Welcome to West Moors Middle School. Best middle school results in Dorset for Greater Depth: 33% (compared with an average of 21% across all schools in Dorset) of children attained Greater Depth in Writing. and 26% (compared with an average of 22% across all schools in Dorset) of children attained Greater Depth in Maths.

Year 8

Welcome to the Year 8 Blog!

This year is going to be a lot of fun, learning and hard work in preparation for the transition to Upper School. The year 8 tutors are Miss Clark and Ms Miller who share 8GC and Mrs Tomlinson who is tutoring 8MA while Mrs Ahmed is on Maternity Leave. Miss Clark teaches Art and DT, Ms Miller teaches Music and teach Science. We have many, many years of teaching experience between us and recognise that Year 8 is a pivotal year in your child’s educational career.

Mary Rose Trip

We had a wonderful time at the Mary Rose museum where the children experienced the life of a Tudor teenager.

During several fascinating workshops, they were able to simulate the loading and firing of the cannons and saw items from the ship which are now over 500 years old. We were able to take a look into the lives and origins of the sailors and we fought a battle to protect our shores!

Every member of staff from the Mary Rose Museum who approached me on the trip couldn’t speak highly enough of the children’s behaviour. They certainly represented themselves and the school beautifully. We were very proud of them all!

       

 

Science

Over the course of year 8, the children will be taken on a journey through three science specialisms, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

The children started the autumn term by studying food and nutrition, combustion, plants and reproduction and finally the periodic table.

During the spring term we have been concentrating on light, breathing and respiration, energy transfer and unicellular organisms.

  • The children has enjoyed many experiments including modelling an asthma attack using balloons and straws while measuring the difference in time for air intake.  
  • They have enjoyed finding out if height has any correlation to lung capacity.
  • They have enjoyed watching demonstration on lung and heart investigation
  • We have used Bunsen burners and iron rods to help us understand rates of conductivity
  • Last but by no means least we have looked at the convection process, using coloured dye to represent hot and cold air

The summer term will be focussing on materials,  forces, plant growth, reactivity and electromagnets where we hope to experience many more exciting experiments.

Polite reminder

We do require children to be ready to learn and we . This means arriving to the classroom with their equipment, pencil case, pen, pencil, ruler and rubber.

Useful Science websites

www.khanacademy.org

www.bbc.co.uk – bitesize for interesting science and most other topics at KS3

www.billnye.com – Bill Nye the science guy

www.howstuffworks.com

www.exploratorium.edu – a variety of science resources

www.natgeo.com

www.natgeokids.com

www.images.nasa.gov – NASA

www.edinburghzoo.org.uk – webcams of animals at Edinburgh zoo

 

During the current closure of school lessons and further sites specifically pertaining to each unit will be uploaded to your go4schools homework area.