MY CHILD IN SCHOOL – Informed Parent, Involved Parent



Grade 8 children learn about many different topics. They work on thinking skills to interpret, compare, combine and choose ideas and communicate about what they are learning in more sophisticated ways. They continue to develop study and research skills. The required subject areas are: Arts Education, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Physical Education/Health Education, Science, and Social Studies. Your child will have the chance to learn in many different ways - by themselves, with teachers and with other children.

ARTS EDUCATION: Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts

Grade 8 children express themselves creatively and acquire and improve skills and language in one or more of the arts. They answer the questions “who”, “where”, “when”, and “why” about the arts. They think about the roles, the purposes, the meanings, the influence and impact of the arts in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world. Children learn to think critically and talk about their experiences with learning the arts.


English language arts learning develops over time and in different situations. Grade 8 is part of the grade band that begins in Grade 6 and ends in Grade 8.

Grade 8 children use language to investigate topics, issues, and questions based on their interests and life experiences, literature, and other curriculum areas. They use words, pictures, and their own experiences to understand different kinds of texts such as art, books, objects, websites, the land, and oral stories. They talk with others to develop clear points of view and use many strategies to understand what they read, hear, and view. They evaluate their own and others’ points of view to understand issues and conflicts. They think about their language learning, and identify what they do well and where they need to improve, and then take steps to work on those areas.


Please ask the teacher to find out if your child is learning French in Grade 8. French is not taught in all schools in Grade 8.

Grade 8 children continue to develop their listening and speaking skills in French and to increase their French vocabulary. They participate with ease in conversations with their teacher and others when French is spoken slowly and clearly. They learn to understand and to talk about the details of what they read. Children also learn to read and to write about the themes and topics they talk about with the teacher’s help.


Grade 8 students solve a variety of mathematical problems involving elements such as surface area, volume, the Pythagorean theorem, percents, ratios, and rates. They multiply and divide fractions and integers and are introduced to square roots. They also create, graph and use algebraic equations in order to solve problems.



Grade 8 children learn about personal fitness planning and the effects of exercise. They learn rules, codes of behaviour, skills and techniques and use movement skills in a variety of physical activities. They develop an understanding of laws and policies for safe communities and basic first aid procedures. In Grade 8 children develop personal plans for active and healthy living.


Grade 8 children investigate living things by studying cells and systems in organisms. They learn more about how light is produced and how it is transmitted and detected. They investigate the properties of fluids and apply their understanding by designing and constructing a working model that uses hydraulic (fluid) or pneumatic (gas) principles. In Grade 8, children learn about the properties of water and investigate bodies of water and the important fresh and salt water systems in the world.



World History: Societies of the Past

Grade 8 students explore world civilizations of the past up to the 19th Century. They study early hunter-gatherer societies, ancient societies, and the influences that have shaped the modern world. They explore the interactions of cultures and consider the enduring influence of the past on the present.