Year 8 Revision

Year 8 assessment week will commence on Monday 24th January 2022.  During subject lessons, students will complete a series of assessments, which will measure their knowledge, understanding, and skills on content taught since September.  


Week commencing 17th January is ‘revision week’.  Subject teachers will help prepare your child for these assessments so that they know what to expect.  As parents, we hope that you will want to take an interest in what your child has been learning, and to support them with their revision, in preparation for these assessments.  Information and revision resources can be found on this page.


It is important that your child is present for these assessments, as it allows us to closely monitor their progress and put relevant support in where necessary.  We understand that at present, there is an increase in student illness.  If your child is absent, due to illness, we will endeavour where possible, to try to catch up these assessments at a later date.  


There is one further assessment window for Year 8 during this academic year.  


  • Week commencing 3rd May

English - cycle 2 assessment

In English students have been studying non-fiction writing.  In their next assessment students will be provided with an opinion statement.  Their task will be to create a piece of non-fiction writing to express their point of view in a clear and convincing way.

Students will be assessed on the following areas:
AF1 - write imaginative, clear and meaningful texts which are appropriate to task, reader and purpose.
AF2 - organise and present whole texts effectively.
AF3 - use of linguistic devices for effect.
AF4 - select appropriate and effective vocabulary.
AF5 - use punctuation and spell accurately.
AF6 - vary sentences for clarity, purpose and effect.

Please find attached Y8 revision tasks for the Y8 cycle 2 English assessment. 

Mathematics - cycle 2 assessment

Two papers

1st non-calculator

2nd Calculator, so please bring your own if you have one




Lines Parallel to the axis


Linear Graphs

Frequency tables

Two-way tables


Scatter graphs

Types of data

Listing outcomes


Sample space


Write expressions









Science - cycle 2 assessment

In science, your child will be assessed on the units they have completed in year 7 and the first two units from year 8, as well as on practical skills. The units on each assessment are:


Biology: Cells, Organisation, Infection and response, Photosynthesis and Respiration (Bioenergetics) and Reproduction.


Chemistry: Atomic structure, bonding, chemical analysis, Rates of reaction and organic chemistry.


Physics: Particles, Electricity, energy, and forces.


Their assessment will take place in their normal lessons. i.e. when your child has Biology on their timetable, they will sit their Biology assessment. 


Please find the attached revision guide to support your child with their upcoming assessments.

Religious Studies - cycle 2 assessment

The year 8 assessment will be on the teachings of the Buddha - Three Marks of Existence and Four Noble Truths.  The revision sheet has been e-mailed out to students and is attached below.

French - cycle 2 assessment

Groups J, K, P, Q, R will be doing assessments on Listening, Reading, Writing based on the topic of Media. This consists of TV, cinema, reading and internet


Groups S and T will be assessed on colours, bag objects, personality and physical description.


Revision sheets will be given out in class and are listed below.

Art & Design - cycle 2 assessment

In Art students will be assessed on the work they have produced in lessons in their art book. 


Progress Check 2 will look at reviewing work done since PC1, changing grades where required, before looking at the work completed to satisfy the Assessment Objectives for PC2.


​Teachers will specifically be looking for the skills listed below: ​


Progress Check 1 

AO1) Demonstrate use of pattern to create a well-considered name label (Name label) 

AO2) Careful application of fine liner to develop and enhance the design (Name label) ​

AO3) Demonstrate effective use of block and blended colour (Name label) ​

AO4) Use of tonal variation to demonstrate understanding of form and application of detail (Chupa Chups)​


Progress Check 2 

AO5) Use of watercolour paints to create a base colour (food wrappers) 

AO6) An ability to examine the work of an artist to create a successful copy (Sarah Graham) 

AO7) An ability to develop skills when drawing from primary/secondary sources (Celebrations/wrapped sweets) 

AO8) Demonstrate an understanding of how to use a grid system to create an enlargement (food wrappers) 

AO9) Demonstrate an ability to select images from resources and enlarge using freehand technique (sweet wrapper, typography, alphabet) ​

As always in Art, students are marked on their ongoing portfolio of work. Students may by negotiation with their teacher, take their book home on occasions if they want to do extra work on their classwork tasks.

Continuously giving 100% in lessons and listening carefully to instructions will help students to succeed not only in assessment week but throughout their study of Art.

Music - cycle 2 assessment

For the Y8 reggae music assessment, all students will complete a listening test during assessment week, which will cover their understanding of the features of reggae music, and their ability to listen to and describe it accurately. Practical assessments will be based on the performance and composition work that students have been completing in lessons - performing 'Buffalo Soldier' accurately, and working in groups to compose a piece in the style of reggae. There will be time during assessment week for each of these tasks to be completed and performed.

Design & Technology - cycle 2 assessment

Each student will complete a written assessment based on the subject area they are currently in.

This assessment will take place on Wednesday 2nd February due to Specialist Day taking place on Wednesday 26th January.

Please see resources below:

Geography - cycle 2 assessment

Content focus:

  • The UK - Questions will relate to the content from lessons and homework 2
  • Russia - Questions will relate to the content from lessons and homework 3

History - cycle 2 assessment - WW1 and WW2

What will the assessment look like?

  • Students will be asked to recall 10 knowledge answers, 5 questions from key Y7 content and 5 from WW1. There will be some free recall answers and some multiple choice questions. In general, students only need to provide one word answers for this section.
  • The second question assess a key historical skill of making an inference. An inference is when students look at a source and say what the source suggests about the question, choosing a quote to support this.
  • The third question will focus on two different interpretations. Students will have to read both interpretations and say how they are different from each other.
  • The final question is a causation question. For this students will be expected to explain why a certain event happened. To complete this question, students will need to recall specific knowledge from their revision. Students will also be required to use analytical phrases to explain why this had an impact on the given time period. Analytical phrases are words such as ‘this led to, therefore, as a result’.

How can students prepare for their upcoming History assessment?

Students should prepare by using the revision sheet uploaded to this website. Students also have an electronic copy on their email and a physical copy from lessons.


To revise effectively, students must read through the sheet and highlight the key content such as names, dates and places. Then, students should make a flashcard or a mind map to condense the information into memorable chunks. From the revision tool, students should read through the information and quiz themselves on the content. Quizzing is the most effective form of revision as it forces the brain to recall information under pressure. Students can either test themselves or someone at home can help by quizzing them.

PE - cycle 2 assessment

What will the assessment look like?


Students will be assessed in the two sports they are on during this half term. It is a practical assessment, so students will not need to complete a written task. They will be assessed across three different categories, Head, Heart and Hands. For Head, they will be assessed in their knowledge of the sport, being able to describe key aspects of the sport including rules and regulations. For Heart, students will be assessed in their physical fitness. Their ability to perform at a moderate level throughout their lessons. For Hands, students will be assessed in basic, intermediate, and advanced skills. This will be across the two different sports in both PE lessons during assessment week.

The areas that students will be assessed in will be:


  • I can identify how to safely warm up and cool down to prepare for this sport
  • I can identify the rules for competing in this sport
  • I can describe how to perform a range of skills in this sport (coaching)
  • I can describe how tactics can be applied in this sport.



  • I can perform activity at a light to moderate intensity for a sustained period.
  • I can perform activity at a moderate to high intensity for a sustained period.
  • I can demonstrate the specific components of fitness required for this sport.
  • I have demonstrated development in the components of fitness required for this sport.



  • I can consistently perform a range of basic skills with the correct form and technique
  • I can consistently perform a range of intermediate skills with the correct form and technique
  • I can consistently perform a range of advanced skills with the correct form and technique
  • I can apply a range of skills consistently to a competitive situation.
  • I can apply tactics and demonstrate how to outwit opponents in this sport.

How can students prepare for their upcoming PE assessment?


Every PE lesson will be building knowledge and developing skills in the sports they will be assessed in. We ask students to continue putting in high levels of effort, answer questions and perform a range of skills. This will all be taken into consideration for their overall assessment outcome.


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