English Year 8


Welcome to English Year 8! I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable summer. This page is meant to keep students and parents informed about important dates, events and general information dealing with the subject.

These are the Year 8 English teachers:

  • Ms Reiona (reiona.harilal@emsdoha.net)
  • Ms Nelda (nelda.cilliers@emsdoha.net)

Cambridge Secondary 1

Term 1 Catch Up.docx

Catch up for Term II Student Support Program.

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 five content areas.

1) Phonics, Spelling and Vocabulary

2) Grammar and Punctuation

3) Reading

4) Writing

5) Speaking and Listening

Curriculum Subject Guide

Curriculum Subject Guide year 8.docx

Assessment Weightings for Year 8

Assessment Weighting Year 8.docx


27 September 2017 Short Assessment-Grammar and punctuation

9 October 2017 Test: Writing a Friendly Letter

16 October 2017 World Dictionary Day: Vocabulary Parade

18 October 2017 Assignment: Write an extract from a short story.

22 October 2017 Progression Test: Reading

25 October 2017 Progression Test: Writing

14 November 2017 Short Assessment: Diary Entry

19 November 2017 Test: Reading Comprehension

21 November 2017 Graded Classwork: Holes (Chapters 1-10)

26 November 2017 Short Assessment: Listening Comprehension

28 November 2017 Graded Classwork: Holes (Chapters 11-20)

14 January 2018 Test: Reading Comprehension (non-fiction) and Descriptive Writing

21 January 2018 Project: Leaflet

27 February-1 March 2018 Project: Creating a map based on the novel Holes

4 March 2018 Test: Figurative Language: Simile, Metaphor, Alliteration, Onomatopoeia

18 March 2018 Short Assessment: Holes - Chapters 25, 26 and 27 ( Extracts with questions)

World Dictionary Day: 16 October 2017

In celebration of Dictionary Day, our Year 8s will be participating in a Vocabulary Parade. Each student will choose a word from the list provided and create a sign and costume which represents the chosen word. During the English lesson, students will present their word to the class, explain the meaning and tell us about the costume they have created. A winner for best representation of a word will be chosen and a certificate will be awarded during assembly. We hope our students will enjoy learning new vocabulary and have fun being creative with words!

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.

Literature Study

Holes by Louis Sacher.

Find out more about the book by visiting http://www.louissachar.com/holes.html

World Book Day - 23 April 2018

Celebrating World Book Day:

Students will dress up as characters from the following books, only during the English lesson:

8-3 The Hunger Games

8-4 Vampre Academy

8-5 The Fault in our Stars

8-6 Percy Jackson

Please bring popcorn and lemonade (or any other juice) for the book cafe.

Lucky Book dip: bring an old book, pop into the box and choose a new one.