The Cheadle Baccalaureate - Year 8

TCA Aspire

Cheadle Aspire has been designed to encourage and raise engagement and challenge for our YR 7 & 8 students.

* Each department has produced a number of criteria to encapsulate an exceptional learner in their subject.

* The criteria for each department can be found by clicking on the links below.

* In each subject, pupils should complete a minimum of three out of the five criteria to be awarded the Bacc in that subject.

* These tasks will need to be completed by mid-June.

* Pupils will need to have shown/discussed their evidence with teachers before this date in order to be nominated.

* To achieve the full ‘Cheadle Baccalaureate’ pupils should aim to achieve a Bacc in 4 subjects.

* Pupils who complete the Bacc in 5 subjects will have their names placed on the Honours board.


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Year 8

Art YR8

1- Take a virtual tour around a gallery and produce a creative report on the experience. You can pick from places such as The British Museum, The Lourve, The National Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Van Gogh Museum or The Dali Museum.

2-Research ‘Narrative photography’ and pick your favourite image. You must explain what story you think that image tells and why it interests you so much.

3-Complete a painting inspired by the word ‘colour’. This can be based on any theme, such as a ‘still life’ composition or a landscape. Drawing paper can be collected from the art department.

4-Produce a presentation on ‘Surrealism’. Research and produce a creative booklet about this movement which includes your written work, a selection of small paintings or colour studies which are based on your favourite ‘Surrealist’ artist.

5-Take a 5 photographs based on the theme ‘Urban landscape’. Think carefully about your choice of buildings etc.

Drama – Y8

Get together with friends to create a Dance Troupe!  Rehearsals and the planning of a 30 minute Dance Show (that must feature at least three different dance genres) must be organised in your own time but performed to your peers in a lunchtime Gala Special, to be arranged with Mrs Booth.  You must keep a diary of your experience from first thoughts to rehearsals, to final performance!

Visit a play or musical at a local theatre.  Find out as much as possible about the play and where it has been performed before.  Imagine you have a drama blog and write a theatre review about the play, for people of your own age.

Volunteer to run a drama workshop for Y3 and Y4 students.  This will involve thinking of a theme/topic, of activities and how you will carry them out.  You will need to make a lesson plan for a 40 minute lesson complete with learning objectives, starter activities, main activities and a plenary!  You may be picked to run your workshop for local primary children, with Mrs Booth!

Going solo!  You may choose from either: performance of a monologue (from a play of your choice); stand-up solo comedy or a dance solo.  These will be performed at the Lunchtime Gala Special, to be arranged with Mrs Booth.  You must keep a diary of your experience from first thoughts to rehearsals, to final performance!

Learn a theatrical design skill . . . this could be volunteering to help with lighting for a school play, learning how to do stage make-up or making props.  Create a diary that charts your progress, containing pictures and useful information about learning and using your new skill.

Geography YR8

  1. Make: reflect upon the items that you recycle at home and design a useful object using them.
  2. Video clip: Create a Vlog about crime rates in Holland and the USA.
  3. Visit: How is an eco-system run by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust being managed?
  4. Report: Create a textbook page about one issue in Geography that interests you.
  5. Read: Write a review about a Geographical article based on a topic of your choice.

History YR8

  1. Read two historical novels and review them.
  2. Visit a historical site/museum and review the experience.
  3. Create a YouTube style video on an area of twentieth century history not covered within lessons.
  4. Watch an age-appropriate historical film and reflect on it.
  5. Build a model of a trench network.

English YR8

  • Research the Shakespeare play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Create a programme for your own version of the play detailing which famous actors you would like to play each role.
  • Read a novel from each of the following genres and write a review detailing how it conforms to the conventions of the genre: science- fiction, fantasy, crime and dystopian.
  • Create a ‘Book of Days’ journal for one of your literary heroes or heroines. It must contain photos, maps and journal extracts and be presented as an actual journal.
  • Research and create a presentation of a poet of your choice. You must include their biography, inspirations, how they crafted their poems and examples of their work analysed. Suggested poets could be, but are not limited to: Seamus Heaney, Gillian Clarke, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, Ted Hughes, Wendy Cope Sujata Bhatt or John Agard.
  • Study and analyse an opening chapter of a novel by each of the following authors: John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, Jane Austen, Charles Dickson and Ursula Le Guinn. Then create a recipe written in the style of each of these authors featuring each of the genre tropes, for example: How to cook a Christmas Dinner written in the style of Charles Dickens. The recipes should be presented in the form of a book.


  • Board Game: design a board game in German
  • Display: research a famous German inventor/scientist/politician/actor/monument and create a poster in the target language.
  • Cooking: follow a recipe in German or for a German dish and cook it at home or school - photo and printed recipe as evidence
  • Vidéo: re-create and film a scene from a Disney/Pixar film in German. You can re-interpret the dialogue as to keep the language simple!
  • Origami: follow the tutorial on
  • and complete the model. You can make more than one from different colour!

Computing  YR8

  • Investigate and report on a topical Computing / IT issue using an IT media source (e.g. book/podcast/magazine etc)
  • Independently explore a high level programming language e.g. produce a game or an app
  • Produce a brief report on topical Computing / IT innovation
  • Develop a vlog on a topic of your own choice and interest
  • Develop a website using HTML and CSS coding on a topic of your choice.

Physical Education YR8

  1. Participate in a minimum of two sporting clubs/teams.
  2. Watch a live sporting event (either in person or on the TV) Review the experience giving highlights – you can include photos and videos if you wish.
  3. Write an extended project about a sport of your choice. You should include a brief history, summary of the rules/ laws, scoring system, positions, competitions etc. You are not allowed to write the report on Football, Cricket, or Netball.
  4. Participate in a minimum of three sporting house competitions.
  5. Fitness Challenge – you must produce evidence that you have completed the following:
  • 40 sit ups x3 days
  • 40 press ups x3 days
  • 40 star jumps x3 days
  • 40 arm dips x3 days
  • 40 burpees x3 days

Maths YR8

Resilience – do additional work on a topic that you have performed badly on

* Create a presentation on an area of mathematics (can be in a group)

* Find something at home that uses mathematics and explain how * Use independently – student has “Mastered” 75 key stage 3 topics

* Become a TT Rockstar – 2500 Questions completed?

* Submit a solution to a problem or activity on

Science YR8

1-Identify 5 different insect samples. Take photos and product a word document with the pictures, the common name and the taxonomic names.

2-Create a spaghetti bridge (and elastic bands) strong enough to hold a large bag of sugar. Students will photograph and create a report that describes the engineering processes they went through including justifications for their decisions and an evaluation of their own designs.

3-Conduct a research project into the production of CO2 by yeast from different concentrations of sugar solution. Produce a lab report with pictures of the results from the investigation.

4-Watch and evaluate a science fiction movie. An A4 report on the accuracies and inaccuracies of a science fiction movie.

5-Create a Rube Goldberg machine that last for at least 3 minutes. Film the machine working from start to finish in one continuous shot.  Produce a short written reflection on the process.

Food YR8

  1. Watch either: 'Masterchef', 'Bake-off' or 'Master Chef the Professionals' describe one of the skills that one of the competitors uses.  Evaluate this competitor's ability in terms of skills and say what advice you would give this participant.
  2. Focusing on one of the following skills, create a dish and test it out on your family and friends - as them to write a review of your key skill:  a) creaming method, b) rubbing in, c) whisking.
  3. How healthy is the food in your shopping basket?  Take an average shop and look carefully at the labelling on the foods that have been bought.  If you were a nutritionist and had to give advice to the people who own this shopping basket, so that they can become healthy eaters, what would you advise?  Set your work out in PowerPoint form, or see if someone can video you as you give your advice to camera perhaps?
  4. Imagine you are auditioning for a Food based TV Programme for young people.  Make a short video of you making your favourite dish!   
  5. Research the history of 'pasties' or 'oatcakes', present this as a useful factsheet.  Make your favourite and record this on video or as a series of photographs.  

Product Design YR8

  1. Make a prototype of an idea from any media [e.g. - card, wood, modelling clay or Lego]
  2. Show evidence in photograph form at home using workshop equipment skills taught in school.
  3. Be able to describe and demonstrate knowledge of how a product works using technical words.
  4. Produce a design using CAD “Sketch Up” and explore the theme which is outside the school curriculum design it and annotate it exploring how it works and how it could be improved. Further develop the idea from these amendments.
  5. Take part in competitions and show evidence of your entry.