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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Year 8

Year 8 builds on core reading skills studied in Year 7 (AO1 and AO2), and begins to introduce comparison skills and elements of critical evaluation (AO3 and AO4). Students also begin to develop an appreciation of wider contextual influences through study of a wider range of texts from the 19th Century. There are also further opportunities to develop their creative written expression (AO5 and AO6).


Autumn 1

Topic - The Outsiders 

Creative writing followed by novel study – (‘The Outsiders’ by S.E. Hinton, ‘Once’ by Morris Gleitzman or ‘Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’ by John Boyne)

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Topic - Survival

Exploration of non-fiction texts, with writing to present a viewpoint, followed by creative writing

Spring 2

Summer 1

Shakespeare Study: ‘A Midsummer Nights’ Dream’ or ‘Macbeth’)

Summer 2

Dragon’s Den – Spoken Language Challenge


Year 8 Library novel – ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ by Annabel Pitcher