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Year 8 subject information

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Year 8 subject information

  1. 1. Year 8 Information Evening Subject How can a parent/carer support a child in this subject? Challenge and Enrichment opportunities Trips planned and Extra Curricular Key Message for Year 8 English Support with all HW tasks on SMHW. Read with your child at home and discuss topics or interesting vocabulary that you come across together. Encourage your child to use Accelerated Reader and complete quizzes. Sign and support your child in completing the Active Reading Booklet. KS3 debate club. Handwriting club. Carnegie reading group. Reading spies. Regular competitions and extended projects will be set throughout the year that relate to what we will be studying in class. Globe theatre trip to see Much Ado About Nothing. English is the key to succeeding in all your subjects and later on in life. Explore your own ideas, be creative and engage in everything you are being asked to study. Every assessment is based on a GCSE style question so every lesson will be preparing your child with vital skills. Maths Support with all HW tasks on SMHW. Encourage attendance of afterschool clinic on Monday and Friday afterschool. Never mention that they also found Maths difficult. Lunchtime club Tuesday ad Thursday. UKMT Maths Challenge Individual Tests. National Cipher Challenge Competition Maths Disney Trip UKMT Team Challenge at Bancrofts National Cipher Challenge Competition The key to success in Mathematics is practise and attempting all questions. Make sure your child is completing all homework set and is revising to prepare for upcoming tests. Science Support with all HW tasks on SMHW. Encourage child to read scientific literature from revision guides that are to be utilised in KS4. Encourage child to complete extra revision questions from revision guide and ask class teacher for extension material. To attend Science club, participate in STEM activities in School. Complete scientific projects based around STEM. No trips planned currently, although there will be in school/out of school STEM events that will take place throughout the year. The topics covered in Year 7 and 8 provide a robust foundation for GCSE topics in year 9 and beyond. Ensure you are revising these topics thoroughly so that you can excel in Science here at RVHS. Geography Encourage students to watch the news and discuss key events with All Year 8 students will take part in a Challenge and Enrichment session No trips currently planned for Year 8 as enrichment The topics studied in Year 8 and 9 provide a solid
  2. 2. them- particularly those that relate to current topics e.g. Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Discuss with them homework tasks and encourage them to do extra research where applicable- geography is relatable to what is going on in the world around them! through the Geo Bus outreach team from UCL this half term. sessions planned within school hours. foundation for GCSE Geography so work hard and push yourself to the best of your ability. History Encourage students to watch historical documentaries about the topic we are studying. Visit local sites of historical interest. Encourage students to produce revision cards for the topics they have studied before the exams using the PLCs we provide. This will help boost their exam confidence. Year 8 Jack the Ripper walk with parents(Summer) Year 8 Jack the Ripper walk with parents(Summer) Year 8 is a great time to learn the skills you will need to progress to GCSE. Most of what we study is easy to find out about and there are lots of local places you can visit to see the history we learn about in action. RS Encourage students to watch the news and discuss key events with them- particularly those that relate to current topics. To support students with work set on SMHW and revision work posted in the Google Classroom. All Year 8 students will take part in a variety of workshops including SRE. No trips currently planned for Year 8 as enrichment sessions planned within school hours. The topics studied in the first two terms encourage an understanding of the world around us and theological ideas. In the summer term students start the Short Course GCSE form OCR in Philosophy. French Encourage students to practise speaking French in their free time. Watch television or films in French with students. Encourage students to do more than the set homework. Eg, research into grammar or learning extra vocabulary French KS3 language club - Tuesday lunchtime French trip to Boulogne The Yr8 course covers many of the topic areas that are seen in GCSE and vocabulary and grammar learned at this stage gives a solid foundation for success at GCSE. Good habits, for example, regularly learning vocabulary and taking an interest in the culture of France will breed success. Spanish Encourage students to practise speaking Spanish in their free time. Spanish KS3 language club - Tuesday lunchtime No trip planned at present The Yr8 course covers many of the topic areas that are
  3. 3. Watch television or films in Spanish with students. Encourage students to do more than the set homework. Eg, research into grammar or learning extra vocabulary seen in GCSE and vocabulary and grammar learned at this stage gives a solid foundation for success at GCSE. Good habits, for example, regularly learning vocabulary and taking an interest in the culture of Spain will breed success. Computer Science Support all tasks on SMHW Encourage revision work on topics using websites such as BBC Bitesize and Teach-ICT Encourage practice of written skills as 80% of the KS3 assessment is paper- based so students need to be able to adequately explain the work they are doing within lessons. Students are always welcome to come to the ICT office during lunchtimes to complete homework or improve classwork to help embed their skills. No trips currently planned The topics we study throughout KS3 provide a good basis upon which we build relevant skills to enable students to complete a GCSE in Computing, therefore it is important to focus each lesson so that you don’t miss important skills Music Opportunities for going to concerts or musicals. Encouraging wider listening of topics covered in the curriculum. Encouraging instrumental practice where possible. Extra-curricular, Winter Concert Auditions. No trips currently planned for year 8. Focus on specific areas of practice within the classroom and outside. Keep testing your memory through homework - little and often. Drama Support students with homework tasks. Encourage students to read widely and to make sure that what they read is challenging. Take students to see plenty of live theatre and encourage them to participate in extra-curricular opportunities. A possible rewards trip or workshop. Drama Club on Wednesdays. School Production rehearsals on Monday and Thursday. No current trip planned but hoping to organise in- school event. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things. Give ideas and take responsibility for directing sections of performance. Always work positively in your group. Aim for quality always. Art Review the art sketchbook when it comes home. Ask questions about the meaning of the work that we may be studying. Review the homework booklet on a weekly basis and ensure that adequate time is spent on the tasks. Gallery visits to Tate Britain, National Gallery or Tate Modern Students are always welcome to complete or improve classwork in their art rooms after school or at lunchtime on any day. We have 4 extra-curricular clubs on offer. We run an enrichment project for our most talented artists. No trips currently planned for Year 8 as enrichment sessions planned within school hours. Good art can’t be rushed, time must be spent on it. Good presentation is vital. Art is not something that ‘comes naturally’, it develops with practise
  4. 4. would always be appreciated. PE Encourage their child to be physically active. Encourage them to take an interest in a wide variety of sport. Watch sports events. Attend fixtures. Join clubs outside of school. Many. Please see the extra- curricular timetable. Visiting rugby coach into boys and girls lessons. Fixtures against other schools locally, country wide and nationally. Ski trip and Football tour. Please see the timetable. There is a lot going on so get involved! Develop a passion for sport. Develop your theoretical knowledge in preparation for GCSE PE which will start in Y9. Food and Nutrition Cooking regularly at home under supervision if necessary. Ensure the correct ingredients are brought into lessons. Regular check homework tasks or activities are completed-SMHW for due dates. Check Year 7(previously completed) recipe booklet and present some of the dishes at home for family or friends. Encouragement to join competitions on offer and workshops available. Attempt stretch and challenge activities during lesson time. No trips planned currently. Guest speakers during lesson time. A wide range of extracurricular activities available throughout the year. Workshops planned for after school and information shared on twitter and parentmail as they become available. Practise skills at home and try new recipes. Watch cooking programmes (for example: masterchef, British Bake off, Individual chef demonstrations, Nutritional programs promoting healthy eating/ superfoods) Read recipe books and food magazines for the latest trends in food and nutrition. Watch the news and look out for articles about healthy eating advice.

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