The sections below detail the curriculum for Year 8 pupils at Hexham Middle School.

Should you wish to know more about the curriculum followed at HMS please contact admin@hexhammiddle.org.uk. Your query will be passed to the relevant Curriculum Leader and we will endeavour to respond within 5 working days.

Autumn 1 & Autumn 2

The work of Stanley Spencer

  • Producing analytical drawings using a range of materials
  • Observational drawing skills – the human face

Spring 1 & Spring 2

The work of Frida Kahlo

  • Developing self-images using photography and computer graphic software.
  • Understanding how artists say something about themselves through their work.
  • Representing fears, aspirations and feelings through art as well personal views of the world.

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Abstract Expressionists

  • The power of abstract art.
  • How artists express their emotions.
  • Studying the work of Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.
  • How mark making and gesture can communicate emotion – investigating emotional literacy.
  • We delve into the world of the Abstract

Autumn 1

Python Numbers

  • Introduction to the common mathematical operators used in programming.
  • To set up numerical variables and use comparison operators.
  • Work with integers, floats and random numbers.
  • Write the code for a simple adventure game.

e-Safety: Online Safety – Sexting and Selfies

Autumn 2

Boolean Logic, Logic Gates and Truth Tables

  • Understand simple Boolean logic [for example, AND, OR and NOT] and some of its uses in circuits and programming.

e-Safety: A Creator’s Responsibilities

Spring 1 & Spring 2

Journalism in the 21st Century

  • Wikipage and podcast programming.

e-Safety: Safe Online Talk and Which Me Should I Be?

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Gaming Creator and Product Event

  • Using knowledge and applying skills.

e-Safety: Gender Stereotypes Online

Autumn 1, Autumn 2 & Spring 1

Food Technology

  • Following own recipe and adapting appropriately.
  • Cooking a variety of dishes.
  • How to handle and work with raw meat and fish and use a range of herbs and spices to enhance the flavour of a dish.
  • Study of locally grown and Fairtrade food and its benefits for consumers.
  • Study of the main macro and micro nutrients, their sources and functions.
  • The different functions of ingredients.

Spring 2, Summer 1 & Summer 2

Design Technology

Lighting

  • Explore and develop a prototype lighting design.
  • Explore the social, moral and environmental issues designers face when developing products.

Home-based Learning

  • Extended project to develop an idea for a ‘bedroom of the future’. 

Autumn 1

Non-Fiction: Conflict

9/11 non-fiction topic and WW1 war poetry

  • Recount – newspaper article
  • Narrative – creative writing
  • Poetry study and analysis

Autumn 2

Non-Fiction: Conflict

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

  • Character analysis essay.
  • Creative writing – letter from the trenches. Writing with an image as a stimulus.

Spring 1 & Spring 2

Seminal World Literature: Shakespeare

Othello

  • Analysis of Othello the character
  • Understanding of the storyline
  • Analysis of character behaviour
  • Retelling the story
  • Learning about witchcraft and the historical context
  • In-depth understanding of key scenes and symbolism within the play

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Modern Fiction: Gothic Literature

Extracts from Frankenstein, Woman in Black, A Monkey’s Paw, Dracula and Twilight. Poetry: The Raven, Christabel

  • Analysis of features of Gothic Literature
  • Literary techniques and devices
  • Comparison of two descriptive pieces
  • Writing in the style of a Gothic narrative
  • Creative writing inspired by a short film
  • Transition assessment for QEHS.

Autumn 1

Grammar

  • Verb endings
  • Reflexive verbs
  • Perfect tense

Autumn 2

French Poetry

  • Jacques Prevert
  • Simile
  • Metaphor

Spring 1

Celebrity Project

  • Essay writing

Spring 2

Grammar Carousels

Summer 1

Towns and Directions

  • Finding your way

Summer 2

The Mr Men and Little Miss books

  • Storyboard creation

Autumn 1

Development and Ghana

  • The global north/south development gap
  • The Brandt line
  • Development factors
  • Measuring development
  • Accessing water
  • Escaping poverty

Autumn 2

Development and Ghana

  • The physical geography of Ghana
  • Environment and climate
  • Education
  • Cocoa
  • Success story 
  • Measuring development

Spring 1

Environmental Issues

  • Global warming
  • Coral Reefs
  • Aral Sea
  • Global Weirding
  • Alternative Energy
  • Endangered species

Spring 2

Exploring the Middle East

  • Physical geography
  • Biomes and climate
  • Populations
  • Deserts
  • Dubai

Summer 1

Tourism

  • What is tourism?
  • Growth in tourism
  • Mass tourism
  • The impact on extreme environments
  • African Eco tourism
  • Dark Tourism

Summer 2

The Geography of Festivals

  • Glastonbury and other festivals
  • The environmental impact and potential solutions
  • Designing a festival

Autumn 1

The Development of Church, State and Society in Britain, 1509–1745

  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation, including Martin Luther King
  • The Spanish Armada
  • Mary, Queen of Scots

Autumn 2

The Development of Church, State and Society in Britain, 1509–1745

  • The first colony in America
  • Civil Wars throughout Britain
  • Cromwell
  • The Glorious Revolution

Spring 1

Political power, industry and Empire in Britain, 1745–1901

  • Life on a cotton plantation
  • The Middle Passage
  • Abolishment of Slavery

Spring 2

Political power, industry and Empire in Britain, 1745–1901

  • The French revolution
  • Britain as the first industrial nation
  • The Development of the Empire
  • Home Rule
  • Darwin

Summer 1

Challenges for Britain and the wider world, 1901 to present

  • The Holocaust
  • Woman Suffragettes
  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement

Summer 2

Challenges for Britain and the wider world, 1901 to present

  • The creation of the welfare state
  • Indian independence
  • Social, cultural and technological change in post war Britain

Autumn 1

  • Number: revise and improve, four operations, arithmetic, fractions (four operations), equivalence
  • Expressions and equations: prime factor decomposition, laws of indices, factorising, working with powers

Autumn 2

  • Powers and roots: reciprocals, standard form, fractional indices
  • Area, volume and Pythagoras: surface area, cylinders and prisms, Pythagoras’ theorem
  • Fractions, decimals and percentages: four operations, recurring decimals, percentage change
  • Some – Quadratics: expanding, factorising, quadratic equations

Spring 1

  • Graphs and sequences: plotting linear graphs, gradients, y=mx+c, inverse functions, non-linear graphs, real-life graphs
  • Inequalities and formulae: linear inequalities, index laws, changing the subject, some – algebraic fractions
  • Ratio and Multiplicative reasoning

Spring 2

  • Transformations: translation, rotation, enlargement, STEM focus, volume and enlargement
  • Constructions and loci: accurate drawing, nets, bisect lines, bisect angles, use loci to solve problems
  • Accuracy and measures: rates of change, density, pressure, upper and lower bounds
  • Some – Non-linear graphs: quadratic graphs and equations

Summer 1

  • Scale drawing and measures: maps and scales, bearings, scales and ratio, congruence, geometry problems
  • Probability: mutually exclusive events, experimental probability, using Venn diagrams
  • Standard form: using standard form, calculating
  • Introduction to trigonometry: tangent ratio, sine ratio, the cosine ratio, trigonometric graphs

Summer 2

  • Mathematical reasoning: explain, show and justify, real-life situations, proofs
  • Statistics, collecting and analysing data: pie charts, stem and leaf diagrams, financial graphs, comparing data

Autumn 1

Form & Structure

  • The AABA form
  • Finished & unfinished melodic endings (tonic – dominant endings).
  • Composition of an AABA piece
  • Assessed performance

Autumn 2

Beethoven & the 9th Symphony

  • Study the life and works of Beethoven with a focus on his 9th Symphony ‘Ode to Joy’.
  • The expansion of the orchestra and development of the piano.

Spring 1

Blues

  • The history and development of Blues music and its influence on other styles of music

The Guitar

  • Playing 12 Bar Blues accompaniment patterns and solos

Spring 2

Rock ‘n’ Roll

  • How Blues developed into musical styles such as Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Summer 1 & Summer 2

Baroque

  • The development of music and the main composers during the Baroque period (1600 to 1750).
  • Composition based on Vivaldi using a variety of ornamentation and sequential melodies.

Autumn 1

  • Invasion Games 1:
    • Football
    • Netball

Autumn 2

  • Run4 Fun
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics

Spring 1

  • Invasion Games 2:
    • Hockey
    • Rugby

Spring 2

  • Cultural Games:
    • Lacrosse
    • Aussie Rules
    • Handball

Summer 1

  • Athletics

Summer 2

  • Golf
  • Cricket
  • Volleyball

Autumn 1

  • Business

Autumn 2

  • Physical Health

Spring 1

  • Careers

Spring 2

  • Emotional Health

Summer 1

  • Rights & Responsibilities at Work

Summer 2

  • Learning to Learn

Autumn 1

What does it mean to be a Sikh? What are the stereotypes?

  • Introduction to Sikhism
  • Sikh Values and traditions
  • Sikhism in the modern world

Autumn 2

What does it mean to be a Sikh? What are the stereotypes?

  • Gender roles
  • Prejudice
  • Clash of cultures
  • Bend it like Beckham

Spring 1

Why do people go on pilgrimage?

  • Abraham
  • Hajj
  • Lourdes
  • Jerusalem

Spring 2

How is justice shown in the world today?

  • Justice
  • Law
  • Crime
  • Responsibility
  • Capital punishment

Summer 1

How is community cohesion promoted?

  • Community cohesion
  • Prejudice
  • Media
  • Asylum seekers
  • Refugees

Summer 2

How is community cohesion promoted?

  • Recent events: why leave home?
  • Famous refugees: Prince Phillip, Mo Farah
  • Investigate Britain’s history of welcome

Autumn 1

Health and Lifestyle

  • The content of a healthy human diet
  • Calculations of energy requirements in a healthy daily diet
  • The consequences of imbalances in the diet, including obesity, starvation and deficiency diseases
  • How the digestive system works

The Periodic Table

  • The physical and chemical properties of different elements
  • The principles underpinning the Mendeleev periodic table
  • The periodic table: periods and groups; metals and non-metals
  • How patterns in reactions can be predicted
  • The properties of metals and non-metals
  • The chemical properties of metal and non-metal oxides

Autumn 2

Energy

  • Comparing energy values of different foods (from labels) (kJ)
  • Comparing power ratings of appliances in watts (W, kW)
  • Comparing amounts of energy transferred (J, kJ, kW hour)
  • Domestic fuel bills, fuel use and costs
  • Fuels and energy resources

Spring 1

Ecosystem Processes

  • The interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem
  • The importance of plant reproduction
  • How organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials

Spring 2

Electricity and Magnetism

  • Electric current in circuits
  • Series and parallel circuits
  • Potential difference, measured in volts
  • Differences in resistance between conducting and insulating components
  • Magnetic poles and magnetic fields

Summer 1

Adaption and Inheritance

  • Heredity
  • A simple model of chromosomes, genes and DNA
  • Differences between species
  • Continuous or discontinuous variation
  • Evolution and extinction
  • Biodiversity

Summer 2

The Earth

  • The composition of the Earth
  • The rock cycle
  • The composition of the atmosphere