Year 8

Expectations of Year 8

Year 8 is an important year in forming the foundation and preparation work for the year 9 SATs as well as gaining an insight into the subject content.  In this preparation year it is important that a clear understanding of the work is obtained and students utilise this time to increase subject knowledge throughout the National Curriculum.  At this stage students start to find out for themselves which subjects they are struggling in as well as enjoying. 
 
Academic tutoring
 
Pupils are placed in forms for academic tutoring.  The form comprises of approximately 30 pupils, and they remain in the same form throughout key stages 3 and 4. 
The pupils spend time as a form group twice a week in form time.  During this time pupils will be monitored, contact books will be signed and basic administration will be completed.
Pupils attend two main school assemblies directed at key stage 3 and a year assembly once a week.
Pupils are taught citizenship as a form primarily by the form tutor, however visiting speakers, outside and in house performances also contribute to the deliverance of the subject.  The topics covered during year 8 include:
The world of work; Self esteem and confidence; Body image; Drugs and Alcohol; Fire Safety; Friendship; and Facts and opinions.
The academic tutoring of the pupils is carried out by the year 8 tutors, reserve tutors, Head of year and the Director of Studies in year 8. 
 
Curriculum
 
The pupils study wide range of subjects including Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, Art, Technology, ICT, Physical Education, Citizenship and Languages.
 
Assessment and Reporting
 
The pupils sit an initial MidYis assessment on entering the school in year 7. MidYis will predict the target National Curriculum grade for the end of Key Stage 3, for each academic subject. 
The pupils will receive effort grades, National Curriculum levels and focus points three times a year in the autumn, spring and summer terms. The grades in the autumn and the summer terms will be used as the basis to discuss pupils’ progress and set targets on the review days in November and July.
The pupils in year 8 will receive their reports and will have Consultation Evening in the third term.  At this evening parents and pupils are able to discuss the pupils’ progress and ask questions about the subject.