Year 8 Scholars
- Search out creative writing competitions, like the Literacy Trust’s range of competitions: http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/schools_teaching/competitions
- When the time comes, enter the annual competitions listed below: http://www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk/HBWC/HBWC_current/hbwc1.html https://www.jacquelinewilson.co.uk/ http://www.branfordboaseaward.org.uk/HBWC/HBWC_current/hbwc1.html https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rfvk1
- Enter a submission to Young.
- Poetry and creative writing for schools. Successful entries can be published in nationwide anthologies.
- Submit a piece to English and Media Centre (EMC): https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/assets/uploads/documents/Write_ema g_Students.pdfhttps://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/e-magazine/
- Choose a famous fairy tale, folk tale or legend (look at the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, Aesop’s Fables or the 1001 Arabian Nights) - adapt the tale into a modern setting, or any alternative time and place that you choose
- Explore the NRICH website for games, activities, problems, and solutions. https://nrich.maths.org/secondary
- Try the puzzles at MathSphere http://www.mathsphere.co.uk/resources/MathSphereMathsPuzzles.htm
- Sign up to Brilliant.org for learning through interactive problem solving https://brilliant.org/
- Research and write a brief report about a mathematical paradox.
- Join Mr Gibson for Parallel Club
- Grow your own crystal e.g. salt
- Research the evolutionary trajectory of a species - either visually or in writing, explain the evolutionary process and the adaptations that have led to its current form, including details about its changing environment.
- Submit a project to the Big Bang Young Scientists and Engineers Competition - submissions are due in late March https://competition.thebigbangfair.co.uk/
- Choose a particular sport and research the desirable attributes of athletes within this sport - design a workout and diet to suit the needs an athlete within this sport
- Visit the royal Geographical Society website. Here you can find out about all of the latest news and enter the Young Geographer of the Year competition. https://www.rgs.org https://www.rgs.org/schools/competitions/
- Choose one of the ecosystems you looked at towards the start of the year - how have humans adapted culturally, socially, and economically to this environment? For example, the Bedouin or Tuareg of the Arabian and Sahara Deserts
- Enter the Historical Associations various competitions. https://www.history.org.uk/getinvolved/categories/competitions
- Research your family tree in the nineteenth and twentieth century and consider how this has changed and stayed the same over time.
- Write a newspaper report on a battle of one of the world wars, or a conflict dealt with by the League of Nations - include who, what, when, where, why and some analysis of the conflict, its outcome and significance
Modern Foreign Languages
- Duolingo, Quizlet, Memrise, Babbel
- Research a famous French or Spanish figure and write a short biographical account of them - include a fact file of basic information (age, height, hair colour, place of birth etc.) in their language
Art and Textiles
- Research a famous painting - who painted it and when, where is it kept, why was it painted, what does it depict and why is it significant?
- Research a material that was once common in buildings or products but is no longer widely used. What were its advantages? Why is it no longer widely used? What took its place and why?
- Computer Science Principles - Kevin Hare
Philosophy and Ethics
- Write a piece about whether you see religion as a force for good or for evil. Consider a range of examples throughout history.
- Research the conventions of a musical genre or style (jazz, blues etc.) and compose a short piece in that style using a computer program. Examples include Garage Band, Spitfire LABS, LMMS and Ableton Live. Create a music video to go with it using a program like Adobe Photoshop or iMovie. The resources section has some very useful links for getting started in digital music composition.
- Create a short script for the opening scene in a play of any genre - horror, comedy, drama, tragedy, the choice is yours. Think about characterisation, tone, setting, stage directions.
- Research a famous actor of your choice. How did they train? How did they achieve their break? For what performances were they most famous? How were they received by critics? What was their public image and did this change over their lifetime?