Year 8 Assessments

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below some key information to help you support your child in their impending assessments.

Your child will undertake coordinated assessments in all subjects in their second Assessment Window from Monday 26th April – Friday 14th May. The results of these assessments, together with the teacher assessed grade, and an outline of areas for improvement or development, will be reported home the w/c Monday 24th May.

Please find below an overview of revision for each subject. Please encourage your child to complete any revision tasks set by their class teacher on Show My Homework. Your child should also use their Knowledge Organisers to revise; these be found here: https://rainford.org.uk/ks3-knowledge-organisers/

Subject Topics to revise

Art /Design &Technology ART – Seed Pods Project/ Mexican Day of the Dead Project- Knowledge Organiser DT- Students should revise using the relevant Knowledge Organiser from their current unit and review the materials, techniques and processes involved in their design and practical work. RM: Picture frame; Food: Herby meatballs, Sweet and sour, Focaccia, Chelsea buns, Calzone, Spring Rolls; Graphics: Photo holder; Textiles: Bag.

Computer Science – Students will need to have knowledge of e-safety and how to stay safe online, computer systems and how data is input and output from these systems. Students will need to be able to identify the difference between different logic gates and convert between binary and denary. Students need to know what the CPU is and how memory is used within the computer and also different network topologies. All content is covered on the 8.1 Knowledge Organiser.

Drama – Students will need to revise the content in the knowledge organisers. They will also be completing a practical assessment on the script Terrible fate of humpty dumpty

English – Students will be studying the Shakespeare play ‘The Tempest’. They should revise key contextual information such as Elizabethan society, social hierarchies and the age of exploration. They should ensure that they understand the roles of Prospero, Ariel and Caliban in Act 1 and Act 2. Additionally, students should revise subject terminology and key quotations and ensure they use them in their assessment which is an analysis of the relationship between Prospero, Ariel and Caliban.

Geography – Students will need to revise the content we have covered in Superpower Geographies. They will need to have an understanding of the definition of superpowers and the key characteristics and features of superpower nations. They should also be familiar how superpower nations rise and the factors that have led to the fall and collapse of former superpowers. Students should have an awareness of the opportunities and challenges of becoming a superpower and be able to illustrate their answers with examples we have studied including the BRICs, USA vs China and North Korea.

History – Students need to revise the causes of WW1 focusing on the short and long term causes. They will also need to review how to extract evidence from an interpretation as they will need to pick out causes from two different interpretations. They will also need to know the reasons why men joined the army in WW1 focusing on propaganda, patriotism, economic and social reasons. They will need to review how to answer the source questions focusing on MAP (meaning, agree knowledge and provenance). There will be a four mark interpretation and an eight mark source question.

Maths – The assessment could test anything from any of the following units: Fraction, decimal and percentage equivalence, Fraction and percentage of an amount, Addition and subtraction of fractions, Ratio and scale, Multiplicative change, Multiplying and dividing fractions, Equality and equivalence, Brackets, equations and inequalities.

MFL (Spanish) Countries/methods of transport/accommodation/activities/describing a holiday in the past and describing a holiday in the future. Lists 8.18 – 8.27 in the knowledge organiser will help with key vocab for the topic. Students will also be required to draw on prior knowledge of grammar, such as adjectival agreement and tenses and key vocabulary from QUACNOT/juicy bits which can also be found in the K.O

Music – Practical task performing part of the ensemble Avicii project (keyboard, voice, guitar or drums)

RE – Students need to review Jesus – focusing on interpretations linking to him being a rebel or a revolutionary. Pupils need to review what the concept of divinity is and find evidence for and against Jesus being divine

Science – Depending on the science topic the class is working through, the assessment will involve either: Biology- Ecosystems This includes the food chains & webs, pyramids of number, pyramids of biomass, animal adaptation, plant adaptation, biodiversity & random sampling. Chemistry- Earth & atmosphere This includes Earth’s structure, weathering & erosion, sedimentary, metamorphic & igneous rocks, the rock cycle, changes to the atmosphere, air pollution & the carbon cycle. Physics- Energy in matter This includes forces in matter, pressure, gas pressure, atmospheric pressure, hydraulics, density, conduction, convection & thermal conductivity. Students should use knowledge organisers and lesson resources on google classroom to help with their revision.

This assessment window will provide an opportunity for teachers and students to review learning and progress, and any support you can provide in line with the school’s provision will be highly beneficial. If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s subject teacher. Information on each department, including staff contact details and a termly overview of topics taught per subject, can be found on our website: https://rainford.org.uk/ks3-curriculum/.

If you have any queries regarding your child’s progress in general, please contact your child’s Learning Leader, Mr. Penfold (j.penfold@rainford.org.uk) or Pastoral Leader, Mrs McCartney (a.mccartney@rainford.org.uk).

Yours faithfully,

Miss M Winn

Assistant Principal Quality Assurance and KS3 Assessment.