Year 8 Summer School

Unit: Who lived in 'British' America?

1. Pocahontas and the Powhatan Peoples

In this lesson we will learn about the cultures, languages and lives of the Algonquian speaking members of the Powhatan people.

2. Masters and Servants

In this lesson we will learn about who lived in early north America by looking at their stories.

3. Sugar Barons

In this lesson we will learn about some of the British families who made fortunes in the Caribbean from sugar.

4. Enslaved People

In this lesson we will learn about the enslaved people who worked on the sugar plantations in British America.


Unit: How far did working conditions improve over the nineteenth century?

1. Child labour during the Industrial Revolution

In this lesson you will learn about how the Industrial Revolution transformed working-conditions in England between 1750-1850.

2. Changing labour laws

In this lesson you will learn about the ways in which governments tried to improve working conditions during the nineteenth century.

3. Popular protest, 1800-1850

In this lesson you will learn about popular protests against poor working conditions at the start of the nineteenth century.

4. Popular protest, 1850-1900

Unit: Pop art: modern popular culture

1. Julian Opie Portraits (Part 1)

Creating a Pop Art Portrait in the style of Julian Opie.

2. Julian Opie Portraits (Part 2)

Adding colour to your Pop Art Portrait in the style of Julian Opie.

3. Andy Warhol (Part 1)

Creating a digital portrait in the style of Andy Warhol.

4. Andy Warhol (Part 2)

Creating digital artwork from a drawing in the style of Andy Warhol.

5. Richard Hamilton (Part 1)

Creating a collage in the style of Richard Hamilton.

6. Wayne Thiebaud (Part 1)

Creating your own Wayne Thiebaud-inspired mixed-media artwork.

7. Wayne Thiebaud (Part 2)

Creating your own Wayne Thiebaud-inspired drawing using the grid method.

8. Claes Oldenburg (Part 1)

Creating your own Claes Oldenburg-inspired sculpture.

9. Claes Oldenburg (Part 2)

Creating your own Claes Oldenburg-inspired weave of an ice lolly.

10. Pop Art Evaluation

Evaluating your Pop Art project.

Unit: Computing Systems

1. Get in gear

In this first lesson about computing systems, you will focus on what sets these devices apart from other purpose-built machinery: it is their ability to execute programs that allows them to modify their operation and perform different tasks, and thus become our most versatile ‘tool for thought’.

2. Under the hood

Learners will discover how all computing systems, regardless of form or capabilities, make use of the same components: a processor, memory, storage, input and output devices, and communication components. They will form a simple, concise picture of what each of these ‘universal’ components does, and how they work together in order to execute programs.

3. Orchestra Conductor

This lesson will introduce the operating system, which is responsible for managing the complexity of modern computing devices. Here, operating systems will serve as an additional bridge between theory and practice.

4. It's only logical

The goal of the lesson: to bridge the gap between logic and circuits, and make the direct link between them explicit. This is the last step in the learners’ journey through the hierarchy of a computing system, from programs, to the hardware responsible for executing the programs, and now, to the fundamental components that comprise this hardware.

5. Thinking machines

In this lesson, learners will attempt to define the term ‘artificial intelligence’, and explore the kinds of problems that it has traditionally dealt with. They will also focus on machine learning, and investigate its relationship with conventional programming. Learners will move on to use Google Teachable Machine, to gain an insight into what training a model involves, and the ethical considerations that are tied into building any system that makes decisions.

6. Sharing

Learners will move away from the technical aspects of software and hardware that have been the focus of the unit and learn some of the key concepts of open source software. They will explore this through a discussion about some common Scratch practices that they are already familiar with ( sharing, ‘seeing inside’ projects, and ‘remixing’), and a reflection on the implications of these practices.

1. What is the role of chords?

In this lesson you will learn all about chords and their role in a piece of music. You will learn how to construct a triad, the difference between major and minor chords, and how to play Am and Em chords on a variety of instruments. Finally, you will be able to show off what you have learned by playing along to a backing track.

1. Describing events in the past and present (Part 1/2)

In this lesson we are going to practise using '-AR' verbs in the first person to describe events in the past and present.

2. Describing events in the past and present (Part 2/2)

In this lesson we are going to further practise using '-AR' verbs in the first person to describe events in the past and present.

3. Comparing past experiences (Part 1/2)

In this lesson we compare past experiences, using the past (preterite) tense of '-AR' verbs in the 1st and 2nd persons singular. This lesson includes the use of a site called Quizlet, which you will need to ask your parent or carer to help you with. Oak National Academy are not responsible for third party content.

4. Comparing past experiences (Part 2/2)

In this lesson we compare past experiences, using the past (preterite) tense of '-AR' verbs.

5. Talking about people and places now vs in general (Part 1/2)

In this lesson we will be talking about people and places now vs in general, revisiting the verbs 'ser' and 'estar' in singular persons.

6. Talking about people and places now vs in general (Part 2/2)

In this lesson we will continue talking about people and places now versus in general. We will also revisit 'ser' and 'estar' in plural persons.

Unit: Tectonics

1. What is the structure of the Earth?

This lesson will look at the structure of the Earth and how it has 4 layers, each with different characteristics.

2. What evidence is there that the Earth's crust moves?

This lesson will look at evidence that supports the theory of plate tectonics and that the Earth's crust moves.

3. How do the Earth's plates move?

This lesson will look at how the Earth's plates move by convection currents, slab pull and ridge push.

4. What are the different plate boundaries?

This lesson will look at the four different types of plate boundaries and the tectonic activity that occurs at each one.

5. What are composite and shield volcanoes?

This lesson will look at the features of a volcano and the difference between composite and shield volcanoes.

6. How can we predict, protect and prepare for volcanic eruptions?

This lesson will look at how we can predict, protect and prepare for volcanic eruptions.

7. What are the positive and negative impacts of volcanoes?

This lesson will look at the positive and negative impacts of volcanoes.

8. How can we measure and predict earthquakes?

This lesson will look at how we can measure and predict earthquakes to help save lives.

1. Microscopes 

20m video

2. Unicelluar organisms

18m video

3. Plant cells

22m video

4. Plants as organisms

18m video

5. Animal cells

20m video

6. Comparing animal and plant cells

11m video

7. Specialised cells

21m video

8. Animals as organisms

15m video

9. Digestive System

25m video

10. Respiratory System

19m video

11. Human Reproductive System

17m video

12. Fertilisation

15m video

13. Puberty and the Menstrual Cycle

18m video

14. Plant Reproduction

18m video

15. Energy Release

24m video

16. The Digestive System

25m video

17.  Adaptations of the small intestine

38m video

18. Enzymes

39m video

19. Plant Roots

21m video

20. Photosynthesis

17m video

21. The leaf

18m video

22. Transport in plants

12m video

23. The respiratory system

25m video

24. Aerobic respiration

25m video

25. Breathing

32m video

26. The effects of exercise on respiration

22m video

27. Anaerobic respiration

18m video

28. DNA

27m video

29. Inheritance

37m video  

Unit: Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid

1. Context and Introduction to Annie John

Annie John is an incredible coming-of-age story set in the Caribbean. In this first lesson of the unit, we'll learn about the novel, its author and its setting. Let's get started!

8Y/T Band: Unit: Percentages

1. Percentages on a number line

In this lesson, you will learn where percentages are placed on a number line compared with fractions and decimals.

2. Converting to decimals

In this lesson, you will learn how to convert between decimals and percentages.

3. Converting from fractions to percentages

In this lesson, you will learn how to convert between fractions and percentages.

4. Percentages of amount

In this lesson, you will learn how to find the percentage of an amount using a bar model.

5. Percentages of amount (Part 2)

In this lesson, you will learn how to find the percentage of an amount by first finding 10% or 1%, and then scaling to find other percentages.

6. Decimal Multipliers

In this lesson, you will learn how to find the percentage of an amount by finding the decimal multiplier.

7. Increase by a percentage

In this lesson, we will learn how to increase an amount by a percentage, by using a decimal multiplier.

8. Decrease by a percentage

In this lesson you will learn how to decrease an amount by a percentage, by using a decimal multiplier.


8Y/T Band: Unit: Ratio

1. Groups

In this lesson, you will learn to use ratio notation to describe the composition of different groups.

2. In the same ratio

In this lesson, you will learn to scale up from one group to ‘many’ groups and use multiplicative relationships to calculate unknown values in the ‘many’ groups.

3. Equivalent ratios

In this lesson, you will learn how to represent ratios pictorially and use these representations to justify the equivalence of ratios.

4. The rule of four

In this lesson, you will identify multiplicative relationships between 'times tables' and use patterns to solve problems in direct proportion contexts.

5. Ratio and proportion in geometry I

In this lesson, you will compare the side lengths of triangles, one of which is an enlargement of the other, and calculate the ratios of the lengths of corresponding sides.

6. Ratio and proportion in geometry II