Year 8 Thematic Journey

Intent – What are we aiming to achieve through our curriculum?

    • To ensure a well varied curriculum is adapted each half term through our Year 8 themes.
      • My Community – focussing on the community of the school, where we live, people who help us, different jobs and getting to know how Year 8 works.
      • Crime and Punishment – focussing on crime and punishment throughout the ages, how punishments have changed, looking at right and wrong and also how to make the right choices.
      • Myths and Legends – focussing on Greek and Roman myths and how they have progressed over time, looking at local legends and creating our own mythical creatures.
      • Chocolate – focussing on the history of chocolate, how it is made, where it comes from and reading the story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
      • Survivals and Disasters – focussing on different extreme weather and how it happens, where on the map more extreme weather happens and how to survive outdoors.
      • Summer – focussing on how to stay safe over the summer, looking at holiday destinations and how to book a holiday.
    • To provide education which is adapted to suit the needs of our students.
    • To provide a calm and safe learning environment that is learning focussed.
    • To ensure students are learning to the best of their ability.
    • To promote health and well-being.
    • To ensure students are building on their life skills in each lesson.
    • To ensure that our Valley Values are at the heart of learning.

Implementation – How are we delivering our curriculum?

    • To adapt learning to each student.
    • To teach through topics and build on knowledge and experiences.
    • To allow students to generalise and draw links more easily between subjects.
    • To build on numeracy and literacy skills.
    • To track progress termly to be able to share progress with families and use to support our students.
    • To provide home learning each half term to enable the students to build upon their learning at home.
    • To allow regular use of Class Dojo to promote sharing learning regularly with families and promoting student achievement.

Impact – What difference is the curriculum making to our students?

  • To enable all students to meet or exceed their expected progress in all subjects.
  • To provide a safe and exciting environment to make learning enjoyable and memorable.
  • To build confidence and resilience by regularly over learning learnt skills.
  • To ensure goals are reachable but stretching and challenging all students.
  • To enable students to be well prepared for access to the next stage of their education.
  • To ensure learning is purposeful and meaningful for students to independently make their own connections to lessons.
  • To enable students to access new experiences and opportunities both at school and in their community.