English Year 8


Dear Parents and Students,

We welcome you to the 2019-2020 academic year. We understand that the students’ transition from Year 7 to Year 8 can be an exciting yet daunting time. However, we believe that with your dedication, commitment and hard work we will provide a high quality learning environment and we are looking forward to a wonderful and successful year.

The Year 8 students are following the Year 8 Cambridge Curriculum English focusing on a number of skills that are distributed through Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3. Throughout Term 1, students will be given many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of the skills delivered. For more details about the grading structure of Term 1, please open and download the assessment schedule below.

Success in this class is based on many aspects; the most important of which are a student's attendance, participation in class, and following up at home. If as a student you are confused, please make sure you ask questions during or after class. We have an open door policy at all times.

Finally, please note that the best way to know what is happening in our English classes is to check our Year 8 English Google site or the Google classroom. For further questions, or if you would like to make an appointment with your son's/daughter's teacher, please contact the secondary school secretary to set a date.

Thank you, and we wish you the best of luck for the academic year ahead.

From all of us in Year 8 English .

Assessment week:(3 - 7 Nov 2019)

Please see Google Classrooms for details about revision for assessment week.


Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 8 (coursebook and workbook)

Class readers

Cambridge Secondary 1 English enables learners to communicate confidently and effectively and to develop the skills to respond to a range of information, media and texts with understanding and enjoyment. Learners who follow this framework will develop a first language competency in English based on a curriculum designed to be successful in any culture and to promote cross-cultural understanding.

The Cambridge Secondary 1 English Curriculum Framework is presented in four main content areas.

1) Reading

2) Writing

3) Speaking

4) Listening

Curriculum Subject Guide

Curriculum Subject Guide year 8

*Assessment Weightings for Year 8

Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests

Cambridge Lower Secondary Progression Tests provide a valuable and valid internal assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding. They enable learning to be assessed each year and provide detailed information about the performance of each learner for stages 7, 8 and 9.

The results enable teachers to give structured feedback to learners and compare the strengths and weaknesses of individuals and groups, which then allows more prescribed planning for each teaching group to ensure knowledge gaps are filled.

The tests are marked internally, but the markscheme is directly from Cambridge, and allowed standardisation with cohorts from all Cambridge schools.

Classroom expectations

  • Be on time and prepared with everything you need (books, stationery, etc.).
  • Have respect for yourself, others around you and the environment.
  • Be responsible and accountable for any work due such as homework, projects and assignments (if there is a problem, inform us in advance).
  • Read and practise your English skills on a daily basis.
  • Ask for help and support when needed.
  • Pay attention, participate and give your best.

Focus for the week

Term 1

Week | 25 - 29 August

Welcome, introductions, scheme of work, classroom expectations

Week | 1 - 5 September

Concept: Introduction to short stories

Reading: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Week | 8 - 12 September

Reading: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi

Writing: Comprehension based in short story

Week | 15 - 19 September

Language: Exploring narrative structure

Reading: The Little Match Girl - exploration of character, plot and setting

Writing: Narrative response - identifying literary devices

Week | 22 September - 3 October

Language: Exploring narrative structure

Reading: The Little Match Girl - exploration of character, plot and setting

Writing: Narrative response - identifying literary devices

Week | 6 - 10 October

Language: Exploring the language of suspense.

Reading: Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 8 (coursebook and workbook)

Week | 13 - 17 October

Language: Compare and contrast

Reading: Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and The Little Match Girl

Week | 20 - 24 October

Mid-term break

Week | 27 - 31 October

Review of narrative structure (plotline, literary devices)

Writing: Narrative writing (creative writing based with a moral, applying narrative structure and elements of literature)

Week | 3 - 7 November

Language: Mid-Term Test

Important date: Monday 4 October - Language Test.

Important information: Assessment week 3 - 7 November. Monday 4 November, English test - reading comprehension / elements of literature writing (plotline/obstacles).

For review:

  • The stages of plot (exposition, {catalyst}, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)
  • Identifying obstacles in a text (time obstacles, conflict obstacles, difficulty obstacles)
  • Identifying and explaining literary terms (literary devices) from a given text

Week | 10 - 14 November

  • Language focus: Adverbial clause, complex sentences, compound sentences, run-on sentences
  • Working with Cambridge Check Point textbook

Term 2

Details for Term 2 and beyond will be confirmed as soon as possible.