English Year 8


Dear Parents and Students,

Ms Nelda, Ms. Zoobia, Mr. Jabari and Mr Simon welcome you to the 2018-2019 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 .

Ms Zoobia, Mr Jabari, Mr Simon, Ms Nelda and Ms Daniela (Head of English).

These are the Year 8 English teachers:


Collins Cambridge Checkpoint Stage 8 (coursebook and workbook)

Hatchet (Gary Paulsen)

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 three main content areas.

1) Reading

2) Writing

3) Speaking and Listening

Curriculum Subject Guide

Curriculum Subject Guide year 8, 2018-19 (1).docx

Assessment Weightings for Year 8

Secondary School Assessment Weightings 2018-19.pdf

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 29 - 30 August

Welcome, introductions, scheme of work, classroom expectations.

Week 2 - 6 September

Writing: Introduction to descriptive writing

Reading: Introduction to Hatchet.

Project: Introduction to Joy Revolution.

Week 9 - 13 September

Writing: Descriptive writing - completion and review of travel writing.

Reading: Hatchet - preliminary study of character.

Project: Design and commencement of practical work for Joy Revolution.

Week 16 - 20 September

Writing: Concepts of 'audience' and 'purpose' through brochures.

Reading: Hatchet - preliminary exploration of character, plot and setting.

Project: Completion of box decoration.

Important date: Wednesday 19 September, Curriculum Evening.

Week 23 - 27 September

Language: Exploring narrative structure.

Reading: Hatchet - preliminary exploration of character, plot and setting.

Project: Completion of box project.

Important date: Wednesday 26 September - Reading Comprehension Short Assessment

Week 30 September - 01 October

Language: Exploring the language of suspense.

Reading: Hatchet

Project: Writing for short assessment.

Week 7 October - 11 October

Language: Mid-Term Test

Important date: Monday 8 October - Language Test.

Important information: Assessment week 7 - 11 October. Monday 8 October, English test - reading comprehension / elements of literature writing (not the Hatchet) .

Week 14 October - 18 October

Language: Dictionary Week - activities and work focusing on dictionaries ahead of Dictionary Day on 16th

Reading: Hatchet - Chapters 3 - 4 - story-boarding for summary