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.
    • 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.
    • Film – focussing on film throughout the ages, how films are made, looking at characters and storylines and creating their own film.
    • 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.
    • Gaming – focussing on the development of gaming and technology over time, looking at coding and developing a good story for others to enjoy.
    • 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.