The Year 8 English Exam






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


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  or contact Mrs Doheney  (Y8 English) by emailing

Leaning Materials