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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Year 8

Year 8 topics include:-

Childhood ... We share our memories of Primary school and re-create the playground games and chants we recall.  We reflect on our worries of starting Secondary school, creating 'nightmare sequences' of exaggerated fears/doubts.  We explore the issue of bullying: different forms of bullying, why it happens, what we can do to stop it or to support others.

Midsummer Night's Dream ... We explore the myth of Pyramus and Thisbe and its links to the theme of complicated love in A Midsummer Night's Dream.  We identify the term 'a play within a play', melodrama and aim to exploit the comic potential of the Mechanicals and the mischief of Puck.

Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ... We identify the term prejudice and its existence within Nazi Germany during the Second World War.  We learn about Hitler's quest for the 'perfect race', anti-Semitism and the symbolism of the Yellow Star.  We explore the different worlds of Bruno and Schmuel and their similarities/differences.