Year 8 Themes

Year 8 Themes

Year 8 themes are a little shorter in length than their Year 7 counterparts and we are therefore able to fit more in.

Below is a brief description of each theme.

  • Black Gold

    Students continue their transition theme from Year 7 looking at the concept of Oil and how it has changed the world.

  • Myths and Legends

    Students study the 7 wonders of the world, Oedipus and other areas of ancient Greece. Activities include recounting the Lady of the Lake tale as a piece of drama, creating mosaic art work of the 7 wonders of the world and a diary entry for Oedipus.


  • Tragedy

    In Tragedy students explore Macbeth, the Holocaust, natural disasters and tragedies such as famine. They use the Boy in Striped Pyjamas as a stimulus to generate their opinions and thoughts on how best to remember the Holocaust. Students explore how best to disseminate advice when a disaster strikes and apply these ideas to the creation of an informative piece of work.


  • Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Students identify the makeup of our Earth and apply knowledge of plate tectonics to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Activities include calculating the depth of the Earth, persuasive writing activities and assessing the impact of a natural disaster on business and the economy of an area.



  • Off with your Head

    Students look at Tudor and Stuart elements of British history. From Henry VIII to the Gunpowder plot is researched and investigated.  Students look at defining Oliver Cromwell as a hero or villain, act as detectives in the Gunpowder plot to collect clues on the various conspirators and identify reasons that people are willing to martyr themselves or faith.



  • Grand Designs

    Grand Designs comprises of a series of numeracy driven sessions that apply mathematics to real life scenarios. The entire project focuses on the elements of numeracy involved in house design, construction and purchase.

  • India

    Students explore key facts about India, including: its population; its emergence as a superpower; the different religions practised. Students look at poverty and the Indian slums, Bollywood melodrama and the Caste system. Activities include creating a travel guide, devising a piece of drama that reflects the Indian film industry and compiling a fact file on Gandhi.


  • Pudding Lane

    In this project students unearth the causes, reasons and consequences of the Great Fire of London’s speed, size and destruction. Furthermore, they consider the positive and negative consequences of the Great Fire with reference to the spread and remedy of the Black Death. Students produce diary entries based on Samuel Pepys and conduct a news report about the event.   


  • Coming and Going

    Students identify and report on the different reasons for migrating to a new country (push and pull factors). They undertake a research project into a country of their choosing and present their findings to the year group. This work is then used to make an informed decision on a country to apply to migrate to.


  • Freedom

    In Freedom students look at slavery and slave resistance. They examine slave rights, culture and trafficking. Students assess the impact of the British Empire and the influence it has on the slave trade.  Activities include describing the triangle of trade, writing a diary from the perspective of a slave, and compiling a fact file on the significant figures of the Civil Rights movement.

  • Please Sir

    In Please Sir students study the different elements of Victorian life in Britain. They look at the growth of industry and the rise in corporal punishment to maintain control on a population/ workforce. Students also get the opportunity to interrogate the detective work surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders.  



  • Da Vinci

    In this project students find out about the mathematical, philosophical, artistic, scientific and inventive attributes of Leonardo Da Vinci. They examine his impact over time on the world we live in today, even exploring the impact of the Da Vinci Code on contemporary culture. Activities include designing and presenting their own invention, recreating a piece of artwork and decoding mathematical problems.



  • Coast

    In Coast students investigate the various geographical processes that shape a coastline. They also look at the impact of humans on the costal landscape, as more areas grow for tourism purposes. The economic side of a coastal town is studied and students get the opportunity to rebrand a seaside attraction.


  • 60’s and 70’s

    Students get the opportunity to immerse themselves in two decades of rapid change, exploration, fashion and culture. The great scientific discoveries of these decades are looked at, as well as the various conspiracy theories that surround major events.  Activities include publishing their own ‘Mr Men’ story book and designing their own fashion label.