Year 8 themes continue to build upon and develop the knowledge and skills of students. They may revisit some of the ideas that are covered in Year 7 but in greater depth.
Again, each theme lasts between three and four weeks and is centred around group work, research skills, audienced learning and technology. Below is a brief description of each theme.
Review and exam weeks will be held twice during the year, in January and in the Summer term.
DRIVING QUESTION: What must we consider when building for our community?
The intention of this theme is for students to identify, explain and analyse the key components to consider when building for our community. They will take on the role of an architect bidding for a new project in the local area, planning and building models of their designs and considering how to fund it for the future. They conduct research, plan, build and use feedback to make improvements throughout the project. By the end of the theme, they participate in a competition, where they deliver a pitch in the hope of it being chosen by the local community.
DRIVING QUESTION: What impact has the Industrial Revolution had on living conditions today?
The intention of this theme is to explore the Industrial Revolution in Britain, with its main focus around education and industry. Students investigate the differences between the conditions of this time and the modern world. The theme begins with students researching some of the fundamental differences within the world of work, schools and inventions before discovering the difficult circumstances of children through William Blake’s poetry and eyewitness accounts. Students will also use Dickens’ Oliver Twist to create pieces of script that reflect the themes and plot of the original text. This helps them prepare for an extended piece of writing discussing the potential return of corporal punishment. They will also experience a typical school day similar to Victorian times to compare the differences in teaching and learning styles, subjects and activities.
DRIVING QUESTION: What App can we design to improve people’s lives?
During this theme, students will:
- Work individually or as part of a team to complete a project
- Brainstorm a real-life problem that could be solved by an app
- Decide on an idea to take forward
- Identify the app features that would be most beneficial to potential users
- Design and prototype an app
- Promote their app idea to potential investors