Year 8

Throughout Year 8, we aim to inspire our girls to aim high and strive for success. We have a variety of interesting and challenging events planned throughout the year to help them consider their strengths and areas to develop to become the very best that they can be when they select their Option subjects later in the year. Through these we hope to instil a curiosity for learning and a desire to be successful in both their studies and in life.

As this year marks the end of Key Stage 3, we believe that it is important for the students to start thinking about their future and begin planning where their learning journey will take them.

Students will be involved in a variety of virtual, remote and pre-recorded enhancement opportunities to support them in their decision making and choices over the coming year; these include a fantastic opportunity to observe a Virtual Chemistry presentation from the Royal Society of Chemistry as well as following the apprentice scheme from PIXL Edge. Over the year we will learn, understand and develop knowledge within Leadership, Well-being (Mind, health and life) Careers, Resilience, communication and initiative. Through these different topics we hope to build and develop our girls’ characters. We also explore aspects of our health and mental well being.

Whilst working from home, Y8 IT students are  encouraged to complete a series of badges to achieve the bronze IDea award, these are bite-size challenges that help them learn digital and enterprise skills. Each student has their own login and password, which are detailed on their Google classroom. In addition students can enhance their computer programming skills by completing challenges on the hour of the code, details of these challenges can be found on their Google classroom.

Although we are careful to follow the covid guidance around sport, we still strongly believe that our students need access to their PE lessons. Therefore, in year 8 we have adapted our PE programme to focus on continuous training, team building through mini games and problem solving activities, circuit training(covid safe) and interhouse cross country competition.

This year brings new challenges with the decisions regarding Options taking place after Christmas. The students continue to follow a diverse and enriched curriculum in Y8, studying the core subjects of English, Maths, Science, PE and ICT; in addition to languages, technology, art, geography, history, RE, dance drama and music. They have a dedicated reading lesson where they are able to explore reading skills and develop their ability to infer meaning which will have a massive impact on their GCSE studies and support their ability to access GCSE resources and examination papers