Assessment Policy: Assessment through homework and classwork will take place continually throughout the year. Exams will be tailored to the level of the pupils in each group and the results of these exams will be used to determine group placements and movements. The end of year exam is worth 40% of the final grade. Web Pages: www.myimaths.co.uk www.channel4learning.com/apps/homeworkhigh www.bbc.co.uk/schools/revision Recommendations: Each student will have a practice book which should be used on a regular basis alongside the main text to help support and reinforce their learning. This resource is invaluable in preparing for end of unit exams. Parents should check pupils’ work regularly, sign any internal tests and make sure pupils have the correct mathematical equipment. SCIENCE>>> Head of Key Stage 3: Nicola Porch First Term Second Term Third Term The Periodic Table Light People & the Environment Heating and Cooling Sound Inside materials Acids & metal reactions Digestion & nutrition *Order may vary within year group. Homework: Homework will be set once a week. Assessment Policy: There will be one summative assessment during each topic. These are the assessments that form the term grade. The end of year grade is an average of the three term grades + the end of year exam (30% of total). IPad Project: Students will use their iPads daily as if they were a textbook. They will carry out experiments and analyse the results afterwards. They can access interactive Periodic Tables using the iPads and use apps to measure volume, and the different wavelengths of sounds, etc. The apps they will use are: GoogleDrive, iMovie, iMotion HD, Keynote and Pages. Web Pages: We recommend visiting the following sites. : www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ ks3bitesize/ www.school.discovery.com www.scifun.chem Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 8 Recommendations:  Pupils should not leave their revision to the last minute.  It is important that the pupils use their KS3 Revision Guides as much as possible to support the work they are covering in class.  It is important to use both the textbook and their notebooks to revise from.  Doddle Learn and Caxton Tic are excellent resources, full of summary presentations and quizzes. There is a “Scientific Experiments” workshop available during clubs time on Wednesdays. 9 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  11. 11. <<<Forming Groups in the Core British Subjects Teaching groups in the Core Subjects: With the aim of addressing the needs of all our students, and maximising their academic potential, the core British subjects English, Maths and Science are organised in flexible class groups which do not always correspond to their tutor groups. The main characteristics of these groups are: All the groups follow the same curriculum They all sit the same exams The teachers use different pedagogic styles. The three subjects have different policies which are Science outlined below. In Years 7 to 9 students are taught in tutor groups. However, in Years 10 and 11 there are two high English In English, Years 7—9 have 2 support groups, with a ability groups, where students have achieved A or maximum number of 10 students in each, which high B grades the previous year. allows for more intensive support. The rest of the pupils are distributed in groups of different mixed Maths levels. From the moment students start in Secondary, they The support groups are decided within the are taught in ability groups according to the department, and are based upon different criteria: following criteria:  In Year 7:— the information provided by their In Year 7: information provided by their Year 6 Year 6 teachers, including the results of KS2 teachers, taking in to account work and internal SATs. and external assessments done during the year.  In Year 8 & 9:— data from previous years, In Year 8, 9, 10 & 11: internal assessment data, including internal assessments, teachers’ teacher observations and end of year exams. observations and end of year exams. Students in all groups will all use the same  In Years 10 & 11:— the results of the ESL textbooks. external exam from year 9 are taken into account. 10 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  12. 12. SPANISH LANGUAGE & LITERATURE>>> Head of Department: Mar González First Term Unit 1: Communication; Keeping a diary; Nouns Second Term Unit 9: Poetry and its themes; Unit 5: Dialogues; Adverbs Word structures Unit 2: Descriptions; Unit 6: Presentations; Qualifying adjectives Sentences Unit 3: Narrative; Articles and determinative adjectives. Unit 4: Journalistic texts; Verbs Third Term Unit 7: Literary language; Subjects & predicates Unit 10: Stories; prefixes & suffixes Unit 11: Narrative subgenres; Lexical families Unit 12: Dramatic language; Unit 8: Poetry and prose Synonyms, antonyms, homonyms & polysemy. Homework: Once a week. It is important for the work to be supervised at home. Web pages: Assessment Policy: This subject will be continually assessed by means of regular tests on what is taught in class. As well as this, classwork, projects, etc. will be graded. All of these grades go to make up 75% of the term grade, with the remaining 25% being awarded for essays written as homework. There will be an end of year exam, which is worth 20% of the Year 8 end of year grade. The final grade will be the average of the three term grades, plus the final exam grade.  Caxtoncollegetic  Real Academia de la Lengua: www.rae.es Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 8 Recommendations:  Consult the Caxton tic web page regularly;  Read your own books at home and hand in book reports to your teacher;  Study and revise regularly at home in order to develop good study habits. IPad Project: iPpads will be used to help students gain a more thorough understanding of the subject (in the areas of vocabulary, spelling, summaries, and searching for information). The apps used will be: digital textbook, Blink, RAE dictionary, Pages, Keynotes, iMovie, Showbie, Inspiration and Prezi. 11 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  13. 13. SOCIAL SCIENCES>>> Head of Department: Mª Carmen López First Term Second Term The Iberian peninsula in Ancient times Feudal Europe Europe and Spain at the start of the Middle Ages Religion and culture in the Middle Ages Homework: Homework will be set once a week. Assessment Policy: evaluations plus final exam. three  Within each evaluation period there will be several tests: the average mark, along with the grades given to homework and/or class projects, will add up to the final evaluation grade.  End of year grade: Will consist of Third Term The Hispanic kingdoms during the Middle Ages Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: In this subject the pupil has to understand and comprehend the subject, not just memorize the course content. In this way the student can establish links between the different concepts. Projects should be carefully prepared during the time allocated and NOT the day before. average of all three evaluation periods plus the final exam. (20% of total) Web Pages: Nowadays there are a large quantity of web pages about History and Geography. Below we highlight some of them, which cover general topics. For specific topics, students can consult their text book, and in every unit we refer them to interesting and useful pages, related to what they are studying. www.wikipedia.es www.educahistoria.com - www.artehistoria.com 12 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  14. 14. RELIGION/ETHICS>>> Students are free to choose one of these subjects, but they will not be allowed to change once the year has started. Religion>>> Head of Department: Almudena Cózar Course Content: We aim to make students aware of the phenomenon that is religion as a base for understanding other religions, and of the uniqueness of the Christian faith. Students will learn basic prayers as well as the course content. First Term Second Term Third Term The earliest religions Jesus Christ, our greatest treasure Man: God’s chosen creature The ancient Gods The Feast of the Kingdom of Heaven Sin India, the country of a million Gods God and creation God will remain here with us Homework: to be handed in once a week. www.enciclopediacatolica.com (reference page) Assessment Policy: This subject will be assessed depending on a final Project to be assigned by the teacher. Furthermore, homework, classwork (both individual and group work), and the study of basic prayers will add to the grade. The pupil’s participation and attitude will also add to the final grade. www.anayadigital.com It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject. IPad Project: IPads will be used not only to support the textbook, but also to learn more about other religions, the Bible, history and religious traditions. The Apps to be used are: Blinklearning, Numbers, Keynotes and Inspiration. Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 2 When covering each topic, the teacher will suggest more sites related to the themes discussed in each lesson. Recommendations: Students need to remember that Religion is not just a subject but also a way of life, therefore the pupils’ education should be shared with the families, and reinforced through discussion of topics at home, practising basic prayers, etc. Note: In Years 10 & 11, Catechesis in preparation for the Confirmation is taught outside the school timetable, after 5.00pm. In order to be allowed to attend, students should have attended Religion classes since they started their Secondary education. Web pages: Ethics>>> Head of Department: Almudena Cózar First Term Second Term - Rules & fairness, rights & Responsibilities Communities & identities Being a global citizen Living together in communities Images of rich and poor countries in the - Most important religions of the world Developing research skills world Developing debating skills Third Term The impact of tourism Homework: Required once a week, which usually consists of unfinished class work. It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject. Assessment Policy: The evaluation consists of handing in a project to be set by the teacher. Apart from the project, the work during class time and homework will be evaluated. Participation and the pupil’s effort during lessons will also add to the final grade at the end of the term. Web pages: When appropriate, the teacher will inform the pupils about the most interesting pages they should visit for each topic they cover in each lesson . Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 2 13 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  15. 15. PSHE >>> Our main aim this year is to develop the ability to expressing our wishes, feelings or requests, to accept and understand others and comprehend the different sides of a conflict or problem. Head of Department: Carolina Cebrián First Term Second Term Third Term Good relations within a group The influence of stereotypes Being ourselves Our good qualities and flaws Risks of tobacco & alcohol Understanding ourselves through music Learning how to treat others Equal opportunities Assertiveness Dialogue: Listen and respect Coursework: We will follow the in-house PSC exercise handbook such as tolerance and diversity using the app “Vivir los Valores” (Living Values). Homework: to be handed in when set, on the day that they have class. Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 2 IPad Project: IPads will be used to prepare projects and work such as role-plays. The apps to be used are: iMovie, Showbie, Prezi and Pages. Also, students will study values Career Skills>>> Head of Department: J J Wisden First Term Election of form representatives Study skills– focus on testing, memory activities, how to be successful Working together – Project on looking after the School Grounds Assessment Policy: The work during class time and homework will be evaluated. It is important for students to realise that not handing in the project means they will fail the subject. Second Term Your future: Research project on careers within their families or friends Research project – working together looking at the influence of the media Third Term Civil Eights and impact on prejudice and discrimination Cyber safety Review of skills acquired throughout the year Assessment: Students will be assessed on their ability to engage in public speaking activities, contributions in class and from their workbooks. -Students will be focusing on different issues within society that they can debate and discuss- then form presentations around these issues. Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 2 -To focus students on what they would like to do in the future (Careers) Homework: Will be set over the course of the term. Objectives: -Students will be encouraged to take on leadership roles within the lessons, taking on responsibilities, motivating others and being a positive role model within the class, year group and the whole school. -Students will also be concentrating on effective study skills, time management, organisation and revision techniques. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, you are a leader."- John Quincy Adams 14 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  16. 16. MODERN FOREIGN LANGUAGES>>> As well as the other languages the school offers to complete their education, the Year 8 students continue with their third modern language: French or German. French>>> First Term Head of Department: Cathy Desbois Second Term Third Term Family Going out Travel and holidays Home Jobs Countries Free time Food & Drinks Friends Clothing At the restaurant Homework: Students will be assigned homework once a week, which will normally consist of reviewing class theory (grammar o vocabulary) or a reading or written assignment . Assessment Policy: Class work, consisting of the student’s written w o r k (W o rk b o ok ) an d o r a l participation, will be assessed during the whole term and will account for 50% of the term grade. The other half of the assessment will consist of a combination of writing, reading, listening and speaking. IPad Project: IPads will help the students to broaden their knowledge of the language, but more importantly, they will serve to practise it in an educational and origina l man ner: t o record conversations, work on role-plays, mini performances, making posters and presentations, searching for information on the internet when necessary and using linguistic web sites. In addition, students will download specific apps for this language. Web pages: www.languagesonline.org.uk www.linguascope.com teacher for login code). (see Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 4 Recommendations: Students’ continuous effort will ensure progress in this subject; thus the importance of completing homework (about 30 minutes weekly), of constantly revising and memorizing the theory seen in class (vocabulary, spelling, grammar, etc). We would also recommend regular reading at home. Students can attend a French conversation club on Wednesdays if they wish. 15 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  17. 17. German>>> Head of Department: Melissa Baxter First Term Second Term Third Term Holidays Shopping & Food Health Past tenses After school Going out An exchange visit Homework: Students get one homework task per week, usually either a learning task (grammar or vocabulary) or a written task. Assessment Policy: Class work, consisting of the student’s written work (Workbook) and oral participation, will be assessed during the whole term and will account for 50% of the term grade. The other half of the assessment will consist of a combination of writing, reading, listening and speaking. IPad Project: IPads will be used to share work (for warm-up activities, homework, etc). The apps to be used are: Showbie, Pages, Keynote and German Dictionary App. Web pages: www.germanfortravellers.com www.languagegames.org/la/german.asp www.atschool.eduweb.co.uk/haberg/ reallyusefulge www.linguascope.com (see teacher for login code). Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 4 Recommendations: Please support our teaching staff by monitoring your child’s homework: learning should be done frequently over the week for short spells (5 minutes per day) with necessary attention to spelling; also, it must be noted that a written homework should take between 20 and 30 minutes. Students can attend a German conversation club on Wednesdays if they wish. “He who speaks two languages also doubles his worth.” 16 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  18. 18. ART>>> Head of Department: Liz Edwards First Term Second Term Third Term Literary Response: An Art ´book´ will be created in response to a selected poem combining text with sculptural form & images. This will be preceded by experimentation with paper engineering and studying the work of illustrators from a wide range of disciplines including comic strips. This project will involve team work and inter- house competition. Artist Inspired Object: Research into a broad range of Art movements and artists will form the basis for creative designs of an everyday object, such as a chair or a shoe. These designs will then be created as 3D models which reflect the essence of the inspirational artists selected. Mexican Art & Craft: Working from both the cultural heritage of ancient and contemporary Mexico, pupils will explore a range of media including press-print, foil embossing, painting, collage and 3D modelling. A personalised piece of work in the style of Mexican Folk Art will conclude the project. Homework: Homework is set every two weeks and a list of the required tasks should be found attached to the inside back cover of pupil sketchbooks. Assessment: Assessment takes the form of teacher, peer and pupil’s self -assessment on a regular basis. This will be verbal as well as written; “Assessment for Learning” is an integral part of every Art lesson. The awarding of A- D grades for attainment reflects the extent to which pupils meet the expected British KS3 levels for their age group, with a C grade or above indicating that they are meeting the required level. Web pages (for artist research): www.the-artists.org Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: The habit of carrying a small (A5) sketchbook around on a regular should be encouraged; it enables pupils to respond to stimuli from real life observation. This can include impressions of moving objects in a matter of seconds, extended studies of subjects in their environment (at the beach or waiting for an appointment, for example) as well as notes made in Art galleries, inspirational thoughts, quotations, poetry, films, music etc. An awareness of all the applied Art in our everyday lives (jewellery, advertising, fashion, architecture, road- signs etc) should be encouraged. www.artcyclopedia.com www.finesite.webart.ru www.tate.org.uk 17 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  19. 19. GEOGRAPHY>>> Head of Department: Jo Mattingley-Nunn First Term Second Term Third Term Brazil Coasts Environmental Issues Ecosystems Crime Climate change Homework: 1 per two-week cycle. Homework may be longer, combined tasks. www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/ geography.shtm Assessment Policy: Tests after each unit and continual assessment over a range of tasks. www.census.gov/ipc/www/popclockworld.html IPad Project: Students will use iPads to carry out research on projects, and to make presentations. The apps to be used include: Skitch, Google Earth, Popplet, iMovie and Showbie. Web Pages: First Term Recommendations: Encourage your child to use the Internet in a constructive way, both for homework and for keeping an eye on geographical events. See the websites for reference. “Geography is a key subject for the future” - Michael Palin www.swgfl.org.uk/jurassic/coastal3.htm, HISTORY>>> Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 3 Head of Department: Jeanette Nugent Second Term Third Term Groups in Tudor society How different were Mary & Elizabeth? Life in Tudor England Henry VIII The problems of Elizabeth The Industrial Revolution Luther—changes in religion The Armada Revolution Homework: Homework may be set once a week and will normally involve 30 minutes’ work. It may involve a range of different activities. If a student fails to produce homework on time a note from parents must be produced stating the reason for this. Serious problems with homework will be referred to the Head of Department who will consult with the tutor and arrange for parents to be seen. range of marks in line with the English National Curriculum for History. Assessment Policy: At KS3 there are a number of formal assessments throughout and at the end of the year . These will assess students’ knowledge to some degree but will focus primarily on the skills that they have learnt throughout the term. www.historyonthenet.com History is less about memorizing dates and terms and more about using historical skills effectively. The termly formal assessments will be supplemented with rolling class assessment to ensure a broad & fair Web pages: www.bbc.co.uk/history www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk www.schoolhistory.co.uk www.historylearningsite.co.uk Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: All students are encouraged to take an active interest in history in a number of ways. This may include being taken to historical sites, watching historical films and documentaries and talking to family members about historical events and people. In addition, the reading of newspapers is useful, as it helps develop some historical skills such as source evaluation and interpretations. 18 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  20. 20. ICT>>> Head of Department: Stephen Neville First Term Second Term Third Term ECDL Module 2ª, Units 1-8 3-D Modelling Publishing on the web. Spreadsheets ICT Theoretical Perspectives Databases Touch typing Game Design (Scratch) Microsoft Office Applications Homework: Pupils will occasionally, when necessary. receive homework Assessment Policy: Assessment will take the form of formative and summative assessment. IPad Project: Students will learn to transfer information between the iPad and the computer by means of Gmail and Google Drive. In addition, they will use the following apps: Keynote, Pages, Numbers, Socreative and Quizlet. Web pages: www.caxtoncollegetic.com www. teach-ict.com www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize Www.greenfoot.org Students in Key Stage 3 will learn to integrate computer applications developed on the computer and export and edit them on iPad devices. - Children should be encouraged and made aware of technology and technological advancements around them to keep them up to date with an ever changing society. They should be encouraged to use computers as a means of developing and enhancing their research and communication skills. - Touch Typing (Keyboarding) Skills: Typing is a great method to introduce students to computer literacy and to improve their interaction with the computer. We use touch typing software called “Typing Platinum” which emphasises both accuracy and speed in typing. There is a special emphasis on touch typing so that by the end of Year 8 students will be familiar with the correct body and finger posture and learn the letter positions on the keyboard. The students should be able to type letter sets at 15 words per minute (WPM). Nº of classes per 2-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: - We recommend that all Year 8 pupils have a set of headphones ( preferably small ones which are more easily stored and carried around and not expensive ones). 19 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  21. 21. MUSIC>>> Head of Department: Gerry Paci First Term Second Term Third Term African Music Variations Indian Music Reggae & syncopation Jazz improvisation Music & space Homework: Homework is given every two weeks and is based on the topics studied in lessons at the time. Students are given a homework sheet for the term that displays all homework where the teacher puts the grade and effort to enable parents to view their progress. Web pages: Assessment Policy: Listening and appraising, performing and composing are assessed through class work, homework & regular written tests in individual and group activities. www.audacity.softonic.com IPad Project: Students will use GarageBand to improve, by means of sequences and multi-tracks, their ability to compose. In addition, they will learn the techniques necessary to create keyboard, percussion and stringed instruments. The use of an IPad will allow students to maximise their creative potential. PHYSICAL EDUCATION>>> First Term www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music/ mm/orchestra01.shtml www.earmaster.com Nº of classes per two-week cycle: 3 Recommendations: The music room is available at specific lunch times to practise on the class instruments. Students are able to join extra music clubs to help develop both performance and group skills. The music teacher is also there to help students with any queries or doubts they have about the subject. “Without music, life is a journey through a desert.” -Pat Conroy Head of Department: Sheryl Howells Second Term Third Term Invasion Game I Invasion Game 2 Net Game 2 Net Game Gymnastics Striking Fielding Fitness Dance Athletics Swimming *Order may vary within year group. Assessment Policy: At KS3 each activity is allocated 5/6 lessons per unit. The end of year grade is the average of each term. It is expected that students will achieve at least a B grade. Number of lessons per two-week cycle: 6 P.E. Kit: We insist on all students wearing the Caxton P.E. uniform of: - polo shirt, - shorts or tracksuit bottoms, - white sports socks - Suitable sport trainers (no Converse trainers). It is advised that students wear an undershirt or Caxton tracksuit top on colder days and bring a towel to shower if the activity requires it. 20 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  22. 22.  If the correct kit is not available for any reason we require a note of explanation and other appropriate sporting clothes should be brought. This will be noted as incorrect kit, but the student will not receive a low level until 3 incorrect kits have been accumulated.  If a pupil is unable to take part in the lesson we require a note. Notes should be written and signed in the student’s diary on the day of the lesson. This will help maintain the professional atmosphere of the class and keep students who are unable to take part physically engaged and learning. Recommendations: It is advised that students should take part in regular, continuous physical activity 3 to 5 times a week for a minimum of 20-30 minutes to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  If a student is unable to take part in the physical aspect of the lesson they should still change into kit and be involved as much as possible, taking the role of referee or leader. “The struggle is more important than the victory.” VALENCIAN LANGUAGE >>> Head of Department: Pilar Tortonda First Term Second Term Lectures: Un quadern màgic. Els negocis són els negocis. Els Blake, Anem a comprar al centre. - Vocabulari: Elements del cine i del còmic, Les relacions personals, La música i els instruments, La roba. -Lectures: Dos pares i dues mares, Els lotòfags. - Vocabulari: La familia, La selva i el desert. -Lectura: Una excel.lent idea, Bernat té un germà.. -Vocabulari: Els jocs populars, L’equipatge. -Ortografia: Els paréntesis, Els pronoms febles (I), Els pronoms febles (II). -Gramàtica: Els pronoms, El verb: nombre i persona, El verb: temps i mode. -Ortografia: p/b, t/d i c/g al final de paraula, g, j, tg, tj, b i v. -Gramàtica: Verbs regulars i irregulars, Els adverbis i les locucions adverbials, Les preposicions i les conjuncions. -Ortografia: x i ix. -Gramàtica: Classes d’oracions, Repàs dels signes de puntuació. -Expressió oral: Contar una pel.lícula, El carácter de les persones, Les professions. -Expressió escrita: La descripció d’un heroi del cine, La invitació, La narració de ciencia-ficció. -Expressió oral: La moda, Contar una experiencia familiar. -Expressió escrita: El resum, La ressenya d’un llibre. -Expressió oral: Les aficions, Els emigrants, Mar o muntanya. -Expressió escrita: El cal.ligrama, El poema, La ruta de viatge. Assessment Policy: Continual assessment of classwork throughout the year plus regular testing (twice a term). Number of lessons: 4 one-hour sessions a month. Web Pages: In the page www.cult.gva.es/jqcv it is Third Term possible to ask questions and do mock tests approved by the JQCV (official Valencian organisation). Recommendations: Students should be encouraged to read in Valencian and to try to practise the language whenever they can outside school. 21 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  23. 23. <<<Complementary Activities Drama Special Days: Throughout the course, students will be given the opportunity to attend a variety of dramatic performances, some of them given by professionals, and others by the Drama Club which runs during ExtraCurricular Activities. Book Day: In addition, the college puts on whole school theatre productions for pupils at specific points during the academic year. Professional theatre companies are invited into school on a regular basis. The productions are in either English or Spanish. The productions are a valuable resource for a number of subjects across the curriculum. School Trips The school encourages pupils to develop their friendships and social interaction beyond the school day. One of the most important events in this respect is the Year Trip. This experience enriches the sense of companionship and promotes the group ethos, not only amongst pupils, but also with regard to the relationships formed between students and teachers. Campaigns Throughout the year different campaigns are held to promote values amongst the students such as solidarity, respect, tolerance towards other nationalities and cultures and good relationships in the school. Games Day, Athletics Day & Swimming Gala The PE department arranges 3 InterHouse sports competitions during the year. “Games Day” primarily consists of team sports, such as Football and Basketball, etc.; whilst “Athletics Day” comprises Field and Track disciplines. The students can also take part in a variety of events in the Swimming Gala, both individual and group. On all of these days, pupils will have the chance to demonstrate what they have learned during PE lessons. On International Book Day all students and staff take part in a collective 10 minutes of silent reading of an English text. They also receive a 1€ book token to spend at specified book stores. Talks by Guest Speakers At certain times in the year, guest speakers are invited to give talks on various topics of interest to the students. Prize-Giving Event In June, there is a Prize-Giving Evening for students from Years 7 &8, where their academic achievements as well as their efforts are celebrated. Each subject department awards a diploma to those students who have obtained the highest marks in their subject, or made the best effort this year. Clubs Activities: Teachers offer several Workshops so that students can further their knowledge in certain subjects, such as: Conversation clubs in French and German, ICT workshops or Scientific Experiments. These are held during clubs time on Wednesdays, from 3.15 to 4.50 pm. The Choir (“Sound Lab”), meets almost every lunchtime in the Music Room. House System: The House system at Caxton College is an essential part of the school community and provides friendly but fierce competition for all to get involved in. All students and teaching staff are allocated to a House and join in with great enthusiasm in the challenge of leading their house to victory. More detailed information can be found in the “Welcome to Caxton” handbook. 22 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  24. 24. Training Healthy Adolescents EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Education is not only about the transmission of knowledge, but also about the formation of values, habits and customs. For this reason, we offer a wide range of extracurricular activities on Wednesday afternoons, including sports, artistic and academic activities. All students in this Key Stage should enrol in one of these activities as part of their comprehensive education. Students who do not participate in an extracurricular activity will have to do supervised private study, including homework. In May you will receive all the information you need in order to enrol. Activities begin in September and end in June. Those students who study Valencian Language will do this during clubs time. HOMEWORK At Caxton College homework is an important and integral part of the learning process. It: Provides an opportunity for staff and pupils to check knowledge and understanding. Consolidates learning. Develops and makes demands upon an individual student’s self-discipline, as well as important study and research skills. Provides extra practice of work done in class. Encourages family involvement in children’s learning. Organisation at home All pupils will be issued with a homework timetable at the beginning of the academic year. Subject teachers will set homework according to this timetable and the agreed formula for each subject. Additionally, we recommend that students devote at least 2 hours a week to those subjects which they feel require more attention. Sample of Year 8 homework timetable: MONDAY WEEK B WEDNESDAY Spanish WEEK A TUESDAY Social Sciences Maths Religion or Ethics Maths Music English Spanish Arte PSHE THURSDAY Science History Social Sciences French/ German FRIDAY English Science Geography 23 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
  25. 25. <<<School Material All students will need:  Pens, pencils, eraser, sharpener, etc.  A 30 cm ruler  1 compass  1 protractor  1 scientific calculator (we recommend Casio FX-85ES or a similar model provided it has the “replay” function).  1 pen-drive of 2 Gb  Exercise books (available in the school shop)  An iPad, minimum size an iPad 2 with 16 GB memory, is recommended to take notes and use in class when the teacher allows it. Textbooks may be purchased through the school. They are charged separately and in some cases are used for two academic years. The fee for school material in Secondary is designated for general school resources and includes the cost of laboratory and art resources and photocopies. Exercise books are available through the school since they are personalised for our centre. It does NOT cover the costs of individual materials. <<<School Transport For Secondary students to go home alone from the school bus stop, written permission is needed from their parents. Bus changes will not be permitted since the buses are filled to capacity. However, a student will be permitted to make his or her own change from bus to car by requesting this change in Reception. This will not require parental permission. 24 YEAR 8 HANDBOOK
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