Year 8 Curriculum Update and Well-being support

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Dear Parent/Carer

We hope that your family is well and that your child has had a successful start to home learning during the current lockdown.  Here are some curriculum updates and information on student well-being.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Assessment

The official International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme Assessment fortnight due to take place at the beginning of this module has been cancelled, however, teachers will still be regularly monitoring student work and providing feedback and over the module will be adapting assessments, so they can still monitor student progress whilst they are learning at home.

Curriculum Booklet

A curriculum booklet has been created for Year 8 and can found on the website here: Year 8 Curriculum Booklet

This booklet provides a subject by subject overview of the knowledge and skills that students will be learning through the academic year, along with details on how assessment works under the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme model of learning.  I hope you find this useful to gain an overview of what your child is learning.

Knowledge Organisers

Students have access to Knowledge Organisers for each term through their Year Group Google Classroom where it has been set as an assignment, found in the Classroom section.  The Knowledge Organiser is a useful tool that contains the content of the learning for every subject for the whole term, supporting students in their revision, with home learning tasks, classwork and wider learning opportunities.  Please find a copy of your child’s Knowledge Organiser for this module attached: Knowledge Organiser Year 8

Well-being support

If your child is struggling with their wellbeing, please do not hesitate to contact their Tutor, Student Services Manager or leadership team to support.  Routine is key to supporting your child in maintaining healthy wellbeing and so please advise them to stick to their normal school timetable as much as possible.  Wellbeing is about being able to experience good health, happiness and high life satisfaction, including managing your stress. It’s not always easy to find the right strategies to establish this but there are things that your children can do whilst at home.

Please find some ways for children to maintain ‘good health and well being guide’ during the lockdown.

If your son/daughter is particularly struggling with the emotional well-being or mental health the Academy has established a partnership with NHS Trailblazers.  The NHS Trailblazers is a team of mental health support professionals that can assist with low-level wellbeing issues of low mood or anxiety.  They have been working within school since January 2020 and are continuing to offer their support services throughout this lockdown period.  If you would like any support for your son/daughter please contact

We are aware it is not always easy for parents to support their children with mental health or emotional issues and therefore please find a ‘supporting children’s mental health guide’

If you or your child has any queries or concerns through this period of time then please don’t hesitate to contact any of the Year 8 leadership team below.


Yours faithfully

Stuart Lindars
Head of College
Leading on Year 7 & 8