Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Year 8

Home based learning

With respect to learning outside the Academy, students should expect to receive at least 30 minutes of homework per subject per week. With 12 subjects, this means students should spend at least 6 hours each week investing in learning at home. The purpose of homework is to support prior learning in lesson and/or prepare for learning to happen in future lessons. It is also intended to support students in learning the skills of time management, independent study and self-direction. In the event that students do not have set homework tasks, it is our expectation that they are investing the equivalent time to learn, for example by memorising their knowledge organisers.

Marking and feedback

In terms of marking and feedback, students can expect regular and ongoing verbal feedback from teachers, as well as opportunities for peer and self-assessment. Our staff will also use a combination of whole class feedback, individual written comments and assessment marking in order to support students in realising improved academic outcomes. We recognise the distinction between practicing the acquisition of new content and development of skill and bringing both these elements together for performance in formal assessment. For this reason, it is only in the case of the latter that students are likely to receive marks, or a grade. 

 

By clicking on the links below, you can access further subject specific information about course content, additional guidance about homework and feedback, as well as detail about support for independent learning.

 

Subject Guides

Art

Term 1

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Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

African Art

Observation drawing from secondary sources

Tinga Tinga Art Cubism Tinga Tinga Art Cubism Clay mask Insects mixed media workshops


Home based learning

Students will receive at least one formal homework every three weeks based upon the learning being completed in class. This will either be an activity or 30 mins revision for a test.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Drama

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Juvenile Crime

Spies and Secrets

Pop Culture and TV Our Day Out Sparkleshark Jo and Warden X


Home based learning

Formal homework will be set at least once per topic and will be assessed through end of term assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback will be received through the use of progress trackers which record all practical achievement. Verbal feedback will be given during practical lessons for work in progress. Whole class feedback will be given after assessments with common mistakes identified. This will be evidenced through the end of year exams.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

English Language and Literature

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Sherlock Holmes (Topics include: Victorian Society; the detective genre; duality; periodicals)  x2lessons of Expressive Writing 

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Sherlock Holmes with a formal written assessment this term (Topics include: Victorian Society; the detective genre; duality; periodicals)  Formal Assessm  x2lessons of Expressive Writing 

English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Shakespeare's The Tempest (Topics include: The Elizabethan Age of Exploration; colonialism; nature / nurture; the form of a comedy; subplots; soliloquy and monologue, Italian city-states)    x2lessons of Expressive Writing  English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Shakespeare's The Tempest with a formal written assessment this term (Topics include: The Elizabethan Age of Exploration; colonialism; nature / nurture; the form of a comedy; subplots; soliloquy and monologue, Italian city-states)    x2lessons of Expressive Writing  English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Orwell's Animal Farm     x2lessons of Expressive Writing English Mastery - x3 lessons Literature Orwell's Animal Farm with a formal written assessment this term (Topics include: )    x2lessons of Expressive Writing 


Home based learning

Independent reading/writing tasks and preparation for spelling, punctuation and grammar testing.
 

Marking and feedback

Where appropriate, written feedback in books. Whole class feedback on written tasks. Verbal feedback given during lessons.  Grading of end of year exam.  
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Food Technology

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Heatlth and Safety, 

bacteria and shortbread

Section 2: Principles of Nutrition

Section 3: Diet 

and Good Health

Section 1: Commodities Section 5: Where food Comes From Section 6: Factors Affecting Food Choice


Home based learning

Is given weekly. It is either sourcing ingredients for practical work, or completing a task for the starter in a lesson. The task will be either based on learning from previous lesson, or pre learning based on Knowledge Organisers and is peer assessed as appropriate.

 

Marking and feedback

Constant whole class feedback given during practical lessons. 1 Practical given a fine grade per term, with improvement points identified. 1 piece of written work given feedback.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Geography

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

The Restless Earth

Development

Rivers Flooding Urban Earth Revision and Urban Earth


Home based learning

Students will be expected to spend at least 1 hour, every 2 lessons working on a range of tasks such as revision, written work and model making.
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback in preparation for, or following assessments.
 

Knowledge Organisers

History

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

The Slave Trade

The Industrial Revolution

World War I World War II The Holocaust The 20th Century


Home based learning

Students will be expected to use their knowledge organisers (along with any other appropriate resources) to revise for knowledge recall tests.
 

Marking and feedback

As well as regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal feedback termly following assessment.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

  • Making Sense of History 1745-1901 Textbooks
  • Making Sense of History 1901-present day Textbooks

Mathematics


 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Prime numbers and factorisation, calculating with fractions, positive and negative numbers

Sequences, expressions and equations, construction and angles in parallel lines, length and area

Percentage change, ratio and rate, rounding and accuracy Circumference and area of a circle, 3D shapes incl surface area and volume, statistics Statistics, revision for EOY exams EOY exams, investigations


Home based learning

Students will be set weekly tasks or revision from HegartyMaths.
 

Marking and feedback

Students will receive immediate feedback from HegartyMaths, and have one formal assessment marked with personalised intervention after each topic of study.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Music

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

20th Century Art Music

Film Music

Jazz & Blues Musical Theatre Popular Music - Song Writing / Projects Popular Music - Song Writing / Projects


Home based learning

In addition to revision, formal homework will be set at least once per topic and will be assessed through end of term assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback will be received through the use of progress trackers which record all practical achievement, listening achievement will also be included when appropriate (not every term). Verbal feedback will be given during practical lessons for work in progress. Whole class feedback will be given after listening assessments with common mistakes identified. This will be evidenced through the end of year exams.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support

Physical Education

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Theory- Antagonistic Pairs, structure of the skeleton, classification of bones

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities

Theory- Antagonistic Pairs, structure of the skeleton, classification of bones

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities

Theory- Methods of training

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities

Theory- Methods of training

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities

Theory- Effects of diet, activity levels, work,  rest and sedentary lifestyles

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities

Theory- Effects of diet, activity levels, work,  rest and sedentary lifestyles

 

Sports that groups may participate in at different points throughout the year:

Table tennis, basketball, hockey, rugby, netball, fitness, gymnastis, tennis, cricket, rounders, athletics, badminton, handball, outdoor adventure activities


Home based learning

Given the practical nature of the subject and in addition to revision, extended formal homework will be set once per topic area (3 times throughout the year).
 

Marking and feedback

Written feedback 3 times a year  with a DIT task (one on each of the 3 topic areas in their booklets).
 

Knowledge Organisers

Religious Studies

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

How do we know what is right and wrong?

Is war ever justified?

How should we treat animals? What is the problem of evil? Is religion dangerous? Revision


Home based learning

Students will be expected to use their exercise books and knowledge organisers (along with any other appropriate resources) to revise for knowledge recall tests and assessments. 
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback  following each assessment point.
 

Knowledge Organisers

Science

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

B2.1 Health and Lifestyle

C2.1 Periodic Table 

P2.1Electricity and Magnetism

B2.2 Ecosystems

C2.2 Separation Techniques

P2.2 Energy

B2.3 Adaptation and inheritance 

C2.3 Metals and Acids 

P2.3 Motion and Pressure

C2.3 Metals and Acids

C2.3 The Earth

End of year Exams 

Big Practical Project 


Home based learning

One 30 minute homework per week.
 

Marking and feedback

A mixture of classwork or homework marked once per topic (roughly once every two weeks.)
 

Knowledge Organisers

Spanish

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

Term 5

Term 6

Holidays

All about me

Food Making plans Summer Reflection and project.


Home based learning

Learn for a  vocabulary test every other week.  In addition Written/Reading homework when appropriate. 
 

Marking and feedback

In addition to regular in- class feedback, students can expect one piece of formal written feedback termly . 
 

Knowledge Organisers

Independent learning support