Year 8 Objectives

Art and Design

Students will be introduced to a variety of new skills, techniques and processes. Students will begin to understand the formal elements and apply these to their own work and the work of others. Students will investigate and gain inspiration from a variety of sources, including traditional and contemporary artist and art practices. They will develop their analytical skills.

KS3 will use the assessment objectives from AQA GCSE to gain consistency within their learning. AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4. This will enable students to develop their skills ready for year 9 and KS4.

Design Technology

To be able to use the design processes to realise a range of products

To be able to use a range of drawing techniques throughout projects

To understand how to use a range of equipment and materials safely

To know and understand the properties of a range of materials and understand their environmental impact.


To promote a love of reading through exposure to texts in class.

To continue to develop critical reading skills through reading strategies.

To continue to expose students to different styles of writing and encourage experimentation in own writing.

To continue to develop accuracy and confidence in written and spoken communication.




To develop ensemble performance skills

To develop compositional techniques for intended outcome

To develop the ability to use musical language

To develop the ability to appreciate different styles and genres of music

To develop skills within music technology

To develop an understanding of the historical content and background to a range of music

To develop a passion towards music

To develop appraisal skills with one another



- Describe the structure and function of the digestive system. Identify the components of healthy diets and describe what these components are used for. Explain where the different components are digested using knowledge of enzymes.
- Identify the steps involved in plant reproduction, including pollination, fertilisation, seed dispersal, germination and growth.
- Identify the parts of the respiratory system in human and to describe the difference between aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
- Identify the main groups of unicellular organisms. Compare prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.
- Describe the causes of variation with species and explain how this variation is linked to the evolution and extinction of species.
- Describe the adaptation of plants and explain how these adaptations impact on the growing of crops.


- Describe how fuels are burned, what the products of burning coal are and how they affect the environment.
- Describe the structure of an atom, properties of elements and how they are arranged in the periodic table.
- Describe the properties of metals and how they react with water and acids. Describe how properties of metals change when they are mixed with other elements.
- Describe how rocks are formed, describe their properties and explain how they are broken down and transported.
- Describe and explain the properties and use of different materials, for example, polymers and ceramics.
- Identify the reactivity of different elements and use this to predict chemical reactions.


- Describe and explain how forces and particles affect the observed behaviour of fluids.
- Describe how light can be refracted and explain how this can be used to produce pictures from cameras
- Describe and explain energy transfers and evaluate the cost efficiency of different appliances
- Describe how the movements of the Earth within space cause changes to the seasons, the impact of the Earth’s magnetic field and calculate the weight of objects.
- Use mathematical equations to calculate speed and work done and explain the effect of turning forces
- Describe changes to current and voltage in series and parallel circuits and explain how electromagnets work.


To develop Spanish language skills in a variety of contexts, to broaden understanding of the culture of other countries and communities where Spanish is spoken, to encourage the enjoyment of language learning and to encourage the recognition that language skills enable students to take their place in a multi-lingual global society, to develop students ability to write and speak in Spanish and to understand Spanish when it is written down and spoken.