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Year 8 IBelong Curriculum


Year 8 Autumn term

Active Wellbeing

The learners started the term with fitness & games to develop their knowledge of the benefits that physical activity can have on their physical, mental & social wellbeing.  They will develop their knowledge & understanding of components of fitness and how these are used in various sporting activities.  All learners will take part in a 1km 'well being' warm up walk/run/jog at the start off each fitness lesson.

Health & Wellbeing

Learners in year 8 have started the year by reflecting on the experiences of the last few months, and identifying well-being priorities for themselves over the coming year. Learners who may have a caring role are encouraged to identify themselves, so that appropriate support can be put in place for these learners. Learners will engage with a unit of work on media literacy, using a programme called Be Internet Citizens. This unit provides learners with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours to enable them to become positive, informed digital citizens who are able to respond to information critically. Lessons will be complemented by sessions from the community Police Liaison service on online safety and interactions. During the second half of the term learners will complete the School Health Research Network national survey into school health behaviours. This surveys young people on seven key areas of health and well-being. The anonymous data collected can be compared with national trends and used to inform the content of our wellbeing programme. Learners will  then focus on relationships and sexuality education. This will include sessions on HPV vaccination, gender identity and gender norms, challenging homophobia, safe relationships, consent, pregnancy and pregnancy prevention.


Year 8 Spring Term

Active Wellbeing

Students will participate in a range of activities that can be performed at various intensities . They will continue to experience activities that can be used to develop life long healthy living. These activities will be fitness focused through competitive and creative activities. Activities will include hockey, benchball, problem solving and dance/gymnastics.

Health & Wellbeing

During the first half of the spring term,students will focus on mental health and emotional well-being. They will use digital workbooks to reflect on their learning, with practical activities to help build understanding, empathy and the skills required to help support positive mental health, alongside coping strategies and work to build resilience. During the second half of the spring term, Year 8 will focus on work related learning.  This assignment provides learners with the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the attitudes and behaviors looked for in the workplace, as well as an introduction to the concept of jobs and career planning. As part of the focus this half term, we will be using material from “Your Daughter’s Future”- a publication that guides and promotes discussion between parents and their daughters with regard to work and careers and seeks to challenge self-limiting beliefs that might dissuade girls from considering a wider range of careers.   This  will be further supported with sessions led by Business in the Community, using Barclays Lifeskills materials and resources. The assignments will aim to provide a blended learning experience, with class tasks complemented by independent learning. 

Year 8 Summer Term

Active Wellbeing

Students will perform in a variety of athletic events in lessons in readiness for sports day on July 7th. Students will continue to experience activities that can be used to develop life-long healthy living.  Students will be given the opportunity to develop their catching, throwing and decision-making skills through summer activities such as rounders, tennis and volleyball.


During the first half of the summer term the focus is on the development of healthy habits. The big question we are responding to is “How can I make good choices?” We are focusing in particular on attitudes towards and behaviour linked to alcohol, tobacco and e cigarette use and drugs. Sessions will be supported by lessons delivered by the Community Police Liaison team and Barod. During the second half of the summer term the focus shifts to financial education. As part of the programme, lessons will also be delivered by representatives from Barclays Lifeskills. We will be covering areas such as managing money and budgeting, as well as reflecting on our “money personality”.