Year 8 Scholars
- The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- The Modern Classics Challenge: read at least three modern classics such as To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Animal Farm by George Orwell.
- ‘The Outsiders’ S.E. Hinton
- ‘Chinese Cinderella’ Adeline Yen Nah
- ‘The Day of the Triffids’ John Wyndham
- ‘Goggle Eyes’ Anne Fine
- ‘The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ Douglas Adams
- ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Arthur Conan Doyle
- ‘Bridge to Terabithia’ Katherine Paterson
- ‘The Woman in Black’ Susan Hill
- ‘The Bookwanderers Club’: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzvIAD2YAWlPcGUUInuaEcOV0ymyAOjr2
- Film - A Beautiful Mind (PG-13): After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish.
- Film - October Sky (PG): The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
- Examples of mathematical paradoxes https://www.businessinsider.com/mind- blowing-paradoxes-2015-10?r=US&IR=T#theres-an-infinitely-long-horn-that-has-a- finite-volume-but-an-infinite-surface-area-5
- 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 a style of music that you are unfamiliar with. This could be a style from world music or something that may be hundreds of years old. Can you listen and find some of the key features of this particular style? Is there a feature that is still present in modern music? Write a fact file highlighting these features.
- 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?
- Find out about Pressure groups, what do they do and why? Find a pressure group that you are interested in - what could you do to support them?
- Research the government of a different country - how does it differ from ours? Are there things that you can or cannot do that we can? Why do you think that this might be?
- Draft a speech as if you were addressing the United Nations General Assembly on a topic that you feel strongly about
- Research about the slave trade and sugar plantations. Why do you think slavery happened? Is someone at fault? Then research modern day slavery, how is it different? Why does slavery still exist?