PE

A PARENT’S GUIDE

How can I help my child be a successful learner in PE?

  • Encourage your child to pack their PE kit the night before a lesson
  • Bring additional layers underneath their PE top if they are going to be outside in cold weather
  • Provide your child with a note if they are ill or injured
  • Ensure your child brings in their PE kit if they are ill or injured as they can perform additional roles, such as, officiating or coaching
  • Ask your child if they have completed their Google Quiz which is posted onto Google Classroom once a half-term as part of their assessment.
  • Encourage your child to attend extra-curricular clubs after-school
  • Encourage your child to take part in sport outside of school

What extra-curricular clubs are available for my child to attend?

Please see the extra-curricular timetable below.

How will my child be assessed in their PE lessons?

Student’s are assessed in 3 categories; Head, Hands & Heart. The grading system is 9-1 and students are regularly informed of what grade they should be aiming for, dependent on their school year. Student’s are awarded an average grade for Head, Hands & Heart. Students are assessed once every 6 weeks on completion of their sporting activity. This grade is then reported back to your child and targets are identified to enable your child to make further progress. Please see the attached assessment criteria for further information.  (PE Assessment)

How do I contact the PE Department?

If you have any questions/want to know more about how you can support your child please contact us at: pe@jhncc.org

English

The Year 8 English Exam

Papers

Topics

Length

Date

1

Oliver Twist

Extract and whole novel analysis.

1 hour

14th to 28th of January 2019.

All students will sit one English exam paper lasting 60 minutes. It will take place in lesson time according to the published timetable 

Supporting Exam Preparation

Effective studying is essential to doing well in these exams. We’ve included some tips below for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to accept their invite to join the whole year 8 Google Classroom and start studying now
  • Encourage your child to use the Oliver Twist knowledge organiser to learn important quotes, writers techniques and context. These contain all the essential knowledge for the Oliver Twist AP1. This can be found on Google classroom and the website.
  • Ask your child if you can help them: chatting to them or asking them questions from the knowledge organisers and testing them on key quotations. See if they can remember the key quotations attached to each character, and also ask them what they understand by them.
  • There is also a practice AP1 exam to be completed – this is the same layout as the exam. There are also practice extract questions on Google Classroom. Working through these under timed conditions will help make sure they have practice at this but encourage your child to get good at writing great answers before they attempt a timed answer.

AP1 - Exam Content

Exam content to be learned and studied

•The theme of poverty and life in the workhouses for young children

•The plot of Oliver Twist

•A good understanding of key characters

•A good understanding of life in 19th century England.

•A good understanding of Dickens

Spacing

From now until the exam, study in chunks and do not leave the preparation until the last minute

Use the materials to spread out your studying so everything is studied more than twice and the practice questions are used. If you do this the actual exam in January will have no surprises.

Google Classroom

Your child’s English Year 8 English Google Classroom contains AP1 practice, other practice questions, revision resources and the marksheet for AP1. Students understand how to use this marksheet.

Contacting the department

As a department we can be contacted by  emailing the English department at this email address english@jhncc.org  or contact Mrs Doheney  (Y8 English) by emailing mdoheney@jhncc.org

Leaning Materials

 

Geography

A PARENT’S GUIDE - Year 8

Papers

Topics

Length

Content to Learn

1

Urban

Environments

Coasts

60 minutes

Urbanisation ideas – Settlement,  Suburbanisation, Counter urbanisation, Push factor, Rural to urban migration, Megacity Settlement types and functions, Burgess Model, Challenges that megacities face.

 

Coasts – Erosion, Transportation, Deposition, Swash, Fetch, Types of wave, Types of erosion, Formation of a stack, Coastal management strategies

How should my child revise and prepare to be successful on these assessments?

Thoroughly learn the ideas and vocabulary from the knowledge organisers. Students can do this the same way they revise and prepare for their regular knowledge and key questions tests by self-testing. This process involves the following steps:

  1. Selecting a chunk of the knowledge organiser or study booklet.
  2. Test yourself on the content to be learnt. Ask others to test you. See if you can remember the whole knowledge organiser by trying to write it out from memory

As you get more confident with your knowledge, answer the questions from the AP1 preparation booklets using the knowledge organisers.

2 Ways Parents Can Help

  1. Knowledge organisers: Encourage your child to use their knowledge organisers for their revision and complete self-testing of vocabulary and word meanings. Offer to quiz them on their knowledge to see how much they have learned and give them guidance on what to do next
  2. Support resources: Your child has a paper copy of the preparation booklet. Please monitor the completion of this – the answers can be found on the knowledge organisers. The booklets should be completed before the date of the exam.

Learning Materials

 

History

A Parents’ guide Year 8

Content of the exam

Topic

Content includes

The English Civil War

Causes of the English civil war

·        Religious causes

·        Political causes

·        Economic causes

The two sides in the Civil War

Execution of Charles I

Oliver Cromwell’s rule

Slavery

Kidnap in Africa

The Middle Passage

Slave auctions

Life on the plantations

Slave resistance

The abolition of slavery

Preparing for the exam

Students can use the 2 knowledge organisers for both topics to learn the essential knowledge and vocabulary for these topics. Once they are confident with the knowledge, they can complete the study booklets for both topics. If they get stuck, they will need to use their knowledge organisers.

Finally, there is a practice assessment to attempt when they think they are ready 

How parents can help

  1. Help students revise the material for the test, using the knowledge organisers for the two topics
  2. Get students to complete the revision handouts, using the knowledge organisers where they get stuck
  3. Get students to sit the mock paper or, alternatively, to plan how they would answer the questions using the planning sheet

Good luck!!!!!!

Learning Materials

 

Maths

The Year 8 Maths Exam

Papers

Topics

Length

Date

1

Number and Algebra

1 hour

Between 21st and 25th January 2019

All students will sit one Maths exam paper lasting 60 minutes. It will take place in lesson time according to the published timetable 

Supporting Exam Preparation

Effective studying is essential to doing well in these exams. We’ve included some tips below for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to start studying now
  • Encourage your child to complete their MathsWatch assignments which will aid revision
  • Encourage your child to use the knowledge organisers for the topics completed so far (From Half Term 1 and 2). These contain all the essential knowledge for Number and Algebra. These can be found on the Year 8 Google classroom, any Class Charts Homework assignment that has been set this term, and the school website.
  • After they have done this, they can use the PLC personal learning checklist. This contains a list of the topics that they have already been assessed on, showing if their understanding was Red, Amber or Green for each topic, along with a code for a MathsWatch video and interactive questions. Choose Red or Amber topics for them to complete some questions online. Their MathsWatch Logins are on Google Classroom and any Class Charts Homeworks since the start of the year.
  • Ask your child if you can help them: chatting to them or asking them questions from the knowledge organisers, or asking them to show you their MathsWatch assignments and videos

AP1 - Exam Content

Exam content to be learned and studied

•Four Operations and Place Value

•Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

•Ratio and Proportion

•Substitution

•Solving Linear Equations

•Expanding and Factorising

Spacing

From now until the exam, study in chunks and do not leave the preparation until the last minute

Use the materials to spread out your studying so everything is studied, more than twice and the practice questions are used. If you do this the actual exam in January will have no surprises.

Google Classroom

Your child’s Maths Google classroom has all the materials discussed above in an easy to access way. Your child has access to this – ask them to show you the knowledge organisers for the topics

Contacting the department

As a department we can be contacted by  emailing Mr Albon on dalbon@jhncc.org

Learning Materials

 

RE

The Year 8 RE Exam

Papers

Topics

Length

Date

1

Change

1 hour

Between 14th Jan and 25th Jan 2019

All students will sit one  exam paper lasting 60 minutes. It will take place in lesson time according to the published timetable 

Supporting Exam Preparation

Effective studying is essential to doing well in these exams. We’ve included some tips below for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to start studying now
  • Encourage your child to use the knowledge organisers for the topics completed so far. These can be printed off and folded in half and used to self test to learn the information.
  • Ask your child if you can help them – chat to them and see how well they are doing and where they might help
  • Ask them questions from the knowledge organisers and test how well they have learned the necessary information.
  • They should use the exam PLC to make sure they have learned everything in depth
  • Once they are confident with the core knowledge, they should then apply this knowledge to completing the practice questions that are available. These are very similar to the ones on the exam

Spacing

From now until the exam, study in chunks and do not leave the preparation until the last minute 

Use the materials to spread out your studying so everything is studied, more than twice and the practice questions are used. If you do this the actual exam in January will have no surprises.

Google Classroom

Your child’s RE Google classroom has all the materials discussed above in an easy to access way. Your child has access to this – ask them to show you the knowledge organisers for the topics

Contacting the department

As a department we can be contacted by  emailing Mrs Hodges on vhodges@jhncc.org   

AP1 - Exam Content

Exam content to be learned and studied

Explain what vocation means and give examples

Describe what a pilgrimage is and where Catholics go on pilgrimage. How do Catholics show devotion through pilgrimage?

How different Christian denominations evangelise and spread the word of God to others

How traditional prayers are an important part of worship and how they show devotion to God

Different forms of evil – moral and natural evil and examples of each type

How Christians respond to the problem of evil and suffering – with reference to Augustine’s key term privation, along with free will and original sin

Learning Materials

Science

The Year 8 Science Exam

Papers

Topics

Length

Date

1

Reproduction, Inheritance and evolution, Diet and digestion

1 hour

Between 14th Jan and 28th Jan 2019

All students will sit one science exam paper lasting 60 minutes. It will take place in lesson time according to the published timetable 

Supporting Exam Preparation

Effective studying is essential to doing well in these exams. We’ve included some tips below for parents/carers:

  • Encourage your child to start studying now
  • Encourage your child to use the knowledge organisers and flash cards for the topics completed so far. These contain all the essential knowledge that they have studied in atomic structure and bonding, rates of reaction and fuels and Earth’s atmosphere. These can be found on Google classroom.
  • Ask your child if you can help them: chatting to them or asking them questions from the knowledge organisers. See if they can use this approach.
  • After they have done this, they can use the exam PLC personal learning checklist – to ensure they have learned all the specific knowledge needed for the exam. This contains video and web links to help your child.
  • There are also practice questions to be completed – these are similar to the ones on the exam and the answers are available so that your child and you can check their work.

Spacing

From now until the exam, study in chunks and do not leave the preparation until the last minute 

Use the materials to spread out your studying so everything is studied, more than twice and the practice questions are used. If you do this the actual exam in January will have no surprises.

Google Classroom

Your child’s science Google classroom has all the materials discussed above in an easy to access way. Your child has access to this – ask them to show you the knowledge organisers for the topics

Contacting the department

As a department we can be contacted by  emailing the science department at this email address science@jhncc.org or contact Mr Hackett by ringing into College or by emailing phackett@jhncc.org

AP1 - Exam Content

Exam content to be learned and studied

•Organs in the reproductive system, the process of fertilisation and sexual reproduction and the hormones involved in the menstrual cycle and fertility treatment.

•How our DNA controls our genetic characteristics and leads to evolution of an organism.

•Organs in the digestive system and their role.

Learning Materials

 

Spanish

A PARENT’S GUIDE - Year 8

Papers

Topics

Length

Skill

1

 Module 1- Mis vacaciones

Module 2- Todo sobre mi vida

40 minutes

In paper 1, students will be required to translate a short text from Spanish into English. They will then have 5 short sentences in English which they will need to translate into Spanish. This paper is testing their translation skill and vocabulary knowledge. To be successful on this paper, students will need to thoroughly revise the vocabulary in their knowledge organisers for module 1 and module 2.

2

Grammar- The present, preterite and near future tenses

30 minutes

In paper 2, students will be tested on their knowledge of the three main tenses. They will need to learn the regular present and preterite tense endings off by heart and how to form the near future tense.

How should my child revise and prepare to be successful on these assessments?

Paper 1- Thoroughly revise vocabulary for module 1 and 2. Students can do this the same way they revise and prepare for their regular vocab tests by self-testing. This process involves the following steps:

  1. Write out the vocab (both English and Spanish)
  2. Test yourself from Spanish into English by writing out the Spanish and then completing the English meaning without looking at any resources. This should be repeated until they are all correct. Students can then use their knowledge organiser to self-mark.
  3. Test yourself from English into Spanish by writing out the English and then completing the Spanish translation without looking at any resources. This should be repeated until they are all correct. Students can then use their knowledge organiser to self-mark.

Alternatively, students may choose to create flashcards and ask family or friends to test them using flashcards, or even simply by handing their knowledge organiser to a family member or friend and asking to be tested.  Students may also choose to use one of our online resources www.memrise.com or www.pearsonactivelearn.com . Memrise is specifically for vocab learning but PAL has vocab learning tasks as well as reading comprehension tasks. Students have their own logins to these websites.

Paper 2- Students will need to thoroughly revise and learn the present and preterite tense verb endings for the three verb groups as well as how to form the near future tense. They have this in their knowledge organiser and will also have resources from lessons in their exercise books and google classroom. The best way to memorise these endings is through repetition and practice. Simply writing them out over and over again and chanting them out loud can aide memory of these verb endings. Students have been given some verb drill sheets to help them and these can also be found on google classroom.

3 Ways Parents Can Help

  1. Knowledge organisers: Encourage your child to use their knowledge organisers and the PLCs to organise their revision and complete self-testing of vocabulary and verb endings. Offer to quiz them on their vocab and verb endings by using the knowledge organiser to check their answers.
  2. Pearson Active Learn: Encourage your son/daughter to complete additional vocab and reading comprehension practice on www.pearsonactivelearn.com. Every student has an individual login.
  3. Support resources: Ensure your child is completing the verb drills given to them by their teacher and also available on Google Classroom

Learning Materials