Year 8 Curriculum 2022-23

Here at Penrice we strive to offer a broad and diverse curriculum that helps our students develop into curious and highly engaged learners. You can browse the curriculum below by clicking on the subject headings for further information.

If you would like to know more about the curriculum at Penrice Academy, please email enquiries@penrice.org.uk where your request will be forwarded to the most appropriate subject teacher.

Art
Autumn Term

Activist Against Extinction

Spring Term

Activist Against Extinction
Future Planet

Summer Term

Future Planet

Full Year 8 Art Curriculum (PDF) Art Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Character
Autumn Term

What is Character?
Artist Research

Spring Term

Exploring the Arts
What is Character

Summer Term

Arts Skill Share

Full Year 8 Character Curriculum (PDF) Character Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
CLASS
Autumn Term

Health and wellbeing
Living in the wider world

Spring Term

Relationships
Health and Wellbeing

Summer Term

Relationships
Living in the wider world

Full Year 8 CLASS Curriculum (PDF) CLASS Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Computer Science
Autumn Term

Control Systems
Introduction to python

Spring Term

Next Steps python
Decode Cycle

Summer Term

Mobile app development – focus on data security and cybercrime
Digital artefacts

Full Year 8 Computer Science Curriculum (PDF) Computer Science Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Design Technology & Engineering (DT)
Autumn Term

Designing to solve everyday problems
A Step in Time

Spring Term

Awesome Architecture

Summer Term

3-2-1 Blast Off!

Full Year 8 DT Curriculum (PDF) DT Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Drama
Autumn Term

Blackout

Spring Term

Blood Brothers

Summer Term

Purpose of Theatre – Face: The Play

Full Year 8 Drama Curriculum (PDF) Drama Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
English
Autumn Term

Crime and Punishment
Structure

Spring Term

From the Front Line
Merchant of Venice

Summer Term

Media
Of Mice and Men

Full Year 8 English Curriculum (PDF) English Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Food, Hospitality & Catering
Autumn Term

The Importance of Healthy Eating

Spring Term

Grains and Starches

Summer Term

Mass Production

Full Year 8 Food Curriculum (PDF) Food & Catering Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Geography
Autumn Term

Natural Hazards and Plate Tectonics
Geological timescales and Climate Change

Spring Term

Coasts
Our Living World

Summer Term

Opportunities and challenges in a desert environment
Development and the Horn of Africa

Full Year 8 Geography Curriculum (PDF) Geography Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
History
Autumn Term

1750-1900:
Were peoples’ lives revolutionised between 1750-1900?
What was the slave trade?
Should we be proud of the British Empire?

Spring Term

1900-present:
What were the causes of WWI?
Why was WWI seen as a ‘new’ kind of war?
Did women get the vote through deeds, words or something else?
Did the end of one war just lead to another?

Summer Term

1900-present:
Did everyone experience the same war?
Was America right to drop the atomic bomb
What was the greatest turning point in Russian history?

Full Year 8 History Curriculum (PDF) History Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Maths
Autumn Term

Algebraic Thinking
Proportional Reasoning
Sequences

Spring Term

Sequences
Linear Graphs
Fractions

Summer Term

Fractions
Percentages
Equations

Full Year 8 Maths Curriculum (PDF) Maths Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)
Autumn Term

My summer holidays
Around town

Spring Term

All about sports
At the movies

Summer Term

Social media and new technologies
How to survive in France and Spain

Full Year 8 MFL Curriculum (PDF) MFL Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Music
Autumn Term

Band Musicianship

Spring Term

World Music

Summer Term

Developing Ensemble Skills

Full Year 8 Music Curriculum (PDF) Music Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Physical Education (PE)
Autumn Term

Rugby
Strength & Conditioning
Netball
Badminton
Tag Rugby
Hockey
Fun Fitness

Spring Term

Strength & Conditioning
Football
Hockey
Badminton
Athletics

Summer Term

Athletics
Cricket
Rounders

Full Year 8 PE Curriculum (PDF) PE Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Religious Education (RE) / World Views
Autumn Term

Islam

Spring Term

Islam
Prophets and the Inspiration to Live Well

Summer Term

Prophets and the Inspiration to Live Well
Christianity
Christian and Humanist Ethics

Full Year 8 RE Curriculum (PDF) Religion and World Views Curriculum for All Years (PDF)
Science
Autumn Term

Working Scientifically
Respiratory System
Chemical Reactions
Energy
Metals

Spring Term

The Earth
Genetics & Evolution
Plants
Waves

Summer Term

Revision
End of Year Tests
Magnets

Full Year 8 Science Curriculum (PDF) Science Curriculum for All Years (PDF)