Welcome to Year 8
Within Year 8, the continued focus this year is very much on ensuring that recognitions are being accumulated, consequences are limited and learning is at the forefront of the students minds. As always we want all students to feel content, respected and safe. Respecting others, our surroundings and continuously demonstrating the 3 R’s so that you are positive role models to the new year 7’s who are now in the same position as you were a year ago.
From an academic perspective, Year 8 is the year of option choices therefore, it is essential that Year 8 students are absorbing information within their subjects to make informed choices around their options. We see the enormous potential within the year group to succeed both academically and through extra curricular provision and would encourage all students where possible to fully indulge in what KWS has to offer.
We wish every student the best year of recognition, experiences and learning as they proceed into year 8. As always, we are looking forward to guiding, supporting and encouraging them to reach their full potential.
Please take the time to re-read Mr Martin’s outline of our high standards and expectations as KWS students return at the start this academic year.
All students should be Ready, Respectful and Responsible. These 3Rs guide our students on how to conduct themselves in their learning and how to interact with students and staff.
Our school values of Knowledge, Wellbeing and Success are key to the character development of our students and how they can achieve personally and academically.
Year Group Team
Curriculum in Year 8
The curriculum year 7 and 8 students follow is outlined in the diagram to the right.
Details of the curriculum studied in each subject in Year 8 can be found on the Curriculum Pages of the website here
If you would like more detail, please do ask your child to show you the student site and/or google classroom for each of their subjects – this provides access to each lesson and associated resources along with knowledge organisers (KOs) for topics studied.
Careers Education in Year 8
Students will have one form time per week dedicated to the ‘World of work’, as well as undertaking a PSHE unit, enhancing their knowledge of Unifrog. All students in Year 8 will have the opportunity to hear from / work with a provider of apprenticeships / technical qualifications from the local area. Students will also have opportunities to meet with visitors from industry, should they wish to. Students in all year groups will also take part in careers based lessons in all subjects during KWS Careers month in March
Home Learning in Year 8
Home learning expectations are outlined here and additional enrichment tasks can be found on each of the subject’s curriculum pages – do encourage your child to dive into some of these.
Super Curriculum in Year 8
Students have the opportunity to select Period 7 and clubs twice this year, in September and January. Choices will be sent home for review and discussion the Friday prior to choices being made the following week in form time, guided by their tutor. They will complete four blocks of period 7 across the year, in the categories of Mind, Body and Soul.
Dates to note for Year 8
All our key events are on the school calendar which can be viewed here and should be reviewed in detail.
Some to note for Year 8:
- Trips and in school activity days are planned for 10 Nov, 17 Jan and 28 Feb.
- Reports will be issued in November, February and July.
- Parents Evening is scheduled for Mon 4th March.
- KS4 Options are selected in the later half of the Spring term, supported by Options Evening on Tues 30th Jan and the above mentioned parents evening.
- Exams Week is 10-14 June.
- Activities week will run (inc. some trips and sports day) from 24-28 June.
Your first port of call in school is your child’s form tutor, please do get in touch with them via ClassCharts if you have any questions or concerns. Please be aware of agreed protocols for such communications here.