Year 8

What we are learning this term in Year 8

English Exploring issues and dilemmas through texts

This term we will be exploring the concept of issues and dilemmas, initially working on what we perceive as ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ and moving on to looking at issues and dilemmas in specific texts. We will be studying ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ in detail and using the text as a stimulus to develop our knowledge and understanding of issues and dilemmas.

English – Home learning opportunities Talk about issues and dilemmas in everyday life and how to tackle them for example: not having enough money to buy a toy in the shop.


Focus on characters in Harry Potter, talk about how they relate to each other and the events in the narrative.


Read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at home, discussing events, characters, issues and dilemmas as they arise.

Maths We continue to work on the four strands of maths and develop our skills in number, shape space and measure, handling data and using and applying.
Maths – Home learning opportunities Use MY Maths online;

User name: osborne

Password: square


Develop functional maths skills:

Practice identifying and using money when visiting the shops.

Pupils could explore time using the TV guide.

Count objects- setting the table, food shopping and sorting laundry.

Identify shape in everyday life.

Science Chemical Reactions:

Students will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of scientific investigations including conducting a fair test. We will look at the reactions of different processes such as rusting, baking, fire and how liquids react in different conditions.

Science – Home learning opportunities Conduct own chemical reactions with adult supervision such as:

Baking a cake – how do the ingredients change? What are the ingredients like before and after baking?

Bubbles: Explore and investigate bubbles: bubble blowing, bubble painting, using washing up liquids, bubble baths etc.


Computing Pupils will learn how to sequence and programme different avatars and characters using different applications.
Computing – Home learning opportunities Pupils can use a series of websites to enhance their skills at home.

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Mental Wealth Students will focus on developing skills and strategies to manage their own Mental Wealth and develop their ability to accept help to support their Mental Wealth. This may include lessons focusing on Mindfulness, Yoga stretches, meditation and sensory input, discussions about feelings and emotions and recognising how to managed and/or accept these.
Mental Wealth – Home learning opportunities Practice mindfulness techniques, follow YouTube videos – mindfulness and meditation for children.

Breathing techniques, calming activities, use of sensory items.

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Citizenship The liberties enjoyed by citizens in the UK

Students will be learning about what their rights are, focusing on The UN Rights of the Child and how this is related to their own lives. We will also work on the Declaration of Human Rights and famous Human Rights Leaders such as Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela.

Citizenship – Home learning opportunities Research Human Rights Leaders and the impact they have had on the world as it is today.

Take turns when playing games, showing respect for others

Focus on being friendly and helpful in the home

PE Pupils will have 2 PE lessons each week one indoor and one outdoor lesson:

Indoor: Fitness. Pupils will start to focus on the principles of fitness leading to healthy lifetyles.

Outdoor: Multi-skills based on Agility, Balance and Coordination: Pupils will have the opportunity to develop their skills through an adapted and individual programme.

PE – Home learning opportunities Improve physical activity at home taking in part in recreational and organised sport
Food Technology Drinks. Students will make hot and cold drinks. The focus will be to design and make a smoothie.
Food Technology – Home learning opportunities Find out what fruits are used to make shop bought smoothies. Predict first, then check the label. Were there any surprise fruits or ingredients, what were they? Which fruits are seasonal?
HDIW ‘Kites and Flight’

Pupils will research different designs in making kites and paper aeroplanes. They will choose appropriate designs, decide on the materials and make an item that can successfully fly!

HDIW – Home learning opportunities Practise making paper aeroplanes of different shapes and sizes. What’s the furthest you can make one fly?

Design a space rocket and make one from recycled materials.

LGC Pattern

Students will look at the work of William Morris and Mackintosh. They will compare patters in Maori, Native American, African and Indian cultural art. Students will create repeating patterns, experiment with patters on fabrics, paper and patterns in nature.

LGC – Home learning opportunities Pick out patterns in fabrics in the home.

Experiment with potato printing, drawing patters, making patterns with shapes.

Look at animal prints, leaves and other patterns in nature. Make collages to show case the patterns they have found.

WGWCF Weather

Students will focus on understanding the differences in hot and cold climates, develop their understanding of different types of weather and begin to identify weather and the effects of weather events.

WGWCF – Home learning opportunities Watch the weather on the television, internet or use phone apps with supervision.

Investigate the weather in different locations (

Comment on the weather each morning.

Experience different types of weather: jump in puddles, go out in the wind and see the leaves falling, play in the snow or enjoy feeling the warmth of the sunshine.

Discuss clothing needed for the weather each day – do you need a coat? Wellies? Hat? Etc

RE Harvest

Students will look at Harvest and why Christians celebrate at Harvest time. We will also focus on the concept of being thankful and what we are thankful for in our lives.


RE – Home learning opportunities Students can begin to name different foods, attend Harvest festival celebrations (if appropriate) discuss what they are thankful for and why,

17/11/17 8CM RE
In RE we are learning about remembering and waiting. We have been looking at Advent. This week we followed instructions to create Christingles. Gabs, Dillon and Olivia worked independently to follow instructions to create their Christingles. Cam worked really well with some staff support. Lee, Leo, Ruby and Kasandra worked in a group, taking turns to complete different parts. Kasandra and Lee loved pulling the tape. The class were all very pleased with the results. Well done 8CM.

06/11/17 Lets Get Creative
In 8HC we have been exploring ‘pattern’ in our Let’s Get Creative lessons. We have been working on an artist study of William Morris and have enjoyed examining his pattern work, replicating his prints and creating some of our own.
We have been looking carefully at nature and natural objects and how we can use these to create pattern. In one of our favourite lessons, we used silk flowers to make William Morris style prints in bold colours.
The students absolutely loved this task, some of them got particularly creative, using two tone paint effects on the flowers and overlapping different flower shapes to create a more textured piece of art work.
We have used our prints as inspiration for some clay tiles, where we will be printing onto clay using leaves, flowers and grasses in the style of William Morris.

04/11/17- Shakespeare Week

8CM really enjoyed exploring Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ this week for Shakespeare School’s week. All our learning has been based around the play. We learned about the characters, the setting and the themes. We  created our own Islands, followed instructions to create origami boats, and made our own monsters using features and shapes. In science we loved making shaving foam rain clouds and watching them rain.

The students absolutely loved it. We also enjoyed listening to the Tempest rap and creating a sensory storm.

Excellent work all round 8CM.

6/10/17- Science

In science this half term, 8HC have enjoyed investigating chemical reactions. We particularly enjoyed learning about bubbles, exploring different types of bubble machines and wands, making our own bubble wands to investigate whether we could change the shape of a bubble (it turns out you cant!) and creating the BEST bubble solution – adding sugar to washing up liquid and water. We also thoroughly enjoyed our investigation into whether you could blow a bubble inside a bubble, using straws to create bubble domes. Gemma managed to blow 5 bubbles inside another bubble. Very impressive!
Although we have got a bit wet and very soapy, we have enjoyed this unit immensely. We are looking forward to our next investigation even more…’why does popcorn change shape’!

5/10/17- Science

In science 8CM have been exploring different changes. We made popcorn and observed how the heat changed the corn (we LOVED watching the slow motion video clip). We melted ice and chocolate and observed how they changed. Our favourite experiment was looking at how lemon juice changed the colour of cabbage dye. We didn’t enjoy the smell of the cabbage dye but we enjoyed tasting the lemon! The lemon juice created a tye dye effect on the cabbage cloth and it was fun watching how it changed colour to bright pink!


Year 7    2016-2017

10/07/17- A visit from Zoo Lab

On Monday as part of WGWCF, the whole of year 7 had a visit from Zoo lab. They bought some animals in for the  students to meet.

We met Alan the snail, Stanley the millipede, Milly the tarantula, Ruby the corn snake, Ernie the gerbil and Henry the tortoise.

The students listened really well and asked lots of questions. Some students touched and  held the animals whilst others said hello.

Here are some things 7CM found out…

  • A millipede has 268 legs.
  • Snakes feel very soft.
  • Snails have a slimy foot so they can stick to surfaces and climb walls.
  • Tortoises hide in their shell if they are scared as their skin is really stretchy (Henry didn’t hide from year 7!)


14/6/17- Marwell Zoo

On Wednesday 14th May students in year 7 went on a Rotary Club Kid’s Day Out to Marwell Zoo. The students had a wonderful time in the sunshine, exploring the zoo and seeing lots of animals. We went around the zoo in groups, meeting up to have packed lunch together. We had an ice cream when we got back to school. It was a great day out. The monkeys were funny and we enjoyed seeing the meercats sunbathing!


16/05/17 On Thursday IPAD Jo came to 7CM.  Jo bought the IPADS and we discovered an app where you can draw a picture and then play it. Your picture plays music! Claire drew a picture of Brandon wearing purple glasses. We enjoyed making patterns.

Dillon and Brandon Petford.

05/05/17   Ipad project

On Thursday 7Cm starting taking part in an IPAD project, using IPADS to make music. The first app we used was called Toka band. You can put characters into different positions. They play different instruments and make different sounds. We had a lot of fun!

Cameron ‘ I liked the spooky cat’

Brandon ‘ I liked the opera singer, you could play her jumper!’

Gabs ‘I like the alarm clock, it sounds like a cooking timer.’

Leo ‘ I like the rapper.’



Today Gabs, Leo, Cameron, Ruby and Callum went on a trip to Holden farm. We had a great day experiencing life on a working farm. Our day started with grinding our own flour and making bread which we later took home to sample. We fed and stroked the chickens, we saw sheep, we made our own little sheep by wrapping wool and this was all before lunch! After lunch we watched a digger dance, followed a tractor trail through the warm grass and went on a lovely sensory walk to find wild garlic. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed experiencing a new environment.


Osborne are currently taking part in the Golden Mile initiative. The students walk, run or drive around  a 250m lap and then log the number of laps they do. All the students are really enthusiastic about it and are eager to log their laps and see how far they have traveled.

Here are 7CM in action!



7CM really enjoyed all of the World Book Day activites with this year’s theme ‘Do Something Booky.’ We all visited the Book Swap, run by Osborne College, swapping our books for new ones. We loved interacting with the sensory stories in the Bag Books workshop too. It was a lot of fun!

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7HC thoroughly enjoyed taking part in World Book Day events today.
Highlights included participating in a Shakespearean workshop run by a professional Actor, where the students created freeze frames to depict different scenes in Romeo and Juliet. We discussed events in our favourite books and made freeze frames of some of these. We enjoyed creating a Jungle Book scene with the students becoming different animals.
We also enjoyed getting some new books at the Book Swap and sharing them with each other.
Finally we used potatoes and made characters using different craft materials. We created pigs, bees, a tractor  and  even sweetcorn!!

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As part of our How Does It Work sessions, 7HC have been making cushion covers.

We designed our lettering and chose patterned material to compliment our background colour. We then learnt how to sew by hand using a running stitch.

After this, the students had a go with the sewing machine, using different types of stitches and practicing sewing in a straight line. Once they had mastered this, we sewed together our cushion covers and appliqued the letter designs.

I am sure you agree they look fantastic!

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In Science we have been learning about light. Today in 7CM we explored reflection. We used mirrors to reflect pictures we had drawn. Some students worked out that we had to write our names backwards in order to see them written correctly when reflected. We also made arrows which, when reflected, appeared to get longer as the mirror moved. We had a lot of fun exploring reflection.








DATE: 6/10/16


We entered a scarecrow competition as part of the Harvest Festival at Winchester Cathedral and we won!

The pupils worked collaboratively together to make their scarecrow and bird using recyclable resources. Mary and Paul (as voted for by our pupils) were created through several curriculum subjects that incorporated collecting and sorting through different recyclable man-made materials, identifying different 3D shapes, whilst having ample opportunities to work together to develop their problem solving skills.

The pupils learnt the concept of recycling/reusing materials and how their rubbish at home can come in very handy.

The pupils were very proud of their scarecrow and bird. Throughout the project they worked hard, listened to each others ideas and were delighted at their end result.

DATE: 21/9/16

In Year 7 music, we are learning all about Samba! We watched and listened to a Brazilian carnival, indentifying sounds and instruments. It was really colourful and very noisy! Kasandra liked the sound of the whistle. We have been playing lots of Samba instruments like the Surdo drums, Caixa shakers, the Ganza and the Agogo bells. Each instrument has it’s own rhythm. We have had a go on all the different instruments and now we are going to create our own Samba piece. We always start our piece by saying ‘Are you ready to Samba!’  It can be quite tricky to keep all the different ryhthms going. Dillon’s favourite is the Agogo bells and Lee likes the Surdo drum. Gabs enjoys using a beater on the Caixa drum whilst Leo enjoyed shaking the Ganza. Cameron enjoys helping everyone set up their instruments, he keeps the heart beat of the piece really well. Kasandra enjoys the different beats. Brandon is really good at chanting the rhythms and remebering all the instruments names. It’s a lot of fun and very energetic!

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