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Year 8

Welcome to Year 8

Staff

Deputy Head: Dr M Kingham (mkingham@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Assistant Head Teacher: Mr D Gillivan  (dgillivan@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Year 8 Curriculum Manager: Mr J Kimber  (jkimber@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Support Assistants:

Mrs P Buckley (pbuckley@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Mrs S Andrew: (sandrew@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Form Tutors 2016-2017

8A - Mr D English
8B - Miss J Rippon
8C - Mr M Lowe
8D - Miss M Lang
8E - Miss K Owen/ Mr E Cascarino
8F - Miss M Surkovska

Key Stage 3 Admin Manager

Mrs P Buckley (pbuckley@dartforgrammarschool.org.uk). Mrs Buckley deals with options choices forms, general admin, Key Stage 3 letter reply slips.

Absence

To report absence, please ring or email Mrs K Brown (kbrown@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk).

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students in Key Stage 3 are at the beginning of a 7 year IB program, and as such follow the MYP. They are thus encouraged to see the links within and between individual subjects, and to experience a range of Approaches to Learning. Internationalism is fundamental to the curriculum, with all boys learning one modern foreign language in Year 7 (either Mandarin or Japanese) and choosing another language from French, German, Latin and Spanish in Year 8. An established and developing programme of residential visits and exchanges abroad extends pupils’ linguistic and cultural understanding.

In Humanities, pupils undertake Approaches to Learning activities, which seek to sharpen their study skills and raise levels of interest and motivation. Humanities are a conduit for some of the extensive range of cross-curricular studies, including some notable units linked to Drama (the Romans) and English (World War One). As with much of the boys’ learning, these activities are supplemented by co-curricular activities, such as the participation in a Roman Forum during one of the four Creativity weeks boys experience during Key Stage 3. These weeks are much anticipated by the boys. Additionally, learning happens in other, residential settings at these times, as the whole of Year 7 head to Bath, and the Year 8s are offered foreign exchange trips aligned to their language options.

Pupils study science, maths and technology- incorporating ICT, art, DT, and Food Technology. They also study music for two years, as in sports, a very large number pursue their artistic interests outside lessons, and take advantage of the extensive co-curricular opportunities. Indeed, it is vital that they do so: there is a strong emphasis on participation, and involvement in wider school life is shown to have significant positive impact on students’ academic performance.

These vibrant and exciting learning opportunities fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for England- though they clearly massively exceed them, too. At Key Stage 3 at DGS the emphasis is on care, responsibility, involvement and enjoyment of success.

Key Events in the Year for Year 8 Students

  • Saturday  Year 8 Festival of Rugby - September
  • Creativity Week – Shakespeare – October
  • Year 8 Poetry Workshops – December
  • Year 8 German Exchange to Hanau
  • Key Stage 3 Christmas Review – December
  • Year 8 Belgian Exchange to Liege
  • Parents’ Evening – January
  • Year 8 choose Expressive Arts Options for Year 9
  • Lenten Collect Charity Fund Raising Activities – January  - March
  • Year 8 Examinations - June
  • Foreign Exchange Trips (language 2 option)  – June
  • Year 8 MYP Celebration of Talent and Achievement Evening - July
  • Sports Day - July

Key Documents

Assessment Criteria in Year 8

GCSE Options Booklet